A Night at the Jewish Museum
was held on Friday 17th to Saturday 18th January 2014 at the Jewish Museum of Greece.
Fifteen children from year five of the Jewish Community of Athens School for Jewish Children took part in the programme. First the children were shown the Jewish Museum's permanent exhibition and they then took part in the educational programme attached to the temporary exhibition Synagonistes: Greek Jews in the National Resistance and talked about the period in question with history researcher Iasonas Handrinos.
Then the children planted bulbs to mark the Tu-Bishvat Jewish celebration of and their involvement in the JMG's Crocus educational programme. In this programme flowers are planted in memory of the children of Judaism from all over Europe who lost their lives during World War II.
After this the children played a special JMG version of Taboo which uses words with a Jewish focus. Supper came next, and then a film show of The Crazy Adventures of Rabbi Jacob.
It was then time to get the sleeping area ready and listen to a story read them to them Mrs Zanet Battinou, the director of the JMG. The story was by Isaak Bashevis Singer and was about nature and Tu-Bishvat.
After breakfast the next morning, the children played an educational treasure hunt, which took them all over the museum. The teams had to solve riddles, complete missions and put together the pieces of a puzzle in order to find whereabouts in the museum the treasure was hidden.
This game taught the children a lot of things about the objects in the museum's collections. Lastly, the children showed their parents round the exhibitions and told them about the objects that had impressed them most. When the whole educational experience came to an end, the children not only had lots of new knowledge they had acquired at the JMG, but went home laden with keepsakes and gifts from the museum.