The UPJ is excited to announce that Rabbi Gilad Kariv, President and CEO of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, will be our guest this November. Our worldwide Progressive community is fortunate that Rabbi Kariv brings his experience as a lawyer to his role at the IMPJ; he has been at the forefront of efforts to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu's Government to honour its agreement to establish an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel and to fight against the Conversion Bill that has been proposed by the Shas Party. Rabbi Kariv will speak in Melbourne (1-4 November) and Sydney (5-9 November) to provide updates on the Progressive Movement's challenges and successes in Israel, and will share specific insights about Israel's Progressive congregations - the fastest growing region in the world - with UPJ presidents and leadership during the Gold Coast Gathering (10-12 November). Stay tuned for more information and dates!
The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism has commenced a public campaign in response to the freezing of the Kotel resolution and promotion of the Conversion Bill by the Israeli Government.
Temple Sinai member Avi Duckor-Jones won the title of New Zealand's first "sole survivor" on Survivor New Zealand. Avi's mum, JoEllen Duckor, who serves as the Mashpiah for Temple Sinai said: "Avi went into the game with the intention of playing with integrity (and making his mother proud)."
The Executive Council of Australian Jewry wrote a letter to express its concern to Senator for Tasmania Lisa Singh, in response to her speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which she extolled the Palestinians and dehumanised and degraded the Israelis. Click on "Read More" to read the ECAJ's letter.