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Saturday, June 6
 

8:00pm AEST

Coronavirus Comfort Reading: Books to Make You Feel Better During a Pandemic
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During times of upheaval and uncertainty, reading can provide solace, comfort, enlightenment and distraction. I'll be sharing some of my favourite reads of late – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, longform journalism and kids' books. Expect some fun, light reading and some more challenging, political texts; Jewish books and non-Jewish books (but if there's a Jewish angle to Northanger Abbey, I'll find it); a bit of high-brow and a bit of low-brow. Join the conversation and share what you've been reading too! (Here is a list of our recs.)

Speakers
avatar for Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi

Tali Lavi is a writer and reviewer (Australian Book Review, Magpies, Sydney Review of Books) and is Melbourne Jewish Book Week’s program manager. She has interviewed writers for Melbourne Writers Festival, Adelaide Writers’ Week, Melbourne Jewish Book Week and Sydney Jewish Writers... Read More →
avatar for Elissa Goldstein

Elissa Goldstein

Elissa Goldstein is a subeditor at Broadsheet in Melbourne. Previously she worked at Tablet in New York, where she co-produced the podcast Unorthodox. She has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College.


Saturday June 6, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST
ROOM 6

9:00pm AEST

CHUTNEY Unplugged
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Join Ben Adler (violin), Josh Druery (clarinet) and Paul Khodor (keyboard)—the three founding members of the hot new klezmer fusion band, CHUTNEY—as they take you on a journey through the rich Jewish anthology. Sacred, secular, and everything in between, they play their own soulful arrangements of their favourite music from Israel, from the shtetl, from shule, from the silver screen, from Broadway, and beyond. A must for any lover of Jewish music, the trio was a hit at Limmud Oz 2019 and is excited to return to the place where it all began!

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Druery

Joshua Druery

Joshua is a long-time Limmud fan and a lover of all things arts and culture. He is a gamer, a musician and a doctor. Joshua has been performing as clarinettist and vocalist in Chutney since 2019. He's a graduate of Moriah College and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Josh has been... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Ben Adler

Ben Adler

Ben is a violinist and Artist in Residence at St Andrew's College, within the University of Sydney. He has toured nationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and internationally with the Hillel String Quartet. Ben is a founding member of CHUTNEY, and also plays with Monsieur... Read More →
avatar for Paul Khodor

Paul Khodor

For the past 15 years, Paul has been an integral part of the Sydney Jewish music community. He has been the accompanist of numerous Jewish ensembles, is the resident keyboardist of Emanuel Synagogue's Shabbat Live band and is a founding member of CHUTNEY.


Saturday June 6, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
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Sunday, June 7
 

10:00am AEST

The novel that inspired JoJo Rabbit and the relevance of Holocaust literature today
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David Cohen was one of the first New Zealand writers to discover “Caging Skies”, having met and interviewed Christine Leunens for the NZ Listener magazine early in its New Zealand shelf life. For this session, he meets up again with the now internationally famous author to talk about her life, the success of the JoJo Rabbit film that was inspired by her book, and the relevance of Holocaust literature in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Christine Leunens

Christine Leunens

Christine Leunens is the New Zealand-Belgian author of three novels: “Primordial Soup”, “Caging Skies”, and “A Can of Sunshine”. “Caging Skies”, the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film, Jojo Rabbit, has been nominated in France for the Prix Médicis and... Read More →
avatar for David Cohen

David Cohen

David Cohen is the author of six books, and has co-authored or contributed essays to several others, including “Jewish Lives in New Zealand” and “Ima: An Israeli Mother’s Kitchen”. “Book of Cohen” was about the late Leonard Cohen and his book on New Zealand politics... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
ROOM 3

11:00am AEST

Bagels and Nox
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When it comes to tasty vegan-friendly bagel toppings, hummus is great but it's just the tip of the iceberg. Join Shari in her kitchen and learn to make an array of plant-based options that will take your bagel brunch to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Shari Cohen

Shari Cohen

Shari is a born and bred foodie whose love of cooking (and feeding other people) is ingrained in her DNA. When she’s not working, she enjoys baking (copiously), taking photos of her puppy (frequently), and championing the correct use of the apostrophe (religiously). Follow her foodie... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
ROOM 14

11:00am AEST

Belonging: an exploration of self and home
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Shoshana Jordan will discuss how her photography explores the Jewish imagination and her response to themes of memory, emotion, desire, loss and exile. Carmella Grynberg will explore how her previous art in which she explored her childhood migration experience led her to create work on the universal notion of "home" and how it might relate to the common Jewish experience of migration and exile.

Speakers
avatar for Carmella Grynberg

Carmella Grynberg

Carmella Grynberg is an art therapist and visual artist. In 2012, she completed an art-based PhD on the lived experience of being a child migrant.
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Shoshanna Jordan

Shoshanna is a humanistic photographic artist. Jordan's academic training encompassed social work and fine art photography. She completed a M.A in Fine art photography from RMIT in 2008. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is represented in private and public... Read More →


Sunday June 7, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
ROOM 16

8:30pm AEST

A Comedy Evening
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Embrace your laugh-out-loud with 3 hysterical Jewish comics

Artists
avatar for Jacob Sacher

Jacob Sacher

Jacob Sacher is one of Melbourne's favourite Jewish comedians. He’s performed at countless festivals around the country, and 8 shuls.
avatar for Jude Perl

Jude Perl

Jude Perl is a Melbourne based singer, songwriter and comedian. She has won 4 Green Room Awards, Best Cabaret at Melbourne Fringe Festival and she recently completed a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle of Van Gough's Starry Night, which is way harder than you think. Every piece looks like... Read More →
avatar for Michael Shafar

Michael Shafar

Michael Shafar is a comedian and writer for Channel 10's The Project. Over the last two months he's almost finished Netflix.


Sunday June 7, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm AEST
ROOM 1
 
Monday, June 8
 

11:00am AEST

European Orientalist arts and the Jews
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The Study of Oriental Muslims eventually became a “study of the cultural place of both Muslims and Jews as outsiders”. In 1978, Prof Edward Said defined Orientalism as a Western tradition that conceptualised and represented non-Western societies as The Other. The West was rational and civilised; the East was cruel and backward. In Paris’s Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, an exhibition charted the European meeting with the Sephardic Jews of Northern Africa and the Mediterranean. They brought together works of art from 40+ museums in Europe, all showing how Jews were represented in the Orient.

Speakers
avatar for Helen Webberley

Helen Webberley

Helen Webberley worked in Israel, Britain and Australia, mostly as a historian and art historian. Despite retiring from the CAE in Melbourne in December 2018, she is still a very keen writer in the history blog called Art and Architecture, mainly (http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
ROOM 12

12:00pm AEST

Were Chaucer, Marlowe and Shakespeare antisemitic?
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The Jew is depicted in fascinating ways by the great English writers, and the way in which Jews have been presented both reflects and shapes the attitudes and behaviour of the host culture towards Jews. This session will examine Chaucer, Marlowe and Shakespeare’s portrayal of Jews and consider whether the writers may be regarded as guilty of Judeophobia.


Speakers
avatar for Hilton Immerman

Hilton Immerman

Dr Hilton Immerman OAM is an Honorary Fellow of the University of NSW. He was head of Shalom for almost 30 years. Hilton has seven university degrees from four different continents. As a former teacher of English, Hilton’s research interests include the portrayal of the Jew in English... Read More →



Monday June 8, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
ROOM 13

7:30pm AEST

60 minutes - Iron Lion Zion - songs of Zion
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The longing to return to Zion is a powerful metaphor that has inspired songwriters since the days of King David. In this session we will look at the history and variety of Zionides (songs about Zion) sung by Jews and non-Jews: from biblical psalms to Zionist anthems, from Gospel hymns to Broadway tunes, from folk rock to reggae and beyond. Artists discussed will include Harold Arlen, Jerry Herman, The Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Don McLean, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Boney M, Bob Marley and Matisyahu.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman

Founder and director of Shir Madness (Sydney’s Jewish music festival), Gary is an intellectual property lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of Jewish songwriters and performers and has shared his passion by giving numerous talks on the subject at Shalom, Moriah... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm AEST
ROOM 6

7:30pm AEST

Jewish visual artists from Chagall to Agam to Rothko
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Learn to recognise—and analyse—the work of Jewish visual artists from painters Marc Chagall, Mark Rothko and Ben Shahn to sculptors Yaacov Agam and Judy Chicago to photographers Diane Arbus and Annie Leibovitz, cartoonist Al Jaffee, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, etc. Participants will identify their own insights into seminal works by these creative geniuses.

Speakers
avatar for David Benkof

David Benkof

David Benkof teaches "Jewish Culture 101" twice a week online. His classes (tinyurl.com/BenkofClasses) help students find meaning in cultural products like literature, musicals, art, music, and TV/film. His Jewish culture videos are available at youtube.com/user/DavidBenkof. He lives... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm AEST
ROOM 12

8:30pm AEST

Daniel Cainer in virtual concert
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Daniel returns to Oz virtually, for the first time since 2010 with his unique style of musical storytelling. The Stage wrote that ‘An hour in Cainer’s company is a true pleasure’. And the Edinburgh Festivals Guide Magazine wrote that ‘An extraordinary performer. His songs are at times heartbreakingly poignant, at other times laugh-out-loud funny. Utterly charming, highly recommended’.

Artists
avatar for Daniel Cainer

Daniel Cainer

London based, multi-award winning musical storyteller, master songwriter, composer, performer and broadcaster. Smart, funny, and timely, Cainer's deeply moving tales about his family and observational comedy are a joy. Brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting... Read More →


Monday June 8, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm AEST
ROOM 3
 
Saturday, June 13
 

8:00pm AEST

CHUTNEY
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A hot, spicy blend of flavours, CHUTNEY puts a modern twist on klezmer music. Drawing on our Eastern European and Middle Eastern heritage, we play a high-energy mix of original compositions plus our own arrangements of traditional dance melodies, with a dash of gypsy jazz, tango and Israeli folk music thrown in for good measure. We have performed extensively throughout Sydney since our debut at Limmud Oz last year, and are excited to return to the Limmud stage! Comprising well-known Sydney musicians Ben Adler (violin), Paul Khodor (keyboard), Ben Samuels (clarinet), Oscar Gross (bass) and Matt Druery (drums).

Artists
avatar for Ben Adler

Ben Adler

Ben is a violinist and Artist in Residence at St Andrew's College, within the University of Sydney. He has toured nationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and internationally with the Hillel String Quartet. Ben is a founding member of CHUTNEY, and also plays with Monsieur... Read More →
avatar for Ben Samuels

Ben Samuels

Benjamin Samuels is a clarinettist and saxophonist who is deeply involved in Sydney’s music scene. Since his studies, he has been touring and playing worldwide with many different outfits and performing all over Australia, Europe, America, India and Israel at major festivals. Additionally... Read More →
avatar for Matt Druery

Matt Druery

A multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and film composer, Matt Druery has studied at Berklee College of Music & Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Collaborating with countless musicians worldwide, as well as releasing music under his own name, Matt is quickly building his name in... Read More →
avatar for Oscar Gross

Oscar Gross

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Oscar Joe, is a busily gigging musician around the Sydney scene, and has recently returned from a Japanese tour with local band, Sal & the Mandas. He also composes for film and TV, and has won Best Original Song at the 2018 Screen Music... Read More →
avatar for Paul Khodor

Paul Khodor

For the past 15 years, Paul has been an integral part of the Sydney Jewish music community. He has been the accompanist of numerous Jewish ensembles, is the resident keyboardist of Emanuel Synagogue's Shabbat Live band and is a founding member of CHUTNEY.


Saturday June 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST
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8:00pm AEST

Krakow. New York. Melbourne: new cultural organisations ruffling feathers and reconnecting communities
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Jewish disengagement is one of the great threats to Jewish culture and continuity today. But is the problem a lack of interest in Jewish culture or are we not adapting to the needs and values of our diverse communities? Join us for a conversation between three arts and culture organisations from New York (Alma), Krakow (FestivALT) and Melbourne (FOJAM) and how their work attempts to invite non-traditional entry points into Jewish cultural practice through arts programming, journalism and activism.

Speakers
avatar for Lior Albeck-Ripka

Lior Albeck-Ripka

Lior Albeck-Ripka is the Artistic Director of Melbourne's FOJAM (Festival of Jewish Arts and Music) and founder of Hear Them Holler, Melbourne based artist management and events agency.
avatar for Michael Rubenfeld

Michael Rubenfeld

Michael Rubenfeld is a performance maker, cultural producer, playwright and actor, originally from Winnipeg, Canada and now residing in Krakow, Poland. Much of his performance work revolves around exploring contemporary Polish-Jewry. He is the producer of a Canadian Edfringe venue... Read More →
avatar for Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska

Magda Rubenfeld Koralewska

Magda is a graphic designer, community builder, social entrepreneur and activist. She is particularly passionate about social change at the intersection of education and the arts. Co-director of FestivALT, she also serves as Limmud's Regional Coordinator for Central and Eastern E... Read More →
avatar for Molly Tolsky

Molly Tolsky

Molly Tolsky is the founder and editor of Alma (heyalma.com), a Jewish culture site from 70 Faces Media. Previously the editor of Kveller, Molly holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is also senior editor of the literary journal, No Tokens. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and online at @mollytolsky. You can read... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST
ROOM 10

8:00pm AEST

Who can guess the moment? Jewish poets from Sri Lanka, India and Congo
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Poets make singular observers of their lives and times. Meet three Jewish poets whose legacy (in the case of the late Ranasinghe and Ezekiel) and work (in the case of Habib) has been to capture their very different diaspora perspectives in stanza and verse. Spanning Germany and England during the Shoah, the heyday of the Indian advertising industry and ghosts of the Judiera of Rhodos, these poets and their writing each tell us essential truths about being Jewish.

Speakers
avatar for Issac Habib

Issac Habib

I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo to Jewish parents who immigrated there from the Island of Rhodes, part of Greece since 1947.I am partly retired from teaching French, Spanish , history and geography in secondary school .For the last nine years, I have been going to Rhodes... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Andrew is a writer and photographer based in Melbourne with an interest in stories of Jewish communities off the beaten path.


Saturday June 13, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST
ROOM 8

9:00pm AEST

Jewish and Middle Eastern music fusion
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A look "under the hood" of productions by Keshet that involved fusion of Jewish and Middle Eastern music with contemporary western. A case in point will be the implantation of "Mikolot Mayim Rabim" into a new opera in a development that explores the lives of Jews during the holocaust.

Speakers
avatar for Keshet Kesh

Keshet Kesh

The creator of various concept projects, Keshet’s music covers Middle Eastern to Blues, Rock, Metal, Funk, Progressive and more. After creating Perth’s first original Rock Opera – The Diments, Keshet has worked in the official production of Jesus Christ Superstar, We Will Rock... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
ROOM 7

9:00pm AEST

Jewish filmmakers: Jewish films
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A panel discussion with three Jewish filmmakers whose films contain Jewish themes and content. Filmmakers: Danny Ben Moshe ("Shalom Bollywood", "My Mother's Lost Children" and "Outback Rabbis"), Eve Ash ("Man on the Bus" and "Undercurrent") and Esther Takac ("We Don't Want You Here" (in development)); moderated by film lawyer Shaun Miller who has done "legal" work on all of these film projects. The panel discussion will explore what inspires their films, the practicalities of financing, producing and distributing their films, and advice for aspiring filmmakers.

Links to videos
Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema
WDWYH TEASER 2020
Man On The Bus - Trailer

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller

Shaun Miller is a film and entertainment lawyer based in Melbourne. He predominantly represents production companies that produce film content, including feature films, documentaries and short films. Shaun has also been the Executive Producer on numerous films.
avatar for Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny Ben-Moshe

Danny grew up in London. After completing a law degree, Danny began a career as a documentary filmmaker. His award-winning films have been shown in film festivals around the world and been distributed far and wide theatrically, on television and other media platforms.
avatar for Eve Ash

Eve Ash

Eve is a trained psychologist who cut her teeth by making workplace training videos in the 1980s and beyond. She has been on the boards of Film Victoria and the Australian Film Institute. Eve has a strong sense of social justice which is reflected in her films.
avatar for Esther Takac

Esther Takac

Esther is a child and adult psychologist who delivers training on trauma. She’s also the author of “Genesis the Book with Seventy Faces” (National Jewish Book Award), a novella and a picture book. An experienced “genre crosser”, she's currently working on a documentary about... Read More →


Saturday June 13, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
ROOM 1

9:00pm AEST

The demise of liberal democracy as seen through “The West Wing”
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When Aaron Sorkin’s “The West Wing” first aired from 1999-2006, it was revolutionary, must-watch television. Throughout its run, the show confronted many of the same dilemmas we still face, including the left-right divide, impeachment of a president, creative solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, racism and hate crimes. Join superfan Liam Getreu as we dive into the archives and pick up The West Wing’s lessons for our current political world.

Speakers
avatar for Liam Getreu

Liam Getreu

Liam is executive director of the New Israel Fund in Australia, a former national chair of the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) and the Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS), and a graduate of Bialik College and Habonim Dror.


Saturday June 13, 2020 9:00pm - 10:00pm AEST
ROOM 5
 
Sunday, June 14
 

10:00am AEST

Krakow to Krypton: Jews and the Marvel of comics
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Blockbuster success has brought significant attention to comics and graphic novels in recent years. While many critics dismiss the industry as simple stories of superheroes for teens—fantastic tales of super-strength, invisibility, or adamantium claws. We will delve into the underlying Jewish themes and concepts found throughout the world of the superhero. From Krakow to Krypton, Auschwitz to Haifa, Berlin to New York, go behind the mask and beneath the cape to reveal the marvellous Jewish history of comics and the superhero phenomenon.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Rosenbaum

Daniel Rosenbaum

Daniel holds a BA in Film, Media Studies, Political Science and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington and is currently studying towards a Master’s in e-Government. Daniel works for the NZ Department of Internal Affairs. In 2018 Daniel completed the Israeli... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
ROOM 13

11:00am AEST

Writing the Holocaust for children: why the truth still matters
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Ten years ago, at the 'any questions' stage of a talk, a young man asked 'Who is Hitler?' Of 200 students about half had heard of him, but usually only as a cliche villain. History must be retold each generation, or we forget. Each generation, too, needs to find new parallels and relevance to their own lives, or the future they will help create. The Holocaust was so vast - and in many ways with us still - and no one or even a million stories can ecompass it. But mostly the books I can set with the Holocaust as a background, Hilter's daughter, Pennies for Hitler, and Goodbye Mr Hitler, were written because when times are at their hardest humans are also capable of the greatest kindness, compassion and innovation. The Holocaust shows the evil humanity is capable of. But as I talked to its survivors, I also saw its greatness.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie French

Jackie French

Jackie is an author, the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year, 2014-215 Australian Children's Laureate, patron of organisations for children's literature, theatre, ecology and literacy.


Sunday June 14, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
ROOM 4

12:00pm AEST

All about Chava: the representation of queer Jewish women in film
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From the lounge-rooms of Sydney, we bring you a taste of HaSodot, our grassroots film club catering to queer Jewish women. Join us as we watch and discuss the portrayal of queer Jewish women in contemporary film and television. We will examine the ways in which television and film represent (or misrepresent) our experiences and how this may impact our lives and identities.

Speakers
avatar for Liora Baram

Liora Baram

Liora is somehow still a student at the University of Sydney, and works in research in the academic and corporate worlds. She is co-founder of the Jewish queer women’s community, HaSodot. Liora is also co-chair of Limmud Oz + NZ Online 2020.
avatar for Shoshana Gottlieb

Shoshana Gottlieb

Shoshana is a writer and playlist maker based in sydney. She spends her time watching, reading about, and discussing film and television. her mother thinks she would’ve made a great doctor.


Sunday June 14, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
ROOM 15

6:30pm AEST

60 minutes - We write the songs (Part 2) – Jewish pop that changed the world
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Of the millions of modern pop songs written, only very few have transcended their brief popularity to become true classics. A surprisingly high number of such songs have been composed by Jewish songwriters. After last year’s highly popular Limmud Sydney talk Gary Holzman returns with a brand-new top ten list of Jewish pop songs that literally changed the world. Not only will you see and hear some of the greatest songs of all time, in the process you will also discover the incredible Jewish stories behind these modern-day classics.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Holzman

Gary Holzman

Founder and director of Shir Madness (Sydney’s Jewish music festival), Gary is an intellectual property lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of Jewish songwriters and performers and has shared his passion by giving numerous talks on the subject at Shalom, Moriah... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm AEST
ROOM 13

6:30pm AEST

The secret code found in a Jewish woman’s prayer book
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The prayers of generations of Jewish mothers and grandmothers, reflecting their longings and feelings, are being rediscovered. Men and women alike are adopting women’s prayers at moments of joy and in times of grief, in private devotion and in congregational services. We shall explore how and why Jewish women’s prayers are at the center of a cultural reawakening, being set to music, recited, and dramatised.


Speakers
avatar for Aliza Lavie

Aliza Lavie

Aliza Lavie is a senior lecturer and a leading author, publicist, and social activist. Currently, she is the chairperson of the Herzl Center. Lavie is a former member of the Knesset, promoting gender equality issues and topics of religion and State. Her PhD addressed Israel Radio... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm AEST
ROOM 11

7:30pm AEST

Nebishe Nerds: Jewish culture in video games
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Video games in Australia are a big deal. Two-thirds of all Australians play video games, 47% of whom are women, and in 2016 the Australian video games industry generated $2.96 billion dollars in revenue. It’s a growing medium for storytelling and cultural expression and a space for puzzles, play and creativity. What are they choosing to explore? Whose stories are they choosing to tell? Are any of them Jewish?

The games discussed - Bioshock, Wolfenstein and The Shivah - wrangle with traditional Jewish culture and deep questions and build fantastical worlds emerging from the ghosts of Jewish history.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Druery

Joshua Druery

Joshua is a long-time Limmud fan and a lover of all things arts and culture. He is a gamer, a musician and a doctor. Joshua has been performing as clarinettist and vocalist in Chutney since 2019. He's a graduate of Moriah College and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Josh has been... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm AEST
ROOM 12

7:30pm AEST

Oy, how we laughed
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Join professional stand-up comedian Rachel Creeger as she explores how Jewish people have used comedy throughout the centuries to combat oppression. From shtetls to suburbs, from ghettos to clubs full of drunken, racist audience members, through stage shows, writing and TV, we've “turned it and turned it” to feel empowered. Rachel looks at how her peers on the circuit have responded to antisemitism and how it becomes material. Part performance, part lecture, part discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Creeger

Rachel Creeger

Rachel Creeger is an award-winning comedian, director, writer, BBC Radio regular and the only practising orthodox Jewish woman on the UK comedy circuit. She is currently meant to be on tour with her 5* reviewed show "Hinayni!" but, you know, the 'rona...


Sunday June 14, 2020 7:30pm - 8:30pm AEST
ROOM 6

7:30pm AEST

Limmud Art: What Lies In Between
 (PERMANENT ART EXHIBITION, NOT A SESSION)
CLICK HERE TO VIEW 'WHAT LIES IN BETWEEN' ON THE LIMMUD OZ WEBSITE

*Please note this is not a live session, it is an exhibition hosted on the Limmud website*


Limmud Art: What lies In Between
 is a collaborative, virtual project between 6 Australian artists. A project like never before, based on circumstance and chance. Tunni is currently based in Tel Aviv, Tal is from Perth, Yossi from Sydney, and Ike, Ariella and Tamar from Melbourne. Together we placed large emphasis on virtual process. Through online zoom meetings, emails, whatsapp messages, instagram messages, and phone calls, this process began the unfolding of the potential of what this project cold really mean. What lies in between the inception of the project and the final outcome, we think, is the most important part of this project. The artist's embarked on a month long journey, forwarding images of our work to each other, giving permission to hijack, chop, add, subtract, invert each others work, to allow the explosion of new work. We are trusting the process, and very interesting things are unfolding....

We began to ask questions of what is this space we are creating? what is the space which lies in between all of us? what is tying and holding us all together?

Curator & artist: Tamar Chaya Gordon
Contributing artists: Tunni Kraus, Ariella Blum, Tal Levin, Yossi Seban & Ike Curtis.

Artists
avatar for Ariella Blum

Ariella Blum

Ariella is an Australian artist based in Melbourne. She graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Painting from RMIT University and spent the past three years working in New York City. Ariella is a painter, illustrator and storyteller, strongly Influenced by her social work background and strong... Read More →
avatar for Ike Curtis

Ike Curtis

Ike Curtis is 25 and lives in Melbourne. He is studying a Masters of Teaching at Deakin University. Alongside studies, he devotes most of his time to drawing, painting and writing. His art can be viewed on Instagram @ike_curtis
avatar for Joseph Isaac Sebban

Joseph Isaac Sebban

Joseph Isaac Sebban is a Sydney-based, cross-disciplinary artist working across painting, sculpture, photography, installation, virtual reality and other various technologies. Joseph is particularly interested in the experience of a young Jew in the contemporary multicultural Australia... Read More →
avatar for Tal Levin

Tal Levin

Tal Levin is an aspiring artist, studying Fine Arts at Curtin University. She mainly works in oil paint or ink, and has recently discovered clay as a medium. Her practice shifts between exploring the mundanity of life, to the complexities of human psychology and social issues.
avatar for Tamar Chaya Gordon

Tamar Chaya Gordon

Tamar Chaya was born, grew up, and continues to work and practice in Melbourne/Naarm on the lands of the Boonn Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University, Tamar explores the intersection of childhood, religion, language and material... Read More →
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Tunni Kraus

Tunni Kraus is an interdisciplinary artist who is currently experimenting with digital communication technologies, scribing and mark making practices.Since completing his Master’s degree in Public Art at RMIT he has been exploring the interplay between the digital, religious and... Read More →



Sunday June 14, 2020 7:30pm - 10:30pm AEST
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8:30pm AEST

A musical experience with Yonina
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Join Yonina with songs, inspiration and stories from the heart, forming a blend between Jewish, Israeli and international music. Yoni and Nina have been singing together since they met, have been married for five years and have two sweet children who make guest appearances in their videos. Known for their positive music and soft harmonies, Yonina create a blend between Jewish, Israeli and International music. In additional to their musical career, the two are passionate about Jewish learning and previously served as educators in organisations such as Livnot Ulehibanot, Masa Israeli and City of David.

Sunday June 14, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm AEST
ROOM 1

8:30pm AEST

Poland's lucky Jew - Now at 8.30pm
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In 2012, Canadian Jewish theatre artist, Michael Rubenfeld proposed to his mother that they go to Poland together "for the first time" and see the country their family is from, and the places they had survived. This trip was to serve as research for a play they would make together. This "research" would ultimately turn into a much larger project, resulting in Michael now living in Krakow, and co-founding an alternative Jewish arts festival. In this session Michael will share this journey and why he believes Poland is such an important contemporary space for the Jewish people.

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Michael Rubenfeld

Michael Rubenfeld is a performance maker, cultural producer, playwright and actor, originally from Winnipeg, Canada and now residing in Krakow, Poland. Much of his performance work revolves around exploring contemporary Polish-Jewry. He is the producer of a Canadian Edfringe venue... Read More →


Sunday June 14, 2020 8:30pm - 9:30pm AEST
ROOM 8
 
Sunday, June 21
 

10:00am AEST

RESCHEDULED - Jews and the Irish: Why was Leopold Bloom central to James Joyce's Ulysses?
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"Ulysses" is often described as the most important English-language novel of the twentieth century. Joyce described his novel as an “epic of two races (Israel-Ireland)”. It is set in Dublin on 16 June, 1904, as Bloom wanders through the city as his wife, Molly Bloom, is having an affair. Amid an increasing climate of Irish and Jewish nationalism, Joyce made a very deliberate choice to have a Jewish character as one of his two main protagonists. So central is Leopold Bloom, that the annual celebration of Joyce's novel is named Bloomsday. Why Joyce chose Bloom is itself a fascinating story.

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Bryan Cheyette

Bryan Cheyette is the editor or author of eleven books including "The Ghetto: A Very Short Introduction", "Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish and Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History", and, as co-editor, the "Oxford History of the Novel in English".



Sunday June 21, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am AEST
ROOM 1

12:00pm AEST

RESCHEDULED - Joseph Buloff and Luba Kadison: on-stage, off-stage in the Yiddish art theatre
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Learn how to live to 100! How to buy a Chagall for $50! How to make poets and painters fall in love!
From Bucharest to Broadway, Luba Kadison and Joseph Buloff were one of the great power couples in the heyday of Yiddish theatre. They produced, translated, directed, and acted in dozens of classic plays the world over, appearing before the crowned heads of Europe and creating the watershed Yiddish version of Death of a Salesman. Shane Baker knew Luba as his friend and mentor over the last 10 years of her life, and will talk about Buloff and Kadison’s careers, sharing stories that Luba told him directly of her life in the Yiddish theatre and time with such great Jewish figures as Marc Chagall, Arthur Miller, and Itzik Manger. This English-language lecture is illustrated with slides as well as demonstrations of Yiddish poetry recitation with simultaneous English translation.

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Shane Baker

Shane Baker serves as Director of the Congress for Jewish Culture a 70-year old organization that promotes new Yiddish culture throughout the world. The New York Times dubbed him “one of the most prominent proponents of Yiddish theater, language and culture in New York,” and he... Read More →


Sunday June 21, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
ROOM 1

8:00pm AEST

SEPARATE EVENT: Daniel Cainer's e-Jewish Chronicles - tickets £10 - click through to buy tickets
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More Jewish Chronicles. Following Dan's recent performance at Limmud, he's back again (virtually) by public demand! If you tuned in last time, expect a slightly different programme. If you didn't, then you won't know the difference. Smart, funny, timely and only slightly irreverent, Cainer’s deeply moving tales about his family and observational comedy are a joy. Brilliant rhyming and wordplay, great musicianship and haunting tunes you won’t forget. His songs and his music are for anyone who has ever wrestled with their home, their heritage and their heart and is partial to bagels.These stories in song from a master storyteller are not to be missed.


Sunday June 21, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm AEST
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