Press Release

The Democracy Pavilion

The Democracy Pavilion, a unique multi-media experience, in full 360 degree technology, showcasing the values embedded in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, will open to the public on Independence Day.

Towards the inauguration of the Democracy Pavilion on Independence Day, a pre-launch event will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:15 PM in the presence the Speaker of the Knesset, MK Yuli Edelstein, who will be the first to re-sign the Declaration of Independence, reffirming his commitment to its values. Participants include Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute and Sean Taube of Taube Philanthropies. The first screening of the spectacular audio-visual presentation of the main events that shaped Israeli democracy from the establishment of the State of Israel until today, in the spirit of the values of the Declaration of Independence, will be held at the pre-launch event.

The Democracy Pavilion, a large geodesic dome at the heart of 1 Rothschild Plaza Tel-Aviv, conveys the values of equality and freedom and highlights the pluralism and diversity that characterize Israel’s democracy. Quotes from the Declaration of Independence are embedded on the arches surrounding the Pavilion.

Yohanan Plesner, IDI President: “Israel’s 70th anniversary is an excellent opportunity to recap the challenges we have overcome over the years: seven wars, ongoing terrorism, the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin, waves of immigration as well as the first and second Intifada. Throughout all of these and other events, we respected the decisions made by State institutions and abided by the rule of law. Israel’s democracy draws its strength from our ability to stand united and face daily security threats and internal challenges while remaining true to the democratic values mapped out in the Declaration of Independence. Adherence to these values is the secret to the remarkable achievements during the 70 years of the State’s existence”.

The Democracy Pavilion will be open free of charge to the public 7 days a week from Independence Day on May 18, 2018

Sunday - Thursday 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday 11:00 AM - 9: 00 PM

 The Democracy Pavilion is in partnership with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and will be open until the end of 2018.

Planning and production: Disk-In; Architecture and Design: Ollech Studio

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Taube Philanthropies

About Taube Philanthropies: for more than 30 years, Taube Philanthropies has been a leader in supporting diverse educational, research, cultural, community, and youth organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Poland, and Israel. Founded by businessman and philanthropist Tad Taube in 1981, and now led by Tad and his wife Dianne Taube, the organization works to ensure that citizens have the freedom and opportunity for advancement of their goals and dreams. Taube Philanthropies makes this a reality by issuing grants through its two foundations, the Taube Family Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.