An evening of dangerous ideas to challenge thinking – JCA 2018 Campaign

May 14, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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With just two weeks to go excitement is mounting across the community ahead of JCA’s 2018 Campaign.

Max Stossel

An Evening of Dangerous Ideas will take place over three nights – 24th  May at Chatswood Concourse and 29th  and 30th  May at the Hordern Pavilion with a renowned selection of speakers who will enlighten and entertain audiences through thought their presentation of dangerous ideasfacing our community.  With the prime impetus coming from findings of the Gen17 Report, we will introduce some important issues facing our community and all of us at this time.

Facilitated by internationally acclaimed futurist and thought leader Phill Nosworthy,speakers will investigate themes related to their areas of expertise and experiences in their personal lives. They will explore topics like social media and online communities replacing real connection, the threat to Holocaust memory and the role of inclusivity in Judaism and community.

New Yorker Max Stossel, formerly a media strategist with an extensive background in social media (he trained with Gary Vaynerchuk) merges his poetry and film with digital activism.  The blending of these fields allows Max to provide a fascinating perspective on modern content and culture.  As part of the Time Well Spent movement, Max asks the question:

“In the Attention Economy, technology and media are designed to maximize our screen-time. But what if they were designed to help us live by our values?”

As the next generation (and even the current one) become more and more engaged with online communities do we risk losing our sense of connection to each other?

Phill and Max will be joined by local speakers – Alex Ryvchin (co-CEO of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry), Mark Baker (author and adjunct Professor at Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University), Tamar Krebs (Entrepreneur, Rabbi’s wife – and so much more) and Allanah Zitserman (film-maker and producer – who continues to explore her Jewish connection).

“These exciting events will create a dynamic and inspiring forum for conversations about the future of community life. They will explore the strong emotional attachment and personal investment we all have in our community. Our goal is to bring leading thinkers and culture creators together to present thought-provoking topics in a stimulating environment.

We aim to extend those discussions that sometimes take place around the table on a Friday night. It will be a unique experience to hear and see the evening evolve while maybe challenging previously long-held ideas,” said Bruce Goldsmith, CEO.

Booking is open for all JCA events and can be accessed by going to

The office can be contacted on 9360 2344 for more information or to assist with any enquiries.

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