A Slice of Jewish Life

Like Lygon Street, Oakleigh, Chinatown and other cultural precincts, the Jewish Arts Quarter will be a place that fosters collaboration across communities while sharing the unique experiences and stories of Australian Jews with everyone.

Artist Impression – JAQ

Celebrating Jewish Life & Culture

The Jewish Arts Quarter will celebrate and share our unique Australian Jewish stories through inclusive experiences that:

  • embrace the broader community

  • support the vibrant arts sector

  • contribute to the positive future of Elsternwick, Melbourne and our state.

A Catalyst for the Arts and Culture  

JAQ promises to be a dynamic centre of activity and a unique addition to the broader Melbourne  Arts and multicultural landscape.


In One Voice Festival

Daniel Goldberg

A Cultural Destination

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.

In One Voice Festival

Daniel Goldberg

Self Funding Business Model

JAQ will balance the commercial income with the need to provide ongoing support to local community organisations.

Wild Open Day

Jewish Museum of Australia Collection

An Inclusive Community

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.

Wild Open Day

JMA Collection

Heritage at heart

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.

At Home in Elsternwick

Located in the City's South, the Jewish Arts Quarter is surrounded by years of Australian Jewish history, even more stories and a diverse community of people.

Glen Huntly Road

Glen Huntly Road

The Masterplan for Elsternwick

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.


Artist Impression – JAQ

JAQ will be a real Quarter

  • Zone 1 JAQ7, 7 Selwyn Street, 6130sqm
    JAQ7 sits between the Classic Cinema and the Melbourne Holocaust Museum. It will be the new home of the JMA,  Kadimah, and dozens of other organisations. JAQ7 will  house a performing arts theatre,  function spaces, a library, as well as co-working spaces for non-profits and artists of all kinds.

  • Zone 2 Community Hub - JAQ10-16, second floor, 425sqm
    At the corner of Sinclair and Selwyn Streets, the second floor of JAQ10-16 will be our Community Hub, offering a place of assembly and a proposed community wellness centre.

  • Zone 3 Food & Beverage - JAQ10-16, ground floor, 397sqm
    The ground floor of JAQ10-16 will be home to a range of nourishing Jewish food experiences. From destination dining to casual al fresco spaces, local vendors will offer arange of traditional and modern Jewish flavours that will offer something for everyone.

  • Zone 4 Creative Studios - JAQ10-16, mezzanine, 148sqm
    The mezzanine level of JAQ10-16 will offer studios and workspaces for musicians and artists from diverse creative backgrounds to develop their practice and share their work.

    Zone 5 The Piazza - Selwyn Street, 3000sqm
    Public space for festivals, activations and more. Glen Eira City Council has committed substantial funds to pedestrianise Selwyn Street and transform it into a dynamic centre of public life.

  • Zone 5 The Piazza - Selwyn Street, 3000sqm
    Public space for festivals, activations and more. Glen Eira City Council has committed substantial funds to pedestrianise Selwyn Street and transform it into a dynamic centre of public life.

Group Tours

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

So many important Jewish institutions being co-located in this wonderful precinct is a once in a generation opportunity to create something truly remarkable.

Artist Impression – JAQ7 Theatre

Expand, Nurture and Collaborate

JAQ will be a hub of community organisations with over 1000 square metres of office space, boardrooms, and event spaces for community use.

Family Activities

Engaging Our Culture across generations

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 History of JAQ