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.
Means - Stages
Introduction (15 minutes)
Welcome to the Museum. Stickers with the children’s names. Introductory game, where each child says something about themselves (favourite colour or food, where they went for the holidays, etc.)
Can and can’t do
What do you think we can do here today?
What do you think we can’t do?
Introduction to the premises
Have you been to the Jewish Museum before? What did you see? What did you like? What didn’t you? What do you think we are going to see today? Have you been to other museums? Which ones? What did you like? What didn’t you?
Introduction to the subject (5 minutes)
Brainstorming of ideas on the subject “customs” (what is a custom, which customs come to mind).
Investigation (10 minutes).
Exploring the exhibition area.
What did you see that you didn’t know before?
In which holiday do you think it is used?
How can we find out?
Play Acting (30 minutes).
Acting: re-creation of customs of different communities, which are no longer remembered. (Thessaloniki: Novias for the Purim, Rhodes: dusting of the tablecloth for the Rosh Hashanah, Ioannina: “Irtaman” announcing the beginning of Purim, decoration of the oil lamp for the Kippur.
Listening to songs related to those holidays and customs.
The communities game (30 minutes).
The children are split into 3 teams, one in the library, one in the Modern Art area and one in the Circle of Life exhibition area. Each team represents a community: Ioannina, Thessaloniki, Rhodes.
Each group takes a box with material for a community’s custom. The aim of the game is to make up a story they will present to the other teams.
Crafts (20 minutes).
Decoration of a wooden Mejoujah.
How did you like what we did today?
What new thing did you learn today at the Jewish Museum?
What would you like to see or do next time you are here?