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  Educational Programmes and Activities
  1. Synagogue
    The aim of the programme is for the children to get to know the prayer ground of the Jewish religion, come into contact with the holy texts that are read in the synagogue, the customs and rituals of a service, the decorative motifs and symbols. The programme is linked to the periodic photographic exhibition “Light and shadows”.
     
  2. Holidays
    The aim of the programme is for the children to get to know the most important holidays of the Jewish calendar and to appreciate the wide appeal of holidays in all peoples and ages. Furthermore, to discover elements common in both the Jewish and Christian religion, in the calendar, customs and traditions of the two.
     
  3. The circle of life
    The aim of the programme is for the children to get to know about the basic customs and traditions regarding the main stages of a Jewish person?s life, from birth till death; also to compare Jewish traditions with those of other religions.
     
  4. Clothing
    The aim of the programme is for the children to get to know the traditional attire of the Jews of Greece, to grasp the difference of the sephardic one and compare the romaniote style of dress with other traditional Greek costumes of the same period. Also, to compare jewellery and talismans.
     
  5. Young Curator
    This is a programme which aims at bringing the children into contact with the process of incorporating an object in a museum's collection. The children take part in all the stages of processing an original object, from recording it to finally storing it in the Museum's storage facilities.
     
  6. Holocaust
    The aim of the programme is to bring the children into contact with what happened in Europe and Greece during World War II; furthermore, to let them learn about the fate of Jewish and other victims of the Holocaust through historical documents, photographs and testimonies; finally, to encourage them to discuss the importance of the moral issues involved in our lives today.
     
  7. Customs
    The aim of this programme is for the children to get to know old festive customs of Jewish holidays, which are no longer practiced or remembered. This is achieved through contact with objects from the museum's displays, games, acting, and crafts, which also help the children develop cooperation and social skills.
     
  8. The History of the Greek Jews: Jewish communities in Greece
    The programme aims at familiarizing the children with the centuries-old existence of Jewish communities in Greece, ever since the 3rd century B.C. The children learn about how the communities have changed over time and what form they have today.
     
  9. Short Play: “Albert's story”
    The aim of this short play is for the children to experience the events that other children of their own age lived through during the war. The events described reflect historic reality and are based on authentic memoirs of three children who lived during the Holocaust. These are in the Museum's archives and have been combined to make up the story of a family, as described in the diary of the son, Albert.
     
  10. The oil lamp
    The aim of this inter-cultural educational programme is to let the children discover the meaning and use of the common oil lamp in the three monotheistic religions, namely Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
     
  11. Pesach and Easter (family programme)
    The aim of this intercultural programme, which took place with the co-operation of the Children's Museum, is to alert the families to the connections between the Christian and the Jewish religion. To this end it helps parents and children discover elements of the Pesach celebrations, and compare Pesach with Easter, while working together in order to discover the answers.
     
  12. Museum Case: “Hidden Children in Occupied Greece”
    The programme aims at raising the students? concern about issues that are always current, such as the horrors of war, the protection of human rights, people?s identity, social tolerance, the right to be different, racism and fear of aliens. (It is linked to a travelling exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece)
     
  13. Holy Books: The Torah, the Quran, the Gospels
    This educational programme was put together with the co-operation of the Byzantine and Christian Museum and the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art. It aims at letting the students discover common elements - as well as differences - between the holy texts of the three main monotheistic religions. It also aims at helping children understand the contribution of each culture, as it is seen through works of religious art and to investigate the potential and historic precedents of peaceful co-existence of all three with each other.
     
  14. Welcome to our table
    The programme aims at familiarising students with nutrition, as seen from the point of view of the Jewish religion. Issues such as fasting, forbidden foodstuffs, eating customs connected with major holidays and stages of a person's life (birth, name-giving, marriage, death) are explored. The importance of oil, wine and bread in people's diet is also looked into, as well as traditional Greek Jewish recipes.
     
  15. Museum case: “Holocaust”
    The aim of the programme is to bring the children into contact with what happened in Europe and Greece during World War II; furthermore, to let them learn about the fate of Jewish and other victims of the Holocaust through historical documents, photographs and testimonies; finally, to encourage them to discuss the importance of the moral issues involved in our lives today. (Linked to a travelling exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Greece)
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