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!
Surveying the Property!
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've hired a CEO!
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!
How important is play and connection to a child?
Simple play is so important to a developing baby, toddler, and child.
Do you have seven minutes?
The staff, developers, volunteers, and donors all know how important play is and how very important it is that we're bringing play to the Galilee is such a BIG way.
Thank you for showing up to play with us!
A Team of Seed Planters
We have new people joining our board and contributing to our work. Check out our team at the About Us page. Scroll down to see the newest members of the team and the wonderful talents they bring to this project.
We love the metaphor of planting seeds. Why? Seeds are in the dark for a while. They may even look like they're falling apart until they sprout and reach for the light. Well, we've been seed planting for a while now. Our seeds are sprouting. A buzz is in the air and people are excited. It's about time we have a children's museum in the Galilee.
We're so happy you're here! We look forward to hearing from you and even having you join the team in big ways or small.
With gratitude to Joshua Lanzarini from Unsplash for the photo
A Brochure is Born!
With gratitude to the PR and marketing committee we have a beautiful new brochure in both English and Hebrew. The idea is to let people know about us, build excitement, and invite the community to help us with their time, talents, and treasure - that means donations. We can't build a museum for all without the funds. Please consider a donation today! Click here to learn more about us and to help us fund this exciting project!
Click here to be in touch with us!
What's in it for YOU!
Happiness: All aspects of the children’s museum are beneficial and can spark joy. How does that work for donors? Happiness has been studied in many ways. It’s clear that there is a hierarchy of levels of happiness. If someone is cold and hungry, it’s much harder to think about spirituality. Physical comforts do bring happiness… but only up until a certain degree. Once a person’s basic needs are met, there’s a need for something more: giving! If you’re here at the website of the Children’s Museum of the Galilee, you already know the benefits of giving so in this short article we’re focusing on something called eudaimonia. Eudaimonia is a word that comes from Aristotle’s study on happiness. It could also be translated as well being. According to Plato, eudaimonia is an ultimate state that comes from moral thought and behavior. And how to achieve such a lofty state? One of the key pieces to this puzzle is contribution; that could be your time, your talents, or your treasure. So you see, giving on any level to this project furthers a state of well-being.
Let’s go one step deeper into the concept of happiness. When we look into the meaning of simcha, the word in Hebrew actually embraces the idea that it’s a communal state. The joy of the individual is the joy of the community. We see this at weddings when all attendees wish each other mazal tov even if they’re not related to the bride or groom. We also talk about being b’simcha--in joy, like it’s a place you can step into. Indeed you can.
The board at the Children’s Museum of the Galilee is dedicated to creating a place for children to explore and discover in an environment of safety and joy. We are striving to build that happiness into each of the building blocks to get us to built and operational. We’re happy and grateful to share the journey with you. Welcome!
Photo by Preslie Hirsch on Unsplash
We have official 501(c)(3) status in the US and we are an official amutah in Israel. Our board is working diligently with strategic planning. The business plan is in the works. And we are thrilled!
The Conversation Begins
The first, unofficial meeting for the Children's Museum of the Galilee was held at the home of the Jackson's. The concept is launched!!
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.