Located in Brooklyn, New York, the Jewish Children’s Museum sets the stage for children of all backgrounds and beliefs to gain awareness and understanding of the Jewish heritage. Through a variety of educational, hands-on exhibits, visitors will experience Jewish history, culture, and traditions.



History:

The Jewish Children’s Museum would not be in existence today with creators of the museum first hosting a Jewish Children’s Expo. In the fall of 1986, the first expo of its kind was held and drew a crowd of more than 30,000 people to the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The Expo featured a variety of historical, cultural, and traditional exhibits meant to educate and delight their young visitors. Throughout the next 5 years, the Expo became increasingly more popular and at one point. In fact, the Expo had to be moved to a larger convention hall when more than 75,000 visitors began attending annually.

This extreme interest in the Expo led to the founders of the museum to the most wonderful idea – turning the expo into a year-round, permanent event – the Jewish Children’s Museum.

In March 1994, the Museum was dedicated to 16-year-old Ari Halberstam, a young Jewish boy who was gunned down and murdered in Brooklyn by a Lebanese terrorist. The Museum honors his memory by providing future generations of children with a message of hope, acceptance, and harmony through the power of knowledge.

Attractions:

The Museum is meant to be a place of learning, wonder, and hands-on experiences. That is why children are invited to touch, handle, and even climb on the exhibits. There are a variety of exhibits for visitors to learn and explore.

Exploring Jewish Life: Located on third floor, this exhibit allows the visitors to experience day-to-day aspects of Jewish life such as Shabbat, various holidays like Chanukah, shopping in the supermarket for typical Jewish foods, and cooking in a Kosher kitchen.

Voyage Through Jewish History: Located on the fourth floor, this exhibit takes visitors on a historical journey starting in biblical times, through the horrors of the Holocaust, and into modern Judaism. Visitors can par the red sea, learn about the evolution of Jewish traditions, take a virtual tour of Israel, and visit the Holy Temple built by King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Gallery of Games: Located on the fifth floor, this exhibit features six holes of mini golf course where children can play golf while experiencing major Jewish life events such as a Bar Mitzvah. The walls of this exhibit are literally lined with activities and games for children to enjoy.

Activity Center: This exhibit allows visitors to read, craft, attend workshops, discover synagogue, and experience what it’s like to be on a game show! There is even movie theater with multiple showings daily and a kid’s library.

Amenities: Besides all of the exciting exhibits, there is also a cozy coffee shop and a delicious restaurant on the ground level of the Museum.

Banquet Hall: There is also a place to celebrate a typical Jewish event such as bar and bat mitzvahs, engagements, and even host corporate events. There are a variety of caterers and event planners available to help organize the perfect event.

Educational Opportunities:

The Museum itself is one giant educational opportunity, however, there are group and school guided tours available upon request. There are after-school programs, summer camps, and various organizations available for visitors to participate in as well.

A variety of hands-on programs cover a wide range of themes including Jewish culture, holidays, history, traditions, and values. These programs are customizable and available for children ages Pre-K through 8th and include visits to the exhibits, creative crafts, game shows, and hands-on workshops. These programs conform to NY state and city learning standards and are also available for special needs groups.

Upcoming Events:

Matzah Factory: During this event, children get the real experience of making Matzah! They harvest the wheat, draw the water, roll and bake their own Matzahs, all while learning about Passover through a very entertaining puppet show.

Throw and Tell: World renowned performer, Michael Karas, will be delighting guests with dynamic family fun! The show is a must see and is sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Additional Information:

Jewish Children’s Museum, 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213, Phone: 718-467-0600

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