Group tour admission includes a guided tour of the core exhibition or special exhibitions.
- Available for groups of 15 or more at a discounted admission price
- Minimum of two (2) weeks advance reservation required
Don’t have 15 people? Book a private tour with a Museum docent for a flat rate fee. Call 216.593.0575 for pricing and availability. We also offer drop-in tours throughout the week.
JUDAISM – INTRODUCTION TO THE FAITH & TRADITION
Celebrate with Us! A Year of Holidays (Grades K-3)
Hear the heroic stories of the ancient Jewish people and learn how families celebrate their heritage today. Compare and contrast American holidays and those from other faiths with the special practices of our community. Explore Jewish ceremonial objects, sing songs and create holiday-themed art projects! The focus of the program changes with the season.
Common Threads of Judaism and Christianity (Grade 3 and above)
Centuries before Jesus was born, the Jewish people were living in the Holy Land, reading the Bible and blessing bread and wine—there were priests, altars and incense, too. Come explore the sacred writings, special places, holiday celebrations and life cycle events that form the basis of both Judaism and Christianity. See how these ancient traditions evolved into Christian practices and explore the ancient Judaic values that inform Christian and American social ethics today.
Roots of Jewish Tradition (Grades 4-6)
Discover how immigrant families preserved their cultural heritage and the important role faith and tradition play in Jewish life today. Learn about Jewish holidays, how families celebrate them and make connections between Jewish traditions and those of other religious/ethnic groups. Ancient Jewish rituals and practices are explained and explored through hands-on objects and cultural artifacts, many centuries old.
What is Judaism? (Grades 6 and above)
This overview of Jewish history, religion and culture uses centuries-old ritual objects from more than 20 countries to explain Jewish religious life and important lifecycle events. Historic photographs, narratives and artifacts from Cleveland’s rich Jewish history transmit the values and practices that continue to inform the lives of the Jewish people today.
Cleveland Jews & Israel (All ages)
Learn about Jewish life from Babylonian and Roman times through the British Empire to today and see how Israel grew from an undeveloped agricultural society to a leading innovator in biomedicine and computer technology. Students explore the impact of this small nation on the lives of contemporary American Jews and its continuing importance to people of many faiths.
Optional Extension Activity: Visit the sanctuary of The Temple-Tifereth Israel
30 additional minutes/additional $2 per student (recommended for all ages) Students visit the sanctuary of The Temple-Tifereth Israel, just steps from the Museum, to explore the sacred space and its ritual objects. Limited availability. Please schedule as far in advance as possible.
NORTHEAST OHIO JEWISH IMMIGRATION & HISTORY
Growing Up in Cleveland 100 Years Ago (Grades K-2)
How did children play, learn, work and celebrate in days gone by? By exploring artifacts, photographs and stories and engaging in hands-on activities, students learn to distinguish past present and future and compare and contrast their family life, holiday celebrations and school days today with those of children who lived in Cleveland neighborhoods long ago.
Building a City (Grades 3-5)
Who were the people who built the city of Cleveland? Where did they come from, how did they get here and where did they settle once they arrived? Learn about the different jobs workers had, the industries they worked in and the products they created as Cleveland grew from a tiny village to a thriving industrial center. Discover how citizens came together to create social service agencies, summer camps, settlement houses, schools and religious institutions.
Becoming American (Grades 6 and above)
Explore the role language, citizenship, work, faith, and social responsibility play in the immigrants’ transition to American life. Examine the struggles and triumphs of Jewish immigrants to Cleveland during the great waves of immigration from the 1840s to the 1920s and explore the tensions between ethnic identity, ancient traditions, American citizenship and the ongoing creation of a multicultural nation.
HOLOCAUST & DISCRIMINATION
Introduction to Themes of the Holocaust (Grades 8-12)
What happens when hate is left unchecked? Through artifacts, photographs, and film students examine how antisemitism, economic devastation and political instability lead to the systematic murder of six million Jews and destruction across Europe during World War II. Students also encounter how genocide has continued into the 21st century. Emphasis is placed on social responsibility, how individuals can make a difference and the need for tolerance in today’s world.
Stop the Hate (Grades 6 and above)
America holds the promise of a being a country where “all men are created equal” yet the reality of life in America has not always reflected this ideal. Learn how racism, ethnocentrism and antisemitism have plagued Cleveland and America since its earliest days. Hear the story of a young African-American Clevelander who shattered Olympic records and Hitler’s racial bias, how a Shaker Heights teen became a victim of international terrorism and how a Cleveland rabbi fought for justice and civil rights. Learn how citizens have come together to fight against discrimination and hatred to build a more tolerant and diverse culture.
Optional Extension Activity: Holocaust Survivor’s Testimony
30 additional minutes/additional $2 per student (Grades 8 and above) Students hear the first person testimony and inspiring narratives of Clevelanders who lived in Europe during World War II and were able to survive. Limited availability – please schedule as far in advance as possible. Survivors are available to speak in your classroom. (Grades 8 and above)