What an incredible week of hosting events and hearing from our special guest speakers, Professor Tsvia Walden and Professor Raphael Walden! Here is a photo of the Waldens with the Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Israel.
If you were unable to attend an event, you can listen to a radio interview (The Israel Connexion) with Professor Raphael Walden on J-AIR Radio 87.8FM this Wednesday 15 March from 4-5pm (AEST) - it is also being steamed live simultaneously on the internet at j-air.com.au.
Please be sure to complete and return your Progressive Appeal pledge form that you received in the post to provide your support for the important work of the Israeli Progressive movement.
Each year, Mazon chair Rabbi Gary Robuck asks our communities to donate to the Peach Appeal to raise awareness around the Seder table of the importance our people attach to ma’achil re’evim - feeding the hungry.
There’s an old joke that suggests if you ask 10 Jews their opinion you’ll get 12 answers. It is a very brave synagogue board, therefore, that asks its members to express what that they want from their community, but that’s exactly what the board of North Shore Temple Emanuel (NSTE) did in their Community Conversations last year.
On 20 March, NSTE leadership presented the results of its ambitious community research project and the Board of Directors announced its unanimous decision to appoint Rabbi Nicole Roberts as its Senior Rabbi.
UPJ Movement Rabbi Fred Morgan recently produced statements to be used as guidelines when asked to explain Progressive Judaism. Here is the "25 words of less" version: Progressive Judaism: respectful of the past and responsive to the present, re-imagining Jewish tradition for the contemporary world, celebrating Jewish diversity, and pursuing justice for all. Click here to read the 100-word and single-page versions.