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My Good News column by Roger Mendelson from the UPJ Weekly News & Drash (30/31 August 2019)
Last Shabbat I did something I have rarely done: I celebrated Shabbat at a Chabad shul.
The occasion was the 100th yartzheit of my great-grandfather.
It felt very special that there is a vibrant, extended family able to remember him, in a land he never visited, living peaceful lives he could never have dreamed of, with opportunities beyond his imagination.
Rabbi Nathan and Shelly Alfred (United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore) are going through a most trying time. Their six-month-old son has undergone complicated kidney and brain surgeries. His treatment is ongoing and will include more surgery and extensive medical treatment. In addition to prayers for his full recovery, our Progressive family can help in a funding campaign to assist with the massive financial burden. You can donate in two ways:
Elisabeth Holdsworth wrote a review of Deborah Lipstadt's book "Antisemitism here and now". Click on "Read More" to read the review.
Rabbi Aviva Kipen wrote the following report on the LBGT+ World Jewish Congress held in Sydney on 21-24 March, which she attended as a committed ally. Registrants from Australia, NZ, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Israel and Argentina represented Ashkenazi and Sefardi traditions and a range of styles of Jewish observance and gender.
We are excited to announce that our new Netzer shaliach Sefi Shalam and his wife arrived to Melbourne on 12 April. Click on "Read More" to view his bio and get ready to welcome them Down Under.