The Jewish Community Council of Victoria will be hosting an inclusive virtual community commemoration for Yom Hashoah on Wednesday, April 27 at 7.30 pm. The event will be an online commemoration with poignant testimonies, the participation of a range of Jewish students, and messages of support from communal members, leaders, and affiliates.
Climate Change Workshops
Gembrook Retreat will conduct an ‘Active Hope in a time of climate crisis’ workshop in Gembrook on 9 April from 9AM to 6:30pm. For those who are overwhelmed or exhausted by the climate crisis, trying to take action and feeling the urgent need for our generation to change how we live! This workshop provides spiritual practices to help us support each other in maintaining an active hope. There will be a follow-up workshop on 14 May.
Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry deployed to NSW
On Wednesday 16th March, the Victorian Council of Churches Emergencies Ministry deployed its first interstate team to Northern NSW to support the recovery efforts after the recent flood events. This deployment came about as the result of a request from the NSW Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network (DRCN) as a partner in the Australia Volunteer Emergency Chaplaincy Alliance (AVECA) and was a historical occasion.
MCG opens a new Multi-Faith Prayer Room
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), managers of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) are delighted to today unveil the brand-new MCG Multi-Faith Prayer Room, open to the public ahead of all four matches of Round 1 of the 2022 AFL Premiership Season.
2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week Lecture
Professor Douglas Ezzy of University of Tasmania will deliver the 2022 World Interfaith Harmony Week lecture on Tuesday 1 February 2022, on the topic of Religious freedom, discrimination, and living well together. This will an online event, hosted by Religions for Peace Australia Victoria Branch, Tasmania Branch and the Multifaith Association of South Australia.
The Diversity of Jewish Religious Groups and their Settlement in Australia
The Annual General Meeting of the Victoria Branch of Religions for Peace was conducted at Temple Beth Israel, Alma Rd, St Kilda, on Sunday, 1 June 2014. Prof. Andrew Markus – Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University – delivered a talk on The Diversity of Jewish Religious Groups and their Settlement in Australia. A video of this talk is available.
Victoria: Behaviour of a minority does not represent values of Jewish tradition
I am one of the many Jewish Melburnians who has had a very hard week, celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in lockdown for a second year. I tried to maintain the traditional sense of an oasis in time for the holy day, so I didn’t look at the news. I didn’t hear until Wednesday morning that a small group of ultra-Orthodox Jews had breached lockdown and barricaded themselves in a synagogue.
People to be fined over gathering at Melbourne synagogue
Victoria police say up to 100 worshippers who gathered near a synagogue in Melbourne’s south-east in breach of Covid-19 lockdown rules will be fined. People were allegedly spotted entering a building, believed to be a prayer room, near a Ripponlea synagogue early on Tuesday morning to mark the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.
Darebin Interfaith Council Committee
Darebin Council is seeking expressions of interest from community members (including anyone who lives, work or studies in Darebin) who would like to join one of Darebin’s community advisory committees – the Darebin Interfaith Council Committee. Applications from suitably experienced persons are open until August 25, 2021.
New Jain temple for Melbourne
Melbourne will soon have a Jain Temple in the southern suburbs. The foundation stone was laid on Wednesday, 4 August, in Moorabbin, where the Melbourne Shwetambar Jain Community has been in temporary premises for many years.
Victoria: Dropping Lord’s Prayer would help State Parliament better reflect diversity
The Lord’s Prayer has been a regular fixture in the Victorian Parliament since the early part of last century. It has been recited at the start of each sitting day since 1918. The prayer, which begins with the line, “Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name,” is considered central to the Christian faith and is said across most Christian denominations with some small variations in wording.
Webinar – Behind the Altar – Understanding how we change the story in faith-based settings
We (Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria) would like to invite prevention practitioners and anyone interested in preventing violence against women in a faith context to join us for a one hour webinar to share the findings of an evaluation of Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing Violence Against Women (PVAW) Program. This webinar will provide learnings and practice examples for preventing violence in a faith setting.
Victoria: Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival
Fo Guang Shan Melbourne and BLIAV (Buddha’s Light International Association of Victoria) are pleased to present the annual Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival returns to Federation Square on Saturday 15 May and Sunday 16 May 2021 with an explosion of culture, entertainment, traditional Buddhist ceremonies, meditation, lion dances, children’s activities and so much more!
Last Words: Voluntary Assisted Dying
The Wheeler Centre will present Andrew Denton, Hon. Betty King and Dr Phillip Parente on Tuesday 20 April 2021, 6:30pm at the Malthouse Theatre (Outdoor Stage), in South Melbourne.
Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day
The Jewish Community Council of Victoria in collaboration with The Holocaust Museum is presenting a specially produced webinar to commemorate Yom HaShoah online, 7 April 2021 at 7:30pm.
Victoria: Faith and hope during a pandemic
We are excited to share with you our upcoming event Faith and hope during a pandemic, brought to you by Whittlesea International Students Wellbeing Hub and supported by Study Melbourne. Join us on Monday 15 February at 6:30pm to hear international student experiences to mark World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Gesher 2020 – Religion & Ecology: Community in a Time of Crisis
Gesher is the official journal of The Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria) Inc. The Annual journal Gesher 2020, Issue 3, Religion & Ecology: Community in a Time of Crisis is now online, along with the other issues from earlier this year and previous editions.
Hanukkah – Pillars of Light
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. The Atrium at Federation Square, Melbourne, will be live-streaming the Menorah lighting each evening commencing Thursday, 10 December from 7:30pm.