The Sydney Jewish Museum chronicles the rich history and heritage of the Jewish people who call Australia home.
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This hall has a special place in the Jewish community because it was built in honour of the Jewish soldiers who took part in the First World War. The memorial has been an epicentre of all things Jewish and was therefore deemed as a perfect location for the museum.
The museum was officially opened to the public in 1992; a feat made possible by the late John Saunders, as well as members of the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust survivors. This significance is not lost on keen observers as Australia is home to the greatest population of survivors of the Holocaust, only second to Israel.
A visit to the Sydney Jewish Museum feels like walking back in time, thanks to the different exhibitions on location. As expected, the exhibits showcase the Holocaust, as well as the history of the Australian Jewry in what is an immersive experience that engages the senses.
The permanent exhibitions include the Holocaust, Serving Australia (The Jewish Involvement in Australian Military History), as well as Culture and Continuity (The Journey through Judaism). The Holocaust exhibition is spread across three different levels and it explores the impact of one of the events as they unfolded between 1933 and 1945. It also follows the lives led by survivors on arrival in Australia as well as the significant contributions made.
The ‘Serving Australia’ exhibition recounts the stories of Jewish soldiers in a bid to honour their dedication. Explore the ‘Culture and Continuity’ exhibition that allows visitors to discover Jewish history from Biblical times to modern day community.
Pass by the museum shop to get an array of books, gifts and souvenirs – all linked to the Jewish way of life. Visit the Cafe (kosher) for morning tea, lunch and even afternoon tea once you have enjoyed your guided tour. Tours at the Sydney Jewish Museum are held at 1pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays, as well as at noon on Sundays.