Live! Online Tour of the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot
Live! The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot invites groups of students, and kids at all ages around the world to join innovative and groundbreaking online tours and courses, 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. The tours can be stand-alone sessions, or can we can work with you to build a year-long program with online and offline content. There are six tour options- take one or take them all!
What stories do synagogues tell? On this tour, we will explore synagogues from Syria, 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?
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! Jewish Art and Culture
The story of the Jewish people has been beautifully told through art, literature and architecture for centuries. Creative outlets have allowed Jews to express their beliefs, transmit collective histories to the next generation, and process the harsh realities of anti-Semitism. In this tour, we will look at different platforms of Jewish art and culture, including synagogue art from the Persian Empire, the humorous writings of Sholem Aleichem, and Israeli Purim masks from the Gulf War.
Live! American Jews
The story of Jews in the United States is one of diversity, contribution, and triumph. This tour will focus on the social, cultural and religious history of Jewish Americans, analyzing the significance of both the Touro Synagogue (1763), and Seinfeld (1990s), with everything in between. We will ask the questions, “What role does my American identity play in my Jewish identity? And vise versa? Is it possible to separate the two?” We will also emphasize the diversity of the Jewish experience by comparing and contrasting American Jewish tradition with that of other communities around the world.
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 members.
Live! Telling the Story: Focus on Sephardic communities and Jews of Middle East and North Africa
This tour will explore a variety of ways that the renewing of the Museum of the Jewish People is taking shape, while focusing on the stories of Sephardic Jews, and Jewish communities from the Middle East and North Africa. With tastes of the current Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present exhibition, glimpses of the new core exhibition, the online museum databases and innovative educational programs, participants will be introduced to different parts of the Jewish story and various ways those stories are told.
The tours are held over Zoom and last around 45 minutes. They are ideal for all ages, except where specifically stated. The cost is $100 per tour, which can include as many participants as you would like.