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Jewish Educators’ Conference

The ZFA 11th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference

Lifelong Teaching, Lifelong Learning

12-13 August 2018

Mt. Scopus Memorial College

Burwood, Victoria

We are delighted to invite you to the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 11th Biennial Jewish Educators’ Conference. Join over 500 delegates, from across Australia, New Zealand, North America, Israel and Asia. The conference will be informative, innovative and will address formal and informal Jewish education from early childhood to high school. It will be a wonderful networking opportunity with global leaders in Jewish, Hebrew and Israel education.


We have secured an exciting range of high calibre international educators.

Rabbi Rafi Feuerstein: President of the Feuerstein Institute. The Institute engages in the research, development and dissemination of the Feuerstein Method, a widely acclaimed series of cognitive tools to systematically assess and advance thinking and learning skills.

Udi Cohen: Head of a progressive early learning centre in Jerusalem. Widely regarded as a most creative early childhood educator, he has written several children’s books in Hebrew on the chagim.

Sharon Kangisser-Cohen: Academic Director of the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Specialises in pedagogical approaches to Shoah education.

Amichai Pardo: Actor in the Orna Porat Theatre for children and youth. Amichai created a unique way to transform historical figures to the next generation through performing arts. His work with teachers, inspired by Janusz Korczak’s philosophy, is captivating.

Michael Soberman: from Toronto who is a senior Educator at the incenter for Israel Education based in Chicago. Was Director of the Canadian Federations committed to maximising the number of students and young adults travelling to Israel on programs such as Taglit-Birthright, March of the living and high school youth programs. Also lead educator for the Holocaust Education Teacher Training program offered to faculties of education and school boards across the country. Known as a master storyteller.

Eran Berkovich: Executive Director – Education Department – World Zionist Organisation. Eran is known to many in Australia from his time here as a Shaliach, serving as the Jewish Agency’s head of the shlichim delegation from 2010 – 2012 and as Habonim Melbourne Shaliach. Eran will bring to the conference his expertise in informal education, his senior role in Education in the WZO and his understanding of Australian environment.

Yoel and Orly Ganor: Established Ulpan Or an innovative centre forlearning Hebrew language, connected to Israeli culture. Their program has campuses in Israel and in centres around the world as well as existing in an on-line program as well as self-study kits. They promote rapid language acquisition methods which allow students to learn Hebrew at a fast pace.

David Meyer: Executive Director of PAJES, Partnership for Jewish Schools, U.K. Rabbi Meyer was previously very successful Headmaster of Hasmonean Grammar School. Currently involved in teacher training, Principal mentorship, advisor and nurturer to school boards and school leadership.

Rabbanit Oshra Koren: The founding director of Matan HaSharon in Raanana, where she reaches Talmud and Tanakh. Oshra created the Matan mother daughter Bat Mitzvah program Jewish Women through the Ages. In 2016, Oshra founded the Morot L’Halakha Program, in order to train female halakhic and spiritual community leaders.  Oshra leads the Gavna Ensemble, was a Raanana city council member and is presently vice-chair of the Ra’anana Religious Council.

Zvi Koren: Rav Zvi founded and leads the Kinor David community in Raanana in a unique joint leadership together with his wife. He is currently the rabbi of the Amit Renanim high-school in Ra’anana, and has over 3 decades of teaching experience in religious and general high schools in Israel, and in adult education, including Matan and Midreshet Lindenbaum.

Gila Azrad: A Hebrew teacher and instructor of Hebrew teachers, doctoral student of Modern Languages at Middlebury College (Vermont). She studied special education and Hebrew literature at the Kibbutzim College (Tel Aviv) and holds an MA in Education and an MA in teaching Hebrew as a second language from the University of Middlebury.

Ilan Frydman: The Educational Director of the religious affairs department in the WZO. For the last 5 years, Ilan was the Director of all the youth movement Shlichim in the Jewish agency.

Dr Lotem Perry-Hazan: The Head of the Educational Management Program and has been chosen as Head of the Jewish Education Research Centre at the University of Haifa, Israel. Her research interests include the intersection of law and religion in education policy and children’s rights in education.

Margalit Kavenstock: Margalit serves as a consultant and writer for a variety of organizations, including the Tali Education Fund, The World Zionist Organization, the Center for Educational Technology (CET), Hebraica University in Mexico City, the Jewish Agency for Israel, York University in Toronto and IAC (Israeli American Council). Margalit also assists schools and kindergartens around the world in building their curriculum in Hebrew using Israeli literature, music and art. She also writes Hebrew language programs for informal education frameworks and summer camps.

David Friedman: An artist and teacher of Kabbalah and Jewish Meditation based in Tzfat. David’s works are based largely on ideas from the Kabbalah which are associated with the Hebrew letters, as well as some of the symbols that are found in the Kabbalistic literature. Jewish tradition places great importance on the Hebrew letters, which are believed to have special powers in themselves, and David’s drawings and paintings bring this to visualization. David is here thanks to JNF and Neshama life.

Dr. Erez Cohen: Completed a BA and MA at Tel Aviv University in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a PhD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Adelaide. On completion of his PhD, Cohen undertook post-doctoral research, on the relationship between media organisations and emergency services in the context of large-scale bushfires in Australia, in the media department at La Trobe University. In 2007 Cohen moved back to Israel, and is currently lecturing in media studies in various Israeli colleges and universities including Ben Gurion University.

Jane Cohen: Former Hebrew, Jewish Studies and ESL teacher at Massada College, Adelaide, and at Bialik College, Melbourne. Since moving to Israel in 2007 Jane has held a number of teaching, teacher training and EFL management positions at both The British Council and The Open University. Jane is currently the Ministry of Education’s national counsellor for the ‘Keep Talking’ speaking programme, and an EFL teacher at Golda Meir High School, Nes Tziona.

Keren bebtzuck-Harazi: A doctoral candidate in Jewish History at the University Of Haifa, Israel. Most of her writing is on the theme of memory design in various aspects related to the Holocaust, gender and Israeli society. Keren is also an educational tour guide to Poland.

Liat Moss: Australian born teacher working in London. While teaching, Liat worked closely with Jewish Interactive and eventually joined the team as Computing Lead. As part of Jewish Interactive, Liat works closely with teachers, helping them with their computing needs. She runs teacher training sessions on using technology in the classroom and runs workshops for students.

Michal Lashansky: Completed a BA at Monash University in Jewish Studies, Masters in Bible at Bar-Ilan University and Matan, DipEd. She has  worked in JETS (Jerusalem EdTech Solutions) Israel providing educational technology assistance to Jewish educators worldwide. Michal began working with the National Library of Israel (NLI) as a Madricha in a number of educational programs and now works as a member of the Educational team providing primary source materials for  Jewish educators internationally.

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