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Groups from MetroWest, NJ, Explore Jewish Identity

01.05.2012

Jewish groups from MetroWest, NJ, explore Jewish identity at Beit Hatfutsot


 Two groups from the Jewish community of MetroWest, New Jersey participated in an international and inter-generational encounter at Beit Hatfutsot in March.  The Israel Center Experience of MetroWest and Central Jersey Leadership, a collective of lay leaders and educators on a study tour, joined the MWG4 young leadership in Israel on a mission with young Israeli and Ukrainian leaders, for a special program with The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot.


Participants explored the museum’s transition from a paradigm of diaspora towards a paradigm of Jewish peoplehood through an interactive and critical tour of the current permanent exhibition. One of the highlights was a creative workshop in which mixed groups of participants, older, younger, Israeli, American and Ukrainian, were charged with the exciting task of conceptually designing the new Museum of the Jewish People.  Each participant was asked to reflect on vital questions such as: What should be represented? What can be left out in the space that I have? How, as a member of the Jewish people, do I want my museum look?


As part of Beit Hatfutsot's ongoing effort to engage the Jewish and Israeli public in the creation of the new Museum, the activity offered participants a wonderful opportunity to examine the essential elements of the Jewish people, while providing Beit Hatfutsot with crucial feedback. 


If you would like your community’s mission to Israel to include special programming on Jewish peoplehood, contact school@bh.org.il .