Sarah DeWoskin is the Director and Founder of LEV Children’s Museum, a traveling Jewish children’s museum, and the Co-creator of LEVkids, both of which were created to engage children in Jewish exploration through hands-on experiences. Sarah is a Jewish Educator, who has worked with children since she was a child. She graduated in May 2020 from HUC-JIR’s Executive Master’s program for Jewish Education. Sarah has worked in Jewish preschools, supplementary schools, youth groups, camps, and more. Through LEV, she is following her inner voice to create innovative engagement and education for Jewish families. Sarah is married to a Reform Rabbi and together they live in South FL and have three active tween/teenagers and two rescue dogs!
Simon Abramov is the Program Coordinator at LEV Children’s Museum. Simon is a human rights advocate and a novice Jewish historian. Born in Brooklyn to two Israeli immigrants, Simon developed a deep and invested interest in Jewish culture and history at an early age. He had the opportunity to explore his passions through his volunteer work at The Brooklyn Jewish Experience Center, the Jewish Club at his high school, Jewish day camp as a counselor, and at Jewish soup kitchens across Brooklyn. As a caretaker, it is natural for him to extend his knowledge of Judaism to children. He graduated in May 2020 from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Israel studies, where he was able to reinforce his passions through research, travel, and volunteer work. Through LEV, he is meshing together his love for Judaism and humanity to foster a dynamic and inclusive learning environment for Jewish children.
Heather Drew is the Inclusion Coordinator at LEV Children’s Museum. Heather’s educational philosophy is grounded in the power of education to expand human potential, transform lives, and shape new visions for leading and learning in a diverse and complex world. She has worked in the Broward County educational system for over eight years, supporting children with individualized needs. Heather develops special education programs and advocates for inclusion and diversity. She received her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from USF in 2017 and is now in the final semester of her Adolescent Reading and Literacy Education Masters. Although Heather has been recognized by peers, students, and organizations, it is the students’ gains and memories that drive her. Play is the most natural way a child can learn and grow. For Heather, this is a driving force behind her focus to plan, lead, and develop differentiated play experiences tailored to the ability of each child. Through LEV, she is bringing this passion to our Sunday School for children with special needs and to our community at large.
Hands-on Experiences at the Heart of Jewish Exploration
Vision and Mission
A unique answer to the changing needs of our Jewish community, LEV (meaning heart in Hebrew and an acronym for Learn Engage Venture) is a hands-on, engaging, educational platform, centered on play, which connects young families to continued Jewish identity.
LEV Children’s Museum, Inc. is a venue of learning and wonder where families from all segments of the community can explore Jewish culture and heritage in a stimulating and interactive environment. The physical museum is built within tiny homes on wheels, ready to meet people where they are and travel with them along their Jewish journeys. Through both the museum and our programming outside of the museum walls, we engage children and their grownups in hands-on experiences of Jewish exploration.
What parents and educators are saying about LEV
“We had a blast and learned so much!! Thank you for having us!”
“I feel so grateful and blessed. We are loving these activities. My son has autism and is non-verbal. I didn’t think he would engage online but he participated and smiled the whole time, and was even trying to sing along. This has moved my heart in so many ways!”
“Engaging young children over the internet is no small accomplishment!”
“All five of us really love doing these projects together. You really do a fantastic job and the kids are all totally engaged and love every second of it!”
“Thank you for putting together such incredible activities. They have been such a bright spot in our week”
“LEVkids gave us a fun Purim experience online that almost made us forget about missing our Purim carnival! The quality, length, and intentionality within each video were perfect for our school. Can’t wait for the next holiday!”
The primary target audiences for LEV Children’s Museum are include
- Jewish and interfaith families with young children looking for Jewish engagement and exploration
- Jewish children with special needs and their families who desire a Jewish education and connection to community
- Jewish institutions and their staff looking for ways to enhance the creativity in their settings
- Any child or adult wanting online access to quality Jewish experiences
All of these markets will lead to greater quality and quantity of Jewish educational opportunities for our children and their families, which will strengthen the chain of Jewish continuity for all.