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

Monday afternoon1.00pm–3.15pm

Monday evening7.30pm - 9.45pm


Tripping through the Torah

Paul Forgasz

8 week course - July 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Sept 7

For centuries, readers of the Bible have struggled to understand the text and make it relevant to their lives. In the process Jewish scholars have created an unbroken chain of conversation that continues to the present.

This legacy of Bible commentary not only offers contemporary understandings of the Bible, but also an insight into how Jewish thought has evolved over the ages. By examining the biblical commentaries of some of the leading Jewish scholars of the last two millennia, you will learn how their world views influenced their reading of the Torah and how and why different minds approached the same texts yet produced startlingly different interpretations.

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

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Monday afternoon1.00pm – 3.00pm


The Prophets

David Solomon

7 week course - July 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24 , 31

In this in-depth and dynamic series,David Solomon explores the historical background, personalities, and thematic concerns of the prophets of the Jewish People. Here you will learn about Isaiah,Jeremiah and Ezekiel to the twelve ‘Minor’ prophets Hoshea, Yoel & Amos, Ovadiah, Yonah & Micah, Nahum, Habukkook & Zephaniah Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi. The lectures will focus on the impact of these spiritual giants on both Jewish History and world religious thinking. Join the redoubtable David Solomon on this unique intellectual journey, as he examines these formative figures and shows how they continue to influence us today.

Cost: $215 (non member) $190 (member)

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Timeline of Jewish History

Depicting 4000 years of rich and remarkable history

Monday morning10.15am – 12.15pm


The Golden Age of Jewish Vienna 1890-1933

Helen Webberley

8 week course - July 20, 27 August 3, 10, 17, 24 , 31 Sept 7

Presented in memory of Lionel & Naomi Gross.

Explore Vienna’s rich history with the Jews who, as early as 1867, were granted full civil rights. Scientists, doctors and researchers won fame and Nobel Prizes and Jews were active in progressive politics. Musicians and writers achieved world status and Jews were also prominent in theatre as actors and producers.

This illustrated lecture series will examine the Golden Age of Vienna, particularly the intellectual life of Jews up to the Anschluss in 1938.
Immerse yourself in the art, architecture, music, science, literature, politics and kaffee haus society that Jews contributed to so fulsomely
and that made Vienna one of the major cultural hubs of pre-war Europe.

Cost 8 week course: $245 (non member) $220 (member)

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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.

Avi Cohen Avi Cohen is head of Jewish Studies at Mt. Scopus College. He has lectured on the topic of Israel for the last decade at a range of institutions including Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Deakin University in Melbourne. Avi’s courses are multimedia offerings filled with insight and knowledge, enhanced by his truly balanced perspective of the world. He is also trying to balance life on the home front with the busy schedules of his four children and time out for himself at the gym.

Rabbi Ralph Genende Ralph Genende was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Rabbi Genende grew up in South Africa where he served both a congregation and worked for the Beth Din (Jewish Religious Court) in Johannesburg. In the late 1980s Rabbi Genende relocated to Auckland with his family. For ten years Rabbi Genende was Senior Rabbi to the Auckland Jewish Community before moving to Melbourne in 1997. Ralph has a Master’s Degree in Counselling, and is Senior Rabbi to the Australian Defence Forces. He served as a Congregational Rabbi and College Rabbi at Mount Scopus for ten years and was appointed in 2007 as the first full time Rabbi in five years to the Caulfield Hebrew Congregation which is now undergoing an energetic renewal.Rabbi Ralph is an Executive Member of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV), the Council for Christians and Jews and a member of the Premier’s Multi-faith Advisory Group. He directs the Yad B’Yad pre-marriage education program on behalf of the RCV. He is married to Caron, has three great children, one neurotic dog and a psychotic cat.

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.