Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture/Jewish Children's Learning Lab
The mission of the Children's Galleries for Jewish Culture (CGJC)/Jewish Children's Learning Lab (JCLL) is to engage school age children and accompanying adults in the exploration of Jewish culture and history through interactive exhibitions for children and related educational programs.
CGJC is an interactive exhibition space located in Chelsea, Manhattan. The Galleries currently has two hands-on exhibitions geared for students in second through sixth grade. From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America uses Jewish immigration to exemplify those issues that are common to all immigrants and would be especially topical for your student population. Students engage in problem solving activities such as using a scale to weigh tangible arguments for staying or leaving, packing a trunk to decide which objects are truly important to them, and shopping in a supermarket where everything is in an unfamiliar language. From Tent to Temple: Life in the Ancient Near East explores the basic needs and natural resources available to those living in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and ancient Israel. Students build tents, hunt and fish, and engage in an archaeological excavation to help them understand life in the "cradle of civilization."