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Shana Tova from the Jewish Museum

Platter for honey cake (detail), Fiona Hiscock, Australia 2007, Acquired by the Jewish Museum of Australia Visual Arts Committee, 12919

The Jewish Museum wishes you a New Year filled with peace, happiness and special blessings. This beautiful hand-painted platter is currently on display in the new exhibition, In SeasonBe sure to visit and celebrate the High Holidays with us!

Huge turn-out for IN SEASON Open Day!

The brand new exhibition, In Season, kicked off in style on Sunday 25 August with a huge crowd of over 430 visitors! The Museum was positively buzzing with little ones exploring the interactive exhibition and participating in fun activities throughout the day, including gardening, music and cooking. Click here to see photos!

Worried you missed out? Fear not! Bring your kids in any time for In Season arts and craft activities and magical exhibition trails – available throughout the life of the exhibition. Are you an Instagram-er? Get involved by photographing your favourite part of the exhibition, or anything that inspires you about the four seasons, using the hashtag #inseasonjewmu, and your photo will appear on our interactive iPads on display!

Masterchef alumni Alice Zaslavsky shares some seasonal cooking tips for kids!

Voices and Visions - new exhibition opens 29 September

On Sunday 29 September we will be launching Voices and Visions in the Dinah and Henry Krongold Family Gallery.  The Museum, together with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (USA), will present an exhibition of graphic designed posters that interpret the ideas of Jewish luminaries throughout history.

Drawing on concepts of environmental health, communal belonging, identity and positive existence, the exhibition encourages us to consider which ideas remain relevant and poignant in contemporary times. Visitors can also make their own poster in the gallery workstation or participate in an online discussion of these great ideas. Visit our website for more details.

"Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech." - Susan Sontag. Poster design - Arnold Schwartzman

Spring short courses series starts 7 October + earlybird offer!

Take a virtual tour of medieval Jewish Spain with Paul Forgasz, tune in to a history of Jewish music with Michel Laloum, or explore Jewish identity with a diverse range of weekly lecturers inspired by our upcoming exhibition Voices and Visions. Whatever your taste or interest, the Museum provides fantastic opportunities for learning and discovering more about Jewish culture. We can't wait for our spring series to start! Visit our website for more details.

Earlybirds! Book online through our website by Wednesday 25 September to receive a 10% discount!

Meal during the 9th Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Succot) Bernard Picart, Paris, 1721. Donated by H. M. Lissauer, 2596

Kids' program – What’s in season in spring? Sunday 6 October

Children will join horticulturalist Lindy Barnett in this hands-on, fun workshop to find out what’s happening in the garden in spring. In conjunction with the exhibition ISeason. Cost: $12/$8 Museum members (includes free entry to the Museum for one child and one adult).

Book online here, or visit our website for further details.

Lindy Barnett showing us the a-z of making challah for the In Season Open Day!

Museum Walks – North Carlton, Sunday 13 October

Get your walking shoes on! If you love our permanent exhibition, Calling Australia Home, you will love this North Carlton walk, which the Museum is running in association with the Victorian Seniors Festival. Home to many working class migrant families of Jewish traders and families, North Carlton was home to the Kadimah Cultural Centre, Peretz Yiddish School, Pose’s Pickles and the Tel Aviv Dairy.

Cost: $20, $15 Museum members and concession.
Click here to book, phone 8534 3600, or visit our website.

Giveaway – The Songs They Sang, a musical narrative of the Vilna Ghetto

On Sunday 20 October, 2pm at South Melbourne Town Hall, there will be a performance of songs from the Vilna Ghetto. The concert will feature music arranged by Australian composer Joseph Giovinazzo, performed by Deborah Kayser – soprano, Michael Kieran Harvey – piano, Alister Barker – cello and Elizabeth Sellars – violin. For your chance to win tickets please email with Vilna in the subject line, and please indicate if you would like one or two tickets.