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Our world has been turned upside down

At this time of year, during the Australian summer, we look forward to holidays, some lazy days on the beach, New Year's Eve parties and the December celebration of Chanukah. But the Summer of 2020 will not be remembered for all these things that we usually look forward to, not because we are not a fun-loving people, but because our world has been turned upside down. The Covid 19 pandemic put a stop to most celebrations person to person, most holidays either overseas or even in Australia in interstate holiday destinations, and for many the time of gift giving [...]

2021-01-15T09:53:36+11:00January 15th, 2021|News|

Chag Chanukah Sameach!

Kislev 5781/ December 2020“Hanukkah is the festival on which Jews celebrate their victory in the fight for religious freedom more than two thousand years ago. Tragically that fight is no less important today - and not only for Jews, but for people of all faiths.”The late Rabbi Lord Jonathon SacksWishing you a joyous and meaningful ChanukahThe UPJ Executive and StaffDavid Knoll AM and Brian Samuel OAM, Co-PresidentsRoger Mendelson, Immediate Past PresidentDorothy Graff, Vice-PresidentHelen Shardey, Vice-PresidentSally Castle, Honorary TreasurerLarry Lockshin, Honorary SecretaryCommittee: Judi Hall, Danny Hochberg,Associate Professor Joshua Keller,Marsha Rosenberg, Sue Silberberg, Franklin TateRabbi Nicole Roberts and Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky, Moetzah RepresentativesLior Kalisse, [...]

2020-12-10T14:52:17+11:00December 10th, 2020|Events, News|

Miracle of Lights

As the festival of Chanukah approaches, we think of Judah Maccabee and the other Jews who were able to drive the Greek-Syrians out of Jerusalem and cleanse the Second Temple, leading to its rededication. It is remembered as the Miracle of Lights whereby the small amount of temple oil, only enough to burn for a single day, continued burning for eight days. This festival is traditionally thought of as the miracle of light over darkness that saw the maintenance of an independent Jewish Kingdom at around 200 BCE, allowing the Jews to continue practicing their religion. Today, the land [...]

2020-12-09T15:14:21+11:00December 9th, 2020|Events, News|

A Message from the Chairman

On October 30 this year I received a letter from Yaakov Hagoel, the newly elected Chairman of the World Zionist Organization. He talked about Menachem Begin as the person who inspired him in the way he hoped to manage the WZO. I will quote some of his letter. The full letter can be downloaded here. “In 1897 a scattered people gathered together in what seemed almost surreal. For the first time in nearly 2,000 years, Jewish representatives from dozens of communities around the world assembled to discuss the return to their homeland. Theodor Herzl, the Visionary of the State [...]

2020-12-04T18:03:36+11:00December 4th, 2020|News|

US Presidency and the Middle East

Finally, Donald Trump has accepted that the formal transition process for Joe Biden’s administration needs to move forward, but says he will continue to fight to overturn the election result. Most would get the impression that Trump actually believes he may overturn the election result that most world leaders accept. It is also clear that there are many around the President who are supporting his incredible stance and carrying on “business as usual”. Hence the visit of the US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to the Middle East this week, meeting with Netanyahu and other leaders in the Gulf [...]

2020-11-26T18:21:28+11:00November 26th, 2020|News|
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