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One Thing

The Progressive Jewish Community in Australia has been very appreciative of the wonderful efforts of our Shuls and the Union of Progressive Judaism for connecting us together through digital Pesach services, Shabbat services and the beautiful Comfort and Healing service on Sunday night. While we have missed our usual family and friends Seders in person, we have been able to celebrate the Exodus and our Freedom in a very different way. For this we are grateful. We know that this experience will bring us even closer and help us give more meaning to our Jewish and normal lives. Meanwhile [...]

2020-04-16T18:00:35+10:00April 16th, 2020|News|

Coronavirus Vaccine Research

While the world is desperately trying to deal with the spread of COVID-19, scientists are working to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus that can be adapted to be suitable for humans. It has been reported that the MIGAL Galilee Research Institute, with funds from the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology and with Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture has achieved a scientific breakthrough that may well lead to the rapid creation of a vaccine. This is according to the MIGAL research institute’s website. While some believe that such a quick outcome is unlikely, the mere fact that Israel believes [...]

2020-03-04T18:19:49+11:00March 4th, 2020|News|

Have a Say

If you wish to have a say in how Progressive Jews are recognized and treated in Israel, please ensure you are a member of ARZA which will represent the Australian Progressive Movement in Israel at this year’s World Zionist Congress in October. You can join ARZA when renewing your Synagogue membership or join on line by clicking the button below. The greater the membership of the Australian Reform/Progressive Zionist Association, the more delegates Australia can send to Israel representing the Australian Progressive Movement and its egalitarian and pluralist beliefs and views. The World Zionist Congress is only held in [...]

2020-02-28T14:39:42+11:00February 28th, 2020|News|

One Movement – One Voice

The Union for Progressive Judaism held its planning weekend in Sydney recently on 14-16 February, 2020. The planning weekend was attended by the full executive of the UPJ, led by Co-Presidents David Knoll and Brian Samuel, ARZA Australia President Helen Shardey, who is also Vice-President of the UPJ, and Rabbi David Kunin, the Chair of the Assembly of Rabbis and Cantors of Australia New Zealand and Asia (ARC, formerly known as the "Moetzah"). An in-depth discussion was followed by an agreement that, moving forward, the UPJ, ARZA Australia and ARC will endeavor to work together in mutual cooperation and communication. This will be [...]

2020-02-28T14:39:34+11:00February 28th, 2020|News|

Tu BiShvat

As we celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu BiSh’vat or the New Year of Trees, we think of new beginnings, strong growth and the fruit of our labors being our reward. The sense of new beginnings does remind me of the emergence of the State of Israel from its ancient history with Judaism at its core. As Alex Ryvchin said in writing about Zionism (it) achieved the unprecedented return of an ancient, persecuted, scattered people to the land of their forebears and the restoration of their political independence. So this was to be the fruit born out the ideal [...]

2020-02-11T19:37:54+11:00February 11th, 2020|News|