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
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
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.
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.