National Museum of American Jewish History dedication

INDEPENDENCE MALL - November 14, 2010

Vice President Joe Biden is in town for the occasion. He is one of so many dignitaries on hand to commemorate a building years in the making... a testament to Jewish Heritage and the accomplishments that helped build this country.

With music befitting the occasion, they lined up early this morning to be part of a moment many called long overdue.

The official dedication ceremony is the culmination of a weekend filled with events... most notably the Grand Opening Gala Saturday night, featuring performances by Jerry Seinfeld and Bette Midler - two Jewish stars who've helped define two generations of American arts and culture.

The new building, a $150-million, 100,000 square foot structure will house four floors of exhibitions and displays highlighting both individual and collective accomplishments in American Jewish culture. It replaces the old Museum of American Jewish History, a 15,000 square foot space located just a short distance away, but, so say people here, in a different world.

Preparations for the Vice President's arrival along with the context of the event brought out extra security this morning, but everything has proceeded without incident, and many who have just come for the first time, say they plan to come back, many times.

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