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2016 She'ela Presenters

Featuring a vibrant array of local presenters, the She'ela Festival provides an inclusive forum for Jewish women to share their talents and experiences with you. Be inspired and empowered by these remarkable women who offer an exciting range of sessions in various formats.

Dr Anne Abelman - Medical Practitioner

Dr Anne Abelman is a specialist medical practitioner (anaesthetist) who has a passionate desire to teach people how to maintain or regain their health and vitality. She has studied nutrition, behavioural psychology and neurolinguistic programming in an effort to understand how to inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle.

SESSION: THE 7 HABITS OF HEALTHY PEOPLE

Arlene Newstadt

Arlene is passionate about facilitating Yoga for women's health and has been teaching for 17 years. Arlene loves guiding students to establish a deep body-breath connection, and uses that as the solid base for developing strength, fitness and all other aspects of holistic wellbeing. She is an experienced school teacher of children, and has facilitated Yoga in schools in Melbourne for more than 10 years. Arlene is also a qualified and experienced Transpersonal Art Therapist, and combines those skills with her Yoga learning to facilitate deep and meaningful change in her students.

SESSION: YOGA FOR HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Beverley Michael

Bev’s current passion is building a landscape of training and work opportunities throughout Victoria for adults with disabilities that is  evidence-based, sustainable and cohesive, Together with her team of Volunteers and Community partners she’s paving pathways for people with disabilities to grow and flourish in an inclusive adult world. Bev dual wields both a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business Administration. She’s taught at a secondary school, directed a university-based centre for gifted and talented children and is a founding member of the Autism Behavioural Intervention Association. Bev has worked as a consultant for some of the Australia’s biggest companies, ranging from large banks to KPMG.  She is Founder and President of EdAble. She’s also a proud mother of two children, one of whom is a 24 year old with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

SESSION: OVERCOMING ADVERSITY - PANELLIST

Ella Ruby - Artist and Musician

Ella Ruby is a Melbourne based artist and musician, inspired by the magical backdrop of human existence. Through water colour and fine liner Ruby creates whimsical images of humans, in mystical and floating states. Passionate about self expression, Ruby enjoys encouraging others to use art as a tool for personal growth.

SESSION: INTUITIVE PAINTING AND DRAWING WORKSHOP

Ellyse Borghi

Ellyse is a lover of law and Torah. She loves empowering women in the justice system through her family law work and in Judaism through her work teaching batmitzvah girls and brides. Ellyse is also passionate about the power of story telling and loves being a story- teller at the Moth in Melbourne.

SESSION: 'THE MOUTH' - FACILITATOR

Emilia has been composing for over 8 years now, and has performed and participated in the Jewish community for her whole performing career – from charity events, holiday and event services to the Shir Madness festival. Playing and singing creative compositions and covers in a jazzy soulful style is her speciality.

SESSION: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Esther Althaus - Financial Planner

Esther founded Perspective Financial Services, prompted by the realisation that she would need a career if her family was going to live a life of financial freedom, especially if she was going to raise her children on her own.

Esther has a particular passion for working with women who have come into funds either by divorce settlements, inheritance or insurance claims and need support with making significant financial decisions.

SESSION: PANELLIST - OVERCOMING ADVERSITY

Gabbi Sar-Shalom - Rabbi

Gabbi is a Universalist Rabbi, working as the Pastoral Care Coordinator at Caulfield Hospital with an interest in drumming, interfaith encounters, nature walks and the Divine Feminine.

Gail Bousi - Doula and Post Partum Consultant

Gail works with women and couples during their perinatal journey; empowering, educating, supporting and preparing them for the many changes that they are experiencing, or about to. As a Doula and mother to three of her own children, Gail is well equiped to explore the many aspects of transition into motherhood and beyond.

SESSION: WOMEN'S CIRCLE - THE MOTHERHOOD TRANSITION

Georgie Bancroft, PhD - Certified Parenting Instructor

Georgie Bancroft is a Certified Instructor with Hand in Hand Parenting and the Aware Parenting Institute. She loves to support parents by providing consultations, talks, groups, and courses. In 2006 Georgie was awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology).Her clinical experience includes providing counseling and group work to both children and adults. Currently she enjoys working with parents regarding babies, infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and school age children. 

Heidi Gaspar - Art Therapist

With a Masters in Counselling and a background in Art Therapy & Sandplay Therapy, Heidi is passionate about helping women and children be happier more confident people. In her private practice she works with women and children experiencing a variety of issues, such as anxiety and depression, emotion regulation and social skills. Heidi created the Women's Heart Circle as an Art Therapy group to help women express themselves and share an experience, part of their own life history or cultutal narrative.

Helen Mizrachi - Performer, Comedian

Helen Mizrachi has been involved in performing, acting and writing her own comedy routines since 1980. She has appeared in comedy revues for Bialik and Mt Scopus college and for a myriad of Jewish community organisations. She is a former member of the Melbourne Yiddish Theatre Company and played the lead in the Saltpillar production of Crossing Delancey. She has also appeared on Channel 31’s Community TV programme “The Shtick” in her own segment “Boobeh-Meises” – Old Wives Tales. Her favourite character is Booba, a typical Jewish grandmother, wherein she showcases all our Boobas’ endearing and very special qualities.

Jasmine Lance

Jasmine Lance is a Creative Arts Therapist, Theatre Director, Public Speaker, Community Cultural Development Coordinator and Interior Designer/Organiser who lived and worked the last 8 and half years in Central Australia where she became passionate about DIY home renovations. Jasmine will be using her skills at She elah as a Senior Accredited Drumbeat Facilitator.

Jordana Borensztajn - Social Media Strategist

Jordana Borensztajn is a social media strategist and creative content consultant who works with clients to enhance their creativity, content marketing and social media marketing skills. Jordana’s new business book, Capture My Attention: How to Stand Out Online with Creative Content, covers strategies and techniques to instantly generate captivating content.    

SESSION: TAPPING INTO YOUR CREATIVITY, OPENING CEREMONY EMCEE

Judi Banky

Judi began dancing in 1993 with her husband... they were both immediately hooked. She loves the music, the energy and the friendships made at Nirkoda and the connection to Israel.

SESSION: ISRAELI DANCING FOR FUN

Justine Sless - Comedian, Writer

Justine is the creative director of the upcoming Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival. She is a comedian, MC, writer and broadcaster on Jair 87.8fm Kvetch with Sless.

SESSION: KVETCH WITH SLESS, CLOSING CEREMONY EMCEE

Karen Feldman - Singer, Music Teacher

Karen Feldman is well known in our community as a singer of Yiddish and Hebrew music – but she is also a ukulele player and teacher! Karen conducts ukulele classes uniquely for women of all ages and loves to spread the charm of this little instrument! Karen has also produced her first Cd of Yiddish music titled ‘ Mazl – journey through Yiddish song’.

SESSION: UKULELE FOR BEGINNERS

Kathy Kaplan OAM - Founder, Impact for Women

The proud mother of three now-adult children, and the Safti of a gorgeous little boy, Kathy is a four-time breast cancer survivor, a self-professed learning-junkie, and the Founder of impact, a completely volunteer led and driven charity making a difference to Victorian women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.

Keren Harel-Gordon - Educator

Born in Jerusalem, Keren is a long lover of the city. She has worked many years in informal Jewish education for Jewish Agency for Israel and other organizations. With an M.A in Jewish Philosophy Keren has had the privilege to learn Torah in different institutions. She taught at Hartman Girls school in Jerusalem and is currently teaching at Mount Scopus, growing together with her three children and husband.

Laiya Rothberg - Performer

As lead singer of duo “Sibling Revelry “, Laiya Rothberg is an icon of the Melbourne Jewish music scene. Laiya’s clear tonal quality infuses her singing with a unique power and richness of message. Her ability to capture story in song is found in her album “First Light” an original collaboration with brother David Rothberg.

Lani Brayer - Educator

Lani has been teaching language and history for over 30 years and has a Masters degree in Languages. She has been to Poland twice as an educator on March of the Living. Lani is involved in a Gen2Gen - an NFP organisation striving to educate young adults about the importance of memorialisation and to be changemakers. She is also a co-director of Halo Productions - a platform for engaging mothers and daughters.

SESSION: BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY

Lauren Glezer

Old news to her friends but a newcomer to the Melbourne scene, Lauren has played at some of Melbourne best-loved venues including the Toff in Town, the Wesley Anne and Pop Records, playing solo, or with her incredibly talented band that consists of bassist, Ryan Monro (The Cat Empire) and drummer Conrad Tracy (founder of Revolver drums). Lauren is writing and recording her debut EP, “Searching For Tall”. 

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SESSION: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Michelle Kornberg - Counsellor, Educator

Michelle is passionate about empowering people. This is demonstrated in her work as Coordinator of Caring Mums, in her private counselling practice, as parent educator and in her role as a clinical supervisor. Michelle's private practice incorporates working with individuals, couples, family dynamics and grief therapy. Coming from a teaching background, Michelle facilitates specialist workshops and groups focusing on her expertise in relationships, parenting and grief.

Minna Lederberger

Minna moved to Australia shortly after marriage in 1998 where she started her family of now two children. She survived a life threatening illness in 2012 which resulted in her losing both lower limbs. She has worked as a medical secretary for many years and is an occasional education guide volunteer at the Jewish Museum. 

SESSION: PANELLIST - OVERCOMING ADVERSITY: HOW I LOST MY LEGS AND LANDED ON MY FEET, PANELLIST

Naomi Orelowitz - Educator

Naomi is a Hebrew and Jewish studies teacher at Mt. Scopus College. She studied education and drama at Deakin University and was a madricha in Bnei Akiva. She has a keen interest in performing arts and Judaism and loves telling stories.

SESSION: 'THE MOUTH' - STORYTELLER

Natasha Rubinstein

Natasha is a writer and comedian from Melbourne Australia. She has performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and will be bringing her debut solo show to Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2016.

SESSION: 'THE MOUTH' - STORYTELLER

Nomi Kaltmann

Nomi is a proud red head with a love of all red wines. She aims to provide guidance on how to be spontaneous and acheive results with minimum chutzpah and maximum results.

SESSION: 'THE MOUTH' - STORYTELLER: SPONTANEOUS ADVENTURE

Orna Triguboff - Spiritual Teacher

Rabbi Dr. Orna Triguboff teaches Jewish spirituality, meditation and Kabbalah in Australia and internationally. Orna runs Kabbalah Tours of Israel and is currently preparing for the next one in May 2017. She received her doctorate at Sydney University and rabbinic ordination with Jewish Renewal. Orna founded the Neshama Life organisation, which aims to foster compassion within the community.

SESSION: AN INTRODUCTION TO KABBALAH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Penina Gunzburg - Physiotherapist

Penina is a Physiotherapist and Feldenkrais practitioner with a passion for teaching others how to move more comfortably. Penina uses a holistic approach to teach others to improve their self awareness and optimise their biomechanics for greater flexibility. Penina has many years of experience working in rehabilitation.

SESSION: AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT - THE FELDENKRAIS METHOD

Rebecca Forgasz - Educator, Director & CEO Jewish Museum Australia

Rebecca is Director & CEO of the Jewish Museum of Australia. She is an experienced curator and Jewish educator, having taught for many years in adult education and at secondary and tertiary levels. Rebecca holds Masters degrees in Jewish Studies (Oxford) and Women’s Studies (Monash), and is mother of two-year- old Felix.

SESSION: PANELLIST - GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY

Romy Katz

Romy Katz is a teacher by profession and taught in a private school in Melbourne for many years. After this, she worked in Philanthropy and set up her family’s foundation which she currently runs. Romy is passionate about education, children and social change. In 2014 Romy started a business called Agents For Change where she runs workshops in schools with an aim to promote social change, empathy and philanthropy in the next generation. Romy is head of education and advisory board member for Kids In Philanthropy (KiP), AJF,Twelve and Thirteen and is an adviser to Next Step. She is a mother of three young children who is motivated to make her children’s future a happy one, where they can be proud to be Jewish and living in a community that cares for one another.  

SESSION: HOMELESSNESS - WHY IT IS EVERYBODY'S PROBLEM

Ros Ben-Moshe - Wellness Coach

Ros Ben-Moshe is Director of LaughLife Wellbeing programs. Her laughter wellness projects have featured on ABC TV News, The Project and has had articles in The Australian and Wellbeing magazine. She is laughter wellness for The Love Destination digital TV channel. Ros facilitates wellbeing programs for schools, healthcare providers, community and corporate organisations.

SESSION: LAUGHTER YOGA - A WHOLE NEW WAY OF BEING

Sally Goldner

Sally Goldner’s eighteen years involvement in Victoria’s LGBTI community includes  Transgender Victoria (now Executive Director), presenter of community radio 3CR’s “Out of the Pan”  and Bisexual Alliance Victoria. She is a life member of four organisations, the 2015 LGBTI Victorian of the year and joined the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2016.

 

Sandie Klein - Drama Teacher

Sandie has been teaching Drama for nearly 30 years. She has directed many school plays and musicals. Her greatest joy is seeing her students come to life as they learn to believe in themselves. Being involed in Drama allows you to remain a child forever.

SESSION: FINDING YOUR INNER CHILD (DRAMA WORKSHOP)

Sandra Jacobs - Founder and Chair, The Nappy Collective

Sandra Jacobs is the founder and chair of The Nappy Collective. She is also the CEO of the Bennelong Foundation, a mother, wife, connector, social entrepreneur and a committed corporate and global citizen. She is passionate about empowerment of women and creating collaboration between sustainable social change and profitability.

SESSION: OPENING CEREMONY - FEATURING 'THE NAPPY COLLECTIVE'

Sarah Kisilevich - Composer and Performer

Sarah Kisilevich (Sarah K) wears musicians robes as easily as she does her mother and teacher adornments. Her music comes to her late at night or in the midst of strong emotion so she prides herself on writing genuine and relevant songs. Her lyrics speak to the human and the child within, unafraid to give a voice to that which might be too hard to say on our own. Her first album, 'Moving On' is currently available and she is happy to announce that her second album, 'Burning Love' is in the works. 

Professor Sharon Lewin - Melburnian of the Year 2014

Sharon Lewin is an infectious diseases physician and basic scientist and is the inaugural director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity; Professor of Medicine at the University of Melbourne; and consultant infectious diseases physician, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. She is known internationally as an expert in HIV and runs a laboratory and clinical trials aimed at finding a cure for HIV. In 2014, she was named Melburnian of the Year

Sharon Swiatlo

Sharon has taught English and drama for over 30 years in the Jewish education system. She is also an educator for the Anti Defamation Commission, delivering the 'Click Against Hate' program to schools dealing with online hatred and other issues. Sharon's life journey and experiences are influenced by having a transgender child.

SESSION: PANELLIST - GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY

Shelley Cohney

Shelley Cohney is a lecturer on food and Jewish history at The Jewish Museum of Australia and at William Angliss culinary institute. She is a qualified Israeli tour guide and has a BA from the University of Melbourne and a Masters degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has led groups in Israel and Australia and lectured in Israel, Europe, the USA and Australia. She has been a kosher cooking demonstrator, a jazz singer, a gallery administrator, a jazz ballet teacher, librarian and an events manager and is highly in demand as a Melbourne tour guide. Shelley lectures on all kinds of various and obscure topics and loves a challenge.

Sheree Rubinstein

Sheree Rubinstein left her corporate life as a lawyer to pursue her passion for supporting and empowering women in business. Sheree is the co-founder and CEO of One Roof, managing Australia’s leading co-working space dedicated to women-led ventures. More than just offering shared office space Sheree provides the tools, networking events, coaching, mentorshop and resources female entrepreneurs need to truly thrive.

Shiri Mirvis - Special Guest with Beit Halochem

In 2016 Shiri was amongst the 50 injured in a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Shiri struggled emotionally, pushing her family and friends away. Whilst her friends were finishing their university degrees, getting married and having children, Shiri was stuck.  It took her 9 years to realize her life was not “normal” and through intense therapy and psychological support she slowly regained her confidence and self esteem. Shiri was accepted to Shenkar, Israel’s most prestigious art school, to pursue her artistic passion. Five years ago, Shiri  joined Beit Halochem’s wall climbing group and has been an avid climber ever since. Her chosen sport helped Shiri face her fears and regain her trust in others.

Suzi Finkelstein - Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant

Suzi has a background in the Education, Not for Profit and Corporate sectors and over twenty years of leadership experience. Over her career, she has built a strong reputation for transforming the performance of leaders and their teams. As an Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant , Suzi has worked across all levels of leadership, from aspiring leaders, team leaders to senior executives at many of Australia’s most highly regarded organisations impacting culture and capacity.

Suzy Zail - Writer

Suzy worked as a Solicitor specialising in family law for seven years and has written for magazines, newspapers and the web. She has written a memoir about her father as well as seven children's books, two non-fiction books and two Young Adult novels both set in Auschwitz which have been published in Australia, New Zealand, the US, UK and translated for Italy, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. Her works have been widely acclaimed and shortlisted for a number of Australian and international awards. Suzy has been contracted to write her third novel, a departure from Holocaust fiction which is set in Uganda and focuses on girls rights.

 

SESSION: FROM THE CITY TO THE SLUMS

Timmy Rubin - The Mikveh Lady

Timmy is the manager of the Chaya Moushke Schneersohn Mikveh in Empress Rd East St Kilda for the last 24 years. Born in Melbourne to a family with reform German background, she fell in love with the deeply spiritual side of Judaism. Timmy relishes what she does to encourage Jewish women to discover their beauty within.

Zoe Kanat - Meditation Coach

Zoe is a qualifited meditation and mindfulness coach and teacher, with a background in Psychotherapy and Counselling. Zoe currently facilitates meditation classes at Happy Melon Studios, with Grassroots Wellbeing, Spirit Grow and privately. Zoe is very passionate about working with people to support them in finding a sense of ease, clarity and connection in their lives.

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