Museum for Youth: educational programs for schools in 2019

28.03.2019

 

 

We are proud to announce that our collaboration with Dutch Jewish humanitarian fund continues this year.

 

We announce beginning of the project “The Jewish museum for Youth” - it continues till the end of 2019 year. This is series of workshops which take place in museum – fascinating journey with school students inside museum universe, according to their wishes and needs of what they want to learn.

 

All workshops are interactive – we try to involve each student and use materials from museum collection – subjects, photos, documents, as well as specially made for this purpose educational materials.

 

Students also will try traditional Jewish pastries - imberlach, lekech and matzos.

 

Last year with Dutch Jewish humanitarian fund help we made project “The museum Goes to School” happened. During whole year our museum pedagogues were at sixteen different schools and worked with students 13-20 years from 45 different classes.

 

List of possible workshops:

 

Workshops at the museum:

 

 

Outstanding Jewish personalities for the Republic of Latvia

 

Duration: 1,5 hours

 

Age: high school – 15-19 years old

 

Objective: to form an image of the diversity of Latvian cultures and the role of national minorities in it, assessing the Jewish contribution to the cultural heritage of Latvia.

 

During the workshop, the students, using the materials from museum’s collection, will get acquainted with outstanding personalities – the Jews, who, in pre-war Latvia, have been active in various fields, gaining recognition both among their peers and in the wider community. Students will have the opportunity to explore their destinies, thus learning about life and atrocities of the XX century.

 

As a result, students will gain an understanding of the contribution of the Jews to the development of the Latvian state and the life of the pre-war Latvian Jewish community.

 

Jewish traditions

 

Duration: 1 - 1,5 hours

 

Age: middle school – 12-15 years old

 

Objective: to learn about cultural and religious diversity, focusing on the basics about Jewish traditions and holidays.

 

After a short tour around the museum, the students will take part in the performance of Kabbalat Shabbat. Then, working in groups, they will learn about different Jewish holidays. At the end, they will present self-made greeting cards they are going to make for each holiday.

 

Find at the museum!”

 

Duration: 1 hour

 

Age: middle school – 12-15 years old

 

Objective: to introduce pupils to the history of Latvian Jews, Jewish heritage in Latvia and the Holocaust tragedy.

 

During the lesson, pupils will get acquainted with various exhibits of the museum. While working in groups, they will have an opportunity to explore these exhibits and particular objects themselves and present their work to others.

 

During the lesson, students will gain an understanding of Jewish history in Latvia starting from the 16th century until the end of the Second World War.

 

Remember / not / Forget

 

Duration: 1,5 hours

 

Age: high school – 16-19 years old

 

Objective: to stimulate the reflection about the necessity to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and tragedies.

 

During the workshop the students will reflect about the ways and necessity to commemorate. As a result, students will get an important impulse to take part in the commemoration events and form their opinion about the remembrance.

 

Workshops outside the museum:

 

Visit to the Riga Synagogue

 

Duration: 1,5 hours

 

Age: middle and high school – 14-19 years old

 

Objective: to form an image of the diversity, to introduce students to Judaism traditions and to the cultural, historical and architectural heritage of Riga

 

Interactive tour around Riga Ghetto

 

Duration: 1,5 hours

 

Age: high school – 15-19 years old

 

Objective: to introduce students to the history of the Holocaust and the Riga Ghetto; to promote critical thinking of pupils during a research of historical resources and completing different tasks; to empower empathy through visiting different places of former Riga Ghetto and studying testimonies of those, who lived on that time.

 

Visit to Rumbula, Bikernieki (mass-murder sites) or Salaspils concentration camp

 

Duration: 1,5 hours

 

Age: high school – 15-19 years old

 

Objective: to introduce students to the history of the Holocaust and the understanding that the Holocaust events happened next to us and make important part of the general history of Latvi

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