David, a well seasoned and widely travelled performing musician and educator, is charmed and captivated by the sound and history of the ukulele. He has studied and performed in Paris, Israel and all over Australia with many top musicians and entertainers and has a wide range of expertise in many styles of music including klezmer, Gypsy jazz, French musette, jazz and rock. A long time member of groups including Klezmania and Belle Musette and an accomplished solo artist, he enjoys arranging Jewish, musette, jazz and other genres of tunes for the ukulele.
Erez Feinberg is the Head of informal Jewish education at SFPS Mount Scopus and is the Chairperson for Zionism Victoria Executive – Department of “Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture”. Born in Jerusalem (8 Generations “Yerushalmi”), he is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with an MA in School Leadership & Certified manager of Education Systems and Policies, an Education Diploma in Civil Studies; Education Diploma in tour guiding: Ministry of Education and a BA in International Relations & Geography. He has previously worked as the Education Director for the Jewish National Fund – Victoria Division. He also managed trips and taught at the Hebrew Gymnasya in Jerusalem: the role included the field of FNS (Field, Nation & Society) & Knowledge of Israel; FNS contributes to youth education and social processes including knowledge of the environment and understanding of the linkage between the Lands, to the Jewish people. Erez was also a “Mashatzim” leader (youth movement of the Ministry of Education), teaching exceptional secondary school students to be excellent leaders within the high school framework and Israeli society in general.
Paul Forgasz’ career has spanned both the secondary and tertiary sectors of education. For more than a decade he was the Headmaster of the secondary school campus of Mount Scopus College. Currently Paul lectures in Jewish history at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Education and he also teaches about Jewish education in the university’s Faculty of Education. Paul has maintained an active involvement for many years in Jewish adult education. For a number of years Paul was the head of faculty at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School in Melbourne. He has also developed and taught a great many of the Jewish Museum of Australia’s short course programs with which he is still involved. Paul has contributed regularly to Limmud OZ since its inception. He has been the community scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh, the Shalom Institute in Sydney, The Abraham Institute in Adelaide and the Wellington Jewish Community Centre. Since 2010, under the auspices of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Paul has led a number of sell-out study tours focusing on Jewish medieval Spain and on the Jews of Germany. In 2014, he also plans to conduct a Jewish heritage tour of Eastern Europe.
Ronnie Figdor has a B.Sc. in Pathology and Pharmacology. He studied Rabbinics at Rabbinical Colleges in both Jerusalem and Baltimore. He has been involved in emergency service work for over two decades and founded the Melbourne Jewish community’s Jewish Emergency Management Plan (JEMP).He is now CEO of St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, a synagogue community of 1500 members. Ronnie has worked in adult education and taught from kindergarten to Year 10 including secondary computers, maths, science and Jewish Studies. He has written many papers on a range of subjects including education, medicine and computers.
Shamir Caplan is Chaplain and Talmud coordinator at Mount Scopus Memorial College, Burwood. He serves as a rabbi of Beit Aharon, a modern orthodox community in East St.Kilda. Ordained by Yeshiva University, Shamir did undergraduate studies at the University of Texas and Hebrew University and he has lectured extensively including at Limmud Oz and the Jewish Museum of Australia. He is married and has three children.
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