Rebecca Margolis

Rebecca Margolis is the new Director and Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. Her research focusses on Yiddish culture and language in immigrant communities and their descendants. Her current project examines an emerging body of new Yiddish cinema produced in the last twenty years.




Jewish Outback Dreaming

Anna Epstein, author of Melekh Ravitsh: The eccentric outback quest of an urbane Yiddish poet from Poland, and Arnold Zable, Ravitsh’s modern avatar, explore the dreams and idealism of this quixotic figure who nevertheless saw the reality of refugee strivings and a possible solution to them. Moderated by Rebecca Margolis, modern Yiddishist and Director of…

May 4, 2020

Talking in Tongues

How has our language shaped us? Join Rebecca Margolis, Margaret Taft and Subhash Jaireth in exploring how language – Yiddish and others – create and express individual and community identity. Moderated by Renata Singer, this panel will delve into the writer’s personal experience – as well as their research and writing – to illuminate the…

May 3, 2020