Future Jews 2048 – Webisode 1: Religion, Culture, Family & Community

In this first episode, Global Futurist Morris Miselowski chats to Monash University's Prof Andrew Markus, Rabbi Alon Meltzer from Shalom and New York-based Sarah Eisenman from JDC.

This series of fireside chats seek to inspire, inform and provoke a pragmatic forward-looking community discussion about the possible futures of Jews and Judaism in Australia and globally.

Each month Morris will be joined by 3 guests, each sharing their topic-specific foresights on the possibilities, opportunities and concerns that may be ahead.

Watch the video above, and please continue the discussion in the comments!

We have a Podcast version below for those on the go:




Morris Miselowski

Global Business Futurist

Morris Misel (Miselowski) unleashes possibilities by breaking with convention.

For over 30 years he’s influenced the thinking of some of the world’s biggest organisations and brands to see what tomorrow might look like – long before they experience it.

Morris also shares his practical insights across the global stage and international media outlets, and is recognised for his energy, depth-of-knowledge and foresights.

He was born to be a futurist. The son of Holocaust survivors, who had seen the world crumbling around them, he grew up in a household that believed there would always be a better tomorrow.

This belief has become his lifelong passion.

To get to where he is, Morris has worn many hats. By the age of 18, he was living the entrepreneurial life running a direct mail business. However, moving from his garage-bound business to the global stage and Board Rooms, including delivering a TEDx talk, took a few more steps.

He spent many years as an academic in management and marketing and even ventured behind prison bars for a decade, to co-found and run Victoria’s first volunteer Jewish Prison Chaplaincy Service.

He’s also Australia’s first and only futurist in the Einstein 100 Genius (G100) alumni, an honour he shares with the exceptional, Barbara Streisand and is an Industry Fellow with Griffith University.




Rabbi Alon Meltzer

Rabbi at Or Chadash Synagog
Director of Programs at Shalom

Rabbi Alon Meltzer is the Rabbi of Or Chadash Synagogue and Director of Programs at Shalom.

He is originally from New Zealand, but has been in Australia since arriving in Canberra in 2014 to be the Rabbi of the ACT Jewish Community.

He has an MA in Sociology from the University of Auckland, and an MA in Medieval Jewish History from Yeshiva University.

He was ordained at Yeshiva University, the flagship institution of Modern Orthodoxy in New York, and is pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law from LaTrobe University.

He is a community builder, modern thinker and most importantly father to three girls.


Andrew Markus

Emeritus Professor, AO, FASSA

Andrew Markus is Emeritus Professor in Monash University’s Faculty of Arts. Since 2004 he has been a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

His research specialisation is in the field of racial and ethnic relations, ethnic communities, and immigration.

Andrew has extensive experience researching Australian public opinion. He has played a leading role in the two national surveys on attitudes within the Jewish community, Gen08 and Gen17, and is the senior researcher on the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion project, which has conducted annual surveys since 2009.


Sarah Eisenman

Executive Director of Entwine and an Assistant Executive Vice President at JDC

Sarah is both the Executive Director of Entwine and an Assistant Executive Vice President at JDC.

In her role, she is responsible for the overall vision, strategy, and success of Entwine.

Sarah joined JDC in 2002 and previously was the Senior Global Program Officer in JDC’s Program, Planning, and Budget Department, where she played a key role in JDC’s annual global strategic review and planning process. Sarah has traveled extensively with JDC, including to India, Turkey, Haiti, Morocco, Ethiopia, Romania, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Sarah has received several honors; in 2011 she was named by the Jerusalem Post as one of ten young Jewish leaders for the future, and received the Jewish Communal Service Association’s Young Professional Award. Sarah is also an alumna of Kivun.

Sarah has a Master’s degree in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, and a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused on Jewish history in the Middle East and North Africa.


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