The spring season is budding, so get out with family, friends and history lovers and enjoy the richness of Passover in new ways and spaces.
From interactive tours to getting up close and personal with a rabbi, museums and cultural centers around the country are offering ways to explore Jewish culture that are filled with as much fun as reflection. Here's a sampling:
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles
Beginning at the parking lot, this brightly colored path directs your re-enactment of Exodus, the biblical account of Jews fleeing from slavery in Egypt to freedom in a land promised to Abraham. Vinyl footprints, handprints and dialogue bubbles will be your guide from scene to scene throughout the Skirball campus.
British theater company Stan's Cafe designed this hands-on experience for Skirball.
"Exodus Steps completely rethinks how the timeless tale of the Exodus is told," Jordan Peimer, vice president and director of programs for Skirball said in a statement. "Instead of reading the story around the Seder table, visitors re-enact the Exodus, moving from place to place as the story unfolds and interacting with fellow participants. It'll be a fun, meaningful way to mark the holiday of Passover and celebrate its universal message of rising up against injustice in the pursuit of liberty."
The exhibit runs through April 28.
You might also like: "Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America,' which traces the history and culture of the Jewish people across 4,000 years.
Address: 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Admission: $10 and under; free on Thursdays
Telephone: (310) 440-4500
"4,000 Year Roadtrip: Gathering Sparks'
Mizel Museum of Judaica, Denver
Curator Georgina Kolber, along with local artist Scott Lyon, has added digital media to Mizel's presentation of art, artifacts and documents exploring Jewish history and culture.
You might also like: Every first Sunday of the month there is a storytelling hour for children at the new One Nosh Cafe followed by exhibit tours. In April, the cafe will be serving cheese blintzes with assorted jams and apricot tea.
Address: 400 S. Kearney St.
Admission: $7 and under; free on Thursday after 5 p.m.
Telephone: (303) 394-9993
"Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey'
The Jewish Museum, New York
This two-floor exhibit includes close to 800 works and is divided into four main sections:" describing the Israelites of ancient times and their evolution into Jewish customs. exploring the diversity of Jewish life in the Diaspora. examining transformations in Jewish life starting in the 18th century. considering Jewish identity today.
You will see a pair of silver Torah finials that were reunited at The Jewish Museum after 60 years apart; 38 Torah ornaments that display artistic styles from around the world; prints by El Lissitzky; Leonard Baskin's 1977 sculpture "The Altar' which is based on the biblical story of Abraham's near sacrifice of his son Isaac; and 19th century German artist Moritz Daniel Oppenheim's "Portrait of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel.'
You might also like: The "Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces,'
which features video, original artifacts and colorful illustrations that will demonstrate how objects were used and preserved over time. Children will have a chance to piece together two large vessels, examine replicas and dress in costumes from eras gone by.
Address: 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St.
Admission: $12 and under; free on Saturdays; pay what you wish Thursdays after 5 p.m.
Telephone: (212) 423-3200
"Pesach Seder Balancing Act'
Jewish Children's Museum, New York
Go see this to believe it. Chinese acrobat Yang Xiao Di will balance plates, raw eggs, wine bottles and more right before your eyes. Show March 31 at 12:30 p.m. Advance purchase only.
You might also like: The "Discovery Synagogue" where you can speak with a rabbi, look through a prayer book and examine other objects such as a Torah, yad (pointer for reading the Torah) and see the Ner Tamid, a lamp that remains lit at all times.
Address: 792 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Admission: $15 and under
Telephone: (718) 467-0600