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Sunday, June 17

3:00pm AEST

Completing the picture: oral history and the story of the Jews of Magdeburg under Nazism
This session charts the role of oral history in writing the history of the Jewish community of Magdeburg, Germany, during the Nazi period. The combination of oral history and archival material provides a personal and very dramatic presentation of everyday life. We will explore the power of oral history, and how, for the city of Magdeburg, being able to ‘hear’ and ‘connect’ with former Jewish citizens has generated much interest in reconnecting to its Jewish past and the city's dark history.

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Michael Abrahams-Sprod

Dr Michael Abrahams-Sprod is Roth Lecturer in Israel, Jewish Civilisation and Holocaust Studies in the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, in the University of Sydney. He is also immediate Past President of the Australian Association for Jewish Studies. Michael currently... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm AEST

4:15pm AEST

Jewish pirates of the Caribbean
In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. On the same day(ish) every Jew was expelled from Spain. Some Jews fled to the New World and became successful pirates, plundering the Spanish Armada. Hear their amazing stories.

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Tommy Sterling

Tommy is a long-time Limmudnik who loves to ask questions and explore the origin of all things Jewish. His Jewish passion spans the traditional to the academic, presented in an engaging manner with his uniquely humorous and irreverent approach. His other passion includes the Beatles... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm AEST

5:30pm AEST

Six Australian synagogues: the architecture of faith
Synagogues have been built in Australia since the 1840s, and every generation reflects the aesthetics, ideology and social forces of its age. This session will trace the story of synagogue architecture in Australia by looking at six iconic shuls: Hobart, The Great Synagogue, Toorak, St Kilda, Mizrachi Melbourne and The Central Synagogue. We will compare them with examples from around the world and see how Australia is part of a wider story with a distinctive identity of its own.

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Benjamin Elton

Benjamin Elton is the Chief Minister of The Great Synagogue. He is from Manchester, studied at Cambridge and London Universities and worked for seven years in the British Civil Service. He received semicha from YCT Rabbinical School in New York and from Rabbi Chaim Rapoport in London... Read More →

Sunday June 17, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm AEST