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  • Campaign for good Now, more than ever, our world needs more people practising acts of kindness.

    More ‘mensches’.

    Join the mensch movement and follow our Instagram page via the link below.
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  • Become a Member Our Museum Members are voices for respect, empathy and a better world.

    In these challenging times, your membership is more important than ever to help us develop new innovative and engaging projects.
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  • Jews from Islamic Lands An exhibition that tells the stories of Jews from Islamic lands through artefacts and photographs.

    See intricately designed ritual objects, such as an elaborately adorned Torah cover – or a tik – from India, a Passover seder plate from Egypt, and a colourful wedding dress from Iran.
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  • Learn online with us We have launched a range of new ways teachers and students can continue to connect with our artefacts and stories online!

    Browse our online excursions, webinars for HSC students and teachers, and lesson plans.
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  • Holocaust survivor videos Hearing a Holocaust survivor tell their story of survival is a moving and inspiring experience.

    Their reflections on resilience, loss and rebuilding their lives can teach us so much about how to navigate the world and our shared humanity.

    Browse snippets of short and long testimony by some of our Holocaust survivors.
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  • Where History Has A Voice 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. Find out more
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Exhibitions

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Jews from Islamic Lands

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.

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Nostalgic Glimpses of a Bygone Era

Nostalgic Glimpses of a Bygone Era is an exhibition of paintings by Camille Fox, a Jewish artist who was born in the “golden era” in Alexandria, Egypt.

Camille has childhood memories of a charmed life in Egypt. She recalls memories of Mohammad, their ‘bawab’, who used to walk her to school, visiting her grandfather at his textile store in Anfushi, her grandmother sipping sweet black coffee in fine English porcelain cups and nibbling cakes in Alexandria’s finest tea rooms.

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Discover our collection online

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.

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Online Teacher Training

Professional development delivered via webinar

Join our educators for a webinar from the comfort of your home to gain deeper understanding of the topics on the curriculum.

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Downloadable Lesson Plans

A range of resources to incorporate into your teaching materials

Sneak behind the scenes of the Museum to discover a range of case studies, videos, objects and images, that will help you bring history to life for your students.

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Explore the Museum through video

Head Curator Roslyn Sugarman talks about a suitcase on display from the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Visit our YouTube Channel

Watch survivor testimonies

Holocaust survivor Olga Horak reflects the difficulties of forgiving and the importance of not having any hatred

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Campaign for good

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.

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Be the voice for respect, empathy and a better world

Become a Member

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.

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SJM blog

Survivor Portraits – Yvonne Engelman

December 17, 2020

Holocaust survivor Yvonne Engelman was born in 1927 in Dovhe, Czechoslovakia. After promising her father she’d survive, Yvonne survived Auschwitz.

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International Migrants Day: Waves of Jewish migration to Australia

December 17, 2020

International Migrants Day: Waves of Jewish migration to Australia The waves of Jewish migration to Australia before and after World War II have been turning points in the history of …

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Survivor Portraits – Lina Lipton

November 30, 2020

Holocaut survivor Lina Lipton was born in 1923 in Lvov, Poland. The start of the war in 1939 came as a shock, and she survived in hiding under a false name.

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Where History Has A Voice

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.

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