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.


Summer Course for Classroom Social Studies and English Teachers

Meeting Hate with Humanity: Life During the Holocaust

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.


Seminar for Teachers in Catholic Schools
Teaching about Jewish Heritage and the Holocaust in Elementary and Middle Schools

Times: August 10 – 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Fee: Free, but pre-registration required
To register: Download an application

Join us for an enlightening seminar. Daily coursework includes dialogue between Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor and Fr. Dennis McManus, lectures from leading scholars, visits to the Museum’s galleries, and meetings with Holocaust survivors. Learn how teachings of the Hebrew Bible have guided Jewish individuals, institutions, and communities throughout history. Explore issues of continuity of cultural identity, responsibility to community, and decision-making by examining the impact of WWII and the Nazi genocide on Jewish lives and communities in Europe.

This course is free but pre-registration is required. Teachers will receive seminar materials and lunch.

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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