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Education & Groups

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.

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.

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


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
5th – 12th grades

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 (2nd grade-Adult)
  • Fanny Brooks’s Journey West in a Covered Wagon (2nd-5th grades, and intergenerational)
  • Author Ezra Jack Keats’s “Dreams” and Snowy Days(2nd-5th grades)
  • “I Have No More Patience For Talk!”: Clara Lemlich, the teenage rebel who sparked a major labor uprising (3rd-6th grades, and intergenerational)


Details about our 2022 National Educators Institute coming soon.

This online seminar and workshop, now in its fifth year, will 1) expand how you understand and teach the American Jewish experience: past, present, and future; 2) introduce new ways to stimulate your students’ curiosity and critical thinking through inquiry-based learning; and 3) provide a space to engage with top scholars and practitioners in the field and develop professional connections with fellow teachers.

Visit the NEI website for details and to register at

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.