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What’s on around the J-Com: Sydney

To list your event in The AJN's online what's on guide, email mfain@jewishnews.net.au (Sydney) and mperl@jewishnews.net.au (Melbourne).

Photo: Sharon Arnott
Photo: Sharon Arnott

Monday, May 11

Guest lecture: Kehillat Masada presents Professor Jeffrey Woolf from Bar-Ilan University from 7.30pm “Hunting, Dancing, Masquerading and Halakhah: The Remarkable History of Italian Jewry”. Live at: https://zoom.us/s/5991715301.

Wednesday, May 13

In conversation: Shalom Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is thrilled to announce Deborah Feldman, author of Unorthodox, in conversation with Michaela Kalowski. Bestselling book, documentary and now Netflix series, Unorthodox has cemented itself as part of the 2020 zeitgeist. Enquiries: www.shalom.edu.au.

Cultivating character: Join Rebbetzin Fruma Schapiro from 8pm for a series ‘Life Wisdom from the Ethics of Our Fathers’ – a compilation of timeless aphorisms from the sages of old offering Jewish wisdom on life, morality and character development. Continuing the ancient tradition of studying its chapters and allowing its messages to resonate with participants and inspire personal growth. Live at www.chabadhouse.org.au/zoom. Password 123456.

Thursday, May 14

Coffee and chat: Coffee with the rabbi at 10am with Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton from The Great Synagogue. Grab your hot drink and join, ask any questions or simply just connect with the rabbi. To join: http://zoom.us/j/92933315587.

Lunch and Learn: WIZO hosts Dr Ron Weiser AM from 1.30pm for 35 to 40 minutes followed by questions and discussion. The topic is ‘What is Zionism? Do we even agree on what Zionism is and are there any defined boundaries?’ Register by emailing wizo@wizonsw.org.au.

Dunera: Emanuel Synagogue will launch an online hub at 2pm where members of the community can access live events with an appearance from former PM Paul Keating, comedian Jonathan Biggins plus an intro to the site from Daniel Grynberg and Ilan Kidron, Joanna Kalowksi and TV Chef Lisa Goldberg. Enquiries: www.dunera.org.au.

In Discussion: The Great Synagogue’s Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton and psychotherapist Brandon Srot will chat about “Coping with the Mental Strain of Lockdown” from 2.30pm. Advance registration is not required. Live at: https://zoom.us/j/93132843646. Password: 166.


Mental health:
Maroubra Synagogue presents a special series, The Jewish Perspective on Mental Health, with Rabbi Michoel Gourarie from BINA. This week’s topic: “Looking at specific conditions and the role of spirituality in the healing process”. From 8pm. To join: https://zoom.us/j/9652583066.

Friday, May 15

Life stories: The Great Synagogue hosts an interview with Simone Green on “How Nursing Triggered My Journey to Judaism” from 10am. Register to receive the Zoom session link. Enquiries: admin@greatsynagogue.org.au.

Sunday, May 17

Talmud class: Sundays at 9.30am with Rabbi Nochum Schapiro. Delve into the rich texts of the Talmud. Enquiries: www.chabadhouse.org.au/zoom.

BINA: Personal Growth with Rabbi Gourarie “Lessons from Elie Wiesel’s Classroom” runs until June 18 (no class on May 28 – Erev Shavuot) from 9.20-10.15am. To join: https://zoom.us/j/4861160823.

Monday, May 18

Learning opportunities:  Kehillat Masada will offer learning opportunities on Mondays from 7pm with Contemporary Halachic Issues – Corona Questions. To join: https://zoom.us/j/5991715301.

Tuesday, May 19

Learning @ KM: The BIG questions of Life – Where is God in the pandemic? With Rabbi Krebs at Kehillat Masada from 7pm. To join:
https://zoom.us/j/599171530.

Judaism at home: Join Rabbi Mendy Schapiro from 8pm in a Jewish literacy series about how Judaism is observed at home, touching on areas ranging from the things we do upon waking, how we eat our meals, elements of prayer and the basics of Shabbat with practical guidance as well as deeper insights about why we do what we do. Cost: $50 course/$15 class. Register: www.chabadhouse.org.au/JAH.

Israel update: UIA invite you to join them live from 1.30pm on Zoom for an Israel update with an in-depth analysis of the latest events in Israel and a Q&A with UIA CEO Yair Miller OAM and shlichah Jasmine Malul. To join: www.uiansw.org.au/zoom. ID: 783 633 425.

Wednesday, May 20

Mindfulness course: Rita Young is offering her time and expertise to WIZO with a free ‘Introduction to Mindfulness Course’ hosting a session for six weeks from 7-8.30pm in your living room via Zoom. Places are limited with full commitment and participation required. Enquiries: wizo@wizonsw.org.au; (02) 9387 3666.

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