The AEJM considers museum education as one of the key aspects of the work of Jewish museums. Education is a highly important tool for reaching out to museum audiences, within and outside the physical boundaries of the museum. Since 2012 the AEJM annually organizes a special professional development programme for museum educators working at Jewish museums in Europe.
The Museum Education Seminar is an intensive 5-day seminar that serves as an important platform for educators from Jewish museums. The MES aims to enhance and support professionalism in museum education at European Jewish museums. By offering training, networking and exchange possibilities for educators, the AEJM also aims at fostering innovation and new cooperation in the field of museum education projects, policies and strategies.
The intensive five-day programme offers various hands-on workshops, lectures, presentations and discussion sessions. The hands-on workshops cover topics such as the development of educational programmes for permanent and temporary exhibitions; working with specific target groups; museum education in a transcultural and multicultural context; teaching about Judaism and the Holocaust. The Museum Focus sessions provide a framework for mutual support by offering participants a platform to present new and innovative projects and to discuss specific challenges and case studies that they are dealing with in their daily work at their respective museums.
The MES has been organised in cooperation with the Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum (2016), the Jewish Museum Vienna (2015) and the Oslo Jewish Museum (2014). The outcomes of the MES can be found in the educational project exchange section. Its predecessor, the Educators Training Programme, in cooperation with the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews (2013) and the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam (2012).
The AEJM Museum Education Seminar is kindly supported by the David Berg Foundation (NY)