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.
We are excited to announce that our new Netzer shaliach Sefi Shalam and his wife arrived to Melbourne on 12 April. Click on "Read More" to view his bio and get ready to welcome them Down Under.
Rabbi David Kunin, chair of the Moetzah and rabbi of the Jewish Community of Japan, shared an update on the recent Singapore Asian Summit and shared news or exciting events going in the Asian region of the Union for Progressive Judaism. Please click here to read the full article on RabbiDavid's blog.
Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky is excited to be leading a tour of Israel from 11-23 February 2020. The tour is intended for those who have never been to Israel or who would like to be reacquainted after a long absence. The itinerary is tailored for Jews from Australia and New Zealand and will also include visits to three Progressive synagogues, including two that will offer hospitality for Shabbat.
The UPJ and the Rabbinic Council of Australia, New Zealand and Asia were horrified to learn of the attack on Christchurch Mosques, and issued a statement calling upon people of all faiths to condemn this murderous violence, and to support the crowdfunding campaign to assist victims (click here).