"A virus is a piece of nucleic acid surrounded by bad news."
— Sir Peter Medawar, Nobel Laureate
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Plagues, Pandemics and Preventing Panic

Join us for a science session that promises to fascinate and entertain.

While we continue to proceed with caution through these challenging (COVID 19) times, in trying to navigate the unknown future – what can the past teach us? Join Professor David Isaacs, paediatric infectious disease specialist and author of Defeating the Ministers of Death: The Compelling History of Vaccination, in conversation with Dr Elizabeth Finkel, as together they shed light on the history of pandemics.

Tuesday 2nd June
7.30 - 8.30 pm 
Free via Zoom – registration required
Register to Attend Online


The event will take place over the Zoom videoconferencing platform. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Streaming events require a good internet connection. If you’re having streaming issues you can try a few things:
  1. If you are having trouble hearing, check you audio settings (generally found at the bottom left hand corner of the Zoom screen on your computer) or try increasing the volume settings on your computer.
  2. If you’re still having trouble with the image and or sound lagging, perhaps ask other users in your home to stop using the internet while you watch the stream.


MJBW is offering FREE live-streaming events to showcase some of the fabulous guests we had planned for the MJBW 2020 program. 

As we are committed to paying our participants the fees they would have received if the program had proceeded normally, we hope you will support our literary community of writers, moderators and keynote speakers, both local and internationally which will help us to keep everyone connected in the Melbourne Jewish Book World.
Donate to MJBW
Melbourne Jewish Book Week is a not-for-profit organisation with registered charitable and Deductible Gift Recipient status. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. We appreciate your support and welcome all contributions.
Melbourne Jewish Book Week is proud to partner with ​​FOJAM (​Festival of Jewish Arts and Music​), Plus 61J​, ​and Pathways Melbourne​ in this panel discussion beamed from Berlin to New York to Melbourne. 

Unorthodox : Stories of Escape 

What does it take to leave? Hear first-hand from writers who have bravely written their stories of exodus to share with the world. In a special FREE live panel event, Deborah Feldman (Unorthodox), Abby Stein (Becoming Eve) and Dassi Erlich will be in conversation with author and podcaster John Safran. Don't miss this deep dive into the ties that bind us to our families, our community, and to ourselves. What does it mean to break away? What do we hold onto, and what parts of our identity do we need to let go? Register now — places are limited.

Thursday 4th June,
8pm - 9.15pm AEST

Free via Zoom – registration required
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Stay safe, stay well and keep reading everyone

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