The World Union for Progressive Judaism announced on 17 March that nearly $1.5 million in donations have been raised for its Ukraine Crisis Fund, established to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and to support refugees fleeing the country. “This is a tremendous outpouring of support from within and beyond WUPJ’s global network of communities,” said Rabbi Sergio Bergman, WUPJ President. “It reflects a historic mobilisation and response to intense human need, dislocation and trauma within Ukraine and neighboring countries welcoming refugees. We are compelled to sustain life and community in the short and long term — and collectively, we will.”
The UPJ was very fortunate to have as its distinguished guest speaker Rabbi Sergio Bergman, president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, during the first two weeks of March. Rabbi Bergman was interviewed by Andrew West's The Religion and Ethics Report. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.
UPJ Co-President David Knoll writes: Let’s not kid ourselves. Not for the first time, Amnesty International has attacked the Jewish state in a way it attacks no other. Not for the first time, Amnesty has taken the position that all peoples, but not the Jewish people, are entitled to the right of self-determination. The question is not whether Amnesty International's report is Antisemitic. The question is why is Amnesty is so hell bent on being Antisemitic?
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