Teacher Training

The Sydney Jewish Museum offers professional development seminars for teachers throughout the school year for all teachers who are interested. Participating teachers are presented with newly-developed materials and practical approaches to teaching these key subjects.

Teachers will be taken on a special guided tour of the Museum and its archives, and will have an opportunity to join a growing network of professional educators for ongoing development. Teachers of the Holocaust will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of Holocaust survivors, and engage critically in testimony as an historical source.

The Sydney Jewish Museum is a NESA-endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.

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Booking is essential. To book into a Teacher Training seminar, follow the program links or fill in the form below and a member of the Education Team will be in contact.

For more information, please call the Museum on 9360 7999.

Teachers’ Network

The Sydney Jewish Museum Teachers’ Network is a series of 4 free events a year that brings together teachers from a variety of schools and disciplines. The aim of the Network is to provide teachers an opportunity to engage with other colleagues, expand on content knowledge, design classroom strategies, and discuss the complexities of Holocaust education as well as education more broadly.

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Teacher Training

New Perspectives: Teaching the Holocaust in Australian Classrooms

7-8 May, or 13-14 August
16 hours of NESA-accredited professional development

This two-day professional development seminar is offered in two streams: one stream offers teachers a chronological exploration of key themes and historical events, and the other addresses the content points of the HSC Modern History Core Study: Power and Authority in the Modern World 1919–1946: The Nazi regime to 1939.

Participants are welcome to move from stream to stream throughout the program, and will gain in-depth knowledge of Holocaust history, practical teaching strategies and approaches to handling confronting material with sensitivity. This seminar is run twice a year, and at both offerings participants will have the opportunity to hear testimony from Holocaust survivors.

Cost: $140 (lunch and seminar materials provided)

Book for 7 – 8 May

Book for 13 – 14 August

Beyond Representation: English Teacher Training

30-31 July
16 hours of NESA-accredited professional development

Literature and film are unique ways for students to engage emotionally and intellectually with the Holocaust. Different kinds of narratives provide us with different types of knowledge and raise important questions: are there moral and ethical limits that should be placed on such representations? Does fiction add to our understanding of an historical period – and if so, how? Is the Holocaust beyond representation?

This two-day professional development seminar will provide teachers with an opportunity to consider these questions and explore how they can use different texts, including popular fiction, film and first-hand testimonies, to enrich their students’ learning about the Holocaust. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear testimony from Holocaust survivors.

Cost: $140 (lunch and seminar materials provided)

Book for 30 – 31 July

Deconstructing Memory: Joint Anzac Memorial and Sydney Jewish Museum Teacher Training

5 November
6 hours of NESA-accredited professional development

In partnership with the Anzac Memorial, this full-day program will address areas of the year 11 Core The Nature of Modern History, considering particularly History and Memory and Representation and Commemoration of the Past. Held across both the Sydney Jewish Museum and the Anzac Memorial, teachers will consider how these spaces might be used as site studies, unpacking the ways history and memory are inscribed in our buildings and understood by those who work within them.

Cost: $70 (lunch and seminar materials provided)

Book for 5 November

Studies of Religion: Judaism in Focus

13 November

A collegiate, full day program that brings together educators and HSC Markers from throughout New South Wales, providing a deeper understanding of key features of the syllabus.

Our training day includes in-depth seminars focusing on key features of Judaism. Delivered by expert educators, the seminars are designed to help draw connections between content areas, and provide in-depth understandings of syllabus requirements.

Cost: $70 (lunch and seminar materials provided)

Book for 13 November

Staff Spiritual Reflection Days

Jewish thought and culture have decisively shaped much of our society and have contributed in many ways to ethics and philosophy in the modern world. The Sydney Jewish Museum operates programs designed to complement Staff Retreats and Spiritual Days. The workshop encourages personal reflection on spiritual and religious beliefs and welcomes questions from those deeply curious and interested about matters of religion. Jewish philosophies are examined, and for those who wish to learn more about Judaism we provide an interactive session on Shabbat, Hebrew, dietary laws and Passover.

  • 1st hour – Education Workshop ‘Windows into Judaism’
    What do Jewish people believe? What is the relationship between ancient Jewish texts and modern Jewish practice? Includes an interactive example of Jewish rituals and celebration.
  • 2nd hour – Museum Tour of ground floor exhibits ‘Culture & Continuity’
    Exploration of Jewish history from biblical to modern times. Curriculum links to celebrations and rituals such as Shabbat, Hanukkah, Passover and sacred Jewish texts.
  • 3rd hour (optional) – Survivor Testimony
    “Surviving the Holocaust”: a personal story.


Holocaust education program

Teachers! We invite you to join the cadre of Australian teachers who have become expert Holocaust educators by training at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. The Sydney Jewish Museum offers two scholarships, covering all expenses for this course. Participants gain a detailed and in-depth understanding of the history of the Holocaust, as well as the tools and techniques of how to teach it. Leading historians will share the results of their latest research, Expert educators will introduce the pedagogical and age appropriate approaches on how to teach the Holocaust. 

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Classroom resources

For classroom resources that support your teaching of the Holocaust follow the links below:

Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence – National Curriculum Depth Study 6

For teachers covering the Holocaust in Depth Study 6 of the National Curriculum, The Sydney Jewish Museum recommends using the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence. It covers 12 units of study and our recommendation is to allow approximately 20 hours to cover this Scope and Sequence, plus a visit to the Museum. For a snapshot of the understanding goals linked to each section of the National Curriculum Scope and Sequence, see the document Annotated Scope and Sequence – critical questions to guide enduring understandings

Language of the Holocaust

Before embarking on Holocaust study, students will need to understand the power of words to hold radically different meanings for people, depending on their personal experiences or the particular context of the word. For instance, what does it mean to read a Holocaust survivor’s explanation that “we were hungry”? How can student’s possibly relate this to their understanding of the word “hunger”? Our resource Language of the Holocaust provides a classroom activity to help with this.


Understanding Antisemitism is a vital premise to begin with before studying the Holocaust. (Unit 1 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence).

The Rise of Nazism and The Destruction of European Jewry

When studying the Holocaust under the National Curriculum, it is vital to spend a significant amount of time on The Rise of Nazism – covering the years 1933-39.  (Unit 4 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence). It is vital that students understand this part of the history so that they can better understand the parts of the genocide that occurred during 1939-1945. To assist your teaching of this time period, we have made available the resource The Rise of Nazism and The Destruction of European Jewry. It includes relevant historical information, primary sources and suggested classroom activities.

Ghettos – Joy of News

The place of the Ghettos is central to understanding the history of the Holocaust (Unit 4 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence). To assist your teaching of the history of Ghettos, please use the resource Ghettos – Joy of News. It includes general historical information, as well as a case study of Terezin Ghetto, which includes primary sources and suggested classroom activities.

Case Study – Dachau Chart

When you teach the history of Concentration Camps under Nazism (Unit 8 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence), using the resource Case Study – Dachau Chart will enrich your classroom on two levels. Teaching about a less well known Concentration Camp is useful for student learning, and using the Dachau Chart to spiral through ideas on race that you taught earlier in your curriculum.

Resistance – Amidah

Understanding the complex nature of Jewish Amidah (standing up, or resistance) during the Holocaust is an important aspect to all Holocaust study. Using the resource Resistance – Amidah is a good introduction to this concept. (Unit 6 in the Sydney Jewish Museum Scope and Sequence)


Understanding the post-war adjustment to life is an important way to understand part of the experience of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The resource Liberation – Signs of Life gives teachers a classroom resource that focuses on this difficult topic

Categories of Participants

Categories of Participants is a classroom resource for students to examine the categories of participants in the Holocaust, Bystanders, Resistors, Victims and Perpetrators

Righteous Among the Nations

Although there are so few Righteous Among the Nations, it is vital that we shine a light on the actions of these remarkable people. A few case studies are available in our resource Righteous Among the Nations

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