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Shul Survival Guide

Roger Mendelson, UPJ Immediate Past President, prepared a "Shul Survival Guide" for use around the UPJ region. The guide, which focuses on the financial side of synagogue management, was based on his book Ten Mistakes Businesses Make and How to Avoid Them, which was published in 2008 when Australia was expecting to suffer a major recession following the Global Financial Crisis. A few constructive comments have been received and a new edition will be posted soon. 

Virtual services and classes

Many UPJ congregations have chosen to offer Shabbat and daily minyan services, and courses during this time of social isolation using online meeting platforms, such as GoToMeeting, Skype and Zoom. Click here to read an article which may be useful for those new to this technology.

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Jewish-themed movies available at low prices

LBC member Joel Cohen shared that the New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival has made some excellent Jewish-themed movies available at significantly reduced pricing via Prime Video or Apple iTunes for as low as US$0.99 each, including “1945”, “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker”, “Inside Hannah’s Suitcase” and “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream”. Click on "Read More" to view the list.

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Building Catholic-Progressive Jewish relationships

UPJ Co-Presidents David Knoll and Brian Samuel joined with Rabbi David Saperstein (visiting guest speaker for the UIA Progressive Appeal) and others for a breakfast with Archbishop Peter Comensoli on 13 March. Pictured from left: Dr Nigel Zimmerman, Julian O'Connell, Brian Samuel, Rabbi David Saperstein, Archbishop Peter Comensoli, David Knoll and Dr Michael Casey.

Reaching out to others during time of COVID-19

The UPJ endorses the statement from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (17 March) that highlights ways to assist those in our community who are isolated and vulnerable. Click on "Read More" to find out how you can help others.

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