Street Address
10100 Jamison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116
Mailing Address
10100 Jamison Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19116
Hours
Please call ahead: Please contact us to make an appointment for groups larger than 5 people.
Monday - Thursday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday, Friday - Saturdayclosed
and by appointment
Admissions
Free Admission: Free parking is available in the rear parking lot.
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Phil Holtje, Program Director

Description

Using the resources of the museum, our mission is to educate Delaware Valley students and adults, personalizing the Holocaust so that they learn the consequences of racism, ethnic cleansing, and intolerance. The Holocaust was a watershed event, not only in the 20th century, but in the entire history of humanity. The study of the Holocaust provides us with one of the most effective ways to work with students to examine basic moral issues and value systems. What are the lessons of the Holocaust for us today?

The Holocaust Awareness Museum is always in need of volunteers in our museum, during our annual auction, and during our Educational Programs including our Survivor presentations. If you are interested in Holocaust education and want to help our mission, please do not hesitate to volunteer at our museum. We are also willing to assist anyone who needs community service hours for schools, organizations, and religious groups.

History

The Jewish Identity Center's Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center, America's first Holocaust museum, is 45 years young. Yaakov Riz, the museum's founder, was a Holocaust survivor who lost 83 members of his family in Hitler's death camps. Riz vowed that if he survived he would dedicate his life to establishing a museum that would memorialize the millions of Jews and Non-Jews who perished at the hands of Nazi barbarism. Initially, the museum was housed in the basement of Riz's home. The museum's genesis, its growth and its struggle against intolerance are the realization of his dream, his courage and his commitment.