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This conference is about taking your Jewish education to the next level

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Thursday, July 15

11:15am AEST

How to become Jewish
This session will prompt you to think about the whys and hows of becoming Jewish, what being Jewish means, and how actively choosing it is a lifetime’s pursuit.

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Ike Curtis

Ike graduated from King David in 2013. On a school trip to Israel two years earlier, he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah (aged 16) at the Kotel’s southern excavation. In the months after finishing VCE, he began an orthodox conversion to Judaism through the Melbourne Beth Din. He is now... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm AEST

11:15am AEST

How to engage with the complex world of interfaith and multicultural organisations
Frances will share her journey of involvement as a representative of the Jewish community within the interfaith space of Victoria. The session will explore the highs and lows, the gratifications and fulfilments, as well as the disappointments and challenges that she has experienced. In addition, the session will address the topic of contributing to one’s own community and to the broader society.

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Frances Prince

Frances Prince is an Executive Member of the JCCV. She holds the Multicultural and Interfaith Portfolio. She is a Board Member of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association and the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, representing the Jewish community. She is Vice-President of the... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm AEST

12:15pm AEST

How to fix a broken world as a Jewish kid from Scopus
The human captives in Nauru and PNG, threatened species (including Truth and Democracy), a planet that’s melting and burning, Australia’s First Nations - all call out to us for rescue. Why does a Jew care so much? Where do we start?

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Howard Goldenberg

Howard is a storyteller driven to share stories of a rich Jewish life in a rich stolen land. He runs slow marathons, practises medicine incity and outback, writes a blog and a bunch of books.

Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm AEST

12:15pm AEST

How to find hope - the case for grassroots democracy and peace in Israel
Despite the social and political disarray that has corroded the fabric of Israeli society over the past decades, there are a growing number of communities quietly working to restore Israel to the path of peace and justice. In this session Gabe will draw on his personal experiences in the thick of things and share stories about people he has met along the way who are building a better tomorrow.

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Gabe Freund

Gabe grew up in Perth where he became a Zionist activist including through his work as a madrich in Habonim Dror. Since making aliyah in 2010, Gabe has worked on a number of social and educational initiatives that seek to breathe new life into the modern Zionist enterprise. Gabe is... Read More →

Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm AEST

2:00pm AEST

How to Jew it yourself
Hide the hummus and hold on tight to your shofar, because you're in for a wild Jewish ride. Follow Bram Presser as he spins out of control; from the Scopus back oval, to mosh pits and music festivals around the world, he licks cobras, picks fights with Adam Sandler, eats his weight in falafel and accidentally kills Israel's most beloved singer. When the dust settles, he descends into the dark recesses of Jewish history and comes up to tell the story. Jewish punk pioneer to multi-award winning author, this is the story of a Jewish life lived on the edge.

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Bram Presser

Bram Presser is a semi-reformed punk rocker, recovering academic, occasional criminal lawyer, award winning author and two-time cartoon character.

Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST