Anne Thoday’s practice is seated largely within the realm of contemporary environmental art. She is a multi-disciplinary artist producing works that arouse an appreciation and reverence for the natural world.
Facilitator: Farimah Eshraghi graduated in Fine Arts from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna, Italy. She has staged numerous exhibitions in Italy, Ecuador and Australia, and has participated in national and international art competitions, winning numerous prizes and recognitions. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Melbourne and teaches art at Box Hill Institute, CAE, Swinburne and at many community centres. Farimah finds inspiration in nature, people, her spiritual beliefs and the art of Renaissance artists such as Caravaggio, Tiziano, Raffaello, the Surrealist Artists, the Futurists, Turner and Vasarelli…and many more.
Hinde Ena Burstin is a Yiddish scholar specialising in Yiddish women’s literature. She is an award-winning Yiddish poetry translator, and an internationally published and performed Yiddish and bilingual writer. She has designed and taught in Yiddish and Yiddish literature courses in Melbourne, Sydney and New York, and has given guest lectures on Yiddish literature in New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, Brussels and Cape Town, as well as in Sydney and Melbourne.
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 of Mount Scopus College. Paul lectured in Jewish history at Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, and taught Jewish education in the university’s Faculty of Education. Since 2010, under the auspices of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Paul has led a number of sell-out study tours focusing on Jewish life across Europe.
Shneur Reti-Waks was born in Israel and grew up in Australia from age six. He spent 10 years deeply and happily studying at Rabbinical Colleges of Chabad in Melbourne, Montreal, Brooklyn, and Israel. He studied for six years at Monash University and completed an honours degree in philosophy. In 2010 became the rabbi of a fledgling modern orthodox congregation in East Hawthorn, Ark Centre. After a decade of loving labour growing that community, in 2020 he decided the time was right to step down from an orthodox position and become an independent rabbi, a rabbi without borders. He aims to connect people to their spirituality minus the dogma.