Thursday, November 29, 2007

Museum Announces Chanukah Dreidel Tournament!

Thursday December 6th @ 1:30 pm

Sunday December 9th @ 1:30 pm

The Jewish Children's Museum announced today that its entire second floor will become grounds for a competitive Dreidel Tournament. Four playoff brackets will feature competitors face to face, taking turns at spinning to score. Depending on how the Dreidel lands (see rules below), teammates will either advance or be ousted from the tournament. After each suspenseful countdown, team points will be tracked using tournament coins. After each team crowns a finalist, the two competitors will don gold ribbons and duel in a final round off. The playoff will produce a Dreidel champion, who, along with scoring prizes for the entire team, will win a video camera.


  • Every player starts with 10 coins. There will be 10 coins in the pot at the center of the table.
  • The youngest child at the table will start the game. The arrows on the table indicate the direction of play.
  • Each player spins a Dreidel at his/her turn.
  • When a player gets a “ג” (“Gimmel”) he/she takes all the coins in the pot except for one, and all the other players put one of their coins into the pot.
  • When a player gets a “ה” (“Hei”) he/she takes half the pot. (If the pot contains an odd number of coins, the player takes the smaller half).
  • When a player gets a “נ” (“Nun”) he/she does not take any coins from the pot or put any coins in the pot.
  • When a player gets a “ש” (“Shin”) he/she must put two of his/her coins into the pot.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Manhasset Macy's In-Store Flyer

Billionare Visiting the U.S. Schedules Private Tour of the Jewish Children's Museum

Leviev put on his reading glasses to take a closer look

Leviev speaking with the Museum's Executive Director, Yerachmiel Benjaminson

On Wednesday November 14th, billionaire business mogul Lev Leviev concluded his week-long visit to the U.S. with a two hour private tour of the Jewish Children’s Museum.

Leviev, who was joined by his 13 year old son, took great interest in all the exhibits during the tour, which was partly led by the Museum’s Executive Director, Yerachmiel Benjaminson.

After the tour, Leviev told Benjaminson that the Museum greatly exceeded his expectations, saying, “I did not even dream that the Museum would be like this!”

Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger and Family Tour the Museum

For the second time in a month, Chief Rabbi of Israel, Yona Metzger, visited the Jewish Children’s Museum. This time, however, he was joined by his wife and three of his children. Rabbi Metzger was very proud to explain his family the exhibits and encourage them to get up close and hands-on with the displays.

The whole family laughed while crawling through the Challah Tunnel on the gigantic Shabbos table exhibit; danced, touched and smelled their way through the Holidays; and played a lively game in the Game Show room.

“It’s amazing what the Museum is doing to spread awareness,” said the Chief Rabbi.

Rabbi Metzger’s youngest son Elimelech, 7, had a blast, running excitedly to every exhibit while calling his older siblings to join. Rabbi Metzger took the visit as an opportunity to bring Judaism alive for his son, and asked Elimelech trivia-style questions related to each exhibit.

At the conclusion of the three hour tour, Rabbi Metzger said, “We have to make something like this in Israel!”

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Booklet from Installation Ceremony for Judge Michael Mukasey

Last week, Judge Michael Mukasey was officially installed into office as the new Attorney General of the United States.

At the 2006 Jewish Children's Museum Dinner, he received the Ari Halberstam Memorial Award. His award was mentioned in the ceremony's official booklet (above).

Judge Mukasey is also on the Museum's Honorary Board of Directors.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

World’s Greatest Department Store to Host Workshop Wonderland Celebrating World’s Greatest Miracle.

The Jewish Children's Museum announced that they will be bringing their “Chanukah Wonderland” to the Macy’s Kids Floor in two separate Macy’s locations. The Children will meet Judah the Maccabee, who will lead Children in an olive-oil-press workshop, where they will be making their very own olive oil. The workshop will imitate the process the Macabees used 2,000 years ago, to make the refined oil they used to light the Menorah. Using real life olive presses, children will squeeze the oil that Judah will use to light the Menorah. Children will make “Jewelites” - decorating classic Chanukah images with bright Jewels – and receive Chanukah gifts.

The kids will use a real olive press, made of wood and cast iron. The children sort and hand-press fresh olives, then decant the olive juice to quickly extract the pure olive oil. As the olive oil is refined, the children will hand spin wicks out of cotton and then use the resulting oil to light the Chanukah Menorah with Judah. The kids will decorate Chanukah “Jewelites” and receive Chanukah gifts.

MACY’S in Manhasset December 2nd at 1pm
1100 Northern Blvd Manhasset, NY 11030
Kids Floor. No charge.

MACY’S in Herald Square December 9th at 1pm
151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001
Kids Floor. No charge.

The Chanukah holiday commemorates the Jews’ victory over the mighty Greek empire in the year 139 BCE. After the Greek king, Antiochus, issued oppressive anti-religious decrees against the Jews and desecrated the Holy Temple, a small band of warriors, the Maccabees, joined to fight him, against great odds. Following their miraculous victory, the Maccabees restored the Holy Temple and began to search for pure olive oil with which to kindle the Temple’s Menorah. Although they found only enough oil to light the Menorah for one day, the oil miraculously lasted for eight – hence, the eight-day Festival of Lights. For more information on Chanukah visit