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Virtual Trip to Jewish Melbourne
Our journey around the world continues as we travel virtually to Melbourne, Australia.
The first Jews documented to arrive to Australia were transported there as convicts in 1788. The first organized synagogue was established in Melbourne in 1841. From 1938 to 1961, the Jewish population nearly tripled in size to an estimated 61,000 Jews. Today, more than 100,000 Jews live in Australia; many of whom are descendants of Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors. Although Jews are only 0.5% of the Australian population, they are a major part of public life in Australia. The current Governor
of Victoria, Linda Dessau, is the first woman and first Jew to serve in the position.
Our virtual tour will incorporate a trip to the new Jewish quarter that is being built, the new Jewish museum, and the Holocaust Centre. Along the way, we hope to meet some interesting personalities in the community, from a much-loved Yiddish singer and actress who will talk about the resurgence of Yiddish culture, to a Rabbi who runs the Chabad house in North Queensland and travels around the outback to visit Jews in the most remote places. We will also hear a brief history of the establishment of Melbourne and Australia as a penal colony.
Our tour guide will be Sharon Swiatlo, a proud first generation Aussie. She was a high
school teacher, specializing in English, Drama, Hebrew and Media Studies when her
career path changed into tour guiding around her home town of Melbourne.

Nov 10, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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