Contemporary Challenges to Religion

Council of Christians and Jews

The Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier and Rabbi Dovid Gutnick of the East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation will meet together in Conversation on “Contemporary Challenges to Religion”.

Dr Philip Freier became the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne in December 2006, following seven and a half years as Bishop of the Northern Territory. Since coming to Melbourne, Dr Freier has been working towards engaging the Church with the wider community, particularly through his ‘Prayer4Melbourne’ quest, in which he has visited a range of public spaces, welfare centres and shopping malls, in order to meet people from all walks of life. The Archbishop is closely involved in a range of community organisations, and is strongly committed to social justice issues, with a particular concern for Indigenous people. His public Breakfast Conversations have included themes of the rising incidence of childhood depression, asylum seekers and refugees, global warming and world poverty, and the pursuit of happiness. He has called for a national inquiry into the state of childhood in Australia.

Sydney-born Rabbi Dovid Gutnick studied at Yeshivah College in Melbourne before attending the Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand, Rabbinical College of Canada and Yeshivah Ohr Elchonon in Los Angeles. He received his s’micha (rabbinic ordination) at the Rabbinical College of America in New Jersey. Like his father and grandfather before him, Dovid proudly serves in the Australian Defence Force Reserves as the army’s Jewish Chaplain. The rebbetzin, Rachel, takes an active role in the synagogue, its congregation and its excellent functions. They have 4 wonderful sons.

What: Together in Conversation: Contemporary Challenges to Religion

When: Tuesday, 4 June 2013 – at 12.15 pm (for a 12.30 start) until 1.30 pm

Where: East Melbourne Synagogue, 488 Albert Street East Melbourne

Cost: Entry fee, including light kosher lunch: $15.00

Apply: Please RSVP to the CCJ office if you are attending – tel: 9429 5212 or email: