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Sunday, June 17
 

9:30am

Between the head and the heart: rationalism and mysticism in Judaism and Islam
Have you ever felt the allure of the esoteric? Or perhaps you feel that intellectual rigour is lacking from religion? In this session, Haroon Moghul and Raphael Dascalu present their perspectives on the relationship between rationalism and mysticism in Islamic and Jewish traditions, and engage in a lively dialogue about the roles that these orientations can play in our own lives.

Speakers
avatar for Raf Dascalu

Raf Dascalu

Raphael is a native of Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne. After studying at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his PhD at the University of Chicago, focusing on medieval Jewish history and philosophy. He has studied at Yeshivat Hakibbutz... 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 9:30am - 10:30am
HAIFA ROOM

10:45am

Judaism and the postcolonial challenge: surprising resources from traditional texts
What do Judaism and postcolonial theory have to say to one another? In this session, we'll consider the disturbing history of Jewish texts, particularly the Bible, in colonial expansion; the political aims of postcolonial movements; and the unexpected ways that classical Jewish texts can contribute to postcolonial philosophies and practices.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Filler

Emily Filler

Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College
Emily is Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College, Indiana, where she teaches modern philosophy and ethics alongside Jewish text. A PhD from the University of Virginia, she is particularly interested in the possibility that ‘troubling texts’ — violent... Read More →


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

12:00pm

Modesty stripped bare: body image, dress codes, and Jewish law
Super-thin semi-naked models plastered on billboards, religious women covered head to toe, female politicians labelled too dowdy or too sexy — contemporary messaging about women’s bodies and sexuality is contradictory and complex, and all the more so in the Jewish world, where the value and laws of modesty often dominate the conversation. What do religious dress codes mean for women’s self-image? Does ‘covering up’ avoid objectification of women or perhaps worsen it? How can we navigate these issues to raise body-confident and healthy children? Grapple with these issues alongside our panel of experts and educators.

Moderators
avatar for Shirli Kirschner

Shirli Kirschner

Shirli is a consultant providing strategy and dispute resolution services. She is a Director of Resolve Advisors. She has won a number of awards for dispute resolution, and is listed in Who’s Who International for commercial mediation. Shirli is a Senior Visiting Fellow at UNSW... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Berger

Sharon Berger

Sharon is the program manager for the New Israel Fund Australia. She is a proud feminist, member of the Masorti community at Emanuel Synagogue and mother of two at Emanuel School. She has attended and organised many Limmuds. A former journalist who currently writes a monthly column... Read More →
avatar for Miriam Charak

Miriam Charak

Miriam grew up in Bondi and now studies Engineering/Arts at UNSW. She has spent time in multiple Jewish educational contexts, all with religiously motivated dress codes: she attended Kesser Torah and Moriah College, studied Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem and, having... Read More →
avatar for Ariana Elias

Ariana Elias

Ariana is a clinical psychologist specialising in body image and eating disorders. In 2014 Ariana developed the prevention program ‘Raising Body-Confident Kids’ to educate and empower parents to help protect their children from developing body dissatisfaction. Ariana has shared... Read More →
avatar for Chaya Gourarie

Chaya Gourarie

Originally from Melbourne, Chaya attended Beth Rivkah and furthered her studies at Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim. With a passion for educating youth and empowering young Jewish women, Chaya has worked and volunteered in Jewish schools and youth groups around Australia and overseas... Read More →


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

1:45pm

A chavruta with the Fuhrer: Nazi readings of the Talmud
Between 1933 and 1945 German publishing houses produced a large body of scholarly literature that sought to vilify and discredit the Talmud. Often sordid or scatological, this material bequeathed to the German-speaking public a disreputable array of supposedly kosher beliefs and opinions. In this session we will explore — referring to specific examples of Nazi compositions — the ways in which German scholars deliberately ‘doctored’ the text and the ways they decontextualized it.

Speakers
avatar for Simon Holloway

Simon Holloway

Simon has a PhD in Classical Hebrew and Biblical Studies, for which he researched the use of metaphors in the Hebrew Bible. He currently works as an Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, running seminars on Nazi racial science and the Holocaust, but his research concerns... Read More →


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

3:00pm

The meaning of biblical violence: wrestling with the Bible's worst texts
The Jewish Bible is literarily complex, poetic, profound — and frequently violent. This session explores some of the Bible's most famously bloody passages and their significance for readers past and present. How have classical interpreters and modern philosophers tried to understand, re-interpret, or ignore the deeply troubling character of some biblical passages? And what virtues, if any, could there be in having a frequently violent Bible?

Speakers
avatar for Emily Filler

Emily Filler

Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College
Emily is Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College, Indiana, where she teaches modern philosophy and ethics alongside Jewish text. A PhD from the University of Virginia, she is particularly interested in the possibility that ‘troubling texts’ — violent... Read More →


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

4:15pm

Colour my midrash
WORKSHOP | Midrash explores a variety of images in order to explain our texts. Midrashim are descriptors, historical snapshots, and social/cultural commentary. We will explore midrash through the end of a paintbrush — mixing, shading and creating our way through one piece of text (it’s a surprise) with a collaborative and visual approach.

Speakers
avatar for Alon Meltzer

Alon Meltzer

Alon is a Rabbi, community developer, sociologist, historian, chef and dabbling painter. He has MAs in sociology and medieval Jewish history. Alon loves to brew beer, cook, drink wine, camp and explore the world. He has a passion for connecting with people and looking at our texts... Read More →


Sunday June 17, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
BEER GARDEN

7:00pm

Transformation on the page: Jewish texts that changed me
Jewish writing connects us to over two thousand years of thought and action in the world. Think the Bible, Rambam, Emma Lazarus, Etgar Keret, Spinoza, Anne Frank, Gloria Steinem. Your panellists will explore their favourites texts, ranging from biblical to contemporary, and how these words have transformed their lives and shaped their identities. You will come away with a new, inspiring reading list.

Moderators
avatar for Aviva Winton

Aviva Winton

Aviva works in social media for the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and has a BA (Hons) in Jewish Studies and English Literature. She is married with children, has a cavoodle, loves going for bushwalks, watching movies and having time to read a great book!

Speakers
avatar for Raf Dascalu

Raf Dascalu

Raphael is a native of Sydney, currently residing in Melbourne. After studying at the University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed his PhD at the University of Chicago, focusing on medieval Jewish history and philosophy. He has studied at Yeshivat Hakibbutz... Read More →
avatar for Emily Filler

Emily Filler

Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College
Emily is Chair and Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Earlham College, Indiana, where she teaches modern philosophy and ethics alongside Jewish text. A PhD from the University of Virginia, she is particularly interested in the possibility that ‘troubling texts’ — violent... Read More →
avatar for Goldie Markovits

Goldie Markovits

Goldie has learned and taught Torah in Sydney, Israel, and the US. She has a passion for philanthropy and learning, with a deep interest in classic Jewish text and Hasidic philosophy. Although she works in the finance world, she has taught Jewish Studies in Sydney and was a Summer... Read More →
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 →


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