The World Zionist Congress meets every five years to decide on a range issues, affecting policy decisions across Israel and the Diaspora. Last Friday, a coalition of right-wing ultra-Orthodox parties created an alliance to ensure control over the funds and appointments of the WZC, excluding all non-Orthodox groups.
Progressive Judaism Victoria is offering 1 subscription to High Holy Days services for Melbourne Shuls with its "Virtual Mishpacha"; to subscribe, go to: https://virtualmishpacha.org.au (free access for members of PJV congregations).
UPJ congregations throughout the region will be offering online services for Succot and Simchat Torah, as well as family and learning resources. The following congregations have indicated the HHDs services will be open to guests/non-members:
Many UPJ congregations have chosen to offer virtual Shabbat and daily minyan services, online courses, and a diverse range of interesting and innovative programs. Click here to view listings, and note that these are updated several times a week.
July 24, 2020 marked a momentous day as Kurdish-Iranian journalist, Behrouz Boochani, who had been detained on Manus Island, was granted refugee status in New Zealand. The UPJ, the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors and Netzer Australia issued a press release calling on the Australian Government to refocus its efforts to secure the health, safety and basic human rights of refugees. Click here to download and read the statement.