The Jewish Museum of Australia will launch a ground breaking new program, The Jewish Context of the Life and Words of Jesus, which will link directly to a unit of the same name taught at Year 8 level in Catholic schools across Victoria.
- Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne
The program, which has undergone a year-long development process, will open on November 14.
The ancient faiths of Judaism and Christianity are deeply intertwined. The commonalities between the two religions can be illuminated by the life of Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, and a charismatic Jewish teacher and healer whose followers eventually broke away from Judaism and henceforth became known as Christian.
A key element of this program is a visit to the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbournem where students will be exposed to 21st century Judaism and taught how to identify the 1st century practises that formed an integral part of Jesus’ life. The Jewish Museum of Australia is set to become a primary resource for teaching this unit, providing Catholic educators with a practical and new educational product for the classroom and beyond.
'This program is an important development for the Jewish Museum of Australia and is, as far as we know, unique in providing a resource for Catholic educators from a Jewish perspective,' Museum Director and CEO Rebecca Forgasz said.
The program has been enthusiastically received by the Ecumenical & Interfaith Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.