Street festivals and events will add a special evocative nature to JAQ. The ingredients of performers, arts, specialist food and activities all add to the dynamic experience of Jewish culture and community – creating a lasting cultural impact.
JAQ will balance the commercial income with the need to provide ongoing support to local community organisations.
New public spaces and community facilities with extensive programming welcoming people of all ages and cultures to enjoy and participate in Jewish culture and life.
Active programming and initiatives will bring tradition and heritage to life, celebrating Jewish identity and promoting Jewish culture by creating engaging opportunities for enriching Jewish life and learning.
JAQ is a key part of the Elsternwick revitalisation strategy and the prime focus of the Elsternwick Cultural Precinct (ECP). The ECP includes a range of organisations that will each play an important role within JAQ – welcoming local residents and visitors from diverse communities across Australia and the world to engage with Jewish arts and culture.
The City of Glen Eira is already making substantial investment in facilities, infrastructure and cultural assets to ensure Elsternwick becomes a dynamic hub of community activity, economic growth and cultural immersion.
JAQ will lead the transformation of the urban landscape to create an activated cultural precinct of state significance.
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So many important Jewish institutions being co-located in this wonderful precinct is a once in a generation opportunity to create something truly remarkable.
JAQ will be a hub of community organisations with over 1000 square metres of office space, boardrooms, and event spaces for community use.
Whether it's comedy nights, food truck festivals, cooking programs or bridge club, JAQ will have activities that all ages will come and enjoy.
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.