The UPJ’s Biennial Organising Committee, chaired by Susan Kadar, decided last month to postpone the face-to-face conference that was to be held in Sydney in October 2021. The decision, made after much soul searching and regret, was in response to the continued impact of the pandemic, with international travel to and from Australia heavily curtailed and domestic travel not yet back to what it was before Covid. Since announcing the postponement, sudden outbreaks of Covid and further lockdowns have occurred, validating this difficult decision.We are thrilled to share the news that Rabbi Sharon Brous has confirmed that she will travel to Australia with her family and be our featured presenter at that time.
Shir Chadash, the UPJ music conference, was planned to interweave with the Biennial this year for the first time, and will remain linked for the Biennial that has now been re-scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 November to Sunday 20 November 2022 at the Novotel Brighton Beach in Sydney.
Rabbi Brous is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, a Jewish community in Los Angeles that launched in 2004 to reinvigorate Jewish practice and inspire people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Reliigon,” has been viewed by more than 14 million people and translated into 23 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice-President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and returned in 2021 to bless President Biden and VIce-President Harris, and to lead the White House Passover Seder that Spring.
Please mark your personal and congregational diaries with this new date, and plan to join us!