July 24, 2020 marked a momentous day as Kurdish-Iranian journalist, Behrouz Boochani, who had been detained on Manus Island, was granted refugee status in New Zealand. The UPJ, the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors and Netzer Australia issued a press release calling on the Australian Government to refocus its efforts to secure the health, safety and basic human rights of refugees. Click here to download and read the statement.
Chloe Schueler and her parents Nici and Roger celebrated her bat mitzvah from their home in Singapore recently. Chloe was virtually called to the Torah at Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne. Click here to download and read the inspiring article published in #The Australian Jewish News.
Federal Mazkir Lior Kalisse reported on the unique and very successful online Netzer Winter Camp, Machane Messiba Ba'bayit, which saw 34 senior madrichim and 10 junior madrichim lead an inspiring online camp experience for more than 120 attendees from five different countries.
UPJ Co-Presidents David Knoll AM and Brian Samuel OAM, and Vice-President Helen Shardey submitted an OpEd reflection on annexation that was published in #TheAustralianJewishNews on 19 June 2020. Click here to download
Hobart Synagogue, the oldest Jewish place of worship still in use in Australia, is about to turn 175 – and a certain medical crisis hasn’t stopped the anniversary from being turned to good use. Hobart Hebrew Congregation has run services in the heritage-listed synagogue in central Hobart since its consecration on July 4, 1845, and was set to mark the milestone with an array of projects and a program of public celebrations. The coronavirus forced the celebration to be cancelled, but the projects have been successfully completed.