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Shavuot at the Jewish Museum

Torah crown. 19th/20th C. Hand-embroidered, possibly from Torah mantle, Jewish Museum of Australia collection 5357

In the spirit of Shavuot, this month we're showcasing this fabulous Torah crown, which is currently on display in the Timeline of Jewish History gallery. Isn't it beautiful? Click here to find out more about Shavuot at the Museum.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot – 14 May

A tikkun is a traditional night-time study session held on the first night of Shavuot, based on the practice of the kabbalists. The theme of our tikkun is “Hope”, inspired by a number of works in the 61st Blake Prize exhibition now showing at the Museum. Come and enjoy an evening of learning and cheesecake (YES there will be cheesecake!) in a unique and informal environment in which to learn about and experience Shavuot. For information about the evening and guest speakers visit our website.

Tuesday 14 May, 7.30pm–10.15pm.
FREE but RSVP essential for catering purposes by 12 May. Click here to RSVP. All welcome!

Mansions of East Melbourne Walk – 19 May

To celebrate the one year anniversary of our permanent exhibition Calling Australia Home, take part in the Mansions of East Melbourne Walk.

Stroll through graceful Victorian thoroughfares to revisit the grandeur of early Melbourne. See the former home of Sir John Monash, academic, engineer, war hero; the Freemasons Hospital; Bishopscourt, the former home of Sir Benjamin Benjamin, politician and Mayor of Melbourne; Chandos; the site of Cliveden Mansions (now the Hilton Hotel); ‘Little Pardon’; Queen Bess Row and more.

For bookings click here or visit our website for more details.


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Haskin family picnic at Mordialloc Beach c. 1910, Jewish Museum of Australia collection 4513

And finally... the Blake Prize is still on and is still a must-see!

Come and see these outstanding contemporary artworks until 28 July 2013.  "This is the big picture side of what we understand by the word spirituality. It is the public face of tolerance, hope and compassion." Rod Pattenden, Chair of the Blake Society.

Depart without Return, Shoufay Derz, Blake Prize 2012.

Member giveaway

Award winning CLOC Musical Theatre presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at the National Theatre in St Kilda from May 10-25, 2013.  For bookings click here or phone call 1300 362 547.

For your chance to win a double pass to see the show at 8pm on 22 May, email with your name and address, and tell us who your favourite Jewish performer is. Please note the giveaway is for members only and only winners will be notified.