Jewish Melbourne COVID-19 online archive

Associate Professor Rebecca Forgasz and Associate Professor David Slucki
together with Dr Jordy Silverstein

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About the project

This project aims to create an archive documenting Melbourne Jewish life during COVID-19.

We are collecting a range of materials from individuals, families, and institutions that reflect the many different ways that Melbourne Jews adapted to life under quarantine. We are inviting both individuals and community organisations in the Melbourne Jewish community to contribute digital artefacts as well as reflections on how their lives changed in regards to their Jewishness and Jewish practice as the spread of coronavirus forced us into isolation.

We are interested in the ways that the lives of individuals and families were affected, the disruptions and adaptations to the daily and weekly cycles of Jewish life, the impact on schools and community organisations, educational and cultural programming and on the celebration of holidays and memorial days - Pesach, Yom Hashoah, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Shavuot and more. We want to know about the moments of sadness and loss as well as the unexpected joys and triumphs.

The archive is part of Journal of the Plague Year, a global undertaking initiated by Catherine O'Donnell, Richard Amesbury, and Mark Tebeau in the School for Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

This special project was funded by the General Donations of our ACJC supporters.

Related publications

“Fleeting testaments to despair, joy and resilience” in Year of the Mask: Plus61J Media High Holy Days supplement, Plus61JMedia, September 2020.


Documenting Melbourne Jewish life under COVID-19, Australian Jewish News, 3 August 2020.

Impact of COVID-19 on Melbourne’s Jewish community to be explored in new project, National Tribune, 18 August 2020.

Jewish life under COVID, interview with Rita Erlich for J-Air and Travel Writers Radio, 26 August 2020.