Upcoming Trips2015 International Council
Date: Sunday, June 7 - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
The 2015 International Council will begin the evening of Sunday, June 7, and will end after the closing dinner on June 10. This year the International Council will focus on what culture in Israel looked like when the Museum opened in 1965, on the influence of those aesthetics today, and on their twentieth-century European roots. We will enjoy exhibition tours and workshops along with lunches and dinners celebrating the Museum, including a gala dinner recognizing those who have been a part of the Museum family since its founding years, and a closing dinner paying tribute to the sixteen Friends organizations throughout the world.
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Date: Sunday, June 8 - Thursday, June 12, 2014
The International Council will take place in June in Jerusalem. Details on the IC and the Post-Council trip to follow shortly.
International Executive Council
Date: Thursday, January 16 - Monday, January 20, 2014
The annual International Executive Council will take place in Gstaad. Details to follow shortly.
Date: Sunday, June 2 - Monday, June 10, 2013
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL: The 2013 International Council began on Sunday, June 2, with our traditional welcome reception hosted by the Federmann Family at the King David Hotel and ended after the Surprise Venue dinner on Wednesday night, June 5. Participants enjoyed exhibition and collection tours with curators, including Herod the Great: the King’s Final Journey, the most extensive archaeological exhibition presented at the IMJ, as well as the annual Honorary Fellowship ceremony, lunch at Ticho House, a talk by photographer Thomas Demand and our annual Gala Dinner. FLORENCE: From Thursday, June 6, through Monday morning, June 10, we traveled to Florence, where we stayed at the historic Four Seasons Hotel. An art historian guide provided insights into the rich artistic heritage of the region. We enjoyed a Tuscan lunch and visit at the spectacular Gori Collection, visited several private collections, enjoyed home hospitality and, of course, visited many of the treasures of Renaissance Florence.
Post-Council visit to the South of France
Date: Wednesday, February 20 - Sunday, February 24, 2013
From Thursday, June 7, through Monday morning, June 11, we will travel to the South of France, where we will stay at the luxurious Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. An art historian guide will provide insights into the rich artistic heritage of the region. We will enjoy an exclusive dinner at the spectacular Fondation Maeght generously hosted by Sotheby’s, visit several private collections, enjoy home hospitality, and of course take a tour of the Casino.
Date: Sunday, June 3 - Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The 2012 International Council, which celebrates the growing richness and strength of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, will begin on Sunday, June 3, with our traditional welcome reception hosted by the Federmann Family at the King David Hotel, and will end after the Gala dinner on Wednesday night, June 6. We will enjoy exhibition and collection tours with curators and professional staff, including the first ever exhibition of the work of Joseph Beuys in Israel, our annual Honorary Fellowship ceremony, an afternoon and evening in Tel Aviv where we will tour the new Herta and Paul Amir building at the Tel Aviv Museum and enjoy home hospitality by our Israeli friends, and of course our annual Surprise Venue Dinner.
IEC South Africa
Date: Sunday, February 12 - Saturday, February 18, 2012
We are planning a very special program in South Africa, including stops in Cape Town and Johannesburg. We will visit private collections, artists’ studios, and historical and natural sights that will make our experience enjoyable in every way. This trip is sold out. If you are interested in being placed on the wait list please let us know.
2011 International Council
Date: Sunday, June 12 - Monday, June 20, 2011
The 2011 International Council marks the Museum’s “Next” chapter. We will tour the renewed Museum, be enchanted and surprised at the special venue dinner and enjoy home hospitality in Tel Aviv. From there we will travel to Prague where we will be given private access to Prague’s historic sights and great architecture.
Date: Wednesday, May 18 - Friday, May 20, 2011
The American Friends of the Israel Museum is delighted to offer a three-day art and architecture tour of Chicago. As is the trademark of all AFIM trips, our program will be packed with exclusive entrée into some of the city’s premier private collections. We will be joined by James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of The Israel Museum and Suzanne Landau, Yulla and Jacques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the Arts.
Egypt: Luxor and Cairo
Date: Wednesday, May 12 - Saturday, May 15, 2010
Following the International Council in Jerusalem, seventy-one friends travelled on to Egypt to visit the ancient sites of Luxor and Cairo. In Luxor, the group visited the Karnak and Luxor Temples, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, including by special permission Nefertari’s Tomb, arguably the most beautiful in Egypt. In Cairo, the group was the first to be allowed entry into the Maimonides Synagogue since its restoration was completed in March, and visited the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Solar Boat, among other wondrous sites.
2010 International Council
Date: Friday, May 7 - Thursday, May 12, 2011
Over 500 participants from 15 countries gathered in Jerusalem for five unforgettable days, including the Museum re-dedication following the first major renewal of its campus since its founding in 1965. Participants enjoyed a sneak peak at the new exhibition galleries and the site-specific Anish Kapoor work "Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem". The program concluded with a festive evening celebrating the Museum’s 45th birthday on May 11.
Date: Wednesday, May 5 - Thursday, May 6, 2010
Prior to the International Council in Jerusalem, a group of seventy international friends enjoyed an overnight visit to Jordan. Stops were made at Mt. Nebo and Madaba to see ancient mosaics, followed by Wadi Rum, the set for Laurence of Arabia, where the group enjoyed a traditional Bedouin dance performance and feast for dinner. The highlight of the trip was the rose red Nabataean city of Petra. The group was led by expert guides through the spectacular Siq and on to El Khazneh – The Treasury, temples, elaborate royal tombs and much more.
International Executive Council in St. Moritz
Date: Friday, January 15 - Monday, January 18, 2010
The International Executive Council (IEC) Weekend in St. Moritz was planned and organized by Alberto Sabbadini, Honorary President of our Italian Friends. Over 50 participants enjoyed all that the area had to offer, including visits and dinners in private homes and a horse drawn sleigh ride to lunch.
Date: Thursday, January 14 - Sunday, January 17, 2010
The annual International Executive Committee Meeting took place in Hamburg, Germany. Sonja Lahnstein, President of the German Friends of the Israel Museum prepared a truly outstanding program which included a special visit to the Israel Museum exhibition "Marc Chagall: Life Lines" at the Bucerius Kunst Forum.
Art and Heritage Weeking in Budapest
Date: Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7, 2009
A group of 23 international friends enjoyed a weekend in Budapest, coinciding with the showing of "Heritage of the Holy Land: Treasures from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem" at Budapest's Museum of Fine Arts.
International Executive Council in Rio and Sao Paulo
Date: Friday, February 27 - Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Spending time in both Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, fifty-one participants from eight countries enjoyed a very full program in Brazil organized by Evelyn Ioschpe and Chella Safra.
Post-Council Trip to Istanbul
Date: Thursday, June 8 - Monday, June 12, 2006
Istanbul was extraordinary, with forty people from seven countries. Participants enjoyed private visits to the major sights, and museums, as well as dinner and in private homes and a dinner cruise on the Bosphorus.
Post-Council Trip to Moscow
Date: Wednesday, June 4 - Sunday, June 8, 2008
Following the International Council, 35 participants traveled on to Moscow for four days of Russian art and history.
International Executive Council Rome
Date: Friday, February 29 - Monday, March 3, 2008
Our Italian Friends organized a full weekend that attracted 110 participants from twelve countries. Participants enjoyed visits to palazzos, private collections and a concert at Palazzo Sacchetti.