What’s On


Fridays 15, 22, 29 July / 5, 12, 19, 26 Aug / 2, 9, 16 Sept
 

Baby steps @ the JewMu

Enjoy an innovative babies program and a unique Shabbat celebration in the stimulating surrounds of the Jewish Museum! Every Friday babies and grown-ups will explore Jewish tradition and culture through songs, puppets, stories, games and the Shabbat ceremony. Each session will focus on a new theme, which relates to an object on display, bringing the Museum to life.

Join animated children’s educator Limor Cooper on this new and exciting program for baby museumgoers exclusively at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

Dates: Fridays 15 (free!), 22, 29 July / 5, 12, 19, 26 Aug / 2, 9, 16 Sept
Time: 10.30-11.15am
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: $15 per session or $120 for 10 weeks
Bookings essential: Click here to book.
Recommended age: 8-24 months


Sunday 31 July
 

Open House Melbourne

Once again we will be opening our doors for Melbourne’s annual Open House, on July 31. Join our curators in a behind the scenes tour of the Museum archives and curatorial area, and tours of our permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Open: Sunday 10am-4pm
Cost: Free. No bookings required. Registration on the day.
What’s Open: The curatorial area, which is usually not open to the general public and all the exhibition spaces.
Special Note: Please note that we are not open on Saturdays as it is the Jewish Sabbath.
Tour Type: Guided & General Admission
Tour Details:
Behind the scenes of the curatorial area – 20 mins long, running every hour starting at 11am until 4pm
Tour of ‘Can we talk about Poland’ exhibition at 11am
Tour of St Kilda Synagogue at 12pm and 3pm
Tour of ‘Calling Australia Home’ exhibition at 2pm.
Building Type: Cultural
Facilities: Pram access, Toilets
Year Built: 1995
Tram Stops: Stop 32: St Kilda Rd/Alma Rd on routes 3/3a and 67.


Sunday 21 August
 

East Melbourne Walk

To complement our permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home, take a stroll through charming Victorian streets to revisit the grandeur of early Melbourne. Stopping along the way at some intriguing landmarks that demonstrate early expressions of Jewish history.

Sites include the Albert Street Synagogue, Victoria Artist’s Society: the “Foreigners’ Shule”, Melbournia Terrace, Burlington Terrace, ‘Ensor’, Trades Hall, ‘Benevenuta’ and the City Baths.

Date: Sunday 21 August
Meeting point: Meet at the East Melbourne Synagogue, 488 Albert Street, East Melbourne
Time: Meet at 10am for a 10.15am start
Bookings essential: Click here to book 


Sunday 28 August
 

Did the Kindertransport and the Dunera deportation influence the attitudes of Melbourne composers George Dreyfus and Felix Werder towards Australia?

Most of the 9,000 German-Jewish refugees, who arrived in Australia between 1933 and 1945, had chosen this distant continent as a safe haven. But in an uncanny repetition of history, the 2,500 Dunera boys, who went ashore in September 1940, had been deported against their will.  The Melbourne composer George Dreyfus, who came here on a Kindertransport, belongs to the first group, his colleague Felix Werder to the second.

In light of the Jewish Museum’s extensive collection of objects from the Dunera era, we are proud to present this very unique lecture in which Albrecht Dümling, author of The Vanished Musicians Jewish refugees in Australia, will portray both composers and discuss whether the different forms of arrival influenced their attitude towards Australia. The lecture will be illustrated by music of both composers.

George Dreyfus will be present and contribute to the discussion.

Speakers: Dr Albrecht Dümling and Mr George Dreyfus AM
Music by: Felix Werder, George Dreyfus AM and Hans Blau

Date: Sunday 28 August
Time: 2.30pm
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: $15 Museum members/ $20 general
Bookings essential: Click here to book


May, June, September 2016
 

Study tours

Poland & Lithuania, Germany, China

The Jewish Museum of Australia is proud to announce that it will once again be hosting more exciting Jewish travel opportunities in 2016. All three tours will be conducted by Paul Forgasz who has led previous Museum tours.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ASHKENAZI JEWRY: A STUDY TOUR OF JEWISH GERMANY 21 May – 8 June 2016

For tour details and registration information click here.

THE WORLD OF OUR ANCESTORS: STUDY TOUR OF THE JEWS OF POLAND & LITHUANIA 15 June – 4 July 2016

For tour details and registration information click here.

THE LAND OF THE DRAGON WITH A JEWISH TOUCH: A TOUR OF CHINA AND ITS JEWISH HERITAGE 7 – 20 September 2016

For tour details and registration information click here.

Places are strictly limited and will be filled in order of receipt of registrations

For further enquiries about the tour itinerary and program contact Paul Forgasz: paul.forgasz@monash.edu


Permanent
 

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.

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

 


Permanent
 

Daily guided tours

Exhibition & Synagogue

Daily guided tours by our trained volunteer guides are available.

Can we talk about Poland? – temporary exhibition

Calling Australia Home – permanent exhibition

Date: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
Time: 2pm (They run for approximately 40 minutes)
Cost: Free with Museum admission. No bookings required

The Jewish Museum offers tours to the historic and architecturally unique St Kilda Synagogue; the principal progressive synagogue in Melbourne. Tours of the synagogues provide a meaningful added dimension to the displays and exhibitions at the Museum. 

Date: Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday
Time: 12:30pm (extra session at 3pm on Sunday) – please note that on Sunday 31 July the tour times will be 12pm and 3pm.
Cost: Free with Museum admission. No bookings required

Tours run for approximately 40 minutes & tour times are subject to change.