A Day on.tour

Organizational and Content-Related Information for Interested Schools

When visiting your school with our on.tour team, we adapt the program to your school’s schedule. Our on.tour bus arrives before the start of the first period and leaves at the end of the sixth. During the six periods in between, we give five school classes the opportunity to take part in a workshop or go on a guided tour.

Schedule

time Workshops in the class room Guided tours through the exhibition (grade 5 up)
1st period 1st workshop:
It was as simple as that (grade 9 up)
or
My page(s) (grade 8 up)
building up the exhibition together with students;
1st guided tour
2nd period
3rd period 2nd guided tour
4th period 2nd workshop:
It was as simple as that (grade 9 up)
or
My page(s) (grade 8 up)
5th period 3rd guided tour
6th period

Deconstruction of the exhibition together with students after the 6th period.

During the main breaks we're offering a dialogue in the exhibition for all students.

Guided Tours

The mobile exhibition offers students aged 10 and up the opportunity to learn about Jewish traditions, festivals, and history in an independent, interactive fashion. Three staff members are in charge of the mobile exhibition. They take the school classes on 90-minute tours of the exhibition. Weather permitting, we set up the exhibition in the schoolyard, otherwise at a central location in the school building.

We drive directly onto the schoolyard with our on.tour minibus and set up the exhibition outside the vehicle. We require an area of about 6 x 9 meters. In order to display the exhibition in a school building, we need approx. 6 x 6 meters – ideally, in a spot that is easily accessible to all the students. That way everyone can visit the exhibition during recess.

The students can sit on, rotate, and turn over the cubes. They are encouraged to explore the exhibition and learn about topics independently by reading short texts. From the life stories and various objects that they can pick up and thus literally "grasp," the students gain valuable insight into religious, cultural, and historical aspects of Judaism. After viewing the exhibition, the students give presentations about what they have learned. The on.tour team supports them in the process, providing interesting facts about the objects, answering questions, and moderating the presentations.

We offer three guided tours per school visit, each for one class at a time (max. 30 students). Please choose a suitable class for periods 1–2, 3–4, and 5–6 and specify the contact person for each.

Children gather around and on the mobile exhibition cubes. Inside they discover different-sized Nivea containers.

Students explore the exhibition; Jewish Museum Berlin 2007, photo: Sönke Tollkühn

Themes of the Exhibition

The five red cubes contain selected objects from the museum. In addition to exhibits on the Jewish religion and items linked to persecution, the cubes show a variety of everyday objects, many of which are connected to the young people’s worlds. Religious artifacts and everyday objects provide information on how religion and daily life are intertwined. The Jewish holiday of Shabbat and various Jewish festivals such as Passover are presented as examples. The stories of the Julius Fromm company and Löb Strauss, a Jew from a rural community in southern Germany, offer historical and biographical perspectives.

Together with a guide, two children examine an exhibition cube

Children reading and comparing Jewish first names, past and present; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Svea Pietschmann

Workshops

In tandem with the exhibition, we hold two workshops, each for one class at a time (max. 30 students). Please select a suitable school class for periods 1–3 and 4–6, select the desired topic, and specify a contact person for each. You will also need to provide us with a ground-floor classroom for the workshops.

A workshop spanning three class periods (135 minutes), either deals with growing up Jewish after 1945 (It Was as Simple as That), suitable for ages 14 and older, or Jewish life in Germany today (My Page(s)), suitable for ages 13 and older

We will bring all the required materials.

It Was as Simple as That

Workshop on Growing Up Jewish after 1945

In this workshop, students aged 14 to 18 are divided into small groups and listen to audio stories to learn about the lives of a variety of people.
What was it like to grow up in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland after 1945? We posed this question to eighteen well-known and lesser-known, religious and not-so-religious Jews and recorded their answers. We also asked them for a photograph depicting a formative event in their childhood or adolescence.

Stories about the Past with a Bearing on the Present: The photos date from 1947 to the early 1990s and capture contradictory moments in the interviewees’ lives: feelings of estrangement and belonging, escapes from daily routines, hopes and dreams.

At the conclusion of the workshop the groups discuss their results and relate them to their own experiences.

A child and an adult stand near a cross on a mountaintop.

Daniel Wildmann on Pierre Avoi (in Valais, Switzerland), one of the speakers for It Was as Simple as That; photo: Paul Wildmann

My Page(s)

Workshop on Identity, Ancestry, Faith, and Home

In this workshop, students aged 14 to 18 form small groups and use media applications and video interviews to explore life stories.

Six Jewish teenagers and young adults living in Germany introduce themselves in interactive photo albums that can be viewed on tablets. Personal video interviews provide insights into the young people’s lives and daily routines and underscore the cultural diversity of Jewish life in Germany today. Using these presentations as a springboard, the workshop focuses on the themes of identity, ancestry, faith, and home. The students are given the opportunity to draw connections between what they see and hear and themselves and to ask specific questions: How am I shaped by my family history? What do I believe in? What are other people’s beliefs? Where do I belong? What does “home” mean to me?

At the end of the program, the students discuss the themes and contents of the workshop together and make connections to their own experiences.

A student swipes across the iPad.

Students discover the lives of Jewish teens in the workshop My Page(s); Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Cornelius M. Braun