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 a creative 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.
more dates for all the meetings will be published soon.
Monday, Jan. 9, 2023 | 10:30 am
Hamsah Hamsah Hamsah
Pregnancy and birth in ancient times were experienced by humans as times of uncertainty and danger. Amulets and other means of protection were created specifically for the new mothers and babies.
During the tour: We will look at artifacts from the ancient Near East that were used to protect the new mother, her child and the household in general.
In the workshop: We will introduce ourselves to works of modern art inspired by ancient amulets. Then we will create protective amulets of our own inspired by artifacts from the Museum’s collection.
Monday, Feb. 13. 2023 | 10:30 am
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, March 13. 2023 | 10:30 am
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 | Program in Hebrew
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.