Monash appoints Rebecca Forgasz to new role at Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

Rebecca Forgasz appointed Associate Professor (Practice) in Community Engagement and Intercultural Communication at the ACJC

Monash University is pleased to announce the appointment of Monash alumna and former director and CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Rebecca Forgasz, as Associate Professor (Practice) in Community Engagement and Intercultural Communication at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC).

The role will see Rebecca lead the ACJC’s public and community engagement programs, and develop initiatives and partnerships across the community, professional bodies and creative industries. These connections will enhance the social impact of the centre’s academic research, and positively influence the student experience by providing opportunities for work-integrated learning.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of this new role at Monash, which will be both creative and strategic, and will enable me to build on the experience, skills and relationships I’ve established over many years in the Jewish community, the museum and broader cultural sector,” Rebecca said.

The Director of ACJC, Professor Andrew Markus, welcomed Rebecca’s appointment.

“It’s fitting that Monash University has established this position in Australasia’s largest and most dynamic Jewish studies centre to ensure that we continue to bring the world of Jewish studies into a global conversation about the most critical issues affecting our future,” he said.

“We’re delighted to welcome Associate Professor Rebecca Forgasz. Her vast experience, exceptional talent and leadership will bring a local and global lens to the role. Our public programs, which feature distinguished international scholars and thought leaders, attract thousands of participants each year. We look forward to these programs flourishing further under Rebecca’s leadership and guidance.”

Rebecca takes up her Monash role in early September, and will continue her involvement with the Jewish Climate Action Group, which she co-founded earlier this year. The group aims to raise awareness and inspire action in the Jewish community regarding climate change, and plans to develop a framework and strategy to maximise its impact.