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Professional Training

The Sydney Jewish Museum delivers Professional Training that covers topics including Empathy, Resilience and Ethical Leadership.

The Museum has developed thought provoking Professional Training programs over the last 20 years for a range of organisations including the Australian Police, the Australian Defence Force, health care professionals and leading corporations, to acquaint and sensitise people in leadership positions to issues relating to their immediate society and social climate.

There are many benefits to these programs including team building, developing cultures of support and learning and helping staff develop confidence and self-knowledge.

The Museum’s highly trained and experienced educators engage professionals from all fields with personalised programs which draw upon the lessons of the Holocaust to provide insight on professional and individual responsibility.

Professional Training sessions include a talk by a Holocaust survivor who will deliver first-hand accounts of their insights into the importance of ethical leadership, personalising the experience of the program.

Our training programs can cater for small or large groups and a typical program structure is

  • 2 hour program – Holocaust survivor recollections and a seminar;
  • 3 hour program – Holocaust survivor recollections, a seminar and tour of the museum;
  • Full day program – Holocaust survivor recollections, a seminar, tour of the museum, a guest presenter and a hands-on workshop.

Program content can cover topics of empathy, ethics, decision making, and practical approaches to management of sensitive individuals. We can also design a bespoke program based on your needs and group size.

Companies can utilise these programs to count towards their employees’ Continuing Professional Development, if relevant.

Some of our workshops include:

Empathy Workshop

The challenges that healthcare workers experience when caring for patients goes beyond clinical duties. They also deal with the psychological impacts of patients’ illness and experience of hospitalisation, which may manifest as fear, anxiety, grief and memory loss.

This seminar gives healthcare workers a deeper understanding and empathy for the emotional issues associated with patients, gained through experiential learning. We use recent and relevant case studies with special focus on trauma victims, such as survivors of the Holocaust.

Our empathy seminars deliver thoughtful and directly applicable content that typical textbook or classroom learning can’t provide.

Resilience Workshop

A resilience seminar, but not as you know it! This is a unique opportunity to hear testimony from a Holocaust survivor as a way to help shape an understanding of resilience and ethical responsibilities of leadership today.

This seminar takes both the warnings from history and messages of hope to empower professionals to find their own internal strengths and to learn how to encourage resilience in co-workers.

Previous participants of the Sydney Jewish Museum’s resilience seminars have found the privilege to learn from survivors of trauma to be positively transformative.

Ethical Leadership

This seminar takes concrete examples of individuals’ acts during the Holocaust, and uses Holocaust survivor testimony, to reflect on how contemporary businesses and their employees can think about their responsibilities.

Participants finish our Ethical Leadership programs with a greater understanding of their moral and ethical responsibilities, both personally and professionally, toward building a culture of acceptance in the workplace.


“I gained so much information as well as techniques on how to work with this
population group and hopefully contribute to a more positive hospital experience for
them. The tour was very moving and very helpful to remind me of what actually
happened and the conditions these people lived through. Thank you so much for
offering such a valuable opportunity for professional development.” – South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

“Emotional, thought provoking and relevant. This was a professional and moving program that made history real and applicable.” – NSW Health

“The inclusion of the Sydney Jewish Museum into our ethic leadership framework is invaluable. Some real linkage in history to lessons in leadership and challenging of one’s own understanding” – NSW Police


Get in touch to discuss how we can create and tailor an inspiring program for your organisation. Please fill in the form below or call 9360 7999.

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