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 Lynda Ben-Menashe
Session: Sunday, 11.45am-12.15
Lynda Ben-Menashe interviewing Olga Horak, Holocaust survivor.  ‘Fear, Fearlessness and Freedom’
Lynda Ben-Menashe is the Community Relations and Policy Manager of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, which is the elected representative roof body of the NSW Jewish community. In this role Lynda manages the development of strategic relationships in NSW’s NGO sector with the aim of building social cohesion. She was born and educated in Sydney and has degrees from Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. Lynda travels extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and the United States and has worked in education and public diplomacy in both Australia and Israel. Lynda has three children aged 18, 20 and 23.

Ariana Elias

Session: Sunday, 2.40-3.40pm  Modesty Stripped Bare: The Conversation
Ariana is a clinical psychologist specialising in body image and eating disorders. In 2014 Ariana developed the prevention program ‘Raising Body-Confident Kids’ to educate and empower parents to help protect their children from developing body dissatisfaction. Ariana has shared the program with over 3500 children, parents and teachers.

Olga Horak OAM

Session: Sunday, 11.45am-12.15 
Lynda Ben-Menashe interviewing Olga Horak, Holocaust survivor.  ‘Fear, Fearlessness and Freedom’
Olga Horak was born in Bratislava in 1926 and was fifteen when German troops marched into Slovakia in 1944. They were deported by the Nazis to camp Sered, then to Auschwitz and were marched to Bergen-Belsen in 1945, remaining there until liberation. Olga’s mother sadly died the day after liberation but two years later Olga met her future husband, John Horak, in Bratislava. They arrived in Australia September 1949, established a successful manufacturing business and had two children. Olga received an OAM in 2014 for service to the community and has written a memoir ‘From Auschwitz to Australia’.

Caron Kaplan

Session: Sunday, 12.30-1.30pm 
Hilary May Black facilitating psychologist Caron Kaplan, Sex is not a Four-Letter Word - The Jewish Approach
Caron Kaplan has a B.Sc, M.A. and degrees in Mathematics and Sexual Health Counselling, focusing on Sexual Identity, STI, Safer Sex Practices, Unwanted Pregnancy, Sexual Assault, Incest, Sexual Functioning and Relationship Counselling. She has worked for TAFE in their Drug and Alcohol Education Unit and for the Sydney Sexual Health Centre in Sydney Hospital also performing Medical Research. She qualified as a Psychologist, Counsellor and Lecturer, teaching taking of sexual histories and treatment of patients with STIs. Caron is now in Private Practice with a specialty in Healthy Relationships, Sexual Functioning and Pregnancy, as well as anxiety and depression.

Caroline Lewis

Session: Saturday, 1.00-1.15pm
Caroline Lewis has been on the Board since 2004 and VP since 2014. Her desire to see The Great Synagogue live on in the hearts and minds of future generations is what drives her to utilise her two decades in marketing to help create innovative events and activities in and around the shul and inspire others’ participation. As a youth life coach she also loves to empower, acknowledge and celebrate women’s achievements, bring warmth, inclusiveness and fun as well as revel in the spirit, struggles and resilience of all women. The WOW Weekend is a realisation of that dream.

Assoc. Prof. Leanne Piggott

Session: Sunday, 3.45-4.30pm Closing Address: 'The Sydney Jewish Community has spoken. What did it say?'
Associate Professor Leanne Piggott is the National Education Director at the Centre for Social Impact based at the University of New South Wales. Her work focuses on educating future leaders of social change with a focus on how markets can be used to address long term, unmet social needs. Leanne is also the Chair of the JCA’s Planning Committee, which is dedicated to initiatives aimed at securing the continuity of the Jewish community. In this endeavour she is passionate about Jewish education and the role that women have to play in tikkun olam, making the world a better place.

Henry Roth

Session: Sunday 1.30-2.30 
Kick off your cerebral high heels!
Celebrated Media authority, television host, Project Runway Australia mentor, Style correspondent, Today Show Australia and US, Network 10 and Biggest Loser. Sydney-born, NYC 15 years, London 5 years and now calls Melbourne CBD his soul city. Equipped with a fully flourished Sydney University Law Degree, a self-proclaimed Womanist. Equal parts chutzpah and talent landed him his own syndicated global cable show as Judge Henry Roth on ‘Style Court’...the Judge Judy of fashion, scheduled across USA in peak 5 days a week. Henry is a Social Enterprise and Personal Branding expert with clients from Government to boutique companies and executives going places. ​​ FB:Henry Roth Branding. Instagram: @1henryroth

Rabbi Dr Orna Triguboff

Session: Saturday 4.00-5.00pm Kabbalah Meditation
Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff is a Kabbalah scholar specialising in Jewish meditation. She received her Ph.D. from Sydney Uinversity on the topic of Kabbalah in Tsfat in the 16th Century. Orna is a Hatha Yoga teacher trained by Acharya Upendra Roy. She serves is the spiritual director of Neshama Life, an organisation that fosters spiritual development through Kabbalah. Orna teaches in Sydney and internationally and she also conducts a 10-day Spiritual Tour of Israel every other year.

Miriam Charak

Session: Sunday, 2.40-3.40pm  Modesty Stripped Bare: The Conversation
Miriam grew up in Bondi and now studies Engineering/Arts at UNSW. She has spent time in multiple Jewish educational contexts, all with religiously motivated dress codes: she attended Kesser Torah and Moriah College, studied Jewish texts at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem and, having spent her Saturday afternoons there throughout high school, is now Merakezet (Director) of Bnei Akiva. Miriam is opinionated and talkative, a renewable energy advocate, and staunch Orthodox feminist.

Judy Friedlander

Session: Saturday, 1.15-2.00pm  Food and Faith: A good news story
Journalist Judy Friedlander is the founder of FoodFaith, an organisation promoting social cohesion and environmental sustainability through the growing, sharing and celebrating of food. FoodFaith’s signature event, ‘Breaking Bread’, is part of Good Food Month in October and brings together over 12 cultures and faiths to showcase and talk about their breads and the rich symbolism they represent. With a background in newspaper, television and web media, Judy currently works as a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS whilst she completes her PhD. She brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the sustainability space.

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM

Session: Saturday, 3.15-4.00pm ‘My Journey To Belonging’
Dr Lisa Rae Jackson Pulver is a Wiradjuri woman who converted to Judaism in later years.  Leaving school and home at 14, Lisa went on to train as a nurse, Epidemiologist, Public Health Officer, Postgraduate Health and Medical Student, Registered Nurse and Counsellor. In 2016 she was appointed inaugural Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement, Pro Vice Chancellor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leadership at Western Sydney University. Lisa held the Inaugural Chair of Indigenous Health UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine for 13 years and remains a conjoint Professor of Public Health at UNSW. One of her collaborated achievements is the development of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program.

Shirli Kirschner

Session: Sunday, 11.15-11.45am 
Shirli Kirschner, interviewing Genna Radnan, CEO & Founder of Gennarosity Abroad
Sunday, 2.40-3.40pm  Modesty Stripped Bare: The Conversation
Shirli has a day job as a consultant providing strategy and dispute resolution services. She is a Director of Resolve Advisors. She has been honoured with a number of industry awards for dispute resolution, and is listed in Who’s Who International for commercial mediation Shirli is joint Vice Chair of JewishCare NSW,a former board member of the Shalom Institute, a parent to a teenage daughter at Emanuel School, a Moriah graduate, an Israeli dual citizen and identifies with the Masorti congregation where she is a member.

Genevieve Radnan

Session: Sunday 11.15-11.45am 
Shirli Kirschner, interviewing Genna Radnan, CEO & Founder of Gennarosity Abroad
Genevieve Radnan, at 26, is a qualified nurse and currently studying International Aid, Development and Sustainable Development. After school, Genna travelled to Kenya to volunteer and developed her charity, Gennarosity Abroad, to provide education and training to women and empower them through financial independence.
Genevieve has won the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2014, the Humanitarian Award, Celebration of African Australians Inc in 2015 and the Special Achievement Award, School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine, NSW in 2014. Genevieve is now in the process of designing a hospital in Kenya to help reduce infant and maternal mortality rates.

Kerri Sackville

Session: Sunday 10.00-11.00am ‘Divorce and Dating in Midlife’
Kerri Sackville is an Australian author, columnist and social commentator. She is a regular contributor to Sunday Life magazine, the Fairfax website Daily Life, and
Kerri’s work has appeared extensively in online and print publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age, The Telegraph, Women’s Weekly, Practical Parenting magazine, SBS Life, and the anthology Mothermorphosis.  She is a frequent commentator on TV and radio. Kerri’s latest book is Out There: A Survival Guide for Dating in Midlife.
Kerri lives in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs with her three kids. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @kerrisackville, or on Facebook at

More About WOW Weekend 2018

Sydney Women's Tefilah Group

Session: Saturday 4.15-5.00pm Mincha
The Sydney Women’s Tefilah Group (WTG) was founded in 1993. Its aim is to increase opportunities for women to learn about and participate in prayer and ritual within a Modern Orthodox framework. The WTG holds regular tefilah services throughout the year including a megillah reading for women on Purim and a Simchat Torah service. It also organises life cycle events such as Bat Mitzvah services and Simchat Bat ceremonies.


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