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Sunday, June 17
 

9:30am

Get centred with effortless meditation
WORKSHOP | The principle of Tikkun Olam urges us to make a contribution to changing the world. In order to direct energy outward, you have to first harness it internally. Join Nikki as she takes you through the practice and principles of effortless meditation. She promises it will be easy, enjoyable, and effective. Following an expertly guided meditation, and a brief discussion on the evidence base, you will be left feeling refreshed and revived, ready to contribute to the day ahead.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Jankelowitz

Nikki Jankelowitz

Nikki is the co-founder of Centred Meditation, a corporate meditation business with a drop-in meditation studio in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. She stumbled upon meditation online while studying psychology at university and was astounded by its immediate effects on all aspects of... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
TZEFAT ROOM

10:45am

Feldenkrais: awareness through movement
WORKSHOP | Israeli scientist and engineer Moshe Feldenkrais developed a new exercise therapy method in an effort to rehabilitate his own injured knees. The Feldenkrais Method uses directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. We will explore the fascinating history of the man and his methodology, and why it is favoured by neuroscientist Norman Doidge, author of The Brain That Changes Itself. We'll also conduct an 'awareness through movement' lesson, to find out if it really works!

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Kaye

Margaret Kaye

Margaret Kaye has been teaching the practice of Feldenkrais for over 20 years and is an Assistant Trainer and member of the Australian Feldenkrais Guild. Due to an occupational overuse injury Margaret was unable to work for several years. This is now a speciality area, amongst others... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
JERUSALEM ROOM

12:00pm

Homecoming: history and hope in the art of Ella Dreyfus
Ella Dreyfus tells the story of making her exhibition ‘Walking in Wiesbaden’, a series of public art installations and photographs that bring to life her German families’ names — Ransenberg, Brettheimer and Dreyfus — asserting their Jewish identity in the streets in which they lived. Her artworks represent a homecoming to the language, culture and places of her ancestors and reflect upon the way memories can be activated in real or imagined places of trauma, engaging with self, place and history.

Speakers
avatar for Ella Dreyfus

Ella Dreyfus

Dr Ella Dreyfus is a visual artist and Head of Public Programs at the National Art School, Sydney. Her exhibition 'Walking in Wiesbaden' was shown at the Aktives Museum Spiegelgasse for German-Jewish History in Germany, and at the Darlinghurst Theatre with Kindertransport in 2017... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
HAIFA ROOM

1:45pm

Bobbie's sauerkraut revamped: ferments and pickles
WORKSHOP | This is bobbie's sauerkraut from the old country revamped! In this kosher session I give a brief introduction to sauerkrauts and perhaps also a basic pickle (which is not fermented). I will lead you through making a sauerkraut — choosing ingredients, chopping, weighing, salting, and packing into jars, which you will take home and leave to ferment. You will come away armed with confidence to make and create sauerkrauts of your very own to bring a wow factor to your next Shabbat dinner.

Speakers
avatar for Carla Stern

Carla Stern

From science researcher to business consultant to fermented food maker — Carla produces and sells fermented foods and other nutritious snacks and runs workshops on incorporating these products into everyday life. Trained in molecular genetics and biochemistry, she has always had... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
AKKO ROOM

3:00pm

Pen of the soul: composing the niggun
WORKSHOP | The niggun (a traditional Hasidic melody without words) is a powerful instrument of devotion. We will explore the origin of the niggun and some of its history, and learn some niggunim. Participants will then have a chance to improvise short melodies that will be woven into a niggun for presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Labow

Ted Labow

Cantor Ted Labow has served congregations in Singapore, Canada and the United States. As a baritone, he has appeared on opera stages in Italy, the US and Canada. As a composer, he has had works performed at cantorial conventions, synagogues and in film and TV. Recent works include... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
HAIFA ROOM

4:15pm

The Man in the Attic: experimentation in the rehearsal room
Award-winning play The Man in the Attic tells an astonishing, true story: a German couple, having sheltered a Jew during WWII, decide not to tell him the war is over and continue to profit from his captivity. But as the husband overplays his hand and the wife becomes trapped in a conflict between greed and humanity, the Jew realises that something has changed… Experience the rehearsal process, as actor Barry French tackles one monologue and the director responds. Join the playwright, director and actors as they discuss theatrical choices and the play’s themes.

Speakers
avatar for Moira Blumenthal

Moira Blumenthal

Moira has produced and directed mainstream professional theatre internationally since 1988. Locally she has worked with the Seymour Centre, the Sydney Theatre Company and the Sydney Opera House, with productions that have included Australian premieres of Via Dolorosa, From Door to... Read More →
avatar for Colleen Cook

Colleen Cook

Colleen’s theatre credits include Fräulein Schneider in Cabaret (New Theatre), Belle of the Cross (Old Fitz), King Lear (Harlos), 42nd Street (Her Majesty’s Theatre). TV work includes Rake, Love My Way and Water Rats. Colleen directed and designed Sylph (Old 505, Depot Theatre... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Playwright
Timothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally-produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions and awards to his credit. Actors such as Academy-Award winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush have appeared in his plays. His play, Derrida In... Read More →
avatar for Barry French

Barry French

Barry has a BA (Dramatic Art) majoring in Design and Acting and most recently did Cyrano de Bergerac and The Taming of the Shrew, for Sport for Jove, and The Chosen, for Moira Blumenthal Productions. He recently directed Marat/Sade at the New Theatre. In July, Barry will be performing... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
TZEFAT ROOM

5:30pm

Kosher Theatresports
WORKSHOP | Everyone knows that Theatresports is short for 'fun and games'… But it's also good for your heart and health! Improvised theatre games, whether competitive or just for fun, are a great release and outlet for creativity. Not to mention hilarious for participants and spectators alike. This introductory workshop will get everyone involved and performing for each other… poems, scenes, stories, songs… maybe a kosher comic opera! No experience needed. Chutzpah more important than talent!

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Sirmai

Geoff Sirmai

Geoff swapped a high-profile journalist and consumer advocate kippah for one as a full-time performer and arts publicist. Countless stage and screen roles include iconic Jewish ones such as The Laden Table, The Diary of Anne Frank, Fiddler on the Roof, The Merchant of Venice, Merchants... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
TZEFAT ROOM

8:00pm

No place like home: words + music
Join our Israeli guest poet and founder of Ars Poetica, Adi Keissar, and local poets including Ruth Fesseha, as they perform their poems on the theme of ‘HOME’, hosted by Poetica MC Miriam Hechtman. We will also be entertained by the lilting sounds of Simon Starr and Yuval Ashkar. This will be an open mic event and we encourage Limmud participants to bring along their own poetry, prose or acoustic song to share with the audience. This will be a stirring night of wordsmithing — prepare to be inspired.

Moderators
avatar for Miriam Hechtman

Miriam Hechtman

Miriam Hechtman is a journalist, creative producer and poet. She is passionate about women’s rights, rituals and community, and feels particularly alive when meeting new people, listening to their stories and connecting with them. Miriam founded and hosts POETICA, a monthly open... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Yuval Ashkar

Yuval Ashkar

Yuval Ashkar is a composer, oud player and vocalist. His unique style of oud playing has evolved through a synthesis of Turkish, Iraqi, Egyptian and North African influences and techniques. Yuval has worked with a large range of musicians from different musical backgrounds, including... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Fesseha

Ruth Fesseha

Ruth studies Arts/Law at the University of Sydney and works in the not-for-profit sector. She has volunteered extensively — promoting cultural awareness and advocating on issues such as female genital mutilation. She participated in the 2017 NSW Jewish Board of Deputies 'We Are... Read More →
avatar for Adi Keissar

Adi Keissar

Poet & Founder of Ars Poetica
Adi is an Israeli poet of Yemenite descent and the founder of the popular Ars Poetica, a project which initiated a new wave of Mizrahi poetry in the form of readings combined with Middle Eastern music and dancing. Adi received the Bernstein Literary Award for her first book Black... Read More →
avatar for Simon Starr

Simon Starr

One part sound adventurer, two parts musical monk, Simon Starr has compulsively taken the road less travelled. After a childhood immersed in his parent's record collection, Starr graduated from the VCA in 1993 and since then has performed, recorded, produced, arranged and composed... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
BEER GARDEN