My Good News, column by Roger Mendelson from the UPJ Weekly News & Drash (26/27 April 2019)
I had to let the dust settle before tackling the issue of the Pell conviction. Whilst his conviction has nothing to do specifically with us, the ramifications will impact all traditional religions in Australia. The views set out below are my personal views and I appreciate that there will be many varying thoughts.
Rabbi Nathan and Shelly Alfred (United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore) are going through a most trying time. Their six-month-old son has undergone complicated kidney and brain surgeries. His treatment is ongoing and will include more surgery and extensive medical treatment. In addition to prayers for his full recovery, our Progressive family can help in a funding campaign to assist with the massive financial burden. You can donate in two ways:
The Union for Progressive Judaism and the Rabbinic Council of Australian, New Zealand and Asian Progressive Rabbis were horrified to learn of the bombing of churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. To read the statement they issued, click on Read More.
Elisabeth Holdsworth wrote a review of Deborah Lipstadt's book "Antisemitism here and now". Click on "Read More" to read the review.
Rabbi Aviva Kipen wrote the following report on the LBGT+ World Jewish Congress held in Sydney on 21-24 March, which she attended as a committed ally. Registrants from Australia, NZ, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Israel and Argentina represented Ashkenazi and Sefardi traditions and a range of styles of Jewish observance and gender.