Guided Tours at the Museum of the Jewish People
Guided tours of the Museum for individuals, families, and groups of different sizes are available in English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Yiddish and Spanish. Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length and can be tailor-designed to meet the needs and interests of a particular group. Add-on workshops of approximately one hour can be included in the visit as well.
Am Israel HA! What Makes Jews So Funny? Benji Lovitt
The famous Jewish names in comedy are too many to list. Why does it seem that humor is embedded in our DNA? In “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World” visitors take a lighthearted look at the origins of Jewish humor and the major contributions of Jews as superstar comedy writers, producers and comedians throughout history and around the world. The fun begins as you travel back to the Catskills comedy stage, relax on the Seinfeld TV set and sing along with Adam Sandler. Practice your own comedy stand up routine.
The exhibit will be followed by a conversation with acclaimed comedian Benji Lovitt whose unique perspectives are mined from the intersection of American and Israeli cultures. The group will explore Jewish identity and humor on a deeper level, gaining a greater appreciation of our rich history.
Recommended time frame: 2 hours
Inspire Your Story
The Museum is our playground as we tell stories, snap selfies and explore Jewish identity through guided activities and group discussions. Jewish values, language, culture, ritual and the role of Israel all come into play as we delve into collective memory and global interconnectedness.
Tours for Christian and Interfaith Groups - In Synagogue Hall: Now through May 2020
This tour begins with an overview of the history of the Jewish people. Using the renowned synagogue models, objects from featured communities, film, music, art, photos and interactive activities, a museum educator provides an immersive introduction to pluralistic Jewish life and practice in Israel and around the world today.
My Story, Our Story
(Family Groups, Synagogue Missions,
Bar/Bat Mitzvah groups)
A journey through the Museum illustrates each particular family’s cultural heritage. What unites us, and how are we unique? Life cycle events and
holiday displays are highlighted as an opportunity to discuss how communities celebrate these moments together.
Celebrate Israel's 70 Anniversary
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.
Repairing the World: A Path to Social Action
How can people and communities repair the world? The tour looks at Jews who have acted boldly to effect social change through courage, creativity, and innovation. Visitors explore questions of what makes someone a hero and how a community can influence and create positive change.