04.03.2022

The Saidler family joins the Rothschild Foundation and the Israeli government in the project of the new National Library.

Saidler & Co. is honored and delighted to be invited by Yad Hanadiv-the Rothschild Foundation to join its philanthropic efforts to build the National Library of Israel. A generous gift from the family Saidler will establish the Saidler Gate in the new building of the new National Library of Israel, which will open in 2023.


Joining Rothschild, Gottesman Family and the Israel Government

The new building is made possible by the extraordinary generosity of Yad Hanadiv-the Rothschild Foundation, the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Family of New York and the Israeli Government, with additional generous support from foundations and individuals across the world:

The Saidler Gate

The Saidler Gate - One of 4 main entrances

The stately 24 ft. by 24 ft. Saidler Gate will serve as one of the main entrances to the new building. The Saidler Gate is located on the western facade of the building, opening into a spacious foyer which leads to the Israel and Judaica Collection sections of the Main Reading Hall and the 170 seat seminar space. 


Designed by Herzog & de Meuron

The new National Library of Israel will stand as an international landmark in Jerusalem's National District, which encompasses the Knesset, the Supreme Court, neighboring government ministries and the Avenue of Museums including the Israel Museum.The 480,000 sq. foot building is designed by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and scheduled to open in 2023. 

Home to intellectual treasures of Newton, Kafka, Zweig and Buber 

The 120-year-old National Library of Israel is home to the intellectual and cultural treasures of Israel and of Jewish heritage. When the new building building opens in less than 12 months, the Library’s treasures, including over 5 million volumes of books, handwritten works by luminaries such as Maimonides and Sir Isaac Newton, exquisite Islamic manuscripts, personal archives of leading figures including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, Stefan Zweig, Gershom Scholem, millions of digital items, the largest collection of Jewish and Israeli music, as well as world-class collections of photographs, ancient maps and more, will become available and accessible to the public as never before. 

The Saidler family is proud to join the philanthropic efforts of close friends in this prestigious project.