If you missed the opportunity to hear from Nicole Maor,
who spoke in Sydney about the magnificent success in achieving recognition
of Reform and Conservative conversions in Israel, we have an edited video from that event,
with Nicole in conversation with UPJ Co-President David Knoll AM.
The UPJ’s Biennial Organising Committee, chaired by Susan Kadar, decided last month to postpone the face-to-face conference that was to be held in Sydney in October 2021. The decision, made after much soul searching and regret, was in response to the continued impact of the pandemic, with international travel to and from Australia heavily curtailed and domestic travel not yet back to what it was before Covid. Since announcing the postponement, sudden outbreaks of Covid and further lockdowns have occurred, validating this difficult decision.We are thrilled to share the news that Rabbi Sharon Brous has confirmed that she will travel to Australia with her family and be our featured presenter at that time.
Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, who served Beth Shalom in Auckland from 1987-91 and is currently the Executive Director/Campus Rabbi of Hillels of the Florida Suncoast, has created a meaningful program for Tashlich and is encouraging UPJ congregations to participate. Currently there are 59 teams registered from the US, Israel, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, Sweden and Palau. To learn more and register, CLICK HERE, and click on "Read More" to hear how this program developed.
UPJ Co-Presidents David D Knoll AM and Brian Samuel OAM, and ARZA President Helen Shardey, submitted an OpEd on rising antisemitism and anti-Zionism that was published in the Australian Jewish News on 10 June. CLICK HERE to read the OpEd. #TheAustralianJewishNews.
Many UPJ congregations have chosen to offer virtual Shabbat and daily minyan services, online courses, and a diverse range of interesting and innovative programs. Click here to view listings, and note that these are updated several times a week.