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Helping us get inspiring projects off the ground

All projects start with a spark of inspiration. This is how the powerful collection of photographs that makes up I Met a Survivor was born. However, to get an inspired idea and passion project like this off the ground, we need to connect with potential donors and spark in them the same excitement.

I Met A Survivor photograph

Edith and Barry Mendel, long-time supporters of the Sydney Jewish Museum, know first-hand the impact that meeting a Holocaust survivor can have on a child. In fact, in her 12 years of volunteering at the Museum, Edith has seen hundreds of thousands of school students come through our doors and leave inspired by the testimonies they have heard. With this in mind, Edith and Barry were looking for a project to fund; something that would capture the positivity of the Museum experience.

When Jacqui Wasilewsky, Community Stories Manager, brought the concept of the I Met a Survivor book and some of the photographs to them, Edith says, “We knew we had found that something. Jacqui’s passion and excitement were highly contagious and we both sat looking through the photos with tears in our eyes.”

Jacqui Wasilewsky and Edith Mendel with the book, I Met a Survivor

After seeing their project come to fruition, Edith and Barry Mendel are proud to look through the book with their grandchildren, who will be able to say, one day, that they were lucky enough to meet a survivor.

Here at the Sydney Jewish Museum we have a number of projects that we would love to embark on, but for which we don’t yet have funding. If the Museum is close to your heart, and you would like to support a project that you can be proud of, please contact our Head of Engagement, Sharon Philippsohn, on 02 9360 7999 or

For more information about the I Met a Survivor book and to purchase a copy, click here.

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