Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
The Pratt Foundation has played a critical role in fostering a rich environment for Jewish studies at Monash through its significant support of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC). The ACJC was established in 1992 and is Australia’s largest institution of tertiary Jewish studies. After providing significant seed funding for the ACJC, to which it had contributed since 1995, Pratt Philanthropies later endowed The Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation which was filled in 2004 with the appointment of Professor Andrew Markus.
Pratt Philanthropies has supported many initiatives at the ACJC, including a partrneship with Lee Liberman to fund the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. This is a collection of 52,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, in 32 languages and from 56 countries, an initiative of film director and producer Steven Spielberg.
The Pratt Foundation has also supported the Australian Jewry 2030 Project at the ACJC’s Research Unit in Contemporary Jewish Life. The project provides a profile on the future of the Jewish Community of Australia utilising survey and demographic data.
Through the Centre, Pratt Philanthropies have also funded a range of literary projects, including the late Debbie Masel’s ‘That Good Night’, the 3rd edition ‘Bibliography of Australasian Judaica’ by Dr Serge Liebermann, and the publication of ‘Anthologies of Carlton Stories’ by the Yiddish Melbourne Research Project.
Pratt Philanthropies have been long-time supporters of Limmud Oz, Australia's annual Festival of Jewish learning and culture. It began in 1999 and is now hosted alternately by the Sydney and Melbourne Jewish communities.