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  • Digital stories We have just launched a new platform that lets you scroll through curated stories from our collection and Holocaust survivors. It is a new way to interact online with the countless stories we hold within our museum walls.

    Follow the link to discover the stories and photographs of 44 Holocaust survivors, in our first digital story, 'Closer: Portraits of Survival'.
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  • Closing soon 'Jews from Islamic Lands is 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.

    Closes 14 June 2021.
    Find out more
  • 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.
    Find out more
  • 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.
    Find out more
  • 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.
    Find out more
  • Where History Has A Voice The Sydney Jewish Museum is a living history museum, where the past is kept alive to continue to speak to future generations in a dynamic way that will always resonate. Find out more
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Exhibitions

Closing 14 June

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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Coming soon

Vu iz dos gesele (Where is the little street)?

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.

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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.

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

Watch more testimonies

Dimensions in Testimony filming project

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.

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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.

Discover collection

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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SJM blog

Survivor Portraits – Anne Heilig

April 30, 2021

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.

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Brothers in arms

April 21, 2021

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 …

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Honouring the dead

April 6, 2021

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 …

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The Sydney Jewish Museum

Where history
has a voice

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.

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