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					Jewish Museum    of australia
        Gandel centre of Judaica




AnnuAl RepoRt 2010
museum personnel

Acquisition Advisory Committee                The Babel Project Advisory Committee            Outreach Program Rachel Meltzer –
Susan Faine, Rabbi John levi, Shirley         & Exhibition team Adriana Gomberg –             Coordinator, Marie Hirsh, Hymie Katz,
lubofsky, Helen Webberley, nechama            Coordinator, Cristina Del Frate, Susan          Sonya oberman, Miriem pinczower,
Werdiger, Brian Wiener                        Faine, Jeremy Gaden, Kate Ingpen, tom           eva Rathner, Freda Shapiro
Administration lynda Green, lena pose,        Ingpen, Chris Joiner, Stéphanie Kabanyana,      Public Programs esther Kister –
eva Somogyi                                   Anne Kershaw, louisa Marks, Georgia             Coordinator, pam Burke, lorraine
                                              Metaxas, Rebecca Christensen page,              Freeman, Ruth Friede, Yvonne Kay,
Austrian Holocaust Memorial
                                              Jessica Rynderman                               Rita Kornhauser, ella levy
Service Intern lukas Maehr
                                              Florence Melton Adult Education Mini            Publications Annual Reports Anna
Cataloguing, Registration and
                                              School 2010 leah Justin – Director, Judy        epstein, Susan Hearst
Translation lenis Aarons, naomi Bloch,
                                              Becher – Chair, paul Forgasz – Head of
evelyn Firstenberg, Susan Fooks,                                                              Jottings Annette Bagle – Coordinator,
                                              Faculty, perla leinkram – Administrator
Vicky Kosky, Helene lewit, Minya lipkies,                                                     Sandy Baigel – editor (from Aug), Kate
lukas Maehr, Bette pulver, Kay Ronec,         FMAMS Committee of Management                   Rotman – editor (until July), Debbie Max –
Chana Rubin, Baba Schwarz, Mim Segal,         Ron Berenholtz – Management Mentor,             layout, Myra Cohen, Renee Companez,
peter Symons, Gali Weiss, Ilene Wolcott       Rabbi Ralph Genende – Spiritual Mentor,         Shirley Freedman, Fay Isaacs, liba linden,
                                              Ian Samuel – Secretary, David Cohen,            Fay lutchner, David Milan, Renee Roth,
Corporate Club Committee
                                              Helen light, Millie Mitchell                    eva Somogyi
Alan Synman – Chair, efrat Goldberg
(from May), Adriana Gomberg (until May),      Guides Committee Sharonna Brott, Marie          Journal Anna epstein – editor, Gwen
Amy Grossbard (until october), Martin         Hirsh, esther Kahn, Haimy Katz, Freda           Abzatz, evelyn Firstenberg, Danny Khazam,
Jaffe, Charles Justin, paul Kaufman,          Kaufman, tanya Warms, Sarah Wein                Gali Weiss
Hannah piterman (from August),                Museum/Synagogue Guides Susi                    Publicity lior Albeck-Ripka (from nov),
Charla Smith (until May), Frank tisher        Bendel, Melvyn Black, Gail Blode,               Amy Grossbard (until oct)
Events Committee Zelda Rosenbaum –            Sharonna Brott, Shoshana Chizik, Renee
                                                                                              Reception/Shop Committee Bev Cohen
Chair, lyn Borowski, Andrea Bliss, efrat      Companez, louise Dyskin, enid elton, Vera
                                                                                              – Coordinator, Rosetta Wise, Anne
Goldberg (from May), Adriana Gomberg          Finkel, Hilda Gertler, Mary Goffin, Rosalyn
                                                                                              Korman, Judy Kluska – Coordinator, lynda
(until May), Brenda Kahan, Anne Korman,       Goldberg, lucy Goldfeld, Judith Goldstein,
                                                                                              Green, tanya Warms, Sandy Khazam (until
ella levy, Susan Minc                         Sylvia Greenberg, edith Grynszpan, Marie
                                                                                              oct), pedro Chauca (from nov), Jenny
                                              Hirsh, Bella Hirshorn, liora Jacoby, esther
Art Auction Committee Yola Rose –                                                             Benporath
                                              Kahn, Haimy Katz, Freda Kaufman, Miri
Chair, efrat Goldberg, Karen Goldenberg,                                                      Reception/Shop Gwen Abzatz, Helen
                                              levi, leonard levy, Mary lipp, Marion
tanya Hamersfeld, Amit Holckner,                                                              Alter, Rosa Blacher, Katherine Blecher,
                                              lippmann, Fay lutchner, Sophie Maj,
toni Joel, Sally Robin, Ann Smorgon,                                                          Miriam Blecher, lana Burgess, nicole
                                              Rachel Meltzer, lilly Milecki, Morris Mond,
lindy tamir                                                                                   Caplan, Ruth Cerbu, lester Cohen, Bev
                                              lilian Movitz, Sonya oberman, Jeanette
Events/Functions Volunteer Dasha              oshry, Miriem pinczower, Judith polke, Kurt     Cohen, Helen eisenberger, Fitri pranit
Rouditzer                                     pollitzer, Sasha prinsley, eva Rathner, Dasha   (nita) elpilysia, Rany Friedman, Sandra
Exhibition Committees Theresienstadt          Rouditser, Alex Safran, Marley Schlen, tess     Gordon, lynda Green, Judy Hosfal,
Advisory Committee Jenny Better,              Schwarz, Frieda Shapiro, Gay Solomon,           Barbara Jacob, Yvonne Kay, lauren
Susan Faine, Sandy Khazam (until oct),        Ray Spitz, Renee Super, Ruth Symons, Vera       Kellman, Judy Kluska, Anne Korman, Sylvia
Helen light (until Feb), Jessica Rynderman    unger, Sarah Wein                               Krape, Doreen levine, Cera newhouse,
Contributors Aneta Able, paul Drexler, Kurt                                                   Viviane ninio, Bette pulver, Gerty Rabin,
                                              Schools Education Guides Janet Arndt,
ehrenfeld, Gary Fabian, peter Gaspar,                                                         Shirley Rose, Beryl Sandler, Joan Sharp,
                                              Doba Benporath, Melvyn Black, naomi
Irma Hanner, Vera & Moishe Hasen,                                                             Reva Siegel, Selma Stransky, lilian
                                              Bloch, pnina Brown, linda Chapman,
Stephanie Heller, Michele Huppert, eva                                                        Warmbrand, Rosetta Wise, June Zeeng
                                              Annette Chereshsky, Helen Cohen, Mimi
Migdalek, lottie porges (dec), lena pose,     Cohen, Rebecca Davis, Susie ehrmann,            Visual Arts Committee luba Bilu –
Charles Winter Mameloshn – How                natalie evan-Bar, paula Flinkier, Yossi         Coordinator, emma Kranz – Coordinator,
Yiddish Made a Home in Melbourne              Frenkel, Hilda Gertler, Annette Goldenberg,     Guy Abrahams, Helen Gory, Bruce
Advisory Committee Felicity Bloch, Hinde      Jenny Goldsmith, Judy Goldstein, esther         Harrison, emanuel Hirsh, Gaby Khazam,
ena Burstin, Simcha Burstin, Danielle         Kahn, Haimy Katz, Myra Kaufman, esther          Sandy Khazam (until oct), nicola Stein
Charak, Alex Dafner, Jacob Dessauer,          Krause, Anna levin, Ros levy, Debbie Max,       Volunteers Coordinator tanya Warms
Andrew Firestone, tomi (Irene) Kalinski,      Rachel Meltzer, Morris Mond, Deborah            Walks Annette Bagle/Charla Smith –
Helen light, Andrew Markus, Freydi            neufeld, Sonya oberman, Jeanette oshry,         Coordinators, terry Ashton – Guide,
Mrocki, Miriam Munz, Doodie Ringelblum,       Marilyn parkin, Miriem pinczower, lena          leon Haskin – Schmatte Business Guide,
Jess Rynderman, Renata Singer, David          pose, eva Rathner, Kurt Rathner, Malka          Marie Hirsh
Slucki, Charles Slucki, Arnold Zable,         Rubin, Jennie Schoenfeld, Margaret toet,
Contributors Anne Gawenda, Floris             nicole tugendhaft, Martha Vanderhoek
Kalman, Rachel Kalman, Sean Meltzer,
                                              Media Support Danny Khazam
Romek Mokotow, Ruth Mushin, Reene Zufi


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ANNUAL REPORT 2010

Museum Personnel                                             i
Highlights of 2010                                           2
Foundation Report                                            3
Board of Governors                                           4
President of the Museum                                      4
Director’s Report                                            5
Museum Activities
    the Collection                                           6
    Acquisitions                                             7
    permanent exhibitions                                    8
    loti Smorgon Gallery exhibition                          8
    Gross Gallery                                            9
    Schools education program                           10
    Adult education                                     11
    public programs                                     12
                                                                 NuTTSHEll GRAPHICS:
    outreach programs                                   12       THREE DECADES OF SuPPORT
    Walks                                               12       Sue Allnutt, the owner of nuttshell
Volunteers                                              13       Graphics, became involved with
                                                                 the Museum even before the
Community
                                                                 appointment of founding Director
    Community events                                    14       Dr Helen light. After heading to
    Corporate Club                                      15       london as a young design graduate
                                                                 in 1972, Sue worked for the British
Board of Directors                                      16
                                                                 Museum as a graphic designer. It was
Management and Staff                                    17       there, Sue says, that she developed
A Snapshot of 2010                                      18       an interest in museums and graphic
Supporting Your Museum                                  19       design for cultural institutions.

Donors and Supporters                                   20       Sue worked on the Museum’s very first exhibition entitled
                                                                 Art and Architecture of the Synagogue, designing the display
                                                                 and the exhibition catalogue in conjunction with Zelda
                                                                 Rosenbaum, June Helmer, and naomi landa Gross.
                                                                 Helen light started shortly afterwards and they developed
                                                                 a close working relationship. over the past 28 years Sue’s
                                                                 business has designed, amongst other things, all the
ACKNOWlEDGEMENTS                                                 Museum’s major publications, the first logo, brochures,
the design of this Annual Report and all the Annual              fundraising material, annual reports and all the collateral for
Reports before it has been generously donated by                 the Museum’s 25th anniversary. Sue has an ongoing interest
nuttshell Graphics.                                              in the Museum’s work and a commitment to its development,
                                                                 evident in the donation of her company’s services including
editor: Susan Hearst                                             the design of the Annual Report and the invitations for major
                                                                 fundraising events.
Front Cover: Spice Tower, Bohemia, late 18th C, silver
and silver gilt. JMA 95 Donated by Morris Majtlis in             Reflecting on her long association Sue says that the people
memory of his late wife Mania.                                   involved with the Museum have been wonderful to work with
                                                                 over the years. “Creative, intelligent people who produce
Back Cover: Citron (Spice Container), tracey Clement,
                                                                 intelligent thought-provoking work which is challenging and
Australia, 1998, monel, sterling silver, fine silver, 24ct
                                                                 which uses limited resources for maximum effect. I should also
gold. JMA 10928 Donated by John & Pauline Gandel
                                                                 mention,” she said, “how inspirational JMA life president
in honour of the 70th birthday of Richard Pratt.
                                                                 Zelda is for me as a beacon of community support.” Zoë,
Above: Belief and Ritual, one of the Museum’s                    Sue’s daughter, is now involved as the next generation takes
permanent exhibitions.                                           over and a new era in the Museum’s development begins.




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Highlights of 2010

HElEN lIGHT’S FAREWEll
Dr Helen light’s departure from the Museum was a major
milestone. As its inaugural Director, Helen led the Museum
with great intellect and vision to its current position of national
and international renown. twenty seven years after she started
the work of building the Museum, Helen stepped down
initiating a process of generational change.




                                                                       Theresienstadt Ghetto: Central Disinfection and Delousing Station,
                                                                       Paul Schwarz, Theresienstadt, 1943, watercolour and pencil on paper


                                                                      MuSEuM’S COllECTION REPRESENTED
Farewell to the “Light Years”                                         INTERNATIONAllY: INTERNATIONAl COuNCIl
                                                                      OF MuSEuMS (ICOM) CONFERENCE,
                                                                      SHANGHAI, NOVEMBER 2010
WElCOME REBECCA FORGASZ                                               the Museum’s Curator of Collections, Susan Faine, was
A new and exciting era began when Rebecca took up the                 awarded one of two bursaries from ICoM (Australia) to present
Director’s position in April 2010. Rebecca holds Masters              a paper at the 22nd General Conference, themed ‘Museums
Degrees in Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies. She is                 for Social Harmony’. She presented her paper in the ICoM
committed to the perpetuation of Jewish identity in all its           Special Interest Group representing memorial museums where
manifestations, to the Museum’s role in preserving Jewish             the theme was ‘Shanghai – Shelter of Jewish Refugees
culture and to the engagement of both the Jewish and                  1933–1945’.
non-Jewish communities in the work of the Museum.
                                                                      TEMPlE BETH ISRAEl “MuSIC OF HOPE &
                                                                      RESISTANCE” CONCERT
                                                                      Accompanying the theresienstadt exhibition was this
                                                                      outstanding concert with video accompaniment at temple
                                                                      Beth Israel entitled “Music of Hope & Resistance”. Brilliantly
                                                                      presented by Joseph toltz and major Melbourne musicians,
                                                                      together with the King David School Chamber Choir and
                                                                      recorded by the ABC, this was an outstanding and highly
                                                                      emotive occasion attended by an audience of 400 people.

                                                                      FAREWEll TO SARAH WEIN, FREDA FAuFMAN
                                                                      AND KATE ROTMAN
                                                                      After 27 years of devoted service, Freda Kaufman and
                                                                      Sarah Wein retired from their joint roles as Guide
Rebecca Forgasz                                                       Coordinators of the Museum. Sarah and Freda acquitted
                                                                      themselves and their roles with great intellect and devotion,
                                                                      establishing a stimulating program of lectures and workshops
THERESIENSTADT: DRAWN FROM THE INSIDE
                                                                      for the Museum’s invaluable team of volunteer guides. their
the Museum’s major temporary exhibition for 2010
                                                                      contribution was outstanding and was duly recognised at
showcased 150 original drawings and watercolours that were
                                                                      a formal farewell held in their honour in August, an event
created in theresienstadt by paul Schwarz and leo lowit which
                                                                      which also acknowledged the exemplary service of another
reveal a triumph of the human spirit. the historic town of
                                                                      longstanding volunteer, Kate Rotman.
terezin was turned into a ghetto by the nazis during
World War II and was used as a way-station en route to the
death camps. Manipulated to deceive the world about their
mistreatment of the Jews, the town had a hidden side.
through these works the exhibition explored the many layers
of duplicity engendered in these extraordinary times.




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ANNuAl luNCH: DEBI ENKER GuEST SPEAKER                            MuSEuM RECEIVES MAJOR GRANT
Supported by more than 600 Gold patrons, Benefactors,
patrons and Hostesses, the Annual luncheon at lincoln of
toorak was a great success. Debi enker, tV Critic and
Journalist, entertained the Museum’s loyal supporters with her
subject “How a passion for ‘Get Smart, ‘Green Acres’ and
‘the Monkees’ turned into a Career”.

GAlA ART AuCTION AND PARTY
the year’s most spectacular function was the amazing
Art event at the national Gallery of Victoria. this comprised
a Gala Dinner in the Great Hall, followed by a party in
Federation Square and then an art auction of the highest
quality contemporary Australian art. Attended by more than
800 people, the night was an outstanding triumph for the
organising committee.
                                                                   The Hon Peter Batchelor MP announces State government grant
                                                                   to the Museum of $400,000 for the Zelman Cowen Gallery of
                                                                   Australian Jewish History




JMA Foundation

Philip Brass Chairman                                             We also thank the Foundation officer, Judy Wasserman,
                                                                  for her commitment and dedication in her role, promoting
2010 saw many new and old friends of the Museum visit and
                                                                  the motto “today for tomorrow: the Foundation stands for the
increase their support for the Foundation. the trustees and I
                                                                  future of the Museum, and the Museum stands to educate,
are most appreciative of all our members. the Director’s
                                                                  to foster tolerance and to celebrate cultural diversity.”
Chair endowment Fund was established three years ago to
ensure strong, ongoing support to the Museum, using the
income raised within the Foundation structure.

Sincerest appreciation is extended to our patrons John and
pauline Gandel who continue to be our dedicated benefactors
and have generously matched all contributions to this
endowment Fund. to honour our Foundation supporters a
function was held at the beautiful home of Rae Rothfield under
the patronage of lady Anna Cowen and Mrs June Helmer
where we enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere. During the last
year bequest numbers increased and we are hoping to
increase the number of donors who wish to support the
Foundation during their lifetime.

I would like to thank the Foundation trustees for their support
as well as Geoffrey Shiff for his generous time and ongoing
legal advice. on behalf of the trustees of the Jewish Museum
of Australia Foundation we express our appreciation for the
                                                                   Foundation Trustees: Naomi Milgrom, John Gough, Nathan Werdiger,
generosity of the many donors, large and small.
                                                                   Morry Fraid, Lee Liberman, Geoffrey Shiff, Philip Brass (Chairman)




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                                                                    BoARD oF DIReCtoRS
                                                                    Negba Weiss-Dolev President

                                                                    2010 was a momentous year for the Jewish Museum of
                                                                    Australia. We farewelled our founding Director, Dr Helen light
                                                                    and welcomed our second ever Director, Rebecca Forgasz.
                                                                    the buzz of excitement and regeneration in the Museum is
    John Gandel AO                Negba Weiss-Dolev                 palpable. the Museum, led by Rebecca, has commenced
                                                                    a comprehensive examination of our relevance to the Jewish
                                                                    and wider communities. this is vital to ensuring that the
BoARD oF GoVeRnoRS                                                  Museum fulfils the community’s ever-changing needs and
                                                                    desires.
John Gandel AO Chair
                                                                    In addition to critically acclaimed exhibitions, provocative
the responsibility of the Board of Governors is all important as    public programs, school and adult education and many
we continue to face uncertain economic times internationally.       successful events, much progress has been made towards
We are assiduous in ensuring that the property and assets of        the goals we set for 2010.
the Museum are being properly and effectively administered.
the Board of Governors is completely satisfied with the way         the Zelman Cowen Gallery of Australian Jewish History
in which the Museum is being governed within the financial          plans gathered momentum thanks to generous donations
policies of its Board.                                              from individuals and grants from the Victorian and
                                                                    Federal governments.
the Hon Justice Alan Goldberg Ao, Jeanne pratt AC, Zelda
Rosenbaum oAM, and professor louis Waller Ao, my fellow             Adult education in the Museum has undergone a major
Governors, are committed to the sustainability and success of       transformation. our thirteen year association with the Florence
the Museum. I am grateful to them for their endeavours,             Melton Mini-School has come to an end and we thank
advice and support. the property and assets of the Museum           everyone involved, both here and in Israel, for making it so
are fully safeguarded and we have found no factors that might       successful. the decision to focus on the shorter ‘graduate-
adversely affect the value or security of the property within the   program’ courses was arrived at in response to your views, as
constitutional requirements.                                        reflected in a survey and other feedback. It is also wonderful
                                                                    to see and hear school groups from diverse backgrounds
this has been a year of change, as we farewelled Dr Helen           engaged within the Museum’s walls.
light AM after 27 years of service to the organisation, and
welcomed our new Director, Rebecca Forgasz. It has been             Growing the Museum’s reach and increasing our use of social
a particularly smooth transition and we are delighted with the      media are major priorities in preparation for the 2012
commitment and passion Rebecca brings to the Museum.                Museum online roll-out. non-electronic initiatives include
                                                                    a seminar in Hebrew for the Australian-Israeli community
Funding this valuable community asset continues to be               whose members, we hope, will increasingly find their place
challenging. We urge the community to support the Museum            at the Museum.
in order to sustain and enhance such a vital organisation.
                                                                    on the financial sustainability front, the JMA Foundation
the variety and sheer number of people who work tirelessly          Director’s Chair endowment is reaching its target thanks to
for the organisation make it impossible for me to thank them        the concerted effort of its Chairman and fellow trustees. our
all. However, I would like to make a special note of                fundraising efforts also received a major reputational and
appreciation to the president, negba Weiss-Dolev. In the            financial boost with the amazing Art event held in november.
recent time we have been delighted to welcome new Board
members, Gary Hearst, Mary-lou Howie, Ben Margow                    Board and executive Succession plans are being carefully
and Carmella prideaux.                                              implemented to retain our “Museum-memory”. our Board
                                                                    of Governors, Management Board, Foundation trustees,
on behalf of the Board of Governors, I extend my sincere            Committees and patrons continue to generously give their
thanks to the members of the executive and everyone involved        time, financial support and advice.
in the Museum.
                                                                    As we move into 2011, I look forward to your support and
                                                                    participation in the implementation of exciting new
                                                                    developments initiated in 2010. on behalf of the Board,
                                                                    Staff and Volunteers, my thanks to all of you who are part
                                                                    of our Museum family and I invite those yet to join to look
                                                                    through our window into Australian Jewish life.




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Director’s Report

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every
purpose.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)




Rebecca Forgasz Director                                             Jewish museums in the 20th and 21st centuries have taken
                                                                     upon themselves the role not only of preserving and exhibiting
It is a pleasure to be presenting the Jewish Museum of
                                                                     Jewish culture, but of being actively involved in the promotion
Australia’s Annual Report for 2010 – my first as the Museum’s
                                                                     and development of contemporary Jewish identity. We also
new Director. I commenced in the role of Director in April
                                                                     have a vital role to play in educating the broader Victorian
2010, taking over from the extraordinary Dr Helen light.
                                                                     and Australian community about Jewish people and Jewish life.
Helen’s departure from the Museum in late 2009 was a major
                                                                     through a serious process of self-assessment and re-visioning
milestone for the Museum. As its inaugural Director, Helen led
                                                                     – in consultation with our community and our stakeholders –
the Museum with great intellect and vision to its current
                                                                     I hope to lead the Museum to new heights as a dynamic and
position of national and international renown. Along the way,
                                                                     vibrant hub of contemporary Jewish cultural life.
she mentored and afforded opportunities to many young and
aspiring curators and museum professionals, including myself,        there is, of course, a plethora of creative and engaging
and it is an honour and a privilege to follow in her footsteps.      activity that takes place every year at the Museum, as reflected
                                                                     in the pages of this year’s Annual Report. And I have inherited
It is an enormous challenge to take over the leadership of
                                                                     a number of important new projects to be advanced in the
such a successful organisation – to not only maintain its
                                                                     short term, most significantly the development of our new
current levels of artistic excellence, but to also ensure its long
                                                                     Zelman Cowen Gallery of Australian Jewish History which has
term viability and its continuing relevance in an ever-changing
                                                                     been made possible by the generous support of our
world. no organisation can take for granted its right to exist or
                                                                     philanthropic and government supporters.
to be supported. It is incumbent upon us to reflect on the most
fundamental question of our purpose, our very reason for             these are indeed exciting times for the Museum. As we read
being, in order to ensure that we have a clear vision and plan       in the biblical book of ecclesiastes, there is “a time to plant,
for how to achieve it; to understand our visitors and our            and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to break
stakeholders – what they value and how we can best meet              down, and a time to build up; a time to keep, and a time to
their needs; and to be able to demonstrate in tangible ways          cast away”. this is a time of change and renewal for the
the impact that we have on those who pass through our                Museum and I hope that you, our valued members and
doors. In developing this vision we have commenced an                supporters, will join us.
organisational self-assessment involving all levels of staff and
the Board. this process is considering internal practices as
well as external factors impacting on the Jewish Museum, such
as government policy and the rise of social media.




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museum activities

tHe ColleCtIon                                                          MANAGING THE COllECTION
                                                                        the work of documenting, housing and storing the Collection
Susan Faine Curator, Collections                                        is a collaboration between staff, contractors and volunteers.
the Museum collects to preserve, document and share the                 Most days of the week members of the team of volunteer
many and varied stories that make up the Australian Jewish              registrars are at the Museum cataloguing and researching an
experience. It’s timely to reflect on the evolution of its              object and its stories, before despatching it to the adjacent
Collection, thirty years on.                                            Collection Storage room for numbering, archival packaging
                                                                        and storage. Registrars work on a variety of projects –
the first entry in the Museum’s register of objects, acquired           sometimes individual objects, sometimes larger archives or
in october 1980, is a suite of three pieces of 19th century             collections of organisational or family history. Work continues
velvet synagogue furnishings from thalmässing, Germany –                steadily on cataloguing large and important archives, notably
Ark Curtain, Valance and torah mantle – bought from Rabbi               the edna Berliner Memorial Archive of the Abrahams, the
Dr Solomon Brown in london. From 1942, Rabbi Brown was                  Super and Berliner papers (all papers are now manually
a firewatcher at the london Jewish Hospital. When he later              registered and catalogued) and the Gurewicz papers (the
volunteered for the Services, he was sent to Germany for three          archives ‘establishing a Beth Din’, ‘Australian Jewish Welfare’
years as the war was drawing to an end. there he travelled              and ‘Shechita’ are now manually catalogued).
around europe officiating and assisting as required. He was
involved in the clean-up operations in Bergen Belsen and                COllECTION MANAGEMENT PROJECTS
acquired the Ark Curtain during this time.                              IN 2010: A SElECTION
                                                                        Preventive and Restorative Conservation
Fast forward to 2001: the Museum Collection has some                    the Museum exercises its ‘duty of care’ by accepting into the
8,000 pieces, including the furnishings of the humble                   Collection only items which it believes it can care for and
synagogue and talmud torah that operated in the home                    maintain in good condition. ‘preventive conservation’ –
of Fiszl Kavka, at 41 Maribyrnong Road, Ascot Vale. Born                housing all objects according to accepted museum
in tarnow in 1912, Mr Kavka, a survivor of the death                    environmental standards and with appropriate packaging and
camp trains who settled in Melbourne in the early 1950s,                storing – underpins the Museum’s collection management.
maintained the congregation until the late 1990s.
                                                                        From time to time restorative work is carried out. In 2010, the
And now, in 2010, the Museum has obtained a new                         State government local History Grants program supported the
generation of contemporary Judaica. Made from new                       conservation, cleaning and stabilising of selected photographs
materials and new technologies, engaging with specifically              from the trevor Cohen Collection.
Australian colours, landscapes, design and aesthetics,
these are ritual objects for new Jewish ceremonies, made                Significance
by some of Australia’s leading artists and artisans.                    A Significance Assessment – a survey of an object or a
                                                                        collection – helps explain the meaning and value of that
                                                                        object or collection and can guide the institution in its
                                                                        management and interpretation. Increasingly collecting
                                                                        institutions are being encouraged to undertake such surveys.

                                                                        the Museum successfully applied for funds from the national
                                                                        library of Australia’s Community Heritage Grants program
                                                                        to have an assessment of its Collection. Viv Szekeres, former
                                                                        Director of the Migration Museum in Adelaide, was the
                                                                        Museum’s preferred consultant and she worked through the
                                                                        process with curatorial staff in 2010. the final statement will
                                                                        be ready in early 2011.

                                                                        Consolidating the Dunera Collection
                                                                        the Museum continues to acquire various Dunera and
                                                                        Internment records including artwork, photographs and
                                                                        diaries. With support from the Bachrach Charitable trust
                                                                        the Museum has been building a digital catalogue of this
                                                                        collection, using eMu software. once the holdings had been
                                                                        inventoried (by a registration volunteer working with the
                                                                        Curator Collections) they were prioritised for full digital
                                                                        records by a contract historian and registrar. text entries
                                                                        will be complemented by digital images in early 2011,
Miriam’s Cup: Precious Water, Glenice Matthews, Australia, 2007,        in preparation for web access to the collection.
sterling silver, fine silver, fine gold, cloisonné enamel, Australian
South Sea pearl



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Digitising Contemporary Art & Contemporary                         ACQuISItIonS In 2010
Australian Judaica Collections
Funds were committed in 2010 to building an electronic             In 2010 the Acquisition Committee met three times, accepting
catalogue of these collections and work will commence in           items from 44 donors, ranging across the Collection areas,
2011. ede Horton’s generous support of this initiative will help   into the Museum’s Collection. this is a selection of recent
to build our digital catalogue of the contemporary Australian      acquisitions:
Ritual Judaica collection that the Museum has pioneered.           AuSTRAlIAN HISTORICAl JuDAICA:
loans from the Collection                                          ‘JuDAICA AuSTRAlIANA’
the Shrine of Remembrance borrowed four works from the             Elizabeth Mendoza
Museum’s Collection for Threads of Connections, the                ‘Class Book for Jewish Youth of Both Sexes’ by the
embroiderers’ Guild’s 50th anniversary exhibition (February        Rev H A Henry, with a uJeB bookplate ‘Annual examination
– May 2010) and three items of Monash memorabilia for              1913 Class I; prize presented by the Board Awarded to
Sir John Monash (July – october 2010). this loan led to new        leslie Summers for progress’. leslie Summers nee Mendoza
information about the Museum’s photograph of Sir John              was elizabeth’s paternal aunt.
Monash: the year is 1919, Monash is sitting for his portrait       Ephraim Ehrmann
in Chelsea, london, in the studio of the artist, James Quinn.      A top hat and suit worn by ephraim ehrmann when officiating
Museum Victoria’s forthcoming exhibition Identity: Yours,          as president of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation. “When
Mine, Ours will include traditional and contemporary Judaica       we came to Australia in the 1930s this uniform was worn
from the Jewish Museum’s Collection, selected by curators          in all the orthodox synagogues by the lay leaders. Gradually
from both museums to interpret the rituals of the beginning        as the synagogues became less formal and Jews from eastern
and ending of the Sabbath.                                         europe formed their own congregations the top hat and
                                                                   uniform slowly fell into disuse. For a while the only synagogues
CRAFT: WHERE IS IT?                                                which continued the custom were the Great Synagogue in
the Museum was invited to participate in “Craft: Where             Sydney and the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation in Melbourne.”
Is It?”, a new online application supported by Arts Victoria       At its 2010 Annual General Meeting, the St Kilda Hebrew
through Culture Victoria and Craft Victoria that ‘maps’            Congregation voted unanimously to abandon the custom.
50 significant craft collections around Victoria. the Museum’s
contemporary craft collection can be previewed at http://          Ralph Renard
cv.vic.gov.au/stories/craft-where-is-it/.                          An extensive collection of memorabilia from Ralph’s maternal
                                                                   aunt and uncle, Yiddish actors Rachel and leon Holzer,
REPRESENTING THE MuSEuM’S COllECTION                               including polish Army medals and wartime correspondence.
INTERNATIONAllY: INTERNATIONAl COuNCIl
OF MuSEuMS (ICOM) CONFERENCE, SHANGHAI,                            Estate Avraham Cykiert z”l
NOVEMBER 2010                                                      Manuscripts in Yiddish and english – poetry, essays, plays,
the Museum’s Curator Collection’s Susan Faine, was awarded         notebooks, photographs, books and recordings of Yiddish
one of two bursaries from ICoM (Australia) to present a paper      radio programs.
at the 22nd General Conference, themed ‘Museums for Social         DuNERA
Harmony’. She presented her paper in the ICoM Special              Tanya Makin and Max Pietruschka
Interest Group representing memorial museums where the             Memorabilia including documents, letters, photographs and
theme was ‘Shanghai – Shelter of Jewish Refugees 1933–1945’.       music from their late father, Majer Ivan pietruschka, who came
                                                                   to Australia on HMt Dunera and was interned in tatura.
                                                                   Ivan was a highly accomplished violinist whose musical circle
                                                                   included Mischa Kogan and Felix Werder. Ivan married
                                                                   phyllis Batchelor, herself an accomplished composer, pianist
                                                                   and broadcaster.




 Susan Faine in Shanghai Oct 2010



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RITuAl JuDAICA                                                                 lotI SMoRGon GAlleRY exHIBItIon
Elizabeth Mendoza
A silk tallit exhibited in ‘Bridging two Worlds: Jews and                      THERESIENSTADT: DRAWN FROM THE INSIDE
Italians of Carlton’ and ‘Jewish Year’, brought to Australia                   Works from the Jewish Museum of Australia Collection
by Morris Mendoza (b. Whitechapel england, 1853). Morris,                      11 April 2010–13 March 2011
a sailor who jumped ship in Brisbane and eventually settled
                                                                               the major exhibition for the Jewish Museum of Australia in
in Melbourne, was elizabeth’s paternal grandfather. He used
                                                                               2010 was Theresienstadt: Drawn from the Inside. First
this tallit at the Bourke Street Synagogue and later at the
                                                                               exhibited in 1990, today the sketches and their creators
Carlton united Hebrew Congregation.
                                                                               remain unrepresented in any major Holocaust museum.
Iris Saar Isaacs                                                               the body of works is therefore unique and it was timely twenty
three Mezuzoth made by Iris, one of which was purchased                        years later to share it with the public once again. the
for the Collection by the Museum’s Visual Arts Committee.                      exhibition is also unique in featuring two interpretive
                                                                               narratives: one for children and one for adults.

                                                                               the concentration camp at theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia
                                                                               was a macabre mock-up of a real society, a triumph of
                                                                               duplicity, designed to lull its inmates and the world at large
                                                                               into believing that it was a benign resettlement program,
                                                                               where Jews would be the beneficiaries of the nazis’ humane
                                                                               treatment. In fact it was a way station to the death camps.

                                                                               Drawing on the themes of creativity and survival, the
                                                                               Museum’s exhibition, curated by Mera Brooks, showcases
                                                                               the watercolours and drawings of paul Schwarz and leo lowit,
                                                                               both theresienstadt interns, who were ultimately murdered in
                                                                               Auschwitz. their impressions were carried out of theresienstadt
    Three Mezuzoth: i. Home is where the heart is; ii. My home is my           in a battered suitcase by paul’s wife Regina, who entrusted
    fortress; iii. There’s no place like home, Iris Saar Isaacs, Australia,    them to the Museum. A community of creativity was formed in
    2007, resin, feathers, acrylic, sterling silver
                                                                               the mire of suffering that was theresienstadt by the remarkable
                                                                               concentration of artists, intellectuals and musicians. Some
                                                                               were forced by the nazis to produce material for the nazi
peRMAnent exHIBItIonS                                                          propaganda machine or for the Germans’ personal
Four permanent exhibitions The Jewish Year, Belief and Ritual,                 consumption. Some depicted the awful reality; some coped
Timeline of Jewish History and the Australian Jewish History                   by idealising their environment. neither defiance nor
Gallery provide visitors of all ages and cultural backgrounds                  compliance prevented deportation to Auschwitz.
with the opportunity to learn about the philosophy, practice,                  paul Schwarz captured the intimate world of the housing
history and culture of Judaism and how it is experienced by                    barracks, secluded nooks and little courtyards of the ghetto
Jewish Australians. the permanent exhibitions are visited                      in almost idyllic watercolours. leo lowit’s unflinching material
regularly by school and adult visitors to the Museum who are                   is stark and unforgiving, and sometimes ironic, in its depiction
guided by the Museum’s highly trained volunteer guides.                        of the horror, fear and desolation experienced. of the
                                                                               approximately 144,000 Jews sent to theresienstadt, 17,247
                                                                               survived. only ninety-three of the 15,000 children survived.
                                                                               this place of short stay, of death, had a prodigious output.
                                                                               Whether the inmates’ art and music was about survival,
                                                                               or about spiritual resistance, art did not ultimately save lives.




                                                                                Exit to the East, Leo Lowit, Theresienstadt, undated, watercolour
    Timeline of Jewish History                                                  and ink on paper



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GRoSS GAlleRY exHIBItIonS
the Gross Gallery is an access space exhibiting works        CAMIllE FOx ARTIST STATEMENT
by emerging and established artists and community
                                                             “I was born in Alexandria. During the Suez Crisis, at
groups. In 2010 we had a series of eclectic, beautiful
                                                             the age of six, I left Egypt with my family for Israel.
and moving exhibitions:
                                                             Six years later we migrated to Australia. ‘A Memoir in
• The Light Years: A Tribute Exhibition to Dr Helen Light    Colour’ depicts the Egypt of yesteryear, the vibrant
  3 February to 14 March                                     communities that no longer exist; the elegant dowagers
                                                             who went shopping in Paris and returned to their villas
                                                             overlooking the Nile.”
• Hanna Kay Undertow
  21 March to 2 May
                                                             IlANA PAYES ARTIST STATEMENT
• Susan McMinn Hooves and Steel: Warhorse in Conflict
                                                             “The unwritten chapters of my grandfather’s life have
  9 May to 6 June                                            fascinated me since childhood. Before he became ill,
                                                             Simon Bach was a strong, handsome man, the man
• Children in Detention: An exhibition of drawings           we see in his few salvaged photographs… My aim for
  by children held in the Woomera Detention Centre           creating these works was to weave together the secrets
  In conjunction with theresienstadt exhibition, Refugee     and revelations of a forever incomplete narrative and
  Week and World Refugee Day, Sunday 20 June                 to offer a wistful glimpse into the history my grandfather
  13 June to 8 August                                        tried very hard to suppress.”


• Camille Fox A Memoir in Colour
                                                             DORIT DRORI ARTIST STATEMENT
  15 August to 12 September
                                                             “Conflicts are always beside us like a constant
                                                             shadow. The way we handle them, the ability to find
• Dorit Drori Alphabet of Eve – Photographs by Dorit Drori
                                                             the source of light in the dark times, is often
  15 September to 14 october                                 a challenging one. Living in Israel is like dealing with
                                                             dual sides of a conflict. One end is a blossom of hope,
• Sebastian Mendes Palimpsest Drawings                       sharing heartfelt good spirits; the other is bleeding
                                                             and sometimes dry and rustic.”
  A drawing-based public performance project in
  remembrance of the Holocaust and a diplomatic hero
  17 october to 24 october

• Ilana payes Unwritten
  31 october to 28 november

• Visions: An exhibition of artworks by Jewish Care’s
  Creative Arts Studio
  5 December to 2 January 2011




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                                                                    Frequent comments from students indicate that they are
                                                                    unfamiliar with Jewish customs and rituals. Indeed for most,
                                                                    coming to the Museum is their first experience of meeting a
                                                                    Jewish person and their comments provide us with a platform for
                                                                    exploring their preconceptions and beliefs. We work hard to
                                                                    connect with the students and help them to understand that
                                                                    whilst we have a belief structure that distinguishes us, we share
                                                                    that which binds us all – a common humanity.

                                                                    la trobe university has entered into a three year partnership
                                                                    with the Museum enabling us to offer government secondary
                                                                    schools a free visit to the Museum. It has been well received
                                                                    and many schools expressed the desire to repeat these visits
 Youth movement students in the Loti and Victor Smorgon
 Learning Centre                                                    with new students. the students appreciated and enjoyed their
                                                                    Museum visit, the tour of the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation
                                                                    and their special Kabbalat Shabbat experience. Students
SCHoolS eDuCAtIon pRoGRAM                                           participate in a multi-sensory learning experience in which
                                                                    they feel, see, taste and touch aspects of our religious and
Jenny Better Education Coordinator                                  cultural heritage.
“education is not the filling of the pail but the lighting          In 2010 81% of school visitors came from metropolitan
of a fire” William Butler Yeats. this is the approach that the      schools and 19% from rural or regional centres; 34% of
education team takes with school groups, encouraging                students came from Catholic schools, 13% from Jewish
analysis, conclusion drawing, the asking of questions and           schools, 32% from government schools, 16% from private
rewarding enthusiastic and energetic enquiry.                       schools and 5% were tertiary students.
2010 was a successful year with 4202 students visiting              the work of the education team at the Museum is varied. As
the Museum. this represents an increase of 19.5% on the             well as school groups we also offer work experience and
previous year.                                                      community service opportunities. We offer March of the living
Students never cease to amaze and inspire us. one                   students a forum in which they make a presentation about the
remarkable group that visited the Museum this year were             trip and the impact it had on them. We offer informal lectures
Year 4 students from a government primary school. they had          to Jewish Care’s Active living Centre and the Gary Smorgon
been learning about Judaism for the whole year; they were           House. We actively engage Jewish schools to use the Museum
keen and interested, they knew all the stories and the hands        as a teaching tool around Jewish curriculum providing unique
were stretched high above their heads as they begged to be          learning experiences.
chosen to answer a question. this group, which was
predominantly non-Jewish, were able to make the blessings
over the grape juice and the challah in Hebrew. the
accompanying teachers are to be commended for setting an
example of acceptance and learning as well as for modelling
such a celebration of diversity.

Country students are regular visitors. their teachers are
adamant that the students need to meet Jewish people and
learn about the Jewish religion. often their excursion starts at
6:00 am packing in a full day which might include the Jewish
Museum and St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, the Shrine and
St patrick’s Cathedral, before the long ride home.




                                                                     Students from Leibler Yavneh College examine manuscripts at the Museum




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ADult eDuCAtIon
leah Justin Adult Education Coordinator

over the past 13 years, more than 1000 students have
participated through the Museum in the Hebrew university
designed Florence Melton Adult education Mini-School. this
pluralist program which tapped into a desire for text based
adult Jewish learning was successfully introduced in
Melbourne by the Museum.

In 2010, a decision was made to cease operating the Melton
program as of 2011. the shift in focus in adult education
has occurred in line with changing lifestyles and in response            Melton graduating class at the Jewish Museum
to increasing demand for short eight week courses taught
by the same stimulating faculty in preference to extended              Israeli Films; Biblical Morality; Judaism and Science –
programs of one or two year’s duration. the final Melton               In a parallel universe; A Journey to the Shtetl through
graduation ceremony held in December revealed that students            Yiddish Song; Islam an Introduction; Creation to nation –
felt enriched by their experience of learning and hoped to             Metamorphosis narratives of Bereshit and Zionism – past
continue to participate in courses offered by the Museum,              present and Future.
especially those located in the Museum itself.
                                                                       the total number of adult learners who participated across
In 2010 the faculty consisted of paul Forgasz (Faculty Head),          all courses in 2010 was 504.
Rabbi Fred Morgan, Yvonne Fein, Ran porath, Jan epstein,
Sue Hampel, Michael Cohen, Ittay Flescher, Ronnie Figdor,              thanks go to the extraordinary faculty that has made the
Freydi Mrocki, Rachel Woodlock, Zvi Civins, Adina Bankier              program so rich and engaging and particularly to paul
and Keren Rubenstein.                                                  Forgasz in his capacity as Faculty Head. the Committee of
                                                                       Management has handled changing circumstances with
Courses offered included: Jews and Christians – From Conflict          dedication and methodical planning and my thanks go to
to Coexistence; the Five Megillot – the Human Face of                  Judy Becher, David Cohen, Millie Mitchell, Ian Samuel and
Scripture; Heroes and Harlots – Bible Stories and Rabbinic             Ann Cebon. We are indebted as always to perla leinkram,
Creativity; Reading Genesis; the Israeli Diaspora;                     honorary bookkeeper, Karen Stock Schnall and Ron
Superheroes and Schlemiels – the Jew in Film; the Holocaust            Berenholtz. thanks to all the students who participated in
to Darfur – Modern Genocides; tehillim – the Book of                   2010 and we look forward to your continued involvement
psalms; Great Sages and Ideas in Jewish History; Religion and          in 2011.
Society; Israeli Society today through the Frame of Modern




                         Studying Melton subject “Dramas of Jewish Living” with Paul Forgasz (front row second from left)




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                                                                    outReACH pRoGRAMS
                                                                    Rachel Meltzer Convenor

                                                                    the motto of this group is “We travel to you. no group is too
                                                                    big or too small”. presentations are free of charge and involve
                                                                    some of the Museum’s most informed and experienced
                                                                    Volunteer Guides.

                                                                    our objectives:

                                                                    1. to reach out, inform and educate through our
“Genocide: Does Justice Have an Expiry Date?” Robert Manne,         presentations;
Colin Tatz & Robert Richter
                                                                    2. to encourage the public to visit our wonderful Museum.

puBlIC pRoGRAMS                                                     our belief is that knowledge and understanding is the best
                                                                    antidote to prejudice and hatred.
Esther Kister Coordinator, Public Programs Committee
                                                                    presentations may include information on Jewish beliefs and
each year, the public programs Committee presents a diverse         ritual, religion, tradition, culture, Jewish history and Australian
program which addresses the various themes of each                  Jewish history. We welcome comments and questions which
exhibition. our aim is to extend the exhibition’s reach and         are sometimes quite challenging. Dealing with them also
relevance to new audiences by identifying and developing            helps us to dispel prejudice and misunderstanding. talks are
partnerships with other organisations. In 2010 a program of         accompanied by visual images of objects displayed at our
events supported the Museum’s two major temporary                   Museum. In 2010 we visited seven different groups of which
exhibitions: Women in the Bible followed by Theresienstadt:         two were outside the Melbourne metropolitan area.
Drawn from the Inside.
                                                                    WAlKS
three very different events were held early in the year for
the Women in the Bible exhibition. “In God’s Bedroom”               Charla Smith Coordinator
was a dramatic monologue performed by natalie Krasnostein,
                                                                    the Museum offered a program of highly successful walks
for which the Gross Gallery was transformed into a theatre.
                                                                    looking at Jewish Melbourne. popular walks include the “City
this was followed by “From Image to Icon”, an art-based
                                                                    Centre” that visits a variety of city institutions and landmarks,
conversation. the final event in this series, “Women of port
                                                                    including Flinders Street Station and the Block Arcade, to
phillip meet Women of the Bible”, was made possible by
                                                                    discover their hidden Jewish histories. “Schmatte Business”
the City of port phillip. their continued support was further
                                                                    follows the Jewish history of Flinders lane with a cast of
evidenced when the Museum’s public programs Committee
                                                                    characters brought to life by leon Haskin.
was short listed for the City of port phillip Civic projects
Award for 2010.                                                     the Museum scheduled ten walks in 2010, including the
                                                                    sell-out Ballarat Day tour which coincided with the Ballarat
A number of events were held for the theresienstadt
                                                                    Heritage weekend. For the first time, a private “Schmatte
exhibition. the first event, “Being Australian: A tikkun Forum”,
                                                                    Business” walk was arranged for a school group of twenty-
presented Jewish and Aboriginal perspectives, and was an
                                                                    one Year 9 students. the Museum thanks guides leon Haskin
appropriate event to start a year themed Justice vs law. A
                                                                    and terry Ashton for their dedication to the Museum over
capacity audience of mainly Gen Ys attested to a successful
                                                                    many years and to the Walks program which informs and
partnership event with Jewish Aid Australia. one indigenous
                                                                    delights participants on a regular basis.
speaker stated, “It was an absolute privilege to be involved
and also to keep building relationships between our two
peoples. I look forward to visiting your Museum throughout
the year and attending other such events that build on our
existing relationship.”

the final event “Genocide: Does Justice have an expiry Date?”
was enthusiastically attended despite taking place on a glorious
summer evening and involved an outstanding panel of speakers.

our thanks go to the exhibition curators who provide the
inspiration for our work and to our outstanding presenters
for their generosity and enthusiasm. Special thanks to
Susan Faine whose professionalism and hard work with the
Committee challenged us to produce ever better programs.             Leon Haskin conducting the “Schmatte Business” walk in Flinders Lane


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VOLUNTEERS

Tanya Warms Volunteers’ Coordinator
                                                                      WHY CONSIDER VOluNTEERING AT
the Museum is fortunate to have 200 passionate active
                                                                      THE JEWISH MuSEuM OF AuSTRAlIA
volunteers. together, they contributed almost 13,000 hours
                                                                      Here’s what our volunteers say:
in 2010 which is the equivalent of seven full time staff. Most
volunteers are attracted by hearing about the positive                •	 “I	really	go	home	on	a	high”
experience of others. Word of mouth is always our best
recruitment tool.                                                     •	 “I	am	able	to	spread	the	word	about	Judaism”	

In 2010 we had several school children volunteering: ‘March           •	 “It’s	challenging	and	interesting	work”
of the living’ scholarship award winners came every Sunday            •	 “Volunteering	here	gives	me	a	great	feeling”
for six months to give a talk on their trip as part of our
theresienstadt exhibition. the visitors found this very moving.       •	 “Worthwhile	and	important	for	our	community”
each term, students from King David School do community
                                                                      •	 “It’s	a	friendly	place”
service for two hours a week. our volunteer guides provide
regular talks to our local Jewish Aged care facilities, as well       •	 “We	have	an	open	door	community”
as our usual talks to Church and community groups such
as probus.                                                               “
                                                                      •	 	 It’s	interesting	if	you	have	been	a	teacher	
                                                                         to keep using your skills”
“Jottings”, our monthly newsletter, was revamped thanks to
the pro bono services of a graphic designer based in Sydney
who worked on the new design and we thank her for her
contribution.                                                      GuIDES REPORT
our volunteers are acknowledged during national                    Sharonna Brott, Esther Kahn, Marie Hirsh and
Volunteering Week in May with complimentary cinema tickets         Haimy Katz Guide Coordinators
as well as free tours of other cultural and heritage               In 2010 Sharonna Brott, esther Kahn, Marie Hirsh and Haimy
organisations. our end-of-year Volunteers’ Brunch was again        Katz took over as the Museum’s Guide Coordinators from
well attended. Bimonthly celebrations of volunteers’ birthdays     Sarah Wein and Freda Kaufman, who stepped down in July.
allow us to personally thank our volunteers and have been
well-attended.                                                     We currently have over 50 guides performing such tasks as
                                                                   outreach, Sunday talks to the general public, conducting tours
A JCCV community volunteering award went to Mim Segal for          for adult groups (e.g. probus and u3A) and guiding people
her work in our Collections area and members of our public         through St Kilda Synagogue. these guides perform over 84
program Committee were short-listed for the City of port phillip   hours a week of guiding. Another 20 guides are part of our
project 2010. two volunteers were nominated for the following      school education program. new guides are always being
awards: Dasha Rouditser (Jenny Goldberg B’nai B’rith Young         trained and/or mentored.
person Volunteer Award) and leon Haskin (premiers Award for
Senior of the Year 2010).                                          the Monday morning volunteer lectures remain popular.
                                                                   Since July 2010 we have organised speakers on a wide range
our volunteers’ passion and enthusiasm for the Museum is           of Jewish topics such as ‘God in Architecture’ through to
inspiring, as is their willingness to commit so much to making     topics about our local community and services in our local
our Museum a welcoming place for all.                              area (e.g. the Beth Din and the Koori Heritage trust). topics
                                                                   have covered spiritual/religious subjects as well as historical
                                                                   ones (e.g. Australian and World Jewish History). these have
                                                                   been well-attended and remain very popular even with former
                                                                   guides. Since July, all talks have been recorded to CD.

                                                                   the handbook “Guidelines” was re-edited by Freda Kaufman
                                                                   and given to all guides in February 2010. It contains
                                                                   information about current exhibits in the Museum and useful
                                                                   information about Jewish customs and traditions. We ended
                                                                   the year with a group visit to the Immigration Museum.

                                                                   Finally, we would like to thank the Volunteer Coordinator
                                                                   tanya Warms for her unstinting support and involvement.



 Lilian Movitz, Marilyn Parkin and Shirley Harris at the Annual
 Volunteers’ Morning Tea, 6 December 2010



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Community events

Zelda Rosenbaum Chairperson, Events Committee                       CoMMunItY eVentS
the mission of the events Committee is to raise funds and           Because generation change is vital to an organisation such
increase awareness of the Jewish Museum. their efforts are          as ours, the formation of a younger events Committee once
centred on the Annual lunch and the Gala Dinner together            again achieved amazing results through one of the most
with other smaller events relevant to the exhibition program        outstanding events in the Museum’s history. Headed by
and the particular interests of Museum supporters.                  Karen Goldenberg and Yola Rose and supported by the events
                                                                    and Visual Arts Committees they staged the Art event at the
the screening of the Amos oz documentary “the nature
                                                                    national Gallery of Victoria. this consisted of a Gala Dinner
of Dreams” was a rare opportunity to experience the world
                                                                    in the Great Hall, followed by a cocktail party in Federation
as observed by one of Israel’s greatest writers.
                                                                    Square, and then an art auction of the highest quality
through the generosity of natalie Miller of Sharmill Films          contemporary Australian art. this spectacular event attracted
and the nova Cinema this event attracted a full house and           the support of the arts community and galleries, major
through the enthusiasm of some members of the audience,             corporate and in-kind sponsorship together with extensive
set in motion the possibility of a visit to Australia of Amos oz.   publicity and was attended by over 800 guests from both the
                                                                    Jewish and wider community. the supporters of this event
In May members of the well known Freshwater trio performed
                                                                    are listed on page 20.
at a concert in the historic house owned by Michael
Spivakovsky, son of the renowned pianist Jascha Spivakovsky.        “Like the NGV, the Jewish Museum contributes to the rich
Heritage listed edzell House has hosted many musical                variety of the Victorian and Australian arts community.
luminaries over the years including Dame nellie Melba.              It is a beacon of respect, welcoming, in addition to the
As the house had been recently sold, it was the last                Jewish community, visitors of diverse cultural and religious
opportunity to hear beautiful music in this historic setting.       backgrounds, reminding us of the power of diversity
                                                                    to inspire, learn and create.” Gerard Vaughan – Director,
Theresienstadt: Drawn from the Inside was the major exhibition
                                                                    national Gallery of Victoria
for 2010 in the loti Smorgon Gallery. two events were held
to reflect on the remarkable artistic achievements displayed        Warmest thanks are due to the dedicated volunteers whose
and in particular, the music that was produced at this              tireless work more than fulfilled the mission for 2010. they
infamous camp.                                                      include our events Committee – Andrea Bliss, lyn Borowski,
                                                                    efrat Goldberg, Brenda Kahan, Anne Korman, ella levy
the first event was a concert with video accompaniment at
                                                                    and Susan Minc – and our Art event Committee – Karen
temple Beth Israel. “Music of Hope and Resistance” was
                                                                    Goldenberg (Coordinator), tanya Hamersfeld, Amit Holckner,
brilliantly presented by Joseph toltz, musicologist, and major
                                                                    toni Joel, Sally Robin, Yola Rose (Coordinator), Ann Smorgon
Melbourne musicians together with the King David Chamber
                                                                    and lindy tamir.
school choir. Recorded by the ABC this was an outstanding
and highly emotive occasion attended by a mixed audience
of 400 people.


“It was a wonderful concert. The children’s songs at the end,
with the pictures from the Nazi movie, were heartbreaking.
I was amazed how a black curtain in front of the Ark
transformed the shule into a perfect auditorium for music.
Congratulations to all.” Rabbi Dr John levi



through Musica Viva the Museum was able to hold a much
smaller, invitation only, event featuring the renowned pavel
Haas quartette named after the Czech composer who was
transported to terezin and later perished in Auschwitz. Joseph
toltz presented this most moving concert and afterwards
guests were invited to view the theresienstadt exhibition.

Supported by more than 600 Gold patrons, Benefactors,
patrons and Hostesses the Annual luncheon at lincoln
of toorak was a great success. Debi enker, tV critic and
journalist, entertained the Museum’s loyal supporters with           Fem Belling accompanied on piano by her father,
her subject “How a passion for ‘Get Smart’, ‘Green Acres’            Howard Belling, performing at the concert “Music of Hope
and ‘the Monkees’ turned into a Career”.                             and Resistance: A Tribute to the Musicians of Terezin”
                                                                     held at Temple Beth Israel on 25 July 2010



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ART EVENT AT THE NGV




                                                                  Above left: Gala Dinner in the Great Hall

                                                                  Above right: Guests Kathy Rosner and
                                                                  David Smorgon

                                                                  Left: Artist Bill Henson and
                                                                  Art Event Patron Naomi Milgrom




CORPORATE CluB
Alan Synman Chairperson

the Museum’s Corporate Club had another successful
year and whilst one breakfast had to be cancelled due to the
ill health of the speaker, the remaining two breakfasts were
extremely well attended.

Frank Costa spoke at the event in March about his time
at the Geelong Football Club as well as the history and
extraordinary success of his family’s businesses over a
100 year period.

Daniel Grollo, Ceo of the giant construction firm GRoCon,
was the keynote speaker at the breakfast in october. Daniel’s
talk centred on building a sustainable future for Melbourne
and particularly his firm’s involvement in developing the first
carbon-neutral building in Melbourne. A special highlight of      Alan Synman, Frank Costa and John Gandel at Corporate Club
                                                                  breakfast
this breakfast was the fact that we had an individual corporate
sponsor – Metricon Homes.

the Club maintained and slightly grew its membership
and I would like to thank the support and commitment of
my Committee: Charles Justin, Frank tisher, paul Kaufman,
Martin Jaffe and Hannah piterman and Museum staff,
efrat Goldberg, Charla Smith and Adriana Gomberg.




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Board Members




 Negba Weiss-Dolev, President   Michael Rozenes, Chair         Elly Bloom, Vice President




 Brian Rudy, Treasurer          Carmella Prideaux, Secretary   Peter Edwards




 Grant Cohen                    Frank Tisher                   Mary-lou Howie




 Ben Margow                     lyn Borowski                   Gary Hearst


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management and staff


Board of Governors
                                                   BOARD
John Gandel AO, Chair
Hon Justice Alan Goldberg AO
Jeanne Pratt AC
Zelda Rosenbaum OAM                               DIRECTOR                        Executive Assistant
Professor Louis Waller AO




                     Exhibition                            Marketing &
  Curator,                               Program                            Development        Operations
                      Project                            Communications
 Collections                             Manager                             Manager            Manager
                     Manager                               Coordinator



                                           School
  Collection          Exhibition                                               Events           Volunteer
                                          Education        Journal Editor
  Assistant          Coordinator                                             Coordinator       Coordinator
                                         Coordinator




 Cataloguing                           Adult Education      Marketing         Foundation      Administrative
    Team                                Coordinator         Assistant           Officer        Coordinator




                                                                                              Administrative
 Digitisation                             Programs                              Events
                                                                                                 Officer
  Assistant                              Coordinator                          Committee




                                           Public                             Corporate          Accounts
                                          Program                               Club              Officer
                                         Committee                            Committee




                                                                                              Front-of-House
                                                                                                 & Security



                                                              Web/IT/Technical support




Patron Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC
Founding Life President Rabbi Ronald Lubofsky AM (z”l)
Life President Zelda Rosenbaum OAM
Patrons JMA Bequest Program Lady Anna Cowen,
June Helmer                                                                                 Indicates Volunteer




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  A snapshot of 2010

  INCOME                                                                                     RESERVE FuNDS FOR PROJECTS

                                               20%
                                                      Individual
                                                                                                                                                             10% Operations
                                                      Donors

                                                7%
                                                      Philanthropic                                                                                          85%
                                                                                                                                                                    Zelman Cowen
                                                      Foundation                                                                                                    Gallery

                                                9% Corporate                                                                                                 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                    Collection

                                                7% Goverment                                                                                                 3.5%
                                                                                                                                                                    Exhibitions

                                                3% Admissions


                                                      Earned
                                               16%
                                                      Income

                                                3% Membership


                                                      Art
   INCOME                          2010        28%
                                                      Auction                                                                        INCOME                              2010
   Individual Donors           $387,000                                                                                              operations                      $93,595
                                                      Other
   philanthropic Foundation    $136,000         7%
                                                      Income                                                                         Zelman Cowen Gallery           $763,439
   Corporate                   $162,000                                                                                              Collection                      $12,636
   Goverment                   $130,000                                                                                              exhibitions                     $26,448
   Admissions                   $55,000                                                                                                                             $896,118
   earned income               $311,000
   Membership                   $52,000
   Art Auction                 $526,000
   other Income                $134,000
                              $1,893,000




  HOW OuR VISITORS                          WHERE OuR VISITORS ARE FROM                                                              REASON FOR VISIT
  FOuND OuT ABOuT uS                        Currently our largest audience is local                                                  the majority of visitors came to see the
  Most people hear about the Museum         and our second largest audience is                                                       whole Museum including the temporary
  through word of mouth. the second         overseas tourists.                                                                       exhibition.
  largest referral source came from
  tourist publications.

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    ART PUBLICATION
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    WORD OF MOUTH
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    BROCHURES
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    HOTEL
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supporting your museum

SuPPORTING YOuR MuSEuM                                             MAKE A BEquEST
As a not for profit organisation, the Jewish Museum of             Gifts left to us in Wills are known as bequests and are
Australia relies heavily on the generosity of donors and           a critical source of charitable income. Including a bequest
volunteers to deliver on our mission. there are a number           in your Will today will help us with our conservation work,
of ways that you can help us to do this.                           to digitize our collection (which will ensure that our collection
                                                                   is accessible to people everywhere) and to build
MAKE A DONATION
                                                                   organisational capacity across all our program areas.
the Museum needs your support to ensure that we can
continue to offer a vibrant museum experience: collecting,         To make a gift to the Museum, please contact the
preserving and sharing our rich stories and precious objects in    Development Manager on (03) 8534 3600.
exhibitions, public programs and educational courses with
                                                                   VOluNTEER
local, national and international visitors.
                                                                   Volunteers contribute enormously to the Museum’s mission.
GIFTS IN lIEu FOR YOuR SIMCHA                                      Your passion, skills and experience are invaluable to our
Celebrate your simcha and support your community Museum.           organisation and the people who visit the Museum. new
Request family and friends make a donation to the Museum           volunteers are always needed. to find out about volunteering
in lieu of gifts for your next simcha celebration.                 at the Museum call tanya Warms on 8534 3600.

ESTABlISH THE JEWISH MuSEuM OF                                     GIFTS
AuSTRAlIA AS A BENEFICIARY OF YOuR                                 If needing to purchase a gift you can choose beautiful books,
PRIVATE ANCIllARY FuND                                             objects and art work from the Museum’s shop.
If your family has established a private Ancillary Fund to
manage your philanthropic giving, consider nominating
the Museum as a beneficiary. to find out more about
pAF’s, please contact the Development Manager on
(03) 8534 3600.




                                     “My wife, Mary, and I each guided countless
                                     groups of secondary school children.
                                     Frequently one would shyly ask, ‘Are you
                                     Jewish?’ On answering, ‘Yes,’ the questioner
                                     would almost invariably say, ‘But you don’t look
                                     Jewish’. When asked, ‘What did you expect
                                     me to look like?,’ there was never a response.
                                     That is just the beginning of bridge building.”
                                     Michael Cohen




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donors and supporters

the Museum and the Foundation are the recipients of the generosity of so many private donors, trusts and foundations,
bequests, corporations and government organisations. not all gifts given in 2010 are listed here but our sincere thanks
go to everybody who gave, large and small.

Government Supporters                       Gross Gallery Exhibitions                   Education Programs
Arts Victoria                               Asher & luba Bilu                           Roseanne Amarant
public Record office Victoria               Dick Gross                                  Alan & elizabeth Finkel
Department of environment, Water,           emanuel Hirsh                               la trobe university
Heritage and the Arts                       emma Kranz                                  Dennis & tauba Wilson

Major Philanthropic Partner                 Sponsors Art Auction 2010                   The Babel Project
Gandel Charitable trust                     Lead Sponsor                                VicHealth

Major Corporate Partner                     nAB                                         Victorian Multicultural Commission

national Australia Bank                     Corporate Sponsors
                                                                                        Melton Faculty Scholarship
                                            BDo
JMA Foundation Supporters                                                               lindsey Joffe & Joshua Goldstat
                                            KpMG
Director’s Chair Endowment Fund                                                         Steven Joffe
                                            link Financial Services
Besen Family Foundation                                                                 General Donations
                                            pitcher partners
Suzi & Barry Carp                                                                       the Bachrach Charitable trust
                                            SJB Architects
eric & Bev Cohen                                                                        lyn Borowski
                                            Small Giants
the pratt Foundation                                                                    Jill Cantor
                                            Sportsgirl
Bronia Raynor                                                                           Zelman elton
                                            Major Supporters
Rae Rothfield                                                                           Harry Flicker
                                            Gandel Corporation
Ricci Swart                                                                             paul & Helen Forgasz
                                            inSync design
nathan & nechama Werdiger                                                               John & pauline Gandel
                                            emma Kranz
General Foundation Donations                                                            neilma Gantner
                                            Mossgreen Auctions
Ann Cebon-Glass & Reuben Glass                                                          Solly & Judy Joss
                                            nGV International
Max Frankel                                                                             Art & Ann Mazirow
                                            peter Rowland Catering
Morry Fraid                                 (food and beverage service)                 Sarah orloff
David Southwick                             placesettings                               Kurt pollitzer
Zahava Spicer                               the pratt Foundation                        eva presser & Bram presser

lubofsky Acquisition Fund                   print Dynamics                              Gerty Rabin

Jacob pushett                               Michael Strownix                            estate of the late Gerda Rogers
                                            Supporters                                  Zelda & Maurice Rosenbaum
Zelman Cowen Gallery of Australian
                                            Australian Jewish news                      James & laura Ross
Jewish History
                                            AZBcreative                                 Kitty Ross
Jack & Vivien Fajgenbaum
                                            Five Stones                                 Saul Same
Alan Goldberg
                                            Gary peer                                   Alan & Ahda Selwyn
ede Horton
                                            Gina Samuels Consulting                     Victor Smorgon Charitable Fund
la trobe university
                                            Gorman Commercial                           Izaak Wolf Szykman
the Helen Macpherson Smith trust
                                            Hot House Media and events                  lorraine topol
the Ian potter Foundation
                                            King and Wilson essential Art Services      erika Weilburg
the pratt Foundation
                                            Kosher Classique
Ruth & Ralph Renard
                                            Shiff and Company
linda Rubinstein & Annette Rubinstein
                                            Rachel Wundheiler
Steven & lousje Skala
Alex & Heloise Waislitz
the Hugh Williamson Foundation




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2010 Appeal                          Generous Pro Bono and                 MAJOR CORPORATE SuPPORTERS
Maurice & Helen Alter                In-Kind Support

Miriam Faine & Greg Shalit           Deloitte

neilma Gantner                       David Shelley, united network Group

Andrea Goldsmith                     Geoffrey Shiff, Shiff & Co

Gary & Susan Hearst                  George umow, umow lai & Associates

peter Isaacson                       Marion Webster

Ken & Carol Klooger                  Marcus Simkin, pitcher partners

David & leonie Koadlow               nick Ruskin, DlA phillips Fox

Barry landau                         paul Baulch

Ilse Melamid                         peter Seidel, Arnold Bloch leibler

Dame elisabeth Murdoch AC DBe        Ron Berenholtz

William Rogers                       St Kilda Hebrew Congregation

Saul Same                            Securecorp

otto & Gerda Shelton                 Sue Allnutt, nuttshell Graphics

Frank tisher                         Vivien Szekeres
                                                                              PHIlANTHROPIC TRuSTS
Celluloid Soup Film Festival                                                     & FOuNDATIONS
Alan & elizabeth Finkel
Michael Hirsh
Dinah Krongold

Exhibition Series Sponsors
& Supporters                          GOVERNMENT SuPPORTERS

the Besen Family Foundation
Bori & Helen liberman Family
national Australia Bank
paper Stone Scissors
Yarra trams

Theresienstadt Concert 2010
edith Sadlon
Victorian Multicultural Commission

Corporate Club
Metricon Homes




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                                                                                  PANTONE 174 CV           MAGENTA: 69% YELLOW: 100% BLACK: 38%




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