Education Programs


Government Schools (AusVELS)

Year Level Relevant subject / learning focus Programs
5 – 6 Humanities – History

  • Histories of cultural groups which have contributed to the Australian identity
  • Concepts of nation, culture and identity

Interpersonal Development

  • Similarities and differences in values and beliefs of individuals and groups
  • Behaviours which demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences in interactions with others
  • Respect for diverse range of people and groups
9 – 10 History

  • Development of Australia in terms of social, political and cultural structures and traditions
  • Immigration and the development of multiculturalism
  • Impact of war on people and countries in 20th and 21st centuries; the world wars Immigration (incl. Post WWII)
  • Contribution of significant Australian’s to Australia’s development

Catholic Schools

Year Level Relevant subject / learning focus Programs
5 – 6 Sacred Stories – Sacred Peoples

  • How people of Israel were formed
  • Chosen people in Exodus
  • Ten Commandments
  • Old Testament figures – Moses, Miriam etc
8 The Jewish context of the life and words of Jesus

  • Understand how knowledge of Jesus’ Jewish background is essential to the way he lived his life
  • Analyse the Gospel story for references of Jesus’ identification with his Jewish background
  • Locate on a map significant towns in Israel and indicate how they featured in Jesus’ ministry
  • Have some understanding of the political situation in Israel at the time of Jesus
  • Identify and describe the religious/social grouping which were active during Jesus ministry
  • Characterise daily life in Israel in 30AD (CE)

Jewish Schools

The Jewish Museum of Australia has developed highly customised Education Programs specifically for Jewish schools in consultation with teachers from Jewish Studies, Hebrew language and History.

Programs are:

  • History of Jews in Australia
  • Torah
  • Learning about our Jewish Year
  • Artefacts tell stories
  • Jews on the Goldfields – Ballarat
  • History through Language
  • Zionism in Australia
  • Collections – Hebrew

More information on Jewish Schools programs and year levels.

 In The Basket

This is a hands on activity – many items associated with the Jewish Religion are brought in to the learning centre in a basket. In pairs students are given an object to explore, they touch it, open it, try it on. They are then asked to draw the object. With their picture in hand the students go in to the museum to discover what their object is called, what it is used for and how it is made. Later on in the visit, each pair is asked to present their findings to the rest of the group.

Year levels: 5-6 Government / AusVELS
Subject: Humanities – History /Interpersonal Development

Year levels: 5-6 Catholic
Subject: Sacred Stories – Sacred Peoples

 Calling Australia Home

Program details TBC

Year levels: 9-10 Government / AusVELS
Subject: History

Year levels: 5-6 Catholic
Subject: Sacred Stories – Sacred Peoples

 Ritual Reporter

Using investigation cards to explore current religious practices, students present their findings to their peers.

Year levels: 9-10 Government / AusVELS
Subject: History

Round-table discussion

Using investigation cards to explore current religious practices, students present their findings to their peers.

Year levels: 9-10 Government / AusVELS
Subject: History

 Kabbalat Sabbath

On Friday night in many Jewish Homes a traditional ceremony takes place to indicate the commencement of the Sabbath. Witness this timeless ritual with your own eyes. We lay the table, light the Sabbath candles, make and explain the blessings over the grape juice and ceremonial bread which are then served to you. A simple and tasty way for students learn about the Sabbath and its significance to Jewish people.

Year levels: 5-6 Government / AusVELS
Subject: Humanities – History /Interpersonal Development

Year levels: 9-10 Government / AusVELS
Subject: History

Year levels: 5-6 Catholic
Subject: Sacred Stories – Sacred Peoples

Year levels: 8 Catholic
Subject: the Jewish context of the life and words of Jesus

 Is It Kosher?

Is there more to it than not eating pork? Find out about the complexities of Jewish dietary laws and food preparation. Using a DVD, everyday products and menus and our experienced guides, you learn about the secrets of the kosher table.

 Synagogue Tour

Visit the historic St Kilda Synagogue as part of the Museum experience. Our guide will take you in to this magnificent building, answer questions about Judaism and explain the way the synagogue is used and managed in the C21.

Year levels: 5-6 Government / AusVELS
Subject: Humanities – History /Interpersonal Development

Year levels: 9-10 Government / AusVELS
Subject: History

Year levels: 5-6 Catholic
Subject: Sacred Stories – Sacred Peoples

Year levels: 8 Catholic
Subject: the Jewish context of the life and words of Jesus

 Food Tasting

Taste a variety of traditional foods; hear the stories about their associated festivals and how modern Jewish families celebrate these annual milestones.

Year Level 5 – 11

Year levels: 5-6 Government / AusVELS
Subject: Humanities – History /Interpersonal Development

 Mock Passover Feast

The table is set as if for a feast: ceremonial foods are provided to taste. Some students are given a script and a role for this event – but everyone gets to taste. We explain about the order of this special festival, and tell the tale of the ten plagues using a dramatic script and props. If you are willing, we can send you a song to learn.

Year levels: 5-6 Government / AusVELS
Subject: Humanities – History /Interpersonal Development

Year levels: 5-6 Catholic
Subject: Sacred Stories – Sacred Peoples

 The Jewish Context of the Life of Jesus

This groundbreaking education program created by the Jewish Museum of Australia directly addresses the subject “The Jewish Context of the Life and Words of Jesus”, taught in catholic schools across Victoria. The program positions the Museum as a leading educational resource for teaching about Jesus and his Jewish world, and for the furthering of interfaith understanding between Jews and Catholics.

More information on The Jewish Context of the Life of Jesus program

Year levels: 8 Catholic
Subject: the Jewish context of the life and words of Jesus

The Jewish Museum of Australia education programs would not be possible without the generous support of The Finkel Family Foundation, Dennis & Tauba Wilson and our corporate supporters.