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Learn and laugh with us this June!

LIMMUD LIVE | Saturday 12 June @The Ship, Herne Bay
LIMMUD | Sunday 13 June @Diocesan School for Girls, Epsom

Online registration has now closed for LIMMUD NZ but you can still click here to book for LIMMUD online-only tickets! You can also turn up on Sunday morning and pay on the day to register for LIMMUD. Please note that there is no on-the-night registration for LIMMUD LIVE.

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Saturday, June 12
 

7:30pm NZST

LIMMUD Live - Old Vs New
A night out for the adults! Join us at The Ship in Herne Bay from 7:30pm - cash bar and nibbles provided. We have an extraordinary line-up of storytellers sharing ‘true stories told live’ in an intimate setting, with Simone Nathan as MC. Each storyteller will have the floor for ten minutes, sharing a tale around the theme 'Old vs New'. This session must be booked separately from the Sunday event and is limited to 100 participants, so get in quick!

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Sumner

Barbara Sumner

Barbara Sumner is a multi-award-winning Oscar short-listed documentary filmmaker and former magazine features writer, turned author. Her memoir, Tree of Strangers, was published by Massey University Press in 2020. She is currently working on The Mystifications, a novel of astral travel... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Burstyn

Thomas Burstyn

Thomas Burstyn DGC, CSC, NZCS is a multi-award winning director/cinematographer. Trained at the National Film Board of Canada as a documentary maker, he enjoys great success in the feature film and television drama world. Most recently Tom directed the feature documentaries THIS WAY... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Woolf

Lauren Woolf

Lauren is a specialist in Creative Leadership and the creative economy, and an evangelist for creativity and the arts as a force for good. She has been working in and leading creative services organizations for over 20 years - from global communications giant OGILVY, international... Read More →
avatar for John Barnett

John Barnett

Since the 1970s John Barnett has brought a host of uniquely Kiwi stories to local and international screens, from Fred Dagg and Footrot Flats, to Whale Rider, Sione's Wedding and Outrageous Fortune. As boss of production company South Pacific Pictures for 24 years, he was a driving... Read More →
avatar for Gigi Fenster

Gigi Fenster

Gigi Fenster’s first novel, The Intentions Book, was published in 2012 to glowing reviews. It was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards and was longlisted in the IMPAC Dublin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Gigi’s second book, Feverish, was a work of nonfiction... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Mazer

Sharon Mazer

Sharon Mazer is Professor of Theatre & Performance Studies in Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Development, and Head of the School of Language and Culture. Her books include: Professional Wrestling: Sport and Spectacle (1998; 2020); I have loved me a man: the life... Read More →
avatar for Helen Klisser During

Helen Klisser During

Helen Klisser During is an art advisor, curator, and photojournalist who has championed global art projects for over 25 years. She creates, documents and fosters cultural exchange to promote understanding and address issues of social justice. An art world insider, Helen nurtures relationships... Read More →
avatar for Simone Nathan

Simone Nathan

Simone Nathan is from New Zealand, but lives and writes in New York. She is currently a Staff Writer on the upcoming HBO Max series ‘Our Flag Means Death', produced by Taika Waititi, and was previously in the writer’s room on an upcoming FX show about the Six-Day War, show run... Read More →


Saturday June 12, 2021 7:30pm - 10:00pm NZST
The Ship - Herne Bay
 
Sunday, June 13
 

8:00am NZST

Registration
Sunday June 13, 2021 8:00am - 9:00am NZST
Centennial Foyer

9:00am NZST

New Zealand Jewish literature – is there such a thing?
When Gigi Fenster’s first book, The Intentions Book,  came out, a reviewer referred to it as ‘New Zealand’s first Jewish novel’. Gigi was not very happy about this. The label felt both constricting and inappropriate. With her memoir, Feverish, Gigi was more open to sharing herself as a Jewish author, visiting the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and speaking about it at Limmud NZ in 2019. She remains, however, ambivalent about being characterised as a ‘Jewish writer’. Nadine Rubin Nathan set up a literary agency to find the widest possible audience for authors in New Zealand. She didn't intend for it to be focused on Jewish anything, but was thrilled to begin representing Gigi and happy to help her reach a Jewish audience with her work. Now Nadine fantasises about setting up a Jewish literary prize in New Zealand. Nadine Rubin Nathan, co-founder of Highspot Literary Agency, and Gigi Fenster, writer discuss whether there is such a thing as a (New Zealand) Jewish book, whether there is a distinctive Jewish voice, Jewish themes, or Jewish ideas, and how these are reflected in literature. 

Speakers
avatar for Gigi Fenster

Gigi Fenster

Gigi Fenster’s first novel, The Intentions Book, was published in 2012 to glowing reviews. It was a finalist in the 2013 New Zealand Post Book Awards and was longlisted in the IMPAC Dublin Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Gigi’s second book, Feverish, was a work of nonfiction... Read More →
avatar for Nadine Rubin Nathan

Nadine Rubin Nathan

Nadine Rubin Nathan has over 20 years of experience in publishing. She was editor in chief of ELLE in South Africa, an editor at Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Post in New York and a senior book editor at Assouline Publishing in New York. Nadine has written two travel guides... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am NZST
C145
  Arts & Culture

9:00am NZST

Religious organisations as a litmus test for true leadership
Lenny has recently had published a chapter in “Reimagining Faith and Management: The Impact of Faith in the Workplace” published by Routledge. The chapter he was invited to write is entitled “Religious organisations as a litmus test for true leadership”.  The intention was to find chapter authors who have a PhD with experience as a university professor, practicing clergy and also MBA with executive management experience - Lenny has all 3.  The chapter includes an historic review of all literature on the topic of leadership and opens up some rather surprising and very significant new directions that have never been covered in the formal academic literature on leadership before. In this session, Lenny will speak in conversation with Paul Wilton.

Speakers
avatar for Lenny Bloksberg

Lenny Bloksberg

Leonard Bloksberg PhD has been a Lecturer at the University of California and a Professor at Michigan State University. He has an MBA and extensive practical experience in executive management. Lenny has been a valued contributor to the management of Beth Shalom in Auckland and has... Read More →
avatar for Paul Wilton

Paul Wilton

Paul Wilton is a trustee of LIMMUD. He is a CA with over 30 years as a business owner. Paul will be interviewing Leonard Bloksberg on the recently published “Reimagining Faith and Management: The Impact of Faith in the Workplace” to which Lenny contributed the chapter “Religious... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am NZST
C152
  Community

9:00am NZST

Archives of Exile
This session will explore the "archive of exile", the international context of dispersed Jewish collections, and examine the journeys of German-Jewish exilic objects to Aotearoa New Zealand. It will also consider how in the absence of such artefacts, Europe's Jewish museums use their collections and spaces to convey historical meaning to museum audiences.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/9BdsuX3kwgkjKlr41EOS2w2xVEmru1wWNAHqQk9_rRpdg_QSLs7oCZYC7RmGIYet.mKBtGEvlbuSX1By8?startTime=1623532083000

Please note - some issues with audio and visual throughout this recording.

Speakers
avatar for Louisa Hormann

Louisa Hormann

Louisa completed her Master’s thesis ‘Unpacking the Suitcase: German-Jewish refugees in New Zealand and the afterlives of their displaced objects, 1933-2015’ at Victoria University of Wellington in 2016. Since then, she has presented on this subject in Sydney and Wellington... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am NZST
C149
  History & Holocaust

9:00am NZST

The secret tools for success: Chutzpah Wisdom and Wine
Jodi will challenge your perspective of success and shift your mindset.  Success is not simply hard work, a good degree or luck. This is the class that should be taught in business school!  

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/fvj8jN1ZDuPsNgL09BVm1fWCLufIQBJSMMBOu28YN76uuznttLZkxdHMvCR-HqoQ.u9Fs_hlCPphJqmJ-?startTime=1623531359000
Please note: session begins 8 minutes into the recording. 

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Samuels

Jodi Samuels

Jodi Samuels is an author, speaker, super mom and wife living in Jerusalem. She challenges mindsets and brings her passion for life to her work as a not-for-profit leader, community activist, disability advocate and entrepreneur.  In her memoir, Chutzpah, Wisdom and Wine: The Journey... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am NZST
C175
  Jewish Identity
  • Delivery method Zoom
  • Available online? Yes

10:10am NZST

Who thinks adoption is a good thing?
Historically, if you desired a child and could not fulfil that need in the traditional way, you adopted. This was so common that from the inception of the Adoption Act 1955 until the early 90’s over 91,000 children were acquired for adoption. These numbers tell an important story. But perhaps not the story you think. Barbara Sumner will speak in conversation with Tanya Thomson on this topic.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/xkHowyXRnFvyvkCl3QRMAU_iOfeuRoa to 6ONrwzBxp3oSrJd-p-3oJzQQKSYOS2OGZ.A9xXcaURVVv99e9F?startTime=1623535294000

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Sumner

Barbara Sumner

Barbara Sumner is a multi-award-winning Oscar short-listed documentary filmmaker and former magazine features writer, turned author. Her memoir, Tree of Strangers, was published by Massey University Press in 2020. She is currently working on The Mystifications, a novel of astral travel... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Thomson

Tanya Thomson

Tanya is a serial Limmud-attendee, previous organiser and current interviewer. This gives her an excuse to read books, speak to interesting people and have lots of coffees in the name of research. Occasionally she is forced to pay attention to her actual job and feed her children... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am NZST
C175
  Current Issues/Debates

10:10am NZST

Remote Sympathy
Catherine Chidgey’s latest novel, set in Buchenwald concentration camp, explores our capacity for willful blindness via the story of a part-Jewish doctor forced to treat an SS officer’s wife for cancer. ‘With its multiple registers and complex view of humanity,’ writes Publishers Weekly (USA), ‘this marks a vital turn in Holocaust literature.’ The Times (UK) has just chosen it as one of the best historical novels of 2021 so far. In this session, Catherine will talk about and read from Remote Sympathy, and will discuss the challenge of researching such a complex story. Remote Sympathy was shortlisted for the fiction prize at the Ockham New Zealand book awards and has been a bestseller since its release.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/spgcjyuZ6Mck0NufFqSFJL9m4BzVzf1_h0da4pIz548yDVI9_LsfnFp4wYB25607.hMZNW1X4BjUaDd7U?startTime=1623535859000
Please note Catherine's session is from 02:15 through to 0:59:27.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey

Catherine Chidgey is a multiple award-winner whose novels have achieved international acclaim. In a Fishbone Church, her debut, won Best First Book at both the New Zealand Book Awards and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (South-East Asia and South Pacific region). Time Out magazine... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am NZST
C149
  History & Holocaust

10:10am NZST

Every Story Is A Jewish Story
An hour in conversation with John Barnett CNZM about his life in film and television and how Judaism set the backdrop for his storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for John Barnett

John Barnett

Since the 1970s John Barnett has brought a host of uniquely Kiwi stories to local and international screens, from Fred Dagg and Footrot Flats, to Whale Rider, Sione's Wedding and Outrageous Fortune. As boss of production company South Pacific Pictures for 24 years, he was a driving... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Szusterman

Andrew Szusterman

Andrew’s career in broadcasting and production spans over 25 years with Executive roles in Radio and Television including Director Of Content at TV3. He is currently Managing Director of South Pacific Pictures, the business formally owned by John Barnett.


Sunday June 13, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am NZST
C155
  Jewish Identity

10:10am NZST

Are Miracles Good or Bad? A Chevruta Session
The Torah believes in miracles, but are they inherently good, or possibly have a negative side to them? Learn about a bizarre Talmud story, does Judaism believe in nature or only miracles, and the trend of miracles throughout the Tanach (Bible).

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Ariel Tal

Rabbi Ariel Tal

Rabbi Tal has worked in various educational, Rabbinic, and marketing roles in Israel and Canada before becoming the Rabbi of the Wellington Jewish Community Centre in October 2018.  Rabbi Tal views his Rabbinic role as Marketing Judaism to NZ and the world, and is a big advocate... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am NZST
C145
  Text Study

10:10am NZST

Tikun Olam, fixing or amending the world?
In this session, we will explore what it means to bring a strengths-based lens to social justice work, and working with indigenous communities to solve inter-generational issues.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Galia Barhava-Monteith

Dr Galia Barhava-Monteith

Dr Galia Barhava-Monteith began her career with the Boston Consulting Group. She coordinated the original HR integration at Fonterra and was subsequently appointed Head of Ethics and Social Responsibility. After leaving Fonterra, Galia founded the social change organisation Profe... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 10:10am - 11:10am NZST
C152
  Tikkun Olam

11:10am NZST

Morning Tea
Sunday June 13, 2021 11:10am - 11:30am NZST
Centennial Foyer

11:30am NZST

A Jewish Perspective on Vegan Cheese: Thinking about it, making it, tasting it
The Torah states that in the beginning G-d gave Adam “every seed-bearing plant … and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit for food” (Genesis 1:29) The great commentator Rashi deduced from this that all humans originally ate only plants. Other Jewish scholars believe that we will all return to veganism in the Messianic Age. I will briefly discuss these ideas and then focus on how to make vegan “cheese”. I will show participants how to prepare vegan halloumi, share some recipes, and bring some “cheeses” for tasting.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Munch

Robin Munch

Robin grew up in Auckland in a family that was, and is, immersed in Jewish life both at home and in the wider community. She has taught in New Zealand and Israel, worked as a community adviser and an adult trainer and is now happily retired after running a B&B in Coromandel for just... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm NZST
C155
  Arts & Culture

11:30am NZST

Do not place a stumbling block before the blind – Abortion law reform from a local and Jewish perspective
In this session we will hear about Abortion law reform March 2020 and the changes we have seen in practice in abortion care being provided to NZ women and the challenges we still have to address.  We will also explore perspectives on Abortion from ancient and modern Jewish sources.  

Unfortunately, due to technical issues, there is no recorded Zoom available online for this session. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr Michelle Wise

Dr Michelle Wise

Michelle Wise is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Auckland DHB, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. She teaches women’s health at the medical school and is the lead investigator on several research projects. She is often invited to speak at national conferences... Read More →
avatar for Rabbi Stephen Wise

Rabbi Stephen Wise

Rabbi Stephen Wise is the spiritual leader of Shaarei-Beth El Congregation of Oakville. Before joining SBE in 2007, Rabbi Wise spent two years as the assistant Rabbi at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, FL. Rabbi Wise was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm NZST
C175
  Current Issues/Debates

11:30am NZST

Qualities of Love before and after the Holocaust
In this session, Thomas will show a short teaser for his new film, expand the idea with a short intro and then involve the audience in a Q&A on the subject of his experiences of family dynamics with his Holocaust survivor parents.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Burstyn

Thomas Burstyn

Thomas Burstyn DGC, CSC, NZCS is a multi-award winning director/cinematographer. Trained at the National Film Board of Canada as a documentary maker, he enjoys great success in the feature film and television drama world. Most recently Tom directed the feature documentaries THIS WAY... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm NZST
C152
  History & Holocaust

11:30am NZST

Jewish Stories; of my Russian immigrant friend; of my Jewish daughters, of my Journey
Come and listen to Mona's enthralling stories! Setting the Table proves to be a profound experience for a parent and daughter. Becoming a Kiwi is a harrowing tale which has an unusual culmination.

Speakers
avatar for Mona Williams

Mona Williams

A children's author, international storyteller, University lecturer, Temple Sinai Board member, mother and grandmother, 5th generation South American, a Kiwi citizen and world traveller, Mona melds all these facets to create stories of complexity and joy. Both autobiographical tales... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm NZST
Wharenui
  Jewish Identity

11:30am NZST

Learn with a Sofer (Scribe)
Azriel is going to give an insight into the work of a Sofer (scribe) spiritually and physically along with the rules (halacha) of writing a Torah scroll.  Feel the quill, touch the parchment and you will discover a little more about a mezuzah or Torah.

Speakers
avatar for Azriel Glick

Azriel Glick

Azriel Glick came to New Zealand in 2011.  Since then he has been working at the Auckland Hebrew Congregation as a teacher for bar and bat mitzvah students, leading services as a Chazzan on Shabbat and the High Holy days and working as a Sofer ST”M.  He creates Sofer Torah scrolls... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm NZST
C145
  Spirituality

11:30am NZST

The Torah and Ecology
I have always pondered about the relationship between us Jews and the Planet. What does the Torah instruct to us in terms of our rights and obligations over nature? Specifically from a Judaic perspective, what responsibilities do we have, what rules do we need to follow as we continue our transformation of the Natural Capital into a technological, man-made ecosystem. We Jews, in the land of Canaan, have erupted a thriving country and thriving economy that stands both as the pinnacle of technological innovation and environmental leadership. What did we learn from the Torah? Is there a unique Jewish perspective to the natural capital? This is what I will try to construct in my expose on the state of ecology and the environment in the 21st century, using as narrative my work in business and sustainability in the US and New Zealand. At the end of this session, Sam Dyson will facilitate a Q&A.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/spgcjyuZ6Mck0NufFqSFJL9m4BzVzf1_h0da4pIz548yDVI9_LsfnFp4wYB25607.hMZNW1X4BjUaDd7U?startTime=1623535859000
Please note David and Sam's session is from 1:24:40 through to the end of the video. 

Speakers
avatar for David Benattar

David Benattar

After graduating from a French business school, David started his career in New York, working for a pioneer in natural beauty products, then for the Earth Pledge Foundation, a non profit dedicated to reconciling sustainability and economic development. Today he is Chief Sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Sam Dyson

Sam Dyson

Concerned citizen, conservationist and facilitator, Sam seeks to enable people to align their actions with their environmental values. While at uni he studied aspects of Social and Physical Geography mixed with other sciences while also volunteering as national field organiser for... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm NZST
C149
  Tikkun Olam

12:30pm NZST

Lunch
Sunday June 13, 2021 12:30pm - 1:30pm NZST
Cafeteria

1:30pm NZST

The life and work of Mina Arndt (1885-1926)
Mina Arndt was a New Zealand-born painter and graphic artist. She was a prolific artist across many media, and spent several years working and studying in England and Germany prior to World War I. This will be a joint session exploring her life and work with Len Bell, art historian, and Susan Isaacs, Mina’s great-niece. 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs, formerly Arndt, is a fourth generation Jewish New Zealander from Wellington, where she and her husband Nigel have raised three children, David, Katherine and Benjamin. After many years working in international education within the public sector, Susan now runs her own... Read More →
avatar for Len Bell

Len Bell

Leonard (Len) Bell has taught art history at the University of Auckland for many years. His books include Colonial Constructs: European Images of Maori 1840-1914 (1992), In Transit: Questions of Home and Belonging in New Zealand Art (2007), Marti Friedlander (2009), Jewish Lives in... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm NZST
C145
  Arts & Culture

1:30pm NZST

The 10 inverse relationships that will determine if your synagogue succeeds or fails
In a post Covid-19 world what does Jewish life and engagement look like? Rabbi Yossi identifies 10 key relationships within the institutional/communal structure highlighting, surprisingly, how the inverse relationship is the one that will ensure success.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/EoTTf61spwtwR7zl70Vgi3lXzfdKxRPmNIK31xMBDE2g6vGfwLPLi-0_R8SU06dJ.OfZB0q535zUjtybt?startTime=1623548521000
Please note that the first few minutes of this session have unfortunately been cut off.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Yossi Sapirman

Rabbi Yossi Sapirman

Rabbi Yossi Sapirman is the founder of Living Jewishly and was the Senior Rabbi and CEO of Beth Torah Congregation in Toronto, Canada for 22 years. Rabbi Yossi is known for his inclusive and empathetic leadership, spiritual entrepreneurship and warm, engaging manner.


Sunday June 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm NZST
C175
  Community
  • Delivery method Zoom
  • Available online? Yes

1:30pm NZST

The Working Stiffs: Forensic Science & “Kosher” autopsies from the U.S. come to New Zealand
New York Times bestselling authors Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell came to New Zealand last year. They will talk about why they came, and how coronial autopsies of sudden, unexpected or violent deaths can accommodate for Jewish burial practices, and they will read from their new novel Aftershock.

Recording available online here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pvh_pa06C_J3w58PW0nNOodDJesU0c2izs_BYq8mZV2TnTzcLqUWrTFvUCPaLRlq.gqyefaj99B_t9CCE?startTime=1623546453000
Please note that Judy & T.J's session is from 0:28:51 through to 1:25:55.

Speakers
avatar for Dr Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell

Dr Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell

Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell are the New York Times bestselling co-authors of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner. Dr. Melinek was an assistant medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years and today works as a forensic pathologist... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm NZST
C149
  Current Issues/Debates

1:30pm NZST

A New Language
Now in her second year as a Master of Fine Arts at Massey University in Wellington,  Michelanne will  give an insider’s view of going back to university as the oldest student in her Programme. Her talk will be accompanied by slides showing the way painted representations of the Holocaust have changed since 1945. She will also touch on current critical thinking around the subject of making art out of genocide.

Speakers
avatar for Michelanne Forster

Michelanne Forster

Michelanne Forster is painter with a past. After a successful career as an award winning playwright, author and teacher she is currently studying for her Masters of Fine Arts at Massey’s Wellington campus. She is interested in post-Holocaust art, and her paintings explore Jewish... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm NZST
C155
  History & Holocaust

1:30pm NZST

A filmmaker’s journey delving into her Jewish roots through film
Join Canadian Filmmaker Francine Zuckerman as she shares some clips from her films and discusses her work which focuses on Jewish content. Films include HALF THE KINGDOM; WE ARE HERE and AFTER MUNICH.

Speakers
avatar for Francine Zuckerman

Francine Zuckerman

Francine Zuckerman made her first film when she was 15 and has gone on to make over ten documentaries and shorts filming around the world. She graduated from the film program at McGill University in Montreal and then studied directing at Columbia University’s summer program in NYC... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm NZST
C152
  Jewish Identity

1:30pm NZST

Humour for the Soul
WHY DO JEWS LAUGH? Is it self denigration, reducing our foes to paroxysms of joy, helping us to fit in? Laughter brings us peace of mind and in peace, our souls delight. Humour is healing. Just imagine tikkun olam through laughter! An interactive session will have you on your tuches. (Bring your best stories and jokes!)

Speakers
avatar for Deb Filler

Deb Filler

Deb is an international actor, writer/performer and character artist whose comic one woman shows include her 36 character solo show, ‘Punch Me in the Stomach’ which debuted off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop and toured the world for 12 years. ‘Filler Up!’ where she... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 1:30pm - 2:30pm NZST
Wharenui
  Jewish Identity

2:40pm NZST

How to clean your Hummus bowl with a Pita
Join Noam to learn the secrets of delicious Israeli hummus & Pita. It might appear complicated but wait till you see just how easy it is to create the most Israeli satisfying food out there.

Speakers
avatar for Noam Fogel

Noam Fogel

Noam is currently on Shlichut for the Jewish Agency and world Bnei Akiva as a community Shaliach together with his wife Elisheva and their two children, Naveh and Eden. Noam works with children, youth and adults in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to becoming a Shaliach, Noam served as... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 2:40pm - 3:40pm NZST
C152
  Arts & Culture

2:40pm NZST

Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing
This session will explore the life and work of Jewish writer and philosopher, Hélène Cixous, and her contribution to both feminism and creative writing.

Speakers
avatar for Yael Klangwisan

Yael Klangwisan

Yael is a lecturer at AUT, and a poet, living in West Auckland. Her academic interests are interdisciplinary and move between education, philosophy and comparative literature, often engaging in creative inquiry. In more recent publications Yael engages in speculative fiction/fabulation... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 2:40pm - 3:40pm NZST
C155

2:40pm NZST

ASHKENAZ: Beyond family stories, what is the truth of Jewish Eastern European life?
Rabbi Dean recently travelled to Pinsk, now Belarus, the birthplace of his paternal grandmother. He was the first family member to step foot in that town in over one hundred years.  The learning in this session is the result of the exploration of Ashkenaz he did in preparation for his journey. We'll explore the political, economic, and social contexts of so many of our ancestors.

Unfortunately, due to technical issues, there is no online Zoom recording available for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Dean Shapiro

Rabbi Dean Shapiro

Rabbi Dean Shapiro served as the rabbi of Beth Shalom in Auckland from 2008 to 2011. Since then, he has been the rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Tempe, in the Phoenix Arizona metropolitan area. Rabbi Dean received rabbinic ordination at the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 2:40pm - 3:40pm NZST
C175
  History & Holocaust
  • Delivery method Zoom
  • Available online? No

2:40pm NZST

Singalong with Sarah
So often in prayer, music evokes the feelings that words alone cannot express. This session will be an exploration into prayer music that speaks to the heart. We will particularly draw on tunes from Nava Tahila, a Jerusalem-based group that writes beautiful new melodies (you may have heard their music from Max and Shannyn Eisohn). Bring your voices and your enthusiasm! This session is all about participation and joy. You do not need to know any of the tunes in advance (or be able to sing).

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Livschitz

Sarah Livschitz

Sarah is a service leader and member of Temple Sinai. She will be commencing rabbinic studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in August 2021. Sarah grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, and was a long-time member of Beth Shalom and Habonim Dror Aotearoa-New Zea... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 2:40pm - 3:40pm NZST
Wharenui
  Spirituality

2:40pm NZST

The Joy of Chassidism - Not just for Chassids!
Join Rabbi Natti and Rebbetzin Deb for an enchanting and uplifting session exploring the stories, personalities, sayings and lessons from/about some of our greatest Chassidic masters. The teachings of Chassidism have been part of Rabbi Natti and Rebbetzin Deb's Jewish learning journeys for as long as they can remember and influence the way they teach Judaism and often feature in the droshes, classes and writing.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Nathanel Friedler

Rabbi Nathanel Friedler

Rabbi Friedler has been the Senior Rabbi of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation since 2014, having served previously in Australia in both Adelaide and Perth. His passion is creating a warm and inclusive environment for members of the congregation, their friends and families, and those... Read More →
avatar for Deb Levy-Friedler

Deb Levy-Friedler

Deb is the Rebbitzen of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation. She works alongside her husband Rabbi Nathanel Friedler striving to create a warm and inclusive environment for the congregation, their friends and families, and those who visit us, promoting the ways of Torah, mitzvot and... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 2:40pm - 3:40pm NZST
C145
  Spirituality

2:40pm NZST

THE ART OF GIVING || THE LOCKDOWN COLLECTION
The story of how three individuals - a Kiwi, the wife of a Kiwi (that’s me) and an Art Professor -  had an idea on the eve of South Africa's historic Covid Lockdown in March 2020, as to how they could collectively support vulnerable artists through the Pandemic. The spirit of Tikkun Olam, referred to in the Mishnah as ‘providing extra protection to those potentially at a disadvantage’ came to the fore at a time when it was so desperately needed.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pvh_pa06C_J3w58PW0nNOodDJesU0c2izs_BYq8mZV2TnTzcLqUWrTFvUCPaLRlq.gqyefaj99B_t9CCE?startTime=1623546453000
Please note Lauren's session is from 1:39:10 through to 2:30:05.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Woolf

Lauren Woolf

Lauren is a specialist in Creative Leadership and the creative economy, and an evangelist for creativity and the arts as a force for good. She has been working in and leading creative services organizations for over 20 years - from global communications giant OGILVY, international... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 2:40pm - 3:40pm NZST
C149
  Tikkun Olam

3:40pm NZST

Afternoon Tea
Sunday June 13, 2021 3:40pm - 4:00pm NZST
Centennial Foyer

4:00pm NZST

Panel: What is Jewish about this Contemporary Art? The art of Caroline Faigan and Paul Nathan
Caroline Faigan’s and Paul Nathan’s art might not immediately seem to have anything to do with Jewish traditions and thought However, in fact their art does. Caroline and Paul, in conversation with art historian Leonard Bell, will discuss this complex topic.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Nathan

Paul Nathan

Paul Nathan (Bonco) graduated with a MFA from University of Auckland in 2019. He predominantly uses oil on canvas, and his work has been shown around New Zealand. His interest is in how geometric abstraction can provide a symbolic gateway to the spiritual.
avatar for Caroline Faigan

Caroline Faigan

Caroline Faigan is a multidisciplinary artist. Her creative practice includes working with a variety of media in order to explore how formal and conceptual connections emerge between objects and materials.  Caroline received an MFA from Elam, University of Auckland in 2019. She was... Read More →
avatar for Len Bell

Len Bell

Leonard (Len) Bell has taught art history at the University of Auckland for many years. His books include Colonial Constructs: European Images of Maori 1840-1914 (1992), In Transit: Questions of Home and Belonging in New Zealand Art (2007), Marti Friedlander (2009), Jewish Lives in... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
C145
  Arts & Culture

4:00pm NZST

Gender in Rabbinic Literature
Believe it or not, the Talmud indicates six possible genders identified by the ancient rabbis as present among the people Israel. In this session we will explore six categories of gender identification in relationship to current discourse around non-binary or non-genderconforming, trans, and intersex identifications. Finally we will read a heartfelt letter from one of “the Rabbis” about his own internal conversation related to the space between his biological gender and how he experiences himself.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pvh_pa06C_J3w58PW0nNOodDJesU0c2izs_BYq8mZV2TnTzcLqUWrTFvUCPaLRlq.gqyefaj99B_t9CCE?startTime=1623546453000
Please note that Johanna's session runs from 2:58:35 through to 3:51:37.

Speakers
avatar for Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Rabbi Johanna Hershenson

Rabbi Johanna M. Hershenson, MCoun, DD, lives with her husband, Mark, on an historic, off-grid ranch bordering Meek’s cut-off from the Oregon Trail. Currently she serves Temple Beth Tikvah, a member congregation of the URJ, part-time; and practices as a clinical mental health therapist... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
C149
  Current Issues/Debates
  • Delivery method Zoom
  • Available online? Yes

4:00pm NZST

From Gaza to Jerusalem: How to prevent the next war
This session will explore the causes and outcomes of the most recent war fought between the IDF and Hamas, sharing insights about the lessons learned and a possible pathway to peace.

Unfortunately, due to technical issues, there is no Zoom recording available for this session.

Speakers
avatar for Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher

Ittay Flescher is the Education Director at Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an interfaith movement for Israelis and Palestinians and Israel Correspondent for Plus61J Media. He also frequently teaches on gap year programs about the identity, narratives and cultures of the people who call Jerusalem... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
C175
  Israel
  • Delivery method Zoom
  • Available online? No

4:00pm NZST

Women Who Built the State: The Rescuers
You have probably heard of Golda Meir but what about the many other women who contributed to the creation and development of Israel? Women were involved in every field of state-building, from diplomacy to culture. Hear about just four of them – Recha Freier, Shula Cohen, Nechama Lifschitz, and Penina Tamo Shata – and help make Israel's history herstory, too.

Recording available online here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/5pXoMI8PBdIUYuHaus-hJzAWOaiO0NylUq4rbzoSwms0iCjnbqmc_rhfEQMSoT13b.SxSIibAMqU1MLBPv?startTime=1623556736000

Speakers
avatar for Peta Pellach Jones

Peta Pellach Jones

A founder of Limmud Oz when Education Director at the Shalom Institute (Sydney), Peta is now an educator, activist and blogger in Jerusalem. She is a Senior Fellow, at the Kiverstein Institute (Proudly Feminist), Education Director at the Elijah-Interfaith Institute (Sharing Wisdom... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
C152
  Israel
  • Delivery method Zoom
  • Available online? Yes

4:00pm NZST

Weaving Our Worלds Together …or... It Doesn't Always Have to be Chicken Soup!
A participatory session. Creative writing with freedom to respond in many forms or your own!...eg. poetry, prose, graphic novel, even sing, act, dance...or bits of each. Writing materials and paper will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own...pencils, pens, coloured pencils, phones/computers.

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Adler

Rosemary Adler

Creative writing, with a big emphasis on poetry, has illuminated Rosemary’s life for many years. Her back story as somewhat of a polymath also includes primary and secondary school teaching of music and maths in the UK, solo piano, orchestral (viola and violin), chamber music, and... Read More →


Sunday June 13, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm NZST
C155
  Spirituality