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UPJ President Roger Mendelson presented the 2015 Vatik Award to Ed Argy at Beit Shalom Synagogue in Adelaide at the end of May. Ed was born in Egypt in 1934, but like many Jews, was expelled from Egypt in 1956, and later became a founding member of Beit Shalom Synagogue. Click here to read the article that appeared in the Australian Jewish News.
A big mazel tov to The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong, who recently learned that it has received a grant from Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and their Families, in honour of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas.
The WUPJ and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion have presented a new joint initiative: Friday Night Live in Jerusalem. On June 24, July 1, July 8 and July 15, groups are invited to join for Kabbalat Shabbat services, dinner and music.
Rabbi Adi Cohen, chair of the Moetzah, shares a heartfelt farewell to Rabbi Brent Gutmann (pictured), who has served as rabbi of Beth Shalom in Auckland for the past three years.