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Schools’ Israel art tribute goes on show

Objects in Israel museums inspire project to mark the country’s 70th birthday

    An exhibition of Jewish schoolchildren’s work to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary is to go display at the JW3 centre in London next month.

    The items have been inspired by objects in ten Israeli museums, which children have been studying over the past few months to explore the country’s culture and history.

    Initiated by LooktoLearn, which specialises in using museums and galleries as resources for Jewish studies, and run in association with Partnerships for Jewish Schools (Pajes), the project has involved around 6,500 children.

    Pupils from 33 primary and secondary schools submitted contributions to the exhibition, which will run at JW3 from April 15 to 22; it will then enjoy a longer display in Israel at the Babylonian Jewish Heritage Centre in Or Yehuda, one of the chosen museums, from May 29 to the end of August.

    Nic Abery, of LooktoLearn, said she hoped the initiative had given children “a solid connection to living and breathing Israeli art, culture, history and heritage”.

    She hoped, too, that “many families and schools will visit the exhibitions and celebrate the remarkable artistic and creative achievements of our students and Israel.”

    Rabbi David Meyer, Pajes executive director, said the project had brought to life “the rich history of Israel, the relevance it has to our community and the significance of Israel’s independence 70 years ago”.

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