18.11.2021

The Saidler Gate at the National Library of Israel on Track to Complete Development in 2022

Saidler & Co. always held the belief that the people around us should benefit from our distinct perspectives. This principle of mutually beneficial partnerships between business and society is reflected in our values and our history of philanthropy to make a meaningful difference to the world we live in. 

This philosophy has guided the generous gift by the family Saidler to establish the Saidler Gate in the new building of the new National Library of Israel. The family was invited by the Yad Hanadiv Foundation to join its philanthropic efforts to build the National Library of Israel. Yad Hanadiv is a Rothschild family philanthropic foundation dedicated to advance Israel as a healthy, vibrant and democratic state. 

Development on Track to Complete Development in 2022

The 120-year-old National Library of Israel is home to the intellectual and cultural treasures of Israel and the Jewish people around the world. The current transformative renewal process is driven by the principle of opening access to the National Library’s treasures. When the new building opens in June 2022, 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 and 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. A center of learning and culture, the National Library is a repository for the collective memory of the Jewish people and Israel across time and across space, and will be a landmark in the Jerusalem skyline.

Joining Rothschild, Gottesman and the Israeli Government

The new National Library of Israel is made possible by the 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.