Award-winning filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe is one of Australia’s leading documentarians. He has produced and / or directed over 10 documentaries, including ‘My Mother’s Lost Children,’ an epic family saga told across five continents and six decades, made for the ABC and BBC Storyville which won the audience award for best documentary at the Jewish International Film Festival of Australia (JIFF).
His feature length documentary ‘Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema’ had its world premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival in 2017, where it was reviewed by the Hollywood Reporter as “lively, upbeat and entertaining.” It has played at scores of Jewish and Indian film festivals around the world and was awarded the best documentary award at the Houston Indian Film Festival.
Danny won Australia’s top documentary prize, the Walkley Award, for his 2014 ABC film ‘Code of Silence,’ which lifted the lid on sex abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. He also made the first and only film about Australia’s Adass Israel community, ‘Strictly Jewish,’ for SBS in 2016. His most recent film, ‘Outback Rabbis,’ was part of SBS’ 2018 ‘Untold Australia’ series.
Danny has an undergraduate degree in law and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and PhD in Jewish Studies from the University of Melbourne.
Helen Webberley as been a lecturer in history and art history at Melbourne’s Centre for Adult Education for 24 years.
Her many areas of interest include the Arts and Crafts movement; France’s Belle Époque; the Vienna Secession; and Bauhaus, Bezalel and art defined in Germany as degenerate.
Her blog, Art and Architecture mainly, covers Jewish and non-Jewish historical themes.
Michael Cohen has been involved in Jewish education and Jewish communal life in South Africa and, for over four decades, in Australia.
He served as Secondary Vice-Principal of Herzlia School, Cape Town; held senior positions at Mount Scopus Memorial College; and served for 20 years as Bialik College Vice-Principal.
Michael has worked with the former Australian Institute of Jewish Affairs and Asia Pacific Jewish Association, lectured at the University of Melbourne, and was Director of Community Relations and Research at Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre for nearly nine years.
With several qualifications from the University of Cape Town and University of South Africa, Michael completed his PhD at Monash University in contemporary Jewish history.
Mirna Cicioni was born in Rome and has qualifications from Bologna, Leeds and La Trobe Universities. She taught Italian language, literature and linguistics for thirty-five years in British and Australian universities and is presently an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics of Monash University.
Mirna has published a book in English on Primo Levi (Primo Levi – Bridges of Knowledge, 1995) and is working on a study of autobiography and humour in the works of Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Aldo Zargani and Clara Sereni.
When not reading Italian Jewish writers, she works as a Level 3 Italian/ English interpreter, travels one month every year, watches Westerns in Italian, English and German, and studies intermediate German and beginners’ Greek.
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. 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.
Paul has moreover maintained an active involvement in Jewish adult education. For a number of years, he was the head of faculty at the Florence Melton Adult Mini School in Melbourne; he has also developed and taught a vast number of the Jewish Museum of Australia’s short course programs. Paul has contributed regularly to Limmud OZ since its inception, and has served as the community scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Education Institute in Pittsburgh, Shalom Institute in Sydney, The Abraham Institute in Adelaide, and 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 life in Spain and Germany. In 2014 and 2018, he conducted inaugural Jewish heritage tours of Eastern Europe and Italy respectively, and will next year journey with a group to uncover Jewish Greece.
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