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.
Means - Stages
Welcome to the Museum. Stickers with the children’s names. Introductory games where children say something about themselves.
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 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 concept “collection”
What is a collection? Have you got any? What kind?
Where else have you seen collections?
Introduction to the subject
Brainstorming of ideas about what the children know about holidays.
Exploring the museum displays for items that are used in holidays.
Presentation of findings.
Discussion about whether they have seen them used in holidays they are familiar with, or whether some look like items they know.
Brainstorming about Pesach and Easter.
The Jewish Calendar (brief mention).
Game with customs of various holidays.
Play acting (re-creation of the Sabbath table).
What new thing did you learn at the Jewish Museum today?
What would you like to see or do next time you’re here?
If you lived with a religious Jewish family, what would you be able to do and what not during the Sabbath?