What’s On

Sunday 16 August

Old media, new media: the changing landscape

In conjunction with The Australian Jewish News 120 Years: The people and events making the headlines exhibition

Join this dynamic panel of local writers and editors as they discuss the relevance and influences of media throughout history and into the future. Rod Kenning, Berry Liberman, Melissa Singer, Isabelle Oderberg and Oscar Schwartz will offer different perspectives on factors influencing the changing face of media such as social media, demographics and business models

Rod Kenning – General manager, The Australian Jewish News

Berry Liberman – Publisher and editor, Dumbo Feather magazine

Melissa Singer – Weekend news director, The Age

Isabelle Oderberg – National social media lead, Australian Red Cross

Oscar Schwartz – Writer and researcher; lecturer in online media

Chaired by: Karen Klein – Project manager, The Australian Jewish News at 120

This event is in conjunction with The Australian Jewish News 120 Years: The people and events making the headlines exhibition. Showing at the Jewish Museum until Sunday 16 August.


Date: Sunday 16 August


Time: 3pm

Location: Jewish Museum of Australia – 26 Alma Rd St Kilda

Cost: $10 Museum member & AJN subscriber / $15 General (Ticket includes Museum general admission)

Bookings essential: Click here to book online

Sunday 19 July

Editor’s Talk with Karen Klein

In conjunction with The Australian Jewish News 120 Years: The people and events making the headlines exhibition

Karen Klein compiled and edited the book The Australian Jewish News 120 years: The people and events making the headlines, the basis and inspiration for the AJN 120th anniversary photo exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia until August 16. Karen will share her journey from concept to publication and explain the selection process for the exhibition.

Karen Klein has worked in publishing for more than 40 years. She joined The Australian Jewish News Melbourne as a 17-year-old cadet straight from school and progressed through the company as a journalist and editor. As Special Projects Editor, Karen created a number of national magazines and supplements, including the annual Wedding Magazine and Bar-Batmitzvah supplement and the Good Living lifestyle magazine. She also initiated AJN Singles parties which brought thousands of single people together and raised substantial funds for community causes. From 2003 to 2012, Karen performed publishing, public relations and marketing roles in the not-for-profit sector. Karen returned to The Australian Jewish News in 2013 to produce its 120th year commemorative publication and drive birthday celebrations.

This event is in conjunction with The Australian Jewish News 120 Years: The people and events making the headlines exhibition. Showing at the Jewish Museum until Sunday 16 August.

Date: Sunday 19 July


Time: 3pm

Cost: Free for Museum members and AJN subscribers; General $10/Concession $5 (Ticket includes Museum general admission)

Bookings essential: Click here to book online.

Wednesday 22 July

Business Breakfast

Growing from scratch to become Australia’s leading e-commerce company with guest speaker Gabby Leibovich from Catch of the Day

Gabby Leibovich began his career in retail selling electrical goods. With a keen marketing eye, he saw the potential of the internet to deliver better value for customers and in early 2006, with his younger brother, founded CatchOfTheDay – an ecommerce business based on a new online retail model offering ‘a deal a day’.

The new retailing model was an immediate success, with the company quickly expanding launching spin off sites scoopon.com.au, groceryrun.com.au and mumgo.com.au as well digital disruptors eatnow.com.au and yumtable.com.au. In 2011 the rapid growth and success of the online retailing group caught the attention on an investment consortium that included James Packer and international venture capital firm Tiger Global, who invested $80 million into the business for a minority share.

Today the group employs 500 staff, ships over 12,000 parcels every single day, with an online transaction taking place on average every single second. With a vision to build Australia’s #1 ecommerce group, operating in a number of niche sectors, Leibovich looks to markets, where he can bring about price competition and deliver better value to shoppers. With no signs of its phenomenal growth slowing down, the CatchOfTheDay group is known as a disruptive force in the Australian retail sector, challenging traditional views of retailing and harnessing the power of the Internet and social media to build an engaged community of buyers.

Date: Wednesday 22 July
Time: 7.15am to conclude at 9am
Location: Jewish Museum of Australia
Bookings essential: Please click here to download the booking form

Thursday 23 July

Sir John Monash: True Jew and Patriot?

In True Jews and Patriots – Australian Jews and World War One exhibition, Sir John Monash is used as an exemplar of the extraordinary situation for Jews in Australia during the nineteenth century up until WW1.

Join exhibition curator Dr Deborah Rechter as she chairs a conversation between Dr Clare Wright - historian, author and broadcaster and John Moore - producer of the documentary Monash: The Forgotten Anzac. Together they will introduce the notion of the social laboratory and discuss the conditions for Jews in Australia, their participation in WW1 and the astonishing situation of having a Jew as the Commander in Chief of the Australian Army.

Date: Thursday 23 July 2015

Time: 7.45pm (complementary viewing exhibition of True Jews and Patriots – Australian Jews and World War One from 7pm)

Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia – 26 Alma Rd St Kilda

Cost: $10 Museum member / $15 General

Bookings essential: Online booking is now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.


Dr Clare Wright is an historian who has worked as an academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant and radio and television broadcaster. Clare’s most recent book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize and the 2014 NIB Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s, WA Premier’s and Queensland Literary Awards, the NSW Premier’s History Awards and the Victorian Community History Awards.  Clare’s essays and journalism have been published in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, The AgeThe GuardianThe Conversation, Crikey and Women’s Agenda.  She wrote and presented the ABC TV documentary Utopia Girls: How Women Won the Vote and created and co-wrote the ABC TV series The War That Changed Us, which was nominated for a Logie in 2015 for Most Outstanding Factual Program.   She is currently an Associate Professor in History at La Trobe University, where she is researching a new history of mining in Australia.  Clare lives in Melbourne with her husband, three children and too many pets.

John Moore has been involved in the entertainment business since he started working at the Pram Factory Theatre in 1978. The Pram Factory had a seminal influence on the cultural life of Australia through its focus on new Australian work produced by a collective of actors, writers and technicians. His many film awards include an Australian Film Institute Award for Best TV Documentary for GUNS & ROSES (1991), best documentary at the Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals for BLACK MAN’S HOUSES (1993) and the $15,000 NSW Premiers History Award for THOMSON OF ARNHEM LANDin 2001. John has developed considerable expertise at making dramatised history docs that tell strong personal stories. ABORTION, CORRUPTION & COPS was nominated for the Sydney Film Festival Dendy Awards in 2006 and the docu-dramas MENZIES & CHURCHILL AT WAR and MONASH: THE FORGOTTEN ANZAC were ratings winner on ABC TV in 2008. In 2009 John produced THE TRIAL for SBS which told the inside story of Australia’s biggest terrorism trial and in 2010 he produced CHARLES BEAN’S GREAT WAR about legendary war correspondent and historian Charles Bean for the History Channel.



Kids & Family Exhibition Trail

This self-guided kids & family exhibition trail has been designed to guide our youngest visitors around aspects of the Museum’s Collection through the four permanent exhibitions: Calling Australia Home, Timeline of Jewish History, The Jewish Year and Belief and Ritual.

Comparing the Museum with a giant treasure box, children will receive the exhibition trail and coloured pencils in their own special treasure box, a place where they can collect and keep their special things and stories. Children are then invited to explore the objects and their stories in the galleries and hopefully realise the museum is a place to see and feel new things, a place to ask questions, to make connections, to be creative and most importantly – to have fun!

Age group: Suitable for all ages.
Cost: Free with Museum admission.
Time: Available at all times