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stuart KantorStuart Kantor

Poetry for The Corporate Coffee Table

Stuart Kantor is owner and Senior Wealth Manager at Kanan Wealth cc and Author of Poetry for The Corporate Coffee Table. In his 15 years as a labour market participant he has learnt that clients and colleagues want both results and a shoulder to cry on, and a companion to laugh with. He knows that Poetry for the Corporate Coffee Table is not only appropriate but important. He values humility and mindfulness.
JLF Session: Poetry: What’s the point? (panel with Patricia Schonstein,
Stuart Kantor, moderated by Justine Joseph)


Evan KaplanEvan Kaplan

Time, Gentlemen

Evan Kaplan was born in Colesberg in 1940 and matriculated at Kingswood College in Grahamstown. He studied medicine specialising in Radiology and retired from private practice in 2010. Interests include rocks, old bones [fossils], succulents and nature. He was awarded  “English Academy of SA” short story: 2000 and joined SA Writers Circle 2001, receiving the “Howick School of Writing” and “Gaby Ginsburg Drama” awards. Evan has two volumes of short stories waiting in his Laptop.
JLF Session: Preserving memory: documenting Jewish life in the country communities of South Africa (panel with Adrienne Kollenberg and Evan Kaplan, moderated by Lisa Chait)


Jonathan KaplanJonathan Kaplan

Call it like it is

Jonathan Kaplan is the most capped international rugby referee of all time (70 tests). He was schooled at King David Linksfield and earned degrees from UCT and Unisa. He became one of the first professional referees in SA in 1998, and retired in 2013. His books include the bestseller Call it like it is, and Always believe in magic written with Prof Tim Noaks and UCT head coach Kevin Musikanth, also a bestseller.
JLF Session: Touch, pause, engage: The ref’s take on rugby today


Lance KatzLance Katz

Lance Katz is the CEO of The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) and an Actuary by profession. He occupied several executive roles in the financial services industry before pursuing his true passion of education. Lance is actively involved in the Jewish community in a range of community roles and initiatives, including as Vice Chairman of Phyllis Jowell Jewish Day School and formerly Chairman of the Cyril and Ann Harris Yeshiva of Cape Town.
JLF Session: Leading a Jewish community: challenged in a time of change
(Lance Katz talks to Anne Harris)


Kesler, Irma

Irma Kesler was born and educated in Johannesburg. She was principal of the Irma Kesler school of speech drama and communication skills in Cape Town from 1973 – 2013, was an examiner for the SA Guild of Speech and Drama Teachers and a National Adjudicator for various eisteddfodau. She has directed various fund-raising performances: “Fiddling for a roof”, “Still Fiddling”, and “Les Miserabbis” among others, and directed the Yiddish Song Festival at the Baxter for 10 years.
JLF Session: A drama workshop for 9-12-year-olds
with the beautiful stories by Shel Silverstein


Tracy Klass

Tracy is known for her ‘growing up disgracefully’ stance on life and being dragged towards middle age – kicking and screaming rather than floating gracefully on a cloud of Clarins and botox. She has co-starred in two full length shows and appeared in her first full length stand up show — Klass Struggle — in 2011. As one of the few female stand ups in South Africa, Tracy takes an irreverent look at what women find funny – themselves.
JLF Session: Three-and-a-half Jews ((Anne Hirsch puts Tracy Klass,
Irit Noble and Nik Rabinowitz on the spot(light)


Adrienne KollenbergAdrienne Kollenberg

Jewish Life (SA country communities series)

Adrienne Kollenberg attended Johannesburg High School for Girls. She graduated at Wits in 1956 with BA Hons in Social Work, majoring in Sociology, and went on to work with Child Welfare. She married Gerald Kollenberg, and lived on cattle ranch in Bechuanaland (now Botswana) for eight years. She has three children. In 1992 she co-convened the project with Rose Norwich and the late Phyllis Jowell researching SA Jewish Country Communities.
JLF Session: Preserving memory: documenting Jewish life in the country communities of South Africa (panel with Adrienne Kollenberg and Evan Kaplan, moderated by Lisa Chait)


Dorothy Kowan

Dorothy Kowan spent three years in Paris where she was professor at the Sorbonne. She taught French through drama at many Cape schools. She taught Matric English and French as well as French classical literature at the UCT drama school. She has helped French refugees to speak English and get jobs and has taught at many disadvantaged schools. Dorothy is passionnate about literacy, and represented Zonta (a club for the empowerment of women) at Unesco for two years.
JLF Session: ‘Bobba’s little lies’ and ‘When Bobba was little’


Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 4.13.14 PM copyAnne Landsman

The Devil’s Chimney, The Rowing Lesson

Anne Landsman is the author of the novels The Rowing Lesson and The Devil’s Chimney. The Rowing Lesson was awarded the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and the M-Net Literary Award for English fiction and was shortlisted for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize in the U.S. She has contributed essays to various anthologies and has written for numerous publications including Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The Guardian and Tablet.
JLF Sessions: (1)Three books, three lives: An author’s journey; (2) What makes a book Jewish? (panel with Anne Landsman, Marcia Leveson, Rabbi Sam Thurgood, moderated by Dennis Davis)


avivaAviva Laskov

Aviva Laskov teaches Hebrew at UCT. She is on the faculty of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and teaches a course on Israeli Literature as a Window to Israeli Society. Educated at Tel Aviv University, Aviva specialised in Linguistics and teaching second and foreign languages. She taught Hebrew at Herzlia school and more recently has focused on Contemporary Israeli Literature and Minority Literature as well as other creative expressions of Israeli life.
JLF Session: East and West write themselves in Israel: The pain of two homelands


lisa and gregLazarus, Greg (Greg Fried and Lisa Lazarus)

The book of Jacob; When in broad daylight I open my eyes; Paradise

Husband-and-wife writing duo Lisa Lazarus and Greg Fried publish as Greg Lazarus: greglazarus.wordpress.com. They’re the authors of two novels and a memoir: When in Broad Daylight I Open My Eyes, Paradise and The Book of Jacob.
JLF Session: Amabookabooka: Live podcast recording with Greg Lazarus


Tony Leon - Yellow Background (April 2013) colourTony Leon

Hope & fear: Reflections of a democrat; On the contrary: Leading the opposition in a democratic South Africa; Opposite Mandela; The accidental ambassador

Tony Leon is chairman of a consultancy Resolve Communications. He was a Member of Parliament for 20 years for thirteen of which he led the opposition. Subsequently he served as South African Ambassador to Argentina and surrounding countries.
JLF Session: White, Jewish and Zionist: The new trifecta for
bigotry in SA and the world?


marcia levensohnLeveson, Marcia

Voices of the land: An anthology of South African poems;
People of the book: Images of the Jew in South African
English fiction 1880 – 1992

Marcia Leveson has retired from the English Department of the University of the Witwatersrand. She has researched and published widely in the area of Jewish South African fiction. She is director of Quartz Press. She was President of the English Academy of Southern Africa and is Chairperson of the University of the Third Age Johannesburg. She serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Affairs. She continues to publish, edit, teach and lecture.
JLF Sessions: (1) South African Jewish writing: Then and now; (2) What makes a book Jewish? (panel with Anne Landsman, Marcia Leveson, Rabbi Sam Thurgood, moderated by Dennis Davis)


Nicole LevinNicole Levin 

Nicole is a children’s book author. She has published six picture books as well as stories, plays, poetry and non-fiction. In addition, she works as a learning materials developer and has written and directed various educational programmes and co-authored middle school English textbooks for second language learners. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. Nicole is the designer and director of the children’s programme for the Jewish Literary Festival.
JLF Session: (1) Have you slurped strawberry soup? For children aged 4-8 years: (2) Mandy and the Moonstones: An interactive reading of this magical story about the moon. For children aged 4-8 years


Linda Lewis Linda Lewis

Linda Lewis is a psychologist specialising in postnatal distress (PND) and perinatal wellness. She has a private practice where she sees individuals and couples as well as   facilitating support groups. She has been on the board of the Postnatal Depression Support Association for many years and initiated and runs a women’s group in Khayalitsha.  Her book, “When Your Blessings Don’t Count: A Guide To Recognising And Overcoming Postnatal Distress” is based on her Masters thesis as well as her own experience of PND.
JLF Session: What they don’t tell you about motherhood
(Lynda Lewis and Jenny Perkel)


Ian Mann

Conscious Capitalism

Ian Mann founded Gateways Business Consultants, a leadership and strategy practice. His expertise lies in the formulation and execution of strategy and has consulted to companies in 14 countries. Ian reviews business books and has been doing this for 18 years. His column currently appears weekly in Fin24, and he is a regular guest on 702’s Money Show. Ian spent four years at Chofetz Chaim yeshiva and three years as a Jerusalem Fellow. Prior to consulting, Ian was the Director of Judaica at the Herzlia Schools. He holds five degrees.
JLF Session: Conscious Capitalism: A very Jewish idea


John MatisonnJohn Matisonn

God, Spies and Lies

John Matisonn began political reporting at the Rand Daily Mail in 1974, and received a prison sentence for refusing to divulge a source. He was Rand Daily Mail foreign correspondent in Washington and worked for National Public Radio in Johannesburg. He was a broadcast regulator in the Mandela administration and the United Nations’ Chairperson of the Electoral Media Commission in Afghanistan. He wrote God, Spies and Lies in Franschhoek and now lives in Cape Town.
JLF Session: Mandela’s secret friend: the impact of South Africa’s Jewish journalists (Kevin Bloom talks to John Matisonn)


Rodney MazinterRodney Mazinter 

By a mighty hand

Rodney Mazinter is CEO of property investment companies and Chairman of the Open Schools Association and executive member of the Federation of Parents’ Associations. He is a member of Cape Education Council and Teachers’ Council Disciplinary Committee. As a Rotarian was district governor and served internationally. He is a member of the SAZF Media Committee and Vice Chairman of the SA Zionist Federation, Cape Council.
JLF Session: Exploring life through literature: Making the journey from fact to fiction (Richard Freedman talks to Rodney Mazinter)


Adam Mendelsohn

The rag race: How Jews sewed their way to success in America

Adam Mendelsohn’s The Rag Race: How Jews Sewed their Way to Success in America and the British Empire (NYU Press, 2015) won a National Jewish Book Award, the Best First Book prize from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and was a finalist for the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award. Adam is the Director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Historical Studies at UCT.
JLF Session: (1) Talking tachlis: A conversation about Jewish economic success (Deborah Posel talks to Adam Mendelssohn); (2)Writing history (panel discussion with Howard Phillips, Carmel Schrire, and Ann Harris)


Gordon MetzMetz, Gordon

Gordon Metz is a curator and a film and television producer. He has been involved in the establishment of many of South Africa’s post-democratic heritage projects including the Robben Island Museum, the Nelson Mandela Museum and the OR Tambo Narrative Centre, to name a few.
JLF Session: Bearing witness: ‘Fractured Lives’
— memoir of a documentary filmmaker (Gordon Metz talks to Toni Strasbourg)


Lori Milner High resMilner, Lori

Own your space: The toolkit for the working woman

LORI MILNER is the engaging facilitator, thought leader and mentor known for her insightful approach to being a modern corporate woman. Her brainchild, the successful initiative Beyond the Dress, is the embodiment of her passion to empower women. Beyond the Dress has worked with South Africa’s leading corporates and empowered hundreds of women with valuable insight on how to bridge the gap between work and personal life. Clients include Siemens, Massmart, Alexander Forbes, Life Healthcare Group and Unilever.
JLF Session: Own your space: The toolkit for working women


Moffett, Helen

Helen Moffett is a poet, editor, feminist activist and academic. Her publications include university textbooks, a collection of landscape writings, Lovely Beyond Any Singing, a cricket book (with the late Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes), and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick writing as Helena S. Paige). Strange Fruit, published by Modjaji Books, was her first poetry collection, with her second due out from uHlanga Press.
JLF Sessions: (1) Faribels & foibles in fiction (panel with Rahla Xenopoulos, Rachel Zadok, moderated by Helen Moffatt); (2) What goes into making a long story short? (Helen Moffett talks to  Rachel Zadok and Diane Awerbuck about short stories, long stories and everything in between)