20 Year Anniversary Exhibition
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS – A Pictorial History
For its 20th anniversary, the Sydney Jewish Museum is looking back at some of the events and milestones from over the past few decades. As a is a Memorial, a repository of communal history, a place for research and learning, a platform for events that bring people together, this display celebrates the SJM’s evolution over the past two decades.
The Sydney Jewish Museum opened its doors on 18 November 1992 after more than a decade of debate about the need for a ‘Jewish’ museum. At the heart of this was the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. They aspired to build an institution in the memory of those who were killed during the Holocaust - a place in which their stories could remain alive for generations to come, using their past to inspire moral and ethical reflection in the present. They sought to relay their stories with the goal of strengthening the democratic traditions fundamental to Australian life.
These dreams became a reality with the generosity of one survivor, John Saunders, who realised the importance and urgency of preserving this history.
The Sydney Jewish Museum is not only a museum. It is also a Memorial, with spaces throughout the building paying tribute to the victims. It is the site of many of Sydney’s Jewish commemoration events, such as Yom Hashoah, Liberation of Auschwitz and Anzac Day, run in partnership with The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, The Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors & Descendants and NAJEX.
The Museum has a unique role to play. It is often the first contact with anything or anyone Jewish for the majority of visitors, be they schoolchildren or senior citizen groups. It is the public face of the Sydney Jewish community. The Museum partners with a large number of organisations, both Jewish and non-Jewish, cultural and academic to create engaging events for the enrichment of society. It is a place to promote harmony, where individuals from different backgrounds can learn about each other.
This exhibit highlights just a few of the events and milestones from the past 20 years.