“The story of this Museum begins… with the rise of Hitler, which led to one of the darkest periods in history: the Holocaust – a crime against humanity which must never be forgotten.”

-Benefactor John Saunders AO

The Sydney Jewish Museum is dedicated to documenting and teaching the history of the Holocaust. The world-class museum challenges visitors’ perceptions of democracy, morality, social justice and human rights and places the Holocaust in its historical and contemporary context.

The Museum aims to teach racial tolerance; to ensure the evils of the past are not repeated; to serve as a witness to the Holocaust and to stand as a memorial to the six million martyred Jews and the millions of non-Jewish victims. It also tells the history of the Jews in Australia and illustrates the richness of Jewish life by showing its traditions. The Museum’s timeline invites you to explore Jewish history from its Biblical origin in the Ancient Near East to the thriving community here in Australia.

The Governor of NSW, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AC, officially opened the Sydney Jewish Museum on 18 November 1992. It quickly became an integral part of the cultural life of Sydney, winning the 1994 Award of Distinction in the NSW Tourism Awards for Excellence, and a Commendation in the 1995 Human Rights Awards.

Housed in the historic Maccabean Hall, the Sydney Jewish Museum presents visitors with an overview of the best and worst of humanity.

History of Maccabean Hall: built to commemorate NSW Jewish men and women who served in WW1 and to honour the memory of those who lost their lives. It was formally opened on Armistice Day in 1923 by Sir John Monash.


To commemorate the lives of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators, honour the Survivors and pay tribute to the Righteous Among the Nations. Ensure through education, academic research and the display of artefacts and memorabilia, that the Holocaust and its uniqueness in history is never forgotten and that it is recognised as a crime against humanity with contemporary and universal significance. Explore and illustrate the depth of the Jewish religion, tradition and culture, Australian Jewish history and the contribution of Jews to Australian society.

Board Members

  • Professor Gus Lehrer FAA (President)
  • Mrs Roma Shell JP (Vice President)
  • Mr Gavin Solsky (Treasurer)
  • Mr Norman Seligman (CEO & Hon Secretary)
  • Mr Charles Aronson
  • Ms Anna Berger
  • Mr Michael Blitz
  • Mr Paul Drexler
  • Mr Jeremy Goldschmidt
  • Mr Michael Jaku
  • Mr Anthony Levin
  • Mr David Nemes
  • Mr Evan Penn
  • Dr Gary WeissBoard nomination bios 
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Volunteers / Internships

Our volunteers are a committed, dedicated and conscientious group whose experience, energy and enthusiasm are primary factors in providing thousands of visitors with the information, direction and personal contact necessary to ensure a rewarding visit to the Museum. Skilled volunteers are required in all areas of the Museum including:

  • Admissions / Retail
  • Resource Centre
  • Curatorial
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Public Programs
  • Guides (after the completion of the guide course)

For more information about internships and the guide course, please contact the Volunteer Manager on 9360 7999 or

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The Sydney Jewish Museum in Darlinghurst has a position vacant for a full time, receptionist/administration assistant. Office hours 8.30am-5.00pm daily (3.30pm on Fridays)

The successful candidate will have:

  • A warm and friendly disposition
  • An excellent telephone manner
  • A good command of the English language
  • The ability to work in a team environment
  • Advanced computer skills – especially in Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of a membership database would be an advantage
  • The ability to multi-task

Duties include:

  • Managing the reception desk
  • Answering a busy switchboard and taking clear and concise messages
  • Updating membership payments and general details in ThankQ database program
  • Daily petty cash and receipts management
  • Formatting letters gift certificates, birthday cards, condolence letters
  • Coordinating all event bookings
  • Organising daily and large scale mail-outs
  • Assisting other staff members with various Excel and Word formatting
  • Assisting the many volunteers and visitors with generlay queries

If you wish to apply for this position please send you resume to: admin@sjm.com.au or call 8036-0107:

Applications close: 3 April 2017