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Short Courses

Epochs, Events & Ideas: Understanding Jewish History from Abraham to Today (Zoom)

David Solomon
Monday 1.15 – 3.15pm
Monday 7.15 – 9.15pm
6 week course starting April 27

Australia & Israel: Two States, One Diaspora (Zoom)

Dash Lawrence
Monday 1–3pm
6 week course starting April 27


Dash Lawrence

Dashiel Lawrence has been researching and writing about Australian Jewry for more than a decade. He applies a multidisciplinary approach to studying topics – drawing together archival research, oral history and demography to better understand the past and present.

Dashiel’s PhD from the University of Melbourne explored the role of Zionism and Israel in Australian Jewish life. He has since gone on to publish two books: Australia & Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural & Political Relationship (2015) and People of the Boot: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Australian Jews in Sport (2018) as well as numerous other academic articles.

He currently works for online publication Plus61JMedia and as freelance historian, writer and group facilitator.

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.

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Paul Forgasz

Paul Forgasz’ career has spanned both the secondary and tertiary sectors of education. For more than a decade, he was the headmaster of the secondary school campus of Mount Scopus College. Paul lectured in Jewish history at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, and taught Jewish education in the university’s Faculty of Education.


Paul has moreover maintained an active involvement in Jewish adult education. For a number of years, he was the head of faculty at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School in Melbourne; he has also developed and taught a vast number of the Jewish Museum of Australia’s short course programs. Paul has contributed regularly to Limmud OZ since its inception, and has served as the community scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh, Shalom Institute in Sydney, The Abraham Institute in Adelaide, and Wellington Jewish Community Centre.


Since 2010, under the auspices of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Paul has led a number of sell-out study tours focusing on Jewish life in Spain and Germany. In 2014 and 2018, he conducted inaugural Jewish heritage tours of Eastern Europe and Italy respectively, and will next year journey with a group to uncover Jewish Greece.