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.
Ralph Genende was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Rabbi Genende grew up in South Africa where he served both a congregation and worked for the Beth Din (Jewish Religious Court) in Johannesburg. In the late 1980s Rabbi Genende relocated to Auckland with his family. For ten years Rabbi Genende was Senior Rabbi to the Auckland Jewish Community before moving to Melbourne in 1997. Ralph has a Master’s Degree in Counselling, and is Senior Rabbi to the Australian Defence Forces. He served as a Congregational Rabbi and College Rabbi at Mount Scopus for ten years and was appointed in 2007 as the first full time Rabbi in five years to the Caulfield Hebrew Congregation which is now undergoing an energetic renewal. Rabbi Ralph is an Executive Member of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV), the Council for Christians and Jews and a member of the Premier’s Multi-faith Advisory Group. He directs the Yad B’Yad pre-marriage education program on behalf of the RCV. He is married to Caron, has three great children, one neurotic dog and a psychotic cat.
Rita Erlich is a distinguished food writer, author and editor who began her career in journalism at the Australian Jewish News. Since then she has written for a range of newspapers and magazines, including The Age, and is responsible for 30 books. Her most recent books include Melbourne by Menu, a history of Melbourne restaurants since the 1980s, and The Makers: a story of food, family and foreigners.
Sue Hampel was an English and History teacher for over 30 years at Mount Scopus Memorial College in Melbourne. She is currently working as International Programs co-ordinator and senior tutor in Holocaust, Genocide and Post Conflict studies at Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), Monash University. Sue is co-president of the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre. Sue has been recognised for her community service by receiving numerous awards including a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in January 2014 for Service to the community through the promotion of understanding and tolerance through education. Sue holds a Masters degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Sue has led numerous groups of students and adults to Poland and Rwanda.
Yvonne Fein is a playwright, novelist, editor, essayist and lecturer whose works have been published locally and internationally. She has edited literary journals and award-winning Holocaust memoirs. Her one-act plays were performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company and her full-length drama, On Edge, at the Universal Theatre. Her first novel, April Fool, was published in 2001. Her play, A Celebration of Women, performed to a sell-out audience in 2003 and then at Brisbane’s Magdalena Festival. Her 2nd novel, The Torn Messiah was published by Hybrid Publishers in 2008 when she also completed an M.A. in classical Jewish text (History) at Monash University with high distinction. In the mean time she has written a children’s novel and is currently working on a screenplay.
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