The Museum offers a wide range of tours and educational programs meeting the specific needs and interests of teachers and students in Jewish day schools and congregational schools. Our education staff is happy to work with you to arrange for speakers, prepare pre- and post-visit lesson plans, and develop special programs to make your visit to the Museum a meaningful experience.
For more information, contact Dr. Paul Radensky, Manager of Education Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.437.4310.
Tours for Jewish Schools
Specially designed student workbooks are available for all of our tours. Ask about our pre- and post-visit activities.
Meeting Hate with Humanity explores Jewish life before World War II, and examines how individuals and communities in Europe responded to Nazi terror and the Holocaust. Holocaust survivors are available to meet with students to answer questions. (For middle and high school students)
Israel and the Diaspora helps students uncover the roots of the complex relationship between Israel and the Diaspora throughout history. (For middle and high school students)
Shoah Teaching Alternatives in Jewish Education (STAJE)
STAJE brings together some of the best Holocaust educators from the United States and Israel to foster excellence in Shoah education in Jewish schools. STAJE programs include teacher training workshops, a three-day summer symposium, and new curricula designed for different ages.
The Guiding Principles for Teaching the Shoah in Jewish Schools help teachers address difficult issues raised by the Shoah in an intellectually meaningful and age-appropriate fashion. These guidelines support teachers in their efforts to help students understand the significance of the Holocaust for Jewish identity and for world history.
Download a copy of Guiding Principles.
Coming of Age During the Holocaust, Coming of Age Now is a tour for bar and bat mitzvah students that focuses on the artifacts and stories of young people who came of age during the Holocaust. The tour engages students in a dialogue in the Museum galleries on the themes of Jewish identity, community, and responsibility. There are 13 stops on the tour, symbolic of the bar mitzvah. The tour may be combined with classroom study using the Coming of Age curriculum. Click here for more information.
Living Museum® and Living Museum Online
The Living Museum provides Jewish school students with the tools they need to uncover their family heritage through the heirlooms found in their own homes. Through this engaging project, students come to identify with their past, while learning about how it helped to shape them as individuals and as Jews. The program combines a Museum visit, classroom workshops, and independent intergenerational learning. The culminating event is the presentation of a mini-museum curated by students at their own school that highlights their Jewish heritage and community.
The Living Museum online takes the Living Museum idea several steps forward by enabling teachers and students to upload the images and texts of their class's Living Museum exhibition to the Internet to create a virtual exhibition that can be viewed the world over. Please visit the Living Museum online.
Interfaith Living Museum
The Interfaith Living Museum brings Jewish and Muslim students together to celebrate shared heritage and diversity. Over the course of three months, students at Jewish and Islamic day schools engage in a program of cooperative learning. Students then share their new knowledge with peers, teachers, and family and community members in a culminating event at the Museum where they present an exhibition of personal artifacts that represent their respective heritages. Read about the Interfaith Living Museum in The New York Times.