Kfar HaMishkan is primarily an exhibition, which is developed around the central narrative of “A Journey through Time”, a portrayal of how the faith, culture, customs and religious expression as well as the history of the covenant people as described in the Scriptures were shaped. The exhibition combines modern technology with the ancient events that shaped the history of all the nations. At the center of this is the nation of Israel and her relationship with God. The heart of this unfolding story is the Tabernacle, a structure for which God gave Moses clear instructions on exactly how it should be built. The Tabernacle of Moses embodies the concept of how “God wants to dwell with man”. The exhibition proclaims this rich history of a people who are once again coming together as a nation from a diversity of cultural differences to embrace the values of this unique faith of which Abraham is the father. The exhibition will be in Jerusalem, which has always been central to the expression of this faith.
The exhibition, together with ancillary accommodation and structures for the various aspects and services, are developed in the form of a ram’s horn. This ram’s horn-shaped cluster of buildings is shaped around a model of the Tabernacle of Moses and the tribal tents pitched in formation as the children of Israel encamped in the wilderness. The ram’s horn shape signifies a proclamation of the existence of the nation of Israel as well as her influence on the nations.
The primary function of the exhibition is to serve as a tourist attraction where visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the unique way of life and thinking of a people formed through the events of history as depicted in the Scriptures, based on their unique faith. Moreover, the exhibition will also show that these historic events not only shaped the faith and values of the people of Israel, but also of all other nations.
The secondary function of the exhibition is to act as an educational tool, serving all the dynamic aspects of the project. The ram’s horn-shaped cluster of seven buildings will host the different aspects of the exhibition and the supportive initiatives of Kfar HaMishkan. It will be developed to accommodate the exhibitions, an operational center, educational and conference facilities, hospitality facilities such as hotels as well as a shopping and commercial center. The complex and its annexes will house the exhibitions such as ¨a Journey through time¨, an ancient arts and crafts center and a biblical garden. The exhibitions must operate as fully functional and interactive experiences involving as many of the human senses to create an experience that leaves the visitor with a lasting impression.
A team of field experts and consultants will be responsible for the development of the exhibition. The team will also engage with and involve various individuals and institutes in Israel and abroad to ensure access to the largest possible input of knowledge and expertise to assist in the conceptualisation and development of the project. The development team will take into consideration the insights of all people and institutions wishing to participate actively in the development of the exhibition. It is crucial that this project is developed as a consolidation of impressions, knowledge and skill from all participants to ensure a unique development.
The development team will work in close co-operation with the office of the Mayor of Jerusalem as well as the different Ministries of the government of Israel relevant to the project. Such co-operation will ensure that all statutory requirements are met and it will focus on promoting the continual needs of the city of Jerusalem as well as tourism as a whole in Israel. Kfar HaMishkan is an initiative of Hebrew People and is registered in Israel as “The Mishkan Village Institute”. The conceptualisation, development and continued management fall under the supervision of the Hebrew People team. After the initial completion of the development, the project will be managed as a division of Hebrew People in conjunction with the project partners.