About ACJC: Mission

The ACJC’s mission is to research and teach, in its breadth and diversity, the significance and evolution of Jewish civilisation and its contribution to the world.

The goals of the ACJC are:

  • to offer a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate subjects encompassing the gamut of Jewish civilisation, including history, thought, literature, languages, classical texts and modern Israel studies;
  • to undertake interdisciplinary research that encourages university-wide, national and international collaboration in Jewish studies;
  • to develop Masters and Doctoral programs of international standing;
  • to train Jewish studies teachers and to provide opportunities for postgraduate study in Jewish education and Jewish professional development;
  • to engage the broader public by hosting forums, seminars and debates and by the provision of educational resources; and
  • to promote inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue in the university and wider community through collaborative scholarly projects

The ACJC is proud to be part of a university which bears the name of Sir John Monash, an eminent Australian Jewish figure. The Centre was founded in 1992 under the leadership of Professor Bernard Rechter, followed by Professor Andrew Markus and Associate Professor Mark Baker. Major donations from benefactors led to the establishment of several research chairs and lectureships which are acknowledged on the branches of our Tree of Knowledge. The ACJC continues to seek transformational gifts, bequests and major donations for scholarships and research.


  • Thank you to our supporters

    The Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation would like to acknowledge and thank our donors for…

  • Advisory Board

    The ACJC is governed by Monash University regulations and an Advisory Board composed of university and…

  • Gifts & Bequests

    Over the past five years, the generosity of donors to our Centre has transformed the…

  • Visiting Scholars

    Each year the ACJC invites Visiting Scholars to contribute to the teaching, research and public…

  • Contact Us

    The ACJC is located at the Caulfield campus 8th floor, Building H, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East. If…

  • Our Centre

    The ACJC is an interdisciplinary centre that sits within the School of Philosophical, Historical and…

  • Past events

    The ACJC offers a diverse public program of lectures, seminars and symposia. Past events at…