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President's Report

07 August 2017

Multicultural and Interfaith
30 July saw the annual Jewish Catholic Friendship Dinner.  Approximately 80 people attended the dinner, held at the Adele Southwick Centre, to hearRabbi Ralph Genende, of Caulfield Hebrew Congregation and Sister Brigid Arthur of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project speak on the topic “Strangers and Neighbours: Responding to Asylum Seekers”.

The focus during June was attendance at Iftar Dinners.  I attended the Premier’s Iftar Dinner, as well as dinners organised by the Parliament of Victoria and the Australian Catholic University.  David Marlow and Andre Oboler have also attended Iftar dinners.  They are opportunities to meet representatives from both the Muslim and other faith and cultural communities.

On 25 July I attended the Egyptian National Day Reception.  I have met the Egyptian Consul General on a number of occasions, and he is keen to engage with the Jewish community.

Visit by Michal Biran MK
Michal Biran MK, a Labour Member of Knesset spoke at a small event co-hosted by the JCCV, Zionism Victoria and the ECAJ. Michal was brought to Australia by the Israeli Embassy.  Although the attendance was small, those who were there found Michal’s presentation to be interesting and thought provoking.

Youth Alcohol Project (YAP)
The YAP program continues to have an impact in the community.  This month JCCV Project Officer, Anat Aloni, has organised information evenings for parents at Bialik College, Mount Scopus Memorial College and Leibler Yavneh College, all of which were well attended.

Spiritual Care
Once again JCCV held a pastoral care immersion day for pastoral care workers from around the state, which forms part of a course offered by Stirling College and the University of Divinity.  Fifteen pastoral carers from various religious faiths participated and they heard from a wide variety of speakers and had a rich immersion into Jewish history, tradition and explanation of Jewish pastoral needs.  My thanks go to David Marlow for organising the day, and to various community organisations who participated.

Community Events
At the invitation of the Kadimah and The Jewish Holocaust Centre, I attended a performance of The Ghetto Cabaret, a Yiddish theatre performance.  It was an outstanding show, and demonstrates the depth of talent in our community.

Yesterday I attended the exhibition and award presentation for B’nai B’rith Menorah Unit 22nd Annual Jewish Youth Art Competition at Glen Eira Town Hall.  I was very impressed with the standard and variety of the entries.

Forthcoming Events

  • 10 September – Jewish African Communities Friendship Dinner
  • 13 September – JCCV-Victorian Council of Churches Reception
  • 17 September – Babi Yar Concert

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