In 2020, the Jewish Museum Berlin's new permanent exhibition opened, followed in 2021 by the opening of the ANOHA children's museum across the street from the museum. Building on the program reorientation associated with these major projects, the Jewish Museum Berlin also wanted to set new standards for its future educational work.
The outreach program was a special focus and was further developed in step with the many improvements. With our outreach program, we wanted to continue to reach young people who could not easily come to our museum. This is a goal that the Jewish Museum Berlin has been pursuing since 2007 with the outreach program on.tour.
The mobile exhibition on.tour – the Jewish Museum Berlin Visits Schools has so far reached nearly 75,000 students in 587 secondary schools throughout Germany. The valuable experience gained from ten years of on.tour forms the foundation for the Museum’s new outreach programs. Based on the new exhibitions and supported by digital and interactive methods, we were rethinking our educational work.
Programs for Young People Ages 13 and Older
In 2019 and 2020, the new outreach program was launched with workshops relating to the new website Jewish Places. The first interactive map of Jewish life in Germany consists of over 7000 data on Jewish local history and carries on growing with the support of its users. Jewish Places brings Jewish history and present in our surroundings to life through secular and religious places and Jewish biographies.
From early summer 2020 to mid 2021, we worked with school students from secondary schools from 8th grade as part of five tours:
As part of a five-day workshop, the approximately 20 young participants explored historical places of Jewish life in their environment with educational support from three experienced museum team members. Equipped with mobile devices, they took photos and videos, conducted independent research in archives and libraries, and talked to members of the local Jewish community.
They summarized the information and insights they had gather in brief texts and uploaded these as user-generated content to the Jewish Places website, thus making them accessible to a broad public. At the end of the week, they presented the places and stories they had discovered to their fellow students, teachers, and interested guests from the area and community.
Perfectly equipped and with many ideas in our luggage, we were on the road with our newly designed tour bus.
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