The Union for Progressive Judaism and the Council of Progressive Rabbis for Australia, New Zealand and Asia express their solidarity with the Jewish communities in Germany in the wake of the Halle Yom Kippur attack, which resulted in two deaths. In particular, we pray for the members of the Judische Gemeinde Halle synagogue. Not long after we spent our day of fasting, prayer and spiritual renewal, they faced a gunman at their door seeking to destroy them. To read the full statement on the UPJ website, click on "Read more".
Rabbi Fred Morgan spent Yom Kippur with the Jewish group in Yangon, Myanmar. Here he is pictured with Sammy Samuels, head of the Jewish community of Myanmar, and Sam Glatman, British businessman and cantorial soloist, in front of the amud in the 115-year old Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue.
The UPJ will hold its AGM at 2.30pm on 8 November 2019 at the Ibis Adelaide, 122 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000. 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.
On Sunday 17 November, Jews globally will participate in a range of hands-on projects supporting existing charities and local initiatives to build stronger communities. To learn more about project ideas and to register your congregation's project, click here.
Susan Kadar, member of Emanuel Synagogue and North Shore Temple Emanuel (NSTE), received the 2019 NSW Senior and Overall Volunteer of the Year Award; she was nominated by the Sydney Jewish Museum for her work translating the diary of Rabbi Andre Kampfner, written just after World War II. Pictured, from left: Mayor Pam Palmer (Lane Cove Municipality), Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney (Willoughby Council), Susan Kadar and Mayor Jennifer Anderson (Ku-ring-gai Council). Jessica Harrison, NSTE member and immediate past federal leader of Netzer Australia, received the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for her weekly work at the Asylum Seekers Centre. Jessica runs welcome tours for asylum seekers arriving to Australia and provides them with referrals for necessary assistance with essentials, such as clothing, furniture and paying bills. Jessica is pictured with Mayor Jennifer Anderson, Ku-ring-gai Council.