The Minve – the Academy’s New Center
To further advance the mission of the Academy and accommodate its expanding presence, activities, and importance, the Academy has launched a campaign, as part of the intensive efforts to fund the construction of a new and fitting home. In 2012 the Israeli government embraced the Academy’s initiative, deciding to share in the vision to establish the Minve – the new Center for the Academy of the Hebrew Language that promises to be a site of national significance and a global hub for the living Hebrew language.
The Municipality of Jerusalem has earmarked a piece of land for the new Center in Jerusalem’s National Quarter, adjacent to the Knesset, the Israeli Supreme Court, and the Israel Museum. The new, state-of-the-art facility will enable the Academy to be housed on a prestigious and meaningful site commensurate with its mission. It will extend and strengthen the scope and quality of its interaction with the public, through increased programming and through the world’s first museum devoted to the Hebrew language—its history, development, and revival as a native tongue. Through interactive exhibitions with visual, aural, and experiential components, the museum will engage visitors both intellectually and emotionally, reflecting the centrality of Hebrew to Israeli and Jewish life and culture.
The Hebrew language serves as a major gateway connecting Jews in Israel and the Diaspora; the Minve will broaden and enlarge this gateway. Its planned location, a short walk from so many national attractions, positions it well to become a prominent cultural destination of Israelis and tourists from abroad alike.
Minve, the name chosen for the future home of the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Jerusalem, is derived from the word naveh (home, beauty) and is on the same grammatical pattern of the words machane (camp) and mitzpe (observatory). The new word “Minve” was coined by Professor Moshe Bar-Asher, President of the Academy of the Hebrew Language.
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