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.
Located over three levels, this exhibition traces the persecution and murder of European Jewry from 1933 to 1945 and explores the contemporary and ongoing resonance of these unprecedented events.
The exhibition also recounts the new lives forged by survivors following their arrival in Australia and their contribution to the rich, multicultural fabric of contemporary Australian life.
“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.Learn More
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.
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
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.
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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 2018Exhibition details
SJM Voices is a custom curated app that uses an internal global positioning system to bring testimony and story of the Holocaust into the present within the Museum’s walls.
Drawing on the Museum’s rich repository of survivor testimony, the app embeds survivor narrative alongside stories from perpetrators and witnesses. The app delivers personal and multi-perspective insight into this turbulent period of history.
Once you’ve visited the Museum and used the app, email yourself a record of your journey.