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Thursday, July 15
 

10:00am AEST

How to approach the toughest decisions you will make as a Jew
How do we add meaning to laws that are prescribed to us? As Jews, we are encouraged to question and search for connection, but it can be hard to find those answers in all sectors of Judaism. With the knowledge and experience we have today, is it ethically appropriate to continue some of our age old practices? Nom will explore these questions through a reflection on her experiences surrounding her son’s Brit Milah.

Speakers
avatar for Naomi Orelowitz

Naomi Orelowitz

Naomi Orelowitz is a mum of two and currently teaches English and Drama at Beth Rivkah Ladies College. She started her teaching journey at Mount Scopus in 2015 and currently runs a component of the Bat Mitzvah program.


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
H220

10:00am AEST

How to keep Shabbat
A theoretical and practical session understanding the laws of Shabbat and learning how exactly to do it.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi James Kennard

Rabbi James Kennard

Rabbi Kennard is the principal of Mount Scopus College.


Thursday July 15, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
H223

10:00am AEST

How to run a society: merit or equality? - CANCELLED
What does Am Yisrael’s relationship with bread teach us about how to structure a society and allocate resources? In this session we’ll zoom in on some key stories from Tanach and unpack the values and lessons we can learn and apply to political philosophy today.

Speakers
avatar for Shula Lazar

Shula Lazar

Shula is the principal of Carmel School in Perth. Prior to that she was Deputy Principal and Head of Jewish Studies (Secondary) at Leibler Yavneh College. Shula has a Master of Education (Gifted and Talented), a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Economics. She has also completed... Read More →


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

11:15am AEST

How to be a Jewish leader
A Jewish leader's reflections on Jewish leadership. This session will explore Jewish leadership values and styles through Tanach, particularly focusing on the leadership of Moshe Rabeinu.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi James Kennard

Rabbi James Kennard

Rabbi Kennard is the principal of Mount Scopus College.


Thursday July 15, 2021 11:15am - 12:15pm AEST
H223

11:15am AEST

How to give up your Judaism - CANCELLED
This session will shed light on a part of our people’s story often overlooked. Let’s rethink everything we know about Hagar and explore how close she was to being a matriarch of the Jewish people. What can this story teach us about Jewish identity and responsibility?

Speakers
avatar for Shula Lazar

Shula Lazar

Shula is the principal of Carmel School in Perth. Prior to that she was Deputy Principal and Head of Jewish Studies (Secondary) at Leibler Yavneh College. Shula has a Master of Education (Gifted and Talented), a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Economics. She has also completed... Read More →


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

11:15am AEST

How to view consent and #metoo through a Jewish lens - CANCELLED
This session will explore questions such as: What do traditional Jewish texts say about sex, power, consent and relationships? What is their relevance in 2021, especially in light of the #metoo conversation in Australia and the revelations of Grace Tame, Brittany Higgins and Chanel Contos? How can we apply these ideas to create healthy, balanced and meaningful interactions and relationships?

Speakers
avatar for Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Rabbanit Judith Levitan is a community educator and lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the field of social justice. She currently works at Legal Aid NSW where she uses Human Centred Design to innovate and improve legal services for disadvantaged people. She holds degrees in... Read More →


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

12:15pm AEST

How to ensure no one's voice is lost - CANCELLED
In a patriarchal world of intellectual elitism, one unnamed working-class woman in the Talmud stands out as a person of unusual intelligence and wit. She was a maid in the house of R' Yehudah HaNasi, the author of the Mishna. In this session we'll explore this "handmaid's tale", and discuss a critical question for modern Jewry: how can we make sure that no one's voice is lost?

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Charak

Sarah Charak

Sarah is a law student, educator and coffee addict living in Bondi. She studied Tanach, Talmud and Jewish philosophy at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Nishmat in Jerusalem, and Drisha in New York. Sarah has worked in educational roles for Bnei Akiva, Limmud Oz, NSW ZYC and Or Chadash Synagogue... Read More →


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

2:00pm AEST

How to relate to Moshiach
This session will explore different ways to think about the idea of Moshiach and explore philosophical understandings of what the Messiah is.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Shamir Caplan

Rabbi Shamir Caplan

Rabbi Shamir Caplan has been at Mount Scopus since 2004, where he has been involved in both formal and informal Jewish Studies. Rabbi Shamir has rabbinic, pastoral, and educational duties in the College, and also serves as the Rabbi of Beit Aharon Congregation, which meets at GBH... Read More →


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
H223

2:00pm AEST

How to time travel using the Talmud - CANCELLED
The Talmud is a core Jewish text that has informed and influenced Jewish thinking and custom over millennia and up to today. There are 2760 pages of the Talmud. What can we find on ‘a daf’ (a page) of Talmud? In this introduction to the Talmud, we will ‘learn the daf’ - We will follow the arguments as they wind through the page and throughout Jewish history. We will also listen out for all the different voices that make up ‘the Talmud’ - both on and off the page.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Rabbanit Judith Levitan is a community educator and lawyer with over 15 years’ experience in the field of social justice. She currently works at Legal Aid NSW where she uses Human Centred Design to innovate and improve legal services for disadvantaged people. She holds degrees in... Read More →


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

2:00pm AEST

How to understand prophecies of destruction
One of the greatest tragedies to befall our nation was the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av, which we will be commemorating over the weekend. This text-based shiur will look at the prophet Jeremiah, and his role in trying to prevent the Temple's destruction, as well as at the biblical relationship between Am Yisrael and Hashem based on the covenant with Avraham.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Winthrope

Sarah Winthrope

Sarah Winthrope graduated from Yavneh in 2016. She studied in Israel at Midreshet Lindenbaum. She is currently studying Medicine at Monash University, with an interest in bioethics.


Thursday July 15, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm AEST
H226