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School Excursions at the Museum

Student Programs

We support your classroom teaching by bringing students face to face with history and culture, expanding their content knowledge and connecting more deeply with the topic they are studying. We offer 2 hour, 3 hour and full day excursions that include talks from Holocaust survivors, a guided tour of the Museum and curriculum-linked workshops with expert educators covering a range of topics including History, English, Studies of Religion, Legal Studies and more.

“If you haven’t taken your students to the Sydney Jewish Museum, you haven’t prepared them for life”
Director of Faith and Mission at St Vincent’s College, Potts Point

To read more about our program options, please scroll down to browse the listings.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to process bookings online. To book, please contact our bookings team at booking@sjm.com.au or phone (02) 9360 7999.

School Education Programs
Understanding the Holocaust

Introduce your students to studying the Holocaust. This program explores key historical events that contributed to this cataclysmic event unfolding.

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Rights and Freedoms

Explore the creation and role of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other crucial documents protecting human rights through the lens of contemporary issues in Australia.

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Power and Authority: Nazi Methods of Control and Impact on Life

Look at the experiences of youth, women and minorities within the totalitarian state of Nazi Germany to better understand the impact of dictatorships on society.

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Power and Authority: The Rise of Nazism, Consolidation of Power and Ideology

Understand how two thousand years of European Jewish life were destroyed with the rise of Nazism by delving deeper into the circumstances under which the Nazi party and Hitler were able to rise to power.

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Resisting the Holocaust

This program challenges the misconception that Jews went “like lambs to the slaughter”, with examples of Jewish resistance.

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Genocide in the 20th Century

What is genocide and how did the term arise? Students will explore the concept of genocide through examples drawn from the 20th century.

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Windows into Judaism

Explore the interactive and artefact rich displays on the Museum’s Ground Floor as a tool through which to learn about Judaism as a living religious tradition.

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Fact Through Fiction

Historical fiction is a unique way for students to engage emotionally and intellectually with the Holocaust. This interactive session will explore the issues of historical accuracy and authorship.

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Discovering Human Rights

Introduce your students to Human Rights, with a focus on some of the issues we see on our own doorstep, in Australia.

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Conflict in Europe: World War II and the War Against the Jews

Explore Europe as a hub of conflicting political ideologies. Students will focus on Operation Barbarossa and the intrinsic link between the Holocaust and the aims of the Nazis to create a racial empire in Europe.

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The Nature and Development of Human Rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Focuses on the nature and development of human rights through the lens of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the immediate context of the Holocaust and World War II.

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Children in a Vanishing World

This age-appropriate program will deepen students’ understanding of the historical context of these books and also speak to the themes that they raise about the rights of children and the complex ethical dilemmas that children faced during wartime.

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Unearthing the Holocaust: Serniki and the Australian War Crimes Trials

Engage in a discussion of the massacre at Serniki and how it constitutes a war crime and, thus, a breach of international law.

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Site Study: Memory and Memorialisation

Approach the history of the Holocaust through looking at the Museum’s architecture and exhibitions. Students will explore how history is constructed through memorial spaces and display of historical objects.

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The Nature of Modern History: Constructing, Contesting and Investigating the Past

How is modern history constructed by historians, and how can it change over time? This seminar puts the history of the Holocaust into a wider context of historical thinking.

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Arrival Forever: Migration Stories

Introduce your students to concepts of community, cultural identity, symbols and acculturation against the backdrop of Australia’s migration history.

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Community and Remembrance

Learn more about how the Jewish citizens of Australia have contributed in many ways to the local communities within which they have lived.

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Anne Frank: A Girl Writes History

Anne Frank’s diary has been read by millions. Come and discover why Anne’s words and reflections remain poignant for the world today.

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What People Believe

What do Jewish people believe? Learn more about Jewish rituals, festivals, celebrations and traditions.

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Inspiring Ethical Leadership Day

This leadership day brings together students from around NSW in a safe and open forum in order to discuss and think about the leader they can become.

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Preliminary Studies of Religion

For preliminary SOR students, journey through Judaism’s rich history and explore the religion as a living tradition.

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HSC Studies of Religion

For HSC SOR students, journey through Judaism’s rich history and explore the religion as a living tradition.

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Four Hour Program

Build your own excursion by selecting two of our interactive seminars that fulfil your learning objectives.

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Two Hour General Program

Engage your students in discussions of racism, tolerance and persecution through the lens of the history of the Holocaust.

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