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“Educational and Touching”

Sydney Jewish Museum
Ranked #48 of 489 things to do in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 February 2012

My family had Jewish connections from the eastern side and I was interested to learn more. I went with my friend and her 2 year old. Despite the angst of a runaway kid, our tour guide, Susan was very understanding and knowledgeable. She had relatives who were affected by the holocaust. The highlight of it all was meeting a Auschwitz survivor, Ed, who volunteered at the museum and the other polish holocaust survivor. Listening to their experiences was indeed heartbreaking . There was tiny sparks of miracles among the insurmountable tragedies as told by those who lived through that dark time. The saddest part of the Jewish Museum is the little memorial hall where Jewish families left photographs of their departed ones killed in the holocaust. More poignant was the photographs of children. Names were inscribed on walls of those who had to undergo inhumanity that I hope the world will never see again. I spent 4 hours there before I had to leave for my flight.

The building itself is an interior design curiosity and shaped like a Magen David (star of David), there were very interesting murals and computer terminals to learn the difference between orthodox and progressive Jewish practices. The first level starts off lightheartedly about the origins of Jews as Israelites and the Torah. It gets sadder and sadder as you venture up higher because it starts covering pogroms and then finally the holocaust.

The cafe at the top provided large servings of food. The proprietor was very understanding with a restless 2 year old. He was very friendly and offered suggestions of where to try Kosher or Israeli or Kosher and Israeli restaurants in Sydney. I departed from the homeliness of his tiny cafe. It is well worth going if you are interested in history but not a place to take a child even though the staff are very understanding and even helpful. One Chinese child has now a Jewish teddy bear to remember her trip now. The shop staff were so kind that my friend decided to buy the teddy bear for her kid .

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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Well-curated, the Sydney Jewish museum is a mix of a Holocaust museum, intro to Judaism, and also a museum of the Australian Jewish community.

I was most interested in the last, so I was happy to see their well-curated permanent exhibit, and an interesting temporary one on Jews in Australian military history. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area, and it has a cute coffee shop/cafe with reasonable prices and kosher food.

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Reviewed 29 January 2012

Visited many years ago now and had the privledge of meeting a Halocaust survivor who volunteered her time on weekends to speak to people who visit the museum. Museum was amazing but speaking with the real people was something not to be missed.

Thank BeeLeigh
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

The Jewish museum is in Darlinghurst road Darlinghurst Sydney there is parking in the streets around the building

There is a small entry fee

There is a lot to see and take in at this museum it is very moving and I found myself close to tears on more than one occasion the children and the Holocaust exhibition area is upstairs There are documents and photographs tracing the history of the Jewish people and stands as a memorial to 6 million Jews

There are 3 floors of exhibitions with many newspaper clippings and pictures there are many documents, pictures and objects relating to the Holocaust and the Jewish culture

There is a museum shop, a small theatre and a cafe in the building

Guided tours can be arranged and those working there are volunteering there services

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Reviewed 27 January 2012

well worth a visit, although a little difficult to get to. Interesting collection going back to the 19th century, giving a good perspective of Jewish existence in Australia.

Thank mosolygo
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