Welcome to America: ANU

by Yelena Gerovich
New American Acculturation Program Coordinator

Everyone desires to know who they are and where they came from. The newly expanded and reimagined museum — formerly known as Beit Hatfutsot and newly branded as ANU, Hebrew for “We”—is the world’s only museum dedicated to celebrating and exploring the experiences, accomplishments and spirit of the Jewish people from biblical times to today.

The museum’s mission is to present and display the ongoing 4,000 year-old story of the Jewish people – past, present and future. It represents all parts of the Jewish people and highlights the creative works and cultural riches of various communities in different periods of history. This story is about all of us, and each and every one of us is part of it. 

The New American Acculturation Program offered a virtual tour of ANU with a Russian-speaking guide in June. We asked our community to email pictures and stories to the museum. We invite everyone to join the amazing journey that tells the story of the Jewish people through the generations and up to the present time. Please visit their website: www.anumuseum.org.il.

There are many traditions associated with Rosh Hashana, Sukkot and Simchat Torah, including spending time with family and friends. For more than 25 years, the New American Acculturation Program of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has been the center for welcoming those refugees from the former Soviet Union, who want to discover their roots and their connection to Judaism. Including interfaith couples and for all those who are willing to learn more and find a home in the Jewish community. Our educational programs explore Jewish history, tradition, ideas, and culture.

Our Jewish community comes together to celebrate, learn, and explore. Our virtual programs for the last year and a half have extended all around the world, linking together communities who share a common belief in open doors and open hearts. No matter where you come from and where you are going, always remember that you are important to us and we are strong together. ANU - We. Shana Tova!

For more information about the New American Acculturation Program, including sponsorships of specific program, please contact Yelena Gerovich at 203 387-2424 x321, or email ygerovich@jewishnewhaven.org.