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President's Report

09 September 2015

Multifaith Leadership Conference

The Multifaith Leadership Conference held on 9 and 12 August, was a great success.  The conference, attended by professional staff, board members and volunteers from nearly 40 Jewish community organisations, as well as representatives from African, Chinese, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Baha’i and Kurdish communities, was opened by the Hon. Robyn Scott, Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

The Conference, held with financial support from the Victorian Multicultural Commission, was an opportunity for members of our community to improve their skills and knowledge, and to build bridges with other communities.

LGBTI Community Engagement Symposium

The Community Engagement Symposium held on 22 August was a landmark occasion.  It was attended by members of the Jewish LGBTI community and their families, as well as a Steve Dimopoulos MP, Member for Oakleigh. David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield, and Sam Hibbins MP, Member for Prahran, and Victorian Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Rowena Allen.   A number of representatives from other communities also attended.

Shaun Staunton of Beyond Blue presented on research in the mental health impacts on members of the LBGTI community, and we heard the personal stories of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse Jews from a variety of ages and backgrounds.  The attendees then broke up into groups for workshops on a variety of topics.

A number of those attending spoke about the impact the event had on their feeling of inclusion in the Jewish community.  Thanks go to the JCCV’s LGBTI reference group, which helped organize the evening.  The Symposium was made possible by the grant from the Youth Affairs Council.


On 13 August I attended a forum organized by the Victorian Equal Opportunities and Human Rights Forum.  The aim of the Forum was to explore achievements made the area of human rights in the last 40 years, and what we can do to speed up progress.  While the main focus was on gender equality, other forms of discrimination were also discussed.

Spiritual Health Immersion Day

On 4 September JCCV hosted the second annual Jewish Immersion Day for Pastoral Carers, held at the Danglow Centre at St Kilda Hebrew Congregation.  was part of a pastoral care University level subject delivered through Stirling College and the University of Divinity.  Twenty pastoral carers from various religious faiths participated and they heard from a wide variety of speakers  on Jewish history, tradition and an explanation of Jewish pastoral needs.  The program included tours of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Mikveh and the Jewish Holocaust Centre.

Child Protection

A child protection policy review workshop was held on 25 August with Katherine Levi.  The workshop was attended by participants in the JCCV child protection programs in 2014 and 2015.

Community Events

David Marlow and I attended the annual VAJEX service at the Shrine, which was a moving and well attended event.

I attended the opening of the Anne Frank Exhibition at the Lamm Jewish Library.  It was an interesting afternoon, with a number of speakers, including representatives from the Dutch and German Consulates.

Together with a number of executive members, I attended the Melbourne Hebrew Congregation welcome to the Hon. Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria.

Forthcoming Events


  • 11 October – JCMA Friendship Walk
  • 11 October – Aboriginal Recognition Forum, Beth Weizmann



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