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Saturday, August 10
 

12:30pm PDT

Arrival & Lunch
Location: Foyer of School Hall

Saturday August 10, 2013 12:30pm - 12:58pm PDT
1

1:00pm PDT

The Heritage of all Israel
Location: School Hall
This session covers similar ground to Ruth Calderon’s famous maiden Knesset speech demonstrating that Torah learning is for everyone regardless of background or religious affiliation.

Presenter/s
avatar for Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is an Israeli academic (with a PhD in Talmud) and a politician. Until recently she was best-known as the founder of ALMA, the "Secular Yeshiva" which seeks to make Jewish culture & Torah learning available to secular Israelis.  After her election to the Knesset in 2013... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
1

1:45pm PDT

If it's broke, should you fix it?
Location: Room 149
Jews have always been tremendous agents for change around the world, especially in areas of social justice. But does our tradition really care about the universal? Does it possess any tools that a New Zealand Jews  could integrate into their Jewish identity? Or is the 'tikkun olam' mentality a far-fetched myth? This session will unearth some curious and somewhat surprising views on this ever-relevant modern Jewish question. Come with a tongue for arguing. No previous knowledge needed.

Presenter/s
avatar for Joel Lazar

Joel Lazar

Joel finished his Arts degree (Creative Writing) in 2012 at Monash University and has spent a good deal of time galavanting around the world to King's College (London), Mechon Hadar (New York), Maale Gilboa (Israel) and on various agricultural adventures. He divides his time between... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
2

1:45pm PDT

The Berlin Jewish Insurance Doctors and their fate under National Socialism 1933 -1945
Location: Room 145
Exploring the history of the Berlin Jewish Insurance Doctors: what happened to them in this tumultuous decade?

Presenter/s
avatar for Susi Williams

Susi Williams

Susi is a retired medical doctor, graduate of Otago Medical School a member of the Wellington Hebrew Congregation and foundation member of the Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Centre. Currently Susi is a volunteer at the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand in Wellingto... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
3

1:45pm PDT

What did Moshe do up Mount Sinai?
Location: Room 137
We will learn that Moshe actually spent 120 days between Heaven and Earth, finding out what it means to be a hero. Joseph Campbell helps us to see how Moshe’s journey recurs in the books of JRR Tolkien, the movies of George Lucas, and even the Wizard of Oz. And it is a journey that we must all make in our own lives… “ad meah v’esrim”.

Presenter/s
avatar for Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies and has a huge reputation in the Modern Orthodox community as well as Jewish communities across the Jewish world. He has an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics, is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm PDT
1

2:55pm PDT

In Tribute: Judi Lubetsky talks to Hilda Gosling
Location: Room 149
Hilda Gosling  remembers and gives tribute to the Principal & teachers of the Juedischers Philanthropinc School (Frankfurt 1804 - 1942) (beacon of "love of humanity" for the Jewish children of Frankfurt).

Presenter/s
avatar for Hilda Gosling

Hilda Gosling

Hilda Gosling (nee Ponimoni) was born in Frankfurt am Main to Lithuanian Jewish parents who had immigrated to Germany at the turn of the 19th century. From the age of 5 Hilda studied dancing at the Opera Frankfurt and was fortunate to attend the Amous Juedisches Philanthropin School... Read More →
avatar for Judi Lubetsky

Judi Lubetsky

Judi Lubetzky has a background in career development and is a member of The Career Specialists – a group of independent Career Practitioners working in Auckland. Over the years, Judi has been involved with the NZ Jewish Oral History Project, which reflects her passion  for history... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:55pm - 3:55pm PDT
4

2:55pm PDT

Freedom of Expression versus anti-Semitism: A Case for Censorship?
Location: Room 152
Freedom of expression is commonly understood as a pivotal human right and, particularly in Western democracies, one that is often protected at the cost of many other societal values. This can have interesting and problematic consequences when faced with anti-Semitic expression. This seminar will discuss the balance between expression and censorship, both in theory and practice, in seeking to understand how best to respond to anti-Semitic expression in the 21st Century.



Presenter/s
avatar for Liora Bercovitch

Liora Bercovitch

Liora has spent her entire 21 years involved as a member of the Christchurch Hebrew Congregation. She is in her final semester of a LLB(Hons) & BA majoring in Political Science. Liora was involved with Habonim Dror as both a chanicha and madricha, including working as Rosh South Island... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:55pm - 3:55pm PDT
1

2:55pm PDT

One more forgotten hero - Jephtah's Daughter
Location: Room 175
One more forgotten hero, and a world that doesn't care - we explore the forgotten story of Jeftah's daughter in the Jewish tradition.

Presenter/s
avatar for Adi Cohen

Adi Cohen

Rabbi Adi Cohen is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai, the Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation. He was previously the Rabbi of Brit Olam, a Progressive Jewish congregation in Kiryat On, Israel. He has also taught law and Jewish ethics at Metro West High School in Ra'anana, and worked... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:55pm - 3:55pm PDT
2

2:55pm PDT

Rebekah the ‘Patriarch’?
Location: Room 155
Rebekah, my biblical namesake, is presented in the Torah as an influential and commanding figure, who often exceeds the limitations imposed on women by patriarchal society. In this session, we will undertake a close reading of selected texts about Rebekah. I will argue that it is she, rather than her husband Isaac, who is the heir to the divine promise bestowed upon Abraham, and who occupies the position of ‘patriarch’ in her generation!

Presenter/s
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010, following a long association with the museum and a variety of exhibition-related roles at public institutions. Rebecca previously worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 2:55pm - 3:55pm PDT
3

4:05pm PDT

The History Channel: “The Italkim” (Italian Jewry)
Location: Room 149
The Italian Jewish community has very ancient roots and an uninterrupted story spanning more than two millennia. The "Italkim" have quite a unique tradition which is different from both the Ashkenazi and the Sephardi ones. This talk will explore some of the most important stages of the history of the Italian Jewish community from its origin to modern times and will explore some of the unique features of the Italian rite.

Presenter/s
avatar for Luca Quaglia

Luca Quaglia

Luca is originally from Italy, lived in France for 7 years before coming to New Zealand 8 years ago. He calls Wellington home and he is an active member of Temple Sinai. He has a Doctorate in Physics and he works as a researcher in the field of building physics. His great passion... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 4:05pm - 5:03pm PDT
2

4:05pm PDT

Israel: Forwards or Backwards?
Location: Room 175
We explore whether Israel is moving forward or backward as a religiously knowledgeable society.

Presenter/s
avatar for Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is an Israeli academic (with a PhD in Talmud) and a politician. Until recently she was best-known as the founder of ALMA, the "Secular Yeshiva" which seeks to make Jewish culture & Torah learning available to secular Israelis.  After her election to the Knesset in 2013... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 4:05pm - 5:03pm PDT
1

4:05pm PDT

The Mystical Origins of Hasidism
Location: Room 145
Hassidism, the Eastern European piety movement, has profoundly influenced the character of Judaism today. It first emerged in the eighteenth century by combining elements of the Jewish mysticism with folk culture and religion. We will examine the emergence of this highly diverse movement – the history and elements of its theology. The hour will be spent learning through a selection of texts leading us from early mysticism to the era of the Ba’al Shem Tov, the founder of Hassidism.

Presenter/s
avatar for Brent Gutmann

Brent Gutmann

Rabbi Brent Gutmann serves as the newly appointed Rabbi of Beth Shalom Congregation. He received his rabbinical ordination (Smicha) from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati earlier this year. Rabbi Brent’s rabbinical thesis studied the philosophy of Emmanuel... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 4:05pm - 5:03pm PDT
3

5:05pm PDT

Seuda Shlishit / Coffee & Cake
Location: Foyer Centennial Building

Saturday August 10, 2013 5:05pm - 5:33pm PDT
1

5:05pm PDT

Mincha
Location: Room 158

Saturday August 10, 2013 5:05pm - 5:33pm PDT
2

5:35pm PDT

The Evolution & Transformation of Warm Sabbath Stew
Location: Room 137
Following the evolution of warm sabbath stew, this presentation will take participants on the journey of the Jewish people and their various cuisines over the last 2000 years of Jewish history. Participants will learn about different ingredients, cooking techniques, linguistic developments, and historical events which have come to shape Jewish cuisine and culture today.

Presenter/s
avatar for Jill Gutmann

Jill Gutmann

Jill Gutmann recently arrived in Auckland with her husband, Rabbi Brent Gutmann, and daughter Daria.  She holds a Masters degree in Jewish bioethics from Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 5:35pm - 6:35pm PDT
3

5:35pm PDT

Analysis of Jewish life in New Zealand - Aotearoa
Location: Room 152
What can we learn about the current reality of the Jewish community in New Zealand? What does the statistical data tell us? How many Jews live in New Zealand and why are over 80 percent of them are not affiliated with any Jewish organisation? We will look into the current model of the Jewish communities in the country and try to see what works well and what does not. This presentation is based on the census,  academic papers about the community, the Bnei Brith-Auckland University survey, data from the different communities. As well as going into the facts, figures and data we will share our experiences in the last 3 years working as community Shlichim in New Zealand meeting and working with members of all synagogues, organisations and movements in the country.

Presenter/s
avatar for Udi Dvorkin

Udi Dvorkin

Udi Dvorkin is the Zionist Federation formal education shaliach. He currently runs the Beth Shalom Beit Midrash. Prior to coming to New Zealand he spent time as a Youth Shaliach in Amsterdam with the Jewish Agency. Udi has a BA in Judaic Studies and European History and a Masters... Read More →
avatar for Osnat Dvorkin

Osnat Dvorkin

Osnat Dvorkin is the Zionist Federation of New Zealand community, Habo and Aliya Shlicha. She has a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Philosophy and Art History. Osnat has worked as a Communities director for the Young Shlichim unit of the Jewish Agency. As such... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 5:35pm - 6:35pm PDT
3

5:35pm PDT

Contemplative chant with Linda Kaye & JoEllen Duckor
Location: Room 134
Our tradition teaches that Shabbat late afternoon is a time of yearning for connection with the Divine. Among many communities it is customary to sing and chant niggunim (wordless melodies) along with contemplative verses from text and liturgy. In this session, we invite you to come and learn new tunes and reclaim old favourites, as we join together in observing the gradual waning of Shabbat light.
No Hebrew is necessary - texts are provided. We will not use musical instruments or recording devices. All you need is your voice and your presence.

Presenter/s
avatar for JoEllen Duckor

JoEllen Duckor

JoEllen is a Mashpiah of Temple Sinai in Wellington, a Past president of Temple Sinai and a continuing student of Jewish life and practices.
avatar for Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye has been involved in Auckland Jewish community life since her childhood. She is a member of Beth Shalom, where she was a b'nei mitzvah teacher and chair of the Burial and Benevolent Society, before retiring to live in the North Hokianga. During the past ten years she has... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 5:35pm - 6:35pm PDT
2

5:35pm PDT

Ghosts & Shadows - The Women who Haunt the Talmud
Location: Room 145
A series of embroideries that explore the stories of various anonymous women in the Talmud.

Presenter/s
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is a London-based fine artist who uses art to explore and challenge traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. Jacqueline has used many different media and craft techniques - drawings, print, embroidery, tailoring, paper-cutting, knitting - to express the concepts... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 5:35pm - 6:35pm PDT
1

6:37pm PDT

Break and light supper
Location: Cafeteria

Saturday August 10, 2013 6:37pm - 6:58pm PDT
1

6:37pm PDT

Ma’ariv
Location: Room 158

Saturday August 10, 2013 6:37pm - 7:00pm PDT
3

7:00pm PDT

Havdallah
Presenter/s
avatar for Stephanie Gratch

Stephanie Gratch

Stephanie Gratch is the coordinator of the Centre for Living Judaism, an organisation designed to provide accessible Jewish resources to the Australasia region. Stephanie specialises in Jewish music and school-age education. Her passion for this type of teaching began almost a decade... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 7:00pm - 7:28pm PDT
1

7:30pm PDT

Paradoxes of Jewish Identity - as seen through the photographs of Frederic Brenner
Location: Room 134
From 1978 to 2002, photographer Frédéric Brenner travelled the world documenting Jewish life across the diaspora. On his journey, he discovered diverse, unexpected and quirky expressions of Jewish life, truly achieving his objective – to “break the emblematic representation of the Jew”. He also discovered some inescapable paradoxes of diaspora Jewish identity. In this session, we will explore these paradoxes through Brenner’s dramatic and richly layered photographs as well as traditional and contemporary Jewish texts.

Presenter/s
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010, following a long association with the museum and a variety of exhibition-related roles at public institutions. Rebecca previously worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
2

7:30pm PDT

Beyond Silos - Jewish Renewal in Israel
Location: Room 175
Is there hope for the future of religion is Israel beyond the siloing into different religious groups?

Presenter/s
avatar for Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon

Ruth Calderon is an Israeli academic (with a PhD in Talmud) and a politician. Until recently she was best-known as the founder of ALMA, the "Secular Yeshiva" which seeks to make Jewish culture & Torah learning available to secular Israelis.  After her election to the Knesset in 2013... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
1

7:30pm PDT

Israeli Film Screening - The Flat

Location: Room 149
The Flat. As documentarian Arnon Goldfinger cleans out the flat in Tel Aviv that belonged to his grandparents - both immigrants from Nazi Germany - he uncovers clues pointing to a complicated and shocking story. In this award-winning documentary Goldfinger himself embarks on an emotionally turbulent detective project, uncovering a friendship with a Nazi family, and shedding fresh light on the way 2nd and 3rd generations of Holocaust victims deal with repressed emotions and historic memories.


Saturday August 10, 2013 7:30pm - 9:45pm PDT
2

8:45pm PDT

007 Heaven: A Jewish reading of James Bond
Location: Room 175
What is the Jewish significance of this great spy's exploits? If 'M' is for Midrash, is 'Q' for Qabbalah? The movie ‘Skyfall’ finally gave us 007’s origins, enabling us to discover fascinating Biblical insights into the Bond mythology. Come along if you like your Manischewitz shaken but not stirred. From Limmud with Love…

Presenter/s
avatar for Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies and has a huge reputation in the Modern Orthodox community as well as Jewish communities across the Jewish world. He has an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics, is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm PDT
1

8:45pm PDT

Revealing & Concealing: The Torah of Clothes
Location: Room 152
Revealing and concealing - how clothing is used to convey meaning within Jewish tradition and narrative texts.

Presenter/s
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is a London-based fine artist who uses art to explore and challenge traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. Jacqueline has used many different media and craft techniques - drawings, print, embroidery, tailoring, paper-cutting, knitting - to express the concepts... Read More →


Saturday August 10, 2013 8:45pm - 9:45pm PDT
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Sunday, August 11
 

8:00am PDT

Arrival and Registration
Sunday August 11, 2013 8:00am - 8:50am PDT
1

9:00am PDT

Yoga, Tefilla and Meditation
Location: Room 161
Tefilla uses Classic Yoga positions to enhance a few of our morning prayers, as well as opening up our bodies and our minds to connect with some of the Torah portion. We finish off with a listening meditation which uses the Sepherot (Kabbalist imagery). It is not particularly strenuous and it does not require previous yoga experience. You do not need a yoga mat.

Presenter/s
avatar for Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller

Debbie Miller spent 18 years living in Israel where she studied Torah Yoga under the guidance of Diane Bloomfield, Author of Torah Yoga: Experiencing Jewish Wisdom Through Classic Postures. She also studied under Esther Rose in the old city for 6 years a Jewish Listening Meditation. In... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
6

9:00am PDT

Social Justice in the Antipodes: Could NZ Jewry become a force for social change?
Location: Room 158
Jewish Aid Australia has been pushing the social justice agenda in Australia for almost 20 years, bringing together Jews from all backgrounds into a movement for social change. So what's it like being the only Australian Jewish organisation to devote itself to such a cause? And could NZ Jewry see something like it in the future? Sam Dyson will share his perspective on how he is making this happen via Generation Zero. Come with a small fire to flame.

Presenter/s
avatar for Sam Dyson

Sam Dyson

Sam Dyson is a student, youth group leader and social activist. He is part of the national leadership team of GenZero, a movement encouraging a zero carbon New Zealnd. Sam is studying at the University of Auckland pursuing a dream to affect big and lasting societal change through... Read More →
avatar for Joel Lazar

Joel Lazar

Joel finished his Arts degree (Creative Writing) in 2012 at Monash University and has spent a good deal of time galavanting around the world to King's College (London), Mechon Hadar (New York), Maale Gilboa (Israel) and on various agricultural adventures. He divides his time between... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
4

9:00am PDT

History, Memory & the Meaning of Things
Location: Room 155
The Hebrew word for memory, zakhor, is mentioned in the Bible over 150 times. Again and again we are impelled to remember – to seek connections with our past in order to construct our identities and give meaning to life in the present. In this session, we will consider the potential of objects – historical artefacts, artworks and the everyday things we surround ourselves with – to evoke, connect us with, and even reinvent, Jewish memory.

Presenter/s
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010, following a long association with the museum and a variety of exhibition-related roles at public institutions. Rebecca previously worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
2

9:00am PDT

Holocaust Mysteries - One Girl's Family Heritage Journey to Germany
Location: Room 152
Deb Schwarz (nee Levy) is a third generation Holocaust Survivor who grew up with many family mysteries. Last year Deb went on an adventure to the small German town her Grandmother came from to find out what really happened to her family. Her two days in Talheim saw her jumping over fences, making unlikely friends, and solving the mystery of what became of her Great-Grandmother. Join Deb as she shares an incredible story of curiosity, love, grief, vengeance, kindness and hope.

Presenter/s
avatar for Deb Levy Schwarz

Deb Levy Schwarz

Deb Schwarz (nee Levy) is a 28-year-old New Zealander, who has always been a very active member of the Auckland Jewish Community. Her secular adventures have included travelling the world, completing her BA/LLB, learning to juggle, and working as a counsellor, presenter, researcher... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
3

9:00am PDT

A Curious Philosophy of Milk & Meat 1: Abraham the Father of Kashrut
Location: Room 175
This two-session series tackles the law, lore and logic of separating meat and milk. We will discover how Abraham’s uncompromising ethics still influence our kitchen’s today, how different thinkers have understood separating meat and milk, and we might even solve the 'chicken or egg first?' conundrum. Studying Torah, Midrash, Talmud and Halacha reveals a deeper meaning this central practice in Jewish life. Each session stands alone, together they paint a passionate portrait of our tradition.

Presenter/s
avatar for Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies and has a huge reputation in the Modern Orthodox community as well as Jewish communities across the Jewish world. He has an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics, is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
1

9:00am PDT

A Taste of Melton - Understanding Shechita
Location: Room 149
Come along and have a taste of Auckland's Florence Melton exceptional learning experience.The subject of Shchita (Jewish ritual slaughter) has once again made headlines across the Jewish world and beyond. Is it humane? Is Shchita really that important?Discover what exactly is the Jewish perspective on Shchita, and what is its intended purpose? Is Kosher Shchita and Halal Slaughter the same thing? Why is pre-stunning considered unkosher? Come along and join our interactive discussion in which we will be exploring these questions and more. We will also discover some less known facts about Shchita and dispel some of the common misconceptions about Shchita often cited by the Shchita-ban advocates.

Presenter/s
avatar for Jules Gaddie

Jules Gaddie

Jules was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Wits University. Jules was the CEO of an auditing, advisory and computer software company in SA. He has been in New Zealand for 15 years. Jules is heavily invested in Jewish education and is currently... Read More →
avatar for Mendy Goldstein

Mendy Goldstein

Rabbi Mendel Goldstein is the Director of the Raye Freedman Library, responsible for library's cultural and educational community development initiatives. He is a graduate of the Rabbinical College of America and qualified as a Rabbi in Melbourne, Australia. Rabbi Goldstein lectures... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
5

10:15am PDT

Writers/Playwrights Forum: what makes books and plays "Jewish?"
Location: Room 164
If there's cooking, a nagging mother, a neurotic son with a secret, ironic humour, deep fatalism and a nostalgia for home, are you reading a Jewish book? Must a Jewish work of fiction be about Jews or bagels or the diaspora or the Holocaust? Can gentiles write Jewish books? Come hear three writers, each working in a different genre (non-fiction, fiction and plays) talk about their work, their creative impetus and their answers to this Talmudic-like question. The panel will be introduced by playwright Michelanne Forster.

Presenter/s
avatar for Michelanne Forster

Michelanne Forster

Michelanne was the University of Auckland and Michael King writing fellow for 2011. She has written short stories, children’s television scripts, books & plays, and spent many years working for children's television as a script editor and director. She specializes in historical... Read More →
avatar for David Stevens

David Stevens

David is an award-winning playwright and author who has worked in theatre in the UK, NZ & Australia. He is the author/writer of the “The Sum Of Us”, "The Beast and the Beauty” and of the Wolper/Warner/CBS mini-series of “Alex Haley’s Queen”. He is the winner of an NAACP... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Styles

Catherine Styles

Catherine Esther Styles is the author of 3 novels and wrote book and lyrics for the ground-breaking New Zealand musical, Mister King Hongi, the first professional stage production to employ largely Maori actors. Her recent book, Disraeli’s Daughter, reveals her search for her Jewish... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
4

10:15am PDT

The History Channel: “1066 and all that – a brief history of British Jewry”.
Location: Room 145
Jews have lived in Britain for many centuries subject to varying degrees of acceptance. The session looks at when Jews came to Britain, how and where they settled, and assimilated over time. What are Jews doing now in Britain?

Presenter/s
avatar for David Flacks

David Flacks

David Flacks was born in Manchester, moved to Auckland in 1993, married a fellow English Jew, brought her to New Zealand, and has three kiwi Jewish kids. David is a corporate lawyer also involved in a number of governance and other activities.


Sunday August 11, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
2

10:15am PDT

The answer is blowing in the wind: what is the place of spirituality in education today?

Location: Room 161
Is there a place for spirituality in education today? Ideas are presented that connect the philosophy behind Jewish studies with Jewish education today.


Presenter/s
avatar for Ora Simhony-Peer

Ora Simhony-Peer

Ora Simhony Peer was born in Haifa and grew up in a small village in Israel. After completing her education at Tel Aviv University in Theatre and Education and later in Religious Studies she spent most of her life in Switzerland (where she studied Anthroposophy and Special Needs... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
4

10:15am PDT

"Dance me to the children who are asking to be born”: Jewish ethical considerations of IVF
Location: Room 149
For many Jewish couples I.V.F is the only way to "be fertile and multiply". During the session we will deal with the possible ethical complications and the ways that modern and traditional Judaism solves them, the roll of rabbinic leadership in the fast evolving medical discourse and the tension parents experience between the medical and the religious discourse.

Presenter/s
avatar for Adi Cohen

Adi Cohen

Rabbi Adi Cohen is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai, the Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation. He was previously the Rabbi of Brit Olam, a Progressive Jewish congregation in Kiryat On, Israel. He has also taught law and Jewish ethics at Metro West High School in Ra'anana, and worked... Read More →
avatar for Jill Gutmann

Jill Gutmann

Jill Gutmann recently arrived in Auckland with her husband, Rabbi Brent Gutmann, and daughter Daria.  She holds a Masters degree in Jewish bioethics from Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Cincinnati and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
3

10:15am PDT

Draw Yomi
Location: Room 152
Following the Daf Yomi cycle (studying the Talmud page of the day) with a twist - by drawing the daily Talmud page.

Presenter/s
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is a London-based fine artist who uses art to explore and challenge traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. Jacqueline has used many different media and craft techniques - drawings, print, embroidery, tailoring, paper-cutting, knitting - to express the concepts... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
1

10:15am PDT

The Analogy of Midrash
Location: Room 155
Midrash is one of the most elusive and misunderstood elements of our tradition. The Midrash contains many cryptic statements as well as incredible stories that are difficult to take literally, and indeed many of them are not meant literally. Some works of the Midrash are written for the moral they contain and others veil an account of Jewish history that was subject to censorship. In this session we will analyse a few samples of Midrash to uncover its fascinating messages.

Presenter/s
avatar for Yitzhak Mizrahi

Yitzhak Mizrahi

Rabbi Mizrahi is the Rabbi of the Wellington Hebrew Congregation. He previously served as Associate Rabbi in Omaha, Nerbraska. He is an experienced teacher and is passionate about teaching Torah and sharing its beauty, which he believes transcends all human distinctions and prejudices.Rabbi... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am PDT
3

11:30am PDT

The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai and Mahmoud Darwish
Location: Room 158
Mahmoud Darwish and Yehuda Amichai share much in common. Each is regarded as the national poet of their generation, and each acknowledges the other as an influence in their work. Yet, there is one difference that cannot be avoided - Darwish is a Palestinian and Amichai an Israeli. In this session we will examine these commonalities and differences between these two great poets, and see what we can learn for the present state of Israeli-Palestinian relations. In doing so, we will shed light on Darwish's question of Amichai - "who is the owner of the language of this land? Who loves it more? Who writes it better?"

Presenter/s
avatar for Sam Bookman

Sam Bookman

Sam is studying law at Auckland University, and in his spare time he is a member of the Goldwater Trust and teaches matters of Judaica to children at Kadimah School and privately. He is a former Bnei Akiva madrich and also a champion debater.


Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
5

11:30am PDT

Brave Jewish Soldiers that fought for New Zealand
Location: Room 155
Many of the Jewish soldiers who fought for New Zealand survived and lived to achieve and contribute to their country. Some of these brave young men lost their their: hear of their stories. A list of brave Jewish men and women is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum: including men who were killed or died in service; men who are on the Honours Board; men who came back and contributed throughout their lives to NZ.

Presenter/s
avatar for Evelyn Jaffe

Evelyn Jaffe

Evelyn Jaffe is a long-standing member of the Auckland Community and a Volunteer at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. She has been approached by the Armoury to update the Cenotaph Database of Jewish men and women who served in both wars.


Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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11:30am PDT

Holocaust Education in the New Zealand Context: What, Why & How?
Location: Room 175
The relevance of the study of the Holocaust in New Zealand for the broad Jewish community New Zealanders at large who are not Jewish. For Jews the Holocaust is just the last of the many devastating catastrophes that Jewish people faced, and its memory has to be preserved just as the memory of the destruction of the Temple and the many medieval massacres are preserved and form part of our communal remembrance For others who are not Jewish and the Holocaust does not form part of their personal heritage, the questions are WHY teach the Holocaust, WHAT to teach about the Holocaust & HOW to teach it.

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NZ

New Zealand High School Teaching Fraternity

Lex Davis, Karen Douglas, Dr Susan Jacobs, Sheree Trotter and Stephen Beguely are history and social studies teachers who work in high schools across Auckland. They were part of a group of 23 New Zealand teachers who attended a Yad Vashem Educators' Seminar in Israel in January 2013... Read More →
avatar for Steven Sedley

Steven Sedley

Steven Sedley is a long-standing member of the Wellington Jewish community and has had many roles within that community. In his professional life he is a bookseller, trained as a teacher and has a History degree. His two great interests are writing and music. He is the author of a... Read More →
avatar for Inge Woolf

Inge Woolf

Inge Woolf is the Director of the Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Centre, and a long-standing member of the Wellington Jewish Community.


Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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11:30am PDT

Branding Israel: A New Strategy of Public Diplomacy
Location: Room 164
The new strategy of the State of Israel on public diplomacy. Changing the image of Israel. Transfer the weight from "defensive" and "apologizing" advocacy on Israel's political decisions and acts  to presenting "Israel beyond the conflict",  telling about all the beautiful and unique things that exist and are happening in Israel.

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avatar for Teddy Poplinger

Teddy Poplinger

Teddy Poplinger is the deputy chief of mission and consul at the Embassy of Israel in Wellington. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 2008 and passed the cadet course of MFA . His first posting was in Kathmandu, in Nepal July 2009 but after one year there he was recruited for the New... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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11:30am PDT

Were the Early Zionists authors prophets?
Location: Room 161
We all know that Herzl wrote about Israel 50 years before it was established. We know A.D Gordon wrote about Kibbutzim long before they were there. Brener described the problems Israel will face and Ben Yehuda the social and linguistic issues we will face. What makes political leaders or public intellectuals leap their time and predict the future? We will read articles by A.D Gordon and other early Zionists and while learning and understanding their works we will try to understand if their works are prophetic.

Presenter/s
avatar for Osnat Dvorkin

Osnat Dvorkin

Osnat Dvorkin is the Zionist Federation of New Zealand community, Habo and Aliya Shlicha. She has a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Philosophy and Art History. Osnat has worked as a Communities director for the Young Shlichim unit of the Jewish Agency. As such... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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11:30am PDT

“Women known for these acts” – lesbianism in Jewish law
Location: Room 152
The prohibition in the book of Leviticus against male homosexuality is well-known, and it is often assumed that the same laws apply equally to women. However, female homosexuality is not even mentioned in the Torah, and while it is discussed in later rabbinic sources, it is treated quite differently. In this session, we will explore how lesbian sexual activity is viewed in halachah (Jewish law), and consider some radical changes happening in the contemporary Jewish world.

Presenter/s
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010, following a long association with the museum and a variety of exhibition-related roles at public institutions. Rebecca previously worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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12:30pm PDT

Lunch
Location: Cafeteria 

Sunday August 11, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

Inspired by Judaism? Tikkun Olam in the Wider Community
Location: Room 175
Tikkun Olam - the ethic of repairing the world - has become a popular value in modern Judaism, calling on Jews to care not just for their own communities but the whole world. This session talks to a diverse range of activists and community workers, full-time and volunteers, about the connection between their Jewish values and their activity in the wider community.

Presenter/s
avatar for Sam Bookman

Sam Bookman

Sam is studying law at Auckland University, and in his spare time he is a member of the Goldwater Trust and teaches matters of Judaica to children at Kadimah School and privately. He is a former Bnei Akiva madrich and also a champion debater.
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Brian Bookman

Brian Bookman is a Jewish Kiwi with a business background in the food industry. His community activities include Kadimah School, Limmud NZ, Chevra Kadisha, Bnei Akiva and AHC support. In the wider community he is involved in the Auckland Communites Foundation, Kohi Yacht Club and... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Busch

Ruth Busch

Ruth has practised law in Canada and New Zealand. She has taught at the University of Waikato since 1988. She has published reports and articles on domestic violence and the criminal justice system, judicial discourses on domestic violence, the family court system, child witnesses... Read More →
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Chris Shiller

Chris' family have been members of Beth Shalom since the mid 1980’s and during that time she has been involved with the Hebrew School, ritual committee, B&B and currently a B’nei Mitzvah teacher, lay-reader, Torah teacher (to any-one who wants to learn Torah!) and a member of... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

The J-Factor: Discovering the basis of your Jewish identity

Location: Room 145
An active session thinking what is important about Judaism for you and me.


Presenter/s
avatar for Arlene Weinberg

Arlene Weinberg

Arlene is originally from Zimbabwe. She studied and lived in Israel for 11 years before coming to New Zealand where she has taught English and ESOL for over 20 years. Arlene has facilitated Jewish discussion groups for both adults and teenagers.


Sunday August 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

Christian anti-semitism
Location: Room 158
The roots, results, and recent rebranding of Christian anti-semitism. A survey of the underpinnings, history and present state of Christendom's troubled relationship with the Jewish people. Why this issue still matters.

Presenter/s
avatar for Perry Trotter

Perry Trotter

Perry Trotter is the creator of Shadows of Shoah, a unique multidisciplinary artistic work communicating the gravity of the Holocaust to a new generation. He is a photographer and composer.


Sunday August 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

Israel and the Media
Location: Room 149
Israel and the media from the perspective of a Jewish reporter at one of New Zealand’s major news organisations. Sophia has chosen to examine how one particularly controversial news event that prompted a heavy response from both pro and anti Israel/Zionist groups three years ago was portrayed in the media. What could have been done better (if it needed to be better?).

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avatar for Sophia Duckor-Jones

Sophia Duckor-Jones

Sophia grew up in Wellington, and in 2007 went on the Shnat programme to Israel with Habonim Dror, where she later became a Youth Leader on her return to New Zealand. She studied Media and Political Science at Otago and Victoria Universities and completed a Post-graduate Diploma... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

Modern solutions for the Agunah
Location: Room 152
The Ketubah is the most important legal Jewish document that a man can sign; his wife becomes consecrated to him, and the husband accepts an obligation to take care of his wife. In order to terminate this relationship, the husband must give his wife a get. In years past, Jews were self-governing and the Beit Din could exercise its authority to influence members who did not carry out their duties. This is not the case today. Michelle Gezentsvey-Lamy will look at several halachic sources on a Jewish divorce, the giving of the get, and her personal journey before her marriage. Part of the documentary ‘Women unchained’ will be screened.

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avatar for Michelle Gezenstvey-Lamy

Michelle Gezenstvey-Lamy

Born in Venezuela, Michelle immigrated to NZ in 1985. She has a PhD in Psychology which examined the role of the individual in ethnocultural groups, comparing Jewish, Māori & Chinese continuity. She was awarded a Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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1:30pm PDT

The Significance of the Red Thread: workshop session
Location: Room 155
A workshop exploring the imagery of the red thread; controversial status of amulets as seen in the relationship between folk practice and traditional Jewish legal authorities.

Presenter/s
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is a London-based fine artist who uses art to explore and challenge traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. Jacqueline has used many different media and craft techniques - drawings, print, embroidery, tailoring, paper-cutting, knitting - to express the concepts... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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2:45pm PDT

Rebecca Forgasz and Jacqueline Nicholls: In conversation
Location: Room 145
Rebecca Forgasz, the Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia, talks to Jacqueline Nicholls, artist, about their joint interest in art, the roles of women in Judaism, how art is a medium for talking and thinking about such roles, and more.

Presenter/s
avatar for Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca Forgasz

Rebecca was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum of Australia at the beginning of 2010, following a long association with the museum and a variety of exhibition-related roles at public institutions. Rebecca previously worked as Manager, Donor Stewardship and Recognition in the... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline Nicholls

Jacqueline is a London-based fine artist who uses art to explore and challenge traditional Jewish ideas in untraditional ways. Jacqueline has used many different media and craft techniques - drawings, print, embroidery, tailoring, paper-cutting, knitting - to express the concepts... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
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2:45pm PDT

Singing from the Heart
Location: School Hall
Come along, learn new songs, sing for fun, sing for your soul, sing for an expression of worship. 

Presenter/s
avatar for Stephanie Gratch

Stephanie Gratch

Stephanie Gratch is the coordinator of the Centre for Living Judaism, an organisation designed to provide accessible Jewish resources to the Australasia region. Stephanie specialises in Jewish music and school-age education. Her passion for this type of teaching began almost a decade... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
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2:45pm PDT

Surviving & Thriving in (Very) Small Communities
Location: Room 164
In the Jewish world, Auckland is a small community where big-city Jewish opportunities are sometimes absent. However, we’ve got it easy! Michelle Szecket talks to Suzanne Nemeroff (living in Ahipara) and Liora Bercovitch (from Christchurch) about their experiences of not only surviving but thriving in tiny communities.

Presenter/s
avatar for Liora Bercovitch

Liora Bercovitch

Liora has spent her entire 21 years involved as a member of the Christchurch Hebrew Congregation. She is in her final semester of a LLB(Hons) & BA majoring in Political Science. Liora was involved with Habonim Dror as both a chanicha and madricha, including working as Rosh South Island... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Nemeroff

Suzanne Nemeroff

Suzanne was born in the United States and has lived in Jewish communities of all sizes from Manhattan and Haifa to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and Ahipara, NZ. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Masters of Social Work... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Szecket

Michelle Szecket

Michelle Szecket came to New Zealand with her family from Canada in 2003 and lived in Whangarei for two years. They moved back in 2010 and are now living in Auckland and the children attend Kadimah School. In her heyday she was the head of Rikkud during her many years at summer camp... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
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2:45pm PDT

Why be Jewish? Q&A for Teens
Location: Room 152
Have you ever found yourself the only Jewish teenager in class?. Ever wondered "why should I be different?", why do we read Hebrew from the wrong side of the page?", who do we talk to when we pray? An open session for you to ask all the questions that you never asked but for which you always wanted an answer. Mendy Goldstein (a Chabad Rabbi) and Adi Cohen (a Progressive Rabbi) invite you to engage in an informal conversation about Judaism and your Jewish identity.

Presenter/s
avatar for Adi Cohen

Adi Cohen

Rabbi Adi Cohen is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai, the Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation. He was previously the Rabbi of Brit Olam, a Progressive Jewish congregation in Kiryat On, Israel. He has also taught law and Jewish ethics at Metro West High School in Ra'anana, and worked... Read More →
avatar for Mendy Goldstein

Mendy Goldstein

Rabbi Mendel Goldstein is the Director of the Raye Freedman Library, responsible for library's cultural and educational community development initiatives. He is a graduate of the Rabbinical College of America and qualified as a Rabbi in Melbourne, Australia. Rabbi Goldstein lectures... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
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2:45pm PDT

A Curious Philosophy of Milk and Meat 2: 7 Reasons for Separation
Location: Room 175
This two-session series tackles the law, lore and logic of separating meat and milk. We will discover how Abraham’s uncompromising ethics still influence our kitchens today, how different thinkers have understood separating meat and milk, and we might even solve the 'chicken or egg first?' conundrum. Studying Torah, Midrash, Talmud and Halacha reveals a deeper meaning this central practice in Jewish life. Each session stands alone, together they paint a passionate portrait of our tradition.

Presenter/s
avatar for Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies and has a huge reputation in the Modern Orthodox community as well as Jewish communities across the Jewish world. He has an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics, is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 2:45pm - 3:45pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

Film: Inside Israel
Location: Room 145
Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference is a new feature-length documentary that explores the positive characteristics of Israeli society from a humanistic, psychological, and emotional perspective. Run time: 55 minutes.

Sunday August 11, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

Out of the Shadows: My Life's Journey from Monchengladbach to Milton & beyond
Location: Room 149
As a record for our children and grandchildren Wally Hirsh gives us a frank and sensitive account of the loss of his family in the Holocaust and the loss to us all of their unfulfilled lives. He contrasts this loss with his fulfilling life and work gives us insight into his experiences during his time as New Zealand Race Relations Conciliator.

Presenter/s
avatar for Wally Hirsh

Wally Hirsh

Walter (Wally) Hirsh, OBE, is a keen tramper, tour guide, adventurer, environmentalist and emerging potter, but is probably better known to New Zealanders for his work as Race Relations Conciliator and Human Rights Commissioner in the 1980s. He was also the Principal of Kadimah... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

Jerusalem - a divided city of political hate or the real city of pluralism and love?
Location: Room 175
We will examine different stories, hear about the leaders of the different communities in Jerusalem and try to make sense of it all: From the Gypsies of East Jerusalem to Toldot Aharon Hasidim, from the Flasche queen and leader of the Ethiopian church to the experimental rock scene. What connects a Hammas Parliament member, a Jewish school principal and Anarchist activists? Why are their deers in the middle of the city and who tried to kill them? We will answer many question and will try to answer the huge question of what lies in the future of this old city.

Presenter/s
avatar for Udi Dvorkin

Udi Dvorkin

Udi Dvorkin is the Zionist Federation formal education shaliach. He currently runs the Beth Shalom Beit Midrash. Prior to coming to New Zealand he spent time as a Youth Shaliach in Amsterdam with the Jewish Agency. Udi has a BA in Judaic Studies and European History and a Masters... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

Substance or nonsense? A Jewish approach to social media
Location: Room 155
More than ever we're spending more time in front of a screen: on blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. With a tap or swish of a finger, any person can discover and even create new worlds. Do social media technologies restrict, disrupt or enrich the messages and content we are exposed to? What should the Jewish approach be to the integration of social media into our everyday lives? Run by the leaders of Habonim Dror and Bnei Akiva, this interactive session will explore our engagement with new media through two different ideological prisms, using personal and youth movement experiences.

Presenter/s
avatar for Sarah Livschitz

Sarah Livschitz

Sarah is Rosh Auckland Ken (head of Habo in Auckland) for 2013. She went on Shnat Hachshara in 2011, and is now studying Management and Education at the University of Auckland.


Sunday August 11, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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4:00pm PDT

The Symbolism of the Magen David
Location: Room 152
Come and hear about the historical evolution of the Magen David from a pagan symbol to its adoption by King David. Learn about the relationship of the Magen David to the pyramids and see a fantastic  video on the place of the Magen David in Jewish history from King David’s time up to our generation!
Explore the connection between the Magen David and modern Hebrew Letters.

Presenter/s
avatar for Hadas Carmy

Hadas Carmy

Hadas Carmy was born in Israel  and worked with the Israeli Labour Union (the Histadrut) as an Employees Advisor before entering the IT field in which she works today.  She has a special interest in human and organisational Behaviour. And currently works as a SAP Senior Business... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
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5:15pm PDT

The Torah of the Lord of the Rings
Location: Room 155
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was a philologist who borrowed from Biblical Hebrew for many of the character’s names in his famous trilogy. We will learn the Hebrew basis of Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf, Sauron, Saruman, Tom Bombadil and even Tolkien’s own name. There is no better place that Hobbit-country itself to understand how Jewish ideas lie embedded in this epic novel.

Presenter/s
avatar for Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum

Raphael Zarum is Dean of the London School of Jewish Studies and has a huge reputation in the Modern Orthodox community as well as Jewish communities across the Jewish world. He has an MA in Education, a PhD in Theoretical Physics, is a graduate of the Mandel Leadership Institute... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 5:15pm - 6:15pm PDT
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5:15pm PDT

Zionism in New Zealand - a century of change
Location: Room 158
Organised Zionism in NZ started in 1903, only six years after the first Zionist Congress in Basel. It grew within the Jewish community to become central to social activity. The strength of Zionism in the 1940s and 1950s inspired many Kiwis to make aliyah, and sustained vigorous youth movements. Changing political environments both in Israel and in NZ over the 1970s to 1990s greatly affected the NZ Zionist movement.

Presenter/s
avatar for David Zwartz

David Zwartz

David Zwartz's Zionist activities began in the late 1970s with the Wellington Zionist Society and developed over many years through involvement with the Zionist Federation and the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle (editor 1980-86). He was Honorary Consul of Israel 2003-08, and... Read More →


Sunday August 11, 2013 5:15pm - 6:15pm PDT
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5:15pm PDT

Bedouins - Citizens of the State Of Israel?
Location: Room 149
Shani will speak about the history of Bedouins in the Middle East. How they lived up until the 20th century and how the modern times changed their society. Shani will examine the impact upon the Bedouin way of life. We will see how the connection between the Israeli establishment and the Bedouins had both positive and negative aspects. Lastly we will examine the Bedouins' contribution to the Israel Defense Forces and try to understand how thousands of Muslim Bedouins live between their Israeli patriotism and Islamic faith.  

Presenter/s
avatar for Shani Haber-Goldstein

Shani Haber-Goldstein

Shani is the new Shlicha to the Canterbury Jewish Community. She served in the Bedouin platoon during her military service.


Sunday August 11, 2013 5:15pm - 6:15pm PDT
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