Events and lecture recordings


Yiddish on Screen

A partnership with The Kadimah

Professor Rebecca Margolis
Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation and Director, ACJC

Sunday mornings 10.30 - 11.30am, starting Sunday 17 May

Live via Zoom

  • LECTURE 1 - Sunday 17 May 10.30am - 11.30am "From Dybbuks to Unorthodox: What is New Yiddish Cinema?" Zoom video recording
  • LECTURE 2 - Sunday 24 May 10.30am - 11.30am "Portrayals of Hasidim in Yiddish Television and Cinema"     Zoom video recording
  • LECTURE 3 - Sunday 31 May 10.30am - 11.30am "The Supernatural in Yiddish Cinema Yesterday and Today" Zoom video recording
  • LECTURE 4 - Sunday 21 June 10.30am - 11.30am "Representations of the Holocaust in Yiddish Cinema" Zoom video recording
  • LECTURE 5 - Sunday 28 June 10.30am - 11.30am "The New Yiddish Sitcom" Zoom video recording

Hearing contemporary Yiddish dialogue spoken in Unorthodox, one of the most popular Netflix series currently screening in this age of pandemic-induced online binge-viewing, is at once compelling, astonishing and a makhaye for Yiddish enthusiasts everywhere. Who would have ever imagined a house-bound global audience tuning in, entranced, to a niche miniseries filmed in Yiddish?! But in fact Yiddish has a long and glorious history on the big and small screens, from Michał Waszyński’s recently remastered 1937 classic fantasy drama Der Dybbuk to the hit Canadian comedy webseries YidLife Crisis, created by Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman.

Now, in partnership with The Kadimah, ACJC is thrilled to present “Yiddish On Screen”, a free, five-part series of live online lectures on Yiddish in film and television. From portrayals of Hasidim and journeys into the supernatural to modern sitcoms and Israeli perspectives, this intriguing exploration of Yiddish immortalised on celluloid and the internet couldn’t have arrived at a better time.

Click here for full details of the series and to register.


Close Encounters

A three-part lecture series exploring historical connections and conflicts - and their relevance to the Jewish world today.

Partnership with the Jewish Museum of Australia

Sundays 21, 28 June & 5 July, 7.30-9.00pm
Live via Zoom

Sunday 21 June

Yiddish Writers Encounter Indigenous Australia 

Associate Professor David Slucki
Loti Smorgon Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life & Culture

Consider how Indigenous people and communities were represented in Australian Yiddish writing, as per Gedaliah Shaiak's 1958 reporting in The Jewish Post.

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Sunday 28 June

What to do when the Empire strikes: Israelites, Judeans & Medes in the shadow of Assyria

Dr Hilary Gopnik
Director, Centre for Ancient Cultures, Monash University

Journey back to the ninth century BCE and uncover how these ancient communities resisted, negotiated and survived Assyrian domination.

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Sunday 5 July

When did the Arab-Israeli conflict begin?

Dr Daniel Heller
Kronhill Senior Lecturer in East European Jewish History

Were the first seeds planted before the rise of the Zionist movement at the turn of the 20th century? Chart the political, economic and social developments in Ottomon Palestine that shaped the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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Limmud Oz & NZ Online 2020

ACJC is proud to have a presence at this collaborative event that has seen all the Limmud Oz branches (Melbourne, Sydney & Perth) joining forces with Limmud New Zealand to bring you a unique online Limmud experience like never before. 

Click here for the full Limmud Oz & NZ Online program and to buy your ticket.

Monday 8 June, 6:30-7:30pm

The Jews of Melbourne: views from abroad
Rebecca Margolis & David Slucki 

Join ACJC's most recent arrivals to hear about their major new research project to document the Melbourne Jewish community's unique and vibrant cultural scene.

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Sunday 14 June 14, 10:00-11:00am

Physicians, Soviet Jewry and peace activism
Paula Michaels

This talk explores the dilemmas faced by Jewish Harvard cardiologist Bernard Lown, a leading figure in International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, in relation to the campaign for Soviet Jewry.

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Sunday 14 June, 12:00-1:00pm

Polish Jewish women on the eve of the Holocaust
Daniel Heller

Drawing upon an incredible collection of autobiographies written by Polish Jews on the eve of the Holocaust, this session explores the lives of Jewish women in interwar Poland.

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Online lecture recordings

If you missed out on attending one of our events, listen to our public lectures online!


The ACJC hosts several conferences and workshops across our study areas.

Aftermath 19 September – 22 September 2016