Couple gives $25 million to Jerusalem Holocaust museum
December 13, 2011
An American couple recently gave $25 million to an Israel-based Holocaust museum, the second gift made to the institution since 2006.
The Jerusalem Post reports Sheldon and Miriam Adelson gave the largest gift in history to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, giving more people access to learn about the atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II. Mr. Adelson, who according to Forbes is worth $23 billion, said it was important to him and his wife to support the educational effort so that young people would be able to learn about the important historic event.
"We have seen the incredible impact of Yad Vashem seminars on educators of all backgrounds over the past five years," said Adelson of the nonprofit fundraising
in an interview with the news service. "We look to these educators to bring the lessons of the Shoah (Holocaust) to their students."
The Adelsons didn't stop there when it came to supporting Jewish causes. The couple also donated $10 million to the Taglit-Birthright Israel program to give Jews between the ages of 18 to 26 a free trip to Israel.