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Show your support this Purim

(L-R) Selection of Megillot Esther (Scrolls of Esther) on display in the Jewish Year Gallery.
Museum volunteer Bev Cohen with Justice Howard Nathan at the Annual Volunteer Morning Tea on 2 December 2013.

"To me one of the greatest joys in life is giving." - Bev Cohen, Museum volunteer.

Purim is a time of celebration and sharing our good fortune with others. It is a festival that has resonated for generations, and is a powerful and moving story of Jewish continuity and strength. Bev and our other volunteers make a vital contribution in enabling the Museum to celebrate the vibrancy of Jewish culture to the community. This Purim you can make a gift that would allow us to continue sharing our many great stories and recognising the rich history of the Jewish people in Australia. If you’d like to take the opportunity at Purim to donate you can do so clicking here.

Purim Puppet Shows (In English and Hebrew!) – Sunday 16 March

Come and join the party in Shushan city, where king Achashverosh is going to choose his new queen. Puppet Magic presents this exciting new puppet show in two sessions – the first at 10.30am in English with songs in English and Hebrew, and the second show at 11.30am entirely in Hebrew. The show will include lots of songs, a costume parade and dancing.

This program is suitable for children up to 8 years old. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings essential. To book the English session at 10.30am, click here. To book the Hebrew session at 11.30am, click here.

Ben Lewin and Judi Levine talk Hollywood and the Oscars – Thursday 26 March

How we made a film for under $1 million and sold it for 6 times as much at the Sundance Film Festival

The upcoming Business Network Breakfast at the Museum is not to be missed! Join us to hear award-winners writer/director Ben Lewin and producer Judi Levine speak about the ins and outs of the film-making business. Lewin and Levine’s most recent accomplishment is the award-winning feature film The Sessions, which won numerous international awards including Audience Awards at the 2012 Sundance, San Sebastian and Mill Valley Film Festivals and a 2012 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast. The lead cast garnered two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Male Lead and Best Supporting Actress, two Golden Globe nominations in the same categories and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

For bookings and more information click here.
For enquiries contact Efrat Goldberg on (03) 8534 3600 or

In Season exhibition – New autumn activities for children!

There’s a time for all seasons, or so it is said,
and as March begins, the trees turn golden and red.
As the temperature dips and the days grow cold,
there’s all kinds of autumn beauty to behold.

It's beautiful to watch the seasons changing, both inside and outside the Museum. Be sure to visit the In Season exhibition anytime during the autumn months and have your little ones peg autumn leaves on our tree!

Volunteer profile – Haimy Katz

Haimy has been volunteering at the Museum for 10 years! He is a guide coordinator and among his responsibilities he trains new guides, and assists in organising the weekly Monday morning lecture series – a great perk for volunteers.

Recently we asked Haimy a few questions about his experience volunteering at the Museum.
You can read the interview here on our blog.

If you're interested in volunteering check out the volunteers page on our website where you can download an application form.

Member giveaway – Holocaust Film Series

JIFF presents the inaugural Holocaust Film Series at Classic Cinemas Elsternwick – a series of films from around the globe that highlight the resilience and courage of the human spirit through true stories of love, identity, hope and survival against the odds. Highlights include the riveting film about the team of police investigators – Bureau 06 – formed for the intent purpose of investigating and preparing the charges brought against Adolf Eichmann, in Jerusalem, in 1961. We have 5 double passes to giveaway for Bureau 06: The Architects of the Eichmann Trial screening at Classic Cinemas Elsternwick, on Sunday 30 March at 4pm. 

For your chance to win email with 'HFS' in the subject line and your name and address in the body of the email.

Member giveaway – Isabella Rosselini's new book/DVD

Screen icon Isabella Rossellini is coming to Australia to perform her new, playful and wonderfully odd stage show Green Porno, a one-woman comedy about mating in the natural world. In Green Porno, Rossellini takes us on an unusual and fascinating journey into the sex life and mating habits of a number of land and marine animals. To celebrate we have four copies of the Green Porno book and DVD to give away.

For your chance to win email with 'Isabella' in the subject line and your name and address in the body of the email.

Member giveaways are for members only. Click here to find out about membership.