What an amazing time we had in Perth: from the first beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean on Scarborough Beach through the last inspiring session spent with Dr Ron Wolfson and his lovely wife Susie as we sang together "Shalom Aleichem" ...
In the company of more than 130 Biennial friends, we learned together, celebrated Shabbat with our gracious Temple David hosts and leaders from the WUPJ, IMPJ and the CCAR.
Click here to visit the UPJ Facebook page to view some fun photos - and save the date for the 2018 Biennial: 15-18 November in Melbourne!
Click here to access some of the session materials from the Biennial.
Hate speech, vandalism and death threats against Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Rabbi Gilad Kariv and Anat Hoffman were graffitied onto the premises at Progressive congregation Beit Samueli-Kehillat Ra'anan. Click on "read more" below to read Rabbi Fred Morgan's article that appeared in the Australian Jewish News.
We were fortunate to have senior journalist Peter Kohn with us at the UPJ Biennial in Pert; he wrote two follow-up articles about the conference. #TheAustralianJewishNews
The winners of the 2016 UPJ awards were announced at the UPJ Biennial in Perth on 17 November. We are delighted to share their names, as follows:
Ner Tamid: Ellen Frajman (Temple Beth Israel), Teresa Petrzelka (North Shore Temple Emanuel), Peter Rosenfeld (Beit Or - BPJC)
Vatik: Kate Lesser (Temple Shalom - Gold Coast), Joe Lewitt (Temple Beth Israel)
President's Award: Stephen Freeman
As the dust settles on the stunning upset in the American Presidential Election, Reform Jews in the U.S. - and Progressive Jews across the world - woke up to a new reality, a changing global sentiment. Here is a statement issued by the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Religious Action Center, the Union for Reform Judaism and other partners.