2019 Outreach Programs
For Children and Teens in Berlin and Brandenburg
The Jewish Museum Berlin has set ambitious goals for the coming years. In 2020, we will be opening both the new permanent exhibition and a new Children’s Museum across the street from the main museum. In keeping with the realignment of our programming entailed by these major projects, the Jewish Museum Berlin plans to set new standards with our future educational work. The outreach program, a special focus of these efforts, will be expanded and modernized as part of the many innovations. With our programming, we hope to continue to reach young people who would not have the opportunity to come visit us at the museum. The Jewish Museum Berlin has already been pursuing this goal since 2007 with the on.tour outreach program.
The traveling exhibition On.tour: The Jewish Museum Berlin Tours Schools has reached around 75,000 schoolchildren at 587 high schools to date. Our valuable experiences from ten years of on.tour are the foundation of the museum’s new outreach programs. Like our future exhibitions, our educational work is being reconceptualized with the help of participatory methods and digital platforms – and will then feed back into the museum and thus into broader society.
Programs for Young People Ages 13 and Older
The new outreach program will start with workshops on all aspects of the new Jewish Places website. The very first interactive map of Jewish life in Germany incorporates more than 7000 data points related to local Jewish history and is constantly growing with the support of users. Jewish Places makes Jewish history tangible within users’ own experiences by directing their attention to secular and religious places and Jewish lives from their immediate surroundings.
In 2019, we are working with high school students from 8th grade and above (roughly ages 13 and older). In collaboration with teachers, team leaders spend a week accompanying the teenagers around their hometowns as they follow physical and digital traces of the Jewish life using their mobile devices. Participants gain knowledge of regional history, have their first experiences of academic research in archives and libraries, and are trained in media skills for dealing with sensitive content. At the conclusion of each workshop, students record the traces they have discovered in Jewish Places and share their newfound knowledge with the public.
Until May 2019, we put together tours for five schools in Berlin and Brandenburg and qualified coordinators prepared for the workshops. Perfectly equipped and loaded with ideas, we will set off in late summer 2019 in our revamped tour bus.