What’s On


Date TBC
 

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jewels and Ashes – a journey revisited


Can we talk about Poland? program

The 25th Anniversary of Arnold Zable’s five-time award- winning book Jewels and Ashes was celebrated at a sold-out event at the Museum in March. It was a privilege to launch our exciting, rich and diverse public program series with this emotionally powerful event where Author Zable and friends Ben Jason-Easton, Henry Nusbaum and Freydi Mrocki performed in the Can we talk about Poland? exhibition space 

Due to popular demand, we are planning to have an encore of this beautiful event. Email info@jewishmuseum.com.au to register your interest for a repeat performance (date to be confirmed).

 


Sunday 1 May
 

Tracing your family roots with the Genealogical Society

Can we talk about Poland? Sunday sessions

A workshop in partnership with the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society, with experts at hand to teach you how to trace your family roots.

Program presented in association with the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society

Date: Sunday 1 May   
Venue
: Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Rd St Kilda
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Bookings essential: Places are limited Click here to book online.


Wednesday 11 May
 

A Face. The Day. A Memorial

Yom Hazikaron commemoration

The Jewish Museum of Australia will be the exclusive Australian venue for the screening of A Face. The Day. A Memorial to commemorate Yom Hazikaron.

This short-film screening is presented in association with Beit Avi Chai – an Israeli cultural center that addresses major issues and fields of thought and creativity in Jewish and Israeli society.

To mark the Day of Remembrance for Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism A Face. The Day. A Memorial is an artistic commemorative project in which animators bring to life the personal stories of those who fell in protection of the State of Israel.

These short videos will be screened in many different places across Israel and around the world including the UK, US, Brazil, France, Thailand, as well as Elal Airlines. Come and commemorate this significant day at the Museum.

Date: Wednesday 11 May
Time: 10am–4pm
Venue: Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: FREE no bookings required


Sunday 15 May
 

Why go back to Poland?

Why go ‘back’ to Poland? For many second generation Jews in Australia Poland is a no-go zone, but for others it has begun to mean something else.

Come and hear Sam Rosenberg, Eva Collins, Sue Hampel, Adam Ryan, and Esther Jilovsky personally discuss why they have chosen to go ‘back’ to visit Poland, and how that has impacted on their lives.

 

Date: Sunday 15 May   
Venue
:Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Rd St Kilda
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $15 Museum members / $20 General admission
Bookings essential: Click here to book online


Thursday 19 May
 

Yiddish in Poland and the fight for recognition

Colin Brooks Memorial Lecture

Who speaks Yiddish in Poland today and what does it mean to be a Polish Yiddishist? This year’s Colin Brooks Memorial Lecture will be delivered by international guest speaker Dr. Karolina Szymaniak. Dr. Karolina will examine what it means to create and work in Yiddish and/or with Yiddish in a land with such a difficult and complicated history. Karolina will also explore who is the audience for the many rich Yiddish projects in the Polish-Jewish community today and the place for Yiddish in Polish society in general.

Dr. Karolina Szymaniak is the Assistant Professor at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, Poland, where she heads the Yiddish Culture Unit and at the Wrocław University (Jewish Studies Department). She wears many hats, being a researcher, editor, translator and language teacher with a PhD in literary and cultural studies. She is an active and energetic member of Poland’s Yiddish-speaking community. Szymaniak was the editor-in-chief of “Cwiszn” (Tsivshn), a Polish-language literary and arts quarterly devoted to Yiddish culture and has edited and written several books relating to Yiddish literature.

Introduction by Joe and Anna Epstein, nephew and niece of Colin Brooks.

This lecture is sponsored by The Malka and Pinek Krystal Scholarship Fund.

Date: Thursday 19 May
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $15 Museum members / $20 non-members
Bookings essential: Click here to book online.
 


Thursday 2 June
 

Nostalgia – the pain of longing for return

Presented in association with the Immigration Museum, this event
invites you to explore stories and experiences of migration across
the generations.

Join a fascinating group of guest speakers including
refugees and migrants who will tell of their desire to understand the
history of their families, reconcile their hybrid identities and re-connect
with their homelands – even those that were places of trauma.

 

Date: Thursday 2 June                                                                                     Venue:Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Rd St Kilda
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $15 Museum & Immigration Museum members / $20 General admission
Bookings essential: Click here to book online


Sunday 5 June
 

Talking about Poland with March of the Living participants

Can we talk about Poland? Sunday sessions

Young March of the Living participants will be in the exhibition space, talking about their feelings and experiences as they visited Poland for the first time.

Program presented in association with the March of the Living

Date: Sunday 5 June   
Venue
:Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Rd St Kilda
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Bookings essential: Click here to book online.


Saturday 18 June only Sunday 19 June - cancelled
 

An evening of Yiddish-Polish Cabaret at Kadimah

Can we talk about Poland? program

Daring 1920s and ’30s-style glamour, upbeat tunes, edgy poetry and witty political commentary were all the rage in Polish nightclubs during the racy inter-war years. But many of the catchiest tunes of the day, first sung by Polish chanteuses and later heard whistled in the city streets, were written by Jewish composers, lyricists and folk poets whose presence was often strictly back-of-house.

For one night only, the Kadimah hall will be transformed into an elegant pre-war cabaret, featuring some of Australia’s finest Yiddish and Polish entertainers. English subtitles will be provided. Book now for an unforgettable evening of music, comedy and raucous fun.

Date: Saturday 18 June only (Sunday 19 June cancelled)
Venue:Jewish Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre, 7 Selwyn St, Elsternwick
Time: 8pm
Cost: $50 Museum and Kadimah members / $60 General admission / $500 table of 10.
Light snacks and soft drinks provided. Please feel free to BYO alcohol and other food.
Bookings essential: Click here to book online


Sunday 3 July
 

Talking about Poland – intergenerational responses

Can we talk about Poland? Sunday sessions

Join a Polish-born grandparent and their grandchild as they talk about their different emotions and responses to having been in Poland.

Program presented in association with the March of the Living.

Date: Sunday 3 July   
Venue
:Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Rd St Kilda
Time: 3pm
Cost: Free with Museum admission
Bookings essential: Click here to book online.


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