The UPJ received the shocking news that Temple Sinai in Wellington New Zealand was defaced with swastikas on 23 January. Temple Sinai president Matthew Smith said: "While it may be a random act of anti-Semitism, with the upcoming United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day on 27 January and the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, it does not seem entirely coincidental." The UPJ issued the following statement of support:
Rabbi Nicole Roberts of North Shore Temple Emanuel wrote a poem about the bushfires, which was published in the Australian Jewish News Letters Page on 17 January 2020. Click on "Read More" to read her poem.
UPJ Co-Presidents David Knoll and Brian Samuel have urged the UPJ community to "dig deep" to provide support to those who have been devastated by the bushfires, especially those who have lost family members, and they expressed deepest gratitude to the fire fighters who have put their own lives at risk to save lives and property.