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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.

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.
(Available for grades 6-12)

Meeting Hate with Humanity Pre- and Post-Visit
Available through the Lipper Intern School Partnership Program, the Museum's college interns conduct a pre-visit session in the classroom, guide the students through the Museum where the students learn firsthand from our exhibitions, and follow up with a post-visit session in the classroom. This program is available on a limited basis for public middle and high schools throughout the northeast.

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
Learn about the Jewish immigrant experience, primarily 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 prejudice and tolerance. Middle and high school students will also consider immigration issues specifically related to the Holocaust.
(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

Against the Odds: American Jews & the Rescue of Europe's Refugees, 1933-1941 (On view beginning May 21, 2013)

Examine the extraordinary efforts of American Jews who answered the call for help from thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Relatives, friends, and even strangers, working within the constraints of American laws that strictly limited immigration, overcame tremendous obstacles to help refugees reach safety.  This tour is aligned with Common Core Literacy in History/Social Studies State Standards RH.6-8.1 RH.6-8.2,RH.6-8.4, RH.6-8.7, RH.11-12.1, RH.11-12.2, RH.11-12.4, RH.11-12.7 , and New York State Draft Common Core Social Studies framework standards 8.8, 8.9, 11.9, and 11.10.

(Available for grades 8-12)

 

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.

Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By
This interactive workshop extends students' visits to the Museum by offering an opportunity to think about genocide and activism today. Exploring the Museum's theme of social justice, students conclude their tour by engaging in Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By, a lesson about genocide in Darfur. Museum Educators provide background on the political and historical situation in Darfur and guide students through a close analysis of photographs, drawings by Darfuri children, and text. Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By provides the basis for meaningful reflection on the ongoing crisis in Darfur. The workshop encourages students to consider implications of what they learned in the Museum and how to apply these lessons to their own lives.
(Available for grades 6-12)

 

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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