Media Mogul Gives Gift To Help Build Museum

CLEVELAND (AP) - A broadcasting mogul will donate $6 million to build a nonprofit museum of Jewish history.

"You can't understand the present unless you understand the past," said Milton Maltz, whose family foundation is making the donation.

The museum will occupy a 15,000-square-foot building next to the suburban branch of the Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood.

It will open in 2004 to coincide with the centennial of the Jewish Community Federation in Cleveland, which will raise $4 million to complete the museum, estimated to cost $10 million.

The Temple will lease part of its property to the museum for $1 a year, Maltz said.

The museum will include displays from the Temple's renowned collection of Judaica; interactive exhibits and films on Cleveland Jewish history; and traveling exhibits from Jewish museums around the world, possibly including the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

The museum will also explore anti-Semitism and the continuing impact of the Holocaust. Maltz said he hopes the museum will appeal to the entire community. He also wants it to help ease conflicts among Jews of various denominations.

"Particularly at this time of struggle in Israel, we all need to come together," Maltz said.

Maltz, 72, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is chairman of the Malrite Co., based in Cleveland.

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