Until the 15th century, most Jews lived in Islamic lands. This exhibition traces the lives of Jews living in the Middle East, Asia Minor, North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula from ancient times.
It tells a tapestry of stories from across these regions, of flourishing, tolerance, expulsion and displacement, as well as how these Jews have continued to celebrate their vibrant cultures in new places across the world.
It’s Personal is an exhibition of large-scale photographs by photographer Richard Wiesel, detailing small, personal artefacts housed in the archives at Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps. These items were donated or left behind by Holocaust victims.
Now, more than ever, our societies need more individuals practising small acts of kindness on an everyday basis, working towards making the world a more accepting and welcoming place. In other words, we need more mensches.
Be A Mensch is a reminder of the impact that kindness, humility, integrity and personal responsibility can have on the world – small acts that can make a better society, one person at a time. Be A Mensch is a call for the lessons of history to inspire humanity and empathy.
A mensch, in Yiddish, is a person of integrity, morality, dignity, with a sense of what is right and responsible. But mensch is more than just an old Yiddish adage. It is relevant now, across the world, more than ever.Learn More about Be A Mensch
The Sydney Jewish Museum’s tagline, “Where history has a voice”, distills the origins of the Museum and its mission that continues to transmit across generations.
The objects within the collection and on display in the Museum’s exhibitions tell compelling stories of their owners and contribute to the narratives that the Museum tells within its walls. Testimony, accessible digitally and face-to-face, anchors the objects in the display cases to real world events, and gives life and narrative to history.
The Sydney Jewish Museum is a living museum, where history is kept alive and dynamic to continue to speak to future generations in a way that will always resonate.Read More
We have a new Education Programs online portal, where teachers can browse our wide range of innovative programs for primary and secondary students.
All education programs are linked to NSW Education Standards Authority syllabus outcomes.
Search our programs by year level and subject to choose the perfect program to suit your students.Visit Education Programs page
The Sydney Jewish Museum offers regular professional development seminars for teachers, and the opportunity to engage with other teachers at our Teachers' Network events, which are held four times a year at the Museum.
Connect with fellow teachers and Museum educators to build a conversation about teaching history and the Holocaust in the classroom.
Join our new SJM Learning group on Facebook to continue to conversation online.
Deena Yako fled Iraq with her family at the age of nine and works to support young refugees in Australia.
Jack was born in Kielce, Poland, in 1928. He was 11 years old when the Nazis came, and that marked the end of his childhood.
On 27 January 1945, Russian soldiers liberated 4,800 inmates from Auschwitz. The day has been chosen by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But what is far less known – what happened after the evacuation and liberation of Auschwitz?
A Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an incredibly special time for families to share – a significant milestone and a rite of passage.
This new program introduces children preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, together with their parents, to moving stories of what this rite of passage means to Holocaust survivors.
Together, in a three-hour session on a Sunday afternoon at the Museum, families will hear about how some survivors practiced their Judaism in hiding during the Holocaust, and how others celebrated this significant event decades after the war.
The generation of Holocaust survivors is dwindling and when today’s young children are old enough to have a conversation about the Holocaust, they may not be able to actually meet a survivor and hear their testimony.
Introducing the Holocaust to young children can be difficult, but the photos in this powerful photographic book, one day, can be a way to start that conversation.
These photographs, taken by photographer Nadine Saacks, are published in a 145 page soft-cover book.
To purchase a copy of 'I Met a Survivor', follow the link below.Shop Now
Through the support of Museum Members, the Sydney Jewish Museum is able to open more minds and hearts to the realities of the stories from the Holocaust, and the lessons this history can teach today about how to be better people in a caring world.
Our Members help us ensure our exhibitions, education programs and cultural events continue to inspire the thousands of student and adult visitors that pass through the Museum’s door each year.
Through their generosity, our Members are voices for inclusion, human dignity, respect and tolerance.
As part of our Be A Mensch campaign, we are highlighting people whose respectful, inclusive and empathetic actions have made a positive difference in the face of adversity and inhumanity.
In this article, we shine light on two ‘mensches’ whose stories feature in our collection. Siek and Anna Attema were Dutch farmers who hid Mia Polak and her sister for two years on their farm in Gaast-Friesland, Holland, during World War Two.
Due to the selfless actions of Siek and Anna Teema, Mia and her sister survived the war. They were the only survivors of their family.Read More