News & Events

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Response to Human Rights Legislation Amendment

The UPJ provided a response to the request from the Executive Council of Australian Jewry's second exposure draft of the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019. The essence is that we are unconvinced of the benefits of the proposed legislation and see a number of its aspects as antithetical to Jewish values. Above all, our Jewish values which we are free to exercise today ought not be restricted in operation by legislation that is motivated by preserving freedoms. We consider that the present draft has just such an undesirable consequence. Click on "Read More" to read the response.

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UPJ urges community to 'dig deep' for bushfire support

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.

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Eulogies shared for Rabbi Brian Fox z"l

With great sadness, we share the news that Rabbi Brian Fox AM z”l passed away on 8 January 2020. Here is a fairly recent photo of Rabbi Fox with his wife Dina, who survives him, along with his four children and grandchildren: May the Eternal One comfort his family among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. Click on "Read More" to read all of the remarks shared at the funeral and also a joint UPJ/Moetzah statement.

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Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism & important conversations

UPJ Co-President David Knoll AM wrote the following article in response to comments made about UPJ Immediate Past President Roger Mendelson's Good News column published In October. Click on "Read More" to read David's full article.

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