The Union for Progressive Judaism, representing 25 congregations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, reaffirms our bonds of love and solidarity with the Jewish people and people of decency and conscience everywhere in mourning the senseless loss of life today in Pittsburgh. We note the stark contrast between those exercising their right to free expression of their religion and those who promote hate and violence. An attack on a Masorti/Orthodox congregation is an attack on all Jewish congregations. At times like this, we are reminded that the Jewish people are united and are one people. May the Holy One embrace those who have been murdered, extend comfort to those who have been deprived of their loved ones, healing to those who have been injured and strength to the entirety of the House of Israel. Roger Mendelson, President
A Statement of Support for the National Apology for Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse was signed by Rabbi Kim Ettlinger (pictured), Chair of the Moetzet HaRabbanim - Council of Progressive Rabbis of Australasia, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins, on behalf of the Council of Masorti Rabbis of Australia, and Rabbi Fred Morgan, Movement Rabbi for the Union for Progressive Judaism. Click on "Read More" to view the Statement.
The UPJ will hold its AGM at 3.00pm on 15 November 2018 at the Novotel St Kilda, 16 The Esplanade, St Kilda, Victoria, 3162. Click “Read More” to view the Notice of Meeting and Agenda, and to download nomination forms to join the UPJ Executive Committee or serve as an officer of the Executive Committee.
Roger Mendelson presented a Ner Tamid Award to Joan Motta and a Vatik Award to Helen Bryant in Perth during Shabbat services on 29 September. Pictured from left: Rabbi Adi Cohen, Joan Motta, Roger Mendelson, Helen Bryant, and Temple David President Amanda Mace.
Rabbis from around the UPJ region have shared their High Holy Days sermons; they are saved on the UPJ website under "Learning / Archives". Click here and then click on each rabbi's name to read the sermons.