23
Jul
2013
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Creating a Student Museum

Taichman Lilach

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Lilach Taichman, Ivy Kaplan, Jack M Barrack Hebrew Academy

 

As of 2013, for three years students at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Philadelphia have created, curated and been docents for museums they have made using Centropa resources and their own research.  Two years in a row they created museum panels to stand alongside Centropa's own exhibits - one of Czech Jewry and the other of Polish Jewry - and in 2013 they created all 38 panels for a truly special exhibit about Sephardic Jewry in the Balkans.  The project is part of a community commemoration and/or presentation and parents, students and other faculty come for a special ceremony (two years it was for Yom Hashoah, another it was part of an arts event) and to view the museum, during which students are docents.  In this project students also have the option to make a family history video in the style of Centropa's short multimedia films - these films are shown in a separate room during the community event, for visitors to watch. The faculty at Barrack Hebrew Academy are gathering these family history films and plan to launch a Barrack Family Archives.

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