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Education

NMAJH in Your Virtual Classroom
Whether you live in Philadelphia, PA or Philadelphia, MS, you can 
experience the Museum’s interdisciplinary and object-based programs that align with Common Core and National Standards. Immigration, religious liberty, social change, Jewish and American identity—these are just a few themes that will come to life during your time with our highly skilled educators.

Our Promise
The Museum is committed to ensuring that our educational programs are accessible to all schools.
• Title I schools are automatically eligible to receive a scholarship to cover program costs.
• All schools may apply for need-based scholarships.

Adult learners
Our core-offerings come in adult sizes, too! Look for programs marked with “Adult-friendly version available” and reach out to us at education@nmajh.org if you’d like to learn more. Virtual tours coming soon.

We currently offer the following programs:

Becoming American: Jewish Immigration in the early 20th century (3rd – 12th grades)
Adult-friendly version available.
This program explores the realities many immigrants faced upon arriving in the United States. It invites students to piece together the life story of a young Jewish immigrant, Eva Baen. Through Eva’s personal objects and primary source materials, they explore central themes of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, and experience how historians and museum staff interpret material culture and tell stories.

Meet Eva in person! (3rd – 12th grades)
Take your students on a journey through American History like never before. Schedule a virtual visit with Eva Baen, right in your classroom. Eva will tell her life story and answer questions from your students.

Although they can be experienced separately, NMAJH recommends booking both Becoming American lessons. Program includes a virtual visit from a live Museum educator. Primary source materials and a classroom discussion guide provided free of charge as PDFs.

Courageous Choices (5th – 12th grades)
NMAJH is proud to feature award-winning actor, dancer, and instructor, Khalil Munir in our signature program, Courageous Choices. The program features Khalil’s riveting one-man show, 1 Pound, 4 Ounces. Through impassioned storytelling, music, and improvisational tap dance, the performance chronicles how Munir channeled childhood adversities like his dyslexia and father’s incarceration into a life as an artistic risk-taker and respected role model.

Includes 1 Pound, 4 Ounces, a talk-back with the artist, and examples of American Jews featured at the Museum who overcame obstacles and found their creative voice.

It’s Our Story (2nd – 5th grades)
Adult-friendly version available.
Designed for elementary school students, these activity-based programs include stories featured in NMAJH’s award-winning core exhibition. Educational, inspirational, and fun—each lesson introduces students to object-based learning and involves them in the craft of storytelling.

  • The Notorious RBG
  • Fanny Brooks’s Journey West in a Covered Wagon
  • Author Ezra Jack Keats’s “Dreams” and Snowy Days
  • “I Have No More Patience For Talk!”: Clara Lemlich, the Girl Who Led a Labor Uprising

Calling all educators: OpenBook Curriculum is Available for Free Download (scalable for any grade level)
In the spirit of traditional Talmudic study, OpenBook invites students to approach the study of history in unexpected ways and connect what they learn to their own ideas, experiences, and passions. Topics address a variety of periods, events, and people—all connected by the exploration of values and ideas that resonate and are relevant to students’ present day lives.

The lessons in this curriculum challenge teachers and students to exercise critical thinking and  inquiry-based learning skills while exploring problem solving, adapting to change, relationship building, and living a life of value. Based on material culture from the Museum’s collection, each lesson inspires students to feel pride in and connection to their heritage.

Contact Us

education@nmajh.org