Our hearts are burdened in this time of uncertainty and conflict in Israel. As we grapple with the brutal attacks on innocent families and communities, it becomes increasingly important to find moments of hope and resilience amid the chaos. The approaching holidays of Chanukah and Thanksgiving are a poignant reminder that even in the darkest times, there is a light that can guide us forward.
A month and a half since the war began, the Children's Museum of the Galilee remains a steadfast symbol of hope and optimism. The war has not deterred our commitment to the project; if anything, it has strengthened our resolve to create a future filled with beauty, growth, and joy.
Our Executive Director, Eli Moskovitz is currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces reserves. He reports that, despite the challenges, he is seeing a strong spirit of resolve both among the soldiers and the general population. "It’s as though the entire country is drafted and is part of the army. Am Yisrael Chai!". In these trying times, the need for our museum has become more compelling than ever.
Why the Children's Museum of the Galilee Matters Now:
1. Strategic Location in the North:
Situated in the vulnerable north, the Children's Museum of the Galilee is crucial in a region susceptible to ongoing attacks. The absence of comparable institutions in the area emphasizes the significance of this project as it seeks to fill a void in providing informal experiential education in the entire Galilee/Golan.
2. Healing Through Play:
War has a heartbreaking impact on children. This museum will offer creative and supportive experiences designed to alleviate the burden of trauma. The museum will serve as a play-based, fun, educational, and interactive space for the 415,000 children in our local region alone.
3. Educational Innovation:
Developed in collaboration with renowned Developmental Psychologist Dr. Yael Barak Levy, the museum's approach to education is multi-dimensional, interactive, and engaging. By focusing on exploration and discovery, the experiences offered will help children build communication skills and promote emotional connections.
4. Economic Contribution and Rebuilding:
Beyond its educational impact, the Children's Museum of the Galilee holds the promise of economic contribution to the region. Through job creation, tourism, and various other avenues, the museum is poised to play a vital role in rebuilding northern Israel once the war concludes.
As we navigate through these challenging times, we hope to be in the post-war phase sooner rather than later. The Children's Museum of the Galilee stands ready to be part of the recovery and healing process, offering a space for rebuilding and nurturing the resilience ingrained in our community.
It’s SepSTEAMber at the Children's Museum of the Galilee!
Embracing New Beginnings: Helping Kids Navigate Change
September is a month of transition, marking the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. It's a time when children, like the leaves on trees, prepare to change and grow. As the Children's Museum of the Galilee takes shape, we're excited to explore the world of change through the lens of S.T.E.A.M. and how it impacts our little ones.
Supporting Kids Through Change:
As parents, grandparents, caregivers, and educators, we can play a vital role in helping children embrace change. Here are some strategies:
Science Behind Change:
Science is the foundation of understanding change. It's not just about what changes but why. Dr. Susan David, a renowned psychologist, suggests, "Science teaches us that change is a natural part of life, and understanding its underlying principles can empower children to embrace it."
In a world where technology shapes our daily lives, children are digital pioneers. Technology can both be a bridge and a catalyst for change. As we embark on new beginnings, let's remember the wise words of Steve Jobs: "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." It's essential to guide our children to be leaders in adapting to technological changes, embracing the future with confidence and curiosity.
Change often requires the construction of bridges between the past and the future. Engineers are experts at designing solutions that pave the way for progress. Just as renowned architect Maya Lin once said, "To me, when we're designing or building something, it's an embrace of the future, but it's also an embrace of the past."
The Art of Adaptation:
Change often requires creative solutions. Through the arts, children can express their feelings and ideas about change. Pablo Picasso once said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
Mathematics of Transition:
Mathematics helps children make sense of patterns and transitions. As we embrace new beginnings, let's remember what renowned mathematician Albert Einstein said: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Harness the power of S.T.E.A.M. to help children navigate change:
-Science:Explain the science behind changes they may encounter.
-Technology: Use technology to explore and adapt to new situations.
- Engineering:Encourage problem-solving and designing solutions to cope with change.
- Arts:Foster creativity as an outlet for expressing feelings about change.
- Math:Teach children to identify patterns and make predictions about transitions.
As we work toward bringing the Children's Museum of the Galilee to life, we're committed to providing a S.T.E.A.M.-infused environment where children can understand, create, and adapt to change. Our museum will be a place where new beginnings are celebrated through the magic of S.T.E.A.M., and where children can embark on journeys of discovery and innovation.
Change is the essence of growth, and with the power of S.T.E.A.M., we can equip our children to embrace it with curiosity, creativity, and resilience. Together, we'll build a brighter future for the next generation.
This September, let's celebrate the spirit of new beginnings and the resilience of our children. As the Children's Museum of the Galilee takes shape, we are dedicated to supporting families in navigating change and embracing the excitement that comes with new opportunities. Remember, change may be a part of life, but with love, patience, and guidance, our children can thrive in the face of it. Let's nurture their curiosity and resilience as they embark on their journey of growth and discovery.
Yesterday, on the special occasion of Israel's day of love Tu B'Av and our esteemed CEO Eli Moskovitz's birthday, we had an electrifying meeting at "The Industry" office in Tel Aviv, where the brilliant minds of our exhibit design team are headquartered! The design team shared an exclusive sneak peek into what awaits you at our upcoming children's museum, and trust me, it's mind-blowing!
Outdoor Water Exhibit
Prepare to witness the magic of fluid dynamics and hydrology in action! Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing water exhibit, carefully engineered to replicate the feel and vibe of the Golan Heights and the Galilee regions. Through interactive displays, visitors will explore the concepts of buoyancy, surface tension, and even delve into water conservation and environmental sustainability. This captivating experience will inspire the next generation of water scientists and conservationists.
"Heaven and Earth" Exhibit
Step into a world of wonders that explore the fundamental forces of nature! Unravel the secrets of gravity as you experience weightlessness and simulated gravitational forces. Engage with the principles of flight through exciting simulations and learn about aerospace engineering's role in modern-day aviation. Dig deep into Earth's marvels, understanding tectonic movements, and the geological processes that shape our planet. The exhibit will also delve into showcasing the intricate connections between life on Earth and its environment. It's a journey that will elevate your imagination!
But wait, there's so much more! These two exhibits are just a glimpse of the wonders that await you at "The Children's Museum of the Galilee." Our team is hard at work, crafting an array of captivating rooms filled with interactive displays and hands-on activities that will inspire and ignite the spark of curiosity in every young visitor.
From the mysteries of the water to the marvels all around us, every corner of our museum will be an adventure in learning and discovery.
As we draw closer to bringing this dream to life, we can't wait to share more with you! Stay tuned for updates as we continue to infuse STEAM concepts into every exhibit, making learning a joyous and enchanting experience for all.
Let the countdown begin!
Unlock the Power of Play this Summer!
At The Children's Museum of the Galilee, we believe in the power of play to shape young minds.
Our interactive exhibits and hands-on experiences are being designed and meticulously planned to inspire imagination, curiosity, and exploration. As children engage with our stimulating environment, they will develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and resilience, all while having a blast.
Let your child's summer be filled with laughter, wonder, and the freedom to play!
Whether it's building towering structures, creating masterpieces with paint and clay, or embarking on imaginative adventures, let them experience the magic of playtime and discover their true potential!
"In the realm of play, children create their own universe, where anything is possible and dreams come alive. It's a summer of endless possibilities!" - Emily, parent
From the frontlines of the Children's Museum of the Galilee: We want to share some awesome, inspiring news!
On June 8th, Mevo’ot Hermon Mayor, Benny Ben Musvchar, invited us to meet the fantastic MK Yitzhak Vaserlof, Minister of the Galilee Negev and National Resilience.
Can you feel the anticipation building? We are so excited!
In our meeting, we presented our vision for an extraordinary children's museum, and guess what? Minister Vaserlof was blown away by our ideas! His enthusiastic support filled us with gratitude, boundless excitement, and renewed determination.
With the backing of the Israeli government, we are poised to metamorphose this beautiful dream into a "bricks and mortar" reality! Imagine a place where little hearts and minds will explore, question, wonder, learn, and encounter unforgettable adventures. We envision an incredible space, welcoming families with vibrant colors, interactive exhibits, fantastic opportunities, child-driven camaraderie, and echoes of joyous laughter!
Stay tuned as we continue this jaw-dropping journey, where dreams will, in fact, come alive! Together, we will create a children's museum which will change childrens' lives and futures in ways we cannot even yet imagine.
So, what's next? We invite you, our incredible community, to join us on this quantum adventure. Watch for upcoming news on the Capital Campaign launch.
Until our next exciting announcement, enjoy your day. Laugh and play a bit. It's good for adults too!
•As we march ahead in growth, Eli Moskowitz celebrates his 1-year anniversary as the Executive Director of the CMG project. With the visionary guiding hand of our founder, Laya Jackson and cofounder, Chaya Barth Schechter, Eli and the team have made amazing strides.
•Now that we know exactly where the museum will be built, architectural drawings are in progress. The selected Israeli architectural firm, Knafo Klimor is globally recognized in zero carbon footprint and on-site gray water systems. Knafo’s team is currently working on truly innovative and exciting plans for the museum; more details in the next newsletter.
•Eli is also working to identify and cultivate Israeli corporations and institutions in geographical proximity who might be excited to be involved in the creation of this spectacular resource and family fun destination. Those interested in sponsoring an exhibit, an activity, a designated play space…or even a broom closet is encouraged to contact Eli Moskowitz at emoskowitz@CMGteam.org, Spread the word!
•We’re working to launch an ambitious Capital Campaign in 2023. If you know a professional fundraiser who is passionate about children, education, and building in northern Israel, let us know and we’ll send the job description. Stay tuned while we “Shoot for the Moon.”
•Networking is a huge part of every endeavor. If you have friends, relatives or associates who are philanthropic, please introduce us know so we can get to know each other to see if we might be a fit. If you are in a position to increase your gift and partner with us, we need your support! #Education #Childrens museums #Development in Northern Israel #STEAM (Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Arts/ Mathematics) development in young children. We need your help to turn this vision into a real bricks and mortar facility.
•You might remember that we mentioned a big trip to the United States in January for Laya and Eli. Returning from an exhausting and exhilarating itinerary, the two adventurers brought home tales of 6 cities, 5 children’s museum and 4 science museum tour visits as well as reports from important meetings with potential donors, TIES in Cleveland, and with the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. (Palm Beach is connected to Israel’s northern development through the sister city relationship between Palm Beach and Tzahar (Tzvat, Hatzor, Rosh Pina.)
•If you missed last quarter’s big announcement: The Mevo'ot HaHarmon regional council has allocated 17 dunams of land in Ramat Chorazim for the museum project. (17 dunam equals roughly 4.2 acres or 3 full American-size football fields.) The location is centrally located in the Galilee and is a “stone’s throw” from Tzahar and a slew of small communities throughout the Northern galilee.
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The joy was absolutely palpable! On the fifth night of Chanukah this year came together to celebrate the holiday of light. It’s our intention to “light up the lives of kids” so what better way than to light a gigantic Chanukah menorah?
Behind the scenes we are taking care of every detail that it takes for a big project like building a children’s museum to succeed. High on the list is working with law firms to ensure we are completely compliant with non-profit laws in two countries, wrapping up the contract with our design firm, fundraising, and so much more.
Laya Saul Jackson’s son, Jeremiah, had the great idea to have a Chanukah candle lighting on the site where we will build. What a great way to come together. Attending were some of the wonderful people from the Children’s Museum of the Galilee team, Mayor Benny Benmuvhar and staff of Mevo’ot Hahermon, the municipality involved with getting us the land, and other local leaders. Some of our longtime friends joined us, including Dr. Hagay Amir, CEO of the Loewenstein Rehabilitation Hospital, and Lior Salomon, Jewish Agency for Israel representing the Tzahar-Palm Beach Partnership. Also joining were other true believers, supporters, and even some new faces.
Everyone enjoyed the stories, inspiration, jelly doughnuts, and glow sticks. We were even graced with a flyover of a flock of cranes as they were heading to the Hula Valley for the winter.
We are steadily moving forward laying a foundation of joy and care for children!
Thank you for being a part of this glorious project.
Photo credits to Efrat Moskowitz!
What an exciting time. We've chosen the site for building the Children's Museum of the Galilee. Today the surveyors came to the property in Ramat Corazim, centrally located in the Gailee Region. Our surveyors, Mamdoh Safadi and Rageb Daboos are from Sabag Engineering.
Can you imagine the building here? We have a journey ahead of us and everyday we are taking the steps to move forward toward building our children's museum to enrich the lives of all who enter.
This month we are full STEAM ahead looking at potential locations for the museum with David Knafo, the lead architect for the project.
⛭You can see his work here https://www.kkarc.com/
⛭You can learn more about his approach, sustainability, and awards here https://www.kkarc.com/about/
Children’s Museum of the Galilee is in the process of negotiating over several strategically located Galilee properties. We should have initial renderings by the end of the year of how our museum will look.
We are so excited and can’t wait to share more exciting updates with you all!
We are pleased to announce and welcome our new CEO, Eli Moskovitz to the Children's Museum of the Galilee team. Eli comes to us with experience in management in the world of non-profit and education. He's worked with government offices to secure funds and joins our team with great enthusiasm. We look forward to working with Eli as we step forward toward building a place of play and curiosity in Northern Israel to light up the hearts and minds of children.
Welcome Eli Moskovitz!
Children's Museum of the Galilee is a not for profit organization building a place of curiosity, play, discovery, and joy for all children in Israel.