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Welcome to the Jewish Museum of Australia education eNews, where you can find the latest, up-to-date education information! You can also check our website for our range of innovative education programs for both primary and secondary school students, Jewish and non-Jewish, that strategically target the Victorian and National curriculum as well as Jewish studies curricula from Prep to Year 12.

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Professional development session – 21 May 2013

Did you know that the Museum is an accredited provider of teacher PD by the VIT and the Catholic Education Office of Melbourne? We are! Bookings are now open for our fantastic professional develeopment sessions for teachers. Numbers for these sessions are limited so get in early to guarantee your spot.

Dimensions of Judaism as a Religious Tradition
Thursday 21 May 2013, 1–4.30pm at the Jewish Museum of Australia, 26 Alma Road, St Kilda.
Cost: $35 per participant.

This program would be of particular interest to teachers of the Senior Secondary [year 11/12] RE module which focuses on the study of non-Christian religions. It would also be relevant to the year 10 curriculum, a section of which draws on Old Testament texts to illustrate aspects of “ancient religion.”

To book click here or visit our website for further details.

Current exhibition – The Blake Prize

The Blake Prize: Exploring the Religious and Spiritual in Art is the latest temporary exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia. It offers teachers of Art and Religion a great opportunity to show students how contemporary Australian artists have engaged with religion through art.
Now showing until 28 July 2013.

Hope, 2012 Sue Saxon and Jane Becker, Fairy lights, eggshells, glue

Upcoming exhibition – In Season

Curated especially for children and families, In Season uses the Jewish Museum of Australia’s permanent collection to explore the four seasons through a Jewish lens. Winter, spring, summer and autumn come to life simultaneously as young visitors are taken on a playful, educative and interactive journey, invited to discover the beauty of the changing seasons.

Israeli dolls, WIZO Home Industries, Israel, 20th century. Jewish Museum of Australia Collection 6839.5

Calling Australia Home

Our new Australian Jewish History Gallery – Calling Australia Home is proving to be most popular with teachers who are teaching units on immigration, and also human rights. This exhibit tells some of the stories of generations of Australian Jews – the reasons they came, the lives they built for themselves and what it means to be Jewish in Australia today.

The Jewish Life and Words of Jesus

The Museum is currently developing a new education program called The Jewish Life and Words of Jesus. Watch this space!

Are you a History teacher in secondary schools?

If so this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a three-week Professional Development Seminar on Holocaust Education for Australian Educators at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition, travel and accommodation. Applications for Gandel Scholarships close Monday 1 July 2013. You may view and submit an application for the 2014 Gandel Program on the Yad Vashem website. For additional information on Gandel Scholarships please contact Applications for Pauline Glass Study Grants close Tuesday, 6 August 2013. For additional information on the Pauline Glass Study Grants email