Central to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is teaching new generations how to recognize and fight against contemporary instances of injustice and oppression.

For School Groups

Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By
A Museum Workshop for Middle and High School Students

This interactive workshop extends your students' visit to the Museum by offering an opportunity to think about genocide and activism today. Exploring the Museum's theme of social justice, students conclude their tour by engaging in Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By, a lesson about the genocide in Darfur.

Museum Educators provide background on the political and historical situation in Darfur and guide students through a close analysis of photographs, drawings by Darfuri children, and text. Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By encourages students to consider implications of what they learned in the Museum and how to apply these lessons to their own lives.

Ask about this one-hour workshop when you book a tour. Please contact Chris Lopez at clopez@mjhnyc.org or 646.437.4304.

For information about other student workshops and lesson plans, please click here.

Genocide in Darfur

Maimonides wrote "Anyone who is able to save a life, but fails to do so, violates the command: And you shalt not stand idly by the blood of your neighbor."

Learn More

Background information about the crisis
Save Darfur
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee on Conscience
Genocide Intervention Network

In the News
Read Nick Kristoff's articles about Darfur

Videos about Darfur
Darfur Destroyed and Crisis in Darfur Human Rights Watch
Sudan: The Quick and the Terrible PBS Frontline

Books about Darfur
The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur by Brian Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace
Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival by Jen Marlowe, Adam Shapiro, and Paul Rusesabagina



TOP LEFT: Graphic from Save Darfur. TOP RIGHT: Photo by Richard Levine.

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