This section is currently covering the following topics, relating to the public Tanach Tours. More information about broader questions will be incorporated soon.
- Meeting and payment
- Restrooms, food and drink
- Camera and cellphone usage
- Handouts and sources info
- Mailing list and feedback
Maps, Meeting and Payment
For your convenience, here is a link to an interactive map of the Met. You can click on the sidebar for the floor your want, and each gallery you click on will tell you more about it. It can help you plan in terms of restrooms, etc.
We will be meeting in the Great Hall, right up the stairs from 5th Avenue:
We meet 15 minutes before the tour starts. We meet near the Audio Guide station, which you can see is in the back lefthand side of the Great Hall, by the Met Store.
Please be on time!
I will be collecting payments from everyone before paying the museum admission. That takes time.
Do not pay admission before you join the tour.
This is a private group tour, and the group leader has to collect the payments and pay the museum. If you paid admission, you may ask the museum for a refund, it is a common mistake.
If you are coming late, you can call my phone, but I cannot guarantee I will be available to answer it, as I will be dealing with customers. The map and details below should help you catch up if you are coming late.
The tour will be in the Ancient Near Eastern galleries, on the second floor and to the left. There is an escalator (near gallery 535), or you can take the stairs from the Great Hall. Museum maps are available at the information desk.
We will be starting in gallery 406 and working out way through 400-402, ending in 403-404, with a special stop at the end which I am not revealing yet.
I can currently accept payments in cash, PayPal, Venmo or by check to Torah Intermedia LLC. If you would like an invoice, please mail me with your name and address, and I will mail you a PDF following the tour.
If you are coming by car, know that parking meters in many areas in NYC are free on Sunday. You can park a few blocks away from the Met, please give yourself ample time to find a spot and to walk over.
Restrooms and Kosher food, etc.
The met has two main entrances. One is on the street level, by 81st street. That entrance is easier to check in, because it is less known. And there are bathrooms and water there.
The other bathrooms are on the main entrance level, on your eight, in the Ancient Egypt area. There is another bathroom in the Chinese art galleries, across the Near Eastern Galleries on the other side of the balcony.
There are a few more, but they are not so close.
Food and drink:
You can, and are encouraged, to bring a personal bottle of water. If you can find a way to strap it on to yourself, it is going to be much easier.
The met has water fountains near the bathrooms, but they are out of the way of the regular tour, and if you have to leave in the middle – you will be missing a lot.
The museum has two cafeterias (see map), one is downstairs and takes a while to get to, and the other is in the American Wing on the first floor. However, other than packages food and beverages, there is nothing kosher.
The Upper East Side has several kosher venues. I highly recommend downloading the free app Kosher GPS. It will show you kosher restaurants, as well as shuls and mikvas, which are not so relevant to our tour.
Saba’s Pizza is a small place a couple blocks away. They are a small place and therefore do not make reservations, but you can order in advance and come and pick up your food. I’ll have their menus with me if you like.
There is also Mocha Burger, as well as a kosher bakery. All within a few blocks of the Met. I will provide information after the tour.
Handouts and Source Sheets
While a Tanach is encouraged, I understand that it is a hassle to carry around. Furthermore, the Met doesn’t allow highlighters, only pens and pencils.
This tour is experiential, as well as educational, and I do not want to bear you down with many things to carry.
To make things easier, I am putting together a Sefaria public source sheet which has the main sources we will be covering. Longer stories like that of Hezekiah, which cover several chapters, are only brought down in part. Using the Sefaria source sheet, you can click on the headers and open up the entire source, at your convenience.
I will be providing copies of this sheet, as well as illustrated laminated timelines to help you follow the flow of events.
Smartphones and Camera Guidelines and Etiquette:
I encourage you to take pictures, and I will be stopping in a few spots for photo shoots with special challenges. You are encouraged to post these photos on social media, with the hashtag #torahintermedia and #tanachintheMet or #TanachintheCity #TanachintheMuseum.
I will be posting some of those pictures on my social media – facebook, instagram, and the website.
Note that the Met encourages photos, as long as they are without flash. The flash, like exposure to sunlight, damages the artwork which has survived for centuries or millennia – mostly because it was untouched by the sun. Please have that in mind that the museum’s regulations are in favor of protecting the artwork for us and for the future, which is why we can’t touch it with our hands, either.
Video taking is not permitted in the Met.
Speaking on the phone is not allowed in the galleries, as it is distracting to people in the galleries, and is also considered rude. Please be mindful that we are a Jewish Tanach Tour, and are setting an example.
I ask that your double check that your phones are on silent mode the entire time, and that you refrain from taking calls. You are paying for this time, and to make it worth your investment, please make the most of it.
If you feel you must answer a call, you may step out of the galleries to the balcony, which is right outside of the Ancient Near Eastern Galleries (see map).
While I do offer family tours, this is an adult tour. Children over the age of 12 are welcome to join, and I do have a range of activities which will keep them engaged and involved in a way that will integrate them into the adult learning experience. Please notify me in advance so I know how many sets to bring.
I cannot stress enough how much your feedback is important to me. Through it, this tour will not only continue to improve, but can potentially touch the lives of many more people.
I will be sending you a follow up email, asking you to tell us what you liked, what you feel needs improvement, further questions, and a request for a review. Your review is also very much appreciated, and will be posted on my website and social media.
If you would like to be included in a mailing list for future events and different tours, as well as articles and updates, I will be offering that as well.
Again, if you have any further questions, please feel free to write to me. I am looking forward to spending a great afternoon with you.