Foundations of Australia’s two Jewish day schools partner to connect members

October 14, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sydney’s Moriah Foundation partnered with Melbourne’s Mount Scopus Foundation to hear from an eminent panel of Israeli professors from Tel Aviv University, sharing their insights into Israel’s pathway out of the pandemic.

Cheryl Bart

Welcoming more than 150 guests, Moriah Foundation President, Judy Lowy said: “Moriah and Mount Scopus are modern orthodox Zionist schools, with so many shared values and goals. We are two of the largest Jewish Day schools in the Diaspora and together, we have produced thousands of well-educated Jewish Australians who have gone on to lead rich Jewish lives steeped in our traditions and Zionism.”

Professors Ariel Porat, Ariel Munitz and Ady Pauzner shared in-depth and meaningful insights into Israel’s immediate response to the pandemic, from the outbreak in 2019 to present-day approaches, and future plans to live with the virus.

Prof Ariel Munitz

Stepping up to contribute their knowledge and skills to resolve this crisis, they created virtual platforms for hundreds of researchers throughout Israel to study key issues including the true mortality ratio, the cost of lockdowns, the efficacy of vaccinations, unemployment policies and learnings from other countries.

Identifying an exit strategy that would not exceed their health care capacity, and using smart mechanisms for mass testing, Israel was able to lead the way in introducing vaccinations and other measures to reduce infections. Applying innovative thinking, they also suggested a policy that can reduce the risk of vaccine-resistant variants by dividing countries into smaller regions so that vaccinations could be administered sequentially and in high concentrations.

Prof Ady Pauzner

Their remarkable journey, pivoting quickly to create think tanks, open labs, collaborating with other universities, work with the Mossad and liaising with policymakers, was truly inspirational.

Moriah Foundation Board Member Cheryl Bart moderated questions from the audience, engaging with the professors on a range of issues including the effectiveness of boosters, new vaccines, children getting vaccinated, and their views on Australia’s extended lockdown.

Mount Scopus Foundation President, David Gold shared Judy’s positive sentiments about the schools collaborating and sharing more opportunities in the future and thanked the distinguished panel and supporters for assisting our children to build better futures.

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