Sydney Jewish Museum launches its 2018 Capital Appeal

September 7, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The Sydney Jewish Museum is on a mission to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive for generations to come.

Training teachers

Since its opening 25 years ago by Holocaust survivors, the  Museum has educated hundreds of thousands of students and adults on the lessons of humanity, democracy and social justice that emanate from stories of the Holocaust.

Today, the Museum continues to centre around the Holocaust survivors’ stories of both horror and hope. However, as time passes, fewer survivors remain to tell their stories in person. It is the Museum’s responsibility to ensure that their voices are kept alive for future generations to hear and learn from. The Museum does this through recording testimonies, preserving artefacts, publishing memoirs, educating students and teachers, and inspiring the broader community.

We have learnt recently that the vast majority of the Australian Jewish community considers the act of remembering the Holocaust to be important to their Jewish identity. The Gen17 Study published last year recorded that, in fact, 95% of Jews in Australia feel this way and that remembering the Holocaust ranked above all contributing factors to Jewish identity.

Reflecting on the impact of personal stories of survival on the Jewish community and wider audiences, the Museum embarks on this campaign at a critical point in time to ensure that the survivors’ voices will be kept alive for many years to come.

The Museum receives no Government funding, and cannot exist on membership and entry fees alone. The support of the community and those touched by the Museum’s work will ensure the longevity and sustained impact of the Museum on future generations.

You can invest in the future of the Sydney Jewish Museum by attending one of the Capital Appeal fundraising events at the Museum between 3 – 17 October, where you can see the exhibitions that bring history to life, hear how the Museum uses the past to teach the future, and feel the power of the survivors’ voices. For more details or to make a donation, visit sjm.com.au/capitalappeal or call 9360 7999

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