The Sydney Jewish Museum offers professional development seminars for teachers throughout the school year, both for the teaching of the Holocaust and Studies of Religion. 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.
All of our Teacher Training programs are completely free of charge, and open to all teachers who are interested.
The Sydney Jewish Museum is a NESA-endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence.
Booking is essential. To book, please fill out the form below and a member of the education team will be in contact.
For more information, please call the Museum on 9360 7999.
Beyond Representation: The Holocaust in Film and Literature
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 information, and raise important questions: are there moral and ethical limits that should be placed on such representation? Can fiction add to our understanding of an historical period – and if so, how? Is the Holocaust “beyond representation”? This 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 testimony to enrich their students’ learning about the Holocaust.
New Perspectives: Teaching the Holocaust in Australian Classrooms
This is a two-day professional development seminar designed to address the outcomes of the new Australian Curriculum. Participants will be presented with newly-developed materials and practical approaches to teaching about the Holocaust. Participants will be taken on special guided tours of the Museum and its archives, and will have the opportunity to hear testimony from a panel of Holocaust survivors.
Deconstructing Memory: Joint Anzac Memorial/Sydney Jewish Museum Teacher Training
In partnership with the Anzac Memorial, we will be offering a NESA approved teacher training day focusing on the construction of history and memorialisation. This day will offer an opportunity to explore the complex relationship between history and memory and discover how these ideas are inscribed in our museum buildings. Through a series of interactive sessions with museum educators and historians, teachers will gain practical ideas for teaching about the construction of history.
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.
For classroom resources that support your teaching of the Holocaust follow the links below:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a classroom resource for students to examine the categories of participants in the Holocaust, Bystanders, Resistors, Victims and Perpetrators
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