Wednesdays, 9am

Gary Max chats to the people who help shape our Jewish community. Politicians, communal leaders, authors and more are Talking to the Max in between quirky songs and unbelievable tales from the golf course.

Max has a keen understanding of Melbourne’s Jewish community communications needs. He has decades of experience in PR, government and media relations for leading Australian businesses and has been and remains involved in a number of Melbourne Jewish community organisations. 


In Talking to the Max, Gary keeps us up to date with communal issues, news, as well as showcasing achievements of individuals and organisations. The show’s style is light and chatty, but with questions that delve into all the issues.


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11 Nov 2020, 9am

11 Nov 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Bruce Wolpe on the US election; Vic Alhadeff, CEO NSW JBD

4 Nov 2020, 9am

4 Nov 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Bram Presser, Melb Jewish Book Week; Author Harry Lew

28 Oct 2020, 9am

28 Oct 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Bruce Wolpe on the US election, Elka Gaensler on the MBD’s Get Dignity community survey

14 Oct 2020, 9am

14 Oct 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Jeff Feldman, UIA; CSG and Hatzolah a new App for the community

7 Oct 2020, 10am

7 Oct 2020, 10am Talking to the Max ZFA’s Jeremy Leibler..Melb Council candidates Beverley Pinder and Beverley Honig..AUJS Pres Gabi Agostin

30 Sep 2020, 9am

30 Sep 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Perspectives on Yom Kippur in lockdown, Glen Eira candidate Alan Grossbard 

23 Sep 2020, 9am

23 Sep 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Dassi Erlich; Glen Eira Council candidates David Zyngier and Phil De’Ath

16 Sep 2020, 9am

16 Sep 2020, 9am Talking to the Max New Glen Eira candidate Simone Zmood

9 Sep 2020, 9am

9 Sep 2020, 9am Talking to the Max David Redman CEO of the AJN; Yossi Aron

2 Sep 2020, 9am

2 Sep 2020, 9am Talking to the Max UJEB’s Tal Spinrad, online learning; and Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, South Africa’s Travelling Rabbi

26 Aug 2020, 9am

26 Aug 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Dave Sharma MHR on Israel-UAE; Seumas Spark on Dunera Lives – Profiles and Ron Reichwald on 80th anniversary of the Dunera landing

19 Aug 2020, 9am

19 Aug 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Jamie Hyams, Glen Eira Councillor

12 Aug 2020, 9am

12 Aug 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Dean Hurlston, Ratepayers Vic; Bernadette Pearce and David Margetts, Save Glen Eira

5 Aug 2020, 9am

5 Aug 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Mark Leibler, Rebecca Forgasz and Jewish Care’s Cassie Barrett

29 Jul 2020, 9am

29 Jul 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Melinda Jones, new Pres of NCJWA

22 Jul 2020, 9am

22 Jul 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Michael Gawenda talks about his biography of Mark Leibler plus an excerpt of Noel Pearson at the book launch

15 Jul 2020, 9am

15 Jul 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Justin Kagan CSG & Leon Landau Hatzolah on managing COVID; AIJAC’s Aharon Shapiro on Black Lives Matter

8 Jul 2020, 9am

8 Jul 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Macnamara MP, Josh Burns and the Shtick’s Henry Greener

1 Jul 2020, 9am

1 Jul 2020, 9am Talking to the Max AJN’s Rebecca Davis on the News’ Gender Equality Survey; Macabbi Vic’s Brian Swersky on sport during COVID19 

24 Jun 2020, 9am

24 Jun 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Arnold Zable talks about his new book, The Watermill; catch up with David Southwick MLA

17 Jun 2020, 9am

17 Jun 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Joe Roth from Karen Malki, JCCV Pres Jennifer Huppert, Brian Lasky AO

4 Jun 2020, 8am

4 Jun 2020, 8am Talking to the Max Bruce Wolpe USSC on US demos and election; Rabbanit Judith Levitan talks about gaining orthodox smicha

20 May 2020, 9am

20 May 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Sue Silberberg author of A Networked Community, Jewish Melbourne in the Nineteenth Century; Scott Miller from Volunteering Victoria

13 May 2020, 9am

13 May 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Author Hayley Katzen; Dunera website founder Daniel Grynberg; and the AJN’s new CEO, David Redman

29 Apr 2020, 9am

29 Apr 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Justin Kagan from CSG and Brett Kaye, Victorian Director of The Joint 

22 Apr 2020, 9am

22 Apr 2020, 9am Talking to the Max We spoke with AJN’s Zeddy Lawrence; ECAJ’s Julie Nathan; and VAJEX’s Marvin Bude

8 Apr 2020, 9am

8 Apr 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Josh Burns MP for Macnamara, Michael Barnett from Aleph Correction: on introducing Michael Barnett I stated he’d formally complained to J-AIR about the Tamar Yonah show. This was incorrect: Michael posted comment about the segment on Aleph’s public website and later engaged with J-AIR to resolve the issue.

1 Apr 2020, 9am

1 Apr 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Jewish Care’s Susy Ivany and Bill Appleby, David Southwick, Rabbi Alex Tsykin

25 Mar 2020, 9am

25 Mar 2020, 9am Talking to the Max JCCV’s Jennifer Huppert outlines the JCCV COVID19 Taskforce; Jewish Care’s response to the COVID19

4 Mar 2020, 9am

4 Mar 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Natalie Conyer, Tim Wilson, Josh Burns, Simon Starr

12 Feb 2020, 9am

12 Feb 2020, 9am Talking to the Max James Newbury Vic MLA for Brighton, Robert Sward AM, Dave Sharma, MP for Wentworth

5 Feb 2020, 9am

5 Feb 2020, 9am Talking to the Max Anna Epstein and her book, Melekh Ravitsh & Yael Hersham about Unchain My Heart

29 Jan 2020, 9am

29 Jan 2020, 9am Talking to the Max David Smorgon and the Jewish community bushfire appeal. Idan Goldberger, Shaliach for UIA. Josh Burns, MP for Macnamara.

18 Dec 2019, 9am

18 Dec 2019, 9am Talking to the Max Brighton’s Rabbi Alex Tsykin talks Chanukah; Cambridge Cellars’ Josh Bonney chats about whiskEy; Gary Mallin reports on the Inkerman Cycle track

4 Dec 2019, 9am

4 Dec 2019, 9am Talking to the Max Michelle Rubin from Momentum, Jarrod Oviss a Momentum participant