The Educational Service
The Educational Service organises activities for children, individually or with their family, and programmes for schools (primary, secondary, students and teachers).
Its primary mission is to present the history and cultures of Judaism and their interaction with local cultures (Islam, Christianity, etc.) to pupils from nursery school to high school. In this respect, intercultural dialogue is always the central aim of activities catering for widely differing publics. Exploring art and history, the mahJ’s pedagogical activities provide keys for an understanding of the contemporary world whilst encouraging individual creativity, with the emphasis on an understanding of what can be termed “Jewish art.”
A range of some forty activities (guided visits, visit-workshops and discovery visits), focus on the Jewish calendar, rituals, the history of the diaspora, biblical narratives and figures, the Hebrew alphabet, the Jews in France from the Middle Ages to the Dreyfus affair, the coexistence of different religions and cultural stereotypes, in constant interaction with the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions.
Original methods, including artistic creation, role play and dramatization, are used to sensitise participants to complex themes.
Collaborations with the Mémorial de la Shoah, the Institut du monde arabe, the Musée national de l’histoire de l’Immigration, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée national du Moyen Âge and Les Archives nationales, extend and complement these experiences in other contexts.
The Educational Service hosts five hundred primary and secondary school groups yearly, a total of some 12,500 pupils.
The Educational Service actively contributes to the way that the coexistence of different religions is taught in schools, notably via teacher training, working closely with education authorities in the greater Paris region and the Institut Européen en Sciences des Religions (IESR). This initiative has been intensified by the artistic and cultural education policy implemented by the Culture and Education ministries in 2008.
The resurgence of anti-Semitism in all its forms is making it particularly necessary to develop activities enabling a fuller knowledge of Judaism by all, and to train teachers to be able to fight prejudices and discriminations. To this end, pedagogical resources (visits, thematic dossiers, etc.) are regularly provided for teachers and their pupils to help them to gain an understanding of the themes explored by the mahJ’s pedagogical activities.
Le service éducatif comprend enfin un volet consacré aux enfants et aux familles hors-temps scolaire. Là encore, l’objectif est de susciter la créativité des plus jeunes par des activités plastiques en lien avec les collections. Pour les familles, des activités intra-générationnelles sont proposées pour mettre en évidence l’importance de la transmission dans le judaïsme, notamment par des activités culinaires particulièrement inventives.
En complément de toutes ces activités, des cycles – films, spectacles etc. – à destination du jeune public sont régulièrement proposés à l’auditorium du mahJ.