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.

Upcoming Events 

Holland and the Holocaust

STAJE Seminar for Teachers in Jewish Schools


Date:  April 26, 2015 

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Fee:  Free of charge but advance registration is required

To register:  Call 646.437.4310 or email pradensky@mjhnyc.org


Holland occupies a large role in the memory of the Holocaust. As the country that sheltered Anne Frank and other hidden Jews, it is seen as being more righteous than other European countries. In fact, it had a vigorous anti-Semitic movement, a member of which turned the Frank family in. Join us as we explore the paradoxical history of Holland in the Holocaust with leading scholars Gerhard Weinberg (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Dienke Hondius (VU University Amsterdam and Anne Frank House), Jeffrey Shandler (Rutgers University) and survivor, Dr. Albert Munzer.


The program is free of charge, however space is limited and advance registration is required. To pre-register or 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).


Public transportation or parking for teachers will be reimbursed up to $20 per person or vehicle upon presentation of original receipt.


The Sixteenth Annual Annual Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Conference for Educators

The Holocaust in Literature

Date:  April 23, 2015

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Fee:  Free of charge but pre-reservation is required

To Register: Visit www.mjhnyc.org/conference by April 14, 2015

Literature has a unique power to affect readers, prompting reflection and new understanding.  One of the most effective ways to teach about the Holocaust is through literature, including memoir, diaries, and novels. In this conference we will explore the evolution of Holocaust literature, why students find these works compelling, and finally, how they can used by teachers.

Dr. Michael Berenbaum, Director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, and Professor of Jewish Studies at the American Jewish University,  and author Alexandra Zapruder will lecture.

As part of this year's event, the first annual Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Tribute Award will be presented to Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize  winning author of Night.

The conference is free, and will conclude with dinner (dietary laws observed), however, pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register, please visit www.mjhnyc.org/conference by April 14.

This conference is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Fanya Gottesfeld Heller.


Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust

Summer Course for Classroom Social Studies and English Teachers

Dates: July 6-10 and 12, 2015

Fee:  For 3P-credits, $125 fee payable by credit card to the ASPDP. There is no additional Museum fee.


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 primary sources. Presenters include Museum staff, Holocaust survivors, and leading scholars.

Application for this course to be approved for 3 P-credits by the NYC Department of Education ASPDP and credit toward the NYS PD 175 hour requirement to maintain certification will be made in spring 2015. Registration through the ASPDP site will begin in May 2015.

Participants who are taking the course for New York State required professional development hours only may register directly through the Museum.

More information will be posted here as soon as it is available. Please contact Amanda Lanceter, Manager of Curriculum and Teacher Programs, at alanceter@mjhnyc.org with questions.


Professional development at the Museum is funded, in part, by a generous grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany: Rabbi Israel Miller Fund for Shoah Research, Documentation and Education


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

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