Tatiana Davydova

 Education consultant

Tatiana is a creator and curator of an online community group of 2,000 + members where she regularly publishes educational articles and broadcast information sessions providing advice on education options in Australia. She has been delivering lectures, webinars, workshops and conducting interviews online with guests on their experiences with the Australian education system as migrants for her large online audience as part of the online business.

Workshop 1: Career Choices for secondary school students – Skills to handle the future.

Workshop 2: Bully proof your school child.

Tatiana Davydova holds the Degree of Teacher of English and Japanese languages in the major of Philology by Herten State Pedagogical University, St-Petersburg with a high distinction mark in Pedagogy and Foreign Languages Teaching Methodology. She also holds a Diploma in Education specialising in teaching secondary school English and Literacy/ESL from the University of New South Wales. Tatiana was awarded Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) and Certificate III in Business Administration from TAFE NSW.

She started her teaching career in 2004 after graduating with a postgraduate diploma from The University of New South Wales. Tatiana worked in a number of primary schools in Sydney metropolitan area until she was offered a position in Auburn Public Primary to develop and teach New Arrivals ESL Program for Years 3-6.

In 2007 Tatiana started working in ELICOS sector in Sydney CBD where she designed, developed, delivered and assessed ELICOS courses to adults on a full-time basis for a number of RTOs. She has been teaching General English, EAP, IELTS and English for work purposes and also developed and coordinated HSPP in Australian International College of English.

Since 2014 Tatiana has been employed by Sydney Institute TAFE English Centre at TAFE, Ultimo to deliver English language AQF Certificate courses including Certificate III in Advanced English for Further study and Certificate IV in English for Academic purposes.

She is also a registered high school teacher in NSW and WA where she occasionally does relief work in primary and high schools covering curriculum across various subject areas.

Tatiana owns and operates an education consulting & tutoring business where she facilitates online learning sessions delivering Academic English, English for Employment and IELTS preparation courses to adults. She teaches Literacy and Numeracy to school children and provides ESL support to new migrants as well as general advice on schools to families. Tatiana provides career mentoring to teenagers. She has a social media page where she gives advice to all of her students and clients in order to help them achieve their goals.

Alina Svetlova

 Personal coach

Alina Svetlova was born in Murmansk. She began her career as a teacher, moving to Saint Petersburg to complete her PhD. When perestroyka began, Alina changed her occupation to a real estate agent, subsequently becoming the CEO of the agency. The next career step involved moving to Moscow, where Alina worked as a sales director of an insurance company. After several years in this top role Alina discovered her true calling – coaching.

Alina has been coaching for more than 15 years, specialising in sales management. Among her clients were KPMG, Nestle, Sberbank, Rostelecom, and other companies.

Currently Alina works in Australia, as a personal coach.

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Alina will present: Success as Lifestyle

Alina will share her extensive experience and will equip the participants:

  • To create a clear vision of your dream;
  • To transform the dream into a clear inspirational goal;
  • To build main steps of any life project on your way to success.

Ruta Vanagaite


Ruta Vanagaite (born in 1955 in Šiauliai, Lithuania) graduated from the Moscow Theatre Institute (GITIS) with a cum laude degree in theatre criticism in 1978 and later studied theatre science in Helsinki University.

She has extensive experience as a journalist, writer, publisher, theatre and TV producer, festival organizer, political PR consultant and producer of large-scale site-specific events. After the reestablishment of Lithuanian independence in 1991, she served as the artistic director of the State Youth Theatre and was co-founder and director of "LIFE," the first and largest theatre festival in the Baltic states. She later served as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Lithuania on public relations and was executive director of “Vilnius – European Capital of Culture 2009.” In addition, she ran several successful Lithuanian presidential, parliamentary and municipal election campaigns. In 1993, she was named “Woman of the Year” in Lithuania.

More recently, she has focused on writing. Her first book exposed the sad state of elderly care in Lithuania and her second book, which dealt with the challenges faced by women at fifty, was a bestseller for more than two years with over 40,000 copies sold in two years. Ruta Vanagaite's third best-selling book, Mūsiškiai (Our People; Journey with an Enemy), co-authored with world-famous Israeli Nazi-hunter and Holocaust historian Dr. Efraim Zuroff, deals with the complicity of Lithuanians in Holocaust crimes and the efforts of all Lithuanian governments since independence to hide the role played by local Nazi collaborators. A runaway bestseller (19,000 copies), it has deeply affected public discourse on the participation of Lithuanians in the Shoa and has inspired a search for truth on this subject among many young Lithuanians.

The new bestselling Ruta’s book published in October 2016 “Jis” (“Him”) is dealing with the problems facing contemporary men, which has been in Top 10 list for over a year. A new autobiographical book (15,000 copies) was published recently, but one day after the launch of this book in October 2017, all Vanagaite’s books (6 titles, 27 thousand copies altogether) were removed from the shelves in Lithuania after Ruta’s public comment about one of Lithuanian partisan leaders. This decision was made by her publisher, the largest in Lithuania. None of her books are available in Lithuanian book stores anymore.

Eli Itin

 Senior Innovation Consultant - Northern Star Innovation

Limmud FSU Australia is proud to present Eli Itin - Founder and Senior Innovation Consultant at Northern Star Innovation.

Eli has recently returned from Israel where he held the role of Head of Internal Innovation at Amdocs, before privately consulting on Innovation to Israeli Aerospace Industries, Israeli Air Force, Israel’s Police, and a number of large enterprises including EY, Intel and SanDisk.

He has lectured at leading universities, including the Technion, BIU’s MBA program, UNSW’s Internship program and the IDC. He teaches MIT and Columbia Universities’ innovation courses as well as consulting internationally.

Eli will present two workshops:

  1. A challenging and fun creativity competition
  2. A quick sure-win method to create a new startup

Emmanuel Gruzman

Emmanuel Gruzman is a PhD candidate at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University and recipient of the Jewish Care Victoria and Zeleznikow scholarship.

His research project is about the settlement experiences, adaptation patterns and identity construction of Jews from the former Soviet Union in Melbourne. He finds people and their multiple identities fascinating.

Topic: Identity construction of Russian-speaking Jews in Melbourne.

The Soviet regime discriminated against Jews. As a result, Judaism and Jewish culture became almost none existent in the Soviet Union. Many Soviet Jews began experiencing their Jewish identity as a nationality separated from religion. Living in Melbourne in proximity to thriving Jewish communities for a couple of decades now, how have Russian-speaking Jews constructed their identity? The latest findings about the identity of Russian-speaking Jews in Melbourne is presented based on data from the Gen17 Australian Jewish community survey supplemented with stories from interviews.

Michael Kontorovich

Michael Kontorovich was born in the country formerly known as the USSR, in the city formerly known as Leningrad and in the century now known as the previous. He came to Australia 36 years ago and enjoys Vegemite almost as much as beluga caviar (and significantly more often).

He is an experienced story teller of long standing as a partner of one, father of two and a member of KVN comedy writing team of five. He considers his interests to be always moral, mostly legal and these days rarely fattening.

Topic: Re-storying the world. Are the stories we live by today good enough to pass on to our children? Season 2.

We live in the world that is changing faster and more dramatically than the stories we tell ourselves about how things are. Many of our most fundamental ideas about the world are rapidly becoming incompatible with the actual reality of what's happening. Our children are inheriting from us a picture that does not fit what they are seeing and experiencing. Ideologies, religions, scientific theories are struggling to keep up.

So, it appears incredibly important to start the project of re-storying - creating a new picture of the world more congruent with our and most importantly our children's current experience.

This talk presents an example of such re-storying process.

Format: Interactive talk


Алекс - 80 лет, инженер-строитель, в настоящее время пенсионер. Лариса -71 год, учитель математики, в настоящее время пенсионерка. Эмигрировали в Австралию в 1992году из Украины, Члены Ассоциации Еврейских инженеров из бывшего СССР. Статья Алекса "Героизм евреев в годы ВОВ" была опубликована в апрельском номере мельбурнском журнала "Менора" и на израильском сайте "Киев еврейский".

Тема выступления - Героизм евреев в годы Великой Отечественно Войны и как сохранить память о евреях-Героях войны и o нашей жизни в Светском Союзе для наших детей и внуков. "Нация, которая забывает свое прошлое, не имеет будущего" - У. Черчиль.

С этой целью Алекс и Лариса хотят издать серию сборников об евреях - Героях Советского Союза, ученых, поэтах и о многих других представителях еврейского народа под общим названием "Известные и неизвестные евреи".

Сборники будут на двух языках - английском, с одной стороны страницы, и на русском - с другой, так как наши внуки на 95% уже только англоязычные, а их родители, возможно только половина, еще сохранили русский язык. И это главное отличие нашего проекта от существующей многочисленной и многосторонней замечательной литературы на русском языке, которая будет использоваться в сборниках.


Заслуженная Артистка России, концертмейстер балета Большого театра ( 1964-1991) и концертмейстер Австралийского Балета (1993-2013)

Родилась в Москве. Окончила Муз-Пед. Институт им. Гнесиных. На втором курсе была принята в Большой Театр по конкурсу. Работая в Балете Большого Театра гастролировала по всему миру, принимала участие в 12-ти Международных конкурсах артистов балета, в 8-ми - признана лучшим концертмейстером (Москва, Болгария, Финляндия, США, Япония). В 1993 году была приглашена в компанию The Australian Ballet на должность концертмейстера. С Австралийским Балетом гастролировала по миру и по Австралии (выступала более чем в 40-ка городах Австралии)!

Работала с легендарными балетными танцовщиками Большого Театра и мировыми звёздами балета.

В настоящее время работает в мельбурнской консерватории, в балетных школах и выступает с концертами.

Тема: Майя Плисецкая и Большой Театр

Frieda Belakhova

The topic of the talk is BUTEYKO BREATHING TECHNIQUE

Frieda Belakhova was born in Odessa, the Ukraine ( former Soviet Union). She arrived in Australia with her family as a refugee in 1975. She was an English teacher in the USSR and having successfully gone through the tests and interviews, was recognized as a teacher of English as a Second Language in NSW. She had been teaching ESL at a high school for 25 years.

Her first encounter with the Buteyko breathing happened in May 1992 when she and her husband took the course with Sasha Stalmatsky not long after he brought the Buteyko Method to Australia from Russia. The effect it had on her and her husband’s health was so miraculously wonderful that she decided to be trained as an instructor to be able to help many other people.

So in 1993 she was certified as an instructor in the Buteyko Breathing Technique.

In 2001 she became an associate member of the Buteyko Institute for Breathing and Health. Since she retired from school teaching she dedicated herself totally to the teaching of the Buteyko Breathing Technique and works from home conducting the training on an individual basis as well as in small groups depending on circumstances and requirements

BUTEYKO BREATHING TECHNIQUE is effective, safe and scientifically based method of reconditioning the breathing pattern using only mind control. It is based on the discovery (1952) that the major and underlying cause of many seemingly completely different disorders is an incorrect breathing pattern – over breathing or in scientific terms hyperventilation syndrome.

The explanation will be followed by some practical exercises and answering questions.

Rabbi Dr. Dovid Slavin

The topic of the presentation: Food Connects

Subtopic: Body, Soul, Community

Rabbi Dovid Slavin migrated from the United States in 1991 to take up the position of Executive Director of the Rabbinical college of Sydney, a role he has occupied since that time.

His principal voluntary activities include being a member of the Ethics Committee of the Cancer Institute of NSW and Co-founding Director of Gift of Life Australia, an organisation maintaining a register of prospective bone-marrow donors.

Rabbi Slavin was appointed Chaplain in the Ambulance Service of NSW, a role he has fulfilled with distinction.

Rabbi Slavin has, in recent years, founded and directed "Our Big Kitchen" in Bondi, a non-denominational, charitable organisation that seeks to bring together people from all walks of life for community-building activities.

These have included providing food for victims of terror and disaster, and ongoing school-bases activities that promote social action. The Rabbi has used the Kitchen to bring together chaplains from the uniformed services and is planning an expanded program to involve the Consular Corps.

The Kitchen has been visited, and its programs endorsed by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Former Governor-General Bryce, Barry O'Farrell, Peter Debnam, and many others.

In December 2012 Rabbi Slavin was appointed as the CEO of Yeshiva Centre & Yeshiva College. Rabbi Slavin received a PhD from the University of Sydney in 2013.

Rabbi Slavin's professional and communal life is characterised by perfectionism, benevolence and efficiency.

Rabbi Dovid Slavin lives with his wife, Laya, and their eight children in Bondi.

Laya Slavin

The topic of the presentation: Challah and Tears - The Story of Challah Baking

Laya Slavin was born in Sydney in 1971 to very loving parents. She attended the local Yeshiva College Primary school and then Moriah College High School, graduating in 1988. She was the school Captain and met the Queen on her Australian visit.

Laya then studied teaching at a teacher trainer college in Melbourne and continued studies in Israel, where she graduated.

She and Rabbi Doctor Dovid Slavin were married in 1991. Together they have raised eight children, and she received the Australian Jewish News inaugural Jewish Mother of the Year award. Laya is known for her generosity and open home, inviting people of all walks of life for family meals, celebrations and holidays.

Laya and her husband partnered in a variety of communal roles. This led her to initiating the establishment of Our Big Kitchen in 2005.

The idea to start OBK began after Laya completed her Hair and Wig Design course, many of her customers were women going through chemotherapy. First, Laya established a Wig library supporting women who makes sure that women who have lost their hair do not also lose their dignity. Laya has established connections with wig makers in New York and Israel who have donated their products and expertise to this important cause. Countless women have been helped during a very difficult time in their lives.

The idea of creating a communal kitchen was born and continues to grow from Laya’s love and passion for giving to others.

Right after Our Big Kitchen was established a bride approached OBK about using the facilities to self-cater her own wedding, Laya knew that this bride was not planning on having anything special for her wedding day. Laya immediately sprang into action, sourcing donated decorations, table cloths, candle holders, flowers and centrepieces creating the most memorable and beautiful wedding for this special bride. From this experience a new section was added to Our Big Kitchen, it was called “Our Big Party” or in Yiddish “The Gemach”. The Gemach is a party lending service, that now collects all decoration from various functions and celebrations and lends these items to people who otherwise would not have afforded a special celebration.

As a person she has always made herself available to anyone who needs support, anything she can do to help, and give back is never too much. Every person is significant in her eyes and is always ready to give of herself. She visits nursing homes and hospitals weekly and sometimes daily. She runs hospital and nursing home visitation programs with volunteers and students.

Laya is also passionate supporter of Gift of Life Australia a bone marrow registry.

Laya is very involved in J.E.MS, and acts as a councillor to children and a mentor to staff, she takes every opportunity she can to teach and share with others. Laya is a true believer in the power of prayer and always takes every opportunity to uplift and infuse meaning into the lives of people she meets.

One of Laya’s passions is bringing together groups of people to bake traditional challah (braided loaves of bread) where people get the opportunity to connect with each other through song dance and of course baking.

In 2018 she received the Vaucluse Local Woman of the Year award.

Laya is a child at heart and is happiest in a clown costume helping share smiles with everyone. She is the heart of OBK, the inspiration that drives the organisation with her passion for kindness, warmth, empathy, love, tolerance, acceptance, educating, and love.

Marina Prostakova

Topic of Marina’s presentation: Education and Entertainment!
For kids from age 5 plus

Marina was born in Ukraine. After graduation from Latvian State University she became a secondary school teacher.

In 1992, Marina and her family immigrated to Melbourne. After completing Diploma of Education in Melbourne University, she focused on working in educational institutions where she gained over 20 years of experience in teaching and management roles in both government and private sectors.

The most rewarding job for Marina is being the Principal of Lider Russian Sunday School in Melbourne. For the last 12 years she has operated a rapidly growing ethnic School which focuses on providing fun and educational experience to hundreds of students aged from 4 to 16 years of age.

Marina’s session focuses on a number of interesting chemical reactions which produce smoke, gas, heat, precipitations and colour changes. Children will make slimes, expanding snow, disappearing water and lot of other surprises. Chemicals which live in the kitchen and laundry will be introduced and used to inflate balloons and make fun. This is a great educational interactive workshop where kids will experience the magical fun of chemistry.


Проект ‘’История русских в Австралии’’

Мой взгляд на жизнь и современность всегда рассматривается через призму истории. Сегодня генеалогия -это не только моя профессия, но и хобби. Последние два года я активно занимаюсь расследованием жизней русских в Австралии. С каждой новой историей я понимаю, что всё больше этим увлекаюсь. Говорить об этом могу бесконечно.

Я -основатель интернет проекта, где пытаюсь рассказать как можно больше об истории русской миграции. Делаю расследования, пишу статьи. Вы так же можете найти меня в Фейсбук группе "История русских в Австралии".

На Лиммуде я представлю лекцию об истории русско-еврейской миграции в Австралию и ее представителях.


ТЕМА - «Дети-билингвы»

Более 17 лет работы с детьми, из них 9 лет в Австралии. Сегодня Мила Снегурова уважаемая и любимая учительница старших классов в русской школе в Сиднее, работает с детьми от 6 месяцев до 9 лет в собственной студии раннего развития «Тип Топ», индивидуально преподаёт чтение, письмо и математику деткам всех возрастов.


Два высших образования – педагогическое и психологическое. Дополнительно окончила курс Московского государственного университета (МГУ) по “Методике преподавания русского языка, как иностранного детям за границей (билингвы)”. В Австралии получила диплом в The University of Sydney по специальности «Language Teaching».


Мама троих замечательных ребят, которые легко и с удовольствием говорят на двух языках: и русском, и английском. Мила - замечательный пример любви и преданности своему делу, и просто отзывчивый и добрый человек.


Личные семинары состоялись в 2015 и 2017 годах в двух городах Австралии – Сиднее и Брисбене, а так же большой вебинар для всех родителей в Австралии. В 2018 году уже состоялись семинары Милы в Перте и Брисбене. В них приняли активное участие более 400 родителей, а также учителя и руководители русских школ Австралии. Такой опыт позволил выделить самые актуальные вопросы воспитания детей в двуязычной среде и раскрыть их во время семинаров и вебинаров «Дети-билингвы».

Irina Iris

“Daydreaming with Mark Shagall” art workshop for children

Irina Iris is the Artist and Founder of the «Iris art studio” in Western Sydney.

Irina grew up in Belarus, where she studied art at her local art school for 6 years. Following that she successfully graduated from architectural college and university. She worked as an architect and urban designer in Belarus and overseas. In 2008 Australia became a new home for Irina and her family. Here she started teaching art to children at Russian schools, as well as continued her studies. In 2016 she was awarded a Diploma in Visual Arts.

More than five years ago Irina started her own project, “IRIS ART” studio to help kids and adults learn visual arts.

"I teach children to look at the world in a different way, to see the beauty around them, to be able to create and invent new things," says Irina. "Children with such abilities in the future are called geniuses. The purpose of my work is to organise a space for creative, happy and successful children and adults. I truly believe that art can make everyone happy and it helps discover your own inner world "

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Irina will present “Daydreaming with Mark Shagall” art workshop.

Children will learn about life and work of one of the most brilliant artists of the 20th century. Where was Mark Shagall born and raised? Why did he live in different places, and what do the symbols in his paintings mean? Who is Bella and what role did she play in the artist's life? Those and many other interesting facts will be covered during the workshop. Children will be introduced to Shagall’s main art works and will create their own painting , inspired by the dreamy surrealistic images from Shagall's paintings.


Илья выступит перед гостями Лимуда с концертом под названием "Кошерный стендап"

Илья Аксельрод – один из самых популярных стенд-ап комиков Израиля!

Это артист, который рассказывает о своей стране по всему миру. Его выступления пропитаны интеллигентным и актуальным юмором, доступным и понятным зрителям любых возрастов во всех странах.

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Илья – финалист проекта Comedy Баттл на ТНТ, ведущий программы «Доброе утро, Израиль», радиоведущий программы «Comedy час» на Первом Радио, продюсер и главный творческий вдохновитель юмористического проекта «Comedy Club Israel».


Многим из вас Ирина уже знакома как участница программного комитета Limmud FSU 2016, в этом году она выступает на нашем литературном форуме.

Стихи и прозу начала писать в зрелом возрасте. В силу своей профессии (медик), стала свидетелем многих людских судеб, что и явилось, в последствии, основной причиной взяться за перо.

Живёт и работает в Сиднее, замужем, мать двоих детей.

Периодически печатается в разных русскоязычных изданиях, постоянный автор Австралийского русскоязычного художественно-познавательного альманаха "Австралийская Мозаика". Номинант VI Международной ежегодной поэтической премии "Образ"(2018), а также автор публикации стихов в одноименном альманахе.

Igor Kreyman

Topic: Digitally connected yet socially disconnected, the importance of human connection during a time of rapid technological advancement.

Igor Kreyman is the founder of The Human Connection Movement, an innovative social enterprise that is bridging new ways to transform society through facilitating transformational experiences that connect humanity.

Igor has been holding eye-gazing events globally with the purpose of removing barriers between people and raising the awareness of the benefits of face-to-face communication during an era of rapid technological advancement.

Whilst we are living in the most digitally connected time in our history, we are more socially disconnected then ever and Igor is steering the movement to tackle the variables associated with loneliness which contain a range of poor mental, physical and socio-economic outcomes, including low self-esteem, suicide, depression, heart disease and poor physical health.

Igor has organized and facilitated over 150 events globally over the last 2 years, with tens of thousands of participant’s in attendance, creating experiences with a team of 60 other volunteers to create safe containers for people to experience meaningful quality connection, belonging, community and the chance to be fully seen heard and valued.

This work has lead Igor to work with couples that want to transform their relationship and experience deeper levels of intimacy, connection, trust and vulnerability as well as families and friendships that are looking for resolution and healing.

Igor also holds men's circles which provide the opportunity for men to talk about heavily stigmatized subjects and experience authentic and meaningful connection in a safe space where they are able to be seen, heard, valued and understood.

Most recently Igor been holding workshops in agencies and corporations transforming organisational culture by creating an ethos of belonging and quality connection in a sector that is struggling with it the most, with recent studies stipulating that only 62% of employees are engaged in the workplace across APAC.

Igor has been traveling the world raising awareness and holding eye-gazing events at festivals, including “We’re All Going To Die”, an immersive festival that combined world premiere films, official book launch, installation, visual art, music and performance. Where Igor and his team facilitated an eye-gazing event for over 1000 participants over a period of 4 hours.

Igor is also an actor with his most recent role in upcoming feature film, "One Less God," (2018), which won the Grand Jury Prize & Industry Choice award at Dance's With Film's Festival, Los Angeles, CA, as well as the top prize at the Byron Bay Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.

Igor has appeared on several documentaries including, VICELAND, ABC Catalyst as well as German Psychology Magazine; "Emotion", in the same segment as Performance artist Marina Abramovic, whom was an inspiration behind him creating The Human Connection Movement.

Within the last few years he has been appeared on; The Guardian,, Daily Mail Australia, News Corp - Body and Soul Magazine, ABC – Triple J Hack, SBS, ABC TV Prime Time News, ABC Radio with Chris Taylor, Sverige Radio Sweden, PlayGround, Canvas (NZ Herald) and assisted SBS with casting of their TV documentary series “Look Me In The Eye”.


Сара Бендетская родилась в Москве. В шестнадцать лет переехала в США, затем в Канаду и в Австралию. По дороге из пункта А в пункт Б начала писать рассказы и с тех пор никак не может остановиться. В доказательство блог — Baggage of Thoughts. Ее рассказы знают и любят в Австралии, России, Израиле, США и других странах.

В 2016-м, у Сары вышла детская книжка Сары "Tzeddy's First Adventure", а в 2018 — сборник юмористических и лирических рассказов “В ожидании знаков”.

В перерывах Сара запускает благотворительные проекты, заставляет детей делать уроки, а сама охотится за шоколадом.

Из последних начинаний — благотворительная кухня Souper, еврейская русскоязычная библиотека и нон-профит организация Subbotnik.


Жанна Алифанова. Поэт-песенник, член Союза писателей России, член Australian Songwriters' Association.

Родилась в Москве. Закончила Московский Институт Народного Хозяйства им. Плеханова. После окончания института победила в конкурсе: получила стипендию австралийского правительства и продолжила свое образование в аспирантуре Университета Нового Южного Уэльса (University of New South Wales) в Австралии. Получила степень Магистра Коммерции с отличием, Master of Commerce (Honours). Печатается в различных альманахах и поэтических сборниках, как в России, так и за рубежом. Является членом творческого клуба «Московский Парнас», часто выступает в литературных объединениях «Орбита -1», «Октябрьское Поле», "Немчиновская Муза", музыкальной гостиной «Пречистенский Мост».

Успешный менеджер и организатор, вице-президент Австралийского межнационального объединённого творческого Союза работников культуры и СМИ, журналист и радиоведущая, Жанна продолжает поддерживать тесную связь с русско-еврейским сообществом Австралии: "Я свято верю в то, что очень важно помнить о своих корнях, уважать своих предков и окружать себя единомышленниками. И фестиваль Лимуд как раз об этом - знакомство с еврейской историей, культурой и образом жизни." Жанна хорошо известна в сообществе за её бесценную и неутомимую добровольческую работу: "Это вызывает привыкание. Как только вы начнёте помогать другим, вы не можете остановиться. Опять же, это всегда улица с двусторонним движением - люди ценят даже самую крошечную помощь и отвечают тебе искренним доверием и уважением. А это дорогого стоит." Истинный меценат, Жанна видит в фестивале Лимуд фантастическую возможность для еврейской общины бывшего СССР показать свои великолепные таланты.


Родилась в Одессе; филолог; преподавала литературу и эстетику. Стихи писала с ранней юности, печаталась в периодике, но, в основном, писала "в стол". Щепка 3-й волны эмиграции – с 1979-го жила в Канаде. Первые годы переводила, редактировала и писала для единственной тогда в стране русскоязычной газеты "Вестник". Получив новую специальность, 30 лет проработала в области компьютеров. После долгих лет молчания вернулись стихи. Финалист и призёр нескольких международных поэтических конкурсов; автор поэтического сборника "Чернобеловики". Последние публикации – в газете "Интеллигент", в поэтическом интернет-альманахе "45-я параллель", альманахе "Витражи", журналах "Крещатик", "Новый Свет", "Австралийская Мозаика".

Anastasia Soifer2

Два года назад переехала в Австралию, где живут мои сын и внуки – вот и ещё одна страна на карте моей жизни!


Презентация в жанре живой поэзии "Мы счет ведем от сотворенья мира".
Чтение стихов сопровождается видеорядом. Временные рамки от начала 20 века-до наших дней.

Ляля родилась и выросла на Украине в городе Винница. Окончила Институт Культуры в городе Казани и Винницкий Педуниверситет. Работала учителем средней школы и вторым (играющим) режиссером молодежного театра. В 1994 году Ляля эмигрировала с семьей в Австралию.

Ляля живет в городе Голд Кост, штат Квинсленд, более двадцати лет преподает в государственной школе, где также занимает должность компьютерного администратора.

Ляля пишет прозу различных жанров и публикуется в журналах и газетах по всему миру, как в эмигрантских изданиях и изданиях стран бывшего СССР, так и в российских газетах и журналах. В 2013 году вышла ее первая книга «Отправление с общей станции», содержащая повести и рассказы еврейской тематики.

В 2017 году вышла четвертая книга «Мы обречены верить: Fatum hominum».

Все книги вы можете найти на страничке Амазон

Ляля является одной из основательниц интернационального русскоязычного театра «PARUS» в Квинсленде и его бессменным режиссером. Она также является одной из характерных aктрис театра. Уже несколько лет Ляля выступает в жанре живой поэзии, представляя зрителю видеопоэтические композиции разнообразной тематики.

Rabbi Yehoram Ulman

Topic of the presentation: DNA and Jewish Law, Are they compatible?
This and many other issues relating to certifying status for Jewish marriage.

Rabbi Ulman was born in the former USSR and was educated in Moriah College Sydney and the Yeshiva Gedolah in Melbourne. He continued his studies in Israel and the USA receiving Rabbinic Diploma from the Central Lubavitcher Yeshiva as well as a diploma of a Rabbinic Judge.

Rabbi Ulman is the spiritual leader of the Russian Jewish Community of Sydney and a Senior Dayan on the Sydney Beth Din.

Emile Sherman BA LLB MA

Emile Sherman BA LLB MA
Joint Managing Director – See-Saw Films

Academy Award®-winning producer Emile Sherman co-founded See-Saw Films with UK producer Iain Canning in 2008 and has produced a number of prestige film and television projects, including:

  • six time Academy Award® nominated LION;
  • the four time Academy Award® winning film THE KING’S SPEECH;
  • the Emmy Award winning series TOP OF THE LAKE

See-Saw’s most recent projects include MARY MAGDALENE starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix, John Cameron Mitchell’s HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES starring Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman, TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL starring Elisabeth Moss, Nicole Kidman and Gwendoline Christie and the ABC Children’s series THE NEW LEGENDS OF MONKEY.

See-Saw’s upcoming film, the highly anticipated WIDOWS, is directed by Steve McQueen and stars Viola Davis, Liam Neeson and Michelle Rodriguez.

In addition to his MD role at See-Saw, Sherman is a Director of Fulcrum Media Finance, a specialist film and television financier and a subsidiary of See-Saw Films which has provided over $200 million in finance to film and television projects to date. Sherman is a Director of the animal protection institute Voiceless and also sits on the Board of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.

Inna Mirvis

Topic: Jewish Women Renaissance – the experience that will change your life

Inna Mirvis is 39 years old mother of 2 beautiful girls, married to a Russian Jewish man. Inna immigrated to Australia 26 years ago and currently working for CCA sunscreen company, Vitality Brands Worldwide.

Recently Inna participated in the unique program and it was an experience that changed her life. The program is called Jewish Women Renaissance. Thousands of mothers, like Inna, participate in this project every year. Inna wants to share her experience with other women.


Почтовый Пегас просвещения или как заставить Матильду вальсировать по-русски

Выпускница МГУ им. Ломоносова.

Поэт и переводчик поэзии, обладатель Гран-при юбилейного международного конкурса поэтов русского зарубежья «Пушкин в Британии»-2017 и Гран-при конкурса переводчиков поэзии «Пушкин в Британии»-2010.

Победитель конкурса переводчиков поэзии института русской литературы РАН (Пушкинский Дом) 2010, автор книги переводов австралийского поэта А.Д. Хоупа «Вечность подождет».

Куратор конкурса юных чтецов "Живая классика" по НЮУ, девятикратный победитель московского городского конкурса чтецов среди школьников.

Знаток и исполнитель авторской песни. Игрок интеллектуальной викторины «Что? Где? Когда?», неоднократный победитель телешоу «Своя игра».

Галина Лазарева познакомит вас с австралийской литературой, расскажет об интересных особенностях работы переводчика, выступит с переведёнными ею песнями и лит произведениями.

Leonid Petrov

Leonid Petrov graduated from the Department of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University in 1994, where he majored in Korean History and Language.

In 1994-1996, he worked as interpreter for the South Korean National Soccer Team and participated in the 26th Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 1996-2002, Leonid Petrov worked on a doctoral thesis "Socio-economic School and the Formation of North Korean Official Historiography" at the Australian National University.

Between 2003 and 2005, Dr. Petrov conducted post-doctoral research at the Academy of Korean Studies in Seongnam and taught Korean History at the Intercultural Institute of California in San Francisco. In 2006-2007, he was Chair of Korean Studies at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Between 2009 and 2012, Dr. Petrov taught Korean History and Language at the University of Sydney. Currently, he teaches Cross-Cultural Management, Strategic Intelligence and other subjects at the International College of Management in Sydney (ICMS).

Starting from 2007, Dr. Petrov has been involved in a number of projects sponsored by the Australian Research Council.

Leonid Petrov's ANU page carries the links to his academic publications:

Leonid Petrov's KOREA VISION blog carries the texts and links to his media interviews:

Anna Frolova

Anna Frolova was born and grew up in Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia), studied International Law in Kazan State University and spent a year in Germany getting a Master degree there. Having various interests, she moved to Moscow and started her work in the Israeli Embassy. For the last 4 years she has also worked at a law firm and a transnational corporation. Currently Anya is working in a global Jewish community-building organization for young adults - Moishe House. She mostly lives in planes and trains, working with Jewish communities in different cities and countries. She finds her inspiration in people, communication and travels.

Anna believes that home is a central place in any man's life and home is directly connected with the feeling of happiness. At her presentation Anya will talk about HYGGE - a Scandinavian concept of harmonious life and happiness, and will show the connection between the happy home and Moishe Houses – community homes for young Jewish adults all over the world. Moishe House is what being Jewish in your 20s is all about. Moishe House is a story how one crazy idea grew into a great project with more than 60,000 participants all over the world.

Shai Israel

Shai Israel is JNF's Victoria Education Shaliach. After arriving in Australia with a vision to infuse a love and understanding of Israel through JNF, Shai has worked with all the major schools, youth movements and community organisations across Victoria. Building a strong relationship through informative and interesting presentations and activities, Shai is connecting Jewish youth, young adults and seniors in Australia to Israel in a real and tangible way.

Over the last decade, Shai has been immersed in both formal and informal education. Shai worked as a tour guide and later attained a Bachelor's degree in Israel Studies and Political Science as well as a Teaching Diploma. Shai took a post in Philadelphia serving as the Jewish Agency Shaliach (Emissary) at Temple University. Following that, Shai worked as an Israel Studies teacher for secondary school students in Tel Aviv and Petah Tikva.

Passionate about developing educational content and fostering a strong connection to Jewish values in the diaspora, Shai is actively engaged in raising the generation of tomorrow’s leadership skills. In 2019, Shai will lead JNF’s Education Mission to Israel to give educators an authentic, firsthand experience of Israeli life and JNF’s innovative environmental and benevolent projects. Shai’s mission is to ensure that through JNF, Israel’s future continues to grow.

Presentation: Education, Experience and Connection: Teaching “Israel” in the 21st century

With endless information at their fingertips, making Israel meaningful to the youth of today has become a major challenge. How can we reach out to the youth of today and inspire them to care about the history and identity of the Jewish people?

Diverging from the traditional “boring” lessons is key to sparking a real, live interest in Israel and her people.

In this session you will experience first-hand some of KKL-JNF’s most successful educational materials and outreach.

Sophie Firmager

Wellbeing Coach, Human Resources Director

Sophie Firmager studied Psychology at UNSW and built a successful career in Human Resources. Currently working as HR Director, Australia & NZ at Tiffany & Co in charge of organisational design, workforce planning, talent acquisition, education and development, employee engagement and wellbeing to help employees flourish and the Tiffany organisation thrive.

Fascinated by the science of wellbeing and human flourishing and passionate about helping people, Sophie has always made it a priority to study and coach on positive psychology principles in and outside of work.

Igor Praporshchikov

Igor Praporshchikov is an Olympian and a multiple Australian ADCC submission wrestling and national wrestling champion. He holds numerous titles in BJJ, Sambo, and Submission Wrestling.

In past 10 years Igor coached and been a training partner for UFC and K-1 stars like Jamie Te Huna ,Mark Hunt, Hector Lombard Tyson Pedro Rob Whittaker and many young up and coming champions.

Also Igor is a co-founder of Igor MMA academy that offers a diverse range of quality mixed martial arts in heart of Bondi Junction, Sydney with very experienced and highly trained staff.

At Limmud FSU Igor will run a session for children and young adults on the topic of Healthy body and mind, healthy life style necessary for proper development of the young person, finding motivation and strengthening self-esteem.

Roderick Gadaev

Roderick Gadaev is an award-winning film director based in Sydney, Australia. He has worked on a variety of short form content since an incredibly young age, and has been outperforming his counterparts since then.

Raised in a Russian-Jewish family as an only child, he grew akin to film making after watching Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, at age 13. Studying film on his own till now has lead him to make the short, '17 Minutes', his most prominent film to date, boasting high concept and large scale, defying all odds. His films concentrate on dynamic relationships between the individual against the greater society, rebellious in nature within the genre atmosphere.

His study began at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2017, and has since earned total of 16 international nominations (including Tall Grass International) and 4 international wins shared across his shorts, ‘Penalties’, starring Nadim Accari, and '17 Minutes', starring Matt Doran and Brendan Clearkin. He is well recognised in his local and professional community within Sydney, Australia, and will continue his work in LA with prominent producers starting in 2019.

His presentation is an official advanced screening of the Sci-Fi Dystopian short film titled, '17 Minutes', directed and produced by Roderick Gadaev through RodAndCo Productions. It has been in the making for a year and a half, and has recently started running the international festival circuit 2 months ago.

The premise of the film is explored through its Dystopian world which yearns the question, "Does freedom really exist?" In a futuristic research facility, Adam must decide between true freedom or the comfort of a controlling voice in his cell room, before his fate is sealed forever.



Более 25 лет посвятила себя косметологии, специализируясь на процессах хроно и фотостарения кожи.

В Сиднее открыла студию красоты "Клеопатра". Готова поделиться секретами улучшения состояния кожи.


Тема презентации - Основные принципы здорового питания

Галина Ильягуева, аккредитованный практикующий диетолог с 2013 года. В прошлом - врач.

Галина считает, что профилактика всегда лучше, чем лечение, и поэтому переход от медицины к диетологии для нее стал естественным процессом.