Professional Development Courses for Teachers


These programs are accredited by the Catholic Education Office of Melbourne, attendance and participation accrues accreditation points.

Program 1: Jewish World of Jesus

3 hours Category A/C

Explore the Jewish world of Jesus against the backdrop of the Jewish Museum of Australia’s permanent exhibition of Jewish history, life and culture, as well as the nearby St Kilda synagogue. Beginning with a portrait of contemporary Jewish religious belief and practice, we will use this as a point of comparison to the Jewish world of Jesus’ day. This program would be of particular relevance to the year 8 RE curriculum, in particular the module which focuses on “The Jewish context of the life and words of Jesus.”

Date: Tuesday 27 May – 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia – 26 Alma Road, St. Kilda

Cost: $35 per participant

Bookings essential: Click here to download registration form

Program 2: Dimensions of Judaism as a religious tradition

3 hours Category B

Using the Jewish Museum of Australia’s exhibits on exhibition of Jewish history, life and culture and the nearby St Kilda synagogue, we will examine the various dimensions of Judaism as a contemporary religious tradition. In the course of our exploration, we would also compare Judaism to Christianity and Islam, the two other great monotheistic traditions. This program would be of particular interest to teachers of the senior secondary (year 11/12) RE module which focuses on the study of non-Christian religions. It would also be relevant to the year 10 curriculum, a section of which draws on Old Testament texts to illustrate aspects of “ancient religion.” The program being offered by the Jewish Museum would allow teachers to see how the ancient and contemporary faces of Judaism are connected to each other.

Date: Thursday 4 September – 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia – 26 Alma Road, St. Kilda

Cost: $35 per participant

Bookings essential: Click here to download registration form

The Presenter

Paul Forgasz lectures in Jewish history at the Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. He also teaches about Jewish education, as well as school leadership, in the university’s Faculty of Education. Beyond Monash University, Paul has had an extensive career in Jewish education. He was Headmaster of the secondary division of Mount Scopus College for over a decade. He has also played a leading role in the development of the curriculum for VCE Texts and Traditions, as well as Religion and Society. Paul is currently a member of the exam setting panel for both these subjects. He has contributed to two VCE Religion and Society textbooks and a number of educational journals. Paul also teaches a number of courses in the Jewish Museum of Australia’ adult education program. He has also served as scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh, the Shalom Institute in Sydney and the Wellington Jewish Community Centre.

Teacher Professional Development

The Jewish museum is accredited by the Victorian Institute of Teaching as a provider. Schools can register their staff for ‘in-service’ training at the museum. A program would include:

  • Tour of the permanent galleries of the museum
  • Visit to the temporary exhibition (if available)
  • Visit to St Kilda Hebrew Congregation (if available)
  • Kabbalat Shabbat (Shabbat evening ceremony) demonstration with ceremonial bread (challah) and grape juice available for all. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides would be available to explain and answer questions.
  • If you wish, refreshments could be provided.

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.