Street festivals and events will add a special evocative nature to JAQ. The marriage of performers, arts, specialist food and activities all add to the dynamic experience of Jewish culture and community – creating a lasting cultural impact.
A comprehensive feasibility and financial business plan provide the foundation for a sustainable future that includes positive economic and revitalisation benefits for Glen Eira, Melbourne and Victoria.
New public spaces and community facilities with extensive programming welcome people of all ages and cultures to enjoy and participate in Jewish culture and life – defining a positive future built together.
Active programming and initiatives will bring tradition and heritage to life, celebrating Jewish identity and promoting Jewish continuity by creating engaging opportunities for enriching Jewish life and learning.
The Jewish Arts Quarter (JAQ) is a key part of the dynamic Elsternwick revitalisation strategy developed by Glen Eira City Council. A safe civic space with state-of-the-art facilities, JAQ will bring together theatre, art, learning, food, festivals and more in an inclusive space to which all visitors are warmly welcomed.
Glen Eira City Council worked closely with stakeholders to determine a shared vision for the Elsternwick Cultural Precinct. Adding value to the community, it promises to become a world-class cultural centre and thriving meeting place renowned for its diverse mix of experiences of which JAQ is the epicentre.
After years of consultation, stakeholder engagement and design development, the final vision of Elsternwick Cultural Precinct was endorsed by the Council in April 2021.
Relocating to JAQ provides new, exciting ways for the Museum to illuminate Jewish life.
JAQ offers opportunities to expand Kadimah's programs and continue nurturing and fostering Yiddish cultural programming.
JAQ will enhance the College's educational offering by having a world class arts and cultural hub on its doorstep.
The Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library is established in Carlton, Melbourne by newly arrived Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. It moves to Elsternwick in the 1960s.
The Jewish Museum of Australia: Gandel Centre of Judaica purchases a building opposite Melbourne’s most beautiful synagogue, the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation.
An agreement between Sholem Aleichem College and youth group Habonim Dror (both in Sinclair Street Elsternwick) results in better use of community assets. Further dialogue with Kadimah and The Jewish Museum of Australia leads to in depth discussions about a potential Jewish Culture and Arts Precinct.
JAQ is endorsed by Glen Eira City Council as a key part of their dynamic revitalisation strategy for the suburb- the Elsternwick Structure Plan February 2018 - 2031.
Victorian Government provides generous seed funding for $1,000,000 and a Multicultural Infrastructure Funding Grant for $500,000.
Glen Eira City Council issues a Notice of Decision to Grant a Planning Permit as JAQ is consistent with the Council’s Strategic Plan.
Multicultural Infrastructure Conditional funding offers $3,500,000.00 through the 2020/21 State Budget.
The former Minister for Planning referred JAQ's potential to boost the Victorian economy to the Priority Projects SAC, who suggested issuing a permit. The Minister approved the recommendation, and on 15 August 2021, advised the Governor in Council to grant the permit, marking a significant step for the state's economic growth.
The Gandel Foundation, long term philanthropic supporter and visionary of this project, injects seed funding to unlock JAQ’s potential.
The Jewish Arts Quarter Limited is entered on the Register of Cultural Organisations following approval by the Hon Paul Fletcher MP. The organisation’s public fund, Jewish Arts Quarter Gift Fund, becomes eligible to receive tax deductible donations.
JAQ was launched to the public at the In One Voice Festival in Elsternwick in 2022. The launch included a new website and an engaging social media presence as we introduced ourselves to the community.
The JAQ team meets with over 50 community organisations and conducts a community wide survey with over 500 respondents.
JAQ welcomed the news of a generous $2 million pre-election commitment from the Victorian Labor Government.