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Samuel Altschul

Rabbi Samuel Altschul is the Senior Rabbi of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation. He received Smicha (Rabbinical ordination) from Harav Daniel Channen, Yeshivat Pirchei Shoshanim, Bnei Brak, Israel. He holds an MA in philosophy and a BA in Comparative Religious Studies from Universities in Denmark along with a post graduate degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married to Shosha and they have two boys.


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John Bell

John Bell has been playing Vibraphone since the age of 14.  A lecturer at Massey University, John has worked nationally with the country’s leading improvising musicians, including Jeff Henderson, Anthony Donaldson, and Nigel Gavin. Over the past 25 years he has directed his own ensembles, recorded in Melbourne and performed at numerous festivals, theatre and dance productions.



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Leonard Bell

Associate Professor Leonard Bell has taught Art History at The University of Auckland since 1973. He is a highly-regarded scholar both nationally and internationally. His writings on cross-cultural interactions and representations in all visual media, and on the works and careers of travelling, migrant, expatriate and refugee artists, photographers and architects have been published throughout the world. He is the co-editor (with Professor Diana Morrow) of Jewish Lives in New Zealand (2011) the first authoritative history of the impact of Jewish settlers on New Zealand since the 1840s.


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Sue Berman

Sue migrated to NZ as a child from South Africa in 1979. In 1982 she was a b’nei mitzvah of Beth Shalom where she continues to be an active adult member. Sue has a passion for stories of people and place - of cultural identity and the way we share and make meaning in our lives. Her current work includes oral history, local community development, heritage and local history with libraries and social justice education and research projects.


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Jonathan Besser

Jonathan Besser, originally from New York, has years of experience collaborating with his own instrumentalists. He comes to the fore in Gimel as a presenter and pianist - a new sounding contemporary music and group dynamic that he has been developing for nearly a year. Gimel's music happily walks the fine line between pushing the boundaries out and drawing the audience in.


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Caroline von Bismarck

Caroline was born in Berlin, where she received violin lessons with the distinguished Abraham Jaffé. She studied in Mannheim and Detmold and Bern receiving a Concert Diploma with the highest mark. Caroline has performed as a chamber musician at international festivals in throughout the world and is  the founder of the International Chamber Music Festival ”Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt” in Germany.  Caroline has been a tenured member in various Spanish orchestras and nowworks for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.


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Sam Bookman

Sam is studying law at Auckland University, and in his spare time he is employed by the Auckland Students' Union, a member of the Goldwater Trust and teaches matters of Judaica to children at Kadimah School and privately. He is a former Bnei Akiva madrich and also a champion debater.

As well as being involved in Lunch & Learn, Sam is running a debate session in the children's programme and is facilitating discussion on the short film "Take Note" with Lawrence Nathan.



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Michal Bruck

Michal Bruck is an Israeli national working in Ethiopia for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a project manager on a project to improve the humanitarian supply chain in the country by building infrastructure and business tools. Previously, Michal managed a programme called MEET that brings together Palestinian and Israeli teens to study computer programming. Michal has also led relief missions for Latet, an Israeli relief organization, in Albania, Honduras and Ethiopia. She holds an MBA from the university of Geneva and bachelor of Law from the Hebrew University.


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Colin Bulka

Colin is currently the Director of the Jewish Agency's Machon L'Madrichim programme in Jerusalem. He's an informal educator who grew up in London, made Aliyah in 1992 and since then has worked primarily with Zionist youth movement long term programmes. He is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows and prior to Machon was on shlichut as head of the British shlichim delegation. Despite being in Israel he remains committed to watching English Premiership football every week.



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Daniela Cavallaro

Daniela Cavallaro is Senior Lecturer in the Italian Department of the University of Auckland, where she teaches advanced language and literature courses. She has published extensively on contemporary Italian fiction, drama and cinema. During a two-year period of volunteer work at Divine Word University, in Madang, Papua New Guinea, she also lectured, researched and wrote on South Pacific Literature. She is currently completing a project on Italian women playwrights of the 1940-60s.


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Adi Cohen

Rabbi Adi Cohen is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai, the Wellington Progressive Jewish Congregation. He was previously the Rabbi of Brit Olam, a Progressive Jewish congregation in Kiryat On, Israel. He has also taught law and Jewish ethics at Metro West High School in Ra'anana, and worked as a story-teller in special education kindergartens in Kfar Saba.


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Gila Cohen

A social worker and pastoral care giver, from Temple Sinai - the Progressive Jewish congregation in Wellington. Gila studied Social Work at Tel Aviv University, Pastoral care at the “Mazorim” program, at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and studied C.P.E at “Hertzog” Hospital in Jerusalem. A mother of three and married to Rabbi Adi Cohen.

Gila is also running to children's sessions on the Sunday of LIMMUD.


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Keren Cook

Keren Cook has a Masters in Fine Arts and a Diploma in Teaching. Keren's artistic focus explores themes within Jewish identity and culture and incorporates printmaking, painting, mix-media, digital technologies and installation.  Keren’s 15 years of teaching includes Art and Art History at secondary and tertiary levels and the establishment of an art school.  Keren is currently establishing the Online Jewish Museum, and is liaising with artists, curators, writers, teachers, critics and communities who will contribute. 


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Philip Cookson

Philip Cookson is CEO and Director of Research at Philology Pty. Ltd. an Australian based global market and technology research consultancy.  Formerly he had senior technology research roles at Microsoft Corporation and.   Philip has a Masters degree in Mathematical Physics, a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science and is a Qualified Professional Market Researcher.


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Paddy Cornfield

Paddy Cornfield, a local pianist living in Devonport, has regularly performed to a number of audiences for many years.


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Tom Dennison

Tom Dennison has performed in a number of top jazz groups, including the Alan Broadbent Trio, Mike Nock Quartet, Frank Gibson's Hardbopmobile, and the Roger Manins Quintet. Following a spell in New York where he worked under the guidance of Larry Grenadier, Matt Penman and Joe Martin, Tom returned to New Zealand to start work on his debut album Zoo. Tom is well known to Auckland jazz audiences, and is regularly called on for sessions and live shows.



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Osnat Dvorkin

Osnat Dvorkin is the Zionist Federation of New Zealand community, Habo and Aliya Shlicha. She has a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Jewish Philosophy and Art History. Osnat has worked as a Communities director for the Young Shlichim unit of the Jewish Agency. As such she had worked with and visited Jewish communities in all corners of the Jewish world. She was the coordinator of the Nitzanim course, a scholarship course for return shlichim developing as professionals in Jewish and Israeli education.


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Udi Dvorkin

Udi Dvorkin is the Zionist Federation formal education shaliach. He currently runs the Beth Shalom Beit Midrash. Prior to coming to New Zealand he spent time as a Youth Shaliach in Amsterdam with the Jewish Agency. Udi has a BA in Judaic Studies and European History and a Masters in Contemporary Judaism. He also loves hiking and the outdoors!


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Ittay Flescher

Israeli born Ittay Flescher has been exploring and observing Jewish life for as long as he can remember. He currently teaches at Mount Scopus Memorial College, the Jewish Museum of Australia's Adult Education program and the Ayeka program for secular Jewish learning. In 2007, he spent a year at the Hebrew University on the Senior Educators Program where he completed a major project on teaching Tanach in a pluralist setting.


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Petra Frank

Petra is a second generation Jewish New Zealander, born in Wellington. She joined Moriah Kindergarten as a teacher in 2003 and gained her Bachelor of Education (Teaching) ECE in 2005 from Victoria University of Wellington. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Strategies for Teaching Students with Special Needs in 2011 from the University of Canterbury. Previously she supported children with special needs attending early childhood centres in Wellington and taught for a year in a Jewish Nursery in Manchester, England.


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Anna Funder

Anna Funder grew up in Melbourne and is an author and international lawyer specializing in human rights and constitutional law. She is the prizewinning author of Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall, which has been published in twenty countries and translated into sixteen languages. In 2004 Stasiland won the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize, the most prestigious nonfiction award in the United Kingdom. All That I Am is her first novel. Anna Funder lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and children.


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Limor Fybish

Limor is an Israeli-trained Art Therapist who holds a BA in social science, focusing in psychology and P.G.Dip in Art Therapy. Limor worked in the Israeli Ministry of Education. Her areas of interest and expertise include individual and group therapy with children, teenagers and their parents. Limor is married to Gal and is a proud mother of two children.


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Jules Gaddie

Jules was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Wits University. Jules was the CEO of an auditing, advisory and computer software company in SA. He has been in New Zealand for 15 years. Jules is heavily invested in Jewish education and is currently a faculty member of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.



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Nigel Garin

Nigel Gavin is a New Zealand based musician and composer, best known as a guitar player. In addition to being a highly regarded solo artist and session musician, Nigel has been a member of bands such as popular New Zealand jazz quartett The Nairobi Trio, Robert Fripp's The League of Crafty Guitarists, klezmer "Jews Brothers", and Jonathan Besser's Bravura. He has a vast musical vocabulary which ranges from acoustic blues and folk to jazz, rock, fusion, surf pop, complex ambient grooves and various world music genres, in particular klezmer.


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Barb Glaser

Barbara came to Auckland six years ago to take up the position of CEO at the Auckland Philharmonia. Under her leadership the orchestra has flourished, implementing a variety of new programmes and initiatives, which have been enthusiastically embraced by Auckland music lovers. Barbara recently engaged the APO team in an educational outreach programme designed for children in low-socio economic environments who had few opportunities to explore music, currently the focus of the work is in schools in South Auckland.


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Mendy Goldstein

Rabbi Mendel Goldstein is the Director of the Raye Freedman Library, responsible for library's cultural and educational community development initiatives. He is a graduate of the Rabbinical College of America and qualified as a Rabbi in Melbourne, Australia. Rabbi Goldstein lectures regularly on Jewish philosophy and the Classic Jewish Texts. Rabbi Goldstein is also a director of Chabad-Lubavitch of New Zealand. He is married to Sara’le and they have four children.


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Jenni Gottschalk

Jenny Gottschalk leads the Maayan Israeli Dance Group in Auckland and has been dancing since 2002.


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Heidi Greenwood

Heidi started working at Moriah Kindergarten in 2000 and has been the Principal since 2002.  She holds a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood.  Her passion for early childhood education was ignited while living on a Kibbutz in Israel for 10 years and working with children.  Heidi was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching and Leadership Award for leadership in 2010. The award was recognition of her efforts to lead change at Moriah Kindergarten to create a sustainable, strong and special place with high standards and a caring community.



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Robbie Gringras

Robbie Gringras is a British-Israeli writer, performer, and educator. His plays have performed throughout the world in English, Spanish, and Hebrew. He works as Artist-in-Residence with Makom, and is chief editor/writer of www.makom.haaretz.com. Robbie has survived Habonim, Oxford University, Mandel Jerusalem Fellows, and is even having fun working with the Jewish Agency.


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Rotem Hochman

Rotem came to NZ from Israel in 2003. Rotem holds a BCom(Hons) from the University of Auckland, his studies were focused on leadership, management and marketing. He is currently the president of AUJS New Zealand - The Australasian Union of Jewish Students. Rotem has recently been on AUJS's Leadership Development Programme where he met with African refugees and heard their stories first hand.



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Jonathan Joseph

Jono is currently a madrich with Habonim Dror, his role within the movement is Rosh Chinuch (Head of Education). He has spent a year in Israel, on the Shnat Hachshara Programme, Jono has a passion for educating Jewish youth on social issues to enable them to become critical thinkers. Outside of Habo, Jono is studying Marketing and Commercial Law at the University of Auckland, he is a second year student. 



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Charles Justin

Charles Justin is an architect and cofounder of SJB Architects, a major practice with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. He is a collector of contemporary art and is a past president of the Jewish Museum of Australia.


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Linda Kaye

Linda Kaye has been involved in Auckland Jewish community life since her childhood. She is a member of Beth Shalom, where she was a b'nei mitzvah teacher and chair of the Burial and Benevolent Society, before retiring to live in the North Hokianga. During the past ten years she has trained in the United States as a teacher of Jewish meditation and spiritual direction, with a special interest in Tehillim (Psalms).  



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Bronwen Klippel

As a child Bronwen Klippel lived next door to Laurence Reynolds and his family (whom she is interviewing at LIMMUD), and they developed a close connection. Bronwen now lives in Herne Bay, where the early Auckland Jewish community once thrived. She has been interviewing Laurence about his life and is excited to share a little of his story.



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Jacqueline Knight-Klisser

Jacqueline Knight-Klisser, was born in New Zealand to Dutch parents that met here after WW11. Her father, Han Klisser, is a Holocaust survivor who was orphaned at 16, the sole survivor of his immediate family. Her mother, Janna Klisser-Dettingmeijer, is from Rotterdam, a city that was flattened during the war. The. themes of struggle and survival that are woven through both her parents childhoods have in part, provided the catalyst for her MA in Philosophy with a special interest in Ethics.


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Rachel Korpus

Rachel Korpus is the current President of Zionist Federation of New Zealand (ZFNZ). Rachel runs the ZFNZ on a voluntary basis and is in her fourth term as President. Under her Presidency, the ZFNZ has grown to be the largest informal education provider for the New Zealand Jewish Community. Rachel graduated from Auckland University with a BA in Organisational Management and Sociology.  



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Mandy Lawrence

Mandy Lawrence holds degrees in philosophy and psychology and has many years of teaching experience, incuding teaching with the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School programme and facilitating the Bat Mitzvah programme at the Great Synagogue in Sydney. Before relocating to Sydney, Mandy lived in Auckland for seven years where her husband Jeremy was the Rabbi of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation. Mandy and Jeremy have four children.


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Samuel Lebens

Samuel Lebens holds a PhD in metaphysics and logic from the University of London, and has spent 5 years learning in yeshivot. He is a modern-orthodox educator, philosopher, political commentator and playwright. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Israel.


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Sarah Livschitz

Sarah Livschitz is a madricha in Auckland and Rosh Messimah (Head of Social Action) in Habonim Dror. She has been an active member and youth leader in Beth Shalom for a number of years, and went on Shnat Hachshara (Habonim Dror's year in Israel) in 2011. Sarah is currently studying a conjoint degree in Commerce and Arts.



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Jeffrey Masson

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is a writer who lives with his family in New Zealand. He has a PhD in Sanskrit from Harvard University and is also a trained psychologist. He has written on a wide-range of subjects including on his experience moving to New Zealand, psychology and animal rights. He is a collector of Holocaust books and has researched and written extensively on the subject.


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Inbal Megiddo

Inbal, an Israeli cellist, has toured extensively and been broadcast around the world, performing at venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York. Inbal began studying cello at the age of two, and first performed at three. At six, she was a recipient of the America Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship. She has won numerous awards, and was selected by the Stradivari Society as a rising star, receiving on loan the use of a Stradivarius cello. She holds degrees from Yale University, and recently joined the New Zealand School of Music.



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Carol Millner

Carol Millner is running 2 Children’s workshops. Carol graduated from Victoria University, Wellington in History and Theatre, winning the Maria Dronke prize in drama, and  has a Master of Theatre Arts from Newcastle University, NSW. She returned to New Zealand in 1993 to work as an actor, director and theatre teacher. Carol now lives in Perth, WA, where she writes poetry and short stories. She won Julie Lewis Literary Award in 2007 and in 2008 16 of her poems were published in an anthology, Amber Contains the Sun. 


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Carolina Moon

Carolina Moon's sings world music with ancient and modern roots at the heart of which lie the beautiful Ladino melodies of Judeo Spain. She began this project in Sydney with a performance with Mark Isaacs at the Great Synagogue. Carolina misspent her formative years on the London jazz and world music scene, moving to Sydney in 1995. In 2002 she travelled to the Jazz India Vocal Institute, Mumbai to study voice and raga and is now based in Auckland. Carolina has a Masters of Music in Performance and has performed in the UK, Australia, India, China, Aotearoa and the Pacific.


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Paul Morris

Paul Morris is a Professor in the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies at Victoria University. He is a specialist scholar in the field of contemporary world religions. He teaches courses on the world’s religions after 9/11, on Judaism, including the Holocaust, diaspora and the state of Israel, and on Hebrew language.


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Lawrence Nathan

Lawrence Nathan is currently in his final year of studying Music (alongside Commerce) at the University of Auckland. He attended Kadimah College and then King's College, followed in 2008 by a year-long course in Israel. He has subsequently been heavily involved with Bnei Akiva, and more recently the March of the Living and Hagshama. A keen musician himself, Lawrence has a real interest and passion for Israeli music.


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David Neifeld

David is the current Vice President of AUJS New Zealand. Previously he was the Merakez (Chairman) of Bnei Akiva New Zealand, Rosh Sniff (Head) of Bnei Akiva Auckland, Rosh Chinuch (Education) and also was Rosh Machane for the Bnei Akiva New Zealand Winter Camp 2011. He has just completed his studies of a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Auckland specialising in Political Studies and Media Studies.


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Brandon Nementzik

Brandon Nementzik grew up in Cape Town and moved to New Zealand 25 years ago. He is a longstanding member of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation. He is married to Susan and they have two daughters, Anna and Laura. He is an avid armchair sports fan and enjoys running and table-tennis.


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Sara Nevezie

Sara was born in Hastings to parents who suffered in the Holocaust, and through complex means arrived in NZ to a small "shtetl" like community of Yiddish speaking immigrants. A relative in Paris regularly sent vinyl recordings of Yiddish music. “As a family we sang and danced to the music and our parents wept to the songs. The music is how I learned the nuance of the language. As an adult I learned some of the grammar at University in Sydney and established the Yiddish Circle here in Auckland which is lively and active." Sara works as a Clinical Psychologist.


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Chris Prosser

Chris Prosser is a violinist-composer who writes music primarily to perform and record himself, as solo artist and in collaboration.



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Laurence Reynolds

Dr Laurence Reynolds was born in Herne Bay in 1915, living in the area until his bar mitzvah. During WW11 he served 6 years in the British Army Medical Corp becoming a Major. On returning to NZ in 1945 he worked as a doctor, eventually establishing the first Coronary Care Unit in NZ in 1965. Today he is a philatelist and postal historian. 


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Bodil Rosenbaum

Bodil (YMOT: Yiddishe Mamma Of Three) has taught at Moriah Kindergarten since 2000, bringing a wealth of experience and an interesting background with her. She comes originally from Denmark, where she gained her early childhood teaching qualification as a pedagogue.  Bodil has taught in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. She was the leader of a kindergarten on a Kibbutz in Israel for 27 years.  Bodil leads the Jewish curriculum and Hebrew at Moriah Kindergarten.  



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Eliah Sakakushev

Eliah Sakakushev von Bismarck is the principal cellist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as artist-teacher at the Auckland University. After studying in Vienna he obtained his performance degree in Germany. Eliah has been artistic director of the Festival Sefarad in Madrid and the Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt in Bavaria. He appears worldwide in concerts as a chamber and orchestra musician, but also as a soloist.


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Helen Schamroth

Helen, ONZM, is an artist, writer, arts consultant and curator.  Her exhibition ‘Tracing’ was shown at Northart and the Jewish Museum Melbourne (2011). The daughter of Holocaust survivors Martha and Feliks Ash, the works derive from family research in Poland and Ukraine. The narrative is expressed through textiles.  Other exhibitions include the 13th Trienniale of Tapestry, Lodz, Poland (2010) and a survey exhibition, Northart (2005). Helen has participated in international and national exhibitions and had a residency at the University of New South Wales.



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Mikhail Tablis

Mikhail received his first Piano Degree in the Ukraine at age 18. Continuing his education at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, he obtained two degrees from the renowned Russian Conservatoire (Piano Performance and Musicianship and Musicology). Performing as a soloist and accompanist here and abroad, his recitals with top NZ and International singers received high acclaim. Mikhail has a strong interest in Jewish music. He has been the producer and pianist of the first NZ performance of Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry and toured NZ with the Chief Cantor of Vienna Synagogue.


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Tonny De Vries

Tonny de Vries is a Lecturer in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering department of the University of Canterbury. She has a keen interest in Jewish education and organises the Cheder of the Canterbury Hebrew Congregation. 


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Sheila Weinberg

Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg is a founder of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), as well as a poet, educator and internationally recognized pioneer in contemplative practice. She has published widely on feminism, Judaism, spirituality and single parenting, and has contributed commentaries to Kol HaNeshama, the new Reconstructionist prayerbook. As a faculty member for IJS programs, Rabbi Weinberg teaches mindfulness meditation to rabbis, Jewish professionals and lay people.


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Emma Zuriel

Emma, together with her husband Ephraim, is the Auckland Hebrew Congregation and Bnei Akiva Shlicha. Emma grew up in England and made Aliyah at the age of 16. She spent a year studying at Midreshet Lindenbaum and went on to serve as a commander in the Education Unit, specifically in the IDF's conversion course, where she taught soldiers in the process of converting to Judaism through the army.


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Ephraim Zuriel

Together with his wife Emma, Ephraim is the Auckland Hebrew Congregation and Bnei Akiva Shaliach. Born and raised in Israel to American parents, Ephraim spent several years in different Yeshivas in Israel and has a BA from the Open University in Jewish History. He runs a business in the event production industry and has been involved with several business initiatives involving renewable energy.