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.
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.