October 22, 2013 (Cleveland, OH) - The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage has reached two significant milestones with the beginning of the 2013 school year. Since it has opened its doors in 2005, the Museum has given more than 2,000 tours to more than 60,000 students. Tours include not only that of An American Story (part of the Museum’s permanent collection along with The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery), but more than twenty special exhibitions ranging in subject from the 60th Anniversary of Israel and the history of comic books to Pope John Paul II and the Berlin Olympics of 1936. The Museum already has more than 100 students scheduled to tour its current special exhibition TRAITOR! Spies, Lies and Justice Denied: The Dreyfus Affair.
Nearly 40% of these students were able to visit the Museum through funding by generous donors. For the past few years, the Museum has been able to offer free busing and admission for all Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools and free busing available for any school with 50% or more of its students on the National Reduced Lunch Program. “We are grateful to many foundations and individual donors for their support which has allowed us to reach students who might not otherwise be able to visit the Museum” says Director of Education & Programming Jill Rembrandt. “Through their generous grants many of our visiting students are able to leave the Museum with a greater sense of their family’s struggle to assimilate and make a new life in Cleveland. We have been able to share our messages of diversity and tolerance with the Greater Cleveland community and are proud to provide hands on informal education which has proven to be an integral part of the learning experience.”
The Maltz Museum builds bridges of understanding between the diverse ethnic, racial, and religious communities of Northeast Ohio. The story of the Jewish people in Cleveland is presented as a lens to look at broader issues in American and world history. Utilizing films, oral histories, artifacts, historic photographs and interactive computer displays, students have encountered:
- Clevelanders who stood up to hatred, racism, and anti-Semitism and built a community of tolerance and diversity.
- The tragedy of the Holocaust and the stories of survivors who triumphed over Nazi hatred.
- Cleveland’s growth from an isolated, swampy village to a thriving, modern metropolis.
- The immigrant experience in America and the struggle to hold onto traditions of the old world while embracing the freedoms and opportunities of the new.
- Jewish traditions that are rooted in ancient times yet continue to evolve.
- The State of Israel and the modern re-birth of an ancient nation.
All Maltz Museum programs encourage hands-on, participatory learning and are aligned with Ohio State Academic Content Standards in Social Studies, Language Arts and Fine Arts. Educators can schedule their tours by filling out the online Tour Interest Form or by contacting Mark Davidson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.