Wednesday 23 October
In this lunchtime lecture Sandy Hollis and Shannon Biederman will focus on the establishment of Sydney’s Jewish community. The lecture will look at how the community came about, including how the community practised and established education in the early years. Shannon will discuss how the Sydney Jewish Museum has incorporated the establishment of community into its permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity, with a particular focus on George Street in the mid nineteenth century.
Shannon Biederman is Curator Collections at Sydney Jewish Museum. She has worked as a curator at the Museum for the past 14 years. Shannon has played a key role in developing the Museum’s collections and exhibitions, notably the Museum’s permanent Holocaust exhibition. Recently Shannon curated the feature exhibition, Jukebox Jewkbox!, and is in the process of developing a new feature exhibition on the Jews from Arab lands and Iran, which is set to open in early 2020.
Sandy Hollis is the Community and Professional Education Officer at the Sydney Jewish Museum, Vice Chairperson of the NSW Studies of Religion Association and co-author of the leading Studies of Religion HSC textbook. Sandy serves as a consultant on associated committees and is active in Interfaith Dialogue. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading educators, presenters and authors in Interfaith Dialogue, Judaism, Holocaust studies, Comparative Religions, Hebrew, and Israel.