The Museum provides opportunities for teachers who are interested in learning more about incorporating Jewish heritage and lessons from the Holocaust into their curriculum, using object based education. In addition to Professional Development events scheduled at the Museum, staff development workshops can be arranged for your school or region.



Historiographic Problems of the Holocaust

STAJE Seminar for Teachers in Jewish Schools

Date:  October 30, 2016 

Time: 12:30 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Eligibility: Current classroom teachers in Jewish schools

Fee:  Free of charge but advance registration is required


What we teach about the Holocaust and how we do so are the result of choices we have made when we approach its history. What aspects of the Holocaust will we focus on? What sources will we use as we teach? How will we critically evaluate our sources? To what extent will outside concerns affect our presentation of the Holocaust? 


Join scholars Samuel Kassow (Trinity College, Hartford, CT), Natalia Aleksiun (Touro College, New York) and MJH Founding Curator Yitzchak Mais (Jerusalem, Israel) as we survey the major controversies in the history of the Holocaust and focus in on two case studies: Roosevelt and the Holocaust and the uses of survivor testimony. The seminar will include a workshop on how historiographic choices affect how we teach the history of the Holocaust to our students.


The program is open current classroom teachers and is free of charge. Space is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Radensky at pradensky@mjhnyc.org or call 646.437.4310.


A light lunch for teachers will be available at 11:45 A.M. (dietary laws observed).


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Election Day Professional Development:
Elie Wiesel’s Night

Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Time: 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Eligibility: Current classroom teachers
Fee: Free, but pre-registration is required

This year, our annual Election Day Professional Development for educators will focus on Elie Wiesel’s Night. Through lecture, survivor testimony, and the study of artifacts and primary sources related to Wiesel’s memoir, learn strategies and obtain resources for teaching about the Holocaust. Visits to the Museum’s exhibitions are included.

Current classroom teachers are eligible to attend. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided to those who register by November 1 and receive a confirmation email from the Museum.

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Children of Willesden Lane - A Refugee Story

Date: November 29, 2016
Time: 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Fee: $10; your registration fee will be returned to you the day of the workshop to go towards the cost of your lunch

In conjunction with Facing History and Ourselves, we will offer a one-day session focusing on The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek. Teachers who attend will be eligible to receive a class set of the book, as well as priority access to the culminating musical program in the spring.

The Children of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish girl growing up in Vienna, who was determined to become a concert pianist. In March of 1938, her dreams were shattered when German troops took over her homeland. Separated from her parents, Lisa was one of nearly 10,000 children brought to England before World War II as part of the Kindertransport — a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis.

We will introduce tools and resources for teaching Lisa Jura’s story in its historical context. This will be complemented later in the year by the musical performance, "The Children of Willesden Lane," by Mona Golabek, Lisa Jura’s daughter.

Registration is through Facing History and Ourselves.

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Fall Conference for Educators
Teaching About the Holocaust and Other Genocides

Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Time: 11 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Eligibility: Current classroom teachers
Fee: Free, but pre-registration is required

In the morning, Dr. James Waller will speak about his book Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. In the afternoon, lawyer Serge Klarsfeld, in conversation with author Andrew Nagorski, discusses his life’s work pursuing justice for the vicitims of the Holocaust, which includes successful prosecutions of Nazi war criminals such as Klaus Barbie.

Teachers have the option to register for each session individually. Same-day admission to the Museum is included with registration.

Lunch will be provided at 1 P.M. to all participants who register by December 4, 2016 and receive a confirmation email from the Museum.

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We acknowledge in appreciation the Jewish Conference of Material Claims Against Germany for supporting educational programs at the Museum. Through recovering the assets of the victims of the Holocaust the Claims Conference enables organizations around the world to provide education about the Shoah and to preserve the memory of those who perished.

TOP LEFT: Teacher in gallery studying an artifact. Photo by Melanie Einzig.

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