The idea of creation of the Jewish Museum belongs to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR), namely to Alexander Moiseyevich Boroda, Borukh Gorin and Berl Lazar, the chief rabbi of Russia.
Initially, the request for an additional plot of land sent by the FJCR to the Moscow Government was not about a museum as such but about an educational center with a wide range of possibilities.
It was planned to found an institution of the edutainment format where visitors would be able to learn the history of the Russian Jewry in an entertaining format as well.
The undeniable advantage of the edutainment format is in the heavy use of media-technologies which allow to extend the boundaries of the museum imbuing it with plenty of information and to secure its regular updating without any reconstruction of the display area.
Moreover, the project creators had the task to shape the integral knowledge to be delivered with the help of the permanent exposition. For that it was necessary to organize scattered fragments of the Russian Jewry history at the academic level.
“It was important for us to create not simply a storage for knowledge about long-gone days but a permanently developing cultural center – the museum of past, present and future, which will be able to evolve and take new shapes,” Alexander Moiseyevich Boroda, one of the founders and the Museum Director General, commented on the museum concept.