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Saturday, August 26
 

12:30pm

KIDDUSH LUNCH
Saturday August 26, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Hall Foyer

1:00pm

OPENING SESSION
Speakers
avatar for Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones is a Wellington born traveler, writer and educator. Although trained as a lawyer, he gained his Masters in creative writing in 2013 and his work has been widely published since. His travel writing has been featured with Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, and The Listener... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Hall

1:30pm

THE PROCESS OF RECONCILIATION - JEWISH LIFE IN GERMANY TODAY
Who could have imagined after the Holocaust Jewish life in Germany would be reviving? Jascha explores the changing nature of Germany as a country reflecting on its past and trying to reeducate for its future. Hear about the Jews who choose to live in Germany and the communities which call it home.

Speakers
avatar for Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha is an award-winning concert pianist, soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded more than 30 CDs ranging from Romantic compositions, such as Liszt and Raff, to music of the New Jewish School, Turkish music (Saygun), Bartok, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. Jascha performs i... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

1:30pm

ON POWER IN JUDAISM: A TEXT BASED CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO FEMALE RABBIS
This session, led by two female Rabbis, one Reform, and one Orthodox, will be a text based session on the question of Power in Judaism. We will each present our favorite text on the issue of Power, and explore how power has been a part of our own narratives, as we pursue leadership in the Jewish community.


Speakers
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa is a lively, dynamic teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy and has taught at Limmud Events around the world. She is the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a L... Read More →
avatar for Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner serves as the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’, BBC One’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’ and BBC One’s ‘The Big Questions’ series of moral, ethical and religious debates and makes regular appear... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 175

1:30pm

WHERE WOULD COMEDY BE WITHOUT THE JEWS?
Mike hosts a session of sketches and stand-up comedy, with opportunities to share your own favourites or just sit back, relax and have a good giggle! Get to know your fellow LIMMUDniks in a casual and fun session. This interactive and lively session will also include Jewish theatre sports, games, and even a “20 minute Hamlet” - in which you can play starring roles, direct, provide sound effects, or sit quietly (or noisily!) in the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Silverman

Mike Silverman

In real life, Mike is a Corporate Uncle – he should have retired long ago but at 29 years and 486 months old, he thinks he’s too young. Born in London, but nomadic ever since, Mike has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, East Africa, the Seychelles and now, finally settled, here in Auckland. He worked in... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 145

1:30pm

CONVERSION JOURNEY
An entertaining and thought-provoking session about Richard's personal journey of choosing to become Jewish. It is journey that saw him studying at Jews College in London, experiencing surprising and revealing (in every sense of the word!) moments in Sydney, and ultimately - 20 years on - travelling to Jerusalem.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Parker

Richard Parker

Richard graduated from the University of Auckland with an LLB (Hons) and an MPhil (Hons). He currently works as an employment lawyer and in human resources at TVNZ and he sits on the Board of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation. Richard converted to Judaism 20 years ago this year in... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 149

2:40pm

FREE SPEECH AND JEWISH VALUES
One of the foundational principles of democracy is free speech. Yet some democracies which do not have a constitutional protection for free speech have introduced laws which restrict certain types of expression. Some Jewish groups have supported such restrictions arguing that they are necessary to combat anti-Semitism. What about genuine Jewish values and how can this be resolved. In this lively session David draws on Tanach, Talmud and recent Australian political debates.

Speakers
avatar for David Adler

David Adler

Dr David Adler is a medical graduate of the University of NSW, where he also received the medical faculty prize for general proficiency and leadership.  He is formerly the Deputy Medical Secretary of the Australian Medical Association, a role which provided his training ground in policy and advocacy. He has been responsible for significant features of Australian health policy at both State and Federal levels. David is an active member of... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 149

2:40pm

FROM PRISON TO HERE
The journey of how a rebellious teen in a communist prison turned into a historian, author and film-maker, who specialises in the Jewish history of Bialystok. Tomek shares his amazing story and bravely explores the question he is always asked and dreads answering – ‘But you’re not Jewish…Why are you interested in Jewish History?’.

Speakers
avatar for Tomasz (Tomek) Wiśniewski

Tomasz (Tomek) Wiśniewski

Tomasz Wisniewski is a Polish journalist who was jailed by the Communists during martial law in the 1980s for his dissident activities and, while in prison, researched the region's Jewish heritage and learned Hebrew. Tomasz holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and works as a journalist and an academic lecturer. He has co-directed dozens of films and is the author of eight books including "The Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings" and runs the website... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 145

2:40pm

JUDAISM AS AN EMBODIED PRACTICE
An interactive session which combines the intellectual, the spiritual and the physical. Tamar guides participants through a learning journey which includes information and ideas about yoga, Judaism, and embodied prayer, in combination with the opportunity to try basic meditation, including a look at the Ophanim - physical postures inspired by the Hebrew alphabet. For those who have never done yoga, to those who are highly experienced, there is something for everyone! All levels of physical fitness are welcome. It is recommended you wear clothes that allow you to move freely however gym/exercise gear is not required.

Speakers
avatar for Tamar Munch

Tamar Munch

Tamar Münch works as a freelance communications consultant specialising in media and entertainment. For the past 23 years she has also practised Iyengar yoga and holds a Junior Intermediate I teaching certificate. She currently teaches three yoga classes a week in Auckland. Tamar... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

2:40pm

ON YER BIKES - A UNIQUE STORY OF SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
How does a grass-roots Jewish project end up becoming a successful social enterprise, accessing funding from Islamic Relief UK and being featured on Al Jezeera? In this session, David shares the story of London-based The Bike Project (of which David is the Chair), which collects old bicycles, refurbishes them and gives them to refugees and asylum-seekers. More than just a heart-warming tale, David takes us through the journey of developing a successful social enterprise, the Jewish community incubating an organisation that serves a non-Jewish population and it becoming mainstream, and how all of this is being done in a way which promotes sustainability.

Speakers
avatar for David Janner-Klausner

David Janner-Klausner

Dr David Janner-Klausner currently works as Director of Business Development at Commonplace Digital Ltd and was previously Programme and Planning Director at the United Jewish Israel Appeal. David chairs a London-based charity, The BIKE PROJECT, which collects old bicycles, refur... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 175

2:40pm

RE-READING PARSHAT EMOR - THINKING DIFFERENTLY ABOUT JUDAISM AND DISABILITY
While the Torah offers a code of social justice and requires us to love our neighbours, Parshat Emor overtly discriminates against people with disabilities and excludes them from an important part of Temple sacrifices. Come and explore the text and see if we can find a way of re-including everyone in Judaism.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Jones

Melinda Jones

Melinda is a feminist human rights lawyer, a disability advocate and a Jewish educator. She has published 11 books & over 50 peer-reviewed articles covering topics such as racism, freedom of speech & racial hatred; the rights of people with disabilities; the rights of the child; inclusive education; and freedom of religion. Her current focus is on inclusive Judaism, looking at the 20% of the community who have disabilities or health-related issues and, separately, on gender and... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Room 155

3:40pm

MINCHA (AFTERNOON PRAYERS)
Please note that Mincha is run indepedently from LIMMUD NZ

Saturday August 26, 2017 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Room 152

3:40pm

SEUDAH SHLISHIT (THIRD SHABBAT MEAL)
Saturday August 26, 2017 3:40pm - 4:15pm
Cafeteria

4:15pm

REFRAMING THE MIDDLE EAST
Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand Dr Itzhak Gerberg will give an insight into the 'reframing' of the Middle East and the risks and opportunities for Israel of such reframing. He will explore this issue in relation to the New Zealand context in conversation with David Cumin.

Speakers
avatar for David Cumin

David Cumin

David has been involved with Jewish community matters, serving a number of organisations in volunteer positions for over 15 years. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, lecturing on the subject of ethics in medical research, among other responsibilities... Read More →
avatar for Itzhak Gerberg

Itzhak Gerberg

Ambassador Dr. Itzhak Gerberg completed his Masters Degree in Political Science from the Haifa University and obtained his PhD in International Politics from the University of South Africa. He started his diplomatic career for the Israeli Foreign Ministry in 1985 as Second Secretary in Manila, followed by a posting at the Israeli Consulate in Bombay... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 149

4:15pm

WALK AND TALK
A chance to get to know your fellow LIMMUDniks and to stretch your legs!  Meet at registration for a chance to explore the area, get a breath of fresh air, and meet some new people.  Optional extra - climb a local volcano! Meet at the Level 1 Whanau Area. Please note that this session will be cancelled if it is raining (At least the 'walk' but you are welcome to continue with the 'talk'!).  

Saturday August 26, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Meet at Centennial Foyer (Level 1 Whanau Area)

4:15pm

THINGS THAT MATTER
David Galler shares how he is trying to better the world in the field of medicine and as an author. Drawing on his upbringing, as the son of Polish Jewish immigrants (who ate pork and made yoghurt from sour milk!), David explores the relationship between his work and his Jewish heritage. How much did his parent's Holocaust background affect the career choices that he has made? To what extent does he take his Jewish heritage to work? Does he find that his cultural identity matters in these contexts? Join David for a session that challenges us all to consider the things that matter.

Speakers
avatar for David Galler

David Galler

David Galler is the son of Polish Jewish immigrants. After attaining his first degree at Victoria University, David worked as a bus driver in Wellington and was known not to charge customers who boarded the bus with freshly ground coffee; "Better than any deodorant with a full load of passengers going up the Brooklyn Hill on a wet winter's day," he used to say. He was finally let go for refusing to wear socks and subsequently became a doctor. David Galler is an Intensive Care Specialist employed by the Counties Manukau District Health Board and works at Middlemore Hospital where he has been in specialist practice for 26 years. During that time he has held a variety of leadership roles within the DHB and in the broader sector, including Clinical Director of Acute Care Services at Middlemore Hospital, Principal Medical Advisor to the Minister of Health and Director General of Health, a foundation Board member for the Health Quality and Safety Commission and Director of Clinical Leadership for Ko Awatea, and as a Board member of the NZ Medical Association and the NZ Portrait Gallery. In 2015 he spent a year volunteering in Samoa, established an intensive care service, and established a network of NZ based clinicians to support acutely unwell patients in Samoa using Viber, and together with the National University of Samoa, established the first post graduate teaching programme based in Samoa. He is now basking in the late afternoon of his career... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 145

4:15pm

BUILDING RESILENCE IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
It’s hard just to keep going through pain and hardship. Building resilience, and achieving equilibrium amidst adversity are vital skills – and the subject of a book written by Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner. Join her as she draws on Jewish texts to discuss resilience-building as individuals, in families, and at work. This session will be a safe space to examine what knocks our resilience and how we may rebuild our resilience skills.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner serves as the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’, BBC One’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’ and BBC One’s ‘The Big Questions’ series of moral, ethical and religious debates and makes regular appear... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 175

4:15pm

HAVING HOPE AND COURAGE TO CARE 
Peter takes us on an inspiring journey from his experiences surviving as a child during the Holocaust to his subsequent migration to Australia and creating a new life there. Discover how these experiences have shaped his belief in making sure young people learn from the mistakes of the past, including his involvement in the Courage to Care programme in Australia and the Jewish Federation of New Zealand HOPE (Holocaust Outreach Programme of Education) project here in New Zealand.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Gaspar

Peter Gaspar

Peter Gaspar is a Holocaust survivor who uses his experiences to help inform young people about the dangers of prejudice and discrimination. Peter was born in Bratislava in Czechoslovakia and survived the war by going into hiding. Along with his parents, Peter was hidden for 3 ye... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Room 155

5:25pm

JEWISH IDENTITY THROUGH ART PANEL
Speakers
avatar for John Barnett

John Barnett

John is a passionate member of the Auckland Jewish Community, contributing to many different Jewish organisations, including being a long-standing member of the AHC Trust Board. In his professional life, John has been a driving force behind landmark New Zealand television dramas... Read More →
avatar for Charles Justin

Charles Justin

Charles Justin is a prominent Melbourne architect, art-collector and past president of the Jewish Museum of Australia. Along with his wife Leah, Charles has been collecting contemporary art for over 40 years. Today, they live together with their artworks in the Justin Art House Museum (JAHM) with an aspiration to provide a distinctive experience for visitors, that is also intimate and personal. Their fantastic collection has a strong focus on the theme of... Read More →
avatar for Paul Nathan

Paul Nathan

Paul Nathan worked as a photographer in New York for 8 years concentrating on fashion and portraits. His editorial work has been published in magazines, books and newspapers around the world. He has produced 3 books of his personal work which have been featured in The Times Magaz... Read More →
avatar for Nadine Spalter

Nadine Spalter

Nadine is an Auckland-based artist who is interested in ceramics as a vehicle for three dimensional art; a tactile, visual experience. She mostly works with high fired porcelain and uplifting colours. Through her ceramics she has explored themes of immigration and of her ancestry... Read More →
avatar for Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman is a Jerusalem based documentary filmmaker. She has directed, produced and shot dozens of films ranging from intimate portraits of individuals to broad-ranging mosaics intended to explore controversial issues in the contemporary Jewish world. Paula worked as a curator of Jewish and Israeli Film at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Her films include; Torah Treasures and Curious Trash, the culmination of twenty years documenting Jo... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 5:25pm - 6:25pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

5:25pm

ONE PEOPLE, ONE EMPIRE - IN RUINS
Oliver intends to share some of the thoughts that ran through his head from his almost 20-year stint of having lived in Berlin during the years of the wall. Topics covered include but are not restricted to: resistance, denunciation, fate of stolen children, life in the underground, faked documents, and post-war ignorance. The session uses extracts from the book 'Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Trümmerhaufen' by Anja Tuckermann, (One people, one empire – in ruins). Oliver uses an interactive-based approach as part of introducing innovative learning techniques; participants receive the opportunity to share their own feelings and experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Oliver Hoffmann

Oliver Hoffmann

Oliver Hoffmann is a member of the Auckland Second Generation Group, his parents having met in Berlin, married in London, and arrived in Auckland in January 1939. After graduating with a degree in mathematics, he went overseas for 20 years, spending most of that time in Berlin an... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 5:25pm - 6:25pm
Room 145

5:25pm

ISRAEL: TO DEFEND OR NOT TO DEFEND? THAT IS THE QUESTION


This interactive and stimulating session will see our panel of Ophir Pines Paz, Rob Berg, Boaz Nol and David Adler confront this thorny question with convenor Deborah Hart.

  • Do we have a responsibility as Jews to defend Israel? 
  • If so, why?
  • What are the limits of our responsibility, if any?
  • What happens when Israel does things we don’t like?  Do we get to have a voice?
  • How do we disagree with each other about Israel?  Does it have to be private when we disagree?

Bring your ideas and thoughts and help us to find some answers.  


Speakers
avatar for David Adler

David Adler

Dr David Adler is a medical graduate of the University of NSW, where he also received the medical faculty prize for general proficiency and leadership.  He is formerly the Deputy Medical Secretary of the Australian Medical Association, a role which provided his training ground in policy and advocacy. He has been responsible for significant features of Australian health policy at both State and Federal levels. David is an active member of... Read More →
avatar for Rob Berg

Rob Berg

Rob Berg was born and raised in London and had a long association there with Jewish youth movements and community at large. Rob is a graduate of Machon L’Madrachia Chutz l’Aretz and lived for two years in Israel, serving a year in the Israeli Army. Returning to the UK, Rob worked for Jewish Care as the Community Development Worker for the Holocaust... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Hart

Deborah Hart

Deborah Hart is the Executive Director of the Arbitrators' and Mediators' Institute of New Zealand​ and a panel member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal.  She serves as the Chair of Advisers to the Wellington Jewish Community Centre and is a patron of the Adam Art Gallery.  She has a law degree and is a past member of the government's Small Business Advisory Group and the Legal Aid Review Tribunal... Read More →
avatar for Boaz Nol

Boaz Nol

Boaz Nol is an Israeli entrepreneur and social activist. One of the leaders of Israel's young generation grassroots movements, Boaz led the social protests in summer 2011 and the national campaign for equal service for all. He was a candidate for the Knesset in Tzipy Livni's political party and a campaign manager for the Labor party during the last Israeli... Read More →
avatar for Ophir Pines-Paz

Ophir Pines-Paz

Ophir Pines Paz, Head of the Institute for Local Government at Tel Aviv University, is a former Cabinet Minister in the Government of Israel (2005, 2006) and Member of Knesset (1996-2010), honoured by several awards for quality government.  Ophir was elected Secretary General of the Israeli Labour Party (2001-2003), was Chairman of The Ghetto Fighters' House (Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Heritage Museum, 2013-2016) and served on the board of the Israeli Olympic Committee as the voluntary Chairman of the Israel Gymnastics Association (2013-2016). He presently also serves as Chairman of the Board of the public company Orian Ltd... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 5:25pm - 6:25pm
Room 155

5:25pm

I'LL BE WATCHING YOU: RABBINIC SELF-REFLECTION
Judaism tells us to judge each other favorably, but does that apply to our sages as well? What exactly did the Rabbis think of themselves? And how did their self-perception affect their role as lawmakers? Most importantly, why should I care in 2017? Come join this session to find out. All sources will be in the original and in English translation. No prior text experience is necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa is a lively, dynamic teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy and has taught at Limmud Events around the world. She is the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a L... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 5:25pm - 6:25pm
Room 175

6:25pm

BREAK
Saturday August 26, 2017 6:25pm - 6:45pm
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6:25pm

MAARIV (EVENING PRAYERS)
Please note that Maariv is run indepedently from LIMMUD NZ

Saturday August 26, 2017 6:25pm - 6:45pm
Room 152

6:45pm

HAVDALLAH (WITH DINNER)
Join together for one of the highlights of the LIMMUD NZ weekend in a special ceremony. Havdallah is Hebrew for “separation” and it marks the symbolic end of Sabbath (and Jewish holidays) and ushers in the new week. The ritual involves lighting a special multiwicked candle with several wicks, blessing a cup of wine, smelling sweet spices, singing and dancing. This will be followed by dinner.

Speakers
avatar for Levi Weiman-Kelman

Levi Weiman-Kelman

Levi Weiman-Kelman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama, a center for Progressive Jewish life in Jerusalem. He is also a founding member of Rabbis for Human Rights and currently serves as co-chair of the Inter Religious Coordinating Council of Israel. Levi teaches... Read More →
avatar for Bnei Akiva New Zealand

Bnei Akiva New Zealand

Bnei Akiva New Zealand is a social group for Jewish youth. They aim to educate Jewish youth with the values of Torah ve’Avodah – combining a deeply rooted association with Israel together with day-to-day life in accordance with traditional Jewish values. Through their activities they strive to strengthen the rich cultural heritage of their chanichim (members), by promoting ethics and tolerance, meaningful values and a strong sense of... Read More →
avatar for Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand

Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand

Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand is a Jewish, Zionist and Socialist youth movement run by young adults for children from school years 3 – 13.  They meet up regularly in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch where we run programs for kids about a variety of topics. Their primary goal is to provide a basic Jewish education for children who might not neccesarily be able to get one elsewhere. They educate informally, meaning that most programs consist of some form of activity, physical or crafts based, followed by a discussion.They also run bi-annual camps, in the July and January holidays and send recent highschool graduates to Israel for a ten month Shnat Hachshara leadership... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 6:45pm - 7:40pm
Outside the Cafeteria

7:45pm

ALICE SHALVI FILM
Twenty years ago, Paula made a film about Alice Shalvi, a leading Israeli scholar, feminist, and peace activist. Alice Shalvi was then 70 years old. Paula is now in the process now of doing an update. Alice, still feisty and active at 90, looks back on her life and contemplates aging and death. Paula will share 30 minutes of this work in progress.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman is a Jerusalem based documentary filmmaker. She has directed, produced and shot dozens of films ranging from intimate portraits of individuals to broad-ranging mosaics intended to explore controversial issues in the contemporary Jewish world. Paula worked as a curator of Jewish and Israeli Film at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Her films include; Torah Treasures and Curious Trash, the culmination of twenty years documenting Jo... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Room 175

7:45pm

JEWISH MUSIC CONCERT RECITAL
Internationally renowned pianist and musicologist Jascha Nemtsov will perform an exquisite recital programme with rarely heard works by Jewish composers from the 20th century. Many of these works will be performed for the first time in New Zealand. Jascha will also share valuable insights about their historical backgrounds and composers from the stage. He will be joined by cellist Eliah Sakakushev to perform heart-rending works by M. Weinberg and J. Stutschewsky. The concert is a highlight of the LIMMUD NZ 2017 programme and is open to a wider audience.

Speakers
avatar for Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck

Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck

Eliah Sakakushev von Bismarck enjoys a versatile career as cellist, chamber musician, soloist, orchestra lead cellist teacher and artistic consultant. He is often on the stage in Europe, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, the USA, Russia, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Eliah has been the principal cellist of the Orquesta... Read More →
avatar for Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha is an award-winning concert pianist, soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded more than 30 CDs ranging from Romantic compositions, such as Liszt and Raff, to music of the New Jewish School, Turkish music (Saygun), Bartok, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. Jascha performs i... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Hall

7:45pm

SURVIVOR LIMMUD: OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, OUTLAST!
OUTWIT OUTPLAY OUTLAST...or just relax and schmooze!  A fun, informal and social session for those who want to get to know their fellow LIMMUDniks while trying out some survivor-style challenges!  Get up close and personal with Survivor NZ winner Avi Duckor-Jones.  

Speakers
avatar for Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones

Avi Duckor-Jones is a Wellington born traveler, writer and educator. Although trained as a lawyer, he gained his Masters in creative writing in 2013 and his work has been widely published since. His travel writing has been featured with Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, and The Listener... Read More →


Saturday August 26, 2017 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Centennial Foyer (Level 1 Whanau Area)
 
Sunday, August 27
 

8:00am

REGISTRATION OPEN
Sunday August 27, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Centennial Foyer (Level 1 Whanau Area)

8:00am

SHACHARIT (MORNING PRAYERS)
Please note that Shacharit is run indepedently from LIMMUD NZ

Sunday August 27, 2017 8:00am - 8:50am
Room 152

9:00am

UNDERSTANDING THE DIVINE THROUGH ART
Join art-collector Charles Justin on a virtual example of the tours conducted at the Melbourne Justin Art House Museum (JAHM). The session will explores our understanding of the abstract Divine in our secular world through various manifestations of the Divine, each studied through an abstract art work. An engaging session with interactive opportunities to explore these ideas using the traditional Jewish learning model of 'chavruta', but instead of interrogating sacred text, participants interrogate art.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Justin

Charles Justin

Charles Justin is a prominent Melbourne architect, art-collector and past president of the Jewish Museum of Australia. Along with his wife Leah, Charles has been collecting contemporary art for over 40 years. Today, they live together with their artworks in the Justin Art House Museum (JAHM) with an aspiration to provide a distinctive experience for visitors, that is also intimate and personal. Their fantastic collection has a strong focus on the theme of... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 145

9:00am

FAR MORE FRAGMENTED
How the UK is increasingly becoming a country of parallel worlds, particularly amongst the Muslim communities due to large scale immigration, self-segregation and religious differences. Join Rabbi Janner-Klausner as she discusses her work with particularly enclave, inward facing Muslim communities, enabling difficult conversations

Speakers
avatar for Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner serves as the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’, BBC One’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’ and BBC One’s ‘The Big Questions’ series of moral, ethical and religious debates and makes regular appear... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 171 (Wharenui)

9:00am

SEARCHING FOR THEIR STORIES
This is a moving, fascinating and absorbing session which combines film and story-telling. Tomek shares his beautiful short films, intertwined with stories about Jews from New Zealand and Australia who have visited Bialystok searching for their roots and trying to discover more about who they are and where they came from.

Speakers
avatar for Tomasz (Tomek) Wiśniewski

Tomasz (Tomek) Wiśniewski

Tomasz Wisniewski is a Polish journalist who was jailed by the Communists during martial law in the 1980s for his dissident activities and, while in prison, researched the region's Jewish heritage and learned Hebrew. Tomasz holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and works as a journalist and an academic lecturer. He has co-directed dozens of films and is the author of eight books including "The Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings" and runs the website... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 149

9:00am

KIWI IN A KAFFIYEH OR TUI IN A TALLIS? EXPLORING NEW ZEALAND'S POSITION IN THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT
In this session Ann sheds light on New Zealand and the Arab-Israeli conflict, including New Zealand’s sponsorship of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (which said that Israel’s settlements in Palestine territory violate international law and undermine a 2-state solution in the Arab-Israeli conflict). Ann uses insights from the past to understand the present and look to the future. Find out how the ‘Palestine question’ has played out in New Zealand politics since the 1930s and see how New Zealand’s past position on Palestine/Israel and Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors has impacted on today's situation.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Beaglehole

Ann Beaglehole

Ann is an historian and a writer. She was born in Hungary and came to New Zealand in 1957 after the Hungarian revolution. She is the daughter of Holocaust survivors. Much of her writing has been about refugee experiences and displacement, though she is currently researching New Zealand and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Ann writes both fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent book, Refuge New Zealand, is a history of New... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 152

9:00am

JUDAISM IN 12 OBJECTS – A SENSORY APPROACHING TO BEING JEWISH
Judaism is, more than prayer or ritual, a sensual religion. And because of this, it is possible for there to be a path through which we can each find Judaism to be meaningful. Come and explore 12 objects that appeal to our different senses and paint a picture of an earthy Judaism.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Jones

Melinda Jones

Melinda is a feminist human rights lawyer, a disability advocate and a Jewish educator. She has published 11 books & over 50 peer-reviewed articles covering topics such as racism, freedom of speech & racial hatred; the rights of people with disabilities; the rights of the child; inclusive education; and freedom of religion. Her current focus is on inclusive Judaism, looking at the 20% of the community who have disabilities or health-related issues and, separately, on gender and... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 175

9:00am

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY FOR JEWS
Does our Judaism demand that we take action on climate change and global environmental degradation? If so, how? Should we act individually, with awareness of our own impact on the earth? Or can we be more effective working through our congregations or other Jewish organisations? With other faith organisations maybe? Or through secular civil society or political action? In short, is there anything special that Judaism tells us about environmental consciousness and/or action?

Speakers
avatar for Paul Blaschke

Paul Blaschke

Dr Paul Blaschke is an environmental consultant and teacher based in Wellington. He is involved in a wide range of environmental restoration, policy, and research projects, both professionally and as a member of local environmental groups, and he teaches environmental studies and... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Room 155

10:15am

CHANGING THE WAYS WE TEACH AND LEARN
The 'Art of Teaching' has changed over the course of history and is constantly evolving, with many factors affecting both educators' methods and the way in which students learn. In this session, Steven explores some of the emerging methods being used today, and considers these alongside Jewish learning principles and practices and other classic teaching methods. A fascinating look at how schools and the learning environment is being reshaped!

Speakers
avatar for Steven Hofman

Steven Hofman

Steven Hofman has been involved in the New Zealand Jewish commmunity for many years. Participating in March of the Living in 2007, he was a Bnei Akiva Shnat participant in 2010, a Bnei Akiva Madrich, Merakez and Rosh Machane, amember of the AHC Board of Management and AUJS Auckla... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 149

10:15am

LITTLE-KNOWN JEWISH COMMUNITIES
In this session, Shifra explores the diversity of different Jewish groups. She has always had a special interest in diverse Jewish populations and has worked as a spokesperson for the Ministry of Absorption. Shifra also shares personally about how she discovered her ancestors went as pilgrims to Mecca for the Haj.

Speakers
avatar for Shifra Horn

Shifra Horn

Shifra Horn is an author, journalist and lecturer. She lives in Jerusalem and Auckland She has a BA in Biblical Studies, Archaeology and Communication. Shifra has received many prizes for her work, including the Book Publishers Association Golden and Platinum Prizes, The WIZO FRANCE prize and ADEI Italian Prize for Literature, the WIZO-Israel prize, the Prime... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Hall

10:15am

ALWAYS TIME TO ADD A WORD, NEVER TIME TO WITHDRAW ONE
Words are powerful! Paul takes us through the historical development of freedom-of-speech in the secular world and reflects on how current thoughts and changes regarding freedom-of-speech are affecting us today. Debunking the idea that freedom-of-speech means anyone, saying anything, at anytime, anywhere, Paul uses the threat of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Movement as a case study for how freedom-of-speech shouldn't become a pretext for hate-speech.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Moon

Paul Moon

Dr. Paul Moon is Professor of History at Auckland University of Technology, where he has taught since 1993. His research focuses primarily on nineteenth-century New Zealand, and on the philosophy of history. He has a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts, and a Master of Philoso... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 152

10:15am

LEONARD COHEN - SHADES OF LIGHT & DARKNESS.
Through the music and the words of Leonard Cohen’s songs, we will explore his spiritual journey and how and why it speaks to us all. We will be doing this through a close reading of Hallelujah, using the tools of text study, and a range of songs up to and including You Want it Darker.

Speakers
avatar for Melinda Jones

Melinda Jones

Melinda is a feminist human rights lawyer, a disability advocate and a Jewish educator. She has published 11 books & over 50 peer-reviewed articles covering topics such as racism, freedom of speech & racial hatred; the rights of people with disabilities; the rights of the child; inclusive education; and freedom of religion. Her current focus is on inclusive Judaism, looking at the 20% of the community who have disabilities or health-related issues and, separately, on gender and... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 171 (Wharenui)

10:15am

ME, MYSELF AND I: UNDERSTANDING THE TALMUD'S TAKE ON SELF-CARE
Self Care -- we've all heard about it, and we all subscribe to it. But how many of us DO it??
This session will explore some classic Jewish texts on the issue -- and attempt to give us a deeper understanding of how Judaism can help us to better care for ourselves, and maybe even the world. All texts will be in the original and in translation, and no prior text experience is necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa is a lively, dynamic teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy and has taught at Limmud Events around the world. She is the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a L... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Room 175

11:30am

'A DROP OF BLOOD'
For the last seven years, Tomek has been making this film about the blood libel. Shot beautifully, with older polish people sharing their memories of their Jewish neighbours from before the Holocaust, this film is simultaneously shocking and uplifting. Only recently completed, this will be the film's world premier at LIMMUD NZ!

Speakers
avatar for Tomasz (Tomek) Wiśniewski

Tomasz (Tomek) Wiśniewski

Tomasz Wisniewski is a Polish journalist who was jailed by the Communists during martial law in the 1980s for his dissident activities and, while in prison, researched the region's Jewish heritage and learned Hebrew. Tomasz holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and works as a journalist and an academic lecturer. He has co-directed dozens of films and is the author of eight books including "The Jewish Bialystok and Surroundings" and runs the website... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 155

11:30am

REMOTE JUDAISM – MAINTAINING JEWISHNESS IN SMALL KIWI COMMUNITIES
When it comes to community, it's not the size that counts...it's what you do with it that matters! Sylvie Rabinovitch-Bolstad and Todd Nachowitz from Hamilton will facilitate a participatory discussion session, aimed particularly to include those in more remote communities who are trying to maintain their Jewish identity in the absence of infrastructures and resources. Come to share your own stories and concerns and let’s see what we can do to help each other ! Also learn about the recent activities of the newly-formed New Zealand Progressive Jewish Forum, examine ways and means to extend support, build community, share resources, and to widen the profile of NZ Jewry beyond the main centres.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvie Rabinovitch Bolstad

Sylvie Rabinovitch Bolstad

Sylvie is originally from Montreal, with a large Jewish and multicultural population, but has lived, worked and raised her family with husband Bill in Hamilton NZ since 1971. In the absence of any constituted Jewish congregations in Hamilton, she was one of the founding members o... Read More →
avatar for Todd Nachowitz

Todd Nachowitz

Todd is currently a Lecturer in the Studies in Religion programme at the University of Waikato where he teaches courses on comparative world religion and religious fundamentalism, extremism and terrorism. He is also the Centre Establishment Coordinator of the Religious Diversity Centre of Aotearoa New Zealand (RDC), based in Auckland. His 2015 PhD focused on cultural and religious diversity and multicultural policy in Aotearoa in both historical and contemporary contexts, and proposed a new framework for diversity governance. Previously, Todd received a BA (1984) in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MA (1991) in Development Anthropology from Syracuse University on indigenous resistance to large-scale development projects in India and Northern... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

11:30am

EMPATHY NOT JUDGEMENT – FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR HOLOCAUST EDUCATION
Join Chris Harris and Nikki Bain as they share the impact that Holocaust education is having in schools around New Zealand today through the Educational Outreach Programme of HCNZ. In this session, participants will be introduced to fresh ways of looking at Holocaust education in schools, including engaging students with empathy through literature. Join these two passionate educators to explore the exciting possibilities for the future.

Speakers
avatar for Nikky Bain

Nikky Bain

Nikky is a recent graduate of the Yad Vashem Educators programme that is sponsored by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand. She comes from an extended family of educators and has gladly taken up the profession. Growing up on a diet of sun, sand and seawater, she has her roots firm... Read More →
avatar for Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Chris Harris has taken leave from Onehunga High School in Auckland, where he was TIC of History, to undertake the role of National Director of Education for the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand (having served two years on the HCNZ Board). He is an experienced History teacher of 13... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 152

11:30am

ISRAEL: AN ANGLICAN ATHEIST'S PERSPECTIVE - ISRAEL AND ITS PUBLIC IMAGE
Matthew Hooton, political commentator on Radio New Zealand and columnist for the National Business Review and Metro magazine, recently returned from spending time in Israel.  In this session, Matthew addresses why he thinks Israel continues to receive such poor coverage in the international media, including New Zealand.  He reflects on what played out with UN Resolution 2334 and shares his insights from his recent trip to Israel. Matthew will offer some suggestions on how Israel can improve its image among politicians, civil society and the media.  This will be followed by discussions on what we can can do locally with New Zealand media and politicians. 

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Hooton

Matthew Hooton

Matthew is well known in political circles and by the public for his role as a political commentator on Radio New Zealand and as a columnist for the National Business Review and Metro magazine. He maintains strong relations with senior figures across the political spectrum. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the University of Auckland... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 175

11:30am

JEWISH IDENTITY IN A NON-JEWISH WORLD - ASK THE RABBI
Please note that this session is aimed at young people and is also part of the older children's programme stream.  As such, the topics are geared towards youth and teens.  Parents and other adults are most welcome to attend as well.

Speakers
avatar for Tadhg Cleary

Tadhg Cleary

Tadhg Cleary is an alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion where he spent three years after highschool. He currently studies at Victoria University, pursuing an LLB and a BA. Tadhg is committed to and involved with Jewish education in New Zealand and abroad. In New Zealand he is involved as a Madrich in Bnei Akiva; as programme coordinator for LimmudNZ; as Hebrew teacher in the Wellington Hebrew school programme Orot, and in small groups or one-on-one tutoring for adults and... Read More →
avatar for Natti Friedler

Natti Friedler

Born in Israel, Rabbi Friedler studied law and rabbinical ordination conjointly. After a year practising law and finding himself buried in paperwork, he realised he was drawn to the more people-oriented career, and focused on his rabbinical studies. He believes Judaism is all abo... Read More →
avatar for Laura Janner-Klausner

Laura Janner-Klausner

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner serves as the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism. She is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’, BBC One’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’ and BBC One’s ‘The Big Questions’ series of moral, ethical and religious debates and makes regular appear... Read More →
avatar for Levi Weiman-Kelman

Levi Weiman-Kelman

Levi Weiman-Kelman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama, a center for Progressive Jewish life in Jerusalem. He is also a founding member of Rabbis for Human Rights and currently serves as co-chair of the Inter Religious Coordinating Council of Israel. Levi teaches... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Level 3 Whanau Area

11:30am

CRATERS OF THE MOON - THE JEWISH CONNECTION
Did you know there is a Rabbi on the moon? How 'Jewish' is this astronomical body which circles our planet? This session explores some surprising Jewish contributions to what we know about the moon. A great session for those who enjoy astronomy, or are simply proud of Jewish contributions to science.

Speakers
avatar for Bernie Brenner

Bernie Brenner

Bernie is a practicing consultant uro-gynaecologist and clinical director of a Day Stay Hospital. Apart from his Medical Degrees his educational background in ethics includes a BA with a Philosophy major, a Diploma in Professional Ethics, and a Doctorate where the thesis included the design and use of computer expert systems for Ethical Decision Making. He is a Fellow of the RANCOG and RACMA and has been an examiner for the Medical Administration College for many years. He has presented topics relating to Ethics at both National and International Conferences. He has published several articles on Ethics in peer reviewed journals and is co-author of the textbook... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 149

12:30pm

LUNCH
Sunday August 27, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

1:30pm

RECYCLING THE HARMONIC WHEEL
Come relax and enjoy new Jewish music, with lots of soul and tradition in this warm session which combines music and learning. Jonathan will perform his 'Gimel' Music and his new 'Chromatic Chaconne music', live on piano, with leading 'Auckland Philharmonia' string players Miranda Adams (Violin) and Robert Ashworth (Viola) and he'll discuss the music's development, unique structures and Jewish links

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Besser

Jonathan Besser

Jonathan Besser was brought up in and around New York City, with a extended large Jewish family. There he studied Music composition at Mannes College of Music. Since in 1974, Jonathan has been performing, touring and recording in New Zealand, mainly with his ensembles - the 'Besser Ensemble' 'Gimel' and... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

1:30pm

ORGAN DONATION AND HALACHA
The Beth Shalom Progressive Jewish Congregation B’nai Mishnah class members learn to apply halachah to contemporary issues. They have been studying the halachic position on organ donation from deceased donors. Layering the issue into Torah, Talmud, Rishonim, Acharonim and contemporary poskim they will present and discuss aspects of the halachah on this including medical and halachic definitions of death, treatment and use of a corpse, burial, and pekuach nefesh.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Shalom B'nei Mishnah Class

Beth Shalom B'nei Mishnah Class

The Beth Shalom Progressive Jewish Congregation B’nai Mishnah Class | Presenters: Caleb Zussman, Noam Lazarus, Hannah Sampson, Ariel Lazarus, Meg Dickson, Jessamie Milton, Raaz Berman Alfassi, David Miller, Jay Grauman & Chris Milton (teacher)


Sunday August 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 152

1:30pm

LET’S PROVE SOME MIRACLES
David Ben Gurion famously said that “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles”. This proposition applies to the entire Jewish narrative, biblical to modern times and to individual experiences. Some miracles are hidden and some miracles are openly revealed – both will be proven with evidence.

Speakers
avatar for David Adler

David Adler

Dr David Adler is a medical graduate of the University of NSW, where he also received the medical faculty prize for general proficiency and leadership.  He is formerly the Deputy Medical Secretary of the Australian Medical Association, a role which provided his training ground in policy and advocacy. He has been responsible for significant features of Australian health policy at both State and Federal levels. David is an active member of... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 155

1:30pm

JASCHA NEMSTOV WITH ELIAH SAKAKUSHEV - IN CONVERSATION
A charming session in which two amazing artists have a conversation exploring life and music. From the Gulag to Berlin...Eliah finds out about Jascha's life-story and about how he came to be involved in such an interesting and eclectic mix of projects and roles. This session touches on the challenges, triumphs, opportunities, learning, and of course the music along the way (NOTE no music will be played during this session).

Speakers
avatar for Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck

Eliah Sakakushev-von Bismarck

Eliah Sakakushev von Bismarck enjoys a versatile career as cellist, chamber musician, soloist, orchestra lead cellist teacher and artistic consultant. He is often on the stage in Europe, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, the USA, Russia, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Eliah has been the principal cellist of the Orquesta... Read More →
avatar for Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha is an award-winning concert pianist, soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded more than 30 CDs ranging from Romantic compositions, such as Liszt and Raff, to music of the New Jewish School, Turkish music (Saygun), Bartok, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. Jascha performs i... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 145

1:30pm

ON THE GROUND AT ENTEBBE - A RESCUE MISSION LIKE NO OTHER
In 1976, when an Air France plane was hijacked with 248 passengers and rerouted to Entebbe, Rami was the Operations Officer of the unit, under the command of Yoni Netanyahu. The operation took place at night. Israeli transport planes carried 100 commandos 4,000 km to Uganda for the rescue operation. Rami was part of the 33 officers and soldiers who freed the hostages at the Entebbe terminal. The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted only 90 minutes. In this session, Rami shares his amazing story and what he learnt about identity, mutual responsibility, and lessons that we can all use today.

Speakers
avatar for Rami Sherman

Rami Sherman

Rami Sherman was born on Israel and grew up on Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan. In 1976, when an Air France plane was hijacked and rerouted to Entebbe, Rami was the Operations Officer of the unit, under the command of Yoni Netanyahu. Along with his team, Rami was involved in both the planning and rescue mission. Upon returning to Israel, Rami continued to serve in the unit, was a Special Operations Commander, and later worked in reserves. Rami is married, has two daughters five grandchildren. He lives with his family on Kibbutz... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 175

1:30pm

REFUGEES - THEN AND NOW
Set in the context of Australia, Peter Gaspar (himself a refugee from Nazi Europe) explores the experiences of refugees in Australia then and today. Peter shares his experience of arriving in Australia and how he adapted to (and ultimately thrived in) Australian culture. The session will also look at current-day Australia to reflect on issues of racism and discrimination and the current climate in relation to refugees.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Gaspar

Peter Gaspar

Peter Gaspar is a Holocaust survivor who uses his experiences to help inform young people about the dangers of prejudice and discrimination. Peter was born in Bratislava in Czechoslovakia and survived the war by going into hiding. Along with his parents, Peter was hidden for 3 ye... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 149

2:45pm

YOUTH LEADERSHIP PANEL

Hear from young leaders from different movements and groups, who lead both inside and outside of the community.  This session considers why youth leadership is such a fundamental part of our community (who else entrusts a group of teens to look after their kids in the middle of nowhere for a week!?) and explores themes of representation and cooperation as well as the personal experiences of the young leaders themselves.  An eye-opening look into both today’s leadership and the future of how our community could most benefit from our youth leaders as we go forward.


Speakers
avatar for Adi Rothman Berman

Adi Rothman Berman

Adi Rothman Berman is the Mazkira (Chairperson) of Habonim Dror Aotearoa New Zealand. She went to Israel on shnat in 2015, and since returning has had a variety of roles in Habonim. She has been Rosh Machane Choref, Rosh Madatzim and also moved to Wellington to be Rosh Wellington Ken and be part of the community there. While she was in Wellington, she started a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and... Read More →
avatar for Benji Flacks

Benji Flacks

Benji Flacks has been a member of B'nei Akiva since 2009 and has recently become a Junior Madrich (youth leader) as well as the Gizbar (treasurer) for B'nei Akiva Auckland. Moreover, Benji is involved with school leadership, having been made Deputy Head Boy at King's College for... Read More →
avatar for Steven Hofman

Steven Hofman

Steven Hofman has been involved in the New Zealand Jewish commmunity for many years. Participating in March of the Living in 2007, he was a Bnei Akiva Shnat participant in 2010, a Bnei Akiva Madrich, Merakez and Rosh Machane, amember of the AHC Board of Management and AUJS Auckla... Read More →
avatar for Benya Klapaukh

Benya Klapaukh

Benya Klapaukh is currently the Mazkir Artzi (National Chairperson) of Bnei Akiva New Zealand and was Rosh Machane (Camp Director) for Bnei Akiva's Winter Camp this year. Benya went on Bnei Akiva's Limmud year program to Israel in 2015 and is currently studying towards a BE in Electronics and Computer Systems Engineering at Victoria University of... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 152

2:45pm

VALUE OF LIFE PANEL
This will change the way you think about what it means to be alive! A diverse panel on the value of life through the lens of abortion. This session explores the history of abortion in NZ, the current local picture of abortion, the ethical dilemmas involved, and the scientific and religious ideas of exactly what constitutes life.

Speakers
avatar for Leonard Bloksberg

Leonard Bloksberg

I was born into a family of social activists where my bedtime stories were classical philosophers (Kant, Aristotle, Des Carte, etc) interspersed with a bit of Shakespeare and political economics (when I was 5 I rebelled and read Charlotte’s Web). I got a PhD in molecular genetics... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Brenner

Bernie Brenner

Bernie is a practicing consultant uro-gynaecologist and clinical director of a Day Stay Hospital. Apart from his Medical Degrees his educational background in ethics includes a BA with a Philosophy major, a Diploma in Professional Ethics, and a Doctorate where the thesis included the design and use of computer expert systems for Ethical Decision Making. He is a Fellow of the RANCOG and RACMA and has been an examiner for the Medical Administration College for many years. He has presented topics relating to Ethics at both National and International Conferences. He has published several articles on Ethics in peer reviewed journals and is co-author of the textbook... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Silverman

Lauren Silverman

Dr Lauren Brenner graduated from medical school at Otago University in 1999 and has been working in clinical medicine for the last 17 years, and for the last two years as a general practitioner at Ratanui Clinic in Henderson, Auckland. She has vocational training in Sexual and Re... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 155

2:45pm

NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED - MY PERSONAL JOURNEY WITH THE STOLPERSTEINE PROJECT
Leora takes us on an amazing journey which led to her attending the laying of Stolpersteine for her family in a small town in the Rhineland. The project of the Stolpersteine (German for stumble stones) is an amazing concept to ensure the Shaoh/Holocaust is not forgotten. Leora talks about her family's connection with this project and her experience of connecting with the current day locals and the history of her family and the town they were from.

Speakers
avatar for Leora Hirsh

Leora Hirsh

Leora has a long background in community development work, policy and local government.   Her mother is a 3rd generation Jewish kiwi and her father's family were refugees from Nazi Germany. Leora grew up as part of the Wellington Jewish Community and lived in Sydney for a number of years before moving to rural south Auckland, with her husband, to raise their two... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 149

2:45pm

AN HALACHIC APPROACH TO THE PLACE OF THE ARAB MINORITY IN THE JEWISH STATE
A Responsa of Rabbi Chaim David HaLevi (Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv from 1973-1998). What is the present condition of Arab citizens in Israel today and does it comply with traditional Jewish values and norms?

Speakers
avatar for Levi Weiman-Kelman

Levi Weiman-Kelman

Levi Weiman-Kelman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama, a center for Progressive Jewish life in Jerusalem. He is also a founding member of Rabbis for Human Rights and currently serves as co-chair of the Inter Religious Coordinating Council of Israel. Levi teaches... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 175

2:45pm

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? WITH SHIFRA HORN
In this documentary, Shifra was asked the question –”Who do you think you are?” but she knew very little. As in a detective story, in an exhilarating and emotional trip in Israel, Odessa and Buchara-Uzbekistan, she managed to find her roots up to ten generations ago. More than that, even though her late father was sure that his whole family had perished in the Holocaust, something unbelievable resulted.

Speakers
avatar for Shifra Horn

Shifra Horn

Shifra Horn is an author, journalist and lecturer. She lives in Jerusalem and Auckland She has a BA in Biblical Studies, Archaeology and Communication. Shifra has received many prizes for her work, including the Book Publishers Association Golden and Platinum Prizes, The WIZO FRANCE prize and ADEI Italian Prize for Literature, the WIZO-Israel prize, the Prime... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 145

2:45pm

EXPLORING KABBALAH

Join Miriam for a fascinating glimpse into Jewish mysticism through the teachings of the Kabbalah.  Miriam explores a sample of Kabbalistic ideas and how they relate to our spirituality and our connections to ourselves, each other and Hashem.  This session is suitable for anyone – whether you are curious and learning for the first time, or have studied Kabbalah in depth.


Speakers
avatar for Miriam Friedler

Miriam Friedler

Miriam was born in Israel and has mainly lived in Ramat Gan and Jerusalem.  In her professional life, she is a lawyer.  She has a love of languages and has worked as an English teacher as well.  Miriam has a passion for Torah and Judaism.  She loves learning Kabbalah and has been fortunate to study it, both formally and informally, throughout her adult life... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

3:45pm

BREAK
Sunday August 27, 2017 3:45pm - 4:00pm
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4:00pm

THE HISTORY OF JEWISH MUSIC: CONTINUITY AND BREAKS
Most people associate Jewish music with Klezmer, the instrumental folk music of the Eastern European Jews. Jewish music, however, is a much more complex phenomenon, which spans religious traditional music, secular traditional music and art music. Jewish music is diverse because of Judaism's enormous expansion in time and space. The oldest and most authentic part of the Jewish musical tradition is the synagogue music, especially the biblical cantillations. These motifs, which are still used in Torah reading today, date back to Temple times. In the Middle Ages, the synagogue music of the Ashkenazic Jews was enriched by melodic elements of the German folk song. Later a completely new style was developed by synagogue composers of the reform movement in the 19th century. Since the early 20th century some Jewish composers of concert repertoire have developed a Jewish style in art music.

Speakers
avatar for Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha is an award-winning concert pianist, soloist and chamber musician. He has recorded more than 30 CDs ranging from Romantic compositions, such as Liszt and Raff, to music of the New Jewish School, Turkish music (Saygun), Bartok, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. Jascha performs i... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 171 (Wharenui)

4:00pm

HALACHIC APPROACHES TO JEWS WHO ARE TRANSGENDER
What is the halachic response to issues of transgender people? It has been said that whilst the Torah is a Torat emet (a Torah of truth conveyed through laws and values) it is also a Torat chesed (a Torah filled with compassion). The difficulties faced by transgender people, some of them quite young children, are serious. The rate of attempted suicide in transgender people is high – probably around 40%. This presentation will seek to examine some of the issues from both a traditional and progressive halachic perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Milton

Chris Milton

Chris Milton PhD is a Jungian Analyst and Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Auckland. He is also a Training Analyst of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts (ANZSJA) and is currently its Director of Training. Chris also maintains an interest in spirituality and transpersonal psychology. He follows a spiritual practice and is an active member of the Auckland Progressive Jewish Community where he leads services, leyns, serves as a shammash, teaches the... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 149

4:00pm

THE IMPACT OF ISLAM ON JEWS
Currently the rate of violent anti-Semitic incidents across Europe is at the highest level and continues to rise. Predominantly the perpetrators are young Muslim males. There have been numerous significant Islamic terrorist events specifically targeting Jews. What’s going on and how serious is the threat of Islam to Jews? Advisory: Challenging content and best avoided if you are a devotee of political correctness.

Speakers
avatar for David Adler

David Adler

Dr David Adler is a medical graduate of the University of NSW, where he also received the medical faculty prize for general proficiency and leadership.  He is formerly the Deputy Medical Secretary of the Australian Medical Association, a role which provided his training ground in policy and advocacy. He has been responsible for significant features of Australian health policy at both State and Federal levels. David is an active member of... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 155

4:00pm

THE HOROWITZ CHRONICLES, A GENTILE LOOK AT A JEWISH SUBJECT
Julie Thomas has  always loved writing. Why did she choose the Shoah as a setting for "The Keeper of Secrets" and continue that theme in the other two books? What is it about the story of the Holocaust that touched her so deeply? If she wanted to write about a missing precious violin looted by the Nazis, why did she put it in the hands of a Jewish family? In this hour she wants to explore and explain her deep connection to the Jewish experience in WW2 and how she researched the different elements she writes about.  Why does she feel such a need to share what she's read of the experiences of real people, to recreate these for her fictional characters, and do her bit to ensure such widespread genocide never happens again?

Speakers
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Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas  went into the media from University and worked for over thirty years as a producer. But her first love was writing  so in 2011 she made a life-changing decision and sold her house and moved south to Cambridge. Between 1998 and 2006 she had written a novel "The Keeper of Secrets." It sold over 50,000 copies as a self-published work and in May 2012 she was contacted by HarperCollins USA who wanted to publish it as a trade paperback and... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 152

4:00pm

JUDAISM IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
In this session, Paula shares three short films, offering explanations and exploring Judaism in unexpected places. Meet Edna Merom Wapner, who convinces her Japanese Master to initiate her into the secrets of Sumi-e painting – transforming the artist’s, Hebrew calligraphy. Then to Thailand, to see the first female monk ordained in Thailand. Finally meet an Eritrean refugee who translated Anne Frank into Tigrinya. All these captured in short films which engage the audience and pull them into another world.

Speakers
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Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman is a Jerusalem based documentary filmmaker. She has directed, produced and shot dozens of films ranging from intimate portraits of individuals to broad-ranging mosaics intended to explore controversial issues in the contemporary Jewish world. Paula worked as a curator of Jewish and Israeli Film at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Her films include; Torah Treasures and Curious Trash, the culmination of twenty years documenting Jo... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 145

4:00pm

UGLY MEN AND BEAUTIFUL RABBIS: WHAT IS BEAUTY IN JUDAISM?
Let's face it - looks matter! But should they matter in Judaism? How do looks play a role in the world and in Jewish life? This class will look at the concept of beauty and ugliness in the Talmud, and try to shed some light on Judaism's perspective on beauty.

Speakers
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Yaffa Epstein

Yaffa is a lively, dynamic teacher of Talmud, Jewish law, and Liturgy and has taught at Limmud Events around the world. She is the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat and holds a L... Read More →


Sunday August 27, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 175

5:10pm

CLOSING
Sunday August 27, 2017 5:10pm - 5:20pm
Outside the Cafeteria