The Museum's 4th floor is opening this Pesach! Be the first to visit the Grand Opening on April 9 2012! The 'Voyage through Jewish History' exhibition will tell the story of the Jewish People throughout history, beginning with Abraham until today's age and beyond!
Below is an overview of the exciting and stimulating exhibits being created.
Travel back to Biblical times to experience history first
hand. Visit Abraham’s tent and be a witness to his ten tests
of faith. Draw buckets from a well to learn about Isaac
and Rebecca. Play with nesting dolls representing Jacob’s
twelve sons. Decorate Joseph’s unique coat of many colors.
Relive some of the defining moments in Jewish history—the
Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Torah on Mount
Sinai. Begin the Exodus experience by reading a cartoon about the Exodus story as it floats down the Nile River. Later, pass through the split waters
of the Red Sea, and witness a dazzling display of sounds
and lights as Moses receives the Ten Commandments. Breathtaking
multi-media effects capture the magnitude and awe of
this important event.
Following instructions and a “blueprint”
culled from the Torah, build a minature model of the tabernacle
(where the tablets of the Ten Commandments were stored) out of oversized building blocks. Sound the
shofar to bring down the walls of Jericho, and play
a high-tech version of King David’s harp. Peer
into a scale model of the Holy Temple built in Jerusalem
by King Solomon to see where all the rituals, rites
and ceremonies of Jewish life were carried out and where
many modern Jewish observances have their roots.
Take a virtual tour of Israel, and find out why the land
is so special to the Jewish people. Wander through a garden
comprised of the seven species mentioned in the Bible. Play
the exciting first fruits race and compete to bring the first fruits as offerings to the Temple.
through the Ages
Find out what the Mishna and Talmud are and then explore
the evolution of Jewish traditions and Biblical interpretation
by getting to know seven great scholars and spiritual
leaders - Hillel, Saadia HaGaon, Rashi (Rabbi Solomon
ben Isaac), Maimonides (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon), Rabbi Isaac Ben Solomon Luria (the Ari),
Rabbi Israel ben Eliezar (the Baal Shem Tov) and Rabbi
Yisrael Meir HaKohen Kagan (the Chafetz Chaim).
Return to the modern age to look at the vibrancy of Jewish
life around the globe. A giant map presents audio and
visual glimpses of various Jewish communities and their
unique traditions. Visit a replica of the Western Wall
in Jerusalem where you can have a “real-time”
look at the holy site through a state-of-the-art web cam.
Celebrate Jewish survival by learning true stories of
bravery, devotion, and faith during the Holocaust. Hear
about women in a concentration camp who made a menorah
out of nine spoons, peer into the secret synagogue created
in a basement in the ghetto and bear witness
to other tales of hope.
When visitors began their journey through the museum at
the story of creation, they learned about the obligation
to make the world a better place. At the conclusion of
the tour, the hope for the ultimate redemption is shared.
As a final project, each child will place a tile on a
large, ongoing mosaic, clearly demonstrating how we are
all part of the same world and are all responsible for
our own small portion of it.