November 11 2014

Rav Amnon Bazak: “Who really compiled and edited the Torah? Understanding and dispelling the “documentary hypothesis”

Rav Amnon Bazak 

Who really compiled and edited the Torah? Understanding and dispelling the “documentary hypothesis”

The “documentary hypothesis” claims the five books of Torah were put together from independent, parallel, and complete narratives and then compiled by a series of editors.  The hypothesis came to light in the 18th and 19th century as an answer to supposed inconsistencies in the text. 

Rav Bazak, a Ram at Yeshiva Har Etzion (Gush), is a proficient scholar in Talmud and one of the most innovative modern Tanach scholars in Israel today.  Recognised internationally, he presents a fascinating new perspective and context around both the popular and less well known portions of Tanach. Rav Bazak is a guest of the RSVP group of Mizrachi (Rabbinical Scholar Visiting Program).

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September 15 2014

Justice Michael Sifris “Religion, Democracy & Civil Society - Battle of the Rights”

The Honourable

Justice Michael Sifris

"Religion, Democracy & Civil Society - Battle of the Rights" 

What is the extent of our religious freedom? Is it guaranteed? How does the Victorian Charter of Human Rights affect religious freedom? Should we have a Bill of Rights? What happens when religious practice is illegal?

Justice Michael Sifris was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in July 2010 and currently sits in the Commercial Court. Justice Sifris was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1987, having previously practiced in South Africa. Whilst at the Bar, his Honour specialised in banking and finance law, corporations and insolvency law. His Honour acted for many leading financial institutions, was retained in many of the high profile corporate collapses and regularly appeared for ASIC, the corporate regulator. His Honour was a member of various committees of the Victorian Bar including the Human Rights Committee and was Chairman of List A Barristers in 2009-2010. In 2007 his Honour founded Lonsdale Chambers, a group of barristers specialising in corporate insolvency law.

From a lunchtime lecture held on Thursday 11th September 2014.  For more information regarding this event click here

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August 20 2014

Roy Doliner “Kabbalistic Secrets in Italian Art and Architecture”

Roy Doliner

“Kabbalistic Secrets in Italian Art and Architecture”

Roy Doliner is co-author of the international best-seller The Sistine Secrets: Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican. Five years after its initial USA release, The Sistine Secrets has become a perennial bestseller for art history and the Renaissance in over 26 countries and 15 languages. His studies include foreign languages, art history, religious history, Western civilization, architectural history, theatre and film. Learning of his Jewish heritage at a later age, he is today a passionate lecturer on Judaism and an eternal student of Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah. He is the first religious Jew to be officially authorized to guide in the Vatican, and has received a commendation from the Italian government for his work in popularizing Italian Art History.

From a lunchtime lecture held on Tuesday 19th August 2014. For more information regarding this event click here for the JBD events page.  


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August 29 2013

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale & Rabbi Yaakov Glasman

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale & Rabbi Yaakov Glasman


"Is it easy to be Green and Jewish"

Dr. Richard Di Natale was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and is the Greens' first Victorian Senator.  HIs portfolios include health, multiculturalism, gambling and sport. Richard's achievements in Parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading Senate inquiries into many issues of public significance.

Rabbi Yaakov Glasman served as the spiritual leader of the North Eastern Jewish Centre for six years and in 2011 was appointed Chief Minister ad the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation.  He was elected President of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria in November 2009 and held this position for three years.  Rabbi Glasman demonstrates a keen interest in Jewish adult education and lectures broadly on religious and social issues.

From a lunchtime lecture held on Thursday 28th August 2013. For more information regarding this event click here for the JBD events page.  
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August 6 2013

Rabbi Kenneth Brander

Rabbi Kenneth Brander

“Ethics in Philanthropy: Should synagogues and Jewish institutions accept tainted funds?”

Rabbi Brander is the Vice President for University and Community Life and the Dean of the Yeshiva University Center for the Jewish Future (CJF). Rabbi Brander is Rabbi Emeritus of the Boca Raton Synagogue and founder of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School. During his 14 years of service to the community, Rabbi Brander oversaw its explosive growth from 60 to some 600 families. He is world renowned and engaged extensively throughout the USA and internationally lecturing Rabbis, communal leaders and communities in general in the field of Jewish renewal. During his studies to obtain Smicha, he served as the student assistant to the esteemed Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik. Rabbi Brander has received numerous awards for his community service, none the least he was honored with the State of Israel Medal of Honour for Rabbinic leadership in supporting Gush Etzion. Rabbi Brander has authored many articles in various scholarly journals and also co-edited The Yeshiva University Haggadah. Rabbi Brander is in Melbourne as a guest of the COSV.

From a lunchtime lecture on Tuesday 6th August 2013. Click here to go to the events page.

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July 18 2013

Siyum Masechet Baba Kama with Guest Speaker Rabbi Yaakov Glasman

JBD is pleased to invite you to celebrate a very special milestone.

The regular Wednesday Talmud shiur has been running since 1998 and is probably the longest continuous Torah study group in the CBD. A grand siyum will be held to mark the completion of Masechet Baba Kama, which we’ve been studying for over 7 years

Guest Speaker Rabbi Yaakov Glasman Senior Rabbi, St. Kilda Hebrew Congregation "Who cares about a goring ox in Babylon? We're living in the 21st century!"

From a lunchtime lecture held on Wednesday 17th July 2013. Click here to go to the JBD event page.

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June 12 2013

Pawel Bramson: “From Polish Skinhead to Orthodox Jew”

"From Polish Skinhead to Orthodox Jew"

Pawel Bramson was raised as an observant Catholic and as a teenager joined a skinhead gang. He was virulently anti-Jewish, anti black, and anti Gypsy. After getting married, Bramson’s wife began investigating their families past and learned the shocking fact that they were both Jewish. Since then he has gone on a journey, which has eventually led him back to his Jewish roots. Today, Bramson who now goes by the name Pinchas, lives as an Orthodox Jew and is studying to become a schochet, ritual slaughterer.

From a lunchtime lecture held on Wednesday 12 June 2013. Click here to go to the JBD event page.

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April 25 2013

Cheryl Mandel: “The prism of bereavement in Israel”

"The prism of bereavement in Israel"

How the perspective affects the experience of bereavement as experienced by an immigrant mother of an Israeli soldier

The different approaches of secular and religious in dealing with victims of terror

From a lunchtime lecture held on Monday 22nd April 2013. Click here to go to the JBD event page.

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April 8 2013

Leonid Bakman: “Start-Up Nation”: Israel’s History or Future?”

“Start-Up Nation": Israel's History or Future?”

Globalization and innovation are reshaping industry and economies world-wide. To participate in this global phenomena demands fresh thinking and collaboration between government, industry and academia.

From a breakfast lecture held on Friday 5th April 2013. Click here to go to the JBD event page.

Leonid Bakman, PhD Founder & Executive Director of the Israel Science Technology and Innovation Policy Institute. Prior to his activity in the policy institute Leonid was an entrepreneur and business developer of seed-stage High-Tech ventures. Consultant in STI strategic development and policy design to the National Economic Council of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Research and Development Council and Lecturer in MBA program, School of Business Administration, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An independent, non-profit “Do-Tank”, the Policy Institute is advancing Israel`s global competitiveness and socioeconomic development by shaping the policies and the network of public and private institutions that develop and adopt new technologies. The Policy Institute is the catalyst for Israel’s government, industry and academia transforming Israel into a Global Innovation Center; an integrative "sandbox" for research, development and testing of solutions to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.

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March 22 2013

Let Our People Speak Part II

Yudi New - Vehigadata Levincha - What can I tell my children on seder night?

From a Pre Pesach shiur held on March 20 2013. Click here to go to the JBD event page

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