Artem (name changed for privacy) and his family are trying to flee Kyiv to Israel. Artem, a Reform cantor, converted to Judaism with his wife and daughter. The Russian invasion of Ukraine began before their Aliyah requests were fully processed. Under normal circumstances they would have been unable to make Aliyah or possibly even receive entry visas to Israel. The Progressive Movements Legal Aid Centre (LACO) helped Artem’s family acquire entrance visas.
Sarah Livschitz, a member of Temple Sinai in Wellington who is currently studying in the rabbinic program at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, wrote about her experience joining with Ukrainian refugees in Poland to celebrate Passover. Click on READ MORE to read Sarah's article.
Sefi Shalam, Progressive community and Netzer Shaliach VIC, co-produced and spoke last week on a Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha'atzmaut edition of The Israel Connexion on J-Air Radio. Orit Elkayam-Cohen (Jewish Agency Representative to Australia) and Motti Goodman (Bnei Akiva Shaliach) joined Sefi to share their personal reflections, as well as insights on the recent anti-Semitic resolution by the Melbourne Uni Student Union. CLICK HERE to listen to the recording.
ARZA and the UPJ condemn unequivocally the student union of Melbourne University for outrageously supporting the anti-Jewish and anti-israel BDS movement and for demanding an academic boycott. The Zionist voice of Progressive Judaism (ARZA) and the Union for Progressive Judaism representing Progressive congregations and schools, Australasia wide, condemn unequivocally the student union of Melbourne University for outrageously supporting the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel BDS movement and for demanding an academic boycott.
The World Union for Progressive Judaism announced on 17 March that nearly $1.5 million in donations have been raised for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, established to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and to support refugees fleeing the country. “This is a tremendous outpouring of support from within and beyond WUPJ’s global network of communities,” said Rabbi Sergio Bergman, WUPJ President. “It reflects a historic mobilisation and response to intense human need, dislocation and trauma within Ukraine and neighboring countries welcoming refugees. We are compelled to sustain life and community in the short and long term — and collectively, we will.”