Short Courses


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Timeline of Jewish History

Depicting 4000 years of rich and remarkable history

Monday afternoon 1pm to 3pm

Monday evening7.30pm to 9.30pm


Tiptoe through the tulips: A ukelele workshop

David Krycer

8 week course February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 6, 20, 27, April 3

Ukuleles are fun and easy to play but are they Jewish?
You’d be surprised!
Come to this enjoyable, informative and practical 8 week
short course on the history and practice of the ukulele
which includes fascinating stories of Jewish ukulele players,
Hawaiian Holocaust heroes, a globetrotting Jewish/Arab
ukulele ensemble and more.
You will learn chords, strumming styles, some fingerpicking
and other ukulele techniques along with tales of Jewish
ukulele players from Molly Picon, the 1960’s icon Tiny
Tim through to modern players like the Hawaiian Jewish
princess of the ukulele Brittni Paiva.
Bring along a ukulele (which can be purchased for about
$28 at JB Hi FI) and a clip-on tuner (or a tuner app on your
phone) and learn to strum and pick out the melodies of
Hebrew, Yiddish and Sephardi songs.
No previous experience required.
As this is a workshop, numbers are strictly limited.
Come and enjoy.

Cost: $230 (member) $255 (non-member)

NEW EVENING CLASS:Click here to book!

Monday morning 10.15am to 12.15pm


People of the Book get writing

Lee Kofman, Deborah Rechter and Nadine Davidof

6 week course February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 6, 20

Want to write a memoir, a family history or a special
The Torah isn’t the only book written for and about Jews.
We have a long and great literary tradition from biblical
times to the present day.
Everyone has a story. Whether your interest is fiction
non-fiction or blogging, this course will help enhance
and hone your skills and you will enjoy learning about
examples of great writing from the canon of Jewish
An interactive course with opportunities to write and
edit, this course is suitable for everyone.
The series is presented in partnership with Jewish Women
of Words – JWOW, an online publication for, by and about Jewish women.

Cost: $180 (member) $205 (non-member)

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Monday afternoon1pm to 3pm

Monday evening7.30pm to 9.30pm


Strength and wisdom: Jewish women’s contribution to Jewish history

David Solomon

6 week course - February 6, 20, 27 March 6, 20, 27

In this remarkable 6 week series, David Solomon will
explore a cast of fascinating women who have shaped
Jewish History. Beginning with the Bible and exploring
through the ages to the present day, David will reveal
a long list of extraordinary women – including names
you may not have heard – who have lead, built, inspired
and revolutionised the world.

Cost: $180 (member) $205 (non-member)

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Monday evening7.30pm to 9:40pm


Curb your Judaism: the portrayal of Jews in film and television

Ittay Flescher

6 week course February 20, 27 March 6, 20, 27 April 3

From the start of television in the 1930s, Jews played a
prominent role in the industry. In addition to producing
television shows and starring in them, TV became a
medium to portray this quirky Middle Eastern religion to
the masses.
This course will explore a range of shows, both old and
new, that make comments about Jewish identity, sexuality,
assimilation, conversion, food, festivals, anti-semitism and
the future.
In addition to many opportunities to laugh at ourselves,
this course will also be a safe space to discuss the meaning
of what it means to be a Jew in the modern world.
Ittay’s courses fill quickly. Enrol now and don’t miss out!

Course repeated due to popular demand.
*Special discounted fee for under 35s
*Proof of age will need to be provided

Cost: $180 (member) $205 (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.


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

Ittay Flescher has been exploring and observing Jewish life for as long as he can remember. He is a dynamic and creative educator who currently teaches Jewish Studies, Religion and Society and Jewish Music at Mount Scopus Memorial College. In 2007, Ittay lived in Jerusalem for a year as a fellow on the Hebrew University’s Senior Educators Program. His other love is music and his guitar playing has enriched many of his teaching sessions.His short courses are distinguished by his impeccably researched choice of audio visual and written materials and his balanced approach.