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.
The UPJ is pleased to present its first residential music conference on 14-16 July at the Geelong Conference Centre near Melbourne. Plan to join in a weekend away with communal singing, song-leading, choral singing, music networking and more! Stay tuned (pun intended!) for more details soon.
In December, Shira Appelboom (current Federal Mazkira) and Joel McCarroll (Incoming Federal Mazkir) reported on their attendance at Limmud China and conducting Netzer activities for the Kehilat Shanghai community.
The annual Report on Antisemitism in Australia for 2016 has been released by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), the elected representative national body of the Australian Jewish community. An article by Julie Nathan, Research Officer for the ECAJ, entitled "Antisemitism in Australia in 2016: Why Does the Malignancy Persist?" was published on 29 December by the ABC Religion and Ethics online magazine. Click here to read the article.
Rabbi Gary Robuck, who will retire from the pulpit at North Shore Temple Emanuel at the end of December, has developed a strategy document for his pluralistic Gesher retreat centre, to educate and bring together Jews from across the world and denominations.