Limmud Oz 2016

abe Events

The upcoming international conference Limmud Oz is this year being hosted in Melbourne on the 25-27th of June.

Abe is providing two dynamic panels on the themes of Aboriginality and Judaism and for the first time ever an interfaith presentation in a predominantly Jewish audience with both an Imam and a Niqab-wearing woman.

Sunday, June 26 • 14:45 – 15:45

Program

With so much trouble in the world today to challenge the worldview of right-wing Jews, left-wing Christians and moderate Muslims, a Melbourne Jewish Limmudnik could be forgiven for throwing it all away! Boat people – aren’t they all troublesome Islamic terrorists… leave them where they are! Is there any value in interfaith dialogue? Jewish Radio J-Air has found that as we begin to understand each other – spiritually and psychologically – we understand ourselves better!

Presenters

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Rahat Arain

Rahat Arain has 12 years of teaching experience in a variety of educational settings. She is the Principal of Islamic Tradition at Al Siraat College located in Melbourne, which she co-founded in 2009. Her passion is to use holistic education to transform lives and be of benefit to others.

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Kathryn Bowden

Kat Bowden is a secondary teacher and resource writer for Catholic Education Melbourne.  She is currently completing her Masters of Theology with a focus on scripture.  Kat is actively involved in the interfaith community and is a member of JCMA, CCJ and the EIC sub-committee. Kat has also just travelled with JCMA to Jerusalem for an interfaith pilgrimage.

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Mohsin Mohammed

Imam Mohsin Mohammed is a student of comparative religion who likes  to study  the Torah, the Bible and the Quran side by side. He host weekly religious prayer services for the St Kilda Muslim Community and humbly fills the role of Imam ( religious instructor ). | Mohsin Mohammed is an active member of several multi-faith organisations, and specifically represents the Islamic community on the council-sponsored Port Phillip… Read More →

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Abe Schwarz

Known to Aboriginal and Interfaith communities as “Abe/Avraham”, this father of three passionately tries to do his bit of tikun olam, be it tour-guiding in Jerusalem with William Cooper’s family, advocating Aboriginal health and wellbeing – and extensively in interfaith circles – positioning Indigenous spirituality as a “religion”, along with his Judaism.

Monday, June 27 • 15:00 – 16:00


These two “tribes” share respect towards Elders, views on sustainability (not exploiting what’s NOT needed – that’s tikkun olam!), and so much storytelling (the Dreaming vs Kabbalah/Midrash), histories of cultural, linguistic and physical persecution (was it genocide?); both love music, genealogy and the role of community. Does each face similar assimilation challenges these days to ritual practice, coming-of-age (bnei mitzvah) ceremonies, even mourning practices (shiva vs sorry business)? All the rest is commentary – come and learn!

Presenters

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Donna Marie Ifould

Donna is a mixed race Aboriginal and Jewish Academic. Her field of study and research is Endangered Language and Cultural Documentation, Repair and Reconstruction. Other areas of research and study include comparative mythology and oral history documentation and indigenous nomadic religions and philosophies.

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Abe Schwarz

Known to Aboriginal and Interfaith communities as “Abe/Avraham”, this father of three passionately tries to do his bit of tikun olam, be it tour-guiding in Jerusalem with William Cooper’s family, advocating Aboriginal health and wellbeing – and extensively in interfaith circles – positioning Indigenous spirituality as a “religion”, along with his Judaism.

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Uncle Boydie Turner

Alf Turner, respectfully known as Uncle Boydie, is the 87-year-old grandson of Aboriginal activist William Cooper who was acknowledged by Yad Vashem as the only private organiser of a public protest against Nazism after hearing about Krystallnacht. Uncle Boydie has spent years working with Jews, ensuring an enduring legacy of his grandfather’s actions.

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Ghil’ad Zuckermann

Ghil’ad Zuckermann (DPhil Oxford, PhD Cambridge) is Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide. His MOOC on language revival has so far attracted 6000 students from 150 countries. His bestseller “Israelit Safa Yafa” has been described as “revolutionary”.