Julie Bishop meets Victorian Jewish leaders

May 31, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop has met with Melbourne’s Jewish community leaders.

Sam Tatarka - Beth Weizmann, Jeff Morrison - Zionism Victoria, Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs,David Southwick - Member for Caulfield, Jennifer Huppert - President JCCV, Tim Wilson - Liberal candidate for Goldstein, Owen Guest - Liberal candidate for Melbourne Ports, Senator James Paterson

Sam Tatarka – Beth Weizmann, Jeff Morrison – Zionism Victoria,
Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs,David Southwick – Member for Caulfield, Jennifer Huppert – President JCCV, Tim Wilson – Liberal candidate for Goldstein, Owen Guest – Liberal candidate for Melbourne Ports, Senator James Paterson

Joining the meeting at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre in Caulfield were local Liberal candidates Owen Guest (Melbourne Ports) and Tim Wilson (Goldstein), Senator James Paterson and State Member for Caulfield David Southwick.

Ms Bishop met with Jennifer Huppert, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), Sam Tatarka, Chairman of Beth Weizmann Community Centre and Jeff Morrison, Vice-President of Zionism Victoria amongst others.

David Southwick, Owen Guest, Tim Wilson and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

David Southwick, Owen Guest, Tim Wilson and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

At a visit to KOGO (Knit One Give One) volunteers showed Minister Bishop some of the over 3000 items knitted by people from across Australia for distribution to children and families in need in Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

The Minister toured the Beth Weizmann Community Centre and the Lamm Jewish Library, and visited the offices of a few community organisations, including the United Israel Appeal (UIA) and the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

Community leaders, including Zionism Victoria Vice President Jeff Morrison and Executive Director Jane Rapke, Beth Weizmann Community Centre Chairman Sam Tatarka, Jewish Community Council of Victoria President Jennifer Huppert and Executive Director David Marlow, met with Minister Bishop to discuss key issues important to the Jewish community, such as security and Australia’s outstanding record of support for Israel.

A wide range of topics were discussed including Israel – Australia relations, community security concerns and the security needs of the Victorian Jewish community.

Mr Morrison and Mr Tatarka “appreciated the opportunity to meet with a senior member of the Federal government at an important time for both Israel and Australia”. They commented that “Minister Bishop was able to observe and engage with the daily activities in the hub of our community and gain a deeper understanding of its importance and significance to Melbourne’s Jewish community”.

 

 

 

Minister Bishop also had the opportunity to meet representatives of the United Israel Appeal (UIA) and Jewish National Fund (JNF). UIA Executive Director Idan Goldberger spoke about the organisation’s long history of refugee resettlement and its more recent work supporting programs to upgrade professional training for refugees to improve their job prospects, both areas in which Australia and Israel share an interest.

In her brief meeting with representatives of JNF Minister Bishop acknowledged the many issues Australia has in common with Israel in the use of scarce water resources in arid climates.

Julie Bishop has been to Israel several times, most recently in 2013. She is keen to return and looks forward to her next opportunity to visit.