Deborah Rechter is an Editor of Jewish Women of Words, an blogzine that publishes writing for, by and about Jewish women. She is committed to supporting people to become more effective and confident writers. She is an exhibition curator, educator and editor. She has a Ph.D and a life time interest in English Literature. She has curated many exhibitions at the Jewish Museum of Australia, including J’Accuse: The Dreyfus Affair, Calling Australian Home, and True Jews and Patriots: Australian Jews and WW1.
Josiane Behmoiras is the author of ‘Dora B: A Memoir of My Mother’ published in Australia and overseas and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award. For the last decade she has been sharing her skills and passion for storytelling in community-based setting, in private practice and at The University of Melbourne, where she has also earned a Creative Writing PhD. Josiane has particular interest in personal upheaval narratives, family history, travel writing, personal essays and dystopian fiction. Read more on www.josianebehmoiras.com
Nadine Davidoff is a freelance book editor and writing/editing teacher. Prior to starting her freelance business in 2006, Nadine was a commissioning editor at Black Inc. and senior editor at Random House. Nadine currently teaches the fiction editing masterclass at Melbourne University and conducts the 3-day masterclass for the ACT Writers Centre Hardcopy program.
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.
Zohar Dromi has experience in gathering information for security and intelligence services both in government and the private sector. An intelligence and security operations specialist, with more than 22 years of international operational experience in various settings. Served as a military intelligence officer, within the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). This background set the basis for the service within the Israeli intelligence community and the Israeli Prime Minister’s office.
“Zohar has fascinating security and intelligence case studies and stories, which any organisation who is looking for a lecture that is a little bit different, a lecture that opens your mind in directions we do not know about, can benefit from this experience”. Gil Peretz, author of the best-seller book “Obama’s Secrets”.
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