Limmud Oz tickets on sale

May 2, 2018 by Community newsdesk
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Tickets are now on sale for Limmud Oz, Australia’s festival of Jewish learning and culture back in Melbourne this year and returns to its traditional date over the Queen’s birthday weekend, June 9-11.

Co-Chairs Annette Charak and Nomi Blum said this year’s Limmud shapes as one of the biggest and best ever and have invited the community to immerse themselves in what continues to be the most diverse and comprehensive and best attended Jewish learning and cultural event in Melbourne

“It brings together people across political, religious and social divides for outstanding three days of Jewish learning and community,” they said.

In 2016 the festival introduced a Shabbat afternoon program, held at the Theodor Herzl Club in the heart of Caulfield, and after a bumper afternoon and with the venue close to capacity, that component will be repeated in 2018 with a full array of sessions, followed by a musical havdala.

Limmud Oz continues on Saturday night through to late Monday afternoon at Monash University, Caulfield and will feature an outstanding array of local and international presenters on a huge range of social, political, communal and religious issues relevant to Jewish life, and a strong Jewish learning component.

Haaretz journalist and regular on the very popular podcast The Promised Allison Kaplan Sommer will be part of a strong line up of Israel experts, also including Calev Ben Dor, of the BICOM institute, UK-based organisation that acts to promote awareness of Israel and the Middle East. Mishy Harman, the voice and idea behind the podcast phenomenon Israel Storywill bring a different perspective on Israel to the event.

Other confirmed presenters include Tabletjournalist Yair Rosenberg who covers the Jewish world, Shalom Hartman fellow Haroon Moghul who is an expert on Jewish-Muslim relations, historian of English-speaking Jewish communities Adam Mendelsohn, Yiddishist Eve Yochnowitz and renowned Talmud teacher and head of Pardes Institute of Jewish learning in the US, Yaffa Epstein.

Presenters who are also noteworthy activists are Rabbi Seth Farber who founded ITIM which advocates for alternative pathways for conversion in Israel and for greater inclusion by the Israeli rabbinate on marriage and divorce, Ari Hershkowitz who was featured in the acclaimed documentary “One of us” and is an activist for more support for people leaving ultra-orthodox communities and for better education in religious communities and poet Adi Keissar who combines art and activism in the popular Ars Poetica, a project which she founded and which initiated a new wave of Mizrahi poetry for the masses in the form of readings combined with Middle Eastern music and dancing.

The local line-up has been created by a team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers and will be as broad and eclectic as always.

Early Bird tickets are available now at $170 ($90 for concessions) which is less than $7 per session and are the cheapest for eight years. This reflects Limmud’s commitment to keep the event as affordable as possible. Discounted tickets are available to people willing to volunteer at the event for a few hours.

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