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Society and politics [clear filter]
Sunday, June 17
 

10:45am

One of Us: a journey away from the Hasidic world
In 2017, Netflix released its internationally acclaimed documentary feature film One of Us about three individuals who faced ostracism, anxiety and danger as they left their ultra-Orthodox communities. One of the central characters, Ari Hershkowitz, joins us from New York and will share his story. We'll show key scenes from the documentary and hear from Ari about the process of exposing his personal journey on camera, and the responses he has received.

Ari will be in conversation with Simon Lipschitz.

Note that the subject matter of this session may be distressing. Support will be available in the room if required. Tzedek can be contacted on 1300 893 335.

Moderators
avatar for Simon Lipschitz

Simon Lipschitz

Simon is a drug and alcohol counsellor during the week, Jewish marriage celebrant on the weekend, and loving father and husband in any other spare minutes. If he wasn't doing that, he would be on a Limmud tour around the world, as long as it corresponded with the cricket seasons... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ari Hershkowitz

Ari Hershkowitz

Raised in New York in an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age. Now an atheist, he has built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed Netflix documentary... Read More →


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

12:00pm

Tools for change
WORKSHOP | If you're interested in working to create a fairer and more genuinely democratic Australia that aligns with our core Jewish values, and you believe in collective people power, then this session is for you! You will be given the tools required to build collective capacity to create and execute a specific project, campaign or activity. This is a highly interactive and practical session.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Cunio

Stephanie Cunio

Stephanie has worked for a number of progressive organisations including trade unions, environmental organisations and Sydney Alliance. She has spent years working to develop individuals and groups who are committed to building a stronger and fairer democracy — as a mentor, educator... Read More →


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

1:45pm

Developing a Jewish response to people seeking asylum
Do you know anyone who has recently sought asylum in Australia? Do you really know their story? We invite you to hear from Zaki, who belongs to the Hazara people, a persecuted ethnic minority group in Afghanistan. He was just 17 when he fled, arriving in Australia by boat. Together, we will reflect on the Jewish values which might be relevant to this issue, and we'll evaluate responses — including our own — to the current situation faced by people seeking asylum in Australia.

Speakers
avatar for Shoshana Faire

Shoshana Faire

Shoshana has 30 years' experience in conflict resolution and facilitation. She is co-author of the best selling book Everyone Can Win—Responding to Conflict Constructively. Her deep concern for the current refugee and asylum seeker situation has led to her active involvement in... Read More →


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

3:00pm

Facing forward: future-proofing the Australian Jewish community
Armed with the insights of over 8,000 Jewish Australians in Gen17, we turn to leaders of both established and grassroots organisations to map out the future of the Sydney Jewish community. How will we use the data to ensure our community flourishes? What changes will we need to make to adapt to new needs and outlooks? Most importantly, where are we headed?

Moderators
avatar for Jake Campbell

Jake Campbell

Jake has been in the young adult Jewish communal space since 2009. Now the Executive Director of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), Jake was a student leader at AUJS from 2009 until 2013, becoming National Development Convener, where he led AUJS's campaigns, conferences... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donny Janks

Donny Janks

Donny is a politically progressive Jew from Sydney. He has a background in Habonim Dror as a madrich and chairperson, and works in informal education at Emanuel School and Emanuel Synagogue. Donny is passionate about engaging young Jews through new channels for participation, expression... Read More →
avatar for Tamara Samuel

Tamara Samuel

Tamara has been the CEO of Shalom since November 2016. Tamara has led strategy and management teams at the Boston Consulting Group, Commonwealth Bank, Qantas, Jurlique skincare and NARS cosmetics. Prior to Shalom, she was on the JCA strategic planning committee. She was involved in... Read More →
avatar for Claire Vernon

Claire Vernon

Claire has been CEO of JewishCare since 2007. She trained as a social worker in the 1970s and then spent over 10 years as a front-line caseworker, which informed her work in developing and implementing government policy and programs in diverse areas such as women's health, crime prevention... Read More →


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

4:15pm

Everyone needs a Muslim friend (to ask those awkward questions)
Haroon Moghul sits in the hot chair! Come to the session, sms your questions, watch the word map expand before your eyes, and hear Haroon's thoughts on everything on the topic of Islam. This is an opportunity to be curious and to discover the things you've always wanted to know about what Islamic texts say and how Muslim communities function.

Moderators
avatar for Yoav Yaron

Yoav Yaron

Yoav is the AUJS NSW Shaliach. During his teenage years in Israel, Yoav was a youth counsellor and activist and participated in Jewish Agency for Israel summer programs in the USA. He served in the IDF for six years, in the Strategic & International Divisions, where he gained vast... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute of N.A.
Haroon Moghul is a writer, commentator and educator. He's the Fellow in Jewish—Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism. His most recent book is How to be a Muslim: An American Story.


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

5:30pm

From communal authenticity to personal truth
What do you do after leaving the only world you've ever known? Ari will reflect on the outcomes of his complicated journey away from a Hasidic upbringing. He now focuses on helping others by sharing his hard-earned lessons as a survivor of sexual abuse and substance abuse, and has become an advocate for improved educational standards in Hasidic schools in NYC. His vibrant personality and passionate quest for knowledge will make this a compelling window into some of the most challenging issues facing Jewish communities.

Note that the subject matter of this session may be distressing. Support will be available in the room if required. Tzedek can be contacted on 1300 893 335.

Speakers
avatar for Ari Hershkowitz

Ari Hershkowitz

Raised in New York in an ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age. Now an atheist, he has built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed Netflix documentary... Read More →


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

5:30pm

Out loud: LGBTQI+ experiences in the Jewish community
What's the experience of being LGBTQI+ and Jewish in Australia? Our panellists — from differing Jewish backgrounds and religious upbringings — share their thoughts around expectations, conflicts and what it means to be part of the community. How bound up are these distinct identities? How sensitive or insensitive are communal institutions? And has the experience changed for the better in a post-marriage-equality-vote Australia?

Moderators
avatar for Zehava Heinrich

Zehava Heinrich

Zehava is a fourth-year law student at UTS and an openly gay Jewish woman. She has been actively involved with AUJS for the past two years and is now serving as AUJS president at UTS. As part of her engagement with the student community/politics, Zehava was president of Out2Party... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roz Bellamy

Roz Bellamy

Roz is a writer, researcher and educator whose writing has appeared in The Big Issue, Daily Life, Huffington Post, Junkee and SBS. Roz's work was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize in 2014 and won the Stonnington Prize for Poetry in 2016.
avatar for Nemi Lobel

Nemi Lobel

Nemi Lobel is a year 12 student and current school captain at Kesser Torah College. She has always been involved in school leadership and extracurriculars and strives for positivity and enthusiasm in whatever she does. Nemi is passionate about animal welfare and plans to study veterinary... Read More →
avatar for David Rosenberg

David Rosenberg

David is an Israeli-born Australian who grew up in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. A lawyer with a background in industrial design and engineering, he has been very active in the Jewish community across a range of initiatives and organisations, most recently in collaboration with Emanuel... Read More →


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

7:00pm

Between the Dome of the Rock and a hard place
When I was in college, Jewish—Muslim relations weren't just next-to-nonexistent, they were pretty awful. And I had my part to play in that. So I could've never imagined that, fifteen years on, I'd be traveling to Israel to study Judaism and Zionism. I've since come to teach Jewish communities about Islam and Muslims, while promoting connections between our faiths in the US, Canada and Western Europe. And yet, I continue to be committed to a politics that often puts me on the other side of the aisle. Join me for a discussion on my work for the Shalom Hartman Institute, why it's so hard for Jews and Muslims to connect — and why it's critical that we do.


Haroon will be in conversation with Zalman Kastel.

Speakers
avatar for Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel

Zalman Kastel grew up a white, male Chabadnik in a racially divided Brooklyn, and was transformed by encounters with Christians and Muslims. He is now National Director of the Together for Humanity Foundation — a multifaith not-for-profit organisation that is helping schools and... Read More →
avatar for Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul

Fellow in Jewish-Muslim Relations at Shalom Hartman Institute of N.A.
Haroon Moghul is a writer, commentator and educator. He's the Fellow in Jewish—Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and teaches at the Columbia University School of Journalism. His most recent book is How to be a Muslim: An American Story.


Sunday June 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
TEL AVIV ROOM

7:00pm

Biggest F*Ups
A brand strategist, chef, future Olympian and entrepreneur gather in one room to talk about the biggest taboo word in the professional world: failure! Biggest F*Ups will completely redefine your idea of success, with tales of failure, determination and sheer will. What did they learn? What would they never do again? And what does being Jewish have to do with it?

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Sankey

Jonathan Sankey

Jonathan is an entrepreneur and brand strategist who has helped grow some of Australia's most recognisable brands. Once one of the most watched Australians in the world on YouTube, he was named Employer of Year for a dating startup he grew during his time at university. He also has... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniella Menachemson

Daniella Menachemson

Daniella Menachemson is the founder of 'Furniture and Me' and the bespoke commercial furniture business 'B Seated Global'. With over 10 years' experience in the furniture industry, Daniella is passionate and focused about design and delivering custom furniture at affordable price... Read More →
avatar for Ashleigh Werner

Ashleigh Werner

Ashleigh has been involved in high level sport since the age of 4, testing the waters with swimming (pun originally not intended), track and field, netball (representing Australia at Maccabiah Games, winning gold in both), touch football, rugby union, rugby 7s and currently rugby... Read More →
avatar for Adam Wolfers

Adam Wolfers

Adam began his career in the kitchens of celebrated restaurants Est and Marque, before travelling abroad. Honing his focus towards Ételek (‘food’ in Hungarian), he has initiated a series of pop-ups serving modern Jewish food, held at the likes of Ester, Bar Brosé, Lee Ho Fook... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
TZEFAT ROOM