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 

Big Business and the Holocaust

STAJE Seminar for Teachers in Jewish Schools


Date:  December 14, 2014 

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Fee:  Free of charge but pre-reservation required

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

Germany had many collaborators as it carried out its war against Europe and its war against the Jews. Among these collaborators were large corporate interests. In this seminar, we will explore three aspects of the connection between large business and the Holocaust: the far reaching empire of the chemical conglomerate, IG Farben (which then included Bayer Aspirin); the role of the banking industry in financing and benefitting the Holocaust; and the extensive use of slave labor during World War II. 

Outstanding scholars Peter Hayes (Northwestern University), Harold James (Princeton University) and Wolf Gruner (USC Shoah Foundation) will guide us through our investigation of this topic.

The program is free of charge, however space is limited and pre-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).

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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