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.



Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust: A Day of Professional Learning for Teachers

Date: June 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 A.M. to 2:30P.M.

Fee: Free of charge but pre-registration is required. This conference is open only to active classroom teachers.

To Register: Register online by June 1 by clicking here >

In the morning, Archivist and Curator Bonnie Gurewitsch will lecture about Jewish Resistance, followed by Holocaust survivor testimony.

After lunch, teachers have the option of selecting one afternoon session of their choice, including Tactics of Resistance, presented by the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation [http://www.jewishpartisans.org/]; Resources for Teaching About the Holocaust, presented by staff from the Museum and the Brooklyn Public Library; or tours of the galleries (guided or self-guided).

Lunch will be provided to all participants. Teachers will receive educational materials provided by the Museum, as well as the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation’s Educator Toolkit.

This conference is open only to active classroom teachers.


STAJE Seminar for Teachers in Jewish Schools

From Generation to Generation: Descendants Telling the Story


Date:  June 11, 2017 

Time: 12:30 P.M. – 5 P.M.

Fee:  Free of charge but advance registration is required


As time passes, children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors have begun to relate the histories of their survivor parents and grandparents. Join as we look at three examples of 2G and 3G presentations of their relative’s Holocaust experiences. At the end of the seminar, we will explore how this testimony differs from that of the survivors and how this material can be used in our classrooms.

The program is open to 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).

Register online by clicking here >


Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust

Dates: July 10 – 14, 2017
Times: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Monday –Thursday; 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Friday
To Register: For P-credit (NYCDOE teachers), click here >

For professional development only, email Amanda Lanceter at ALanceter@mjhnyc.org.

This course introduces social studies and English teachers to the scholarship about the impact of WWII and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities. Authentic artifacts and Holocaust survivor testimony are centerpieces of daily coursework. Through their work in this course, teachers will gain broad knowledge of the history of the Holocaust. The course strongly emphasizes inquiry-based learning and setting instructional outcomes while it incorporates fundamental history study, memoir and historical fiction, and research skills. Presenters include Museum staff, Holocaust survivors, and leading scholars.

New York City Department of Education teachers may register through the After School Professional Development Program to earn 2 P-credits towards salary differential requirements beginning in late May. Learn more by clicking here.

Participants who are taking the course for professional development only may register directly through the Museum by emailing ALanceter@mjhnyc.org for an application.

This course is only open to teachers of social studies or English who teach about the Holocaust. If you teach another subject, please email ALanceter@mjhnyc.org to see if you are eligible.

STAJE Summer Seminar

European Jewry on the Eve of the Holocaust

Dates: July 10, 12 and 13
Note: No class on July 11 in in commemoration of the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz

Times: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Fee: Free

To Register: Admission is by application - Deadline is June 6

Jewish school educators are invited to apply to participate in this three-day summer seminar.

The Holocaust destroyed not only individual Jews, but also the culturally rich, religiously, and politically diverse world that made up European Jewry. In this seminar we will survey the major Jewish communities before the outbreak of the war – Germany, Poland, Hungary, the Soviet Union, and Greece – in order to gain a deeper understanding of what made each community unique and therefore to have a more profound appreciation of what was lost. Moreover, exploring the history of each Jewish community on the eve of the Holocaust will help us make sense of the various ways these communities dealt with the events of the Holocaust as they unfolded.
Please join us as we delve into this fascinating chapter in Jewish history and in the history of the Holocaust.

The STAJE Summer Seminar is free, but admission is by application. To obtain an application, please email Dr. Paul Radensky, Assistant Director of Education, at pradensky@mjhnyc.org.
Completed applications are due by June 6, 2017.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Radensky by email at the address above or by telephone at 646.437.4310.

A light lunch will be provided (dietary laws observed) each day of the seminar. A portion of public transportation or parking will be reimbursed for participating teachers.

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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