Past Events 2016


2015 Annual General Meeting

Guest Speaker:  Leon Schneider

Leon Schneider was born and grew up in Perth. Upon finishing school, he went on a Habonim Dror Shnat program to Israel, which kindled his yearning for Zionist education and Jewish culture. As a madrich in Habonim Australia for 5 years, he held positions on both the Perth and Federal executives. After graduating with a degree in Mass Communications from Curtin University in 2003, Leon made Aliya in early 2004, and has worked as a youth program co-ordinator and a teacher of English and History in his 10 years in Israel.

Topic:  Israel Matters: an examination of contemporary Israeli society

Film: Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold is a 2015 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Alexi Kaye Campbell. The film stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Brühl, Katie Holmes, Tatiana Maslany, Max Irons, Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jonathan Pryce.

The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Jewish refugee living in Cheviot Hills, Los Angeles, who, together with her young lawyer, Randy Schoenberg, fought the government of Austria for almost a decade to reclaim Gustav Klimt's iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was stolen from her relatives by the Nazis in Vienna just prior to World War II. Altmann took her legal battle all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States, which ruled on the case Republic of Austria v. Altmann (2004).

The film was screened in the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

Evening Worship with the Winthrop Singers, St George's College Chapel

Report: St George's College Evening

Film:  The Suffering of the Innocents - a symphony by the Orchestra and Choir of the Neocatechumenal Way, composed by Kiko Argüello

Kristallnacht Commemoration
"Night of Broken Glass"

Occasional Address:  Spiritual resistance during the Shoah and slideshow  by
Shirley Atlas, Teacher of Jewish History, Carmel School

Kristallnacht Maccabean Article

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