Working Towards Jewish Peoplehood
Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, has been celebrating the story of the Jewish people since it opened its doors in 1978, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors.
Beit Hatfutsot, a national institution, is where people from all around the world can come and learn about the stories of the Jewish people from all places and historical periods.
The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS) within Beit Hatfutsot promotes and enhances knowledge, understanding, awareness and experience of contemporary Jewish identity, based on our exhibitions as well as our archives. We engage people from around the world with the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish People.
Beit Hatfutsot’s educational guided tours and programs create an inspiring connection to the Jewish people, by highlighting these questions, paradoxes and concepts:
- Jewish Peoplehood: What makes the Jews a people?
- Collective Memory: Over different generations, different places and different languages – How does a similar story unite the Jewish people?
- Israel: With a land, without a land, in our Homeland – What’s Israel’s part of the story?
- Jewish Values: What’s the added value to the story?
- Hebrew: Does the story sound better in Hebrew?
- Why identify with the Jewish people today?
You Are Part of the Story
The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies (ISJPS) invites you to question, feel, experience, learn and when possible take action as a response to your connection to the Jewish people.
Explore your personal narrative with our unique approach to Jewish Peoplehood via touring permanent and temporary exhibits, exploring our collection of archival & contemporary film and vintage photo material while expanding these insights in workshops. Participants are challenged in a fun and meaningful way to grapple with new understandings of Jewish peoplehood.
To enrich your visit, the following tours & workshops are specially tailored for: families, B’nai Mitzvah, students, young professionals, seniors and VIP’s.
What's Your Name - What's Your Story?
One way of getting to our story is exploring how names form our identity, as a prism to understand the unique and ongoing story of the Jewish people. A fascinating documentary clip spotlights Ethiopian Israeli immigrants, and the story of how their name change becomes a life-changer.
Digital cameras are distributed on tour and visitors are welcome to take photos of the museum exhibits to explore individual identity and Jewish Peoplehood. These creative visual diaries and personal stories, shared together, often reveal underlying values in addition to a broader perspective about Jewish peoplehood.
Through the Looking Glass – Community Reflections
This nostalgic tour showcases the beautiful miniature replicas of synagogues found in Jewish communities all over the world. We will further explore an array of Jewish communities using our fascinating collection of archival & contemporary film and vintage photo material, triggering comparisons to today’s contemporary community. There will be a chance to discover origins of family names and communities by searching our genealogical and heritage databases.
Tikkun Olam: a Call to Action!
This is a look at how Israeli grass-roots activists, past & present, often in partnership with worldwide Jewry, take national & global social action to “fix” the world. Using the museum’s temporary exhibitions, guest lecturers, and challenging dilemmas around universal vs. Jewish values, visitors question, feel, experience, and learn about taking action as part of the ongoing story of the Jewish people.
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The International School for Jewish Peoplehood Studies at Beit Hatfutsot
“It proved to be one of the best conferences I have attended, specifically in regard to the willingness and passion of the participants to listen to each other and build a shared understanding of what this new/old concept of Jewish Peoplehood means… Jewish Peoplehood is not a vacuous slogan; to the contrary, it is very important to our future.”
Dr. Bill Robinson, Chief Planning and Knowledge Officer of the New York Board of Jewish Education, and a member of the Jewish Peoplehood Task Force.