What’s On

Sunday 11 October 10.15am for 10.30am start

Museum Walks – North Carlton

To complement our permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home and as part of the Victorian Seniors Festival, take part in the North Carlton Walk on Sunday 11 October.

Home to many working class migrant families of Jewish traders and families, North Carlton was home to the Kadimah Cultural Centre, Peretz Yiddish School, Pose’s Pickles and the Tel Aviv Dairy.

Discover  how Carlton was the centre of early Jewish community life in Melbourne and how the past generations managed to establish a sense of belonging in a new land.

For your comfort, we suggest you bring an umbrella, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Date: Sunday 11 October
Time: 10.15am for a 10.30am start
Venue: Meet outside the entrance of Lee Street Primary School, Lee Street
Cost: $20 General, $15 Museum members, seniors and concession
This event is sold out. Check out the Museum other Walks listed on the What’s On page.

Sunday 18 October

Art Behind the Wire – Curators Talk

As part of the Museum’s partnership with Duldig Studio museum + sculpture garden and to complement our exhibition From ‘Aliens’ to Australians – Remembering Dunera 75 Years On , we are excited to announce a fascinating curators talk titled Art Behind the Wire – the untold story of refugee families interned in Australia during the Second World War. 

Did you know that during WWII sixty Jewish families from Singapore were interned ‘behind barbed wire’ alongside the Dunera Boys at Tatura internment camp in country Victoria?

One of the group, Austrian sculptor Karl Duldig, continued to created art while interned with his wife and young daughter. Working with a variety of materials including scrap paper for drawings, eucalyptus wood, ‘potato’ sculptures, clay and plaster Karl responded to and transcended his difficult surroundings.

In this talk Melinda Mockridge, co-curator of the Duldig Studio’s current exhibition will speak about the Duldigs’ story, Karl’s later experiences in the 8th Employment Company of the Australian Army and how the exhibition gives us a unique insight into the experiences of these ‘enemy alien’ families during World War II.

Date: Sunday 18 October 2015
Time: 3pm
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: Free with Museum Admission. Free for Jewish Museum members and Duldig Studio members.
Bookings recommended: Click here to book online


Wednesday 21 October

Business Network Breakfast

How will we work in the future: People vs Technology

Want to know what the future of business is? Come and gain insight into the future of business.

Hailed by industry leaders as “the Swiss army knife of futurists,” and “the secret weapon to future-proofing your business,” Morris Miselowski, Business Futurist, uses his unique foresights to look at how the world will evolve; what technology’s impact on businesses will be, and how this will affect our everyday lives.

Morris’s work focuses on pragmatism and relevance, underpinned by a genuine wisdom gained from 34 years in the business across 140 plus industries. He knows that real change is driven by people, not through technology.

In today’s hyper-connected world, the pace of innovation and change has never been faster. No one – not even the biggest and most established corporations – are safe, and we’re all just one innovation or technology away from becoming irrelevant or even worse – extinct.

One of the world’s leading futurists and thought leaders, Morris’s insights into the future of business reaches millions every year, with keynotes, events and workshops held around the globe.

He is a regular media commentator for The Age, The Herald Sun, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, Sky News Business TV, Technology Behind Business and Switzer, Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show, Channel 9’s Weekend Today, CBS Interactive, Radio Australia, Radio Hong Kong, radio ABC Local and National, 2UE, 3AW, 4BC, 5AA and 6PR amongst many others.

Gifted with a talent for awakening forward-thinking Morris works alongside CEOs and decision makers around the globe with many recognized brands including MasterCard, Visa, ANZ, NAB, Microsoft, Oracle, Activision, BP, Bupa, Ernest & Young, Lufthansa, New Zealand Tourism Export Council, Horticulture Australia, RMIT University, Pharmacy Guild of Australia, Sealy, Simmons, Serta and Caltex to name just a few.

Date: Wednesday 21 October
Time: 7.15am to conclude at 9am
Location: Jewish Museum of Australia
Booking: Click here to download the booking form

Sunday 25 October

Curating a War

Change the questions and you change the story.

The Jewish Museum’s temporary exhibition True Jews and Patriots: Australian Jews and World War One started with one question: “Why did so many Jews volunteer to fight in World War One?” This led curators down an intriguing path to some unusual places.

In this event, we have invited a panel of visiting curators to continue the conversation about World War One. Come and hear them discuss the unusual questions they ask and the surprising results.

Rebecca Forgasz, our very own Director & CEO Jewish Museum of Australia will chair the event with guest speakers

Deborah Rechter – Curator - True Jews and Patriots: Australian Jews and World War One - Jewish Museum of Australia;

Sophie Couchman – Curator - Chinese Anzacs: Chinese Australians and World War One - Chinese Museum;

Fiona Baverstock – Curator - Women of Empire 1914-1918 – a joint project of Dressing Australia - Museum of Costume & Seams Old and

Elizabeth Bramley – Assistant Curator – WWI: Love & Sorrow  – Melbourne Museum.


Don’t miss out on this unique event. Book your seat now!

Date: Sunday 25 October

Time: 5pm

Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia

Cost: $10 Museum member / $15 General

Bookings essential: Click here to book online 

Sunday 25 October

Jewish Chinatown Walk

As part of History Week 2015, take part in the Jewish Chinatown Walk and discover the hidden Jewish connections to sights in Chinatown such as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Florentino’s, the Eastern Market, the Chinese National Club, the Sun Kum Lee Building and Cohen Place.

Date: Sunday 25 October
Time: Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am start
Venue: Meet outside Her Majesty’s Theatre – 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $20 General/$15 Museum members
Bookings essential: Click here to book online

For your comfort, we suggest you bring an umbrella, sunscreen, water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Tuesday 27 October 7.30pm

Rising from the rubble

Creating POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

Co-presented by the Jewish Museum of Australia and the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC).

We are pleased to invite you to this lecture by Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett, Chief Curator (core exhibition) POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw – ACJC Kronhill Visiting Scholar 2015.

Facing the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes, on the site of the Warsaw ghetto and pre-war Jewish neighbourhood, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews completes the memorial complex.

Since POLIN Museum opened in April 2013, almost a million visitors have passed through its doors. In this lecture Barbara Kirschenblatt Gimblett will explore the creation of POLIN Museum and its multimedia narrative exhibition; a journey of a thousand years, and its potential to be an agent of transformation that can move an entire society forward.

Admission Free; No Prior Bookings

H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H - Caulfield Campus, Monash University


Thursday 12 November

Three Dunera Lives

There is no single Dunera story. The lives of the 2500 ‘Dunera boys’ – their histories, successes, failures, political and religious beliefs  - were and are far more diverse than is often recognised. Join Australian’s Historians Ken Inglis and Seumas Spark and American Historian Jay Winter when they examine the lives of three very different Dunera boys: Mike Sondheim, Gary Sostheim and Erwin Lamm.

Ken Inglis is Adjunct Professor at Monash University and Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University. He is the author of a number of books, including The Stuart Case; two volumes on the history of the ABC; and Sacred Places: War Memorials in the Australian Landscape. He is one of Australia’s most admired and warmly regarded scholars.

Jay Winter is Charles J. Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Monash University. He has authored or co-authored a dozen books, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History.

Dr Seumas Spark is a historian employed at Monash University. He works with Ken Inglis and Jay Winter on the Dunera project.

Date: Thursday 12 November

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia

Cost: $10 Museum member / $15 General

Bookings essential: Click here to book online



Sunday 15 November

Brighton Cemetery Walk

Established in 1854, Brighton General Cemetery is the resting place of some of Melbourne’s most significant pioneers.  This walk will take people to visit the graves of some amazing people who in their chosen fields led extraordinary lives. These include Sir John Monash, soldier, engineer and administrator, Linda Phillips OBE, Poet, Lyrist, Composer and Music Critic, Leah Rosenthal, WW1 Nurse and Private Samuel Ettingove who was killed before sailing to the battlefields of the First World War.

Date: Sunday 15 November

Time: 10am for a 10.15am start

Meeting place: Near Metahar House, Brighton General Cemetery (map will be provided after you complete your booking)

Cost: $20 Museum members/$25 General

Bookings essential: Click here to book online


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