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Friendships In Faith

Friendships In Faith

21 November 2012

On the eve of the Tel Aviv bombings, amidst escalations between Israel and Gaza, Jews and Anglicans dined together in the leafy suburb of Camberwell. The backdrop of war emphasised the necessity for events such as these – the fifth Jewish-Anglican Friendship Dinner, between the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the Anglican Diocese. Over sixty members from each faith attended, at the Hall of St John’s Anglican Church in Camberwell, on 21 November 2013.

The dinner is an annual event and part of a series of faith dinners, made possible by grants from the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Nina Bassat AM, President, JCCV, said the Jewish-Anglican Friendship Dinner is held to foster relations between faith leaders and their communities. “Sharing a meal and discussing matters of faith, as well as current issues, is an excellent way of breaking down barriers, developing closer links and forging a deeper understanding of each other’s perspective”

Archbishop, Dr Philip Freier and Nina Bassat AM welcomed all and spoke of their concerns about the events in Israel and Gaza. A musical ensemble was provided by Camberwell Girls Grammar and the keynote addresses were delivered by Rabbi Avroham Jacks, Rabbi, Melbourne Hebrew Congregation, who spoke on the topic “It’s Up to Us” and how each one of us can make a significant difference and Dean Andreas Loewe, Dean of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne spoke of friendship as seen through the prism of iblical texts.

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