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Saturday, June 6
 

19:30 AEST

Opening Ceremony
TBA

Presenters
avatar for Tomer Hasson

Tomer Hasson

Tomer Hasson was born in Israel and has lived in Sydney for over 13 years. Being Israeli who lives in the diaspora, Tomer finds special interest in the recent trends of support for (and against) Israel. He has been involved with Limmud for six years, and is now co-chairing Limmud-Oz... Read More →
avatar for Angela Zinn

Angela Zinn

Angela moved to Australia from Israel 10 years ago and was introduced to Limmud around 2010. She is still trying to decide which event was more impact-full. Angela is a youth movement Bogeret who led a few Israel programs and who spent some time working with a few community organisations... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 19:30 - 20:00 AEST
Leighton Hall

20:00 AEST

Jewish World Music
Max Jared will perform as a one-man-band, looping his own guitar, vocals, and percussion instruments to create an engaging experience of contagious original songs. Max brings Torah to life through his funky-folk-pop grooves that will surely get your heart pumping and soul stirring. Join Max and come ready to have fun, clap and add your voice to this special group-singing experience of Torah in song.

Fay Sussman and her talented musicians from the Klezmer Divas, Anatoli Torjinksi and Emily-Rose Sarkova, will be playing traditional Eastern European Jewish jazz,. Their unique music includes a modern interpretation of Klezmer, making it more relevant to the 21st century and helping keep the Yiddish language alive. Her show will include some of the songs that she performed at a sold-out show to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The full story will be told in her upcoming documentary, Pockets of Hope. 

 

 

Moderators
avatar for Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman

Founder and director of Shir Madness (Sydney’s Jewish music festival), Gary is an intellectual property lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of Jewish songwriters and performers and has shared his passion by giving numerous talks on the subject at Shalom, Moriah... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Max Jared

Max Jared

Max Jared's unique and energetic music has brought this engaging, young Jewish Educator to communities across North America, Australia, and Israel, building diverse communities together through song, study, and prayer. After launching his debut album in 2012, Max returned to his life... Read More →
avatar for Fay Sussman

Fay Sussman

For Fay Sussman, music is the ultimate language of peace.  The alternately soulful and sassy singer lives a commitment to keeping the Jewish heritage alive through music. Fay's passion for Jewish song, both Hebrew and Yiddish, is a compulsion and a beacon: "Music is a way to unite... Read More →
avatar for Anatoli Torjinski

Anatoli Torjinski

Anatoli Torjinski (Cello) is a member of triple ARIA Award winning group Monsieur Camembert. He is a highly versatile musician - performer, who has a wealth of experience playing in many music genres. He performs an eclectic mix of Classical, Jazz, Tango, Latin (cello + acoustic... Read More →
avatar for Emily-Rose Šárkova

Emily-Rose Šárkova

Emily-Rose Šárkova is a versatile musician who trained as a classical pianist however is equally at home with jazz and folk music. Emily-Rose is a graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor in Piano Performance.


Saturday June 6, 2015 20:00 - 21:00 AEST
Leighton Hall

20:00 AEST

Beheadings and bombings: terrorism today

This session will review the history of modern terrorism and place the developments of recent years into context, explaining the rise of religious terrorism and the emergence of al-Qaeda and its spin-offs, including the Islamic State movement.  It will wrestle with the question of how we should best respond to terrorism today and review current thinking about countering violent extremism in the light of the unprecedented rate of radicalisation and recruitment to foreign fighting being experienced in Australia today.


Moderators
avatar for Yair Miller

Yair Miller

Yair Miller is CEO of UIA NSW. He is Immediate Past President, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies; Past Vice President, Executive Council of Australian Jewry; Board Member, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture; Board Member, Council for Jewish Communal Security; Board Member, The Shabbat... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Greg Barton

Greg Barton

Greg is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia in the Faculty of Arts at Monash. He is based in the Politics stream in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. He is acting Director of theCentre for Islam and the Modern World (CIMOW), Deputy UNESCO Chair... Read More →
avatar for Nir Boms

Nir Boms

Nir Boms is research fellow at Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 20:00 - 21:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

20:00 AEST

My Indigenous/Jewish Journey
Walt Secord NSW MP is a Canadian Indian. Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM is an Indigenous Australian. Each has a fascinating story to tell of their Jewish connection.

Moderators
avatar for Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee AM is the Immediate Past President of The Shalom Institute and has been involved in community organisations both within and outside the Jewish community for over thirty years. She has held the positions of Honorary Secretary, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Governor of JCA... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Jackson Pulver

Lisa Jackson Pulver

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM is the Chair of Indigenous Health, Professor Public Health and Director of Mura Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales. She was made a Member of Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to medical education, particularly through... Read More →
avatar for Walt Secord

Walt Secord

Walt Secord NSW MP is a Canadian Indian. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since May 2011, when he was elected to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Eddie Obeid. Secord was previously the Chief of Staff to former NSW Premier... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 20:00 - 21:00 AEST
Tyree room

20:00 AEST

Where are all the women? Breaking through the communal glass ceiling
In the 90s, Women Power was established with one of its main goals being to increase the number of women in leadership in the Jewish community. Great strides were made but even a cursory glance at the gender balance of Jewish communal leadership shows that there is still a way to go. Why are women still under represented in the leadership of the Sydney Jewish community? What structural, cultural and political change needs to occur to change this gendered landscape? Join our panelists to discuss these questions and more.

Moderators
avatar for Avril Alba

Avril Alba

Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation, University of Sydney
Avril Alba is Senior Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. She teaches and researches in the areas of Holocaust and modern Jewish history with a focus on Jewish and Holocaust mus... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Flitman

Rachel Flitman

As Hillel Director in Sydney, Rachel dedicates her days to curating innovative Jewish experiences, connection & community. Rachel holds a Masters in Disaster Management and Community Development and previously worked as a Senior Communications Adviser at the Embassy of Israel and... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Haski

Caroline Haski

Former President of the Board of Emanuel Synagogue, current member of the Women’s Interfaith Network, Religions for Peace and the Social Justice Committee of JBD, psychologist in private practice.
avatar for Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio was ordained as a rabbi in 1998 and has been at Emanuel Synagogue since then. She was the synagogue’s first female rabbi and the third Australian-born woman to receive rabbinic ordination. She has an interest in midrash and liturgy and has a passion for storyte... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 20:00 - 21:00 AEST
Gallery 1

21:15 AEST

Comedy Debate: 'Our community is perfect'
The Limmud-Oz team has curated a brilliant cross section of comedians and community leaders who will take part in a light-hearted debate "Our community is perfect?" It's bound to get heated, and bound to entertain.

Moderators
avatar for Tami Sussman

Tami Sussman

Tami Sussman has a background in performing arts but currently spends most of her time officiating weddings and teaching high achieving teenage boys social skills.

Presenters
avatar for Erin Gordon

Erin Gordon

National Leadership & Development Officer, Australasian Union of Jewish Students
Erin is a law and journalism student at UNSW. A Masada College survivor, you may recognise her from her 15 minutes of fame on Q&A earlier this year. A previous intern at Mamamia Women's network, she is ready to discuss the hard issues with wit, charm and a youthful perspective... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Graf

Cameron Graf

Cameron began his education at Masada College, but left to attend a secular school, Sydney Grammar, from the age of 9. With the exception of occasional Hebrew classes, his Bar Mitzvah and a few Youth Group camps during high school, it wasn't until university when he re-kindled his... Read More →
avatar for Rodney Marks

Rodney Marks

Rodney has been Australia’s misleading comedian since 1991. He is a corporate impostor – a comic hoaxer in a business suit. His comedy is usually in the form of faux keynote speeches at business and private events. He is infamous as the perpetrator of 'Hoaxes and Jokeses'.
avatar for Kerri Sackville

Kerri Sackville

Kerri is an Australian author, columnist, blogger, speaker and social media expert. She is the author of When My Husband Does The Dishes... (Random House Australia, 2011) and The Little Book Of Anxiety - Confessions From A Worried Life (Random House, 2012). Her books are available... Read More →
avatar for Geoff Sirmai

Geoff Sirmai

Half-watchdog, half-wit Geoff has in recent times traded in his high profile journalist and consumer advocate hat for one as full-time performer, musician and arts publicist. From musical satire with Comic Roasts, the Renaissance Players early music group to countless screen roles... Read More →
avatar for Brando Srot

Brando Srot

Brando is the Director of Young Adults and Families at The Shalom Institute and is a psychotherapist who works in private practice, with the Aids Council of NSW (ACON) and NSW Corrective Services. He is also the Co-Founder and Convenor of a grassroots organisation for Jewish LGBTI... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 21:15 - 22:15 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

21:15 AEST

Election post-mortem: What does Bibi's win mean?

The Israeli election season has come and gone after what was expected to a far tighter contest than what it ultimately turned out to be. This panel will analyse the election results and look at the defining issues and trends of the campaign. Who rose, who fell and who surprised? The panel will explore what policies the new Netanyahu government will likely pursue domestically and abroad and how it will confront various challenges, such as its relationship with the Palestinians, the emerging Iranian deal, and its tense relationship with the Obama administration. 


Moderators
avatar for Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff is CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. He was Former Chair, NSW Community Relations Commission and Former editor of the Australian Jewish News, reporting from Moscow on a bid to free Soviet Jewry, and from Israel on the Gulf War and assassination of Prime Minister... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum is the editor of Voice of Israel talk radio and a twice weekly political affairs columnist for the English edition of Israel Hayom, Israel's largest daily newspaper. Her columns also appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and the Algemeiner. She is the author, most recently... Read More →
avatar for Mohammed Dajani

Mohammed Dajani

Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, is a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees.  Until May of last year he was professor of political science, Rector of Libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University... Read More →
avatar for Hamutal Gouri

Hamutal Gouri

Hamutal Gouri is Executive Director of the Dafna Fund – Women Collaborating for Change. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with the board to develop grant making strategies and priorities, initiate proactive programs designed to strengthen the feminist and women's... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 21:15 - 22:15 AEST
Leighton Hall

21:15 AEST

Mezze Plate: A taste of Jewish ideas
Drawing on a cross-section of our international guests and select local speakers, our presenters will each share a profound Jewish idea/concept that has shaped their existence.


 

Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki is a doctor by day and a Bob Dylan tragic by night. She works at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research developing computer software for doctors and conducting clinical trials.  Her career has spanned working in a gaol for adolescent girls, co-producing medical... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Gila Fine

Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She’s also a teacher of talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Pardes. Gila is the former editor of quarterly journal Azure... Read More →
avatar for Atina Grossmann

Atina Grossmann

Atina Grossmann is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. Publications include Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995), and co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt... Read More →
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield is a Rabbi who teaches Talmud and Jewish Thought at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds an MA from Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought, and has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. He was the director of Judaica at... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Writer, public speaker, dialogian, researcher, photographer, traveller, Pentecost Islander initiate, Australian Human Rights Medal Winner, Australian representative at UN meetings and Asia/Pacific Dialogues, Multicultural Advisor, anti-racism activist, cartoon character on Japanese... Read More →


Saturday June 6, 2015 21:15 - 22:15 AEST
Gallery 1
 
Sunday, June 7
 

09:30 AEST

Searching for Akiba Rubinstein – Chess Champion
Chess has been described as the Jewish national game, and Akiba Rubinstein (1880-1961) was one of its greatest exponents. This session uses his fascinating life story to discuss Jews and chess, creativity, Talmudic thinking and psychology. From Rubinstein's birth in the Polish town of Stawiski and religious upbringing, discovery of chess, triumphs and brilliance, to difficult times in Nazi-occupied Belgium. Interwoven will be Geoff’s search for Rubinstein's chess playing son, Sammy. You don’t need to be a chess player!

Presenters
avatar for Geoffrey Tofler

Geoffrey Tofler

Geoff Tofler is an amateur chess enthusiast. Stories like "The Royal Game", by Stefan Zweig, excited Tofler’s interest in the lives and creative thought processes of Jewish chess champions like Akiba Rubinstein, and led to his quest in the US, Israel and Belgium, to meet Rubinstein’s... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room G6

09:30 AEST

New book discussion 'Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural and Political Relationship'
Australian Jewry has long been regarded as the most Zionist and Israel centred Jewish diaspora in the world. As Jewish communal life in Australia evolves and Israel’s place in the world continues to be challenged, what may the future hold for this unique and abiding connection? A new academic collection Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural and Political Relationship (Sussex Academic Press, 2015) edited by Shahar Burla and Dashiel Lawrence considers this timely question. Together with contributing author Ari Lander, the editors will offer diverging perspectives on a tumultuous recent decade and the years ahead.

Presenters
avatar for Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla is a Sydney-based researcher and lecturer and a contributing editor for Plus61JMedia. Shahar holds a Master’s degree in political science from the Hebrew University and a PhD from Bar-Ilan University. He is the co-editor of “Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural... Read More →
avatar for Ari Lander

Ari Lander

Dr Ari Lander is an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Lander completed a doctorate in Jewish history at the University of New South Wales. He taught for seven years at the University of New South Wales on a variety of subjects including modern Jewish History, Zionism... Read More →
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Dashiel Lawrence

Dashiel Lawrence (PhD) has written about the history, politics and sport of the Australian Jewish diaspora for over a decade. He is co-editor of Australia and Israel: A diasporic, political and cultural relationship and the forthcoming collection People of the Boot. He works as a... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room G1

09:30 AEST

The new Israeli government and Jerusalem-Washington relations

The rift between the Obama administration and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has critics claiming that support for the Jewish state has become a partisan issue in the US. Is this true? And if so, is the Israeli leader to blame for it? What part did this play in the recent Israeli election, and how relevant is it to the American campaign now under way?


Presenters
avatar for Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum is the editor of Voice of Israel talk radio and a twice weekly political affairs columnist for the English edition of Israel Hayom, Israel's largest daily newspaper. Her columns also appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and the Algemeiner. She is the author, most recently... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Tyree room

09:30 AEST

Gossip: why we love it and why it's so destructive, even when it's true
Everyone agrees that gossip is wrong, and everyone loves to gossip! Why is this so? What is it about other people's lives, particularly their faults and failures, that we find so compelling? Together we will explore texts that talk about the motivation for gossip and examine how we can re-think our relationship to it.

Presenters
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield is a Rabbi who teaches Talmud and Jewish Thought at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds an MA from Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought, and has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. He was the director of Judaica at... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room 109

09:30 AEST

Parenting Problems with Judaism's Founding Families
Let's take a look back at the founding families of Judaism, and see the types of parents they were and what lessons they teach us about raising our children.

Presenters
avatar for Alon Meltzer

Alon Meltzer

Rabbi Alon Meltzer is the Rabbi of the ACT Jewish Community. He was ordained at Yeshiva University's RIETS, and holds an MA in Sociology as well as an MA in Medieval Jewish History


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Gallery 1

09:30 AEST

Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany
This lecture, based on my book (with same title, Princeton UP, 2007), examines the experience of Jewish survivors, both the tiny remnant of German Jews and the c. 250,000 Jewish displaced persons living in occupied Germany from 1945 to c. 1951 and their complex entanglements with defeated Germans and victorious Allies. The theme is essentially the “post-history” of my current project, the research that provoked my current fascination with the experience of refugee Jews in the Soviet Union, especially in Central Asia.

Presenters
avatar for Atina Grossmann

Atina Grossmann

Atina Grossmann is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. Publications include Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995), and co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room 101

09:30 AEST

Shaping Modern Architecture, Daniel Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin. The spiritual impact of the building made him one of the most influential architects in the world. The battle to build the museum was aided by his wife, Nina. He went on to win the prize to design the overall plan of the Ground Zero in New York. He was born in Poland to Polish Holocaust survivors and his personal story will be explored and his designs illustrated in this session.

Presenters
avatar for Irene Selecki

Irene Selecki

Architecture. Daniel Libeskind


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room 102

09:30 AEST

The boats of Cherbourg - The secret Israeli operation that revolutionized naval warfare
This presentation covers the years 1960-1973. During that time the Israeli Navy had transformed from an old Navy using equipment of WW2 to a very advanced and modern Navy beating the Russian technology used by the Egyptian and Syrian Navies during the Yom-Kippur war.
This is a personal story of a young lieutenant sent to Cherbourg/France to launch a missile boat, one of five which were caught under the French Embargo. When the five were ready to go, all measures were taken for their safe and legal departure.


Presenters
avatar for Ygal Shapir

Ygal Shapir

Ygal Shapir is a retired colonel of the Israeli Navy, in which he served for 25 years. During his second career he was a General Manager of plants and firms, in the Israeli industry and corporate arena. Shapir is a graduate from the Haifa/Technion and the University of California... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room G8

09:30 AEST

Jewish education - extrinsic or intrinsic?
How do we strengthen Jewish identity and community engagement through education? This session will explore biblical, historical and modern examples of connection to Jewish life in order to answer this question. At a time when one's Jewish identity is seen as an increasingly personal topic, Jewish education can be used both to spark an internal desire and to connect one to the larger Jewish People. Various sources of personal motivation will be explored to see how we can engage more people to Jewish life and community.

Presenters
avatar for Talya Wiseman

Talya Wiseman

Talya Wiseman is the Coordinator of Student Leadership and Development at Moriah College. She has worked extensively in both formal and informal Jewish education and Jewish young adult engagement. Wiseman holds a master's degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew University. She regularly... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Alumni room

09:30 AEST

The art of kitchen conversations while your putshking in the kitchen – the perfect opportunity to improve family relationships
What does being a yiddishe parent and grandparent look like in the 21st century and how have they changed since we were kinderlach? This session will explore 5 keys to parenting and family success through an action plan covering relationship vision-building, strategies for future-proofing your children, managing sibling rivalries, communication and 'how to have Shabbat ever night'. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this interactive workshop.
Prerequisite: Complete the world first 360 family feedback report card: www.bringingupyourparents and bring it with you to the session.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Archie

Denise Archie

Denise Archie, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, shares her five keys to parenting success with serious fun. She is CEO of a multi-award-wining company, Coaching College, specialising in leadership and also works in the corporate space. She has worked with her son for seven years... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Platus

Jessica Platus

Jessica Platus is an empathetic mother, wife, daughter, and sister, Family and Relationship Counsellor and Parenting Coach. Jessica has over 10 years’ experience working with all age groups regarding personal and family issues both within Australia and Internationally. She advocates... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Ronald room

09:30 AEST

Killing Infidels? Attitudes to Goyim? Damnation!
This session explores how Muslims, Jews, and Christians relate to people who don't share their beliefs, both in practice and in sacred texts. There is something in the Quran about Jews being turned into pigs and apes, in the Torah there are teachings about non-believers being like thorns in your sides, while Christianity seems to have space in heaven for only certain believers. To what extent are contemporary behaviours and attitudes derived from sacred texts?

Presenters
avatar for Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed is a Sydney born Sheikh, a scholar and respected teacher of Islam. After ten years studying Islam in Yemen he returned to give back to “his people”, the people of Western Sydney. He is currently volunteering as a chaplain for the NSW Police. He is Maha Abdo’s son.
avatar for Taha Allam

Taha Allam

Taha is a Lebanese Muslim from western Sydney, now studying medical science. As a teenager despite his parents’ teachings to the contrary, Taha had prejudice towards cultural and religious groups different to his own, triggered by stereotypes, and isolation. Since Taha was exposed... Read More →
avatar for Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel grew up seeing people mainly as “us & them”, as a white, male Chabadnik Jew in racially divided Brooklyn. Since 2002, he has directed Together for Humanity, a Muslim, Jewish, Christian organisation fostering acceptance, and respect. Muslim-Jewish-Western relationships... Read More →
avatar for Greg Lake

Greg Lake

Greg used to manage Immigration Detention Centres. As he got to know the people he detained, his attitude towards the 'other' changed. Confronting his own prejudices, he resigned from the department and now campaigns for a greater understanding of the human stories behind the headlines... Read More →
avatar for Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna Jacobs Sife has been involved with Judaism as a teacher, performer, writer and contemporary interpreter with regards to creative, spiritual and ritualistic expression for 20 years. One of Australia’s leading storytellers, her considerable reputation is built upon her multi-cultural... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 09:30 - 11:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

10:45 AEST

Art can do what politicians cannot

The Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for repair the world) multimedia exhibition was created to forge links and promote better understanding between community groups, through artistic collaboration. The first exhibition was held in April 2015 and brought together Jewish, Aboriginal and Korean artists. Special attention was paid to 'getting it right' with Australia's First Nation. Curator and educator Estelle Rozinski intends to make this the first of many artistic collaborations between community groups. This session will explore this artistic methodology for building multicultural bridges.



Presenters
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Estelle Rozinski

Estelle Rozinski is an educator, curator and artist; she is also the child of survivors. Her exhibitions: my place + your place = a better place and The Missing Mezzuzot of Zdunska Wola reflect her passion for social justice and her drive to create something meaningful for our ch... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room G6

10:45 AEST

Ethnic Cleansing in the Middle East then and now: The Armenian, Jewish and Assyrian stories

The horrific persecution and ethnic cleansing of Christians and other minorities by ISIS is all over the news. Listen to the president of the Young Assyrians talk about what is happening to his people in Iraq and Syria right now, a Jewish Australian tell her family’s story of expulsion from Libya in the 1940s and the executive director of the Armenian National Council tell of the Armenian genocide in the early 20th century. How can our communities support each other through past and present trauma?


Moderators
avatar for Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda Ben-Menashe

Lynda Ben-Menashe works at the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. Her passion is innovation in the building of social capital and her fervent wish is to see more talented women attain leadership roles in the Jewish community.

Presenters
avatar for Ninos Aaron

Ninos Aaron

Ninos Aaron is a founding member and current Chair of The Young Assyrians, a subsidiary of the Assyrian Universal Alliance – Australian Chapter. An advocate of Assyrian rights he has devoted his time to creating awareness of the plight of Assyrians in modern-day Iraq and the Middle... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Harvey

Ruth Harvey

Israeli born to Jewish Libyan parents, Ruth has been living in Sydney for 31 years. Her Israeli upbringing and 2000-year old Jewish Libyan heritage continue to shape her life as a 'new' Australian.   Ruth has dabbled in various careers, settling finally into her passion, which is... Read More →
avatar for Vache Kahramanian

Vache Kahramanian

Vache Kahramanian is the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of Australia, the peak public affairs body of the Armenian-Australian community. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney and recently completed his graduate diploma in... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Tyree room

10:45 AEST

Technion Nation - powerhouse behind the Start-Up nation
The story of Israel, the Start-Up Nation has been well documented. Few people realise that the acknowledged powerhouse behind this modern day miracle has been the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. In fact, the Technion's journey to world leading university is a simile for Israel itself. The Technion is often compared to the world's two leading entrepreneurial universities, MIT and Stanford. Come and hear why.

Presenters
avatar for Ken Lander

Ken Lander

Ken Lander has been Executive Director of Technion Australia since 2009 and speaks passionately about the Technion and its people. His background as a professional and volunteer leader, often at the forefront of innovation, change and making a difference, provides a natural synergy... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room G8

10:45 AEST

Who has legal title to the city of Jerusalem: Israel, Palestine, Jordan, or the United Nations?
What does Israeli law, Jordanian law, Palestinian law and international law say about who has sovereignty, control or ownership of Jerusalem? Why are distinctions made between East, West and Holy Sites? This session will study the legal status of Jerusalem in the context of its political history, population distribution, and religious symbolism. There are solutions for the practical problems but the value of the city for Christianity remains a major challenge to international acceptance of Jewish legal title.

Presenters
avatar for Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose is a Professor with the School of Law at the University of Wollongong where he is a Discipline Leader in Law and a member of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. His research expertise is in international law and its applications to counter-terrorism... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room 101

10:45 AEST

Judaism and Human Cloning

We will take a look at a subject that many people think Judaism has nothing to say about – Human Cloning. How is it possible that the Torah, given thousands of years ago at Sinai, could possibly have an opinion on a matter as modern as one of the most astounding developments in medical technology – that of Human Cloning. Come open- minded and prepare yourselves to learn about the past, the present and the future as we examine Human Cloning and it’s expression in Judaism. 


Presenters
avatar for Abi Blackman

Abi Blackman

Born in London, England, and living in Israel for the past 17 years, Abi Blackman has spent the past decade working as an International Relations Executive at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).Abi holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and an M.A. in Medical Ethics and Medical... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room 102

10:45 AEST

Maimonidies' Thirteen Principles of Faith: The Final Say in Jewish Thought?
Orthodox Jewish thought is often defined by Maimonidies' Thirteen Principles of Faith which appear in his Commentary on the Mishnah. But is this the case historically? This session explores the limits of orthodox theology by considering arguably the religiously most sensitive of the principles, the 8th principle, 'The Torah in our hands is identical to the Torah that was given by God to Moses'. We will look at Rabbinic texts, medieval commentators and more contemporary orthodox scholars to see to what extent this principle has been accepted as dogma and whether there is any room within the tradition for a more flexible interpretation.

Presenters
avatar for Shaun Jackson

Shaun Jackson

Shaun Jackson is a solicitor and has a keen interest in Jewish thought and Jewish History.He is the Programming co-chair for Limmud-Oz 2015.


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Alumni room

10:45 AEST

The shattering of the shtetl: Jewish responses to the Enlightenment (Haskalah)
There are so many different types of Jews today - from ultra orthodox to secular, to zionist and even bundists. How did we get to be so diverse? In Europe before the mid 18th century Jews lived in segregated communities with limited interaction with their Gentile neighbours. But with the advent of the Enlightenment the walls of the shtetl came tumbling down and Jews had to forge a new path in a foreign world. This talk will explore their responses and answer the question - how did the Jewish world get to where it is today?

Presenters
avatar for Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling is a long-time Limmudnik who has presented in Sydney, Melbourne and internationally over more than a dozen years. He loves to ask questions and explore the origin of all things Jewish. his passions span the traditional to the academic, presented with his uniquely humorous... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room 109

10:45 AEST

A Tainted Trial
How did a young Somali man end up in jail for the rape of a woman he had never met, in an over-28s nightclub he was too young to be admitted to, in a Melbourne suburb he had never visited? Julie Szego, author of The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama, dissects one of the worst miscarriages of justice in Australian legal history.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Szego

Julie Szego

Julie Szego, writer and Fairfax columnist, worked at "The Age" for 12 years and wrote a column for "The Australian Jewish News" for seven years. She has taught journalism at Monash University and her book, "The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama", was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier’s... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Gallery 1

10:45 AEST

The Aboriginal who stood up to Hitler: the legacy of William Cooper
In 2002, Melbourne's Jewish Holocaust Centre were the first organisation to acknowledge an amazing act of courage by a 77-year-old Aboriginal Elder after Krystallnacht. Since then, his family has been honoured in Jerusalem twice, bringing together MPs/MKs from Australian/Israeli parliaments. German senior officials may meet Cooper's grandson Uncle Boydie soon - and HRH Prince William gave Uncle an audience at Admiralty House, Sydney - during Pesach! Uncle now wishes to meet Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace before the year is out! After 64 years silence, come and honour the man whose Zeyda stood up for our Bubas and Zeydas.

Presenters
avatar for Abe Schwarz

Abe Schwarz

Known for his interest and energy with Aboriginal and Interfaith communities - and for bringing the story of Uncle Boydie's Dream to Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor-General and the German Government, this father-of-3 passionately tries to do his bit of Tikun Olam, be it through... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room G1

10:45 AEST

The Brain, moral feelings and Art - from Micah to YosI Bergner
Social justice depends upon Brain function. The Brain is not the "Thinking Organ" controlled by Self. This paper expands the notion of brain function with attention to emotion. Micah emphasised justice, kindness and humility in a distant turbulent time - the "brain issues" are similar in this turbulent time. Yosl Bergner brought to Melbourne in 1937 a Jewish perspective about social justice then largely absent from Australian Art. His work is illustrative of the above.

Presenters
avatar for Ross Mellick

Ross Mellick

Ross Mellick is a Neurologist. Neurology and neuroscience are commitments he has joined at tertiary level to the humanities and art. As a writer, curator (Museum of Contemporary Art), Judge (Blake Prize for Religious Art) and producer of Art, he is represented by th National Gallery... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Ronald room

12:00 AEST

Music and the Camps
Music was an integral part of camp life in almost all Nazi concentration camps prior to and during World War II. Yiddish songs were sung in Eastern European camps, classical and Jewish music was performed at Theresienstadt and specific orchestras, like the “Girls Orchestra” in Auschwitz and the Jazz Big Band in Buchenwald, were established. In this session I will explore the reasons why.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Bromberger

Andy Bromberger

Andy Bromberger ASCM, BMus performed professionally and taught clarinet for many years. Eight years ago she started 'Coffee Cake and Culture' which explores the social history of classical music. She regularly talks at the NSW Art Gallery and Eastside Radio, lectures at WEA and her... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room 102

12:00 AEST

Diaspora Jews supporting Israel
As Australian Jews in the Diaspora there are many ways we can provide valuable assistance in addition to donations. Our connections, networks and experience in our own fields provide much more for Israel's economy and growth into global markets than is generally tapped.
It is not just about Philanthropy as this strong Israeli economy needs us as supporters and thinkers. We can offer so much more.
This is a two way street as inspiration flows from working with many parts of the Israeli economy and society at a time when we are all needing to act as one.

Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room G1

12:00 AEST

One State, Two narratives
This session will explore different ways of speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in multiple voices. Using case examples focusing on history, media and language, we will be exploring the question of what a balanced and neutral approach to teaching and speaking about one of the world's most hotly debated conflicts involves.

Presenters
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an interfaith movement for Israelis and Palestinians and Israel Correspondent for Plu61J Media. He also frequently teaches on gap year programs about the identity, narratives and cultures of the people who call Jerusalem... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room 101

12:00 AEST

The Shrew, the Femme Fatale, and the Madonna/Whore: Three Talmudic Heroines (1 of 3) Yalta, the Shrew
Why are shrews always so vicious? How did the ancient world view the male/female body? And what possessed Yalta to smash 400 bottles of her husband’s wine? The comic tale of Yalta, read through Aristotle, Shakespeare, Congreve, Brontë, Jean Rhys, Adrienne Rich, and R. Kook.

Presenters
avatar for Gila Fine

Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She’s also a teacher of talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Pardes. Gila is the former editor of quarterly journal Azure... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Gallery 1

12:00 AEST

Torah as a Framework for Personal Transformation
The Torah tells us the story of a nation's freedom from slavery and its 40 year journey home. We will explore this same story, on a different octave, as a vital and relevant path from our own place of constriction (Mitzrayim) to our own home in wellbeing.

Presenters
SF

Steven Frischling

Married, 4 children, Rabbi, live in Sydney, have taught Torah as a framework for personal transformation for 20 years.


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Ronald room

12:00 AEST

Anonymous Righteous: the Hellene smugglers who rescued Jews
Between 1938 and 1944, the Hellenic underworld was hired by Jewish committees through William R. Perl, a young lawyer in Vienna. Perl organised an operation that carried Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe to British Palestine. ‘The Action’ carried 40,000 Jews aboard a variety of barely seaworthy vessels on 62 clandestine voyages. This presentation endeavours to highlight the contribution made by smugglers and other shadowy figures, whose real names will probably never be known.

Presenters
avatar for Panayiotis Diamadis

Panayiotis Diamadis

Dr Panayiotis Diamadis lectures Genocide Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. A regular presenter at Limmud-Oz and Yom Limmud, he specialises in the Shoah, and the Genocides of the Armenians, Assyrians and Hellenes. Of particular interest are the roles of witness and rescuer... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room G8

12:00 AEST

Jews in Egypt
Egypt is the most heavily populated (90 millions) Arabic/Muslim country located next to the State of Israel. Most Jewish people know that Jews lived for 400 years in ancient Egypt until they left under the leadership of Moses. However, few Jewish people are aware that Jews also have a more recent heritage connection with Egypt, occupying prominent roles and enriching Egyptian culture in various ways -despite a number of challenges. The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how Jews in the Diaspora can enhance the culture wherever they live and to provide an example of their responsibilities away from the Promised Land. This session is dedicated to "The Jews in Egypt".

Presenters
avatar for Hamdy Boulis

Hamdy Boulis

Dr. Hamdy Boulis is an Australian citizen who migrated from Egypt three decades ago . He has been a General Practioner for 29 years in a multicultural area in Sydney. Hamdy was contemporary to the major wars between Egypt and Israel as he lived in Cairo and had first hand experience... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Alumni room

12:00 AEST

'Look how they treat their women'
The way men relate to women is a substantial issue that frequently arises in interfaith relations as cause for concern. This talk will honestly explore practical realities such as domestic violence, gender equality, restrictions on women, sacred texts and how texts meet custom and culture.

Presenters
avatar for Maha Abdo

Maha Abdo

Maha is the Executive Officer of the United Muslim Women Association, which has been supporting, and representing Muslim women (including victims of domestic violence) for over 30 years. Maha has given presentations at various conferences highlighting the difference between religious... Read More →
avatar for Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed is a Sydney born Sheikh, a scholar and respected teacher of Islam. After ten years studying Islam in Yemen he returned to give back to “his people”, the people of Western Sydney. He is currently volunteering as a chaplain for the NSW Police. He is Maha Abdo’s son.
avatar for Jacquie Seemann Charak

Jacquie Seemann Charak

Jacquie Seemann Charak is a Jewish feminist, wife, mother of four and lawyer.  She is currently a Board member of Or Chadash, an Orthodox congregation; and a member of the NSW committees of the Australian and New Zealand Education Law Association and the Australian Labour Lawyers... Read More →
avatar for Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel grew up seeing people mainly as “us & them”, as a white, male Chabadnik Jew in racially divided Brooklyn. Since 2002, he has directed Together for Humanity, a Muslim, Jewish, Christian organisation fostering acceptance, and respect. Muslim-Jewish-Western relationships... Read More →
avatar for Greg Lake

Greg Lake

Greg used to manage Immigration Detention Centres. As he got to know the people he detained, his attitude towards the 'other' changed. Confronting his own prejudices, he resigned from the department and now campaigns for a greater understanding of the human stories behind the headlines... Read More →
avatar for Judy Levitan

Judy Levitan

Judith is a founding member of the Jewish Alliance Against Family Violence, a community organisation that educates about family violence and promotes respectful relationships. Judith has worked for a number of years in the social justice sector as a solicitor, community legal education... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

12:00 AEST

Film Screening: Code of Silence

Presenters
avatar for Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg is a journalist and documentary-maker. A former editor of the Australian Jewish News, he now runs an independent production company. His credits include "Code of Silence" (2014, Walkley Award),"'Brilliant Creatures" presented by Howard Jacobson (2014, Logie & AACTA finalist... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room 109

12:00 AEST

Jewish head-covering: tradition and modernity
A guide to the Jewish head-covering tradition, its origin and development.
Illustrations of various trends, types and variations, including contemporary designs up to very innovative 3-d printed kippot.

Presenters
avatar for Roman Eidlin

Roman Eidlin

Roman Eidlin is an artist, designer and the owner of Sydney-based DesignKippah, a manufacturer of contemporary Judaica.


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room G6

12:00 AEST

The settlements issue: What international law has to say
This session will cover the following issues:
1. Secure and recognized boundaries
2. The role of the United Nations
3. Settlements and self-determination
4. The concept of occupation
5. Four propositions put against Israel
6. NSW Labor and the Meron opinion
7. A Palestinian right of return
8. Options?
This is a 75-minute session.

Presenters
avatar for David Knoll

David Knoll

David Knoll AM is a Sydney barrister. He is a Past President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the peak body of the NSW Jewish community, and continues to serve on the Executive Council for Australian Jewry. A Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law University of NSW, in 2011 he... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 13:15 AEST
Tyree room

12:00 AEST

Art activity

I am an artist inspired by the ideas drawn from science and how these may affect our faith. I have a passion for genetics and the intricacies of this discipline underpin my work as an artist. I will be drawing around lunchtime on Sunday in Leighton Hall. Please stop by to observe, draw or chat.


Presenters
avatar for Steven Durbach

Steven Durbach

(aka Sid Sledge)From 1995 to 2008 I worked as a scientist lecturing and doing research in the genetics of bacteria and viruses…. spending most of my time at the University of the Witwatersrand and since then I have been working as a fulltime artist… Selected Group Exhibitions... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:00 - 14:00 AEST
Leighton Hall

12:30 AEST

The Mezuzah project

Giving voice to Jewish lives and communities before the Holocaust through personalized mezzuzahs and stories. Estelle will be making mezzuzoth at various times throughout the Limmud program beginning at midday on Sunday the 6th June.
She invites you to participate, make your own mezzuzah, share your story or just come and have a chat.


Presenters
ER

Estelle Rozinski

Estelle Rozinski is an educator, curator and artist; she is also the child of survivors. Her exhibitions: my place + your place = a better place and The Missing Mezzuzot of Zdunska Wola reflect her passion for social justice and her drive to create something meaningful for our ch... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 12:30 - 14:30 AEST
Leighton Hall

13:15 AEST

Rethinking a Complex Kinship: Australian Jewry and Israel
Israel sits at the forefront of Australian Jewish communal life (its organizations, schools, media and a lobby). Yet the reasons for its centrality remain largely unexplained and unexamined. This session critically re-evaluates the historical background to this nexus and the contemporary nature of the relationship with particular focus on the period since the Maccabiah Bridge disaster (1997). In addition, the session considers the future directions in relations with references made to Jewish diasporas elsewhere.

Presenters
DL

Dashiel Lawrence

Dashiel Lawrence (PhD) has written about the history, politics and sport of the Australian Jewish diaspora for over a decade. He is co-editor of Australia and Israel: A diasporic, political and cultural relationship and the forthcoming collection People of the Boot. He works as a... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Room 102

13:15 AEST

The Mystery of the Holy Language - Numbers behind the letters, words and verses
This session will explore the Hebrew language in its written and spoken forms, decoding the mysteries of the holy language. This session will be in Hebrew.

 

Presenters
avatar for Arie Ilsar

Arie Ilsar

I am 67 years old Engineer. About 10 years ago I developed interest in the connection between numbers and letters, words and verses in The Bible. Later I extended my research to the connection to figurative numbers. The connections I have found added another philosophical view to... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Room G6

13:15 AEST

Teaching Palestinians about the Holocaust
In the spring of 2014, Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi made headlines at home and abroad when he organised and escorted 27 Palestinian university students to visit Auschwitz and learn about the Holocaust. This was a quintessential experiential learning opportunity for advanced students, but it cost the professor his post at al-Quds University and compromised his personal security. He will address this issue and why, as a Palestinian, he believes it is important for him to teach about the Holocaust.

Presenters
avatar for Mohammed Dajani

Mohammed Dajani

Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, is a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees.  Until May of last year he was professor of political science, Rector of Libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

13:15 AEST

Sex, Lies & Videotape: Jews & The Royal Commission
The child sex abuse scandal exploded in 2011 when Manny Waks went public with his story. Almost four years later, the Royal Commission spent two weeks sifting through the rubble. A session focussing on the fallout from the producer and director of 'Code of Silence', the Walkley Award-winning documentary on the subject.
You can view the film beforehand from 12pm - 1pm or via this link: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/codeofsilence   

Presenters
avatar for Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg is a journalist and documentary-maker. A former editor of the Australian Jewish News, he now runs an independent production company. His credits include "Code of Silence" (2014, Walkley Award),"'Brilliant Creatures" presented by Howard Jacobson (2014, Logie & AACTA finalist... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Room 109

13:15 AEST

Wolper Wellbeing program Q & A: Medical issues and Halacha today
Wolper will be running a moderated Q&A style discussion on medical issues that are often misunderstood or not discussed from a Halachic perspective.
These include organ donation, stem cell research and transplants, genetic engineering, assisted reproduction in order to avoid disabilities, fertility treatments, the sanctity of the human body and more.
This session runs for 75 minutes and ends at 2:30pm.



Moderators
avatar for Abigail Goldberg

Abigail Goldberg

GoldbergBlaise is a boutique consultancy providing creative and customised strategic management and planning solutions by experienced senior managers. Abigail is the Director. She has senior public and private sector management experience and has held numerous positions including... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Moshe Gutnick

Moshe Gutnick

Moshe D. Gutnick is an Orthodox rabbi and a member of the Chabad Hasidic movement. Rabbi Gutnick is a member of the Beth Din in Sydney, Australia; he is an authority on Halacha. He is the Rabbinic Administrator of the Kashrut Authority.
avatar for Mendy Litzman

Mendy Litzman

Mendy Litzman arrived in Sydney from New York 11½ years ago. After studying here, he went to America to do his smicha (studies to become a Rabbi). We in Sydney are fortunate that he then returned to marry his wife Dani, and they have made their home here.A certified paramedic working... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Tuch

Bernie Tuch

Dr Tuch is Director of the NSW Stem Cell Network, and an Honorary Professor of Medicine at The University of Sydney.  He is a past president and one of the founders of Mount Sinai College, a primary Jewish Day School in Maroubra. 


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:15 - 14:30 AEST
Room G1

13:30 AEST

The Yids are alright - the hidden Jews behind British pop
It is a little known fact that a group of gay Jewish promoters had a substantial influence on the development of pop music in the late 50s and early 60s in Britain. In this session we will investigate the reasons for this phenomenon and also look in depth at the hidden Jewish promoters, songwriters and performers behind such popular British pop and rock acts of the 60s and 70s as Cliff Richard, the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Freddie & the Dreamers, Herman’s Hermits, The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, Fleetwood Mac, The Hollies, 10cc, Procol Harum, T-Rex and many others. Viewing vintage film & video clips, analysing song lyrics and listening to a lot of great music are all part of this entertaining session.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman

Founder and director of Shir Madness (Sydney’s Jewish music festival), Gary is an intellectual property lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of Jewish songwriters and performers and has shared his passion by giving numerous talks on the subject at Shalom, Moriah... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Gallery 1

13:30 AEST

Reconciling morality and Jewish tradition

The panel will explore the tensions that often exist between the Jewish tradition and our modern sensibilities. How do we reconcile this tension or are the differences simply too great to harmonise? Each of the panellists will explore morally difficult stories and concepts in the Tanach and see how the Rabbis sought to address these issues .    


Moderators
SC

Sarah Charak

Sarah grew up in North Bondi and spent time studying Tanach, Talmud and other imminently useful topics in Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel for a year-and-a-half. Eventually she got around to starting university, and is now studying Arts/Law at the University of Sydney. Sarah is currently... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Raphael Dascalu

Raphael Dascalu

A native of sunny Sydney and a resident of Melbourne, Raphael Dascalu completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney. He then moved to Israel, where he completed his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University, and spent extended periods studying at Yeshivat... Read More →
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield is a Rabbi who teaches Talmud and Jewish Thought at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds an MA from Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought, and has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. He was the director of Judaica at... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Kalman

Aaron Kalman

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Aaron Kalman is a Jewish Agency/ZFA Shalich working in Sydney. Formerly a counsellor for Jewish teenagers visiting Israel, a coach for high school debaters and a reporter and breaking news editor for The Times of Israel, Aaron provides both theoretical... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Room 101

13:30 AEST

What is Jewish Astrology?' or 'Do Jews actually acknowledge the Zodiac?'
The Bible, Talmud and code of Jewish law suggest the constellations are G-d’s channel through which spiritual forces flow through to the world. According to the Sefer Yetzirah, the month in which you are born indicates a potential strength you can develop or a difficult flaw you can overcome. This session on Kabbalistic astrology examines our individual tendencies and provides guidance to how and when we can refine ourselves during the cycle of the Jewish year.

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Bauer

Deborah Bauer

Deborah (aka Devorah) Bauer teaches Media & Radio Broadcasting at TAFE and presents on Soul Traveller Radio- http://soultravellerradio.com/. She writes for Sage Magazine - http://bit.ly/1CgISFW and has taught Astrology at Nature Care College. Deborah weaves ancient symbolism, Kabbalah... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Alumni room

13:30 AEST

Applying traditional courage to Jewish life today
Jewish communities today confront domestic violence, sexual abuse, homophobic bullying, racism, misogyny, rabbinic misconduct, etc. In Orthodox communities, we often keep silent out of fear of violating laws against talebearing or causing community strife. However, the Royal Commission revealed that key Jewish leaders actively covered up abuses. We will explore Torah alternatives to silence and complacency. These insights can help us to respond with ethics and courage to social issues faced by Jewish communities today.

Presenters
avatar for Gávi Ansara

Gávi Ansara

Ansara Psychotherapy
Dr Gávi Ansara has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England. He is the founding director of Rosh Pinah: An Affirming Orthodox Jewish Network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or non-binary, and intersex people and their families and communities. Dr Gávi is... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Room G8

13:30 AEST

Beyond Red Lines: A Workshop to Enhance Inclusive Conversation in our Community
This session will take the form of a workshop where participants will, through facilitated discussion, identify barriers to open conversation on 'hot topics' and develop positive, creative ways to address these.

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Berkon

Michelle Berkon

Michelle Berkon is a mother, vegan, organic gardener, traveller, and ex-secondary school teacher. She has a small business presenting seminars on integrating indigenous pedagogies into Australian schools. One of the strengths of the Jewish community, she believes, is lively communication... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Ronald room

13:30 AEST

The Ivory Tower, the Campus Lawn and the Israel/Palestine Battlefield

According to the Israel advocacy organisation, Stand Up for Israel, ‘Israel is under assault on North American college campuses today like never before.’ How true is this of the Australian campus scene? When does free speech become hate speech? What’s at stake in these campus battles and how can we bridge the divide between academics and students. Are our universities bastions of antisemitism? 


Presenters
avatar for Elenore Levi

Elenore Levi

Elenore Levi is a postgraduate law student at the University of Sydney and is currently the National Vice Chairperson of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS). She was born and raised in Sydney, attending Ascham School for secondary school. Elenore has a Bachelor of International... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Daniel is currently working as a solicitor at Levitt Robinson Solicitors, doing primarily plaintiff class action work. In a previous life, he worked as a policy analyst at the Australia/Israel and jewish Affairs Council, was a vice president of AUJS, and took a number of groups to... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Tyree room

14:45 AEST

The Portrayal of Jew by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and George Eliot
In 18th Century England, great novelists abound. Three of the best Victorian writers - Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope and George Eliot - presented Jewish characters in their novels. In this session, we will consider the manner in which Jews are portrayed in Oliver Twist (1837-8), The Way We Live Now (1875) and Daniel Deronda (1876). We will also watch some excerpts from BBC productions of the novels.

Presenters
avatar for Hilton Immerman

Hilton Immerman

Dr Hilton Immerman OAM is an Honorary Fellow of the University of NSW. He was head of Shalom for almost 30 years. Hilton has seven university degrees from four different continents. As a former teacher of English, Hilton’s research interests include the portrayal of the Jew in English... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Gallery 1

14:45 AEST

David & Goliath: Israel & the UN. A tale of jaundice and prejudice
Israel's experience at the United Nations has been akin to that of the Jew among the nations - a saga of unashamed prejudice to the point of turning the UN into a farce.

Presenters
avatar for Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff is CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. He was Former Chair, NSW Community Relations Commission and Former editor of the Australian Jewish News, reporting from Moscow on a bid to free Soviet Jewry, and from Israel on the Gulf War and assassination of Prime Minister... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

14:45 AEST

Film screening: Pat Farmer's Road to Peace
Screening of Pat Farmer's Road to Peace documentary. Australia's champion ultra-marathon runner Pat Farmer runs across the Middle East for peace. His 25 day journey takes him through Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Gaza ending up in Jerusalem.
Hear more from Pat Farmer himself on Sunday, 6.30pm-7.30pm. 

Presenters
avatar for Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer

Pat is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. His run from the North Pole to the South made him a household name, but he ran across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and North America as well and raised millions of dollars for the Cancer Council, the Australian Red Cross... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room 109

14:45 AEST

The Experience of Benei Menashe Settlers in Israel
The Benei Meanshe from North-East India are a tribal group who identify as descendants of ancient Israelites and practise Orthodox Judaism. Members of the group have been settling in Israel since 1989, with over 3,000 of them now living as Jews and as citizens. While their claims were often looked on with suspicion, they were accepted by the Chief Rabbinate in 2005. In this session we shall look at how well they have settled in Israel, their attachment to Israel, the problems they have faced and overcome, the extent to which racism or suspicion of them as economic migrants - or as pawns of the ultra-orthodox settler movement - have affected their reception and their adjustment in the land of their dreams and aspirations.

Presenters
avatar for Myer Samra

Myer Samra

Dr Myer Samra edits the "Australian Journal of Jewish Studies". He has conducted research on Sephardi Jews in Australia and the Benei Menashe of North East India. He is also a lawyer, employed by the Department of Family and Community Services, and an accredited specialist in Children’s... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Ronald room

14:45 AEST

The rise of the Islamic State movement: messaging, recruitment and radicalisation in Australia and around the world

This session will provide a framework for understanding the rise of ISIS/IS out of al-Qaeda in Iraq.  It will explain why IS is best understood as al-Qaeda 3.0 and how the Iraq War inadvertently facilitated its emergence.  It will examine IS propaganda material in order to better understand its core message and its appeal.  The session will conclude by reviewing what we understand about IS (and al Nusra Front) recruitment in Australia.


Presenters
avatar for Greg Barton

Greg Barton

Greg is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia in the Faculty of Arts at Monash. He is based in the Politics stream in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. He is acting Director of theCentre for Islam and the Modern World (CIMOW), Deputy UNESCO Chair... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Tyree room

14:45 AEST

Does Judaism teach that a woman is like a piece of meat?
Jewish texts written over thousands of years appear to make statements which we may judge harshly from the perspective of our modern sensibilities. What are we to do with these texts? Can they inspire us? What do they teach us? This session will look at examples of these texts and the many different ways that Jews, today, interact with the most problematic parts of our heritage.

Presenters
avatar for Yotam Weiner

Yotam Weiner

Yotam Weiner is an educator living in Sydney. He works as the Education Manager at the Sydney Jewish Museum, his former role was as a Jewish Studies teacher at Emanuel School, Sydney, and before that as a teacher of various subjects in various schools in Sydney, Melbourne and London... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room G8

14:45 AEST

Iran as a Site of Relief and Refuge for European Jews 1933-1945: German-Jewish Refugees, Polish Jews in Transit, and the Remarkable Story of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in Teheran
This lecture focuses on an even lesser known aspect of my current project, the critical role of Iran as the site of rescue and relief efforts for European Jews, both for the small number of Western European refugees (including my father) and the headquarters of the JOINT relief operation for East European Jews trapped in Central Asia as well as the transit point for the “Teheran Children” and the Polish Exile (Anders) Army.

Presenters
avatar for Atina Grossmann

Atina Grossmann

Atina Grossmann is Professor of History in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union in New York City. Publications include Reforming Sex: The German Movement for Birth Control and Abortion Reform, 1920-1950 (1995), and co-edited volumes on Crimes of War: Guilt... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room 101

14:45 AEST

At the end of life what are the choices, medically and ethically?

Most people are unprepared for the complex medical choices at the end of life for themselves and for loved ones. It is a time of great sadness and stress and to add a lack of knowledge as to what is available and what is legal worsens the situation. Dr Susan Hertzberg, an Accident an Emergency Specialist, who has a degree in Health Law will give you the medical and legal answers and Rabbi Ninio from Temple Emanuel, the Jewish perspective. Real life dilemmas will be discussed to illustrate the issues involved in end of life care and what you need to know to make the best decisions.    


Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki is a doctor by day and a Bob Dylan tragic by night. She works at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research developing computer software for doctors and conducting clinical trials.  Her career has spanned working in a gaol for adolescent girls, co-producing medical... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Peter Gonski

Peter Gonski

Associate Professor Peter Gonski is a senior staff specialist geriatrician with more than 20 years of experience in care for the elderly in hospitals and the community. He has been associated with the development of many services and models of care for the aging.  Currently he  is... Read More →
avatar for Susan Hertzberg

Susan Hertzberg

Dr Susan Hertzberg is a doctor, an Emergency Physician and Director of Emergency Medicine Training at Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. She is a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine at the University of New South Wales and a Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics in the Faculty... Read More →
avatar for Norelle Lickiss

Norelle Lickiss

Norelle Lickiss AO, Hon Clinical Professor University of Sydney. Consultant Emeritus Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Royal Hospital for Women  (which means that I watch other people work). Involved still in interdisciplinary studies University of Tasmania. and teaching.
avatar for Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio was ordained as a rabbi in 1998 and has been at Emanuel Synagogue since then. She was the synagogue’s first female rabbi and the third Australian-born woman to receive rabbinic ordination. She has an interest in midrash and liturgy and has a passion for storyte... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room G1

14:45 AEST

Breaking new ground in medical research: Israeli and Australian collaboration
Israel and Australia have some of the best medical research minds in the world and AUSiMED is an organisation that brings these researchers together, arranging and fundraising for collaborative medical research between both countries. AUSiMED is also the first charity in Australia that will soon be offering a model of fundraising called Venture Philanthropy where Foundations can get their donations potentially repaid with interest if a research project has commercial success. The CEO from AUSiMED will describe examples of this collaborative work in breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart and prostate cancer.

Presenters
avatar for Roz Kaldor-Aroni

Roz Kaldor-Aroni

CEO, AUSiMED Ltd
Roz Kaldor-Aroni is CEO of AUSiMED, a not-for-profit organisation that fundraises and facilitates medical research collaborations between Israel and Australia. Prior to this, Roz was a General Manager at Telstra. responsible for the commercial arrangements of all Telstra’s large... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Alumni room

14:45 AEST

Compromise and Categories: An Aspect of Jewish Identity
Who we are is a holy middle ground: a compromise, our willingness to bend, or not, to reach mutual satisfaction. We will examine why that willingness is often regarded as a vice, particularly in religion - and whether the categorisation of belief is destroying the relationship a Jew has with himself, and with other Jews.

Presenters
avatar for Ben Ezzes

Ben Ezzes

Teacher
Benjamin Ezzes holds a Combined Bachelor of Arts/Education (Secondary) degree at the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in Jewish education. He has been teaching Jewish Studies and History for six years, first at BJE and now at Moriah College.


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room G6

14:45 AEST

Science, Nonscience and Judaism

What is Science? What is non-Science? What is nonsense? Where does Judaism fit in - or does it? Come and be offended by this lively, non- technical presentation and don't be surprised if you hear Rabbi Jonathan Sacks mentioned. 


Presenters
avatar for Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen has been a mathematics teacher in four countries over 33 years, from the ghettos of Cape Town through four Jewish schools to Moriah College. He is very happily married to Tracy, a besotted dad to David, a proud Australian and Jew. All the rest is incidental.


Sunday June 7, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room 102

16:00 AEST

Aleph Bet Yoga for Kids (and Parents too!)
Discover Jewish Yoga! Come and have fun making shapes with your body. Explore the aleph-bet in this interactive practical workshop sure to have you rolling, balancing and in a twist!

Presenters
avatar for Alla Melman

Alla Melman

Alla Mellman is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, yoga teacher and mum of two. She loves combining Jewish concepts into movement and meditation, and integrating yoga into daily practice.


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Tyree room

16:00 AEST

67 since 48, 48 since 67 - Israel's journey so far
Two of the numbers thrown around constantly in discussions about Israel are '67 and '48. What are these numbers? And more importantly - how do they continue to shape Israel and the discussion about it until today?

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Kalman

Aaron Kalman

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Aaron Kalman is a Jewish Agency/ZFA Shalich working in Sydney. Formerly a counsellor for Jewish teenagers visiting Israel, a coach for high school debaters and a reporter and breaking news editor for The Times of Israel, Aaron provides both theoretical... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room G1

16:00 AEST

Film screening: Pitch Battle

Screening of the documentary film Pitch Battle, which follows filmmaker Dan Goldberg's experience documenting the Palestinian football team. It takes viewers away from the black-and-white propaganda on both sides, and exposes the humans caught up in the grey zone of this pitch battle, where freedom fighters and terrorists collide, and where football players sometimes become pawns in a much more serious game. 


Presenters
avatar for Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg is a journalist and documentary-maker. A former editor of the Australian Jewish News, he now runs an independent production company. His credits include "Code of Silence" (2014, Walkley Award),"'Brilliant Creatures" presented by Howard Jacobson (2014, Logie & AACTA finalist... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room 109

16:00 AEST

The Iran Deal: Compromise or capitulation?

Six major world powers and Iran reached a framework deal in April 2015 to restrict Iran’s nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief. The details of the agreement are to be negotiated by the end of June 2015. The Obama administration has argued that the nuclear deal has the potential to limit Iran obtaining nuclear weapons and dramatically reducing the prospect of a military confrontation. The Israeli government led by Benjamin Netanyanhu and supported by many members of the US Congress have greeted the deal with caution and criticism, and have argued that the framework reached represents a bad deal, will not result in the destruction of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, and in the long-term will destabilize the region. Who is right? This session will explore the pros and cons of the Iranian deal and the risks to Israel and to the middle-east generally. 


Moderators
avatar for Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose is a Professor with the School of Law at the University of Wollongong where he is a Discipline Leader in Law and a member of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security. His research expertise is in international law and its applications to counter-terrorism... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum is the editor of Voice of Israel talk radio and a twice weekly political affairs columnist for the English edition of Israel Hayom, Israel's largest daily newspaper. Her columns also appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and the Algemeiner. She is the author, most recently... Read More →
avatar for David Smith

David Smith

Dr David Smith is a lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy, jointly appointed between the United States Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Smith has a PhD in political science from the University of Michigan, and... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

16:00 AEST

Could've, Should've, But Didn't: Why did the Kimberley Plan fail, and what if it had succeeded?
The Kimberley Plan was a proposal to open the East Kimberley region of Western Australia to European Jewish settlement on the eve of World War Two. It garnered support from many different sectors of Australia and was submitted for approval to the Government of Prime Minister John Curtin, which rejected the plan in 1944. Only a few scholars have addressed the history of the Kimberley Plan, but no one has ever investigated the reasons why the plan was rejected. My research focuses on why the Kimberley Plan failed. This research is also accompanied by a creative narrative that asks a "Uchronic question": What if the Kimberley Plan had succeeded rather than failed?

Presenters
avatar for David Carlos Muller

David Carlos Muller

David Carlos Muller is a PhD candidate focusing on the Kimberley Plan and Uchronic Fiction at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria.


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room G6

16:00 AEST

The phenomenon of Holocaust Deception
Holocaust deception involves assuming the mantle of suffering experienced in the most extreme form of mass murder in history. In doing so, the deceiver claims the suffering of six million dead for themselves, thereby denying the victims their unique validity. Certain factors appear to be common. Individuals often are disgruntled with their lives and have problems with relationships, work or money.While it is not always evident if they have psychiatric difficulties, there is often personality dysfunction with hysterical, narcissistic or borderline traits. This arises in childhood leaving a residue of intense hostility to authority and, in some, a tendency to extreme fantasy. A variant of this is the phenomenon of Holocaust delusion.

Presenters
avatar for Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan

Robert M Kaplan is a forensic psychiatrist and historian who has written on genocide, medical abuse, Jewish matters and biography. A regular speaker he has given several talks to Limmud Oz in Sydney. He has published three books.


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room 102

16:00 AEST

Depression in Teenagers. A personal story.
In his book, “mum i wish i was dead. the story of a teenager who conquered depression ” Adam Schwartz chronicles a battle few people understand but many are touched by. His experience helps us answer important questions. Is there a future for someone suffering? What are the signs and symptoms in a teenager? How does it affect a family? Where do you get help? Adam is joined by Dr Karen Spielman a general practitioner and Dr Dani Klein a practicing psychologist, both experienced in adolescent mental health.

Moderators
avatar for Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki is a doctor by day and a Bob Dylan tragic by night. She works at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research developing computer software for doctors and conducting clinical trials.  Her career has spanned working in a gaol for adolescent girls, co-producing medical... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Dani Klein

Dani Klein

Dani Klein is a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist and has worked in both the private and public sectors in many parts of Sydney. With well over 23 years of experience, Dani has worked predominantly with adolescents.  After beginning her career in the Acute Psychiatric Ward at... Read More →
avatar for Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz

Adam Schwartz was a personal trainer for five years and is currently studying philosophy at university. He has just written and published a book on his journey with depression, "Mum, I wish I was dead - The story of a teenager who conquered depression". www.adamschwartz.com.au
avatar for Karen Spielman

Karen Spielman

Karen Spielman has been a GP for over 20 years and has worked with young people with mental health problems in multiple settings. Karen is also involved in the new “Headspace” centre in Bondi Junction, part of the federally funded National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room 101

16:00 AEST

Men's Circle
We all need to be heard - this group work worked at Limmud UK, and we seek to attract men with a willingness to speak their authentic voice..
Let's explore what might develop among like-minded people in a respectful environment.

Presenters
avatar for Danny Beran

Danny Beran

Danny Beran enjoys real conversations. He has enjoyed much ‘men’s work’ which, despite 'pieces of paper' in medicine, finance and most other areas, is not nearly as satisfying as encouraging others to be themselves in a safe environment. This is a forum to 'meet', but not workshop... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Alumni room

16:00 AEST

Where is the next generation of leaders?
Why are our shuls and community organisations not busting at the seams with young adults keen to be involved? What will the future of our community look like if young adults keep shunning the traditional structures and organisations that their parents and grandparents built? This session will look at what is working and not working when it comes to effectively engaging Jewish young adults.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Samowitz

Gary Samowitz

Hakoah
Gary has a long history of working in the non-profit industry and across many realms of the Australian Jewish community. He worked for ten years as the CEO of Stand Up and prior to that was the Hillel Director in Sydney where he mentored and trained Jewish university students, and... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Gallery 1

17:15 AEST

Land and Nationality - Who owns the land of Israel? And is Israel a real democracy?
Who actually owns the land of Israel? Who have the rights on it? Who can do whatever he wants and who is demanding justice...
Let's go on a journey from the beginning of purchasing the land in Israel 130 years ago untill the last Supreme Court decisions. This will bring us to the major dilemma between the Jewish and the Democratic state of Israel and to try to answer the big question - who is Israel for?

Presenters
avatar for Shlomo BenHaiem

Shlomo BenHaiem

Shlomo BenHaiem is the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (JNF) National Education Director and KKL Emissary. He holds an MA inLand of Israel Studies and Jewish History, and a BA Dip. Ed in Jewish Studies.He has held a Licensed Tour Guide Diploma in Israel for the past 25 years. For the last... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room 101

17:15 AEST

Revealing insights into the Muslim world
The Muslim world tells a far more complex story than the media would lead us to believe. Alongside the radicalism and fear with which we're familiar, there are important stories of courage, dissent and moderation at a grassroots level. Given both Israel's and Australia's proximity to Muslim countries, it is essential we develop a deeper understanding. Hear from three academics on the forefront of research and activism in the Muslim world. 

Moderators
avatar for Julie Szego

Julie Szego

Julie Szego, writer and Fairfax columnist, worked at "The Age" for 12 years and wrote a column for "The Australian Jewish News" for seven years. She has taught journalism at Monash University and her book, "The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama", was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier’s... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Greg Barton

Greg Barton

Greg is the Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia in the Faculty of Arts at Monash. He is based in the Politics stream in the School of Political and Social Inquiry. He is acting Director of theCentre for Islam and the Modern World (CIMOW), Deputy UNESCO Chair... Read More →
avatar for Mohammed Dajani

Mohammed Dajani

Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, is a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees.  Until May of last year he was professor of political science, Rector of Libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University... Read More →
avatar for Ida Lichter

Ida Lichter

Ida Lichter is a psychiatrist who has spent most of her working life in Australia and the U.K. She is an internationally known writer and commentator on Muslim women reformers and women's rights in Islamic countries. Ida writes for The Australian and The Huffington Post, United... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

17:15 AEST

Sleeping With The Enemy
The behind-the-scenes story of journalist and documentary-maker Dan Goldberg, who spent one week inside Palestine in December 2014 – in Ramallah, Kalkilya and Kalandiya filming the Palestinian football team as they prepared to travel to Australia to compete in the 20125 Asian Cup. The result was 'PITCH BATTLE', which premiered on the ABC in April.

Presenters
avatar for Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg

Dan Goldberg is a journalist and documentary-maker. A former editor of the Australian Jewish News, he now runs an independent production company. His credits include "Code of Silence" (2014, Walkley Award),"'Brilliant Creatures" presented by Howard Jacobson (2014, Logie & AACTA finalist... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room 109

17:15 AEST

Biblical zealots and the extremists of today
Discover how The Biblical Elijah the Prophet (Eliyahu Hanavi) transforms from being a prickly zealot, extremist and staunch critic of the Jewish people, to the legendary bearer of good news and omens, who appears throughout our later folklore making miracles and causing people to rejoice… And what does his transformation mean for us today?

Presenters
avatar for Yonatan Sinclair

Yonatan Sinclair

Yonatan Sinclair is an Israeli-born educator who is currently on Shlichut for the Jewish Agency, Bnei Akiva and Moriah College. He has a BA in Jewish History from Hebrew University and a Dip Ed from the Kerem Institute in Jerusalem. He has worked with groups from around the world... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room G6

17:15 AEST

Jews and Sufism: A forgotten love story
This session explores the Jewish encounter with Sufism (Islamic mysticism), which fascinated many Jews in the medieval period. Some Jewish individuals and communities adopted elements of Sufi practice and meditation, and produced literature that bears the deep imprint of the mystical path. What drew these Jews to Sufism? How did they integrate these new aspects of religious practice into their lives, while maintaining a distinct Jewish identity? These are some of the questions that we will explore in this session.

Presenters
avatar for Raphael Dascalu

Raphael Dascalu

A native of sunny Sydney and a resident of Melbourne, Raphael Dascalu completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney. He then moved to Israel, where he completed his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University, and spent extended periods studying at Yeshivat... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room G8

17:15 AEST

Courage to Care’s new program!

Courage to Care is well known for its powerful educational program which challenges and empowers school students not to be bystanders, to stand up to discrimination and social injustice wherever it occurs. Using stories of rescuers and the rescued during the Holocaust the program demonstrates that the positive actions of one person can make a difference.
This session will showcase our exciting new component developed for education professionals.   What were the personal and professional challenges teachers faced in Nazi Germany, where they were required to implement the discriminatory policies of the government?  How did they respond?  What were the tensions they faced?
What would you do?
These dilemmas are of relevance to educators and the general public.  Join us to experience this new presentation.

 


Presenters
avatar for Margaret Hall

Margaret Hall

Since 1967, Margaret and her husband John have served as Christian pastors, always having concern for the persecuted, the poor and the needy. Only within recent years has she become aware of the extent of antisemitism with the history of the church. She represented the Protestant... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room G1

17:15 AEST

Israel Nippers - Saving Lives!
Too many Israelis drown on Israeli beaches and waterways. Our program saves Israeli lives. Australian Friends of Life Saving Israel Inc. has initiated a strategic alliance between Surf Life Saving Australia and Hazalah Yamit Yisrael (ישראל ימית הצלה), also known as Life Saving Israel, to launch an Israel Nipper program across the beaches of Israel. Our iconic Australian Life Savers are training Israeli lifeguards to run an all new innovative Israel Nipper program, based on our Australian precedent, that will resonate through Israeli society. By including not only Jews but Israeli Arabs we have also successfully breached cultural barriers in a way never before achieved. Possibilities are endless.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Gencher

Mike Gencher

Mike Gencher. Inspiring business consultant and trainer, known as "the Business Lifesaver", almost famous actor, Director AFLSI, Vice President and ex Nipper Director Bondi Bathers Surf Life Saving Club
DH

Doug Hawkins

Doug Hawkins. VP AFLSI, Life Saver and Nipper Trainer dynamo, Director of Nippers, Sydney Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia, ex Nipper Director of Coogee Surf Life Saving Club and Filmmaker.
avatar for Steve Rubner

Steve Rubner

President Australian Friends of Life Saving Israel. Much experienced Jewish and Zionist communal leader. Boring Chartered accountant, some time resident of Israel and founder and chairman of Hazalah Yamit Yisrael (Life Saving Israel).


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Alumni room

17:15 AEST

Jewish with no 'ish' about it
This panel will feature an inspiring group of young adults who are highly involved in the Sydney Jewish community despite coming from less traditional Jewish backgrounds. Join us as we uncover their Jewish stories as they speak to how their unique upbringing shaped their Jewish identity. Afraid that non-Jewish schooling may push you/your child to the fringe? These young adults will show that there are many diverse and fascinating routes into the mainstream Jewish community.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Flitman

Rachel Flitman

As Hillel Director in Sydney, Rachel dedicates her days to curating innovative Jewish experiences, connection & community. Rachel holds a Masters in Disaster Management and Community Development and previously worked as a Senior Communications Adviser at the Embassy of Israel and... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Jake Campbell

Jake Campbell

For the first 19 years of his life, Jake lived outside of the Jewish community in the Sunshine Coast, Lakemba, and the Sutherland Shire. It wasn't until his second year of University that he met Jews outside of his family. Since then he has represented and organised for the Jewish... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Graf

Cameron Graf

Cameron began his education at Masada College, but left to attend a secular school, Sydney Grammar, from the age of 9. With the exception of occasional Hebrew classes, his Bar Mitzvah and a few Youth Group camps during high school, it wasn't until university when he re-kindled his... Read More →
avatar for Elenore Levi

Elenore Levi

Elenore Levi is a postgraduate law student at the University of Sydney and is currently the National Vice Chairperson of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS). She was born and raised in Sydney, attending Ascham School for secondary school. Elenore has a Bachelor of International... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room 102

17:15 AEST

Take action on Anti-Semitism online
Dr Andre Oboler, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and a Co-Chair of the Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, will update participants on global efforts to combat online antisemitism and how they can be a part of it. Just a month after the 2015 meeting of the Global Forum, this is an opportunity to get the latest information from a leading international expert, and play a role at the cutting edge of countering the hate and extremism that is having such a devestating impact on society in 2015.

Presenters
avatar for Andre Oboler

Andre Oboler

With over a decade leading online campaigns, Dr Oboler is the JCCV's executive member for online engagement, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and an officer of IEEE Victoria. He serves on the steering committees of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's communications... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Gallery 1

17:15 AEST

Wake Up! Shake Up!
A brief drosha on health and fitness will be followed by an exercise class suitable for all levels. Sweating and kvetching optional but encouraged!

Presenters
avatar for Dean Kaplan

Dean Kaplan

Proudly Jewish, Dean founded Get A Grip Personal Training in 2008. Currently working as well at Snap Fitness Paddington, Dean has a Bachelors Degree in History & Psychology and can quote "Seinfeld" like scripture. Above all he is passionate about Health & Fitness in our Community... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Tyree room

17:15 AEST

Why in the 21st century Jewish people are walking the Spanish pilgrimage routes
The 1,200 year old Christian pilgrimage routes of Western Europe (Los Caminos de Santiago in Spain and the Chemins de St Jacques de Compostelle in France) are now attracting more and more Israelis and Jews (both observant and secular) from around the world. The presenter will analyse the data supporting this fact. In addition, the presenter will explore in detail the motivations and reasons why Jewish people are being attracted to walk 800 km and more between 30 to 40 days. The conundrum "Jews don't do pilgrimage" will be answered.

Presenters
avatar for Marc Grossman

Marc Grossman

Marc Grossman is a practising language teacher (in French and Spanish) and linguist who teaches the senior HSC language courses. A specialist in intercultural issues between anglophone and francophone countries, Grossman has presented at national and international language conferences... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Ronald room

18:30 AEST

Bob Dylan, understanding his music through his Jewish roots.
From his first recording of "Talkin' Hava Nagila Blues" to the unanswered questions in "Blowing in the Wind" to the borrowing of the priest's blessing in "Forever Young", Bob Dylan's music has been shaped by his Jewish background. Get a better understanding of this iconic figure and his place in Jewish cultural history whether you are a fan or not. Music will be played.

Presenters
avatar for Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki

Yvonne Selecki is a doctor by day and a Bob Dylan tragic by night. She works at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research developing computer software for doctors and conducting clinical trials.  Her career has spanned working in a gaol for adolescent girls, co-producing medical... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Room 102

18:30 AEST

The Angst of making Jewish Documentaries
Old Songs in a New Land'(a History of the Jews in Australia'),'When Friends were Enemies'(The story of the Dunera Boys),'Angst'(Three comedians who are children of survivors , discuss how their background has affected them and their comedy),'The Courage of Strangers'(The Courage to Care organisation and its story) and 'Pockets of Hope',( a work in progress). Clips of these films will be shown and discussed by their Director , Judy Menczel.

Presenters
avatar for Judy Menczel

Judy Menczel

Producer/Director – Judy, has been involved in the film and television industry for over 30 years as a producer and director for organisations such as ABC Television, SBS and Channel 9 Television. She has made numerous films such as Angst, When Friends Were Enemies and Old Songs... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Room 109

18:30 AEST

How to survive a conversation about Israel
Talking about Israel has become a no go zone for some families and friends. And it's no better at a communal level. Our differences on Israel are deeply felt and hard to negotiate. Often conversations become fractious and real hurt is caused. In this session we will look at why things are so bad, how standard community discourse isn't helping and what we can to do to improve things personally and communally.

Presenters
avatar for Mandi Katz

Mandi Katz

Mandi Katz is a governance professional in the financial services sector and when she is not working is immersed in Jewish community. She is the  president of Shira Hadasha, an orthodox egalitarian synagogue. She was co-chair of Limmud Oz Melbourne from 2013 to 2017 and is co-chair... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Ronald room

18:30 AEST

Middle East Peace Run - from Lebanon through Israel & the Palestinian Territories to Jordan
Last year Pat Farmer did a 20 day run in Middle East that took him through Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Pat invited kids and adults to join him to run for peace. He will talk about his personal experience during the run and the inspiration behind it.

Presenters
avatar for Pat Farmer

Pat Farmer

Pat is a multiple world record holder for endurance running. His run from the North Pole to the South made him a household name, but he ran across Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and North America as well and raised millions of dollars for the Cancer Council, the Australian Red Cross... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

18:30 AEST

The Not-Ten Not-Commandments
“Everyone knows” the Ten Commandments, but how many of our friends can recite them? Are they really commandments and are there really ten? Among the 613 mitzvot of our tradition, how do these “ten” emerge as a unit and a touchstone for western culture? You’ll never see the “Ten Commandments” in the same light after this session – but you will be able to recite Ten Great Teachings!

Presenters
avatar for Sheryl Nosan- Lantzke

Sheryl Nosan- Lantzke

Rabbi/Director, Jewish Spirituality Australia
After studying in Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York, Rabbi Sheryl Nosan-Lantzke began her innovative teaching path engaging students from Toronto to Los Angeles and New York to Sydney. Passionate about Zohar, Hebrew, and multi-faith outreach, she now guides Jewish Spirituality Australia... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Room G8

18:30 AEST

The Shabbat Manifesto
More than the Jewish people have kept shabbat, shabbat has kept the Jewish people' - Ahad Ha'am

In this session we will re-examine text, halacha, and our contemporary reality, to reach our own creative understanding of what a meaningful and relevant shabbat observance could look like in the context of our 21st century lives. Come with big ideas and an open mind!

Presenters
avatar for Charlotte Gillespie

Charlotte Gillespie

Charlotte grew up as an active member of the Progressive community through Beit Shalom Synagogue. In 2014, she received an Australia Day Commendation for Excellence in Language and Culture. Charlotte has a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Adelaide and is currently federal... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Alumni room

18:30 AEST

How Jews rule the world
This presentation is a brief assessment of how Jews got to punch above their weight in many areas, and of the evidence for there being "something special" about Jews.

Presenters
avatar for Eran Segev

Eran Segev

Eran Segev is an IT services manager and the President of Australian Skeptics. He has three boys and has lived in Australia since 1999.


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Room G6

18:30 AEST

Ask the Editor
This is your chance to grill the Deputy Editor of the Australian Jewish News in front of an audience of people. Put him in the hot seat, ask him the questions you think he won't answer and confront him if you think you were wronged.

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Levi

Joshua Levi

Joshua Levi is the Deputy Editor of the Australian Jewish News. He has covered everything from Federal Elections to Montefiore Fetes, communal in-fighting and, more recently, spent two weeks at the Royal Commission into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Tyree room

18:30 AEST

Intermarriage: a problem or an opportunity?

Intermarriage has been a reality within the Jewish community now for some time. This panel considers to what extent intermarriage impacts the long term viability of the Jewish community, and whether intermarriage is simply the product of living in a pluralistic and open society that the community needs to acknowledge. This panel will also explore to what extent intermarried couples remain Jewishly committed and will raise their children as Jews, and consider whether community attitudes alienate such couples and families from their Jewish identity. 


Moderators
avatar for Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee

Ilona Lee AM is the Immediate Past President of The Shalom Institute and has been involved in community organisations both within and outside the Jewish community for over thirty years. She has held the positions of Honorary Secretary, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Governor of JCA... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Allison Conyer

Allison Conyer

Allison RH Conyer was born in California and received her BA in Psychology and French and Italian Literature. She continued her studies and received Rabbinic smicha in 1998 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Having lived in 5 countries and studied... Read More →
avatar for Jack Pinczewski

Jack Pinczewski

Jack Pinczewski is a nice Jewish boy. He attended Sydney Grammar School and the Australian National University where he graduated with a double degree in Arts and Law. While at the ANU he worked for the Israeli Embassy in Canberra and currently works for a Cabinet Minister in the... Read More →
avatar for Julie Szego

Julie Szego

Julie Szego, writer and Fairfax columnist, worked at "The Age" for 12 years and wrote a column for "The Australian Jewish News" for seven years. She has taught journalism at Monash University and her book, "The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama", was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier’s... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Room 101

18:30 AEST

Nihon no Matsuri: Celebrating Just About Everything
After two years in Japan I have come to realize that the Japanese celebrate just about everything. While some festivals may be Buddhist and others Shinto, people here don't seem to miss a beat; everything, no matter how mundane, can be a source of celebration. Even something as simple as a calligraphy pen or a daikon radish has its own festival. This realization of the sacred in the simple can be a model for Jews as we heed the words of the Ba'al Shem Tov, and open our eyes to see the miracles that are everywhere we look.

Presenters
avatar for David Kunin

David Kunin

David Kunin is rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan and has served congregations in Scotland and Canada. He is active in interfaith relations, and is author of Beyond the Golden Rule: A Jewish Perspective on Dialogue and Diversity. He has been working with the Indonesian Jewish... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 18:30 - 19:30 AEST
Room G1

19:45 AEST

Golden Era of Israeli Film and TV
Exploration of the current international commercial and critical success of Israeli Film and TV with a sprinkling of the inside story of running a Jewish Film Festival.

Presenters
avatar for Eddie Tamir

Eddie Tamir

Eddie Tamir is the director of the Jewish International Film Festival and runs the Classic, Cameo & Lido Cinemas. Sixty films will play in JIFF this November. The films are all Australian premieres from Israel and around the world.


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Room 109

19:45 AEST

The Fiddler on the Roof
Jewish violinist, winner of the 1st International Competition "Golden Hannukiah" Leo Novikov used to play The Fiddler in the famous musical "The Fiddler on the Roof" in the Moscow State Operetta Theatre. Being a classical violinist Leo is always interested in playing Jewish folk tunes. He's going to present a program based on repertoire of a Klesmer Violinist from Southern Europe.

Presenters
avatar for Leo Novikov

Leo Novikov

Russian violinist Leo Novikov received a classical education in Moscow and played in the Moscow Philharmonic orchestra. As a member of this outstanding company Leo performed at some of the most famous venues around the globe. Among his solo performances are recitals in Russia, Georgia... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Tyree room

19:45 AEST

Between Virtual and Real, an assessment of Technology and the ‘Democratic Revolution”
Much was written ( and lamented) about the “Facebook revolution” with hope that internet will help unite and empower democracy activists in the Middle East and lead a “Spring of Hope.” Using video footage and personal stories, the lecture will focus on the voices behind the Arab Spring: activist bloggers and internet users in the Middle East who promote political reform and democracy. I will share some stories about a number of brave activists who paid dearly for their attempt to bring a change to the Middle East and offer an assessment of the moderate camp and its chances to offer a future hope for a region that appears give rise to radical Islamists elements that offer a very different vison.

Presenters
avatar for Nir Boms

Nir Boms

Nir Boms is research fellow at Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

19:45 AEST

Is there an Israeli Cuisine?
There are lots of argument on whether there’s an Australian cuisine but they are nothing compared to debate over Israeli cuisine. To what extent is it more than a melange of Diaspora Jewish cooking? Is there more to it than Falafel and Hummus? Are Palestinian charges of cultural appropriation valid? These are some of the question that Sol will attempt to answer.

Presenters
avatar for Sol Salbe

Sol Salbe

Israeli-Australian Sol Salbe has been a food enthusiast ever since a Palestinian friend taught him to cook. As Australia’s only full-time monitor of the Israeli media (both mainstream and social) he mixes in a lot of food news (as he says, 'to maintain his sanity'). At the moment... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Room G8

19:45 AEST

Sexual techniques of the Kabbalists: Meditation, enlightenment and redemption through the path of the erotic
Kabbalistic texts and teachings seek to correct, unify and balance the world through a transformation of consciousness, involving a redefinition of ‘humanity,’ beginning and ending with individual spiritual practice. In this extremely frank talk, David Solomon explores what is meant by ‘Divine Presence,’ and the limitations arising from misperceptions of Kabbalah as either a specific, culturally-bound spiritual system (which ignores the world) or as an unrestrained teaching of global universality (which ignores the self).

Presenters
avatar for David Solomon

David Solomon

David Solomon is an internationally acclaimed, globally-roaming speaker, scholar and translator. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah. He is currently based in Melbourne. For more information visit www.inonehour.net


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Gallery 1

19:45 AEST

The Human Orchestra
What do you and a Tuba have in common? This interactive session will have you clapping, singing, and making instrument noises, as we explore the connection!
Pre-requisite: A good attitude and a willingness to have fun!

Presenters
avatar for Hadassah Leggett

Hadassah Leggett

Hadassah Leggett has experience working with young adults and making big ideas understandable. Drawing on her secular, musical, and spiritual studies, she likes to get everyone on fire, inspired, connected and united! She holds a BM:Music Education K-12.


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Ronald room

19:45 AEST

The Shrew, the Femme Fatale, and the Madonna/Whore: Three Talmudic Heroines (2 of 3) Homa, the Femme Fatale
How much can a woman drink when her husband’s not around? Who are the three who bring destruction upon the world? And why was the newly widowed Homa driven out of town? The tragedy of Homa, read through Keats, Hawthorne, Beauvoir, Foucault, Levinas, Heschel, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?.

Presenters
avatar for Gila Fine

Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She’s also a teacher of talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Pardes. Gila is the former editor of quarterly journal Azure... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Room 101

19:45 AEST

A Sephardi Walks into a Hungarian Yeshiva...
No, this isn't the start of a joke, but a tale of scholarly intrigue, rabbinic deception and... well, fraud. We'll speak about this portentous meeting of 1907 and the events that took one man from being hailed as a scholar to denounced as a huckster and hailed as a scholar all over again. And we'll ask ourselves: who was Rabbi Algazi-Friedlander and how did he rewrite the Talmud?

Presenters
avatar for Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, where his research involves metaphor theory and its application to the Hebrew Bible. He occasionally teaches courses on Jewish history, philosophy and law, is frequently engaged in the study of the Mishnah, and once almost... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Room G6

19:45 AEST

Bottom up change: Young Innovators in Social Justice

A panel of inspiring young Jewish Changemakers. Come and hear from people who are positively impacting the Jewish community and the world around us through innovative programming, relentless fundraising efforts, and getting their hands dirty in some of the most impoverished parts of our world. These young leaders will restore your faith in humanity and give you an insight into how the next generation sees their Jewish identity in a globalised world. Our panel, which includes a doctor, an acturial scientist and a nurse, will share their powerful stories. Join Us.


Moderators
avatar for Gary Samowitz

Gary Samowitz

Hakoah
Gary has a long history of working in the non-profit industry and across many realms of the Australian Jewish community. He worked for ten years as the CEO of Stand Up and prior to that was the Hillel Director in Sydney where he mentored and trained Jewish university students, and... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Jess Osie

Jess Osie

Jess moved to Australia with her family 10 years ago, with a view of engaging with a larger community. Since then she has completed degrees in mathematics and actuary with her first professional role at Deloitte, in data analytics. She is passionate about innovation and design thinking... Read More →
avatar for Genevieve Radnan

Genevieve Radnan

Genevieve Radnan is a Registered Nurse and the CEO and Founder of the charity, Gennarosity Abroad. She was one of the top 10 finalists in the Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World competition held in Singapore 2011 and was awarded the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award... Read More →
avatar for Adam Steinberg

Adam Steinberg

Adam is a doctor from Melbourne who has an interest in community development, with experience in Indigenous health in the Northern Territory, as well as development work in Ghana, disaster recovery in the Philippines and Jewish community programming and research in Europe. He has... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Room G1

19:45 AEST

Is the Jewish community inclusive enough of its LGBTIQ members?
Although the Jewish community is a tiny percentage of the general population, we sometimes forget that within our community exists another minority community, consisting of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex individuals, as well as same-sex couples. Is the Jewish community inclusive enough of its LGBTIQ members? If not, how much further do we need to go? Are there barriers to entry for LGBTIQ individuals who wish to take up communal leadership positions? Come hear three openly gay Jewish communal leaders from Australia and South Africa share their insights into how far we have or have not come as a community on this issue.

Moderators
avatar for Dan Brotman

Dan Brotman

Shortly after the 2010 FIFA World Cup, American-born Dan Brotman arrived in South Africa to write his undergraduate honours thesis on whether young Jewish adults see their future in the country; he wound up never leaving. Today he resides in Johannesburg, where he is the Executive... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Raphaella Kreiling

Raphaella Kreiling

Raphella is originally from the US and after much world travel has settled in Sydney for just under two years ago. She works as a sex and relationship coach and educator, while doing research on Sexuality in Orthodox Jewish Texts as part of an advanced degree in clinical sexology... Read More →
avatar for Brando Srot

Brando Srot

Brando is the Director of Young Adults and Families at The Shalom Institute and is a psychotherapist who works in private practice, with the Aids Council of NSW (ACON) and NSW Corrective Services. He is also the Co-Founder and Convenor of a grassroots organisation for Jewish LGBTI... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Room 102

19:45 AEST

Who Cares About Anti-Semitism?

Really. Who Cares? There seems to be a mini-industry of researchers, analysts and publicists, an ever-expanding conference circuit, a growing portfolio of fine pronouncements. Yet how many Jews would act differently if there was no antisemitism. How many non-Jews go beyond platitudes? It is a good time to have a robust discussion, and Jeremy Jones, who is Australia's best-credentialed researcher and analyst of, and campaigner against, antisemitism is looking forward to hearing your views.


Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Jones

Jeremy Jones

Writer, public speaker, dialogian, researcher, photographer, traveller, Pentecost Islander initiate, Australian Human Rights Medal Winner, Australian representative at UN meetings and Asia/Pacific Dialogues, Multicultural Advisor, anti-racism activist, cartoon character on Japanese... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 19:45 - 20:45 AEST
Alumni room

21:00 AEST

Interactive Session: Storytelling for Social Transformation
In this session, we will learn how stories can help transform communities, how to share stories, and how to unleash them.

Presenters
avatar for Hamutal Gouri

Hamutal Gouri

Hamutal Gouri is Executive Director of the Dafna Fund – Women Collaborating for Change. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with the board to develop grant making strategies and priorities, initiate proactive programs designed to strengthen the feminist and women's... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Gallery 1

21:00 AEST

Music by David Lazarus

Combining his impassioned guitar playing, soulful harmonica & earthy stomp box, David encapsulates the true essence of summer nostalgia; with hints of everything from folk, roots, African and 'beachside pop' in his sound.

Through his honest songwriting and humble stage presence, David's live shows have been known to captivate audiences; taking them on a truly unique, engaging and moving musical journey.


Presenters
avatar for David Lazarus

David Lazarus

With his curly hair and heart warming vocals, South African-born singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist; David Lazarus is one of Australia's exciting young artists. Having written and co-produced his debut EP in Los Angeles, gained airplay on some of Western Australia's most... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Leighton Hall

21:00 AEST

The Science of Faith of Doubt
I love the story of Genesis. On the 5th day the fish and birds were created. The scientist in me wonders how this creative act could have been realised. Were these creatures made out of nothing? How would The Creator approach this technical challenge, the scientist in me asks. In my art I also try to bring the fish and bird back together using genetics and other scientific principles as my guide.

Presenters
avatar for Steven Durbach

Steven Durbach

(aka Sid Sledge)From 1995 to 2008 I worked as a scientist lecturing and doing research in the genetics of bacteria and viruses…. spending most of my time at the University of the Witwatersrand and since then I have been working as a fulltime artist… Selected Group Exhibitions... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Alumni room

21:00 AEST

Aliyah in the 21st Century - The good, the bad & the ugly

The building of the modern State of Israel has been based upon the notion that Jews around the world can and should immigrate to Israel.  In the ever shrinking world of the 21st century, where does this leave the concept of aliyah?  What makes for a successful aliyah? How has it changed in the last century? Why do some olim leave? How can we redefine a "successful aliyah"? What does it mean for global Jewry in 2015?


Presenters
avatar for Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

Born in the US, Rachel Adams made aliyah in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a BA in Hebrew, political science, and international studies. She served in the IDF ground forces foreign relations branch. Rachel is currently serving as the national... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Room 102

21:00 AEST

Landing Israel on the Moon! The SpaceIL programme
SpaceIL is an Israeli nonprofit founded by three young engineers at the end of 2010, answering the Google Lunar X Prize challenge. SpaceIL is aiming to make history and land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon and to inspire a generation along the way. The presentation will describe the programme from the inside: David Shteinman has been a volunteer and is now a technical consultant to SPACE IL engineering teams on orbital planning, analysis and design of landing simulations.

Presenters
avatar for David Shteinman

David Shteinman

David is a dual Australian - Israel citizen. He operates the Industrial Sciences Group (ISG ) – a company specializing in applied research projects using advanced mathematics and statistics. In Israel he has worked on projects with the Dead Sea Works Potash and is also the Director... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Room G8

21:00 AEST

Judaism without Halacha
This panel will feature three experts who have devoted a great deal of time and thought to the question of how one maintains a Jewish identity without adherence to halacha. Panelists will share their experiences of creating new rituals and giving meaning to age old customs, as well as exploring the role of Hebrew and Israel in contemporary Jewish identity.

Moderators
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an interfaith movement for Israelis and Palestinians and Israel Correspondent for Plu61J Media. He also frequently teaches on gap year programs about the identity, narratives and cultures of the people who call Jerusalem... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Sharon   Berger

Sharon Berger

Sharon is a serial Limmudnik - having attended in the UK, US and Australia. She helps organise Limmud as part of her responsibilities as Program Manager for Encounters@Shalom. She is a wandering Jew having lived in South Africa, Australia, the US, the UK and Israel. A former journalist... Read More →
avatar for Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla is a Sydney-based researcher and lecturer and a contributing editor for Plus61JMedia. Shahar holds a Master’s degree in political science from the Hebrew University and a PhD from Bar-Ilan University. He is the co-editor of “Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural... Read More →
avatar for Josh Traurig

Josh Traurig

At the age of 4 I was made to join the Board of Jewish Education (BJE). The BJE was my sole Jewish experience (besides my family) until my new step-brother dragged me to Habo camp literally kicking and screaming in year 7. Since then I have never looked back, going on Habo shnat (Habo's... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Room 101

21:00 AEST

Rabbi, Can I do that?
Every day rabbis are approached with questions about Jewish practice and ethics: "can I do that?" "Is it alright for Jews to do this?" "In this session we will explore some of the real life questions I have been asked and we will debate and discuss the answers that I gave.

Presenters
avatar for Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio

Jacqueline Ninio was ordained as a rabbi in 1998 and has been at Emanuel Synagogue since then. She was the synagogue’s first female rabbi and the third Australian-born woman to receive rabbinic ordination. She has an interest in midrash and liturgy and has a passion for storyte... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Tyree room

21:00 AEST

Birthright- over valued, over funded, effective?
What is the point of birthright? Are we getting our communal bang-for our buck?

1/3 of Birthright is community funded- but how effective is that money in connecting our 18-26 year olds to Israel? What can actually be achieved in 10 days, how do our communal politics fit in and what is the lasting effect of the program?
This panel will explore issues around identity, follow-up and ways in which we as a community can capitalise better on what has now become a 'right of passage' for many of our young people.

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Flitman

Rachel Flitman

As Hillel Director in Sydney, Rachel dedicates her days to curating innovative Jewish experiences, connection & community. Rachel holds a Masters in Disaster Management and Community Development and previously worked as a Senior Communications Adviser at the Embassy of Israel and... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ittai Aminoff

Ittai Aminoff

Ittai Aminof is from Israel, who arrived about a year ago as the new World Zionist Organisation shaliach and ZFA young adult Shaliach. Aminof grew up in a religious house in Jerusalem, being involved in the Israeli scouts as a counsellor followed by Shnat Sheirot in Tiberius (A year... Read More →
avatar for Georgina Hammond

Georgina Hammond

Georgia is currently studying a combined Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New South Wales. Raised in a non-traditional Jewish home, Georgia chose to participate in the July 2014 Taglit Birthright Program to explore her heritage as a Jewish woman... Read More →
avatar for Angela Zinn

Angela Zinn

Angela moved to Australia from Israel 10 years ago and was introduced to Limmud around 2010. She is still trying to decide which event was more impact-full. Angela is a youth movement Bogeret who led a few Israel programs and who spent some time working with a few community organisations... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Room G1

21:00 AEST

Innovation for social change
The session will enable participants to explore innovative solutions to our community's biggest challenges using cutting edge decision making tools. Participants will be divided into small groups and use an international creative problem solving process to solve real social issues of their choice.

Presenters
avatar for Jess Osie

Jess Osie

Jess moved to Australia with her family 10 years ago, with a view of engaging with a larger community. Since then she has completed degrees in mathematics and actuary with her first professional role at Deloitte, in data analytics. She is passionate about innovation and design thinking... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Room G6

21:00 AEST

When Giving Tzedakah Is A Criminal Offence
Do you really know where your Tzedakah money goes? "Transparency" & "Due Diligence" & "Forensic Accounting" - Efficient and effective giving. Tikkun Olam (making the world a better place) or not? Laws, Statistics, and Reporting. "How much better would the Jewish world be if we could apply the same obsessive-compulsiveness to Tzedakah that we do to cleaning for Pesach?" -- BZ, "Mah Rabu" Blogspot. Skype call with Arnie Draiman, an Israeli philanthropic consultant who helps Diaspora organisations and people deliver effective Tzedakah.

Presenters
avatar for Arnie Draiman

Arnie Draiman

Arnie is a Philanthropic Consultant, who represents foundations and philanthropists from around the world, guiding them in giving out their Tzedakah funds in Israel. www.draimanconsulting.com
avatar for Tomer Hasson

Tomer Hasson

Tomer Hasson was born in Israel and has lived in Sydney for over 13 years. Being Israeli who lives in the diaspora, Tomer finds special interest in the recent trends of support for (and against) Israel. He has been involved with Limmud for six years, and is now co-chairing Limmud-Oz... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 22:00 AEST
Ronald room

21:00 AEST

JIFF Film screening: Zero Motivation

Already one of Israel’s most successful films and winner of 6 Ophir Awards (Israeli Oscars), 2014, Zero Motivation also won Best Feature and the prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

An army story with a difference: here, at a remote desert army base in southern Israel, the female clerical staff is at the centre of the action. Zero Motivation tells the stories of three soldiers engaged in battles armed with staple guns, paper shredders and strongly worded letters against the absurdity of the bureaucracy that governs their lives. After growing up on macho, male-dominated films about war and heroism, first-time feature director Talia Lavie extends the same attention to the women who do compulsory military service in offices all over the country. A hilarious, poignant and crowd-pleasing black comedy, Zero Motivation will resonate with anyone who has ever done menial, seemingly pointless work, while trying to maintain their love life, sense of dignity and sanity.

Co-presented by the Jewish International Film Festival.


Sunday June 7, 2015 21:00 - 23:00 AEST
Room 109

22:15 AEST

Alter Jazz Ensemble present the New Altar
The Alter Jazz Ensemble present material from their CD "New Alter", and showcase new material to be included in their second recording.

Presenters
avatar for Noam Sendor

Noam Sendor

The Alter Jazz Ensemble is a pioneering music project, fusing traditional Jewish prayer and song with jazz, melding together disparate worlds to create a unique musical offering. The project is an initiative of American-born and Australian-based hipster/hassid Rabbi Noam Sendor, produced... Read More →
avatar for Adam Starr

Adam Starr

The Alter Jazz Ensemble is a pioneering music project, fusing traditional Jewish prayer and song with jazz, melding together disparate worlds to create a unique musical offering. The project is an initiative of American-born and Australian-based hipster/hassid Rabbi Noam Sendor, produced... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 22:15 - 23:15 AEST
Leighton Hall

22:15 AEST

Rodney Marks Time
Rodney Marks (www.comedian.com.au) is a veteran comedian, based in Sydney.

This première is in Rodney's double-talking comedy style. "Rodney Marks Time" is about 'marking time'.

Benjamin Marks (www.comedywriter.com.au) has written comedy full-time since 2005 – for entertainers, speakers, executives and politicians. He is Rodney's son.

Benjamin wrote this show, and it is half-remembered by the performer.

Presenters
avatar for Rodney Marks

Rodney Marks

Rodney has been Australia’s misleading comedian since 1991. He is a corporate impostor – a comic hoaxer in a business suit. His comedy is usually in the form of faux keynote speeches at business and private events. He is infamous as the perpetrator of 'Hoaxes and Jokeses'.


Sunday June 7, 2015 22:15 - 23:15 AEST
Gallery 1

22:15 AEST

The Jewish conspiracy within West Wing
Through the eyes of Aaron Sorkin's outstanding and ever-brilliant 'The West Wing' we will explore and discuss Judaism's take on the various biblical messages presented in various scenes of the series. (West Wing clips included!)

Presenters
avatar for Nomi Blum

Nomi Blum

Nomi is an eternal student, a passionate human and a proud member of the JC. She's also an ageing footballer, aspiring photographer, doctor and community organisation nerd, who is inspired by a notorious third generation holocaust mentality, a yearning for a pseudo-socialist reality... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2015 22:15 - 23:15 AEST
Room G1
 
Monday, June 8
 

09:30 AEST

Israel in the Post Arab Spring era
This session offers a first-hand perspective on the arising challenges and opportunities in a post-Arab Spring Middle East from the unique context of Israel. It will review the latest development in the region, the changing geo-political reality and highlight the most significant challenges Israel must now face considering the emergence of non-state actors like ISIS and others.

Presenters
avatar for Nir Boms

Nir Boms

Nir Boms is research fellow at Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

09:30 AEST

The Jewish Predicament
With their emergence from the ghetto at the beginning of the 19th century, Jews have faced stark choices in matters of identity and their relations with non-Jews. These choices have been most affected by new forms of an old hatred they hoped they had left behind. Holding onto their identity while navigating the modern world has been difficult and at times, almost impossible task. Right now, these difficulties are brought into sharpest focus by the way some Jews respond to the difficulties faced by the Jewish state. This predicament, which I will call the Jewish predicament, should be understood for it may define the future of our people.

Presenters
avatar for Chuck Volpe

Chuck Volpe

Retired South African businessman recently emigrated to Sydney. Served in many capacities in the South African Jewish community including chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Theodor Herzl school, The South African Jewish Board of Deputies, the Jewish Media Council. I have presented... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Alumni room

09:30 AEST

Are we condemned to forget? Remembrance of the Holocaust in the future.

Remembrance of the Holocaust in the future; should it matter? How should it be remembered? By whom, and why? What responsibility do Jews and non-Jews have? Is there a different responsibility for different generations?  What should the relationship be between Jewish identity and remembering the Holocaust?


Moderators
avatar for Yotam Weiner

Yotam Weiner

Yotam Weiner is an educator living in Sydney. He works as the Education Manager at the Sydney Jewish Museum, his former role was as a Jewish Studies teacher at Emanuel School, Sydney, and before that as a teacher of various subjects in various schools in Sydney, Melbourne and London... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Ari Lander

Ari Lander

Dr Ari Lander is an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Lander completed a doctorate in Jewish history at the University of New South Wales. He taught for seven years at the University of New South Wales on a variety of subjects including modern Jewish History, Zionism... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Levin

Anthony Levin

Anthony Levin is a writer and human rights lawyer who works at Legal Aid NSW. He has worked closely with refugees and survivors of torture in the United Kingdom, where he also completed his Masters in Modern and Contemporary Literature, focusing on third generation post-Holocaust... Read More →
avatar for Shailee Mendelevich

Shailee Mendelevich

Shailee is a Moriah graduate, and has completed a Bachelor of Media (Communications and Journalism) at UNSW. She is currently studying for a Masters of Law, Media and Journalism at UNSW. She began her involvement in community life through AUJS, joining as a General Executive at UNSW in 2009, then becoming the UNSW Chairperson in 2010 and eventually the NSW Chairperson in 2011. She was a constituent deputy for the Jewish Board of Deputies and a volunteer for the NSW Community Relations Commission. She led the AUJS Academy... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Gallery 1

09:30 AEST

Curb your Judaism: The depiction of Jews in Film and Television
Featuring many clips from some of the most popular former and current TV shows and films, this session will explore how relationships between Jews and non-Jews are depicted in mainstream media. Come along for an entertaining and thought-provoking look in the mirror at how popular culture represents our stories.

Presenters
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an interfaith movement for Israelis and Palestinians and Israel Correspondent for Plu61J Media. He also frequently teaches on gap year programs about the identity, narratives and cultures of the people who call Jerusalem... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room 109

09:30 AEST

Difficult Conversations- Talking to Each Other Without Going to War
This interactive workshop will develop skills, tools and strategies that enable positive and respectful dialogue about difficult topics, such as feelings about Muslims, Jews for Jesus, gay marriage, Israel and Palestine, etc.

Presenters
avatar for Lyndall Katz

Lyndall Katz

Lyndall Katz is dedicated to social justice and peace. She is active in social justice issues in the Jewish community. She co-convened Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice in Sydney, and is a member of the Palestinian Jewish Dialogue Group. She is a skilled facilitator and has led... Read More →
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Judy Pincus

Judy Pincus is an active member of Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice and helped to initiate the Palestinian Jewish Dialogue Group. She is passionate about social justice, peace, the environment and the power of listening and dialogue to promote understanding, insight, mutual respect... Read More →
avatar for Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna Jacobs Sife

Donna Jacobs Sife has been involved with Judaism as a teacher, performer, writer and contemporary interpreter with regards to creative, spiritual and ritualistic expression for 20 years. One of Australia’s leading storytellers, her considerable reputation is built upon her multi-cultural... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room 101

09:30 AEST

Eat, Pray, Naches - Jewish Community Stories
Stories connect us to our history, our traditions, and who we are.
Waverley Council’s Cultural Programs is creating a project named Eat, Pray, Naches: Waverley’s Jewish Community Stories which aims to document, preserve, and celebrate the rich history and contribution of post-war Jewish Immigrants and their decedents.
We will showcase people communicating their experience of life through words, images, and sound for future generations to enjoy.
Find out the motivations behind it, the challenges, the process, what we hope to achieve and the challenges of capturing memory and the recording of history.

Presenters
avatar for Simone Collins

Simone Collins

Simone Collins is a marketing and communications professional who is currently working at Waverley Council as a producer of Cultural Programs. Her current project, Eat, Pray, Naches - Jewish Community Stories is documenting post-war Jewish immigrants through research and interview... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Fallon

Matthew Fallon

Matthew Fallon has produced content in some far flung corners of the world. From lugging film equipment through the mud in typhoon ravaged Bangladesh to living in Australia’s remote Kimberley region. It’s a love of stories, people and ideas that keeps Matthew coming back for... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room 102

09:30 AEST

Say it in Yiddish
A short introduction to the language of European Jews, exploring the roots of the language,
different accents and local influences on the language, including that of Jewish humor.

Presenters
avatar for Shai Thaler

Shai Thaler

Shai Thaler is the son of two yiddish speaker, born in Switzerland to a Swiss father and a Hungarian mother. A wandering Jew, he migrated o South America, Israel then Australia. He is a member of the Israeli Moadon and the Yiddish conversation group.


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Ronald room

09:30 AEST

The re-emergence of old Anti-Semitism through new media
The session discusses the re-emergence of traditional forms of antisemitism, such as deicide and blood libel, the spread of the antisemitic forgery the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and the rising use of social media to promote neo-Nazi ideology.

Presenters
avatar for Andre Oboler

Andre Oboler

With over a decade leading online campaigns, Dr Oboler is the JCCV's executive member for online engagement, CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute and an officer of IEEE Victoria. He serves on the steering committees of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's communications... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 AEST
Room G1

10:45 AEST

Give My Regards to Broadway
A musical journey through the incredible Jewish history of Broadway. Hear the songs and then learn about the stories behind them. Aaron will take you through the influences of traditional Jewish musical ideas and the ways in which these have influenced some of the most successful Broadway creators.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Robuck

Aaron Robuck

Aaron Robuck has worked as an actor, writer, director, musical director, stage manager and producer for a number of projects. Robuck graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), and is now on staff teaching university students. He... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room G8

10:45 AEST

The Passion of the Christ 11 Years On: Film, religion, controversy and response
Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" confounded numerous critics by becoming one of the most successful films of all time in February 2004. It caused an enormous controversy in the USA, particularly in relation to the film’s antisemitic elements. What were the reasons for the film's success and how did these factors differed in Australia? What is the film’s legacy more than 11 years on, and what does it means for us as Jews?

Presenters
avatar for Don Perlgut

Don Perlgut

Don Perlgut is a long-time film critic for "The Australian Jewish News" and member of the Film Critics Circle of Australia. He holds a PhD in Media from Macquarie University, and works as the Executive Officer of The Bright Alliance, Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW.


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room 109

10:45 AEST

Moderation: The Path to Reconciliation and Peace

In January 2007, Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi established Wasatia, a Muslim moderate movement whose goals are to promote reconciliation in midst of conflict, to teach acceptance and tolerance of others, and to call for justice and peace. It is so far the only Islamic movement in Palestine calling for a negotiated settlement to establish a comprehensive peace based on two state solution. He will discuss what motivated him to do so, what he hopes to accomplish, and how he is seeking to make Wasatia mainstream in Palestinian politics.   


Presenters
avatar for Mohammed Dajani

Mohammed Dajani

Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, is a Jerusalem-born scholar and peace activist with two doctorate degrees.  Until May of last year he was professor of political science, Rector of Libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

10:45 AEST

The Birth of South Africa’s Young Treps
South Africa has 50% youth unemployment and ranks low on global entrepreneurial activity indexes. With an economy that simply does not produce enough jobs to absorb the unemployed, entrepreneurship has become a high priority for government, the private sector and civil society. Last year, Investec and the South Africa-Israel Forum launched a transformational programme called YoungTreps, taking promising young entrepreneurs to Israel in order to learn best business and to start thinking about business in global terms. Co-founders Setlogane Manchidi and Dan Brotman and trip alumnus Phakiso Tsotetsi will describe how YoungTreps was born and continues to grow.In 2015 alone it is taking 100 young South African entrepreneurs to Israel.

Presenters
avatar for Dan Brotman

Dan Brotman

Shortly after the 2010 FIFA World Cup, American-born Dan Brotman arrived in South Africa to write his undergraduate honours thesis on whether young Jewish adults see their future in the country; he wound up never leaving. Today he resides in Johannesburg, where he is the Executive... Read More →
avatar for Setlogane Manchidi

Setlogane Manchidi

Setlogane Manchidi is Investec’s head of Corporate Social Investments (CSI) in South Africa. He is currently on the board of trustees for the Study Trust and previously chaired the board of Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology and the ABIL Development Trust. Recipient... Read More →
avatar for Phakiso Tsotetsi

Phakiso Tsotetsi

Phakiso lives in Johannesburg and is an entrepreneur and global citizen. He is the co-founder of Lifesgud Global Investments, Ambassador of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, alumnus of the Youngtreps Initiative to Israel and co-founder of the Hookup Dinner, one of the fastest... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room 101

10:45 AEST

Einstein's science: was it 'Jewish Science'?
There were German intellectuals in the 1920's and later who were convinced that Einstein's abstract and subversive scientific work was influenced by his Jewishness and could therefore be dismissed as nonsense, in comparison with the conservative, healthy, in-touch-with-nature Aryan view of the world. In fact, the theory of relativity has been confirmed experimentally beyond any doubt. But is there a sense in which relativity is a "Jewish" notion? Steven Gimbel, Professor of Philosophy at Gettysburg College, considers this question in his "Einstein's Jewish Science". Without using any maths this talk will discuss some aspects of the theory of relativity, including its extraordinary and counter-intuitive conclusions, and will then present and discuss Gimbel's claims.

Presenters
avatar for Bob Frenkel

Bob Frenkel

Bob Frenkel is a semi-retired scientist at the National Measurement Institute, which was formerly part of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). He has published extensively on standards of electrical and optical measurements, and on the statistical... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room G6

10:45 AEST

Who Knows Two? Jewish meditation and sound healing for the month of Sivan
This is your invitation to open to a guided meditation with the refined vibrations of quartz crystal bowls. Experience deep relaxation and gentle soul nourishment. Inspired by the Tanakh, Midrash, The Zohar, Sefer Yetzirah and more, this is a very different take on the special energy of the month of Sivan, and the coming Shabbat, Shelach Lecha. No pre-requisites

Presenters
avatar for Sue Beecher

Sue Beecher

Sue Beecher teaches Kabbalah Meditation in Sydney and Melbourne. Psychologist and social worker, Sue focuses on meditation, personal and spiritual development, and stress management. Her passions include helping people discover how to live more authentic, conscious and deeply connected... Read More →
avatar for Toni Whitmont

Toni Whitmont

For many years, Toni has been exploring the relationship between spiritual practice and energy in Kabbalah, meditation and various healing modalities.Increasingly focusing on creating sacred sound experiences, she is currently studying crystal sound therapy and is delighted to discover... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Alumni room

10:45 AEST

Challenges and Pitfalls in Community Leadership
Community leaders must have regard to the needs and existing opinions of our Jewish community. But they need also to have regard to the wider society of which we are a small part and to provide forward-looking leadership in a fast changing landscape. This session will look at some examples of recent challenges and pitfalls in Australian Jewish community leadership.

Presenters
avatar for Robin Margo

Robin Margo

Robin Margo is a senior barrister and mediator and has served in many Jewish leadership roles, including as president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and as a vice-president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. He was a foundation director of The Sydney Alliance and inaugural... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Tyree room

10:45 AEST

How Jewish Day Schools Have Failed Us, and What We Can Do About it.
Jewish Day Schools were introduced post-WWII to provide mass Jewish education with the aim of ensuring continuity and preventing assimilation and people 'marrying out'. After 70 years, it has become clear that they have failed catastrophically. What went wrong? What can we do about it?

Presenters
avatar for Moishe Romm

Moishe Romm

Moishe Romm grew up in Bondi without too many ill side-effects (aside from talking too much in shule.) He attended Sydney Boys High School and the UNSW and has been fascinated with the difference between Jewish Day Schools and public schools. He is a known chocoholic.


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room 102

10:45 AEST

Learn to read Hebrew in one hour!
Learn to read Hebrew in one hour using a unique and proven method - results guaranteed! This Hebrew reading taster is based on the successful methods used in the Easy Learn Hebrew online program (www.easylearnhebrew.com) . This one hour session will take an absolute beginner with no Hebrew reading experience to a point of being able to read some Hebrew words. No prior knowledge required.

Presenters
avatar for Yael Rottanburg

Yael Rottanburg

Yael Rottanburg has been immersed in teaching Hebrew reading since 1985; she has taught both pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah children and adults at a beginner level. Rottanburg is now the principal instructor for the one-day course “Learn to Read Hebrew In One Day” and has created the website... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Ronald room

10:45 AEST

Stop - Wake up World by Moving Forward Together
MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER has several pro-active Community Harmony projects under the banner of "Harmony Day - Everyday" including the Harmony Day Poster, Song Writing and Short Film competitions to Schools and the Harmony Walks to the wider community, promoting empathy addressing apathy. This session will explore an array of these projects initiated by the Alfred Dreyfus Anti Defamation Unit of B’nai B’rith.

Presenters
avatar for Philip Feinstein

Philip Feinstein

Phil started Music for Refugees 12 years ago to help stressed refugees in detention. He gives free musical instruments and music lessons to refugees Australia-wide. He recently started helping African Burundian refugees because of the genocide there. Phil has travelled to east Africa... Read More →
avatar for Ernie Friedlander

Ernie Friedlander

Is the President of Moving Forward Together as well as the B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Anti Defamation Unit. He is a passionate advocate of reaching out to Australian audiences with pro-active initiatives, such as the Harmony projects. The Harmony Day Poster Competition and the... Read More →
avatar for John Langdale

John Langdale

Currently teaches on  International Security issues . He has also taught at Macquarie University Economic Geography, also in the Communications & Business programs. His research has focused on the interlinkages between globalisation and economics, particularly in Asia Pacific region... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Room G1

10:45 AEST

Testimony and Witnessing on the Adult March of the Living (2005):  Exposure to innovative repair of intergenerational Holocaust trauma.
Based on our personal and professional experiences 10 years ago as participants in the AMotL (2005), we provide insights into the dynamics of survivor’s personal testimonies. We offer lessons learnt on how the power of witnessing provides the unique moments of repair of inter-generationally transmitted Holocaust trauma.  



Presenters
avatar for Vicki Gordon

Vicki Gordon

Vicki Herzog-Gordon is a Clinical and Forensic psychologist, working in Private Practice and in the Children’s Court Clinic for over 20 years. Her PhD was on the Experience of Hidden Child Survivors of the Holocaust.
avatar for George Halasz

George Halasz

George Halasz is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University, and Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with a special interest in trauma, and trauma transmission between the generations.


Monday June 8, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 AEST
Gallery 1

12:00 AEST

Music and Kabbalah
Where is the intersection between the mystical, the emotional and the musical? Come and explore some of the basic mystical concepts of creation, revelation, redemption, Tsimtsum, yam hamelech, Ein Sof, and the Sephirot as explored through music from our liturgical and folk traditions. From Lecha Dodi and Raza Deshabbat through Kol Adonai and the Kedushah, our liturgy and folk music is steeped in mystical concepts and metaphors.We will explore some of these and listen to a rich variety of musical examples depicting the mystical through the sublime music of both Sephardic and Ashkenazi repertoire.

Presenters
avatar for Michel Laloum

Michel Laloum

Cantor Michel Laloum was born in Belgium, raised in Australia, and has worked and studied in Israel, New York, Hong Kong and France. Laloum was ordained in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and has featured in concerts and scholar/artist in residence... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Alumni room

12:00 AEST

Who was the real Eichmann?
In the early sixties I worked as Assistant Director of TV at the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem. Thus for four months I gazed on Eichmann and intimately followed every detail of the trial, haunted by the question of whether he was, as he claimed, just a small cog in a giant wheel. Or was there something innately evil about him? Devling into this subject further, I produced the film “Eichmann: The Secret Memoirs”, based on Eichman's diaries that portray a different version of the man. Because the original diary tapes could not be produced, the judges could not use their contents at the trial.This lecture covers my experiences at the trial, and what my research revealed about the real Eichmann.

Presenters
avatar for Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller is a film and entertainment lawyer based in Melbourne. He predominantly represents production companies that produce film content, including feature films, documentaries and short films. Shaun has also been the Executive Producer on numerous films.


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room 109

12:00 AEST

A Medical and Somewhat Political Experience in the West Bank
I spent 4 weeks working in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in October 2014 with the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WSFA). This program places foreign-trained anaesthetic specialists in Palestinian hospitals to teach the local anaesthetic doctors-in-training. My goal was to only discuss medicine but within my first hour in the hospital I found myself talking politics. I realised that the pervasive nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict meant most conversations ended with a political segue.

Presenters
avatar for Derek Rosen

Derek Rosen

Derek is a paediatric anaesthetist from Sydney with a strong interest in global health, junior doctor education and international politics. He has undertaken voluntary work in The Gambia, and anaesthetic teaching missions in Rwanda, Ethiopia and most recently in East Jerusalem and... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Tyree room

12:00 AEST

Zionism at the Cross-Roads
The Zionist Idea is the subject of deeply diverging interpretations, not least in Israel itself. This panel will explore these differing interpretations, the tensions between being a Jewish and a democratic state, how the jewish majority should relate to its minority population and the extent to which Israel can navigate these tensions in the years ahead.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Szego

Julie Szego

Julie Szego, writer and Fairfax columnist, worked at "The Age" for 12 years and wrote a column for "The Australian Jewish News" for seven years. She has taught journalism at Monash University and her book, "The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama", was shortlisted for the 2015 Victorian Premier’s... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

Born in the US, Rachel Adams made aliyah in 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a BA in Hebrew, political science, and international studies. She served in the IDF ground forces foreign relations branch. Rachel is currently serving as the national... Read More →
avatar for Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum is the editor of Voice of Israel talk radio and a twice weekly political affairs columnist for the English edition of Israel Hayom, Israel's largest daily newspaper. Her columns also appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and the Algemeiner. She is the author, most recently... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

12:00 AEST

'In the Image of God': Rabbis, philosophers and mystics on human nature and the Divine
This session maps a millennia-old argument over what it means to be created in the Image of God. Does being created in the Image imply that the Divine has some image, or is even embodied in some sense? Does this teaching refer to some particular aspect of the human being or mind? And what implications does it have for our moral and political lives? Here we will explore some answers to these questions that have been offered in classical Jewish thought, and some possibilities for the application of this teaching in our own lives and world.

Presenters
avatar for Raphael Dascalu

Raphael Dascalu

A native of sunny Sydney and a resident of Melbourne, Raphael Dascalu completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney. He then moved to Israel, where he completed his MA in Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University, and spent extended periods studying at Yeshivat... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room G8

12:00 AEST

The Danger of Torah Study - The Story of the Rabbi and the Ugly Man
Together we will study a challenging and strange encounter between a famous Rabbi and a man who was considerably less than handsome. The story will raise questions of human relationships, anger, revenge, and forgiveness. In the background is the necessary and troubling question of the potentially negative impact Torah study can have on our character. We will be exploring this story both from a literary and personal perspective.

Presenters
avatar for Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield

Zvi Hirschfield is a Rabbi who teaches Talmud and Jewish Thought at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He holds an MA from Harvard University in Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought, and has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. He was the director of Judaica at... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Gallery 1

12:00 AEST

Exploring our Roots: Journey Back to the Shtetl
For the past five years, Eli Rabinowitz has visited Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. He has researched his roots, met with community leaders and educators, and given presentations here and overseas. Come and join Eli on a journey to the past. See how to unlock the mysteries of your family, to access your family history using mobile computing, how to share your heritage with your descendants, and how to educate others about these discoveries.

Presenters
avatar for Eli Rabinowitz

Eli Rabinowitz

Eli is involved in many Jewish community activities. He films, photographs, researches and lectures internationally on Jewish heritage and cultural history. He brought the memories of Muizenberg exhibition to Australia, manages 60 websites for JewishGen.org and arranges Litvak heritage... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room G6

12:00 AEST

Jewish Responses to Jews who Write about Jews

The presentation is about Jewish responses to men and women who write on Jewish themes—many of which reactions are antagonistic unless the authors depict Jews and Jewishness in a flattering way. The talk will traverse fiction, satire, ancient and modern history, the Holocaust, and some reactions to his own writings about Jews. 


Presenters
avatar for Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz

Colin Tatz is Visiting Professor of Politics and International Relations at ANU. The author of 21 books, his research, teaching and writing covers Aboriginal Studies, race relations, Jewish affairs, migration, Holocaust and genocide, youth suicide and sports history.


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room G1

12:00 AEST

The 'Promised Land' and the 'Lucky Country': Collaboration between Jews and Aboriginal People
This session will explore the bond between Jews and Aboriginal people. For example: Ngarigu linguist Professor Troy (University of Sydney) and native Revived Hebrew speaker Professor Zuckermann (The University of Adelaide) will discuss perspicacious insights applicable from the Promised Land to the Lucky, albeit linguistically Unlucky, Country. Professor Troy will share her views on Israel, following her introduction to the Hebrew revival, Prof. Zuckermann will propose the establishment of 'Native Tongue Title' - to compensate Aboriginal people for linguicide, and David Muller will explore the Kimberley Plan by the Freeland League to resettle European Jewish refugees in northern Australia before the Holocaust.

Presenters
avatar for David Carlos Muller

David Carlos Muller

David Carlos Muller is a PhD candidate focusing on the Kimberley Plan and Uchronic Fiction at Monash University in Clayton, Victoria.
avatar for Jaky Troy

Jaky Troy

Director of AIATSIS Research, Indigenous Social and Cultural Wellbeing Jakelin is a Ngarigu woman whose country is the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. She is the mother of one beautiful little girl. Jakelin’s academic research is diverse but has a focus on languages... Read More →
avatar for Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Ghil'ad Zuckermann

Professor of Linguistics & Endangered Languages, The University of Adelaide
Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann (D.Phil. Oxford) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. He is President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies (AAJS), chief Investigator on a large research project assessing language revival and mental... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Room 101

12:00 AEST

When Moshe met Jesus
Alex and a group of 13 others in Melbourne - 7 Jewish and 7 Christian - have been involved in the inaugural Grass Roots Dialogue Project, run by the Council of Christians and Jews. Each few weeks, two presenters - one Christian, one Jewish - have gone into synagogues and churches all over town to tell their personal stories about their religious journeys and have engaged in dialogue with congregants. This session will talk about this project and some of the more interesting questions that have come out of it.

Presenters
avatar for Alex Kats

Alex Kats

Alex has worked in all three tiers of government in Australia. In the Jewish community, he has been an active volunteer for many years, including at Limmud. He is currently a board member of the Council of Christians and Jews, and Impact (for women), and on the committee of the William... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 AEST
Ronald room

12:00 AEST

The Mezuzah project
Giving voice to Jewish lives and communities before the Holocaust through personalized mezzuzahs and stories. Estelle will be making mezzuzoth at various times throughout the Limmud program.
She invites you to participate, make your own mezzuzah, share your story or just come and have a chat.

Presenters
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Estelle Rozinski

Estelle Rozinski is an educator, curator and artist; she is also the child of survivors. Her exhibitions: my place + your place = a better place and The Missing Mezzuzot of Zdunska Wola reflect her passion for social justice and her drive to create something meaningful for our ch... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:00 - 14:00 AEST
Leighton Hall

12:30 AEST

Street performance
Aaron Robuck will be serenading us with Broadway tunes.

Presenters
avatar for Aaron Robuck

Aaron Robuck

Aaron Robuck has worked as an actor, writer, director, musical director, stage manager and producer for a number of projects. Robuck graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), and is now on staff teaching university students. He... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 12:30 - 13:00 AEST
Leighton Hall

13:15 AEST

The Inventor of Zionist Art and Darling of the German Art World: E. M. Lilien
Ephraim Moses Lilien is widely recognised as the first modern Zionist artist whose images formed the bedrock of the Israeli national art school, Bezalel. He published three illustrated books and befriended Herzl, Buber, Zweig and other celebrated Central European Jewish intellectuals in the early 20th century. But what do his images of Jewish men and women tell us? Come find out as we explore the extinct world of cosmopolitan European Jewish life before WWI.

Presenters
avatar for Lynne Swarts

Lynne Swarts

Lynne Swarts is an artist, educator and art historian with a special interest in European Jewish history and visual culture. She has recently submitted her Doctorate in History at Sydney University on the female images of Ephraim Moses Lilien and holds an MA and a Post-Graduate Diploma... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Room G8

13:15 AEST

Israel & the Media
This talk will focus on coverage of Israel in the modern media landscape, and its effects on Australian coverage. The presentation considers the ramifications of increasing financial pressures on traditional outlets and emerging trends including the increasing reliance upon foreign wire coverage, the loss of single-medium correspondents and the increasing prevalence of online jihadist propaganda. With a host of recent or imminent Australian media appointments to an increasingly volatile Middle East underlay. It comes at a time of particular relevance to perceptions of Israel and Judaism in Australia.

Presenters
avatar for Dorit Herscovich

Dorit Herscovich

Dorit Herscovich is a trained lawyer and career diplomat with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is posted to the Embassy of Israel in Canberra as Spokesperson and Director of Cultural Affairs.


Monday June 8, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Gallery 1

13:15 AEST

Why Be Jewish?
While there is no shortage of options outlining how one can practise Judaism in our community, the question of why engage with anything to do with Judaism is rarely addressed. This expert panel aims to shed light on this, and other "big" questions from a range of perspectives.

Moderators
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an interfaith movement for Israelis and Palestinians and Israel Correspondent for Plu61J Media. He also frequently teaches on gap year programs about the identity, narratives and cultures of the people who call Jerusalem... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Adam Carpenter

Adam Carpenter

Born and raised on the Central Coast, Adam has been involved in the formal and informal Jewish education of young people since the age of 19. His passion as a Jewish educator developed over his many years of leadership in the Netzer youth movement, and was strengthened by his time... Read More →
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Selwyn Franklin

Rabbi Selwyn Franklin, Interim President of the New Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, has served congregations in Australia, USA, South Africa and Israel. Currently he is Rabbi-in-Residence of Or Chadash in Sydney. He founded Jews for Justice, a human rights organisation, that... Read More →
avatar for Pam Tatz

Pam Tatz

I was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. I taught French for many years and came to Australia as a Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher. I have worked at The Emanuel School, Masada and Moriah. I have taught Holocaust Studies, Jewish History, Studies of Religion and Classical... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Room 101

13:15 AEST

Anti-Semitism. In the Bible, The Church? Where from, where to? Is there a cure?
Anti-Semitism in the Church, how could this happen? Wasn't Jesus Jewish? Weren't his first followers all Jews? Didn't He claim to be Israel's Messiah? Wasn't the New Testament written almost entirely by Jews? What went wrong? Can we go back and start again? The past cannot be denied but there are several million Christians worldwide who want to make amends for past crimes and are strongly pro-Jewish and support Israel. Today Christians and Jews face a common enemy, we need each other. Let's start with anti-Semitism in the New Testament; is there any? Come and find out with John.

Presenters
avatar for John Hall

John Hall

After 10 years of farming in New South Wales, John Hall trained for the Methodist ministry and served in Gloucester and Liverpool where he now lives in retirement. In 2001 John and his wife Margaret took leading roles in a Jerusalem conference called, "Changing the Future by Confronting... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:15 - 14:15 AEST
Room 102

13:30 AEST

'K'vod Bat Melech P'nima': Women and the public sphere in Israel
Women of the Wall, the "Women Freedom Riders", and the "Big Album of All Male Speakers Panels": this session explores how women in Israel are demanding their right to pray, be seen and heard in the public sphere.

Presenters
avatar for Hamutal Gouri

Hamutal Gouri

Hamutal Gouri is Executive Director of the Dafna Fund – Women Collaborating for Change. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with the board to develop grant making strategies and priorities, initiate proactive programs designed to strengthen the feminist and women's... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

13:30 AEST

The tragedy of sarcasm: Bruria
Bruria is remembered as one of the only women to have a learned voice in Rabbinic literature. She is also remembered for a dramatic story of infidelity and suicide. What is the real face of Bruria? What can a 21st century orthodox feminist Law student learn from her story?

Presenters
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Sarah Charak

Sarah grew up in North Bondi and spent time studying Tanach, Talmud and other imminently useful topics in Midreshet Lindenbaum in Israel for a year-and-a-half. Eventually she got around to starting university, and is now studying Arts/Law at the University of Sydney. Sarah is currently... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Room G6

13:30 AEST

A conversation about child abuse and the changing landscape for child protection in Jewish institutional and communal settings.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has highlighted systemic issues within many communities. The Jewish community has its own case to answer. How can we work together as a community and as Australians to create child safe environments in Institutions, homes and neighbourhoods? How can we show the empathy and understanding victims of all ages need as they seek justice and healing?
This presentation explores how we can create substantive lasting change once the shock waves of recent revelations subside.

Moderators
avatar for Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass

Bettina Cass is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy in the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW. She is Chair of the Social Justice Committee of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. She does research on disability policies, aged care services and family carers, and social... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Deborah Blackman

Deborah Blackman

Deborah Blackman is a qualified social worker who completed her degree at UNSW in 1994. She specialises in child protection and, based on extensive research, she has developed an integrated, interactive program to empower children, their parents and carers with essential skills and... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Kezelman

Cathy Kezelman

Dr Kezelman is a mental health consumer advocate, medical practitioner and President of the national organisation, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA). ASCA works to help the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse recover. She is a pioneer in practice and... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Tyree room

13:30 AEST

Current trends in Anti-Semitism - the virus that morphs
Antisemitism is increasing throughout the world. Violent and murderous incidents are occurring, especially in Europe. The anti-Israel movement is increasingly utilising antisemitic rhetoric, imagery, and actions against diaspora Jews. Antisemitism is moving from the margins to the mainstream of society. What is happening and what can be done?

Presenters
avatar for Julie Nathan

Julie Nathan

Julie Nathan is the Research Officer for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). She has researched, written and compiled the annual ECAJ Antisemitism Reports in 2013 and 2014. She has had numerous articles published on antisemitism and is attending the Global Forum for... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Room 109

13:30 AEST

Is there a recipe for Jewish resilience?
Womanpower presents a panel of experts sharing their knowledge and expertise about the need to continue to have a purpose in life as we get older. The panel will address topics including positive outlook and mental health, staying fit and healthy, eating appropriately, staying socially connected and influence of spirituality.

Moderators
avatar for Marilyn Immerman

Marilyn Immerman

Marilyn is on the Executive of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and serves as the Chair of its Education Committee. She is also a volunteer guide at the Sydney Jewish Museum.  She taught secondary school History and some English for many years, 33 of which was spent on the staff... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Judith Lissing

Judith Lissing

Judith Lissing is a Mindfulness Trainer and Wellness Coach with more than 15 years experience in teaching mental fitness and emotional resilience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Immunology and a Masters degree in Public Health, and is an Associate Lecturer... Read More →
avatar for Eva Lowy

Eva Lowy

I started my professional life as a High School teacher and then upgraded my qualifications to that of a Clinical Psychologist. Following my doctoral thesis in the area of workplace injuries I work and consult in areas of Rehabilitation and Compensable Injury. Currently, I have a... Read More →
avatar for Ginni Mansberg

Ginni Mansberg

Ginni Mansberg is a well known, celebrity Doctor in Australia. She is a Sydney GP sidelining for Sunrise & Morning Show (Channel7), various mags, lots of kids, 2 exuberant dogs and wannabe Masterchef and dedicated caffeine addict...Ginni’s been a GP for the past 20 (plus) years... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:30 - 14:30 AEST
Room G1

13:30 AEST

Traces of the Past in the Present
This workshop will use experiential methods to explore traces of the Holocaust in our present lives.The approach to be used provides permissions and safety for the expression of deeply felt and long-standing ‘self-stories’ – surfacing and transforming these to allow people to ‘move on’.It will create a space where we surface, articulate and explore what our needs are to a richer fulfilment of our individual potentials and our multi-generational relationships – and where we can clear matters that needed clearing as individuals.The Talmud says a man can be anything that he chooses but he cannot help what he chooses. The past is in the present.
Please note this is a double session that runs from 13:30-15:45.

Presenters
avatar for Colleen Guray

Colleen Guray

Colleen is the owner of Soft Skills Australia , and builds the links between organisational and personal development inthe business work She uses dramatisation, role playing and attention to language. These will be used in the workshop to assist forensic examination of individual... Read More →
avatar for Tom Schwarz

Tom Schwarz

Tom is a professional Consulting Facilitator and Adaptive Leadership catalyst - as the Principal of Kinnogene (Aus) p/l  he works through a deeply reflective facilitative stance in the ANZ and Asia Pacific Region to bring about transformation to individuals, groups and organisations... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 13:30 - 15:45 AEST
Alumni room

14:00 AEST

Street performance
Dahlia Dior will get us moving with Ladino melodies. 

Presenters
avatar for Dahlia Dior

Dahlia Dior

Dahlia Dior, born in Jerusalem, comes from long line of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Rabbis, scholars and community leaders. Entertained in the Israeli army, starred in “Kazablan” with Yehoram Gaon, travelled the world using her linguistic virtuosity in many languages, singing jazz... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 AEST
Leighton Hall

14:45 AEST

Book Surfing Australia - The first event (topic - Identity)
A new social and cultural phenomenon is sweeping the globe, promising to bring down interpersonal barriers and expanding horizons like no other platform before. It is called Book-Surfing. And it works something like this: A small group of people meet, all participants read aloud any text they choose, anything at all - to a group of strangers. There is a moderator, who is an equal participant. Bring along any text in English that you would like to read aloud and share with a bunch of other book-surfers (the topic is Identity). One limitation only: the text must be one page max.

Presenters
avatar for Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla

Shahar Burla is a Sydney-based researcher and lecturer and a contributing editor for Plus61JMedia. Shahar holds a Master’s degree in political science from the Hebrew University and a PhD from Bar-Ilan University. He is the co-editor of “Australia and Israel: A Diasporic, Cultural... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Ronald room

14:45 AEST

Israel through a film director's eye
Capturing the Eichmann Trial and making over 30 films exploring diverse topics spanning war, politics, kibbutz life, archeology, Holocaust and the Bedouins, Alan has become intimately acquainted with Israel via the camera lens. This talk will take a lighthearted and entertaining look at the challenges that come with trying to capture Israel on film. Alan is an Emmy award winning Producer/Director.

Presenters
avatar for Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller is a film and entertainment lawyer based in Melbourne. He predominantly represents production companies that produce film content, including feature films, documentaries and short films. Shaun has also been the Executive Producer on numerous films.


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room 109

14:45 AEST

Limmud Sing-a-Long
“Sing a new song unto G-d...”! Are you feeling a bit bloated from the many delicious Limmud lectures and study sessions? Want to snack on some “lite fare”? The Rockin' Rabbi returns with another uplifting song session featuring popular Israeli tunes from the chalutznik era and favourites from Reb Shlomo Carlebach and other artists. All singing abilities welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck

Gary Robuck is the Senior Rabbi of North Shore Temple Emanuel. A gifted and engaging teacher, Gary approaches Torah from a pluralistic perspective. Humour, song and story, combined with a deep love and understanding of the text, makes learning enjoyable and accessible for all.


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Leighton Hall

14:45 AEST

Were the Ten Commandments written in the old Hebrew alphabet or the current one?
“...And the script was a Divine script” (Ex. 32:16). This verse, referring to the Tablets containing the Ten Commandments raises the question: what is meant by “Divine Script.” The session will explore two opinions in the Talmud disputing this issue. One opinion is that it refers to the Old Hebrew script (alphabet) that was gradually abandoned by Jews during the Second Temple period, especially for writing sacred texts. The other opinion is that the script on the Tablets was an early version of our current Hebrew alphabet.



Presenters
AL

Ari Lobel

Rabbi Dr Ari Lobel is currently a full-time lecturer in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney. He has also taught the HSC Classical Hebrew course at Kesser Torah College for the past four years and formerly served as a writer/editor for the Artscroll Talmud... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room 102

14:45 AEST

Unearthing a Holocaust hero
Jan Karski is largely unknown as 'the man who tried to stop the Holocaust'. A young Catholic Polish Resistance activist, he witnessed Nazi atrocities in the Warsaw Ghetto and a concentration camp, and managed to escape Gestapo torture to lead a campaign to save European Jewry. His extraordinary true story is being brought to the stage in a premiere production of 'Coming to See Aunt Sophie' in August, directed by Moira Blumenthal. In this fascinating and experimental session, Moira will direct a live rehearsal with members of the stellar cast, unpacking the themes, history and impact of this powerful play.

Presenters
avatar for Moira Blumenthal

Moira Blumenthal

Moira Blumenthal has directed and produced mainstream theatre internationally since 1988. Locally, she has worked with the Seymour Centre, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House, and her productions include Australian premieres of Via Dolorosa, From Door To Door, Address Unknown... Read More →
avatar for Michael Shur

Michael Shur

Michael Shur is a former South African businessman and consultant, as well as a volunteer guide at the Sydney Jewish Museum.  He is the co-producer of the play Coming to see Aunt Sophie.


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room 101

14:45 AEST

Behaviour Management Strategies for Children with Tricky Behaviours
Renee Mill and Lindy Abelsohn will provide a practical workshop on how to deal with tricky behaviours that kids and adolescents manifest.
There will be plenty of time for Q&A. Any questions that you may have prior to the workshop, please email to info@anxietysolutionscbt.com with the subject LIMMUD OZ TRICKY BEHAVIOUR Q&A.

Presenters
avatar for Lindy Abelsohn

Lindy Abelsohn

Lindy has over 8 years experience providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for a range of childhood disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Behavioural Difficulties, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), and other known childhood concerns... Read More →
avatar for Renee Mill

Renee Mill

Renee Mill has been working as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over thirty years and has successfully treated hundreds of individuals, couples and families for anxiety management, stress, depression and parenting skills. Renee has authored 3 books, her latest book... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room G1

14:45 AEST

Crossing boundaries: Rabbi Dovid Slavin and Reverend Bill Crews in conversation

A rare opportunity to witness a Rabbi and a Reverend in conversation discussing how faith influences their work, community mobilisation strategy and big questions such as how to work beyond racial and religious lines to create a greater good and can religion be an answer to society's ills?

 


Moderators
avatar for Angela Zinn

Angela Zinn

Angela moved to Australia from Israel 10 years ago and was introduced to Limmud around 2010. She is still trying to decide which event was more impact-full. Angela is a youth movement Bogeret who led a few Israel programs and who spent some time working with a few community organisations... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Bill Crews

Bill Crews

For over 40 years I have been striving to help the poor, the oppressed and the marginalised of society. I am a Uniting Church minister. I run The Exodus Foundation and The Bill Crews Charitable Trust. I also founded The Big Picture Film Festival and have a radio program every Sunday... Read More →
avatar for Dovid Slavin

Dovid Slavin

Rabbi Dovid Slavin is the founding Director of Our Big Kitchen and co-director of Gift of Life Australia and chaplain to Ambulance Serice NSW.


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Tyree room

14:45 AEST

Social Action in Israel
In the field of gender equality, the rape crisis centers around Israel are among the most influential organiastions. With over 1000 volunteers, 40,000 annual callers and 10,000 educational workshops- these centers offer a safe haven for victims while combating sexual abuse and gender equality in all fields of society. Rinat Kedem Bart, former director of the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center and former criminal prosecutor for the state of Israel, will share her experiences and discuss the unique ideology and influence of the centers.

Presenters
avatar for Rinat Kedem Bart

Rinat Kedem Bart

Rinat is the Jewish Agency for Israel representative in Australia. Previously, she was CEO of the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center. Rinat has an LLM in international law from Tel Aviv University and Northwestern University and an LLB from Hebrew University. Rinat worked at the Israeli... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Room G8

14:45 AEST

The Changing Political Landscape - Threats and Challenges
Sharri Markson and Vic Alhadeff will present complementary analysis of the changing political landscape, focusing on racism, antisemitism, media and politics.

Moderators
avatar for Joshua Levi

Joshua Levi

Joshua Levi is the Deputy Editor of the Australian Jewish News. He has covered everything from Federal Elections to Montefiore Fetes, communal in-fighting and, more recently, spent two weeks at the Royal Commission into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Presenters
avatar for Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff

Vic Alhadeff is CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. He was Former Chair, NSW Community Relations Commission and Former editor of the Australian Jewish News, reporting from Moscow on a bid to free Soviet Jewry, and from Israel on the Gulf War and assassination of Prime Minister... Read More →
avatar for Sharri Markson

Sharri Markson

Sharri Markson is the media editor of The Australian.


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

14:45 AEST

The Golden Rule -- Is it Good for the Jews?
The Golden Rule has become the centrepiece of interaction between peoples of different faiths, a unifying ethic to bring everyone together. It is even taken for granted that it is shared by every faith. Yet, is this model a good thing for Jews and others not in the majority? Does it create a superficial similarity, while ignoring the differences that make us who we are? This session will examine these questions.

Presenters
avatar for David Kunin

David Kunin

David Kunin is rabbi of the Jewish community of Japan and has served congregations in Scotland and Canada. He is active in interfaith relations, and is author of Beyond the Golden Rule: A Jewish Perspective on Dialogue and Diversity. He has been working with the Indonesian Jewish... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 14:45 - 15:45 AEST
Gallery 1

16:00 AEST

World of Ladino
An informative interactive lecture/performance exploring the richness and virtuosity of my Sephardic ancestors' cultural heritage. Their expulsion from Spain (1492) became a catalyst for renewed creativity. I invite you all to join me as I reveal their stories, prayers, customs, humour and songs, in Ladino, Hebrew and Aramaic. I am fortunate to have one of Sydney's top multi-instrumentalists, Llew Kiek accompany me on guitar, oud and bouzouki.

Presenters
avatar for Dahlia Dior

Dahlia Dior

Dahlia Dior, born in Jerusalem, comes from long line of Sephardic and Ashkenazi Rabbis, scholars and community leaders. Entertained in the Israeli army, starred in “Kazablan” with Yehoram Gaon, travelled the world using her linguistic virtuosity in many languages, singing jazz... Read More →
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Llew Kiek

Llew Kiek plays guitar, oud, bouzouki and ethnic lutes. Kiek is an accomplished musician, composer, musical director, and producer, and is regarded as one of the key contributors to "World Music" in Australia. In 1999 Llew was World Music Instrumentalist of the Year. Accomplished... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Tyree room

16:00 AEST

Is Anti-Semitism enough of an impetus for aliyah?
In the wake of anti-Semitic attacks in Paris, Copenhagen and other European cities, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel was waiting “with open arms” for Jews everywhere. Was this an appropriate response from a world leader to a phenomenon that should be confronted and eradicated? Was it realistic? What is involved in leaving one’s comfort zone, even when it grows uncomfortable? 

Presenters
avatar for Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum

Ruthie Blum is the editor of Voice of Israel talk radio and a twice weekly political affairs columnist for the English edition of Israel Hayom, Israel's largest daily newspaper. Her columns also appear regularly in the Jerusalem Post and the Algemeiner. She is the author, most recently... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

16:00 AEST

Israel and Palestine - Daring to Trust: Making friends
We all care deeply about the Middle East, and we all have an interest in its future. What if our security lies in the depth of our relationships across boundaries? Munther Emad, a Palestinian man from Gaza made friends with Idan Zelas, an Israeli who was in the IDF and served in the occupied territories. Come and hear their stories. Idan will join us from Israel via Skype. Lyndall Katz will facilitate the session.

Moderators
avatar for Lyndall Katz

Lyndall Katz

Lyndall Katz is dedicated to social justice and peace. She is active in social justice issues in the Jewish community. She co-convened Jewish Voices for Peace and Justice in Sydney, and is a member of the Palestinian Jewish Dialogue Group. She is a skilled facilitator and has led... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Munther Emad

Munther Emad

Munther Emad was born in Gaza. He completed his Bachelor of Sociology/Psychology at Bethlehem University, where he was inspired to advocate for peace and justice. Munther has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution and Graduate Diplomas in International Law and Criminology. As a new... Read More →
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Idan Zelas

Idan Zelas was born and raised on Kibbutz Yizrael, Israel to parents who immigrated from New Zealand and South Africa and met on Kibbutz in the early 70's.  At 18, Idan joined the Israeli Defense Force and served for 3 years as a sergeant of an infantry platoon in the occupied territories... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room 109

16:00 AEST

The Shrew, the Femme Fatale, and the Madonna/Whore: Three Talmudic Heroines (3 of 3) Heruta, the Madonna/Whore
Why are women divided into saintly and seductive? How does a married couple go for years without intimacy? And why must the wife dress up as a prostitute to show her husband who she really is? The domestic drama of R. Hiyya and his wife, read through Demosthenes, Nahmanides, Freud, Wilde, Kant, Buber, Calderon, and Mad Men.

Presenters
avatar for Gila Fine

Gila Fine

Gila Fine is the editor in chief of Maggid Books (Koren Publishers Jerusalem). She’s also a teacher of talmudic narrative, and has taught at the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and Pardes. Gila is the former editor of quarterly journal Azure... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room 101

16:00 AEST

Mobilizing for Soviet Jewry: The Australian Story
Located at the edge of the Diaspora, Australian Jewry played an integral and at times innovative role in the campaign for Soviet Jewry. The community’s leadership operated at two levels: the political level which included lobbying key Australian politicians; and at the grass roots level, supporting efforts to highlight the plight of Soviet Jewry. Her presentation will be based on the book she has written on this topic with Sam Lipski.

Presenters
avatar for Suzanne D. Rutland

Suzanne D. Rutland

Suzanne D. Rutland, OAM is Professor in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies, University of Sydney. She has published widely on Australian Jewish history. Her most recent written with Sam Lipski is Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and Soviet Jews, 1959-1989... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Alumni room

16:00 AEST

Voices of the Holocaust: To whom do we speak?
Over 20,000 students visit the Sydney Jewish Museum each year. Why do Holocaust survivors volunteer to give their testimony to Australian students? What does it mean to them to give their testimony to students who have no personal connection to the history of the Holocaust? Come hear from Holocaust Survivors who volunteer at the Museum discuss their experience and why they choose to talk.

Moderators
avatar for Ari Lander

Ari Lander

Dr Ari Lander is an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Lander completed a doctorate in Jewish history at the University of New South Wales. He taught for seven years at the University of New South Wales on a variety of subjects including modern Jewish History, Zionism... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming

Tom was born Tomi Fleischman on June, 27th, 1938 in Bratislava, Czecholslovakia. He was captured by the Gestapo and sent to the Sered Labour Camp. He was first sent to Auschwitz, and then interned at Theresienstadt.
avatar for George Grojnowski

George Grojnowski

George was born in Rapziejow, Poland on February 1, 1927. George survived  Rapziejow Ghetto and Czenstochowa Ghettos before finally ending up in Buchenwald. He was liberated from a death march on the way to Thereisenstadt.
avatar for Ana De Leon

Ana De Leon

Ana was born in Subotica, ex-Yugoslavia on 25 November 1935. In June 1944 with her mother and grandparents, she was taken to Austria as forced labour, held in the concentration camp Bergen Belsen until liberation in April 1945. Being a witness to enormous tragedy has impressed a sense... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room G8

16:00 AEST

A 'long-term era of terror” - the Permanent State of Emergency: Lessons from Israel for Australian counter-terrorism policy.
In February, Prime Minister Tony Abbott declared that Australia was in a "long-term era of terror". In light of this, his government requested ever furher counter-terrorism measures - extreme legal measures justified only by the threat of terrorism. Since its birth in 1948 Israel has faced an ongoing existential crisis. From external aggression to the threat of terror the State has been in an ongoing state of emergency. If Australia really does face a long-term era of terror it is appropriate to ask: can we learn anything from Israel in terms of ensuring an ongoing commitment to democratic values without compromising security and the safety of the public?

Presenters
avatar for Fergal Davis

Fergal Davis

Fergal Davis is a Senior Lecturer in the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Before moving to UNSW he spent over 10 years as a lecturer in the UK and Ireland. His research is concerned with the maintenance and protection of civil liberties in times of emergency. In particular his... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room G1

16:00 AEST

Music for Refugees
Philip Feinstein founded Music for Refugees 6 years ago to help Australian refugees deal with stress. He supplies detention centres throughout Australia, Nauru and Manus Island with donated music instruments and visits Villawood to teach kids and adults music.
Having won the STARTTS Humanitarian Award for Best Project in 2014, Philip will relate how the refugee program started and where it is going. You will also have the opportunity to experience how music relieves stress!

Presenters
avatar for Philip Feinstein

Philip Feinstein

Phil started Music for Refugees 12 years ago to help stressed refugees in detention. He gives free musical instruments and music lessons to refugees Australia-wide. He recently started helping African Burundian refugees because of the genocide there. Phil has travelled to east Africa... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room G6

16:00 AEST

Social Revolution in Israel - How the UIA helps change lives in Israel
Keren Hayesod - UIA is responsible for funding some of the most innovative and effective social change programs in Israel today. Come and understand how we are giving Israel's vulnerable opportunity and hope.

Presenters
avatar for Yair Miller

Yair Miller

Yair Miller is CEO of UIA NSW. He is Immediate Past President, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies; Past Vice President, Executive Council of Australian Jewry; Board Member, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture; Board Member, Council for Jewish Communal Security; Board Member, The Shabbat... Read More →
avatar for Sagi Ben Yosef

Sagi Ben Yosef

Executive Director at UIA Australia.


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Room 102

16:00 AEST

The Power of a Bean Bag
The Hookup Dinner is one of the fastest growing networking platforms in South Africa with a Pan African vision that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to Connect, Engage & Contribute to each other's success through an informal dinner format. Learn how this concept came to life through the sale of bean bags and how the two were used to serve the need of bringing people together for a common course.

Presenters
avatar for Phakiso Tsotetsi

Phakiso Tsotetsi

Phakiso lives in Johannesburg and is an entrepreneur and global citizen. He is the co-founder of Lifesgud Global Investments, Ambassador of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, alumnus of the Youngtreps Initiative to Israel and co-founder of the Hookup Dinner, one of the fastest... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Ronald room

16:00 AEST

What the AngloWest can learn from European Jewish communities
Amongst the reports of antisemitism in Europe, there are Jewish communities that are at the heart of inclusive and innovative Jewish communal programming. Take a closer look at some of the research emerging from these communities regarding Jewish identity and education, and how it compares to research from across the globe.

Presenters
avatar for Adam Steinberg

Adam Steinberg

Adam is a doctor from Melbourne who has an interest in community development, with experience in Indigenous health in the Northern Territory, as well as development work in Ghana, disaster recovery in the Philippines and Jewish community programming and research in Europe. He has... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 16:00 - 17:00 AEST
Gallery 1

17:15 AEST

Kumsitz with Alter Jazz
The Alter Jazz Ensemble lead a singing session of Jewish music in an intimate duo format, to groove and jazz-inspired guitar accompaniment. Percussion players and singers welcome.

Presenters
avatar for Noam Sendor

Noam Sendor

The Alter Jazz Ensemble is a pioneering music project, fusing traditional Jewish prayer and song with jazz, melding together disparate worlds to create a unique musical offering. The project is an initiative of American-born and Australian-based hipster/hassid Rabbi Noam Sendor, produced... Read More →
avatar for Adam Starr

Adam Starr

The Alter Jazz Ensemble is a pioneering music project, fusing traditional Jewish prayer and song with jazz, melding together disparate worlds to create a unique musical offering. The project is an initiative of American-born and Australian-based hipster/hassid Rabbi Noam Sendor, produced... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Tyree room

17:15 AEST

My Grandparents: an Australian-Jewish documentary
A cross-generational documentary in which film-maker Joshua Marks sets out to find out more about his grandparents – what drives them, what fears and hopes they have.

Over a two-year period, with a great deal of humour on both sides, they exchange ideas and challenges.

After this 26-minute documentary is shown, Joshua will discuss the making of it – hopefully with contributions from a couple of the grandparents who are the subjects of the film.

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Marks

Joshua Marks

Joshua is a documentary film-maker. He has been based at Fox Studios, Sydney, since 2009. He is a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), the Sydney Film School, and Moriah College. His film-making has led him to work in France, England, Canada, USA... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room 109

17:15 AEST

Balancing Israel's democratic and Jewish character - the effect of freedom of speech on Israeli democracy
This is an interactive, group facilitated session taking a critical look at democracy in Israel and where we draw the line between freedom of expression, hate speech, incitement to violence - bringing in historical examples and hypothetical situations.

Presenters
avatar for Liam Getreu

Liam Getreu

Liam is executive director of the New Israel Fund in Australia, a former national chair of the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), and a graduate of Bialik College and Habonim Dror.


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Gallery 1

17:15 AEST

Rozana - A Project of Hope
On both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a generation of youngsters are growing up without any direct contact with each other. There is however one sector, where every minute of every day Israelis and Palestinians interact as teams of carers looking after patients is the hospital sector. Project Rozana, an Australian initiative, was born out of hope; the miracle of life returned to Rozana Sawalhi who fell nine storeys from her apartment near Ramallah and who was treated at Hadassah Hospital. The Project is committed to building bridges for a better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.

Presenters
avatar for Ron Finkel

Ron Finkel

Ron Finkel has been the President of Hadassah Australia since 2004. He is the Managing Director of Momentum Ventures Limited, a leading Australian Venture Capital firm. In addition to his role with Hadassah, Ron is the President of AUSiMED Limited and Chair of the Arava – Australia... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Alumni room

17:15 AEST

Tikkun Olam? The case of humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria
Over the past three years I have been involved with a unique effort that so far provided over 5500 tons of humanitarian aid from Israel to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Syria itself. Despite the uniqueness of this work, this story remains largely untold. I will speak to the Israel and Syrian dilemma and share stories of my interactions with a number of key figures in the Syrian opposition, and offer some glimpses of hope in the midst of the most dreadful conflict this region had seen in a century.

Presenters
avatar for Nir Boms

Nir Boms

Nir Boms is research fellow at Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Ritchie Theatre

17:15 AEST

"I feel a little guilty....but..." A humorous deliberation on trying to keep kosher and feeling guilty.

Join a rabbi, a psychiatrist and their inquisitor to probe the age old combination of Jewish guilt and modern attempts at 'feeling' kosher. What rules do we follow and which do we break.  Why do we do what we do.  This will be an interactive panel discussion with a video screening of 'vox pop' interviews of Sydney Jews sharing their truths and guilt around keeping kosher. 


Presenters
avatar for Yaron Finkelstein

Yaron Finkelstein

Yaron Finkelstein was a Cabinet-level senior press secretary and political adviser in the Howard Government. His work on over 50 political and corporate campaigns, both in Australia and internationally, have given him an extensive understanding of how communications can change perceptions... Read More →
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Doron Samuell

A consultant psychiatrist who makes a living out of guilt. He calls it guilt gelt. And when he occasionally emerges out of guilty ruminations, he relies on his ex-wife to put him back on track. He has a number of guilty pleasures including over-eating, self-indulgence and envy. When... Read More →
avatar for Dovid Slavin

Dovid Slavin

Rabbi Dovid Slavin is the founding Director of Our Big Kitchen and co-director of Gift of Life Australia and chaplain to Ambulance Serice NSW.


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room 101

17:15 AEST

When being righteous is not enough: A Study of the Book of Eyov (Job)
The Book of Eyov is the classic treatment of the problem of random suffering over which even the righteous have no control. In this comprehensive talk, David explores the major themes of one of the Bible’s most startling and profound texts.

Presenters
avatar for David Solomon

David Solomon

David Solomon is an internationally acclaimed, globally-roaming speaker, scholar and translator. David teaches Jewish History, Tanach, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew, and Kabbalah. He is currently based in Melbourne. For more information visit www.inonehour.net


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room G1

17:15 AEST

Jews Standing Up and Changing the World
So many causes, fundraisers and campaigns. If you want to make a positive difference in the world, where do you practically start? And what actions are most effective at creating change? This practical workshop will empower people with the necessary skills and knowledge to become active changemakers. Gary will be using some examples from his work at Stand Up, but this will be an interactive workshop where participants will share their success stories (and failures).

Presenters
avatar for Gary Samowitz

Gary Samowitz

Hakoah
Gary has a long history of working in the non-profit industry and across many realms of the Australian Jewish community. He worked for ten years as the CEO of Stand Up and prior to that was the Hillel Director in Sydney where he mentored and trained Jewish university students, and... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2015 17:15 - 18:15 AEST
Room 102
 
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