Our guided tours are back!
From the start of September we are to resume accepting bookings for guided tours through the Museum's exhibition. These tours are free, they are held on Wednesdays and Sundays and last approximately for 1.5 hours. From them you will learn not only about the artifacts presented, but also about their historical and cultural context. Please book in advance by phone +7 (495) 656 4571, groups of no more than 15 people are welcome, and we are always happy to guide individual tourists. The first guided tours day is Sunday the 4th of September.
There also have been some changes in our guides team.
Guided tours on Wednesdays will be conducted by Svetlana Pakhomova, a hebraist and culturologist, lecturer at the Moscow school of Social and Economic Sciences and at National Research University Higher School of Economics, specialist in Israeli and Jewish cinema. Her favorite item from the exhibition is also related to drama and scriptwriting. It is the program and libretto of the "Ha-Dibuk" performance by the Habima Theater. This is a production based on the play by S. An-sky translated by Kh.N. Bialik. The performance took place in Moscow exactly 100 years ago, in 1922. Who is Dibuk, what does this play mean for the Jewish theater and how is this production related to the Vakhtangov theater? You can ask Svetlana these questions if you book a tour on Wednesday.
Guided tours on Sundays will be conducted by Maxim Gammal, senior lecturer at the Jewish Studies Department of Moscow State University. Maxim's special professional interest is the history of the Jews and Karaites in the Middle Ages and Modern times. His favorite exhibit refers to the timeless foundations of Jewish culture. Maxim is especially fond of the wooden Tablets of the Covenant – a fragment of the central tier of an aron kodesh from Romania, made in the late 19th - early 20th cent. The tablets are carved with the first words of the Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Simple and devoid of decorativeness, these tablets, however, are an indispensable element of the traditional aron kodesh construction.