• New book I Met a Survivor This book of photographs by award-winning photographer Nadine Saacks captures intimate moments shared between Holocaust survivors and children too young to understand or grapple with the Holocaust.

    The book is available for purchase in the Museum shop and on our website.
    Find out more
  • Permanent exhibition Holocaust and Human Rights This exhibition traces the history of human rights and focuses on major human rights issues in Australia. Using digital technologies and interactive spaces, this exhibition invites visitors to challenge their perceptions and reflect on topics that may prove irresolvable. Find out more
  • Feature exhibition Jukebox Jewkbox! To celebrate the history of music in Jewish life – and Jewish life in music – the Sydney Jewish Museum is presenting a new exhibition called Jukebox Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl.

    See the iconic record covers and listen to songs by chart toppers like Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Blondie, Leonard Cohen, Carole King and Amy Winehouse.

    Exhibition now open.
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  • Permanent exhibition The Holocaust Located over three levels, this exhibition traces the persecution and murder of European Jews from 1933 to 1945.

    The exhibition also recounts the new lives forged by Holocaust survivors following their arrival in Australia and their contribution to the rich, multicultural fabric of contemporary Australian life.
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  • HSC Study Days The Museum’s HSC Modern History In-Depth Study Days provide an opportunity for current Year 12 HSC students to deepen their understanding of syllabus key features, historiography, and oral testimony skills. Find out more
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Exhibitions

Feature exhibition

Jukebox Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl

To celebrate the history of music in Jewish life – and Jewish life in music – the Sydney Jewish Museum is presenting ‘Jukebox Jewkbox! A Century on Shellac and Vinyl’.

Visitors will be taken on a journey of the senses through tunes from cantorial to punk genres, and walls of hundreds of vibrant record covers, to unfold a surprising history of a universal language.

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Photographic exhibition

I Met a Survivor

This exhibition of photographs by award-winning photographer Nadine Saacks captures intimate moments shared between Holocaust survivors and children too young to understand or grapple with the Holocaust.

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.

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I Met a Survivor photographic book

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 on display on the Museum’s Ground Floor, and are published in a 145 page soft-cover book.

To purchase a copy of 'I Met a Survivor', follow the link below.

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Become a Museum Member

Become a member

BE A VOICE for inclusion, tolerance, respect, empathy and human dignity.

Members are the backbone of the Sydney Jewish Museum. Their generosity plays a vital role in helping us give history a voice. As a Museum Member you will benefit from invitations to exclusive events, free entry into the Museum all year round for yourself and a guest and a 10% discount in the Museum shop.

Browse our Education Programs online

We have just launched our 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

Teacher training

NESA-approved events bringing teachers together

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.

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Teachers' Facebook group

Join our Facebook group just for teachers

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.

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SJM blog

Bring success through empathy

August 12, 2019

Bring success through empathy Businesses that champion empathy and emotional intelligence outperform those businesses that do not by 20%, according to the Harvard Business Review. However, in times of rapid …

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Survivor Portraits – Olga Horak

August 1, 2019

Survivor Portraits – Olga Horak This month, we introduce Holocaust survivor Olga Horak. Olga was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1926. She was 14 when the war broke out in …

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Introducing students to the Holocaust sensitively

July 15, 2019

Introducing students to the Holocaust sensitively With the duty of teaching young student visitors about the Holocaust comes the responsibility of our Museum Educators to convey a complex history of …

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Lena Goldstein, 1919 - 2019

“Every time I speak about the Holocaust there’s a moment where I can’t talk anymore. I don’t know why. I always thought that if you talk so many times about something it becomes normal. But it doesn’t.”

Lena Goldstein fought against the Germans in any way she could, and was recruited by the Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto. Lena escaped the Ghetto in 1943 and survived hiding in an underground bunker with the help of a Polish caretaker. Lena was involved in the Sydney Jewish Museum since its inception, and for the last 12 years told her story to student and adult visitors, with a passion to continue to teach the lessons of one of the darkest periods of history. Lena’s legacy will live on in the Museum.

'If I survive' is a biography of Lena Goldstein's life written by author Barbara Miller, which was launched earlier this year at the Museum.

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Bring success through empathy

Workplaces that champion empathy are reported to outperform those that do not by 20%, according to the Harvard Business Review.

Yet 92% of people believe that companies seriously undervalue empathy.

Through encounters with Holocaust survivors, a Museum tour and a session with a psychologist, the Sydney Jewish Museum trains professionals in diverse fields to introduce new ways of approaching empathy within the workplace.

Learn more about how the Sydney Jewish Museum teaches empathy to create more emotionally intelligent and successful employees.

Learn About Empathy Training

The making of our Holocaust and Human Rights exhibition

Our new human rights exhibition, ‘The Holocaust and Human Rights’, was developed to provoke engagement with contemporary human rights issues in Australia against the backdrop of the Museum’s Holocaust exhibition. This extension of our Holocaust content aimed to bring the Museum into the national and global conversation about human rights.

The exhibition takes as its starting point the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, which was deemed necessary following the criminal acts of genocide perpetrated against civilians by the Nazis in the 1940s. The exhibition brings this content into a contemporary context to encourage visitors to connect with current issues and learn about all facets of the human rights violations, successes and debates.

The exhibition was researched and developed by a team of academics, educators, curators and designers over three years, with the assistance and support from a grant from the Australian Research Council. The 'Holocaust and Human Rights' was officially opened by Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow in February 2018

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