The Western Wall, the holiest site for the Jewish people, is run as an ultra-Orthodox synagogue. The Israeli Government decision to create an egalitarian prayer plaza was frozen before taking any steps towards its implementation. Reinstating the Western Wall Agreement will demonstrate that the State of Israel recognises that there is more than one way to be Jewish. CLICK HERE to stay informed via the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube video about implementing the Kotel Agreement.
The Australian Jewish News published an article written by senior journalist Peter Kohn on 3 December 2021, "New ideas for UPJ", detailing innovative ideas that were presented by UPJ Vice-President Dorothy Graff OAM, UPJ Executive Committee member Danny Hochberg (pictured right), Rabbi Rafi Kaiserblueth (Emanuel Synagogue, pictured left), UPJ Vice-President, UPJ Co-President David Knoll AM and ARZA President Helen Shardey OAM at the UPJ Roundtable held on 25 November. CLICK HERE to read the article. #TheAustralianJewishNews
The Australian Jewish News published an article titled "Hate, Chanukah and freedoms", which quoted UPJ Co-President David Knoll's statement at the UPJ AGM on 25 November: "Fighting antisemitism and standing up for Israel are two sides of the same coin.". CLICK HERE to read the article. #TheAustralianJewishNews
Many UPJ congregations have chosen to offer Shabbat and daily minyan services, and courses during this time of social isolation using online meeting platforms. Scroll down to see this week's Shabbat services and weekly program offerings.