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To kick off the WOW Weekend, we invite you to join us for the Shabbat morning service when two Batmitzvah girls will be supported by the community as they start their empowering journey to womanhood.
Following that everyone is welcome to enjoy a Kiddush lunch to meet and mingle before Registration opens and the WOW Weekend program commences.
8.30 – 8.45am
Rabbi Elton's Rashi Class
8.45 – 9.30am
9.30 – 10.30am
Torah Service
10.30 – 11.30am
Choral Musaf Service
11.30 – 11.45am
Batmitzvah Divrei Torah
12.00 – 12.30pm
Communal Kiddush Lunch
Registration opens
1.00 – 1.15pm
Welcome address from VP Caroline Lewis & Rabbi Benjamin Elton
1.15 – 2.00pm
Judy Friedlander - Food and Faith: A good news story
Journalist and founder of FoodFaith Judy Friedlander explains the significance of bringing together different faiths and cultures to grow and share food and the importance of engaging communities and the media.
2.15 – 3.00pm
Speed Networking/Friend-Making with Juliet Lewis MC
Looking for a new friend, a mentor or a business partner? Try this fun and engaging, fast-paced event - the possibilities and outcomes are endless.
3.15 – 4.00pm
Dr Lisa Jackson Pulver: ‘My Journey To Belonging’
Lisa describes how her Wiradjuri roots and Jewish life has interwoven both cultures to create her sense of belonging - but what a journey!
4.15 – 5.00pm
Mincha facilitated the Sydney Women’s Tefilah Group (featuring Shelley Einfeld, Jacquie Seemann Charak, Judith Levitan, Sarah Charak, Liora Baram, Eli Levi)
A unique opportunity to take part in an afternoon service including Torah reading run by women for women – with guidance and explanations.  This is a Modern Orthodox service in which women can participate fully and join together in experiencing a new connection with the traditional Shabbat afternoon prayers and with the Sefer Torah.  Emotionally engaging, inspiring and uplifting.
Increasing opportunities for women to learn about and participate in Orthodox prayer and ritual.
5:10 – 5.55pm
Seudah Shlishit (3rd meal) with the Sydney Women's Tefilah Group
Join us for the traditional 3rd meal of Shabbat – with food, songs, explanation, and inspirational speakers.
5.55 – 6.05pm
Havdallah with the Sydney Women's Tefilah Group
Take part in a Traditional farewell to Shabbat – with guidance and explanation.
Bus to the Women of Diversity Dinner
See below for details.

Women of Diversity Dinner

Women of Diversity Dinner

Emporium Function Centre, Bankstown - 6.30pm
The inter-cultural event of the year for ladies where up to 400 women from across Sydney join for an evening of shared conversation, a delicious vegetarian (or kosher requested) meal, dancing, performances and to make new friends. The dress code is ‘festive’.

The Women of Diversity Dinner is a partnership of organisations including the Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW, Afghan Women of the Move, Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI) – Port Jackson, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Muslim Women’s National Network, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, SAHELI, Settlement Services International, Uniting Church, and many other women.

Tickets are $50 / $25 for students/pensioners. 
CLICK HERE TO BOOK for the Women of Diversity Dinner
The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies will provide free bussing from The Great to the Women of Diversity Dinner. If you require busing, please be sure to tick the box on our booking form.



9.30 – 10.00am
Morning Tea and Mingle
10.00 – 10.50am
Lauren Ryder – Welcome and Introduction to Kerri Sackville – ‘Divorce and Dating in Midlife: How to survive with your sanity, your humour and your dignity intact
11.00 – 11.30am
Shirli Kirschner, interviewing Genna Radnan, CEO & Founder of Gennarosity Abroad
After establishing a kindy in 2010 in Kenya, a life-changing carjacking in 2012 didn't deter Genna from returning several times since to build a women's training centre. Now, at only 27, she is fearlessly creating a hospital in her Kenyan heartland.
11.35am – 12.05pm
Lynda Ben-Menashe interviewing Olga Horak, Holocaust survivor.  ‘Fear, Fearlessness and Freedom’
Olga survived Auschwitz and the loss of her entire family in the Holocaust. What parts have fear and fearlessness played in her remarkable story?
12.15 – 1.15pm Lunchtime Talk - lunch boxes will be distributed
Hilary May Black facilitating psychologist Caron Kaplan, Sex is not a Four-Letter Word – The Jewish Approach
The Jewish approach to sex is an important way of building relationships with partners, and an emphasis on sexual pleasure and intimacy is a key concept within Judaism. In this session we will explore unique ideas about sex in Jewish thinking and how low self-esteem and other issues prevent us from fully exploring ourselves as sexual beings. The impact of social media on our understanding of sex and sexuality will also be considered. Above all, this is an interactive session with an open and frank discussion responding to your questions and concerns.
1.25 – 2.25pm
Henry Roth Kick off your cerebral high heels!
Henry Roth, TV host, brand & media authority, self-proclaimed 'womanist' and wedding dress designer presents a dynamic, interactive workshop that realises who your toughest critic is; rebukes your own toxicity recycling plant; reinforces positive affirmation; refreshes the way you assess yourself; renews commitment to your goals; re-appreciates your achievements to date.
2.40pm – 3.40pm
Modesty Stripped Bare: The Conversation Continues (developed from a similar panel at Yom Limmud 2018, powered by Shalom)
Join facilitator Shirli Kirschner in an interview with diverse panel Miriam Charak, Ariana Elias and Chaya Gourarie for an extension on one of Yom Limmud 2018’s most attended sessions: Super-thin semi-naked models plastered on billboards, religious women covered head to toe, female politicians labelled too dowdy or too sexy — contemporary messaging about women’s bodies and sexuality is contradictory and complex, and all the more so in the Jewish world. Explore the role of women and how we can navigate these issues to raise body-confident and healthy children. This session aims to combine interviews with audience interaction on these contemporary issues. Numbers strictly limited so please book your place.
3.45 – 4.30pm High Tea & Closing Address
Associate Professor Leanne Piggott: 'The Sydney Jewish Community has spoken. What did it say?'
Leanne will highlight some of the key findings about the Sydney Jewish community from last year's JCA's Gen17 survey and lead a conversation about what these might mean for our future and the role that woman might play in this.

Thu, 26 May 2022 25 Iyar 5782