Victoria: Behaviour of a minority does not represent values of Jewish tradition

Police at lockdown breachI 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.

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People to be fined over gathering at Melbourne synagogue

Standoff at Riponlea SynagogueVictoria 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.

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Darebin Interfaith Council Committee

City of DarebinDarebin 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.

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Victoria: Dropping Lord’s Prayer would help State Parliament better reflect diversity

Parliament of VictoriaThe 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.

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Webinar – Behind the Altar – Understanding how we change the story in faith-based settings

Domestic Violence Resource Centre VictoriaWe (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.

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Victoria: Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival

Victoria: Buddha's Day & Multicultural FestivalFo 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!

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Gesher 2020 – Religion & Ecology: Community in a Time of Crisis

Gesher 2020

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.

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Hanukkah – Pillars of Light

Magen DawooThe 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.

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