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Saturday, August 25
 

12:00pm

ARRIVAL & LUNCH
Register in the Centennial Foyer / Whanau Area then head to the cafetaria for Lunch.

Kiddush will be at 12:15pm sharp

Saturday August 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Centennial Foyer

1:00pm

OPENING SESSION: LIMMUD THE PHENOMENON
Saturday August 25, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Hall

1:30pm

ILLUSTRATED PRIMARY SOURCE TEXT STUDY
It can be rare to find time in our week or an environment for focused Torah text study.  Many communities engage in the practice of learning 'Pirkei Avot' shabbat afternoons. In this text study, we will be learning from 'The Illustrated Pirkei Avot,' which is a complete English translation of this mishna, accompanied by over 100 pages of illustrations. This session will be simply accessible for those at the very beginning of their Jewish text study journey, and a fun new approach to text study for those deep in their journey.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parsons school for design. Her work explores the intersection of contemporary culture and Jewish practice. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, Deutsch’s first published... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C175 / Akko

1:30pm

ISRAEL, PLO, HAMAS: ISRAELI - PALESTINIAN RELATIONS
The PLO and Hamas (might!) have finally come to an agreement to end their decade long conflict, but it immediately created a crisis in already-strained relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. What does the deal mean in practice, is Hamas really changing, and what will this all mean for Israel and the prospect of a future resumption of peace negotiations?

Speakers
avatar for Hagai M. Segal

Hagai M. Segal

Award-winning academic and internationally renowned consultant, commentator and keynote speaker Hagai M. Segal is a leading authority on geopolitical issues, strategic risk, the Middle East and counter-terrorism. An academic with New York University in London, and a guest lecturer... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

1:30pm

ADAM AND STEVE, AMY AND EVE: FINDING A UNIQUE MARITAL RITUAL FOR QUEER JEWS
Weddings are pure theatre and marriage is anything but.  What do we mean when we stand under a chuppah? This session will ask deep questions about marriage, intimacy, love, sex, reproduction, and about their Jewish expression in kiddushin. And finally we will explore what all this means for gay and lesbian couples who want to tie the knot.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

2:30pm

BREAK
Saturday August 25, 2018 2:30pm - 2:40pm
Centennial Foyer

2:40pm

FOOD AND IDENTITY: THE CHANGING FACE OF ISRAELI CUISINE
Cooking has been the focus of Yael’s life. When she left Israel to study in the UK, it dawned on her how important good food is and how it can lift your spirits as well as being central to home life and ritual. Yael will discuss Israeli food – a combination of Jewish, Mediterranean, Palestinian and North African cuisine – and its reflection of our identity.

Speakers
avatar for Yael Shochat

Yael Shochat

Yael grew up in Haifa, Israel eating fresh local market foods and visiting local Arab and Jewish restaurants. When she came to NZ in 1997, she could not find the food she loved and opened the Lunch Box on Shortland Street, Auckland which expanded to become Ima Cuisine on Fort Street... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:40pm - 3:40pm
C175 / Akko

2:40pm

COMMUNAL RABBIS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: ARE THEY STILL NEEDED?
This session will look into the role of a communal Rabbi in the 21st Century and how it differs from the past. Did they get it right then  and are we getting it right today?

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:40pm - 3:40pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

2:40pm

FROM TEMPLE TO TENT
Responding to the model of the mishkan on the table of the hall at Beth Shalom is my starting point. The mishkan (tabernacle tent Exodus 24:15–40:38) is treated in co-relation with the instructions of the book of Leviticus and the Israelite people, represented as twelve tribes, in Numbers 1:1–10:28. Perspectives offered on the mishkan are informed by the time when first versions of the text were possibly written, circa 500 BCE, and which later became the Masoretic (Hebrew) Text of the 7th to 10th century CE. Modern biblical theory (since 1800 CE) also informs the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart lectures in Biblical Studies at Good Shepherd College, Ponsonby, Auckland. She is a member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Biblical Studies, the Australian Catholic Biblical Association and the Society for Biblical Literature (USA). Her book From Temple to Tent... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:40pm - 3:40pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

2:40pm

AEROSPACE MEDICINE: MY NASA JOURNEY
What do you want in YOUR spaceship's first aid kit? Learn about how astronauts are chosen and how their health is protected in both low Earth orbit and exploration missions. Dr Bacal will discuss her pathway from a private Jewish day school in New York to working in NASA's Office of Space Medicine.

Speakers
avatar for Kira Bacal

Kira Bacal

Kira Bacal is originally from the USA where she obtained her medical degree and research doctorate, as well as specialty training in emergency medicine and aerospace medicine. She worked at NASA-Johnson Space Center and the US Senate before moving permanently to New Zealand in 2007... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 2:40pm - 3:40pm
C155 / Jerusalem

3:40pm

BREAK & SEUDA SHLISHIT
Saturday August 25, 2018 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Centennial Foyer

3:40pm

MINCHA (AFTERNOON PRAYERS)
Saturday August 25, 2018 3:40pm - 4:15pm
C152 & C149

4:15pm

MELAVA MALKA MANTRA LAB (1)
Mantra meditation has been a practice I have been exploring the past three years for my own self centering tool. As someone who appreciates actually being able to see progress, and a process, this past year I began writing mantras. In the first session of this two-part series we will learn about the basics of throwing your own melava malka (there are like three rules, super easy), and gain support to start the new week strong! Join me motzei Shabbat in having a go at making your own!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parsons school for design. Her work explores the intersection of contemporary culture and Jewish practice. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, Deutsch’s first published... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

4:15pm

A NEW HEBREW LITURGY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
 We will explore the evolution of liberal Hebrew liturgy through various texts, blessings and prayers.  The chosen texts reflect the changes that have occurred in order to accommodate more progressive world views.  Some of the innovations are tied to new rituals that link Jewish heritage with contemporary Jewish life. Some of the innovations are a radical departure of traditional ways we view God.

Speakers
avatar for Kinneret Shiryon

Kinneret Shiryon

The first woman rabbi in Israel, Kinneret Shiryon has helped introduce Israelis to the possibilities of liberal Judaism and significantly advanced religious equality in Israel when her synagogue, Kehillat Yozma, became the first non-Orthodox congregation to receive funding from the... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C175 / Akko

4:15pm

AUTHOR AND AUTHORITY IN LEGAL INTERPRETATION: WHAT MODERN LAW CAN LEARN FROM JEWISH TRADITIONS
Judaism, like modern law, is text-centred. Whereas the law has statutes, regulations and precedents, Judaism has a series of canonical texts accompanied by numerous authoritative commentaries. Like the law, therefore, Judaism is perennially plagued by questions of interpretation. When should we take the text literally and when should we treat it as an allegory? When should we seek the reason behind a legal rule and when should we adhere to its plain meaning? In this short talk, Arie Rosen explores some of the lessons today’s lawyers and citizens can take from the experience of interpreters in the Jewish tradition when interpreting modern law.

Speakers
avatar for Arie Rosen

Arie Rosen

Dr Arie Rosen is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, where he teaches legal and political philosophy, statutory interpretation and contract law theory. He holds a doctorate from NYU School of Law and undergraduate degrees in law and philosophy from Tel... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

4:15pm

BEING JEWISH IN SMALL KIWI COMMUNITIES
In this session we will hear from some of the smaller Jewish communities within Aotearoa New Zealand (e.g. Hamilton, Christchurch, Dunedin) and discuss the various perspectives, contexts, and implications of Jewish identity outside of the larger centers of Auckland and Wellington. All Limmud attendees, regardless of geography, are encouraged to participate in this cross-denominational discussion. If you are a member of a small (and perhaps struggling) Jewish community, or a member of one of the larger congregations, your participation and contribution may help find ways that we can help contribute to the Jewish life and identity of those living outside of larger Jewish communities. 

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nachowitz

Todd Nachowitz

Todd is a lecturer in Comparative Religion in the Religious Studies department at the University of Waikato, teaching classes in both Western/Abrahamic and Eastern faith traditions). He is also the Centre Coordinator of the Religious Diversity Centre, based in Auckland, where he regularly... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

5:15pm

BREAK
Saturday August 25, 2018 5:15pm - 5:25pm
Centennial Foyer

5:25pm

TRUMP, IRAN AND ISRAEL
Yes, you are going to have to accept it, Donald Trump is indeed the US president ! But what has this meant for US Foreign Policy, especially in regardsIsrael, Iran and the nuclear deal, and the Middle-East in general. Hagai, our visiting expert on geopolitics who has also participated in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, will reveal all!

Speakers
avatar for Hagai M. Segal

Hagai M. Segal

Award-winning academic and internationally renowned consultant, commentator and keynote speaker Hagai M. Segal is a leading authority on geopolitical issues, strategic risk, the Middle East and counter-terrorism. An academic with New York University in London, and a guest lecturer... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 5:25pm - 6:25pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

5:25pm

ARE WE BEING FAIR TO OUR CONVERTS?
What does Jewish Law say about conversion and what it requires? Should we be encouraging converts  or pushing people away?

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 5:25pm - 6:25pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

5:25pm

TRAVELLING THE RELIGIOUS SPECTRUM: PANEL
It is a defining feature of LIMMUD that we are all on a Jewish journey….some journeys are linear, some are more twisty-turny and full of surprises. This Panel explores the different Jewish journeys of three individuals  - not just from different ends of the religious spectrum but geographically, relationship-wise, in terms of practice, belief and more. Facilitator: Tanya Thomson

Speakers
avatar for Tadhg Cleary

Tadhg Cleary

Tadhg Cleary is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion where he spent three years after highschool. He currently studies at Victoria University, pursuing an LLB and a BA. Tadhg is committed to and involved with Jewish education in New Zealand and abroad. In New Zealand he is involved as... Read More →
avatar for Jo Ellen Duckor

Jo Ellen Duckor

JoEllen is the Mashpiah or Spiritual Director of Temple Sinai in Wellington. In December 2017 JoEllen received private s'mikhah.
avatar for Tanya Thomson

Tanya Thomson

Tanya is a lawyer, mother to three teens and a longtime LIMMUDnik, all of which should give her the skills and patience to facilitate a LIMMUD session without it ending in tears.
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is a consultant, advocate, author and public speaker, currently heading Kol v’Oz, an organisation dedicated to addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 5:25pm - 6:25pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

5:25pm

HEALTH CARE POLICY: THE NEXUS OF ETHICS, SCIENCE AND BELIEFS
Join us for a discussion on how religion and science intersect at health care policy. Stem cells, reproductive technologies, indigenous health, and end of life care are only some of the topics that owe as much to belief systems as scientific knowledge.

Speakers
avatar for Kira Bacal

Kira Bacal

Kira Bacal is originally from the USA where she obtained her medical degree and research doctorate, as well as specialty training in emergency medicine and aerospace medicine. She worked at NASA-Johnson Space Center and the US Senate before moving permanently to New Zealand in 2007... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 5:25pm - 6:25pm
C175 / Akko

6:25pm

MAARIV (EVENING PRAYERS)
Saturday August 25, 2018 6:25pm - 6:45pm
C152 & C149

6:25pm

BREAK
Saturday August 25, 2018 6:25pm - 7:00pm
Cafetaria

7:00pm

HAVDALAH
Saturday August 25, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Hall

7:45pm

MELAVA MALKA MANTRA LAB (2)
After shabbat, during the time where we escort the queen, is a powerful time to reflect on the insights we gained from the day and set intentions for the week ahead. The second part of this series puts the theory into practice; have a go at throwing your own melava malka and gain support to start the new week strong! (Don't worry if you missed the first part and want to join, there are like three rules, super easy)

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parsons school for design. Her work explores the intersection of contemporary culture and Jewish practice. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, Deutsch’s first published... Read More →


Saturday August 25, 2018 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Centennial Foyer

7:45pm

ZIKHARON: SONGMAKERS AUSTRALIA IN RECITAL
We at Songmakers Australia are very committed to the development of young singers and pianists in our line of interest, Art song and we appreciate the opportunity to pass on the narrative and the stories of our songs to the LIMMUD NZ audience. This programme, called Zikharon (remembering) focuses on the oeuvre of Jewish composers from the Holocaust. Unknown, forgotten or “degenerate” these composers pluck the strings of our collective memory and speak directly to our hearts. To compliment the emotional load the programme also includes songs by famous European composers (Liszt, Ravel) who have either elaborated Jewish melodies or complete the intellectual message of the programme. Click here for a more detailed description of the performers and their performance!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Katz

Andrea Katz

A pianist, accompanist and vocal coach of extraordinary versatility, Argentine born Andrea Katz is equally at home with Chamber Music, German Lieder and Grand Opera. She studied piano with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris, Alexander Tamir in Jerusalem and specialised in the interpretation... Read More →
avatar for Merlyn Quaife

Merlyn Quaife

A performer of great versatility, the distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife an Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to music. Merlyn continues to perform opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim... Read More →



Saturday August 25, 2018 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Hall

7:45pm

FILM: THE WOMEN'S BALCONY
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates an almost Lysistrata-type rift between the community’s women and men.

Saturday August 25, 2018 7:45pm - 9:00pm
C175 / Akko
 
Sunday, August 26
 

8:00am

ARRIVAL & REGISTRATIONS
Sunday August 26, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Centennial Foyer

8:00am

SHACHARIT (MORNING PRAYERS)
Sunday August 26, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
C152 / Netanya

9:00am

COMIC MISHNA MAKING
While working on The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, I developed a system for crafting together my translation of the text and choosing meaningful commentary to create a relevant version of this mishna. Each participant will be given a mishna with several commentaries, and translations. Together we will create our own new illustrated mishna. Zero art or mishna making experience required.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parsons school for design. Her work explores the intersection of contemporary culture and Jewish practice. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, Deutsch’s first published... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C175 / Akko

9:00am

FROM CORPORATE TO CREATIVITY: A BOLD JOURNEY
Ilan Wittenberg has a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv university and an M.B.A. in Information Technology from Bar Ilan university. Ilan immigrated from Israel in 2001 and worked for ten years as a Senior Business Analyst before transitioning into a creative career as a prominent portrait photographer. This talk will describe Ilan's extraordinary journey through the eye of his camera. Ilan is dedicating his talk to Marti Friedlander.

Speakers
avatar for Ilan Wittenberg

Ilan Wittenberg

In 2014 Ilan Wittenberg first exhibition was held at Auckland’s scenic waterfront. Titled Black, White & Colour, the exhibition featured portraiture, landscape and fine art. Ilan later became a Fellow of the Photographic Society of New Zealand and the NZIPP, winning the title Auckland... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C149 / Petah Tikva

9:00am

NOSTALGIA AND UTOPIA IN NZ HISTORY
This session will discuss how our memories shape the way we see the past and how we assemble ideas about a perfect future. It will look at how individuals and groups in New Zealand have done this, with some very odd results

Speakers
avatar for Paul Moon

Paul Moon

Dr. Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology, where he has taught since 1993. His research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century New Zealand, and on the philosophy of history. He has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts, and a Master of Philosophy... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C152 / Netanya

9:00am

THE EMERGENCE OF TERRORIST SEMI-STATES
Does the emergence of terrorist "semi-states" -- rebel groups that hold and administer territory within the boundaries of recognized countries from which they launch attacks -- herald a new wave of terrorism?  And if so, how can affected nations best react?

Speakers
avatar for Ido Yahel

Ido Yahel

Ido Yahel is a PhD student from Israel in the department of politics at the University of Auckland. He is in his second year.  Ido also studied at Tel Aviv university, and in Sciences Po Paris. He used to work for the Israeli Foreign Affairs office and is passionate about Middle... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C155 / Jerusalem

9:00am

SARAH IMAYNU: THE LAUGHING PRINCESS
Sarah, the matriarch of the Jewish people is full of ambiguities.  Embracing both the particular and universal, the Talmud describes her as a Jewish princess and a worldly queen; the mother of all born Jews and the matriarch of all converts.  Her prophetic powers were deemed greater than those of her husband. She orchestrates Abraham’s second marriage and then banishes both the mother and the child. According to the midrash, even her gender has been ambiguous.  We will explore the nuanced legacy of Sarah, our laughing prophet nursing mother.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C145 / Tel Aviv

9:00am

CHILD ABUSE IN THE GLOBAL JEWISH COMMUNITY - MY PERSONAL STORY
Manny will share his personal story – from a victim of child sexual abuse in his ultra-Orthodox Australian community to Jewish leader and international victims' advocate today. Manny will note how Jewish communities around the world are currently addressing this issue – he will highlight the significant progress made in the past few years, some of the areas that require improvement, and some of the key challenges and setbacks. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session. This session is not recommended for young children. We recommend parents to accompany older children.

Speakers
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is a consultant, advocate, author and public speaker, currently heading Kol v’Oz, an organisation dedicated to addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

10:00am

BREAK
Sunday August 26, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am
Centennial Foyer

10:15am

SONGMAKERS IN CONVERSATION
In this facilitated session, Andrea and Merlyn will explore the history and emotional background behind the music of last night’s Zikharon concert. The songs sung last night were of; profoundly Jewish character and high artistic value and were; presented for the first time in New Zealand.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Katz

Andrea Katz

A pianist, accompanist and vocal coach of extraordinary versatility, Argentine born Andrea Katz is equally at home with Chamber Music, German Lieder and Grand Opera. She studied piano with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris, Alexander Tamir in Jerusalem and specialised in the interpretation... Read More →
avatar for Merlyn Quaife

Merlyn Quaife

A performer of great versatility, the distinguished soprano Merlyn Quaife an Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to music. Merlyn continues to perform opera, oratorio, Lieder, chamber music and contemporary music to great acclaim... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C175 / Akko

10:15am

THE SUNNI-SHIA SPLIT AND THE NEW MIDDLE-EAST IT'S FORGING
Explore the latest developments from the ever-changing Middle-East, including Syria-Iraq, the Kurdish dynamic, the supposed 'defeat' of ISIS/IS/Daesh, the Iran crisis, and the Sunni-Shia split driving many of these events. Hagai will explore what this might all mean for the future, and whether a new and different Middle-East is emerging.

Speakers
avatar for Hagai M. Segal

Hagai M. Segal

Award-winning academic and internationally renowned consultant, commentator and keynote speaker Hagai M. Segal is a leading authority on geopolitical issues, strategic risk, the Middle East and counter-terrorism. An academic with New York University in London, and a guest lecturer... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

10:15am

DO WE STILL NEED A BET DIN?
Why do we still need a Beit Din in the 21st Century? What is its role and is it still relevant?

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C149 / Petah Tikva

10:15am

THE IMPACT OF WOMEN RABBIS ON SPIRITUAL LIFE IN ISRAEL
I will discuss the influence of women rabbis in six different areas of Israeli society including:
 
1. Liturgical innovations
2. Inclusive language in the general Hebrew speaking public
3. New models of religious leadership
4. Creation of new life cycle ceremonies
5. Changes in educational curriculum
6. Raising consciousness for a more egalitarian Israeli society

Speakers
avatar for Kinneret Shiryon

Kinneret Shiryon

The first woman rabbi in Israel, Kinneret Shiryon has helped introduce Israelis to the possibilities of liberal Judaism and significantly advanced religious equality in Israel when her synagogue, Kehillat Yozma, became the first non-Orthodox congregation to receive funding from the... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C145 / Tel Aviv

10:15am

ETHIOPIAN JEWS - TRADITION AND CULTURE
The session will explore the history and culture of the Beta Israel (House of Israel). Many unique traditions developed as we lived isolated from other Jewish communities in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Kasa Bainesay-Harbor

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor

Kasa Bainesay-Harbor is the Deputy Head of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand. Kasa was born in Ethiopia. In 1991 at the age of 10, she immigrated to Israel with her family. Before being assigned to New Zealand, Kasa served as the Deputy Head of Mission... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Centennial Foyer

10:15am

JEWISH - MAORI RELATIONSHIPS: YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
This discussion will examine the challenges and issues surrounding Maori – Jewish relationships. It will focus on the responsibilities of the Jewish communities of New Zealand in recognising the special status of the Maori in this country.

Speakers
avatar for Tipene Daniels

Tipene Daniels

Tipene a.k.a. ‘Steve’ Daniels was born in Auckland of  Te Rarawa and Tainui descent. He was educated at Hato Petera College in Northcote and later studied Early Childhood Education, Enrolled Nursing and then Social Work. He has been a Social Worker for Oranga Tamariki and the... Read More →
avatar for Wally Hirsh

Wally Hirsh

After completing two degrees at Victoria University, Wally Hirsh had a full career in the educator sector. In 1985 he was appointed New Zealand's Race Relations Conciliator and a Human Rights Commissioner, a position he held until 1990 when he became a consultant in Ethnic Affairs... Read More →
avatar for Sheree Trotter

Sheree Trotter

Sheree Trotter is a Māori New Zealander and Ph.D candidate (History) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is a researcher, writer and co-founder of Shadows of Shoah, a unique multi-disclipinary Holocaust exhibition.


Sunday August 26, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
C155 / Jerusalem

11:15am

BREAK
Sunday August 26, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am
Centennial Foyer

11:30am

THE ILLUSTRATED ETHICS OF LIMMUD NZ
Learn about the process the sages took in developing mishna (teachings & law), and engage in this creative process of responding to the needs of your current times. We will discuss the different approaches the sages took in selecting their advice to create Pirkei Avot and explore the possibilities of what may have informed their decision. Through the mishna making process we will create our own new Jewish text to help navigate our communities in 2018. The complete project will be available for participants to print and assemble at home after the conference. 


Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parsons school for design. Her work explores the intersection of contemporary culture and Jewish practice. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, Deutsch’s first published... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C175 / Akko

11:30am

THE G SPOT: A JEWISH CONNECTION
Ernest Graffenberg was a famous gynaecologist in Berlin in the 1930’s. His contribution to medical research was enormous but he was persecuted by the Nazis before escaping to America. This session is a tribute to this great Jewish doctor who has had the honour of his name being attributed to the elusive G spot.

Speakers
avatar for Bernie Brenner

Bernie Brenner

Bernie is a gynaecologist in active practice in Auckland. He has an Arts degree and an interest in Ethics and Philosophy. He has previously lectured in Astronomy and is currently co President of B'nai Brith Auckland


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

11:30am

JUDAISM AND THE ETHICS OF THE BODY
As philosopher Michael Wyshogrod reminds us, Judaism is a carnal election. Israel's election is transmitted through the body and to many, this is a scandal. We are mostly misunderstood by the world's religion due to this strange feature of our national existence. How does this embodied focus distinguish the contours of our religious life and in what way might it fundamentally shape our cultural and political identity as a people? Most importantly, we will explore how our understanding of the Jewish body shapes our ethics in profound ways.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

11:30am

POWERFUL PRAYER - IGNITING YOUR JEWISH HEART, MIND AND SOUL!
This session is a high energy, meaningful, warm look at how we connect.  Deb draws on an eclectic mix of Torah, psychology, Jewish history, orthodox Halacha, story telling and Jewish mysticism. For those who need intellectual understanding to connect, to those who connect through the soul, this is a session which will change the way you relate to prayer, the synagogue, yourself and your Creator.

Speakers
avatar for Deb Levy

Deb Levy

Deb is a passionate Jewish Community Educator. She is an Alumni of Hebrew University, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Learning Jerusalem, Machon Chana Women's Institute Crown Heights, and the AUJS Leadership Development Programme. As a child, Deb attended Kadimah College, Habonim and... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

11:30am

FILM: CODE OF SILENCE
'Code of Silence’ is an award winning one-hour observational documentary that follows the parallel journeys of a fervently Orthodox Jewish father and his now-secular son, after the son breaks the code of silence in Melbourne’s Chabad-Lubavitch community going public with his story about being sexually abused as a student. Manny Waks demands the perpetrators be brought to justice, as well as the rabbis, whom he claims covered it up. His father Zephaniah, who claims he has been virtually excommunicated for informing secular authorities, demands his name be publicly cleared. But what price will the father and son pay for blowing the whistle on the leaders of this powerful Jewish sect? This is a deeply personal journey filled with intimate, emotionally charged and candid behind-the-scenes moments of two people waging the fight of their lives. This session is not recommended for young children. We recommend parents to accompany older children.

Speakers
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is a consultant, advocate, author and public speaker, currently heading Kol v’Oz, an organisation dedicated to addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
C155 / Jerusalem

12:30pm

LUNCH
Sunday August 26, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cafetaria

1:30pm

JEWS AND JEWISH THEMES IN NEW ZEALAND LITERATURE
Group discussion about Jews and Jewish themes in NZ Literature i.e. NZ author, significant NZ setting and identifiable Jewish content/characters. Please prepare for the session by considering the following questions related to your reading; 
  • What was the Jewish aspect to the book you read?
  • How prominent was the Jewish content or character?
  • How did you feel about the way Jews and Jewish themes were portrayed? 

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Dempsey

Christopher Dempsey

Christopher was an elected representative with Auckland Council for 12 years, before retiring in 2016, and taking up a position with the Raye Freedman Library as manager. He has a strong interest in books and literature, and is thrilled to be working within a Library environment... Read More →
avatar for Robin Munch

Robin Munch

Robin grew up in Auckland in a family that was (and still is) immersed in Jewish life both at home and in the wider community. She trained as a teacher and has a BA in Social Policy and a Diploma in Criminology. She taught at AHC Hebrew School and at Kadimah College, has been a community... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

1:30pm

THE SHOAH IN ARAB LANDS
Our Shoah remembrance in New Zealand is centred on events in Europe with little reference to what happened to Jews in Arab lands. The Jewish Diaspora grew as a result of the Babylonian Exile in the 6th century BCE and the expulsion by the Romans in 70 CE. Most of the places where Jews were living became part of the Arab Empire in the 7th and 8th centuries CE. During World War 2, Jews living in the Arab countries Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya suffered from the anti-Jewish measures imposed by the Vichy French, the Fascist Italians and Nazi Germany. There was also violent anti-Jewish action in Iraq.   This talk aims to give information on “the Holocaust’s long reach into Arab lands” (which is the subtitle of the book Among the righteous by Robert Satloff (2006)).It also looks at what happened to the Jews from Muslim countries after 1948.

Speakers
avatar for David Zwartz

David Zwartz

Lacking a Jewish education in his youth, David Zwartz came to involvement with the Wellington Jewish community and NZ Zionism in the 1970s. He has been editor of the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle, President of the NZ Jewish Council, and Honorary Consul of Israel.


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

1:30pm

SHIFTING ISRAELI RESPONSE TO TERROR: FROM LEBANON TO GAZA
Over time, Israel's responses to terrorist threats arising from Fatahland and Gaza have shown puzzling shifts between efforts to simply mitigate the risk of attack and and attempts to entirely eliminate the underlying hostile organizations.  Is this variation a response to changing beliefs about whether such organizations pose existential threats to Israel's survival?

Speakers
avatar for Ido Yahel

Ido Yahel

Ido Yahel is a PhD student from Israel in the department of politics at the University of Auckland. He is in his second year.  Ido also studied at Tel Aviv university, and in Sciences Po Paris. He used to work for the Israeli Foreign Affairs office and is passionate about Middle... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C152 / Netanya

1:30pm

KOL B’ISHA ERVA: A PROGRESSIVE JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
Women of the Wall singing, young Israeli women singing in competitions, women singing in the Knesset, women singing in shul: these may pose a challenge to some people. How do we feel about an understanding of halachah that prohibits women from singing in the presence of men? Progressive Judaism believes that every Jew has the ability, the freedom, and the responsibility to have a personal understanding of halachah in a way that is appropriate to the modern world. The Beth Shalom B’nei Mishnah Class will present and discuss the issue of kol b’ishah ervah.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Shalom Bnei Mishna class

Beth Shalom Bnei Mishna class

The class consists of: Zoe Ries, David Flint, Noam and Ariel Lazarus, Gemma Robinson, Amelia Beder, Nick and Stefan Biggio, Ethan Ivanier, Jessica Licht, Harriet Gelb, Ariel Apfel, Jonah Szechet, Hannah Sampson, David Miller and Caleb Zussman. The class are led through this learning... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C155 / Jerusalem

1:30pm

TED TALK 1
In 2011 Carli Davis was a participant on March of the Living, and in 2018 she returned to Poland / Israel for the march - this time as a leader

In April this year, Maia Szecket was given the opportunity to go on the Holocaust memorial programme March of the Living. This consisted of a very educational and emotional week in Poland, where 15,000 Jews from around the world participated in the March from Auschwitz I to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and a second week in Israel, traveling around markets and synagogues and the western-wall. Maia will share her unique experiences from the trip.

Stav Rogel presents 'Women Wage Peace': a broad grassroots movement, which has tens of thousands of members from the right, the center and the left of the political spectrum, all of whom are united in a demand for a mutually binding non-violent accord, agreeable to both sides.

Seth Schanzer presents his experience living in Auckland's Moishe House and being fortunate enough to attend the international conference for the organisation; Seth will recount why he loves the idea behind this young innovative organisation, and why you should too!

Ted Talk 1 is facilitated by Sacha Sampson.

Speakers
avatar for Carli Davis

Carli Davis

Carli is currently working as an analyst in the Management Consulting team for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Auckland, where she founded the Sustainability Committee. Carli has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies / Sustainable Development, and completed a Masters of Business Administration... Read More →
avatar for Stav Rogel

Stav Rogel

Stav Rogel is the Shlicha for the ZFNZ and Habonim Dror. Originally from Israel, Stav grew up in kibbutz Malkiya that is located in the Upper Galili at the very tip of north Israel. She studied music and Zoology and has traveled to many places in the world. She has worked with different... Read More →
avatar for Sacha Sampson

Sacha Sampson

Sacha is a student, Bnei Akiva junior madricha and Sgan Rosh Auckland Ken, member of Beth Shalom and has been at every LIMMUD NZ.
avatar for Seth Schanzer

Seth Schanzer

Seth is currently in his 5th and final year of Architecture School at Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau / University of Auckland, writing a thesis linking  architectural atmospheres with straw bales. Previously the head of Bnei Akiva New Zealand and resident of Auckland's Moishe... Read More →
avatar for Maia Szecket

Maia Szecket

Maia is 17 and is in year 12 at ACG Parnell College and she is involved in the youth group Habonim Dror.


Sunday August 26, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
C175 / Akko

2:30pm

BREAK
Sunday August 26, 2018 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Centennial Foyer

2:45pm

SECRETS AND SILENCES: IN CONVERSATION
In “Driving to Treblinka“ Diana Wichtel tells the story of the painful search for her lost father who was to follow his family to New Zealand from Canada in 1964 but never arrived. This is a significant second-generation story of a family imploding due to the impact of her father’s traumatic holocaust experience. Diana Wichtel and Naomi Johnson will discuss the book from a second-generation perspective as we explore first the child who had no way of understanding her family dysfunction through to the angry displaced teenager and then to the adult who finds herself needing to come to terms with the information uncovered in her research.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson

Naomi Johnson was born in Invercargill to a New Zealand mother and German Jewish refugee father. She is a co-leader of the Auckland Second Generation Group of Holocaust Survivors and is extremely interested in Second Generation literature. Naomi is a very involved member of Beth Shalom... Read More →
avatar for Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel

Diana Wichtel is an award-winning feature writer and television critic with the New Zealand Listener. She was joint recipient in 2016 of the Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship, which enabled her to write the memoir, Driving to Treblinka: A Long Search for a Lost Father, about the impact... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C175 / Akko

2:45pm

MOROCCAN JEWRY: THE STANDARD BEARER OF SEPHARDIC JUDAISM
Leon will discuss the vanishing community of Moroccan Jewry and the opportunity and challenge of reclaiming our Sephardic past and roots.

Speakers
avatar for Leon Benbaruk

Leon Benbaruk

Leon was born in Morocco. He immigrated to Canada in 1964 and to New Zealand in 1980. He was an elected Rhodes Scholar in 1972 and studied at Keble College, Oxford. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History Cum Laude from Loyola College and a Master of Arts in Islamic studies from... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C152 / Netanya

2:45pm

Organ Donation in Jewish Law
This session will explore the differing opinions about Organ Donation and the definition of death in Jewish Law.

Speakers
avatar for Shua Solomon

Shua Solomon

Raised in Western Australia where he was an active member of Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Solomon participated in Bnei Akiva’s MTA program after school. He learned at Yeshivat Har EtZion and completed its hesder program, serving in the Nachal infantry brigade as a combat soldier and medic... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

2:45pm

UNDERSTANDING OUR CHILDREN'S PERSONALITIES
Much of our and our children’s behaviour is the result of Nature rather than Nurture.  Diane Levy believes that we are born with an innate temperament and it is a parent’s job to raise our children so that they keep their innate nature intact, but modify “round the edges” so that they can fit into the society they live in. In a light-hearted (with serious intent) seminar, Diane will help us understand our own personality and the personalities of the people (both tall and short) with whom we interact.  “Once we can understand the temperament of the person whom we seek to influence,” says Diane, “our interactions are much more likely to be positive and we are more likely to see “Personality” rather than “Pest”.


Speakers
avatar for Diane Levy

Diane Levy

Diane Levy, bestselling author of parenting books, is a highly successful  family therapist, counsellor, parenting coach and speaker. She is in great  demand as a speaker and regularly addresses Early Childhood groups, school  groups (at all levels) and related parenting organisations... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

2:45pm

YOUNG JEWS, NEW CAREERS: MAINTAINING A JEWISH IDENTITY IN THE WORKPLACE
What impact does Judaism have on the career choices we make in a fast-paced world? The panelists will speak about how Judaism has influenced their careers entering the professional world, spanning the fields of journalism, architecture, public policy and entrepreneurship.
Facilitator: Tali Josephs

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Bookman

Sarah Bookman

Spending the past five years studying Architecture at the University of Auckland, Sarah has now completed her Masters and is working at an Architecture practice in Wellington. Attending Bnei Akiva and Kadimah school from a young age has shaped Sarah's jewish identity, informing many... Read More →
avatar for Sophia Duckor-Jones

Sophia Duckor-Jones

Sophia was born in Wellington, and describes her childhood as creative and free, with parents who encouraged her to tell her love of story telling from a young age. She went on Shnat Haschara with Habonim in 2007 and completed a  BA at Otago and Victoria Universities  before... Read More →
avatar for Jason Hart

Jason Hart

Throughout Jason's youth, he had always been involved in the Jewish community. He started his schooling at Moriah College and once he left, he got his doses of Jewdaism through Bnei Akiva eventually becoming a leader and National Treasurer. In Jason's gap year, he lived on a Kibbutz... Read More →
avatar for Tali Josephs

Tali Josephs

Tali is a bogeret of Habonim Dror and a current teacher-in-training at Victoria University, hoping to educate the next generation about English and Social Studies to the best of her abilities! Her Jewish upbringing greatly influenced her choice of career and she is interested in the... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Livschitz

Sarah Livschitz

Sarah is an Auckland expat and graduate policy advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This involves providing advice to the government on things like potential law changes. Sarah is a member of the progressive Jewish community in Wellington.


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

2:45pm

TED TALK 2
Kay Harris will be speaking about the BRCA gene mutation, which can cause cancers affecting those with Jewish Ashkenazi ancestry far more than the average population. She will be speaking about the gene mutation, explaining its effects, giving information about how the gene can be detected, and what help is available to minimise its effects.

A minute or two after checking his DNA results, Mike  Regan received an email from a stranger in the USA. In it she said she had just received information from Ancestry showing a very close match and that “Your last name is my adopted mother’s last name.” Over the next few weeks connections were checked and evidence gathered before the relationship could be confirmed and the family informed. The news was welcomed – well, almost.

Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish PeopleWhat does it all mean and why all the fuss?
Having recently passed a new Basic Law which legislates Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People, Israel has come into a wave of strong criticism from inside and outside of the country, with many anti-Israel groups using the law to further their views. Rob Berg asks: Is it justified or an over-reaction?

Randomly added months or complex mathematical calculations: the story of the Jewish Calendar. Presented by Josh Sampson

Speakers
avatar for Rob Berg

Rob Berg

Rob Berg was born and raised in London and had a long association there with Jewish youth movements and community at large. Rob is a graduate of Machon L’Madrachia Chutz l’Aretz and lived for two years in Israel, serving a year in the Israeli Army. Returning to the UK, he worked... Read More →
avatar for Kay Harris

Kay Harris

Kay is passionate about education and learning. She recently retired from Glendowie College where she was Head of Languages for over 30 years
avatar for Mike Regan

Mike Regan

Mike is a long time Wellington enthusiast who was editor of the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle for some 13 years. Now retired and living in a multi-generational household with his grandchildren a fabulous part of his daily life.
avatar for Josh Sampson

Josh Sampson

Joshua is currently in his final year of school at Kristin, as well as being a junior madrich at Bnei Akiva.


Sunday August 26, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
C155 / Jerusalem

3:45pm

BREAK
Sunday August 26, 2018 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Centennial Foyer

4:00pm

CREATING THE CREATION STORY
In this multimedia workshop we will explore ways to create new relationships and understanding of Jewish texts. Combining movement, performance, and 2D art, participants will collaboratively create works of art inspired by the stories of creation.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch

Jessica Tamar Deutsch is a New York based artist. She earned her BFA in illustration at Parsons school for design. Her work explores the intersection of contemporary culture and Jewish practice. The Illustrated Pirkei Avot, A Graphic Novel of Jewish Ethics, Deutsch’s first published... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C175 / Akko

4:00pm

KARMA AND KNEIDELACH: JEWISH NOTIONS OF THE LAWS OF CAUSALITY AND REINCARNATION
This session will explore Jewish notions of karma and will discuss the similarities and differences with respect to the South Asian use of the term in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faith traditions. Generally, karma, in the Indian tradition, refers to the concept of the laws of causality, reincarnation and the transmigration of the soul. While these may roughly equate with Jewish notions of midah keneged midah and gilgul, substantial differences remain. In exploring the concept of karma in both the Indian and Jewish traditions, we will attempt to answer the question: Do Jews believe in karma? Participation and discussion is invited from all attending this session.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Nachowitz

Todd Nachowitz

Todd is a lecturer in Comparative Religion in the Religious Studies department at the University of Waikato, teaching classes in both Western/Abrahamic and Eastern faith traditions). He is also the Centre Coordinator of the Religious Diversity Centre, based in Auckland, where he regularly... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C149 / Petah Tikva

4:00pm

GEOPOLITICS - NORTH KOREA, US, RUSSIA, CHINA AND WHETHER WE WILL SURVIVE 2018!
Trump, Putin, North Korea, Russia, Syria, China - 2018 has been quite a year! Why is this all happening, and what might come next? Will the global political order still exist by the year's end?!? Hagai will explain all!

Speakers
avatar for Hagai M. Segal

Hagai M. Segal

Award-winning academic and internationally renowned consultant, commentator and keynote speaker Hagai M. Segal is a leading authority on geopolitical issues, strategic risk, the Middle East and counter-terrorism. An academic with New York University in London, and a guest lecturer... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C168 Wharenui / Haifa

4:00pm

WRESLING WITH GOD AND MEN: FOUR RATIONALES FOR THE BIBLICAL PROHIBITION
Two verses in Leviticus have authorized a harsh rejection of homosexuality. But why?  Rules cannot be intelligently and fairly applied without as sense of their intended aims. Rabbi Steven Greenberg will explore four rationales for the biblical prohibition of sex between men which appear in the traditional literature, each offering a different perspective and a different frame for a reconsideration of the law’s application.  

Speakers
avatar for Steve Greenberg

Steve Greenberg

Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), a think tank, leadership training... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C145 / Tel Aviv

4:00pm

A PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE ON IDENTITY: BEING JEWISH AMID THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM OF TODAY
How do we form a sense of who we are as a person? How do we come to affiliate with a specific ethnicity, culture or other large group? What is the ‘New Anti-Semitism’ of today and how are people who identify as Jewish (or are identified as such by others) affected? How may some understanding of psychological processes assist in clarifying viewpoints and finding one’s own voice?
These and other issues will be addressed in this talk.

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Sander

Evelyn Sander

Evelyn is a former Registered Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at AUT University who taught for 13 years in the departments of Psychology and Psychotherapy. She was a founding staff member of both the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Programme and the Bachelor of Health... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C155 / Jerusalem

4:00pm

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES: PANEL
A panel discussion dealing with the difficult issues in the Jewish and wider community

Speakers
avatar for Lesley Max

Lesley Max

Lesley Max is the co-founder and CEO of Great Potentials Foundation, established in 1990.  She devised the Family Service Centre model, now in seven locations;  introduced HIPPY – Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters, now in 44 communities;  and introduced MATES... Read More →
avatar for Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks is a consultant, advocate, author and public speaker, currently heading Kol v’Oz, an organisation dedicated to addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community... Read More →
avatar for Paul Wilton

Paul Wilton

Paul Wilton, former President of Beth Shalom, is a trustee on the LIMMUD NZ Trust.
avatar for David Zussman

David Zussman

David has worked in the community housing and homelessness sector in NZ and the UK over the last 30 years. He currently works for Community Housing Aotearoa which is the representative body for New Zealand’s community housing sector organisations. Its 80 provider members house approximately... Read More →


Sunday August 26, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
C152 / Netanya

5:10pm

CLOSING ACTIVITY
Sunday August 26, 2018 5:10pm - 6:10pm
Centennial Foyer