“Bring the Museum to life!”
I believe in fostering a meaningful Jewish Identity through combining Text, History, Art, Geography and Archaeology.Nachliel haCohen Selavan
Director, Torah InterMedia LLC
December 2019 – April 2020 Schedule Below
Avraham’s Journey Public Tour:
Sunday, December 8
10:15 AM and 12:45 PM
To sign up, to inquire about private tours, or for any questions, please contact me: 929-233-0950 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Tour Rate (includes admission). For Private tour rates, see this page.
About the Schedule: November – April
Schedule is subject to constant updates. All tours are by default at the MET, however private tours can be in the Brooklyn Museum and other museums as I travel in the US, including Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Rhode Island. Such updates will be posted periodically.
- Available = Open for private tours, may have public tours – TBD
- Available AM/PM = Depending on Shabbat/Holiday times, Winter schedule, etc.,
- Unavailable = Out of town or other reason
- Booked = Privately booked and not available
- Schedule TBD = Public tours run on seasons, while private tours can be any tour requested from existing list or customized
In honor of the new Torah readings of Sefer Bereshit:
Follow Avraham’s Footsteps from birthplace, Ur Kasdim. Explore this ancient civilization and let it come to life as we explore the cradle of civilization. Avraham’s journey continues to Haran in Turkey, and from there to Canaan, finally going down to Egypt. Jewish Tradition places emphasis on Avraham and the memory of leaving Egypt every day. Why are they so important?
Join me for a journey through time and ideas.
This tour is 2 hours long and designed for adults and middle-school students.
Below are the available slots for either private or public tours. Until public tours are published, any slot is available for a private tour. To check out private tours rates, click here.
We saw this guy wearing a Kippa, and started a conversation. Next thing you know, we had the most amazing tour of things we never would have learned in the museum! …we highly recommend!Moshe and Malka Gilad
That’s the end of the summer!
Stay tuned for upcoming fall schedule. Gearing up for another semester of Graduate school and teaching High School. Will be busy in September. For inquiries on scheduling, presentations, lectures, private or any other type of tours, please contact me at email@example.com
This summer’s Jerusalem public tours are over. There are a few private tours and unfortunately not enough time to allow for another public tour.
Hopefully I’ll be back in January or another time this year, and I will make sure to post as early as possible so you can sign up!
Tanach Chidon 2019 – Tour and Workshop
It was a pleasure working for this second year with the National Chidon Tanach. This year included a series of tours for participants, and a special booth (image below) during the Chidon. The tour included three of the four books which were the focus of this years’ contest: Shemot, Yonah and Esther.
The Chidoneers visited Pharaoh in Egypt, Nineveh in Assyria and Queen Esther in Persia – all in the Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Students from California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and other states all “met” to learn and explore Tanach and archaeology working together to bring Tanach to life!
For kids who were already proficient in countless chapters of Tanach, Nachliel was able to bring the works of Tanach to life in an entirely new way. Seeing Tanach through the lens of history, geography and archaeology truly opened new vistas of understanding for students ranging from middle school to high school. Thank you Nachliel!Dovi Nadel
Coordinator, National Bible Contest
The Jewish Agency for Israel
Chidon Tanach Booth: Tanach & More on the Map!
Using Foundation Stone’s unique De’Ara Tanach Map, this booth presented a powerful tool for giving context to the text of Tanach. Many stories of Tanach, and Jewish History, come to life and are retained through anchoring them in the physical setting in which they occured.
In this booth, students received an introduction to Tanach orientation of the map, and then applied it through a choice of stories:
- Derech ha’Avot – the travels of Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov in the land of Canaan
- Review of all of Sefer Yehoshua in 2-5 minutes (some participants did it in under a minute!)
- The war of Avraham and the 4 kings
- The travels of the Aron haBerit (the holy Ark) into the Pelishtim cities
- David and Goliath
- The battle of Beit Zur – battle #3 of Judah the Maccabee
In this year’s Chidon, my booth focused on learning the context for the text of Tanach. With Foundation Ston’es
A night in the Brooklyn Museum
A spontaneous get-together between Brooklinian friends, celebrating a birthday on a Saturday night. And what better place to celebrate than – the Brooklyn Museum!
On the first Saturday of the month, the Brooklyn Museum is open – and free – until 11PM. It’s all a buzz, with DJs, dancing, music and lots of noise – and vibrance. We chose this need to do a casual walk-through tour, highlighting anything from #InfiniteBlue – and Lapis Lazuli, to Ancient Near East: Assyria and Egypt.
Did an awesome tour of Metropolitan Museum of Art with my buddy Nachliel Selavan. Taught us how Assyria conquered Israel (but not Yehuda) and sent the 10 tribes into exile. Fascinating! Highly recommend checking out his tours and info!Rabbi Saj Freiberg
The Bibi’s at The Met
….although the goal of Met is to present art and not teach history, history is there for us especially with the right guide. We were lucky to have with us Nachliel SelavanRabbi David Bibi
…our tour was focused on the four kings, we took many tangents beginning with tracing Abraham’s journey from Ur Kasdim to Haran and down into Canaan to Egypt and back. We traced the steps of the fleeing prophet Jonah from Israel to Tarshish and back across the fertile crescent to Ninveh. We stood in the corridor of an Assyrian throne room experiencing what the Jewish kings must have felt during the time of Sennacherib. And then we began our journey in the world of Nebuchadnezzar who insisted that his name be everywhere trying to imagine his world and our people in their first exile…We moved from Babylon to Shushan, seeing a palace larger than we ever imagined and understanding how a party could go on for six months…We traveled to Macedonia with King Philip II and then saw how Alexander the Great conquered and changed the world…We saw the beauty of Yefet. We saw that which influenced us and undoubtedly influenced our ancestors leading to a civil was which culminated in Hanukah…We met with Nero, Vespasian and Titus discussing the Talmud’s stories of them. We heard how the Torah was saved by Rabbi Yochana Zakai and how the oral Torah was saved through Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi and Antoninus his friend and Caesar and we discussed who the Antoninus of the Talmud may have really been. It was truly a journey through the four kingdoms and one I will continue to explore…
Senior Rabbi Benai Asher of Long Beach
Resident Scholar Edmond J. Safra Synagogue Manhattan
Highlights from Sunday’s Age of Empires Met Tour
Take it from Zach – a returning customer who has been on three different tours – so far:
On Thursday morning, May 31, Rabbi Dr. Yonatan Grossman (Bar Ilan University) and Rabbi Itamar Eldar (Head of Bet Midrash in Amit – the Hesder Yeshivah in Raanana), joined me for a private Four Kingdoms Tour at the Met.
Rabbi Eldar gave his review, and Rabbi Grossman insisted he would say the same thing, so no need to repeat. Hebrew with English subtitles.Another interesting and insightful tour! Thanks Nachliel! (Shani Schapiro Farkas)
Highlights from Sunday, May 13
National Bible Contest – Special Tour
After three tours, 40 something participants from New York, Florida, California, South Carolina and Chicago – I almost forgot it was Friday! Participants explored the exhibits in the Met’s Ancient Near East, seeing connections and bringing verses to life. Can’t wait until Sunday’s National Bible Contest – where I will be running a few programs for participants and parents.
I brought a group of middle school students who had spend the last year studying for the Chidon HaTanach to New York for the national finals…I had presumed that a tour built for middle school students would not be interesting for adults. Nachliel however was able to build an amazing tour that both provided for students and adults on differing levels at the same time. He provided different source packets for different levels and was truly well prepared for the situation.Rabbi James Williams
My students at first were not keen on the idea of a tour and really just wanted to hang out in NYC. Nachliel was able to engage them so well that they enjoyed the tour and learned so much from the experience that it built vast discussion over Shabbat over what we had seen and its relevance to Tanach.
I highly recommend taking a tour with Nachliel and look forward to my next opportunity to do so.
Youth Director, Young Israel of Hollywood & Fort Lauderdale
In the news!
Such an amazing turn out on the tour, with such interesting back stories to each. The short story is that my friend Alana invited me to a community lunch at Prospect Heights Shul, where I met Debra Nussbaum Cohen, a reporter for Ha’aretz and the JTA. I invited her on the tour, and then this happened! The article is great and I am so happy and thankful to Alana and Debra for making it possible. The article has been featured as well on Virtual Jerusalem, Forward and the Jerusalem Post.|
An amazing tour by Nachliel. Using his intellect, humor and vision he was able to bring the story of Pesach back to life. New insights to our slavery and journey to freedom were presented beautifully.
Thank you! I highly recommend and looking forward to future toursDaniel L.,
Participated Sunday, March 13, 2018
Special Purim class in Kehillat Montessori, MD
Dear Nachliel Selavan:Liza Porat – Executive Director
It was such a treat to welcome you into the classroom last week and share some spectacular unearthed treasures.
You were so accommodating and creative, and we could not be more grateful.
It was truly remarkable to watch the students sit wide-eyed, trying to comprehend the history behind each magnificent ancient treasure to displayed.
Placing a concrete item on the Jewish history timeline brings the Tanach to life and, as we Montessorians love, does so in such a concrete manner.
We were so fortunate to have you share the insight and treasures with us and the feedback from the parents has been tremendous.
The fact that the time spent with these students will remain with them for a lifetime, makes me confident that these artifacts and the history they reveal will continue to be cherished for generations to come.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Please continue to do what you do, which is to bridge our rich and extensive past with the future survival of the Jewish people and our ancient land.
Kemp Mill Montessori Elementary School (KMMS)
The faculty of the Ramaz Upper School Bible Department really enjoyed our 3 hour session with Nachliel. We started in the classroom with an overview of reading materials and maps associated with the era and then accompanied Nachliel to view various artifacts from the Assyrian and Babylonian periods. He tailored the tour to specific areas of our Bible Curriculum as per our request and was interesting and entertaining throughout! I highly recommend the tour for both educators and non-educators alike, especially if you are interested in the context, both historically and philosophically, behind specific biblical texts.Miriam Krupka
Dean of Faculty, Tanakh Department Chair, The Ramaz Upper School
…Throughout the tour, my students made connections to many other units they covered in all of their studies, and delighted in that they were able to integrate their knowledge. After the tour, the students thanked me heavily and unanimously agreed that they felt they connected more with the story of Hanukkah after having done the tour. Nachliel, they agreed, was knowledgeable, passionate and brought this piece of history to life. Like one student said- “I never knew that these galleries in the museum had anything to do with the Jewish people-but now I see that we really were there”. The tour gave my students a feeling of relevance and belonging to the ancient world, and they walked out feeling uplifted and happy with their newfound understanding of this time period. I am very grateful that these tours exist and look forward to doing more in the future, in relation to Hanukkah and other periods in Jewish History. [for the full review, click here]Doris Dweck-Cohen
Barkai Yeshivah, Brooklyn
This was an amazing experience! Our family really felt like our history was before our eyes and from now on Hanukkah will be much more meaningful and inspiring. Nachliel’s knowledge of the museum artifacts combined with his personal experience and his knowledge and warm fun personality make him a great choice for a fantastic tour experience! I suggest you read the materials beforehand if possible and read up on the subjects he will be touring about as It will enrich the experience that much more.Jesse Sutton
Thank you so much for an amazing tour of the MET with my children! You were so engaging with my children and managed to still fill the rest of the tour for us adults with lots of meaningful content! I will recommend you to anyone looking for a great tour guide of the MET and specifically a Jewish tour. You were great!!!Rabbi Yochai “Yogi” Robkin
Director of outreach of DATA at Plano, Texas
Tanach Highlights Tour on August 17
“Our extended family, ranging in age from 7 to 65, enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Met with Nachliel. He planned scavenger hunts, decryption games, and more to keep the younger crowd interested while engaging the adults with his vast knowledge. The tour brought the museum to life. I highly recommend it!”J. Robkin, from Atlanta, GA
Tanach Highlights Family Tour, August 17
Thank you Nachliel providing us all a great understanding of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires and their connection to Tanach!Rabbi Pinny Rosenthal
Manhattan Jewish Experience