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Sunday, June 7

6:30pm AEST

Politics in Lockdown
We will be diving into discussion and asking the key questions: How have they found the transition into lockdown? How are they keeping connected to constituents? Do they miss the 'Canberra bubble'? and more!

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Josh Burns

Josh Burns is Labor’s Member for Macnamara, previously the seat of Melbourne Ports.Born and raised in Caulfield, Josh is the grandson of Jewish migrants who left Europe and settled in Melbourne in search of a safe place to raise their families.From their experiences, Josh has learnt... Read More →
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Dave Sharma

Dave was elected to the Australian Parliament for the seat of Wentworth, in eastern Sydney, in May 2019 as a candidate of the Liberal Party. Prior to politics, Dave enjoyed an extensive and distinguished career as an Australian diplomat.Driven by a sense of service, he became an Australian... Read More →

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

12:00pm AEST

Owning your curls
Curly girls, guys, and allies all welcome for a light-hearted but passionate look at embracing our Jewish curls as part of our identity politics. Come share your tips, tricks, and products to tame your frizz—but no straightening irons allowed.

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Sharon Berger

Sharon is the program manager at NIF Australia. A Limmud junkie, she writes a column for Plus61J. She was educated in 5 continents, including a BA from UC Berkeley and an MPhil in Modern ME Studies from Oxford. She is still in the midst of her curly hair journey.

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

12:00pm AEST

Proud to be Jewish; proud to be gay
Jarod has had a long journey with his gayness. A longer one with his Judaism. His life has its share of conflict. Inner turmoil. Some painful memories. But the focus will be on the inspiring moments he has had on his Jewish gay journey. Ultimately, his life is a tale of unwavering love, positivity and understanding. Because he has waded through the darkness, the light shines twice as bright. And I’m here.

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Jarod Rhine-Davis

Jarod is a Jewish gay man living his best life in Melbourne, and has a keen interest in bringing the Jewish and LGBTIQA+ communities together. He actively volunteers and as a job is involved in helping disadvantaged people to find employment. He is looking forward to sharing his... Read More →
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Adam Samuel

Adam Samuel is a Jewish/gay award-winning radio broadcaster and journalist, working with KIIS, GOLD, 3AW and JOY 94.9, and notably associate producing the Melbourne AIDS Conference. Adam is also a festival and event MC, and is often seen walking along Glenhuntly Rd with a really large... Read More →

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

7:30pm AEST

A homicidal troll and the riddle of God’s name: identity in the digital age
In a 2015 case of stolen identity, a white supremacist published a post on The Times of Israel using a Melbourne lawyer’s identity in a failed attempt to cause harm. The shocking incident raises questions about the meaning of “true” identity. Viewed through a Jewish lens, we consider our history of name switching, and our duty to both be who we are and become someone different.

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Miriam Herschlag

Miriam is editor of The Times of Israel’s opinion and blogging platform, a global marketplace of ideas committed both to embracing diversity and fostering community. She began as a reporter and anchor for Israel’s English radio and TV news, founded a Hong Kong-based business webzine... Read More →

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

7:30pm AEST

The climate crisis and need for cooperation in the Middle East
EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organisation that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. In this session, you will hear about how they work to promote cross-border cooperative efforts in order to protect their shared environmental heritage.

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Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an interfaith movement for Israelis and Palestinians and Israel Correspondent for Plu61J Media. He also frequently teaches on gap year programs about the identity, narratives and cultures of the people who call Jerusalem... Read More →
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Gidon Bromberg

Gidon Bromberg is the co-founder and 25 year Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East. Gidon has written extensively on the relationship between water issues and Middle East peace.
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Nada Majdalani

Nada Majdalani is the Palestinian Director of EcoPeace Middle East and has served in leading technical positions with several international agencies in the areas of infrastructure development, mainly water and sanitation, sustainable and clear production as well as various tasks on... Read More →
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Yana Abu Taleb

Yana Abu Taleb is the Jordanian Director of EcoPeace Middle East. Yana leads EcoPeace activities concerning the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, the Good Water Neighbors and the Water Energy Nexus Projects.

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

12:00pm AEST

Social inclusion: what does it look like in these times?
Ilan Abrahams will facilitate this panel discussion, featuring Ruth Barson – Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Rabbi Gersh Lazarow – Head Rabbi at Temple Beth Israel, and Gideon Reisner – Chief Executive Officer at Stand Up. They will address the challenges and opportunities these organisations face in working towards greater social inclusion during changing times, and in our Jewish context.

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Ilan Abrahams

Ilan is a lecturer and PhD candidate in the School of Public Health at La Trobe University. His research interests include the social determinants of health, and building compassionate communities.
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Ruth Barson

Ruth is an Executive Director at the Human Rights Law Centre. She leads a team of lawyers working across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' rights, the rights of people behind bars, racial justice and economic justice. Ruth holds a Masters of Human Rights Law from the... Read More →
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Gersh Lazarow

Gersh Lazarow is Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Israel but prefers to be seen as TBI's CEO - Chief Engagement Officer. He is a passionate educator with a strong commitment to Progressive Jewish values, tradition and community.  Through his dynamic teaching and innovative programs, Gersh... Read More →
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Gideon Reisner

Gideon is a passionate social justice campaigner and an experienced media, policy and campaign professional. Before starting at Stand Up, Gideon worked on and managed four state and federal election campaigns. Gideon is also on the board of the Jewish Climate Network. In his spare... Read More →

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

7:30pm AEST

Rapid Transformation: The Digital Age, Social Media and the Jews
We have always been known as the people of the book, now we are becoming the people of the Facebook. Drawing on preliminary work for his doctorate, Alon will share the rapid transformation that has occurred within the Jewish community due to social media. Go back in time to explore the changes the advent of the printing press brought to Judaism, and see the similarities to changes in the 21st century.

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Alon Meltzer

Alon is the Director of Programs at Shalom and Rabbi of Or Chadash Synagogue. He is studying a PhD in Law and has several degrees focusing on different passions. He loves to cook, paint, and learn. Father of 3 girls, he is a staunch Orthodox Feminist.

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