Educators’ conference in Melbourne

August 12, 2014 by J-Wire Staff
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The 2014 Zionist Federation of Australia’s  Jewish Educators’ conference will be held at Mt. Scopus College, Melbourne on 17-18th August.

There will be 82 presentations, 16 international presenters and 48 local presenters, providing something of interest and value for every type of educator. From secondary to primary and early learning, formal to informal education, text based Jewish studies to Jewish values all sessions are designed to enhance and strengthen our Jewish educators’ knowledge and teaching practices.

Ricki Bernstein

Ricki Bernstein


Dr Michael Gillis

This conference is open to all members of the public who would like to discuss Israel and Jewish education, engagement and identity.

The Israeli Education Minister, Rabbi Shai Piron MK was scheduled to be the special guest at the conference. Unfortunately, although understandably, the Minister has had to postpone his visit due to the current situation in Israel.

Operation Protective Edge and the impact of a war in Israel in educational frameworks is a significant issue, which the conference will be addressing. The opening session focus on the topic: “Talking and teaching about Israel in a time of war” with panellists including Israeli guest speakers  Dr Michael Gillis (Melton Centre for Jewish Education, Hebrew University) and educator and psychologist Ricki Bernstein. Many international presenters have re calibrated their sessions in light of the current situation.

Dr Miriam Munz, who is the Education Chairperson of the conference says: – “In addition to the outstanding program, this conference will provide an opportunity for Jewish educators from around Australia to experience an informal exchange of ideas and to establish connections for longer term cooperation.”

We are looking forward to record numbers of educators attending what will no doubt be a brilliant conference. To register, please go to:

For more information, including our program schedule, please have a look at our website:

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