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Sunday, May 31

2:00pm SAST

Once Upon a Travel Tale: Jewish Communities in Morocco and India
Karen and Ryan love adventuring off the beaten track with their families - to explore new horizons, be embraced by foreign cultures, breathe in untouched nature, and meet individuals who will inspire us to share poignant, inspiring and sometimes challenging stories to anyone who wants to listen. Join us as we share colourful impressions of our most recent trips to Jewish India and Morocco respectively, and dream together of creating new unique travel memories.

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Ryan Davis

Ryan is a People Development Consultant and Coach. His company, Next Peak, partners with individuals, teams and organisations to design and implement solutions that enhance people’s lives and communities. A passionate Limmud volunteer for many years, Ryan has volunteered in many... Read More →
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Karen Kallmann

Karen is a passionate Limmudnik, engaged Jew, adventurous world traveller, concerned environmentalist and unrepentant feminist. Karen is a wife and the mother of 5 curious, courageous children.

Sunday May 31, 2020 2:00pm - 2:50pm SAST
Room 2

3:00pm SAST

Analysing Results from the Jewish Community Survey of South Africa
Join Adam as he analyses the data from the recently completed national community survey, and considers what this means for the present and future of the South African Jewish community. This is the first time Adam will present the data to a public audience.

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Adam Mendelsohn

Adam is Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies at UCT and curator of exhibitions at the Princeton University Art Museum, New-York Historical Society and Center for Jewish History. His book ‘The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed Their Way to Success in America and the British Empire... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 3:00pm - 3:50pm SAST
Room 4

4:00pm SAST

Jews, Tattoos & Other Taboos
Join Heidi on a humorously philosophical journey as she tries to makes sense of why she doesn't have tattoos, why she ate bread this Pesach for the first time, and why she has mixed feelings about male circumcision. She explores the reasons behind certain taboos and their effects on our choices, and suggests that we need to think a bit more about these 'unthinkable' things.

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Heidi Matisonn

A Durban girl born and bred, Heidi worked in Cape Town as a copywriter and briefly, as Tony Leon's speechwriter, before moving to London to study. Having accepted that she was not going to fulfil her ambition of being the benevolent dictator of the Central African Republic, she moved... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 4:00pm - 4:50pm SAST
Room 7

4:00pm SAST

Up Close and Personal: Relationships during Lockdown
Has your relationship flourished or floundered? Some report they’ve coped extremely well and remain happy; others tell of interminable conflicts and arguments. Is this trivial or more important to your family dynamic? Join Michael, an experienced couples' therapist on what the crisis means for relationships and their stability.

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Michael Kallenbach

Michael Kallenbach is a couples therapist in Johannesburg. He trained at the Tavistock Institute in London and worked as a journalist before retraining as a psychotherapist. His first job was at The Star newspaper as a “cub” reporter; he was for several years the United Nations... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 4:00pm - 4:50pm SAST
Room 5

5:00pm SAST

The COVID-19 Economic Catastrophe - What Can Government Do?
The COVID-19 pandemic, and the measures taken to deal with its fallout, have resulted in a global economic crisis, from which South Africa will not be spared. The country’s real GDP for 2020 is forecast to fall by around 10%, with at least 1 million accompanying job losses, even with the current economic rescue package. In this session, two economists - involved in developing COVID-19 economic policy - explore the measures taken by the South African government and ask: are they enough?

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Miriam Altman

Miriam is a strategist, economist, and social activist who, for many years has been at the forefront of thinking about employment. Most recently, Miriam brought together the Covid-19 Economists Group to identify solutions aimed at mitigating social and economic effects of Covid-19... Read More →
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Gilad Isaacs

Gilad is a Co-Director at the Institute for Economic Justice. He is also an economist at Wits University, where he coordinates the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative and lectures. Gilad has a PhD and Masters in Economics from SOAS University of London, and a Masters in Political... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 5:00pm - 5:50pm SAST
Room 7

5:00pm SAST

The Gonzo Journalistic World of Two Jewish Photographers and Videographers during a Nationwide Lockdown
Dive deep into the gonzo journalistic world of two photographers and videographers, as they uncover the true South Africa during its nationwide lockdown. From exposing the truce between two rival gangs in the Cape Flats to portraying the tight knit communities in Langa and Lavender Hill (two of the most volatile areas in the Western Cape), these two crazy cats will reveal what is really happening outside of your home during lockdown.

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Chad Nathan

Chad Nathan is a 26 year old digital nomad, a part-time adventurer and global wanderer with a passion for storytelling. His passion began when he realised he could touch lives through the lens of his camera. He has used his degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship to help launch his... Read More →
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Josh Rubin

Joshua Rubin is a documentary photographer and videographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. For the past few years he has been telling the stories of everyday South Africans. He covers stories about people and places that usually go unnoticed and tries to bring more attention to... Read More →

Sunday May 31, 2020 5:00pm - 5:50pm SAST
Room 2