Beit Hatfusot Plus – You Are Part of the Story
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is more than a museum. This unique global institution tells the ongoing and extraordinary story of the Jewish people. Based on its renewing displays, online databases and innovative educational programming, the museum offers engaging experiences for groups at the museum, and more importantly during these times – for Jewish communities around the world.
With the 2020-21 school year coming up with a lot of unknowns, we have put together an outline of activities that the museum offers. Each of these can stand alone or be included of a yearlong program. Our activities divide into two:
- Live! Online Museum Tour
Live! The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot invites groups of all ages around the world to join innovative and groundbreaking online tours, all in under an hour. In the online live session, your group will be able to tour the museum in Tel Aviv with a museum educator, working only with your group, from the comfort of a smartphone or computer. The tours are interactive, and allow each participant to ask questions and share ideas with the group throughout the session, as if they were taking an in-person tour.
- International Programming
The Museum of the Jewish People offers programs for schools and communities in 40 countries, providing hands on methodology for engaging students with their personal stories, while connecting them to the greater story of the Jewish people.
- Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study
What stories do synagogues tell? On the tour of Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present, we will explore synagogues from Morocco, Poland, the USA, Curacao, Holland and more to discover the unique identities of Jews that pray (or prayed) there, as well as show commonalities. This gallery, based on the famous collection of Beit Hatfutsot’s synagogue models, showcases how these structures act not only as prayer spaces, but as community centers. We will engage participants to reflect on their own Jewish spaces and ask: what does it say about my personal Jewish story?
- Start My Family Story
My Family Story – This meaningful and fun Jewish heritage program involves over 20,000 Jewish youth from 30 countries around the globe. Students research their roots and use their creative skills to design original, artistic installations that capture the essence of their family history. Top entries are selected for display in an international exhibition, with the winners receiving a free plane ticket to Israel to participate in the opening. Siyyum activity of My Family Story in April- see below.
- Live! Capturing Your Jewish Story
In this online session, a museum educator will tour the Jewish Lens exhibit at the museum, showing photography from teens around the world and how they capture their Jewish lives. Discussion will include image and text, diverse ways to portray Jewish peoplehood using today’s visual language.
- The Jewish Lens Program and Competition
The Jewish Lens Program and Competition – An interactive experience that challenges teens to explore their Jewish identity through the power of photography. In partnership with renowned photographer Zion Ozeri, teens worldwide submit photographs that capture the theme of “my connection to the Jewish People.” The winning photographs are featured in a dedicated exhibition at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot. The program includes: 3 basic lesson plans, additional optional content, and opportunities for joining an international competition.
December 2020 – Channukah:
- Live! Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People
The Heroes: Trailblazers of the Jewish People tour and workshop inspires young people with epic stories of great Jewish leaders, while presenting Jewish values in a fresh, accessible and exciting way. The objective of the program is that students learn that Jewish heroes teach us Jewish ways of life; providing us with practical knowledge, motivation and a Jewish approach to achievements, struggles, thinking and doing, in a way that is relevant to every person, everywhere, at any time.
- Live! Online Tour in the NEW Museum of the Jewish People
Live! Online Tour in the NEW Museum of the Jewish People The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is undergoing a comprehensive renewal process. In late 2020, the renewal process will culminate with the opening of a new 66,000 square feet permanent exhibit. The new museum will offer an authentic, inclusive and inspiring global Jewish experience, applying cutting-edge design and technology to showcase a vision of Jewish life that is diverse, accessible and engaging.
Com.munity – Include your community in this interactive display exhibited in the new core exhibit of the Museum of the Jewish People.
- Live! Generations Mifgash (Meet)
This activity brings together children and grandparents from around the world. Grandchildren and grandparents log on to the group Zoom session, each from their own computer and community, and delve into a fun and meaningful meeting between the generations. Both generations explore family stories together, and discuss similarities and differences between growing up now and in pre-internet times. The session is led by a museum educator skilled in leading intergenerational tours and activities. Recommended for ages 4-8, and their grandparents or older family member.
- G2G: Generation to Generation
G2G: Generation to Generation: A dynamic program that brings together younger and older generations through high tech and personal narratives. Engaging in mutual learning, students and older adults use apps to share life stories and upload them to the Beit Hatfutsot worldwide story collection. This program can enhance existing intergenerational programming or create new opportunities.
March 2021- before Purim:
- Live! Let There Be Laughter - Jewish Humor Around the World
Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World – Am Yisrael HA! What makes Jews so funny? And how did “The People of the Book” turn out to be superstar writers, producers and comedians? On this tour, we will take a lighthearted look at the origins of Jewish humor and the major contributions of Jews to the rise of a global industry. We will celebrate the diversity and vitality of Jewish humor, and explore how elements of Jewish joking have remained constant regardless of time, place, and language.
- * Live! My Family Story
* Live! My Family Story: Family stories are brought to life in creative ways around the Jewish world
Throughout the world, Jewish youth research their roots and document their heritage. Together with their families, they create remarkable artistic installations that capture the essence of their Jewish traditions, heirlooms, language and stories. In this session, participants explore how young Jews tell their family stories around the world and engage in hands-on activities relating to their own stories.
- Mifgash - with Israeli school, Tisch Dialogue Center
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- Live! Celebrating Israel
Delve into the meaning of “yearning for Zion” throughout the ages and the significance of Israel in the hearts of diverse Jewish communities around the world. Participants engage in the story of the Jewish people, featuring views of Israel in Jewish life, ritual and experience.
This tour highlights Israel in the various museum exhibits and looks at Israel as a multidimensional concept (eretz-land, moledet-homeland, medina-state) in different communities. Museum educators engage participants in various questions and activities in the galleries raising these questions and exploring their connection to Israel and the Jewish People.