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The Jewish Mu­seum ex­plores who we are, cov­er­ing as­pects as di­verse as art and foot­ball

The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Laniado Uk -

ADRA­MATIC re­de­vel­op­men­thas­given­theJewish Mu­seum a beau­ti­ful, in­spir­ing home for itsworld-renowned­col­lec­tions and mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties for an ex­cit­ing fu­ture. The mu­seum is a joy to visit, a cul­tural land­mark and home to world-class ob­jects and ex­hi­bi­tions that tell the ex­tra­or­di­nary story of Jewish life in Bri­tain, from 1066 to to­day.

The dis­plays on re­li­gion and so­cial his­tory which form the core of its gal­leries are com­ple­mented by ex­cit­ing chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions high­light­ing as­pects of Jewish iden­tity and cul­ture. In 2013, th­ese will in­clude a ret­ro­spec­tive of one of the most sig­nif­i­cant artists in post-war Bri­tain, R.B. Ki­taj and an ex­hi­bi­tion on Jews and foot­ball, show­ing how the beau­ti­ful game has shaped — and been shaped by — Bri­tish Jews. The mu­seum is also an award-win- ning ed­u­ca­tional cen­tre, where imag­i­na­tions are sparked, mis­con­cep­tions chal­lenged and prej­u­dices over­come. The 14,000 pupils who­takepartin the mu­seum’s schools pro­grammes each year leave with knowl­edge of Jewish life, un­der­stand­ing of in­ter-faith con­nec­tions and greater cu­rios­ity about the world.

The Dis­cov­er­ing Ju­daism, His­tory and Cit­i­zen­ship, and Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes in­clude work­shops en­ti­tled Ev­ery Ob­ject Tells a Story, To­tally To­rah and Change and Re­spon­si­bil­ity. Stu­dents write in He­brew with a real quill pen, ex­plore ob­jects in the col­lec­tion, dis­cover how chil­dren their age ex­pe­ri­ence Jewish life, or hear the ac­counts of a Holo­caust or Kin­der­trans­port­sur­vivor.ThenewLon­don Linkss­chool­sand­mu­se­umpart­ner­ship tar­gets schools in ar­eas such as Hack­neyandTow­erHam­lets,which are rich in Jewish his­tory but where this his­tory is not al­ways taught. The mu­seum links Jewish his­tory with streets and build­ings th­ese chil­dren know well, high­light­ing the rel­e­vance of Jewish his­tory to other com­mu­ni­ties and to peo­ple to­day, en­sur­ing that sto­ries of Jewish life con­tinue to be told and that the sig­nif­i­cance of the Jewish com­mu­nity as a vi­tal part of Bri­tish life, is recog­nised through­out so­ci­ety long into the fu­ture.

Vis­it­ing pupils learn about his­tory and cit­i­zen­ship

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