Monday, May 12, 2008

Jewish Children’s Museum Takes Kids to Sinai (Sundays May 18-June 15)

Children are donning their goggles and flexing their muscles for Sinai Sensation, a feature exhibit at the Jewish Children’s Museum in honor of the pending holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah. Children are invited to retrace the steps of the Jewish People’s exodus from Egypt, experience the giving of the Torah and get up close with ancient Torah scrolls.

Blending with the normal Museum tour, Sinai Sensation offers a host of engaging Sinai experiences. Children will turn into archaeologists by putting on goggles and fishing through a mock water-bed to find ancient treasures left behind during the splitting of the sea. Kids can find a wealth (literally!) of surprises; the deeper the dig, the more exciting the find.

The more earthy tribe member will revel in the Desert Challenge, a more competitive and demanding version of the Jewish peoples’ desert-trek. Kids get to strategies and traverse their way through a 36’ rock-climbing wall – without protective clouds or a torch leading the way.

All swimmers and climbers eventually find their way to Mount Sinai, where they will witness the giving of the Torah. Children will watch the Ten Commandments descend on a cloud, accompanied by a spectacular sound-and-light show.

Along with all the Sinai interaction, the Museum will be bringing children even more up close by revealing ancient Torah scrolls and teaching about the Torah’s intricate writing process.

Sinai Sensation is accented by a live Shavuot game show and original Torah craft.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

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Project iMatzah in full swing!

Visitors to the Jewish Children's Museum give their passover greetings to U.S. Army Sgts. Paul Davis of New York and Lewis Salboa of the Dominican Republic. At the end of the event, Salboa said that they "were very happy to partner with the Aleph Institute in this wonderful program."
Zohar Schulman writes a note to her father, who is on active duty in Baghdad.

More than 500 children learned how to bake matzah Wednesday during Operation: Message in a Matzah at the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y. Part of the museum’s annual matzah workshop, the joint program with the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based Aleph Institute sent a package of specially-baked Passover matzah to Jewish soldiers stationed abroad for every matzah the children baked themselves. The museum visitors also filled out cards to bring smiles to American military personnel.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani at the Jewish Children's Museum

Attorney General of the US -- By the Dinner at the Jewish Children's Museum

A Mother's Pain Translated Into Hope

Torah Unwrapped!

304,805: Letters in a Torah scroll.
3,320: Years since the first Torah was handwritten on raw parchment.
1: Chance to try it yourself.

Children explore every element of the Torah-making experience during this spellbinding event. Uncover the history of hundred-year-old scrolls, see and handle unfinished hides for parchment, mix ink, fashion goose-feather quills and try your own scribal-scribble!

Workshop includes Torahs, Tefillin and Mezuzot of different traditions that survived persecution through the ages.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Bring Cheer to Children in Hospitals with the Jewish Chidlren's Museum

The Jewish Children's Museum Introduces....

A World of Light!

December 24th through January 1st

[Extended Hours: The JCM is open from 10 am to 5 pm during this Winter Recess]

Take part in a wonderland of good-will by playing in the World-of-Good Game Show, decorating do-good images with bright jewels and making get-well cards to be delivered to children's hospitals. Every participant will be entered into a raffle to win a Nintendo Wii!

Special Event:
December 26th 12:30-1:30 PM
A Nurse from Downstate SUNY Medical Center will be accepting cards and speaking of the positive impact get-well wishes have on hospital patients.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Author and Lecturer Shmuley Boteach Visits the JCM with Family

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach takes his turn reporting the miracle of
Chanukah in the Jewish Children's Museum Press Room

Rabby Shmuley Boteach scans products in the JCM Kid's Supermarket

Author and Lecturer Rabbi Shmuley Boteach toured the Museum, bringing seven of his children along for a three hour journey through the exhibits.

At the end of the tour, while the Boteach children played near the humongous Dreidel in the Museum entry plaza, Shmuley told Executive Director Yerachmiel Benjaminson, "This Museum sets a new standard in excellence. It's phenomenal."

Rabbi Boteach's latest book, The Broken American Male, And How to Fix Him will be published next month. He has just launched a Jewish values-based initiative called "This World."

Monday, December 10, 2007

More Chanukah HighLIGHTS at the JCM!

Photo-Op with Judah the Maccabee!

Donut Decorating!

Chanukah Jewelites!

"Count the Dreidels" Contest!

Chanukah Computer Interaction!

The JCM Celebrates Chanukah with Macy's!

Hundreds of visitors and Macy's shoppers were treated to a special Chanukah Wonderland on the 34th Street Macy's kids floor on Sunday. Children took part in an olive-press workshop led by Judah the Maccabee, who cracked jokes and gave a riveting account of the Chanukah story. The Menorah was lit using the freshly squeezed oil. Children made Chanukah "Jewelites," decorating Chanukah images with bright Jewels. All children took home Dreidels and chocolate coins!

Pictures from the JCM Dreidel Tournament

Watching the Dreidel spin...

...on what will it land?!

An excited semi-finalist

The tournament crowns a champ!

A winner takes home a video camera!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

It's a White Chanukah!


Ambassador of France to America made a special appearance to light the Menorah.
The Chanukah celebration was hosted by Consul General of France Mr. Fran├žois Delattre.
Rabbi M. Cohen of Chabad speaks to the crowd at his Chanukah Party at the French Consulate

Judah the Maccabee shows children freshly squeezed olive oil during an
olive-oil-pressing workshop at the French Consulate

Judah helps a child light the Menorah, part of the first night
of Chanukah's celebration at the French Consulate

JTA Publishes Article on JCM

Children's museum receives $10,000 grant

Published: 12/04/2007

The Jewish Children’s Museum in New York received a $10,000 grant for afterschool education.The Nissan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Japanese automotive company, awarded the grant to the Brooklyn-based museum in recognition of its multicultural educational program.The money will support “Creative Kids,” an afterschool program that exposes children of all backgrounds to Jewish culture and traditions. Last year, 500 children aged 9 to 15 enjoyed arts and crafts, dance, nutrition, computers and homework tutoring through the program. Established in 1992, the Nissan Foundation provides grants to approximately 10 organizations each year, with a preference for educational programs that foster awareness among cultures.