In light of the current State of Emergency declared by the Victorian Government, the JHC has decided to temporarily cancel school/group visits to the museum until further notice due to the potential impact to our Holocaust Survivors, volunteers, staff and the wider community.
It is especially difficult for our Centre as it is the last two weeks of operations from our Selwyn Street site ahead of our building redevelopment.
At this stage, we have decided to remain open for a limited number of visitors, to a maximum of 30 at any one time, as this allows for enough distancing in the museum. Visitors of course are required to comply with government health and hygiene recommendations and to maintain good social distance by not coming into contact with others during their visit.
As we do not want schools to miss out on the opportunity to connect with our incredible education programs and our Holocaust survivors, we are currently exploring the possibility of offering schools the opportunity to join a virtual ‘session’ in their classrooms, facilitated by one of our educators. During this session, students will view a brief survivor testimony. After this, the class will ‘meet’ the survivor and have the opportunity to ask questions about their experience. Students can watch from any internet connected location, so even those at home can access it.
Watch this space as we are also fast-tracking our virtual museum walk-through experience, something we had been planning anyway for when we close our doors at the end of March.
Our mission is to educate widely about the dangers of antisemitism and prejudice, and we will explore all the tools at our disposal to continue to reach far and wide with the lessons of the Holocaust.