On Wednesday 26 June the UPJ was advised by the CEO of Tzedek (the Australian advocacy group for Jewish victims/survivors of child sexual abuse), Mr. Manny Waks, that allegations of child sexual abuse by persons employed in a Progressive congregation had been brought to his attention. He told us that the allegations would be posted on Tzedek's Facebook page on June 27 and he invited us to make a statement, which would also be included on the Facebook page. This is the Statement provided by the UPJ.
At its Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration, Kadimah Jewish Congregation (NSW Central Coast) hosted more than 60 attendees, including representatives from Newcastle Hebrew Congregation, and two gentile guest speakers who spoke of their visits to Israel. An Israeli menorah was presented to the congregation by John Woodham (pictured with Kadima chairman Bobbie Martin) on behalf of the Olive Tree Fellowship group.
Take a group of around 80 rabbis, cantors, singers, musicians and service leaders. Put them together for a weekend and what do you get? Beautiful music, of course! And that’s just what happened at the inaugural Hava Nashira Jewish Music Conference, held in April in Melbourne.
The State of Israel is an unusual country. It doesn’t let us get married the way we want, and we cannot even divorce freely. Gilad Kariv, director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, believes that it’s time to change the situation.
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.