For teachers missing the canceled field trips that provided experiential learning beyond the classroom, the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will launch new, virtual field trips for school groups in November, as well as new and engaging lesson plans, professional development workshops and an oral histories podcast.
“We believe that by approaching study of the Holocaust from the perspective of the victims and survivors, we can move students from misunderstanding or indifference to empathy,” said Elizabeth Edelstein, the Museum’s vice president for education. “Museums provide vital connections for young people to engage with the world and with history. We are proud to continue facilitating these connections online during the pandemic.”
“We have seen some truly terrible acts of antisemitic rhetoric, vandalism and violence in recent years,” added Museum President & CEO Jack Kliger. “Now, as the nation grapples with disease and a depressed economy, we must actively guard against the scapegoating and bigotry that have historically surfaced in response to such crises. Education is key to that effort.”
The Museum’s Education Department will be providing the following resources and opportunities, which can be accessed online at mjhnyc.org/education.