Programming for Christian, Catholic and Interfaith Groups
At the museum, we use historical objects, reconstructions, maps, video, music, multimedia and interactive displays, to follow the Jews from the ancient land of the Bible, into the diaspora and home again.
Our tours are designed for both children and adults, and serve to supplement and enhance your visit to Israel, answer your questions and deepen your experience of this uniquely meaningful place.
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In the New Wing
Group tours available 2019 and on-going
Jewish Religion and Practice: Past, Present and Around the Globe
Hallelujah! Assemble, Pray, Study – Synagogues Past and Present
The Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall
This tour begins with an overview of the history of the Jewish people in Israel and the diaspora. You will then visit the museum’s renowned synagogue models, which will introduce you to Jewish communities around the globe and the varied rituals of Jewish life: social gatherings and lifecycle events, study, prayer, charity, etc. You will see objects from the featured communities and enjoy film, music, video, art and interactive activities highlighting pluralistic Jewish practice around the world today.
60 minutes, guided tour
Genealogy Databases – Family Trees and Names
The Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogy Center
Over 5 million individuals are already recorded in this continuously expanding database. Visitors from all backgrounds can explore their ancestry, record and preserve their own family trees for future generations and add their own “branch” to the family tree of the Jewish people.
30-60 minutes, self-guided research in the Lobby Study Center
New Core Exhibition
(opens May, 2020)
Overview and themed group tours will be available starting May, 2020
Floor 1: Foundations of Jewish Life
The story of the Bible is depicted through the art, artifacts and interactive displays on this floor. Shabbat, the Covenant and Prayer — the key tenets of Jewish life – are explored as a crucial source of connectivity between Jews and with the communities that surround them.
- The Bible and its Influence on Modern Culture
- The Covenant and Jewish Prayer
- Jewish Values (Sculpture in the Atrium)
Floor 2: Jewish History
This floor presents a historical narrative of global Jewry. A large-scale interactive map of Jewish migration tracks Jewish journeys through time and place. In these galleries the uninterrupted presence of a living Jewish community in Israel for the past 4,000 years is traced in a historical context.
- The Jewish Canon
- History of Jewish Migrations
- Jewish History: The Modern Era
- The Holocaust and its Aftermath
Floor 3: Identity and Culture
Contemporary Jewish culture in modern times and the contribution Jews have made to global civilization are on view in these galleries.
- Jews in World Culture
- Culture: Music, Film, Television and Art