Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jewish History Museum: Special Passover Events

In celebration of the holiday of Passover, the National Museum of American Jewish History will have evening hours for the first time on Wednesday, April 11, when it will be open until 8 p.m. Visitors to the Museum can pay what they wish. The Museum café and store will also be open that night. The store will be offering a discount of 20 percent on Passover items on the 11th and the café will be kosher for Passover that night and for the duration of the holiday.

In addition, throughout the holiday, visitors will be provided with a Passover family guide that explores themes related to the holiday in the Museum’s core exhibition. The family guide will prompt discussions about the holiday and the parallels between the story of Passover and the story of freedom that is told throughout the three floors of the Museum’s core exhibition.

Each activity in the guide begins with a quote from the Haggadah (the booklet that guides the order of the Passover Seder while retelling the story of Exodus.) The family guide also contains questions geared to parents, non-family visitors, and older teens and includes definitions of the ritual objects and other items associated with Passover.

“During Passover Jews recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt, which is about the journey to freedom. Our exhibition shares the theme of freedom with visitors by exploring the experience of not just Jews, but all people, who have come to these shores for more than 350 years, fleeing persecution and seeking freedom and opportunity,” said Ivy L. Barsky, the Museum’s Gwen Goodman director and COO.

Passover begins Friday, April 6 at sundown. The Museum will close at 3 p.m. on that day. During the holiday the Museum will be closed on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.

The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.

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