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Expanding the conversation

Elisabeth Holdsworth, Australian Book Review RAFT Fellow, shares an article she wrote in response to a debate recently initiated by UPJ President Roger Mendelson in his "My Good News" column in the UPJ's Weekly News & Drash. 

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Please support the UIA Progressive Appeal

In case you did not have the opportunity to hear and see our truly inspirational speaker, Orly Erez-Likhovski, the Legal Director of the Israel Religious Action Center, Israel’s 'Ruth Bader Ginsberg", you can see a 35-minute YouTube video, made at Emanuel Synagogue, CLICK HERE or listen to Orly’s 14-minute interview on Radio National’s Religion and Ethics Report, CLICK HERE.

The UIA supports wonderful projects within the State of Israel, including rescue operations of Jews in distress around the world and the continuing work for Aliyah to Israel.  Within the UIA, you now have the choice to direct your investment to specifically support the work of the Israel Religious Action Center and the other projects of the Progressive Movement in Israel. 

If you haven't yet made your pledge for the Progressive Appeal, click here to download a pledge form, or contact the UPJ office: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


'It's not Jewish Christmas!'

Just weeks after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Temple David members were interviewed by WAtoday online magazine about their observance of Chanukah, which has taken on an even stronger meaning of "standing up in the light" against anti-Semitism. Click here to read the article online (Photo: Temple David president Amanda Mace and her family).

UPJ Awards presented in Perth

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.

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Rabbis join Hobart shul for Simchat Torah

The Hobart Hebrew Congregation welcomed two visiting Rabbis for Simchat Torah services: Kinneret Shiryon (Rabbi Emerita of Kehillat Yozma, Modi’in, Israel) and JoEllen Duckor (Mashpiah of Temple Sinai, Wellington).

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