The health and wellbeing of our Holocaust survivors, visitors, volunteers and employees is of utmost importance to us. To best ensure protection of everyone in light of the spread of the coronavirus, the Sydney Jewish Museum is temporarily closed.
As the situation changes rapidly, we continue to monitor developments and will keep you updated as we make further decisions about our operating hours in the coming weeks.
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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.
This exhibition outlines human rights achievements and challenges, and focuses on some of the key human rights issues facing Australia today.
The Holocaust and Human Rights uses interactive media and new digital technologies to explore local issues pertaining to the rights of refugees and asylum seekers; people with disabilities; Indigenous people; and the LGBTIQ+ community.
Wednesday 24 June at 1.15pm
Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton will examine the influence of Islamic design on synagogues from the nineteenth century onwards. He will reference examples of architecture from Europe, America, Australia and India.See Full Calendar
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
Celebrating one of the strong women in the Purim story On International Women’s Day, and on the eve of Purim, we look at one of the powerful women in the …
Peter was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1930, and was nine years old when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Life as Peter knew it began to change.
In April 1938 – following the Anschluss, or annexation, of Austria into Hitler’s Great Germanic Empire – a bizarre plan was hatched which has evaded history books. On the eve of the Holocaust, Australia was selected as a suitable site for solving the ‘Jewish Problem’.
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.
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.
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
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