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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.

Erez Feinberg

Erez Feinberg is the Head of informal Jewish education at SFPS Mount Scopus and is the Chairperson for Zionism Victoria Executive – Department of “Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture”. Born in Jerusalem (8 Generations “Yerushalmi”), he is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an MA in School Leadership & Certified manager of Education Systems and Policies, an Education Diploma in Civil Studies; Education Diploma in tour guiding: Ministry of Education and a BA in International Relations & Geography. He has previously worked as the Education Director for the Jewish National Fund – Victoria Division. He also managed trips and taught at the Hebrew Gymnasya in Jerusalem: the role included the field of FNS (Field, Nation & Society) & Knowledge of Israel; FNS contributes to youth education and social processes including knowledge of the environment and understanding of the linkage between the Lands, to the Jewish people. Erez was also a “Mashatzim” leader (youth movement of the Ministry of Education), teaching exceptional secondary school students to be excellent leaders within the high school framework and Israeli society in general.

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.

Rabbi Fred Morgan

Rabbi Fred Morgan studied, taught and/or worked as a congregational rabbi in the States and England before migrating to Australia in 1997 to become Senior Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel.  Since retiring from that post four plus years ago he has served as Professorial Fellow in Jewish-Christian relations at the Australian Catholic University, coordinator of the Council of Christians and Jews “Grass Roots Dialogue” project, and he is now Movement Rabbi for the Union for Progressive Judaism helping to develop and mentor congregations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  He has published and broadcast widely and has been a familiar face at the Jewish Museum for several years, teaching a range of courses in Bible, theology and interfaith.  He and Sue have three children and one grandchild.

Rebbeca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010. She has been associated with the Jewish Museum for fifteen years, and has held exhibition-related roles at Public Record Office Victoria and the State Library of Victoria. Prior to taking on the role of Director of the Jewish Museum, Rebecca worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the Advancement Division at Monash University, where she gained experience in the area of fundraising and donor relations. Rebecca holds Masters degree in Jewish Studies (Oxford) and Women’s Studies (Monash), as well as a Diploma of Education.