Parenting has always been at the center of human culture, future hopes and continuity, prayer and worship.
Budding parents are invited to come, with thier baby, to participate in a tour and workshop and have a taste of the roots and meaning of the experiences of birth and parenting in the anciant world and today, and create a personal souvenir.
The sessions are guided by Rabbi Debbie Shua Chaim, who specializes in spiritual direction on childbirth and parenthood, and coordinates programming for families, High Holidays, and community in the Museum.
Monday | 13.6.22 | 10:30
What shaped parenting and familyhood in ancient times? How were children adopted in biblical times? What have we inherited from fathers and mothers from 4000 years ago? And how is all this relevant to parenting today?
During the tour we will encounter ancient objects that depict mothers, fathers, babies, children, and families, through which we will acquaint ourselves with the concept of the family in the ancient world.
In the workshop we will try out ‘spinning’, an ancient female craft, and weaving, once a predominantly a male skill, and we will participate in a process of creation and discourse on weaving together our families.
Monday | 11.7.22 | 10:30
Birth Stories – From Great Myths to Your Story
Every myth is a birth story, and every birth story is a mythology. In mythologies lie the deep beliefs of our culture and in birth stories we discover our deepest beliefs about ourselves.
During the tour we will meet visual depictions of myths and creation stories from a variety of cultures of the Ancient Near East.
In the workshop we will write down our birth stories and explore connections between them and the myths we encountered on the tour, and we will try to renew our knowledge of ourselves through these stories.
One meeting: 50 ₪
The full series of meetings (three): 120 ₪
Meetings include coffee and a snack with nursing corners available | Limited capacity
Accessible for strollers but we recommend to come with a baby carrier as well.
After the meeting you are welcome to continue exploring the museum.