National Museum of American Jewish History gala

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - November 13, 2010

Tickets for this opening ran up to $5,000, and guests were treated to an elegant dinner and world class entertainment.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld kicked off the Grand Opening Gala of the National Museum of American Jewish History in Old City Saturday night, cracking jokes about everything from bathroom stalls to his mother.

Seinfeld one of many famous faces here to celebrate the museum's new $150 million, 100-thousand square foot home. Barbra Streisand stood beside the costume she donated, the very same dress she wore in the 1983 movie Yentl. Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe winner Bette Midler another headline act who wowed the crowd.

Guests had the opportunity to view the many exhibits featuring 1,200 artifacts as well as films and state of the art technology.

The museum billed as the only in the nation dedicated solely to telling the story of Jews in America, though Co-chairs explain there are lessons for everyone.

"Sure, it's a Jewish museum primarily, but the lesson learned while tracing our history in such a brilliant way, teaches all people that these opportunities are there for everyone," said Ronald Rubin, Co-chairman, and Board of Trustees.

Comcast Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider is the major benefactor of the "Only in America" Gallery Hall of Fame highlighting the accomplishments of 18 Jewish Americans, including guest Barbra Streisand.

"I think it's great that we have 18 inductees to the "Only in America" Hall of Fame, and Jewish people who have done phenomenal things in America, and America has been great for all of us," said Snider.

After the grand opening weekend and a series of exclusive previews, the museum opens to the public on November 26th.

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