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Rabbi Sergio Bergman will be the featured speaker for the UPJ Biennial, and we are truly inspired by his his many accomplishments. Rabbi Bergman recently said: "I prefer not to use energy on internal divisions (e.g. between Orthodox and Progressive]. I want to welcome those Jews who feel they do not belong. Today, we need to be resilient, flexible and open-minded, especially post-COVID-19. It's a catalyst for change. It's very Jewish, from every bad thing to make a good one." Click on "READ MORE" below to learn more about Rabbi Bergman's remarkable life.
Jane Figgis, president of Temple David, shared an article she wrote for the Maccabean, Perth's Jewish newspaper, about the joyous celebration at Temple David for its 70th anniversary on 22 July. Here are some excerpts from Jane's article: "Rabbi Ettlinger spoke about the nature of Progressive Judaism and the balance required to maintain our rich tradition while responding to the times." "It was one of the best events we have attended in 40 years of Temple David membership. It was fantastic to witness both a full sanctuary and function centre with over 200 people in attendance." CLICK HERE to read the full article in The Maccabean online.
Following the attack on Progressive and Masorti Jews at the Kotel last week by a mob of Ultra-Orthodox boys and men, a letter was sent to Prime Minister Yair Lapid from David Knoll AM and Brian Samuel OAM, Co-Presidents of the Union for Progressive Judaism, Helen Shardey OAM, President of the Australian Reform/Progressive Zionist Association and Vice-President of the Union for Progressive Judaism, and Eric Lundberg, President of Mercaz-Masorti Australasia, asking for the Prime Minister’s continued support of the Kotel agreement, ensuring that all streams of Judaism can pray with safety and security at this most sacred place. CLICK HERE to read the letter.
Carol Ratnam (centre), wife of the late Kelvin Ratnam z"l, received the 2021 UPJ Vatik Award on behalf of her late husband, from UPJ Treasurer Sally Castle (pictured left) last Shabbat at Temple Sinai in Wellington NZ. Joining in attendance were His Excellency Ran Jaakoby (pictured second from left), Israel Ambassador to NZ , and Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM, QSO, former Governor General of NZ (pictured right).