Short Courses


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The Jewish Museum is committed to developing and delivering an annual series of short courses, focussed around the Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibition program, to complement and extend the exhibition themes.

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Belief and Ritual

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

Tuesday evening7.30pm – 9.30pm


One Year One Tanach

Weekly Guest Lecturers

8 week course - July 22, 29 August 5, 12, 19, 26 Sept 2, 9

The challenge: to read the Tanach (Bible) sequentially. One book in one night. The aim of this course is to address major themes, issues and ideas in each of the books of the Bible. This unique project invites a different facilitator each week to conduct the study session, each offering his or her unique perspective. Lecturers in this series include Geoff Jenkins, Merav Carmeli, Rabbi Shamir Caplan, Erez Feinberg, Paul Forgasz and Rabbi Fred Morgan. Join them as they explore the Books of Samuel 2, Kings 1 and 2, Isiah Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Prophets Jonah, Psalms and Job. You can do one series or more. The choice is yours.

Cost: $245 (non member) $220 (member)

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Timeline of Jewish History

Depicting 4000 years of rich and remarkable history

Monday afternoon1.15pm – 3.00pm
Code: MA3/SC

Tuesday evening7.30pm - 9.45pm
Code: ME3/SC


Jerusalem through the ages

Shelley Cohney

5 week course - Monday July 21, 28 August 11, 25 September 1 OR Tuesday July 22, 29 August 12, 26, September 2

Jerusalem has been the centre of the three monotheistic faiths and continues to generate an aura that affects everyone from writers and artists to the tourist and residents that live in this wonderfully complex and most ancient of cities. In this course we traverse the centuries examining the city through its turbulent history from Canaanite times to the modern/ancient city that is Jerusalem today. By looking at its history and changing face we will seek to understand why Jerusalem remains so pivotal on the world stage.

Cost: $135 (non-member) $110 (member)

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Monday afternoon1.00pm–3.00pm
Code: MA3/PF

Monday evening7.30pm–9.30pm


Tradition and Challenge: Jewish encounters with the modern world

Paul Forgasz

8 week course - July 21, 28 August 11, 18, 25 September 1, 8, 15

This course focuses on the development of Jewish society from the eighteenth to the first half of the twentieth century. This period brought widespread changes in the political, economic and social structure of the Western world. The process of change was more profound in the case of the Jews, resulting in the transformation of their legal status, religious outlook, behaviour and cultural habits. As the ghetto walls disintegrated, Jews were thrust from the fringes of European society into its very centre. The aim of this course is to analyse the Jewish encounter with the modern world and with gentile society – the impact of that encounter on Jews, Jewish life and Judaism, as well as the variety of social, ideological and cultural forms in which that encounter was expressed.

Cost: $245 (non-member) $220 (member)

The Jewish Year

Monday morning10.15am – 12pm


The High Holidays: a search for meaning

Paul Forgasz, Rabbi Fred Morgan, Rebecca Forgasz and Shelley Cohney

4 week course – August 11, 18, 25 Sept 1

On Passover the Jews left Egypt. On Chanukah the menorah burnt for eight days. What happened on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? This four-week series is designed to make the High Holidays more meaningful by providing a unique learning opportunity. Unravel the liturgy, navigate the prayer books, understand and appreciate the synagogue proceedings, explore the symbolism and metaphors of the High Holidays and learn about the manifold food traditions that abound during this festival.

Cost: $135 (non-member) $110 (member)


Dr Geoffrey Jenkins Dr Geoffrey Jenkins was once an academic at Melbourne University, where he taught Semitic and Classical languages and literatures, along with Early Rabbinic Judaism and the emergence of Christianity. He is a specialist in the textual criticism of the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek, and has taught Hebrew Bible in Hebrew and English over many years. Dr Geoffrey Jenkins has taught twelve ancient languages, most of them Semitic and early Jewish history for twenty years at the University of Melbourne He has also undertaken extensive archaeological fieldwork in Egypt. He continues to research and publish in these fields, while working these days as a enterprise application developer for a global telco.You should not ask him which he prefers/He maintains his sanity by teaching Biblical Studies at any available opportunity.

Merav Carmeli Merav Carmeli is currently completing her PhD on the Zohar with Bar-Ilan University. For the last ten years she has been the manuscript editor for the Zohar: Priztker Edition, combing through the dozens of hand-written zohar manuscripts prior to its printing in the 16th century. She has co-edited two volumes on the Zohar, and has taught Zohar in Israel and Australia.

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.

Paul Forgasz Paul Forgasz’ career has spanned
both the secondary and tertiary sectors of education. For more than a decade he was the Headmaster of the secondary school campus of Mount Scopus College. Currently Paul lectures in Jewish history at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Education and he also teaches about Jewish education in the university’s Faculty of Education. Paul has maintained an active involvement for many years in Jewish adult education. For a number of years Paul was the head of faculty at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School in Melbourne. He has also developed and taught a great many of the Jewish Museum of Australia's short course programs with which he is still involved. Paul has contributed regularly to Limmud OZ since its inception. He has been the community scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh,
the Shalom Institute in Sydney, The Abraham
Institute in Adelaide and the Wellington Jewish Community Centre. Since 2010, under
the auspices of the Jewish Museum of Australia,
Paul has led a number of sell-out study tours
focusing on Jewish medieval Spain and on the Jews of Germany. In 2014, he also plans to conduct a Jewish heritage tour of Eastern Europe.

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 recently made an Honorary. Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. Fred has three children, one of whom has made aliyah.