The gift was made in concert with a challenge grant from the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and includes $1 million in matching funds, boosting the total amount pledged to the museum, which is slated to open in 2013, to $6 million. Since 2007, the Koret and Taube foundations have contributed a total of $7.3 million in support of the new facility, which is expected to attract one million visitors a year.
Created in 2005 by the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, the City of Warsaw, and the Polish Ministry of Culture, the museum is located on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, adjacent to the Rappaport monument that commemorates the event, and near Umschlagplatz, the railway depot where hundreds of thousands of Jews were deported to Treblinka, the Nazi death camp. When completed, the five-story 140,000-square-foot facility will feature eight main galleries, each representing a different period of Polish Jewish history, and include temporary exhibition galleries, a multi-use auditorium, a children's area, a resource center, and a restaurant.
"The Museum of the History of Polish Jews addresses two key initiatives of the Koret Foundation," said Tad Taube, Koret board president and honorary consul for the Republic of Poland in San Francisco. "The Koret Taube Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood offers a framework for engaging in the global conversation about collective Jewish experience and identity. And our Koret Initiative to Combat Anti-Semitism is dedicated to curbing the rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activities within the local and global communities through advocacy on college campuses, public policy strategies, and review of the national and international media on the topic. For Jewish Peoplehood to flourish, Jewish life needs to be at the center of transformative experiences, and that is what the Museum of the History of Polish Jews will deliver."