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Belief and Ritual

Highlighting and explaining the foundations of Judaism’s religious and ethical beliefs

Monday Afternoon1pm - 3pm


Judaism in the Universe of Faiths

Rabbi Fred Morgan

7 week course August 8, 22, 29, September 5,12, 19, 26

One of the spin-offs of living in an ethnically diverse, multicultural country is that we are constantly engaged with people of other faiths who have different ways of seeing the world. Sometimes these differences challenge us to clarify what our Judaism means to us, where Judaism fits in the universe of faiths and whether it has special contribution to make to the religious life of humanity. By bringing Judaism into dialogue with other major religious traditions - Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Aboriginal traditions of spirituality – we aim to learn more about those other faiths and also deepen our self understanding as Jews.

This course will offer a Jewish perspective on these diverse religions, as well as a theoretical framework for understanding what Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has called “the dignity of difference”: why we should be interested at all in learning about other faiths.

Cost: $196 (member) $225 (non-member)

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Timeline of Jewish History

Depicting 4000 years of rich and remarkable history

Monday Morning10:30am-12pm


Ghettoes, Growth and Grappa: The Changing Times of the Jews of Italy

Shelley Cohney

3 week course 29 August, 5 and 12 September

Jews of Italy have lived there since the second century BCE, when many Israelites, under the leadership of Judah Maccabeus, left the land of Israel to go the "Eternal City" (Rome) .. Jews in pre-Christian Rome were very active in proselytizing their faith. Throughout history, the status of Italy’s Jews depended largely on who was in control of either the Roman Empire or the Church.
In 1516, the world’s first Jewish ghetto was established in Venice and in 1555 a second ghetto was established in Rome. Ironically, although both were overcrowded and dirty, the study of Torah and Talmud flourished between their walls, resulting in the growth and enrichment, rather than the destruction, of Jewish religion and culture.
Join Shelley Cohney as she examines the changing fortunes of the Jews of Italy from ancient times .
This is a 3 week lecture powerpoint presentation

Course deferred

Monday Evenings7:30pm - 9:30pm


Israel’s National Security: Selected Episodes and Issues

Dr Ran Porat

8 week course August 8, 15, 22, 29 September 5, 12, 19 and 26

A lecture discussion series on Israel and its national intelligence.

A broad range of topics will be examined including the history of Israel's national security tenets, the 1972 Munich murder of Israeli athletes, the 1973 intelligence failure, Israel's war against the Iranian and Syrian nuclear programs, Mossad activities in Lebanon and vis a vis international terror, spies inside Israel (Va'anunu) and the latest war with Hamas

Every lesson will include an introduction and a discussion of at least one film or video segment

Cost: $225 (member) $255 (non-member)

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Wednesday Afternoons2pm-4pm


Israeli Identity and Mythology

Zvi Civins

4 week course August 10, 17, 24 and 30

How Jewish Historical events helped shape the Zionist dream.
Modern Israeli society is united around key historical events. Was it ever so? This course will examine how the early Zionist movement adapted and adopted the historical events from Jewish history in order to create not only a new state but a new definition of ‘Jew’. Based on the book Recovered Roots by Yael Zerubavel you will look at Masada, Bar Kochba, Trumpeldor and Tel Hai – amongst other events which helped (through creative interpretation by the period’s historians and thinkers) result in the creation of the State of Israel.

Cost: $130 (member) $155 (non-member)

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Monday Evening7:30pm-9:30pm


4000 Years of Jewish History

David Solomon

6 week course August 15, 22, 29 September 5, 12, and 19

Experience an overview of the entire span of Jewish History
In this dynamic and informative six part series, David Solomon offers an in-depth look at the whole of Jewish History, tackling 500 year blocks in each session ranging from the Biblical period, medieval times to the modern day.

Each session is packed with the narratives, explorations, insights and the contextualisations that are the hallmarks of David's lectures.

Cost: $175 (member) $200 (non-member)

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Monday Afternoon1pm-3pm


The Arts and Architecture: Bezalel and Bauhaus

Helen Webberley

8 week course August 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5, 12, 19 and 26

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design became Israel's national school
of art in 1906 when sculptor Boris Schatz moved to Jerusalem.
His students learned sculpture, painting, book publishing and the
decorative arts. They opened a shop and showroom for Bezalel’s
distinctive style of Jewish arts and introduced professionalism to
the Israeli public. The school closed in 1929 and reopened in 1935,
attracting teachers and students from Germany, including from the Bauhaus school in Berlin.

In 1919 The Bauhaus became the most influential schools of art,
architecture and design in the world. Inviting students from Germany
and Eastern Europe, The Bauhaus focused on the arts' relationship to
society, technology and industrial design, integrating the fine and applied
arts. 50% of the students were Jewish so when the Nazis closed the
school in 1933, dozens left for Israel and changed the look of Tel Aviv
for ever.

This illustrated lecture series examines both these rich creative periods

Cost: $225 (member) $255 (non-member)

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Terms and conditions


• Fees cover the entire course regardless of how many weeks you attend;
• Places will ONLY be confirmed once payment is made;
• If you withdraw from a course 14 days prior to start date, you will be charged an administration fee of $35;
• No refunds will be issued once the course commences;
• Most courses will only run with a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 25 participants and are subject to change. Prices include GST.


Dr. Ran Porat Dr. Ran Porat is an Adjunct Research Associate at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC). He teaches and lectures about Middle Eastern history, conflict studies and Israel studies at Monash University.
Holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies, MA in US Studies. Ran's Ph. D. was titled "Ausraelis - the Diasporic identity of Israelis in Australia". Co founder of the Association of Israelis in Australia. The owner and chief editor of - the homepage for Israelis in Australia. Formerly, an intelligence officer in the IDF, a journalist and an international analyst about Israel, Iran's nuclear program and international security.

Zvi Civins I have been a teacher for over 40 years, from, early primary to adults. I have taught Jewish Studies in King David School, Bialik College and for the FMAMS. I was the Director of Education at the Jewish Holocaust Centre from 2008-2013, and participated in the March of the Living twice.
I have lived in Israel and have visited there often. In 1997 I studied at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University.
Now formally retired I remain busy with travelling, writing, photography and much more.

David Solomon David Solomon is a globally roaming scholar, teacher, writer and translator, currently completing the first-ever English translation of the fundamental kabbalisitc text, Tiqunei HaZohar. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah; he is, however, perhaps best known for his dynamic presentation, The Whole of Jewish History in One Hour. For more information please visit

Helen Webberley Helen Webberley has been a lecturer in history and art history at Melbourne’s Centre for Adult Education for 24 years. Helen’s many areas of interest include the Arts and Crafts movement, France’s Belle Époque, the Vienna Secession, Bauhaus, Bezalel and art defined in Germany as degenerate. Her blog, Art and Architecture, mainly, covers Jewish and non-Jewish historical themes.

Shelley Cohney has a BA from the University of Melbourne and a Masters degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has lectured in England USA and Australia. Shelley has led groups in Israel and Australia and has been a kosher cooking demonstrator at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival .Shelley works as a very in demand Melbourne tour guide particularly for the exclusive cruise liners .She also conducts Jewish food tours and is recognised as a kosher Jewish culinary expert .She currently feeds a large and largely appreciative family.

Rabbi Fred Morgan Rabbi Fred Morgan retired last year after serving for 16 years as Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel. Prior to entering the rabbinate 30 years ago he taught the religions of India at Bristol University in the UK. He is currently Emeritus Rabbi at TBI as well as Professorial Fellow in theology and dialogue at the Australian Catholic University, and he is involved in promoting a major project in "Grass Roots Dialogue" for the Council of Christians and Jews.Rabbi Morgan has offered courses in the Melton program and at the Jewish Museum of Australia for a number of years. He is a very popular lecturer at Church and interfaith gatherings, loves text study (Torah, Midrash, Shoah studies, Jewish theology) and his shiurim are very interactive. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia . Fred has three children, one of whom has made aliyah.