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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.
Acclaimed Australian artist Wendy Sharpe will take over the walls of Sydney Jewish Museum’s gallery space, using a large-scale painted mural to tell her family’s stories from their Ukrainian hometown of Kamianets-Podilskyi.
Sunday 6 June at 12pm
An opportunity to hear Ana de Leon’s story of survival of the Holocaust. Ana was born in Yugoslavia in November 1935. Ana survived under miraculous circumstances before finally being liberated at the age of 9 by the Americans.See Full Calendar
In these challenging times, the Sydney Jewish Museum relies on the support of its Members to ensure the lessons from the Holocaust and human history, that are at the core of the Museum, continue to inspire people to be more empathetic, aware and driven to make positive change in the world.
This year, while the Museum had to temporarily close its doors due to COVID-19, membership is more important than ever to help us develop new and innovative projects, from online exhibitions to digitally delivered school programs.
Head Curator Roslyn Sugarman talks about a suitcase on display from the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau
Holocaust survivor Olga Horak reflects the difficulties of forgiving and the importance of not having any hatred
With emergent filming technologies and a partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation, six Australian Holocaust survivors will share their stories of history, hope, survival and resilience with visitors long into the future.
The final product of this major project will create a projection of each survivor. Using artificial intelligence and next generation language processing, the technology is trained to respond to audience questions in real-time, which will enable future museum visitors to converse with a Holocaust survivor as though they were standing in front of them.
We will be able to bring visitors well into the future some incredible, never-before-seen material and create meaningful, life-like encounters.Learn more
The Sydney Jewish Museum collection consists of over 12,000 artefacts and over 1,000 oral histories and testimonies.
The collection began when the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors approached their members in the late 1980s for Holocaust-related memorabilia to found a museum. When the Sydney Jewish Museum opened in 1992, these objects found a permanent home.
While our curators are constantly researching and updating records, where some items may not have been updated since their entry, we have taken the decision to make our collection open to you online.Discover collection
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.Follow us on Instagram
Anne Heilig was born in Berlin, Germany in 1935. Hitler had already come to power and the persecution of the Jews in Germany had begun. Anne and her parents were lucky enough to receive a visa to Australia.
Brothers in arms Two orphaned brothers, separated after the deaths of both their parents, were reunited after more than a decade in the trenches of the Gallipoli battlefield. The story …
Honouring the dead Author: Emeritus Professor Konrad Kwiet, Resident Historian Jews follow religious laws and traditional rites of burying and honouring the dead. The deceased are thoroughly washed as an …
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. Distilling the origins of the Museum and its mission that continues to transmit across generations today.
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