• Campaign for good On Human Rights Day, the Sydney Jewish Museum launches a campaign that urges people to practise small acts of kindness on an everyday basis to make the world a more accepting and welcoming place.

    The campaign aims to inspire those it touches to Be A Mensch, because right now the world needs more mensches.
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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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  • 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
  • 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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Supporting bushfire relief

In support of those who have suffered loss in these devastating Australian bushfires, we are donating proceeds from all ticket sales to our series of talks by Holocaust survivors in January to bushfire relief.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the fires.

For more information on the Holocaust survivor speakers and dates, follow the link below.

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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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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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Feature exhibition

It’s Personal: Images of objects from Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen

It’s Personal is an exhibition of large-scale photographs by photographer Richard Wiesel, detailing small, personal artefacts housed in the archives at Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrück concentration camps. These items were donated or left behind by Holocaust victims.

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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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Browse our Education Programs online

We have a 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.

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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

Mensches, movers and shakers: Dr Kerryn Phelps AM

January 17, 2020

Melanie and Sarah Penicka-Smith tell us how they are creating positive change in the LGBTQI+ space.

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Righteous Among the Nations as mensches: Siek and Anna Attema

January 3, 2020

Siek and Anna Attema were Dutch farmers who selflessly hid Mia Polak and her sister for two years on their farm in Holland, during WWII.

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Survivor Portraits – Susan Warhaftig

December 27, 2019

Susan Warhaftig was born in 1937 in Vienna, Austria. She went into hiding in Hungary with her mother.

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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 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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Be a voice

Become a member

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

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.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program

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A Bar and Bat Mitzvah is an incredibly special time for families to share – a significant milestone and a rite of passage.

This new program introduces children preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, together with their parents, to moving stories of what this rite of passage means to Holocaust survivors.

Together, in a three-hour session on a Sunday afternoon at the Museum, families will hear about how some survivors practiced their Judaism in hiding during the Holocaust, and how others celebrated this significant event decades after the war.

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.

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