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Launching Limmud-Oz 2013

May 13, 2013 – 2:15 pm3 Comments
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Galus Australis is proud to continue its association with the Limmud movement in Australia. Limmud-Oz has now launched its full program for its upcoming major event in Sydney. Check it out!

Limmud-Oz is excited to launch its full program, featuring close to 200 sessions and 200 presenters. This unique, community-wide festival of Jewish culture is being held from 8-10 June over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend at the University of New South Wales.

Limmud-Oz 2013 has a record-breaking number of 17 international presenters, hailing from Israel, the US, the UK, South Africa, Argentina and New Zealand. They will join close to 200 other presenters from around Australia who are offering an incredible variety of lectures, discussions, workshops and performances.

International presenters include:

  • Gershon Baskin – Negotiated between Israel and Hamas to release Gilad Shalit; Co-Chairman and founder of the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information.
  • Daniel Gordis – Award-winning author, columnist, speaker, thinker and Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center
  • Ruth Messinger – President of American Jewish World Service, member of US government’s Task Force on Global Poverty and Development, and Religion and Foreign Policy Working Group.
  • Nathan Lopes Cardozo – Lecturer, rabbi and author renowned for his original insights into Judaism, and founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy
  • Joshua Nelson – Prince of Kosher Gospel and teacher who performs around the world; named “the next big thing” by Oprah.
  • Diane Levy – The New Zealand “super nanny”, counsellor, family therapist, speaker and author of bestselling parenting books.
  • Alan Rosen – Holocaust scholar, lecturer at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies and author.

Limmud-Oz is an event for the whole family, with a full program for children aged 4-14.

Limmud-Oz is volunteer-organised and, for the first time in Sydney, is being chaired by volunteers Michala Lander and Mel Drinkwater, with the assistance of a volunteer team. Despite working full-time, the two expectant first-time mothers are committed to making this year’s Limmud-Oz the best ever.

Lander, a long-time Limmud-Oz volunteer, explained, ““Limmud-Oz is one of the biggest events in the Sydney Jewish community and provides a fantastic opportunity for us to all come together to explore, engage and question as we move forward on our Jewish journey.  This year we are making it bigger and better and an experience for the whole family with our extended Young Limmud program.”

Drinkwater added, “The theme of this year’s Limmud-Oz is about piecing the Jewish puzzle together. Limmud-Oz provides everyone the opportunity to find their own piece and connect to it.”

Limmud-Oz is supported by The Shalom Institute.

For more information please go to www.limmud-oz.com.au.

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  • Otto Waldmann says:

    Yes, indeed, Limud Oz has been a tremendous festival of conflicting views on a fixed topic: JEWS.
    This year it seems to “employ” a greater variety of presenters and, in some cases – very personally speaking – a slight tilt to the less than palatable flavours of so called Jewish thinking. The more than necessary and enjoyable presence of the critical contingent of almost all matters Israeli, down to outright anti Israeli views, is a slight change from the last event. NIF has captured quite a contingent and , in my view, that is not all that profitable for the health of the community.
    Certain presenters were refused the forum last time – 2011 – in Sydney. A quieter Peter Slezak has this time inched in his topic which, in fact, is exactly the same as his last appearance atLimud, some four years back. Two years ago I posted my objections to his presence alongside a much larger group and he was rejected. This time arround I find his lecture quite innocuous, not only because sounds like the last one, but because, if presented from a strict academic stance it should be allowed a decent debate.
    As niceties in such a large selection go, I had to laugh at the presence of some less than impressive subjects and associated fields of expertese. I remember some ten years back a mechanical engineer talking about Arthur Koestler and his ” The Thirteen Tribe” shocking opus. The presentation was so badly prepared it ended up in a sad embarrassment for the presenter. This time something similar when one of the presenters is described as ” a good listener to children”, no other credentials of the academic type. Go figure.
    Personally I enjoyed quite a few presentations of my own over the years and this time also I prepared two good topics, but, alas, gallavanting around as family chauffeur through Veneto, Toscana, Rome and the environs had to take precedence. To keep in shape I do, however, remain allert at all times (!) engaged in topics of any choice with my two passangers who reckon that they can stop me from arguing in my adorable fashion. They know that ” no arguments, no drivin’ “, so my private Limud keeps on rollin’.

    otto/Florence/Felix/Florence as in the city of, distinct from wife same name, but more gorgeous.

  • Mandi Katz says:

    Nice work Galus in promoting Limmud once again!

    This is a very impressive looking program and should be a great event for people in Sydney or those who can get to Sydney for it.

    For Melbourne people, Limmud Oz Melbourne is running a shorter event, Yom Limmud, on Sunday 16 June. Yom Limmud will feature some of the international guests coming to Limmud Oz in Sydney – Nathan Lopes Cardozo and Gershon Baskin featured in the piece about Limmud-Oz in Sydney and in Australia as Limmud Oz Sydney’s guests, and also Micki Gitzin – the executive director of “Israel Hofshit” (Be Free Israel), a grassroots organisation that aims to influence public opinion and policy-making on the issues of religion and state in Israel (co-hosted by the New Israel fund) and Ken Bob, the national president of Ameinu , the labor Zionist organisation of North America.(who will be here as a guest of Ameinu Australia) .

    Exciting Melbourne based speakers presenting at Limmud for the first time include author and ethicist Leslie Cannold,Keren Harel Gordon, a m exciting and innovative tanach and talmud teacher, and Julie Kalman who teaches and researches in French Jewish history at Monash university.

    Yom Limmud runs from 1.30 to 7.00pm at Monash University Caulfield (it is not a university event).

    You can check out the Melbourne event at http://www.limmudoz.com.au – the full program should be up soon – just finalising a few sessions and tickets will go on sale as soon as the program is finalised.

  • Hi Mandi,
    Looks like a great line up of presenters for Yom Limmud in Melbourne. We’re looking forward to seeing the program.

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