Kadimah Conference

Learning and Life at Scopus Thursday, 11 Aug 2022

Jewish learning moves forward with the Year 11 and 12 Kadimah conference

Kadimah Conference 2022 took Jewish Education to the next level for Mount Scopus Years 11 and 12 students.

The two-day conference brought together incredible local and international speakers who shared sessions and perspectives on Jewish life, learning and thought, Israel, the Shoah, philosophy and spirituality, contemporary challenges, social action and more.

Matti Borowski, Deputy Principal and Director, Alter Family School of Jewish Studies and Ivrit said,  “This Conference offers our students the incredible opportunity to be inspired and challenged to move their own Jewish identity, the Jewish world and our broader society ‘Kadimah’ - forward”. 

Rob Miller, Co-ordinator of Student Development said that “Engaging in deep conversations and learning from outstanding role models allows our students to advance the conversation about what it means to live a meaningful and impactful Jewish life”.

Josh Burns, Federal Member for Macnamara opened the conference with the keynote address to Year 12 students.

From there students chose from 50 different sessions run by over 35 community leaders and educators on topics as diverse as ‘How to be a leader in the community’, ‘How to understand the history of Israel in one hour’, and ‘How to apply Halacha to modern issues’. Other sessions explored ‘How to create an inclusive Jewish community’, How to view consent and #metoo through a Jewish lens’ and ‘How to respond to anti-semitism’.

Presenters included local and international community leaders including Philip Chester, Frances Prince, Tracie Olcha, Howard Goldenberg, Sue Hampel OAM and Rabbanit Judith Levitan.

Rav Yoni Rosensweig, community Rabbi in Beit Shemesh, Israel and founder of the Maaglei Nefesh Centre for Halacha and mental health also led optional shiurim, Q and A sessions and Oneg Shabbat activities following the conference.

Scopus’ Kadimah conference was held at Monash Caulfield campus on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July 2022.