Limmud-Oz – What’s on the Menu

May 23, 2011 by Community Editor
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Limmud-Oz is a unique, community-wide event that celebrates Jewish learning and creativity.  This “festival of the Jewish mind and spirit” is being held from June 11-13 over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Sydney’s University of New South Wales.

Program Director Michael Misrachi is confident that this year’s program offers “something for everyone from ages 5 to 105”.  With up to 12 sessions at any one time participants can choose from a diverse program that includes film, theatre, cooking, art, politics, history, spirituality and more.

Limmud-Oz has secured an exciting list of international and interstate presenters, who Misrachi is confident will enrich and enliven the program. These include:

Efraim Zuroff – Nazi hunter, historian & Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Eli Podeh – Chair of the Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Edwin Black –award-winning investigative journalist, historian and author.

Efrat Gosh – Israeli Artist of the Year 2010, singer, songwriter, composer and actress.

Tali Nates – Director of the Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre.

There are over 200 presenters covering a wide range of subjects.

Panel discussions will address several hot issues including refugees in Australia, Jewish continuity, Indigenous reconciliation, ethical eating, and gay rights in Israel.

  1. Misrachi adds: “There are multiple opportunities to relax and enjoy the lighter side of Limmud-Oz too. There will be live Israeli, Klezmer and Sephardi music performances.  Budding chefs can learn tricks of the trade with Israeli celebrity chef Gil Hovav or go on a chocolate journey with award-winning chocolatier, Galit Segev. There are also hands-on juggling, arts, dance and singing sessions.”

Limmud-Oz also offers two days of activities for children aged 5 – 12.

Misrachi adds, “Whether you’re interested in the A to Z of chocolate or Israeli advocacy, there’s something for you at Limmud-Oz today


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