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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

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

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

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