JCCV introduces politicians to Jewish Melbourne

June 15, 2018 by David Marlow
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The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has organised and hosted the seventh Politicians Jewish Immersion Day for politicians, candidates and political advisers. 

Politicians at St Kilda Synagogue with Rabbi Yaakov Glasman

The program included visits Jewish Care Victoria, St Kilda Shule, the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Jewish Holocaust Centre, culminating in a model Shabbat lunch with community leaders at Beth Weizmann Community Centre, where participants heard about a wide range of community dynamics, needs and concerns from Kashrut and security, to festivals and Holocaust remembrance.

At Jewish Care

JCCV Vice President Anton Hermann welcomed participants, who included Member for Caulfield David Southwick MP, Neil Pharaoh, Cassie Hadson, Asher Judah, VMC Commissioner Sam Almaliki, Sorina Grasso, and advisors from David Southwick’s office.

Mr Hermann stated, “We are very thankful for the support and the excellent presentations in the program from Bill Appleby (Jewish Care), Rebecca Forgasz (Jewish Museum), Rabbi Yaakov Glasman (St Kilda Shule), Pauline Rockman (JHC), Warren Fineberg (JHC), Rabbi Allison Conyer (Etz Chayim) and Jean Katzen (Zionism Victoria).  The feedback from participants has been outstanding, and this helps our political leaders much better understand the diversity, special needs and nature of our community.”

“We are always delighted to have such non-partisan support from our political leaders, and also appreciative to have representatives from AUJS, Etz Chayim, Temple Beth Israel, Zionism Victoria, NCJWA and Jewish Care join us in the luncheon discussions, where we discussed many issues, including Israel and Zionism, youth concerns, and antisemitism.”


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