• Opening April 15 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 Jewish Century on Shellac and Vinyl.

    Exhibition opens 15 April
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  • Professional Programs Give your staff a soul-stirring experience with a tailored Professional Development program at the Museum.

    Developed over 20 years, the programs can cover a range of areas including leadership, personal responsibility, empathy, ethics, inclusion and diversity.
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  • HSC Study Days The Museum’s HSC Modern History In-Depth Study Days provide an opportunity for current Year 12 HSC students to deepen their understanding of syllabus key features, historiography, and oral testimony skills. Find out more
  • SJM Voices app SJM Voices is a custom curated app that uses an internal global positioning system to bring testimony and story of the Holocaust and World War II into the present within the Museum’s walls. Find out more
  • Holocaust and Human Rights This exhibition traces the history of human rights and focuses on major human rights issues in Australia. Using digital technologies and interactive spaces, this exhibition invites visitors to challenge their perceptions and reflect on topics that may prove irresolvable. Find out more
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Exhibitions

Opens 15 April

Jukebox Jewkbox! A Jewish 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 Jewish 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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Permanent exhibition

The Holocaust

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.

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School visits

Book into one of our programs for primary and secondary students

With hundreds of artefacts to explore and over 30 Holocaust survivors for students to meet, the experience of visiting the the Sydney Jewish Museum is second to none.

All education programs are linked to NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) syllabus outcomes.

Book in now to ensure you get your preferred dates and times for a program this year!

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Teacher training

NESA-approved events bringing teachers together

The Sydney Jewish Museum offers regular professional development seminars and the opportunity to engage with other teachers at our Teachers' Network events, held four times a year at the Museum.

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100 year-old Holocaust survivor continues to tell her story

Recently, Holocaust survivor Lena Goldstein (nee Midler) turned 100. Lena was born in 1919 in Lublin, Poland. She was confined in the Warsaw Ghetto, from which she eventually escaped in April 1943.

Following her escape from the ghetto, Lena was hidden by a Polish caretaker for 18 months. Later, her hiding spot was an underground bunker, cramped together with eight others. Lena set to writing a satirical newsletter for her companions in the bunker, “just to put some humour into the tragic life that we were living in the bunker.”

Lena was liberated in January 1945. She married Alexander Goldstein and immigrated to Australia in 1949.

Since 2007, Lena has volunteered her time at the Sydney Jewish Museum, delivering her testimony and talking to visiting student groups. Lena is adamant that her story be told by the Museum well into the future, so that “the future generations know what we had to go through.”

'If I survive', a biography of Lena Goldstein's life written by author Barbara Miller, is available on the Museum's online shop.

To purchase a copy, follow the link below.

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SJM blog

The prohibited photographs of Mauthausen

March 8, 2019

The prohibited photographs of Mauthausen Inside an album that recently came into the Sydney Jewish Museum’s possession are photographs of the horrors of Nazi aggression that that took place at …

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Survivor Portraits – Eva Engel

March 4, 2019

Survivor Portraits – Eva Engel This month, we introduce Holocaust child survivor Eva Engel. Eva was born in Vienna, Austria in 1932. After the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria to …

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Museum as Memorial

February 25, 2019

Museum as Memorial Recently, descendants of Janusz Korczak, the director of a Jewish orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto, dedicated a plaque in the Sydney Jewish Museum’s Sanctum of Remembrance in …

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The making of our Holocaust and Human Rights exhibition

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 2018

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SJM Voices App

The Sydney Jewish Museum’s free app, SJM Voices, offers the opportunity to listen to the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, witnesses and experts. Listen to the voices of history on your device as you move through the Museum.

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.

You can download the app to your iPhone ahead of time via the link below. If you have an Android phone, pick up a compatible device at admissions upon arrival at the Museum.

Please note, the SJM Voices app only works in the Museum.

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Become a Museum Member

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Members are the backbone of the Sydney Jewish Museum. The generosity of individuals plays a vital role in helping us give history a voice.

As a Museum Member you will benefit from free entry into the Museum all year round, a 10% discount in the Museum shop and more.