Limmud Oz Sydney 2019 – Call for presenters

March 4, 2019 by Community newsdesk
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Presenter applications are now open to anyone in the community whose talk can promise to take Limmud Oz participants ‘one step further on their Jewish journey’.

Limmud Oz, Sydney’s Festival of Jewish Ideas, will be held on June 15-17 at the Round House UNSW.

Who should apply?

Speakers, performers, artists, writers, musicians, teachers, students, anyone with a passion/interest/expertise. All ages and level of experience invited to apply!

Sessions that fall into the following categories are welcome to apply:

  • Society & politics: community, cultural issues, education, environment, gender and sexuality, interfaith, languages, politics, social justice & action.
  • Arts & culture: comedy, dance, drama, film, food, literature, music, performance, poetry, storytelling, theatre, visual arts.
  • Text & tradition: Torah and Tanach, Talmud, Jewish law, mysticism, philosophy, prayer, theology, ethics.
  • Our history, our memory: personal stories, ancient & modern Jewish history, archaeology, biography, the Holocaust.
  • Everything Israel: Israeli history and current affairs, Israel-Diaspora relations, regional politics, peace and conflict, Israeli culture and innovation, Zionist theory.
  • Mind, body & soul: spirituality, physical & mental wellbeing, holistic spaces.

How do I apply?

Read about the application process here apply by March 19. The programming team will respond to all applicants by April 15.

This year’s Limmud Oz is chaired by two ex-youth movement leaders, Sarah Charak (Bnei Akiva) and Donny Janks (Habonim Dror).

Sarah Charak grew up attending Limmud Sydney and chaired one of the most successful Yom Limmud events to date in 2018 with passion, dedication and a commitment to the values of Limmud. Sarah is currently completing an honours degree in history at USYD and studied Tanach, Talmud and Jewish philosophy at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem.

Donny Janks teaches informal education at Emanuel School and Emanuel Synagogue. He is passionate about engaging young Jews in Sydney, is interested in Jewish text and Hebrew, and facilitates the collaborative, egalitarian Sydney Jewish community Ayelet HaShachar. He is also undertaking an honours degree in music at UTS. Donny was the recent recipient of a grant from Shalom to attend Limmud Festival in the UK, a five-day event with over 2,500 participants. Shalom regularly supports local Limmud volunteers to attend regional and international Limmud events to develop skills to further enhance the Sydney Limmud community.

For more details about Limmud Oz, please visit


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