On Saturday 23 March 2013 - Shabbat HaGadol, in Temple Beth Israel, Melbourne, Australia, former President and long-time volunteer, Phyllis Dorey was presented with the UPJ's prestigious Vatik Award. In response to the presentation made by UPJ President, Stephen Freeman, Phyllis gave some insights into the weekly Parasha.
Last Thursday Israel's most popular Hebrew newspaper appeared with a simple headline of two words "White Smoke!" Jerusalem took forty days (and nights) and finally managed to form a workable coalition government. In Rome the cardinals took just two days to choose their new Bishop! The whimsical headline indicated that both very different establishments concluded their business of governance at the same time.
Brian Samuel was elected last night as President of Progressive Judaism Victoria (PJV) at its Annual General Meeting on 3 December.
They say a tiger can't change its stripes and a leopard can't change its spots ... but this zebra definitely has been affected by the miracle of Chanukah - and it's uncannily similar to the UPJ logo.
Chag urim sameach from your friends at the UPJ!
Click "Read More" to learn about some of the Chanukah events happening around the UPJ region.
Israeli UN Ambassador Ron Prosor (pictured with Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins and Steve Denenberg) spoke at the JNF function in Sydney on 5 November, where he stressed the importance of the Jewish community speaking in unity about its support for Israel.