A society that embraces and respects cultural diversity and difference, in which Jews feel proud of, connected to and knowledgeable about their heritage and can confidently express their identities in a contemporary Australian context, and in which Jewish culture is understood and appreciated by the wider community.
To engage people with Jewish culture.
- To have a significant and accessible collection of objects and stories that represents the breadth of Jewish culture and Australian Jewish life.
- To have creative and stimulating exhibitions and programs that are relevant to our diverse audiences and educate and engage them intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
- To be a thriving, dynamic, welcoming and accessible cultural destination.
- To have significantly increased audiences and greater awareness of, associations with and loyalty to the Museum.
- To have long-term financial security and ongoing, resilient relationships with our donors and funding partners.
- To have a safe and sustainable organisation that demonstrates best practice in all of its operations and governance.
The Jewish Museum of Australia was established in 1982 and for thirteen years was located in the synagogue of the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, South Yarra. In that time, the Jewish Museum presented over forty wide-ranging exhibitions, several of which travelled nationally. The Museum attracted significant communal support and won several prestigious industry awards. In 1992 the Jewish Museum of Australia purchased a building in Alma Road, St Kilda opposite one of Melbourne’s most beautiful synagogues, the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, and close to Temple Beth Israel.
On 20 August 1995 the Jewish Museum of Australia, Gandel Centre of Judaica was officially opened by the then Governor General, Bill Hayden.