The Journey from Dream to Reality
As a Jewish educator, I have always focused on building positive memories and helping people find their own paths in their Jewish journeys. LEV came from that passion. How fitting to use the model of children’s museums, incorporate Jewish learning and form it within something as accessible as a traveling venue.
Forming an idea into a reality is only feasible if it meets market demands and customer interest. The concept of LEV has gone through many iterations as we learn more about the needs of our communities and the world around us. As LEV shifts and pivots, what holds strong is our mission. Our how may fluctuate; our why remains steadfast.
In December of 2018, we received our 501c3 status and our startup was born! During our first year, we spent a great deal of time exposing our name and mission to the community, running programs and networking. In December of 2019, we built our first tiny home and began concept testing with this pilot unit. When the pandemic hit, we kicked into overdrive to continue meeting the changing needs of our Jewish community locally and globally. Many now know LEV’s name as synonymous with quality, hands-on Jewish engagement and we are becoming an established entity.
LEV Children’s Museum’s Theory of Change Model
“What we learn with pleasure we never forget.” – Alfred Mercier
So many of us grew up thinking learning had to be hard and boring. We know better now! The more a child connects with what they are experiencing, the more long-lasting the impact will be.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, we sure are!
Absolutely not! LEV is for any child (or kid at heart) looking to learn about, and engage with, Jewish culture.
Definitely! We have many options depending where you are and what you need. These include utilizing our museum space, running engaging interactive sessions online with kits delivered to your community and more!
It was an involved process which started with a goal of wanting to add more smiles and joy into Jewish learning. Set your mind to something, get people in your corner who believe in your mission and work hard to make it happen! Anything is possible.
Our programs are accessible to all and every child is welcome! We have certain events designed specifically for children with special needs. In the physical museum space, our bottom floor is wheelchair accessible.
The first tiny home was designed with children ages 3-8 in mind. Our programs are geared towards a variety of age groups, with some focusing on families with young children, others for school-age kids, and still others for teens or even parents. You are never too old to #LearnEngageVenture!
Currently, you can book the museum for a private playtime with your family or small pod. When it is safe to do so, we will open back up to larger groups. At that time, you will be able to visit us at parks, neighborhoods, community events and more! Check out our online calendar to see a schedule of our programs and where the museum is on any given day!