Until 1949, Jewish education was delivered by synagogues and cultural organisations. This changed with the establishment of Mount Scopus Memorial College. Today, Melbourne has seven large Jewish day schools, and several smaller ones, offering a broad range of religious and cultural Jewish education, as well as secular education.
Today, the Victorian Jewish community is centred around the Melbourne suburbs of Caulfield, East St Kilda and Elsternwick. There are synagogues and religious facilities, Jewish schools and museums, and kosher food stores located in and around these suburbs.
There is a richness of religious, cultural, sporting, education and youth organisations in the Victorian Jewish community. From kollels (religious education institutions) to Kadimah (the Yiddish cultural centre). The JCCV counts more than 50 diverse Jewish organisations among its affiliates.
Research tells us that remembering the Holocaust, marking Jewish festivals with family and combatting antisemitism remain key priorities for our Jewish community. Additionally, more than two-thirds of the Victorian Jewish community identify as Zionist and value a strong connection to Israel.