Wednesdays 9am; replay Mondays 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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18 May 2022, 12pm

18 May 2022, 12pm Talking to the Max Julie Szego is Talking to the Max

11 May 2022, 9am

11 May 2022, 9am Talking to the Max Author Lee Kofman, The Writer Laid Bare and UJEB’s Tal Spinrad on the Courage to Reimagine

4 May 2022, 9am

4 May 2022, 9am Talking to the Max JCCV president, Daniel Aghion and Courage to Care’s Mike Zervos are Talking to the Max 

27 Apr 2022, 9am

27 Apr 2022, 9am Talking to the Max FOJAM’s Lior Albeck-Ripka speaks on When Women Speak of War and Jamie Hyams talks about "that" Glen Eira Council vote

6 Apr 2022, 9am

6 Apr 2022, 9am Talking to the Max Justine Sless chats about her book, Mistress of Mirth’s COMEDY TOUR and Nic Brasch outlines next month’s Melbourne Jewish Book Week

23 Mar 2022, 9am

23 Mar 2022, 9am Talking to the Max Yavneh’s Shula Lazar, Tania de Jong on Driftwood the Musical, sculptor Nina Sanadze on Call to Peace 

16 Mar 2022, 9am

16 Mar 2022, 9am Talking to the Max This week we talk Maccabi with Mac Vic president Brian Swersky and GM Shari Cohen, something for everyone in our community

23 Feb 2022, 6pm

23 Feb 2022, 6pm Talking to the Max Kadimah’s new CEO Rachel Chrapot, UJEB’s inclusion program with Tal Spinrad, and a new book, Destiny’s Prize by Andrey Kretsch

16 Feb 2022, 9am

16 Feb 2022, 9am Talking to the Max Courage to Care’s Mike Zervos on 30 years of the Upstander program. Margaret Taft chats about her new book, Leo and Mina Fink: For the Greater Good 

9 Feb 2022, 7pm

9 Feb 2022, 7pm Talking to the Max ECAJ’s Julie Nathan on antisemitism in Australia and Ron Finkel on the magnificent Gandel Foundation donation to the Hadassah Hospital Rehabilitation Center in Jerusalem

2 Feb 2022, 6pm

2 Feb 2022, 6pm Talking to the Max Vedran Drakulic, CEO Gandel Foundation and Steve Cooke, Deakin Uni discuss the Australian Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey

26 Jan 2022, 6pm

26 Jan 2022, 6pm Talking to the Max Yvonne Engelman and Jayne Josem on Holocaust Remembrance Day UIA CEO Jeff Feldman

22 Dec 2021, 9am

22 Dec 2021, 9am Talking to the Max Goldstein Independent candidate Zoe Daniel and Hatzolah’s Leon Landau

15 Dec 2021, 9am

15 Dec 2021, 9am Talking to the Max Noel Turnbull of the Truth and Integrity Project

3 Dec 2021, 9am

3 Dec 2021, 9am Talking to the Max Jewish Care’s Cassie Barrett on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. MAI’s Barry Smorgon and Sam Gamsu preparing our team for 2022 Maccabiah Games  

24 Nov 2021, 9am

24 Nov 2021, 9am Talking to the Max Prof Bain Attwood is Talking to the Max about his new book, William Cooper: An Aboriginal Life Story

17 Nov 2021, 10am

17 Nov 2021, 10am Talking to the Max Galit Klas, Yiddish theatre at Kadimah and Paul Fink, a stroke of luck

10 Nov 2021, 9am

10 Nov 2021, 9am Talking to the Max NCJWA president Melinda Jones and Liz James on Jewish Walks of Marvelous Melbourne

3 Nov 2021, 10am

3 Nov 2021, 10am Talking to the Max Social change entrepreneur, Jeremy Meltzer and Mitzvah Day’s Judy Feiglin

27 Oct 2021, 9am

27 Oct 2021, 9am Talking to the Max Jewish Care’s new CEO, Alan Lilly and President Susie Ivany; and Ashley Browne on his podcasts a Lap of Caulfield Park

20 Oct 2021, 10am

20 Oct 2021, 10am Talking to the Max Prof Kim Rubenstein discusses her bid for the Senate…Monash student, Josh Feldman discusses antisemitism on Aussie campuses 

13 Oct 2021, 9am

13 Oct 2021, 9am Talking to the Max Alan Schwartz and Gabi Crafti discuss the future of Jewish education in Victoria

7 Oct 2021, 11am

7 Oct 2021, 11am Talking to the Max Yochai Glick on COVID facts and myths. Meet J-AIR Chair, Jim Cyngler 

15 Sep 2021, 10am

15 Sep 2021, 10am Talking to the Max David Southwick MP and Deputy Lib Leader and JCCV President Daniel Aghion were Talking to the Max

1 Sep 2021, 10am

1 Sep 2021, 10am Talking to the Max Josh Burns, MP for Macnamara; Rabbi Tsykin on Project High Holydays; and Kate Weiss and Bianca Stern from All Things Equal

25 Aug 2021, 11am

25 Aug 2021, 11am Talking to the Max Nina Bassat chats about her recently launched book, Take the Child and Disappear, a Memoir; and UJEB’s Tal Spinrad discusses his disability inclusion program, The Courage to Reimagine

6 Jul 2021, 10am

6 Jul 2021, 10am Talking to the Max MDA’s International Relations Manager Uriel Goldberg joined rescuers in South Florida

25 May 2021, 10am

25 May 2021, 10am Talking to the Max Jonathan Pearlman, Editor of the Jewish Quarterly. May edition includes articles by Simon Schama and Deborah Lipstadt