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

We’re moving forward, looking to the future, advancing our learning and pushing forward the conversation about what it means to live a meaningful Jewish life.

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Thursday, July 15
 

10:00am AEST

How to become a communal leader and why
Explore different forms of communal leadership and why everybody can be a leader. The session will discuss some of the intended and unintended benefits of becoming a leader and look at the qualities that make a good leader. Philip will share insights into leadership gained from sitting on the boards of some of our communities most important organisations.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Chester

Philip Chester

Philip Chester has been involved in Jewish communal life and Zionist affairs since he was 6 years old. He has been the National head of Betar, President of AUJS, President of Zionism Victoria and lastly, President of the Zionist Federation of Australia. Philip is a partner in the... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
H222

10:00am AEST

How to change the way we view women in Judaism
Women in Judaism are finding that the gap between their secular and Jewish lives is bigger than expected. What can be done to help women feel relevant, seen and included in orthodox Jewish spaces?

Speakers
avatar for Nomi Kaltmann

Nomi Kaltmann

Nomi Kaltmann is one of the founding members of the Women’s Orthodox Tefillah Group in Victoria. She is also the inaugural president of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance in Australia. Nomi holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Liberal Arts as well as a Masters degree in Legal... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
HB36

10:00am AEST

How to pave your own Jewish path
This session will explore the challenges and triumphs of living a meaningful Jewish life. In conversation with Liv Sandler of Flying Fox, Ally will share her personal perspective - what she learnt from 10 years spent at a midrasha in Jerusalem, how Jewish education and spaces can be made more inclusive and why she has an issue with the word ‘disability’.


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
H237

10:00am AEST

How to save the world
We can only choose to save the world in this decade. Our grandparents did not have this choice, because they didn’t have the capital, technologies and understanding. And for your children, it will be too late. Make no mistake - this is the decade and we are the generation. Elinor will explore environmental issues through a Jewish lens.

Speakers
avatar for Elinor Hasenfratz

Elinor Hasenfratz

Elinor is a dynamic and incisive communicator with extensive background in both formal and informal education, including expertise across a range of specialist teaching areas. She is the former president of the Youth Environment Council of South Australia. Elinor is currently the... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
H226

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.

Speakers
avatar for Ike Curtis

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
H237

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.

Speakers
avatar for Frances Prince

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
H238

11:15am AEST

How to unlock your soul's potential and find deep happiness
Timmy will describe her spiritual journey from Scopus wild child to Mikvah madam. She will explain how being frum is just as edgy as when travelling the world as a free spirit… but in a different way.

Speakers
avatar for Timmy Rubin

Timmy Rubin

Timmy grew up in Caulfield in a traditional though non-observant home. As a young adult, Timmy’s search for meaning took her around the world. Her journey led her via Goa, India to New York where she re‐discovered her Jewish roots. She is the Manager of the CMS Mikvah, and is... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm AEST
H226

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?

Speakers
avatar for Howard Goldenberg

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
H222

12:15pm AEST

How to understand antisemitism in Australia
Jewish communities in Australia and around the world are facing ongoing antisemitism. It is the beast that refuses to die. This session explains how antisemitism in Australia is alive and well, and offers ways we can confront this clear and present danger.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dvir Abramovich

Dr. Dvir Abramovich

Dr. Dvir Abramovich is The Israel Kipen Director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at The University of Melbourne, and chairman of The Anti-Defamation Commission. He is considered to be Australia’s leading spokesperson on antisemitism and racism. A much sought-after media... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm AEST
HB39

2:00pm AEST

How to advocate for Agunot and work towards eradicating their existence
Jewish women are being increasingly exploited in religious divorce cases by husbands who refuse to give them a Jewish divorce or Gett. How do we navigate the inequalities of the process and free Agunot from marriages which are no longer viable?

Speakers
avatar for Esther Althaus

Esther Althaus

Esther Althaus established Perspective Financial Services Pty Ltd in 2003 and has become an award winning financial adviser who is actively involved in the financial advice community and her community promoting financial literacy, particularly to women. Esther is involved in various... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
HB39

2:00pm AEST

How to reconcile homosexuality and Modern Orthodoxy
Since Vayikra, it seems that Judaism has had it out for homosexuality, but does it really? Hear from Eitan as he discusses halachic and communal responses to the issue of homosexuality and shares his perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Eitan Meyerowitz

Eitan Meyerowitz

Eitan Meyerowitz is a Yavneh and Hineni graduate. He studies Occupational Therapy at Monash University and is a Jewish life educator at Leibler Yavneh College. He is currently the president of an all abilities theatre company 'Stars and the Moon.'


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
H220

2:00pm AEST

How to use innovation to mobilise the Jewish community into the future
Imagine a world where everyone’s ideas are valued, where risks are taken to support dynamic leaders and empower them to realise a vision of Judaism and Jewish life that is vibrant, meaningful and engaging. Social entrepreneurs connect with contemporary values to breathe new life into Jewish spirituality, ritual, tradition, and connection. If you have aspirations to be part of a movement of social activists and entrepreneurs this discussion is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Tracie Olcha

Tracie Olcha

Tracie Olcha is CEO at the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF), a membership organisation of Jewish social investors. AJF is the network inspiring effective philanthropy and strengthening community. Tracie works closely with the AJF network, philanthropic foundations and a multitude of... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
HB40