laboratory about shabbat

WHERE: Jewish Museum of Venice

NATURE OF ACTIVITY: learning laboratory

THEME: Shabbat

DURATION: 1½ hours

TARGET SCHOOLS: nursery, primary and secondary schools

DESCRIPTION: for nursery and primary schools the laboratory starts with some animated readings on the theme of Shabbat, the main Jewish holiday. Following these, each child will make a sabbath lamp out of recycled materials and try to write a few Hebrew letters on it. The activity will conclude with a tasting of challah bread, the Shabbat loaf that recalls the manna that fell from heaven for the Israelites in the desert. At the end of the laboratory the class will visit one of the Venetian synagogues.

For secondary schools, the activity will focus on observing the Shabbat rules and on making a bookmark as well as a sabbath lamp. The activity will conclude with a tasting of challah bread, the Shabbat loaf that recalls the manna that fell from heaven for the Israelites in the desert. At the end of the laboratory the class will visit one of the Venetian synagogues.

AIMS:

  • to get to know and understand the traditions and usages associated with the most important Jewish festival: Shabbat.
  • to try using the Hebrew alphabet by writing a few simple words and recognising their particular characteristics

Cost: €90 up to 15 students. €5 for each extra student.

Educational activities are designed for a minimum of 15 students per class  up to a maximum of 25 students. 2 accompanying adults are allowed free entry, plus carers, where appropriate, for small or disabled children and those with learning difficulties.