Exodus to Eucharist

Date: Thursday 1 March
Time: 
1 to 4.30pm
Venue: 
Jewish Museum of Australia
Cost: 
$45 per participant (minimum of 10 required)
Bookings essential: Submit the form below to book now

Program accredited by the Catholic Education Office of Melbourne – 3.5 hours Category C

Join us to learn about Passover and the traditions associated with it. Senior educator Paul Forgasz will explain the story and the rituals that have developed since the exodus, to commemorate the redemption of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt to freedom.

Taste the unleavened bread, hear the traditional rendition of the four questions as Paul guides you through the steps of the Passover feast (Seder), explaining the deep symbolism along the way.

Paul will discuss the connection between the Last Supper and the Seder and explain some of the different views regarding the chronology of the last days of Jesus’ life. Explore the Museum with a trained guide who can explain the connection between the Torah, the stories within it, and contemporary Jewish life.

This program is particularly relevant to educators keen to expand their knowledge in the area of identity, traditional festivals and stories, milestones of life and religious ritual, as well as those looking to contextualise Jesus and his Jewish-ness.

This program will be presented by Paul Forgasz

Paul Forgasz lectures in Jewish history at the Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. He teaches Jewish education, as well as school leadership, in the university’s faculty of Education. Beyond Monash University, Paul has had an extensive career in Jewish education. He was headmaster of the secondary division of Mount Scopus College for over a decade and has played a leading role in the development of the curriculum for VCE ‘Texts and Traditions’, as well as ‘Religion and Society’. Paul is currently a member of the exam setting panel for both these subjects. He has contributed to two VCE ‘Religion and Society’ textbooks and a number of educational journals. Paul also teaches a number of courses in the Jewish Museum adult education program and has served as scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh, the Shalom Institute in Sydney and the Wellington Jewish Community Centre.