Thursday 23/5/19
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Short courses

The ABC’s of Israel and the Middle East

Zvi Civins
Monday 12.15pm to 1.45pm
7 week course starting May 6

A History of Mystical Encounters

David Solomon
Monday afternoon OR evening 12.45pm to 2.45pm OR 7pm to 9pm
4 week course starting May 6

An affair to remember

Michael Cohen
Monday 7pm to 9pm
4 week course starting May 6

A Thousand Years of Jewish Thought and Culture in the Islamic World

Raphael Dascalu
Monday 12.30pm to 2.30pm
4 week course starting June 3


David Solomon

David Solomon is a globally roaming scholar, teacher, writer and translator, currently completing the first-ever English translation of the fundamental kabbalisitc text, Tiqunei HaZohar. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah; he is, however, perhaps best known for his dynamic presentation, The Whole of Jewish History in One Hour. For more information please visit

Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen has been involved in Jewish education and Jewish communal life in South Africa and, for over four decades , In Australia. He served as Secondary Vice-Principal of Herzlia School, Cape Town, held senior positions and Mount Scopus Memorial College and served for 20 years as Bialik College Vice-Principal. He held positions with the
former Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs and Asia Pacific Jewish Association, has lectured at the University of Melbourne, and for almost 9 years was Director of Community Relations and Research at Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre. Michael,
who holds several qualifications from the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa,  completed his PhD at Monash University in an area of contemporary Jewish history.

Raphael Dascalu

Raphael Dascalu is a translator and researcher based in Melbourne. After studying at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his PhD in History of Judaism at the University of Chicago (2016). He also studied in various institutions in Israel, including Yeshivat ha-Kibbutz ha-Dati (Ein Tzurim) and Pardes. Raphael’s research interests are broad and varied, but medieval Judaeo-Arabic thought and literature occupy a special place in his heart. He lives with his partner Dalit Kaplan, their two small humans, and sometimes a cat.

Zvi Civins

Zvi Civins has been a teacher and educator his entire life, with a Master of Arts in Education and a
Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration.
Since 1985, he has been Principal of The King David School, Head of Jewish Studies at Bialik College and Director of Education at the Jewish Holocaust Centre until his retirement in 2013. Zvi has also taught in the Florence Melton Adult Mini School and studied at the
Melton Centre at Hebrew University.  Zvi is a member of Kehilat Nitzan, Melbourne’s Conservative/Masorti synagogue where he continues to teach and serve on the board.  A keen traveler, Zvi and his wife Marian have walked the Kokoda Track, been to Antarctica,
Galapagos Island, Costa Rica amongst many other wonderful destinations.