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Kadima receives gift from Olive Tree Group

At its Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration, Kadimah Jewish Congregation (NSW Central Coast) hosted more than 60 attendees, including representatives from Newcastle Hebrew Congregation, and two gentile guest speakers who spoke of their visits to Israel.  An Israeli  menorah was presented to the congregation by John Woodham  (pictured with Kadima chairman Bobbie Martin) on behalf of the Olive Tree Fellowship group.

Hava Nashira huge success

Take a group of around 80 rabbis, cantors, singers, musicians and service leaders. Put them together for a weekend and what do you get? Beautiful music, of course! And that’s just what happened at the inaugural Hava Nashira Jewish Music Conference, held in April in Melbourne. 

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Time to change marriage and divorce laws

Rabbi Gilad KarivThe State of Israel is an unusual country. It doesn’t let us get married the way we want, and we cannot even divorce freely. Gilad Kariv, director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, believes that it’s time to change the situation.

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Award winner's Drash at Temple Beth Israel

On Saturday 23 March 2013 - Shabbat HaGadol,  in Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne, Australia, former President and long-time volunteer, Phyllis Dorey was presented with the UPJ's prestigious Vatik Award.  In response to the presentation made by UPJ President, Stephen Freeman, Phyllis gave some insights into the weekly Parasha.

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White Smoke

Last Thursday Israel's most popular Hebrew newspaper appeared with a simple headline of two words "White Smoke!" Jerusalem took forty days (and nights) and finally managed to form a workable  coalition government. In Rome the cardinals took just two days to choose their new Bishop! The whimsical headline indicated that both very different establishments concluded their business of governance at the same time.

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