The following programs are currently available to school and youth groups in grades K-12. Please complete the School Group Request Form and email it to groupvisits@mjhnyc.org.

Assisted listening devices are available to visitors with hearing loss for use during guided tours. The earpiece enables users to hear the tour guide even if the galleries are full of people. If you know that members of your group will want assisted listening devices, please request this when making your tour reservation.

Sign language interpretation for any tour or Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust tours in ASL led by a Deaf Museum Educator are available with at least three weeks advance notice.

General Tours | Special Exhibition Tours | Free Pre- and Post-Visits

General Tours

Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust
Examine the impact of World War II and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities in Europe. Participants will explore issues of continuity of cultural identity, responsibility to community, and decision-making. This tour also includes an investigation of the ways in which individuals and nations responded, or failed to respond, to the crisis. Discussion of key events in this catastrophic period is preceded by an introduction to Jewish heritage and concludes with a conversation about social justice. Also available in ASL led by a Deaf Museum Educator.

Highlights of the Museum Exhibition
Through this overview of 20th century Jewish life, students get an opportunity to view some of the most treasured artifacts in our Museum. When requesting this tour, please specify whether or not you feel that a visit to our second floor Holocaust exhibits would be appropriate for the age and maturity level of your group.
(Available for grades 3-12)

My House to Your House: Community Life from Generation to Generation
Discover the role of family and community life in transmitting cultural heritage. Students will examine treasured objects and daily rituals, making connections between Jewish traditions and other traditions. This tour is designed as an introduction to Jewish heritage as well as the broader theme of cultural identity, and it provides a useful supplement to multicultural studies.
(Available for grades K-6)

Love Thy Neighbor: Immigration and the U.S. Experience
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Learn about the Jewish immigrant experience in the United States through the exploration of language, work, community, and social activism. Throughout the tour, students are encouraged to make comparisons with other immigration experiences, as well as to think about challenges and opportunities. Middle and high school students will also consider immigration issues specifically related to the Holocaust. This tour is designed for students studying immigration in their social studies and/or U.S. history classes.
(Available for grades 3-12)

Israel and the Diaspora
Examine the complex relationship between the two main centers of Jewish life: the United States and Israel. Explore how Jewish communities in each country have helped and benefited from each other, looking at Zionism, immigration, innovation, and diversity in Jewish life in the 20th century. Designed especially for Jewish day schools, the tour raises central questions about what it means to be a Jew in America today.
(Available for grades 6-12)

Our Jewish Heritage
This tour is designed for students in Catholic middle and high schools. Students will explore how Jewish practice today is rooted in ancient sources that are significant to both Jews and Catholics. Students will discuss and compare Jewish and Catholic understandings of the Bible and their rituals and ceremonies. Students in the upper grades will also explore the ways in which individuals and communities use their personal and communal values to respond to challenges throughout history.
(Available for grades 6-12)

Special Exhibition Tours

Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited (opens Feb. 26)
Students will learn about the momentous and tragic events surrounding the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan in Georgia in 1913 and the lynching of Leo Frank, the Jewish factory superintendent accused of her murder. The case that has sparked more than a century of debate is illuminated through interviews with descendants of key players. Students will examine primary sources, including original newspaper articles and other artifacts, to explore the events that led up to these murders as well as the granting of a posthumous pardon for Leo Frank in 1986.

This tour is most appropriate for students studying United States history. This tour highlights the skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, particularly standards one, three, seven, eight, and nine.

(Available for grades 9 and older)

Free Pre- and Post-Visits

Speakers Bureau
Arrange for your class to hear a Holocaust survivor or WWII veteran speak about his or her experiences, as part of a pre- or post-visit, through the Speakers Bureau.

TOP: Thea Gottesmann Rumstein speaking in front of the case in the Core Exhibition displaying the skirt, blouse and bag she made at Mauthausen shortly after liberation.  Gift of Jack and Thea Gottesmann Rumstein (2006.A.199-2006.A.201).

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