Program 2021


February March May June November


Sunday, 21 February

2020 Annual General Meeting

Venue: Temple David "Functions on Clifton", 34 Clifton Street, Mount Lawley

Speaker:  Reverend Dr Suzanne Boorer
 BSc (Melb), Dip Ed (Melb), BTh (MCD), ThM (MCD), STM (Yale), PhD (Emory)
Senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible Murdoch University; Fellow of Wollaston College

Topic:  Divine Presence and the Tabernacle:
Perspectives in the Priestly material in Exodus

Reverend Dr Suzanne Boorer has been teaching Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Murdoch University for 34 years, her main area being Pentateuch/Torah, and especially Exodus and the issue of the promise of the land. She also has a passion for the wisdom literature and in particular the book of Job. Her latest book is The Vision of the Priestly Narrative: Its Genre and Hermeneutics of Time (Ancient Israel and its Literature 27; Atlanta, GA: SBL Press, 2016).

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Tuesday, 9 March

Free Public Lecture: Jesus the Observant Jew
In memory of Margaret Storey

Speaker:  Rabbi David Freilich OAM
Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Perth Hebrew Congregation
Interfaith Director, Jewish Community Council of WA

Venue:  Wesley Church, cnr of William & Hay Streets, Perth

Rabbi David Freilich is the first Sydney-born rabbi.  The Rabbi’s schooling was at Sydney Grammar School.  After completing schooling he attended the rabbinical college in London known as Jews College, which was one of the colleges of London University from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Semitic Languages and with rabbinic ordination.

Rabbi Freilich then became Rabbi of Maroubra Synagogue in Sydney, a post which he held for 15 years.  He also gained higher degrees in rabbinics from the rabbinate in Israel.  The Rabbi also completed a Master of Arts degree at Sydney University on the subject of ‘The Rabbinic Background to the Rise of Christianity.’  The Rabbi was the inaugural lecturer in Talmudic law at the Law School at the University of New South Wales. 

In 1988, the Rabbi was chosen to be the Chief Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation and of Western Australia, a position he decided to relinquish in 2018 after 30 years. He was then given the title Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the Perth Hebrew Congregation. The Rabbi was president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia from 2008 to 2011.  In 2005 the Rabbi received an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for services to the Jewish community in education and the promotion of ecumenical goodwill amongst all faiths.

In recognition of the Rabbi’s 22 years of meritorious service as an Honorary President of the Council of Christians and Jews WA, and his immense contribution to interfaith relations, Honorary Life Membership of the Council was conferred upon his retirement.

The Rabbi is now the Interfaith Director for the Jewish Community Council of Western Australia. 

Sunday, 16 May

Guided Walking Tour: "Jewish Pioneers of Fremantle"

A free guided walk will be conducted in Fremantle based on the historical research by Wendy Antonovsky with tour guide Dr Ari Antonovsky, Temple David Board member and long-time Fremantle resident.

Tour Start: St John's Church,
 24 Adelaide Street, Fremantle

Tour End: The Old Synagogue,
92  South  Terrace,  Fremantle

At the end of the tour participants enjoyed afternoon tea at St John's Anglican Church, followed by Choral Evensong.

Sunday, 20 June

International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ)
Annual Conference

This year’s ICCJ conference was hosted virtually, beginning with an “Open House” allowing registrants around the world to participate without charge in a 14-hour live-streamed program. Australasia's contribution, coordinated by the Australian CCJ aired at 12:00 noon Perth time, on Sunday 20 June. State CCJ branches then contributed in turn. CCJWA showcased the past 25 years of interfaith activities and its new community engagement program, i2i - interfaith to interface.

Other events which featured ACCJ presenters included:

Webinar (Sunday 20 June)
If Not Now, When? Reflections on the Common Task of Healing Our Fractured World

Workshop (Tuesday 22 June)
Jewish Environmental Ethics:
An inter-religious conversation from Australia and New Zealand
The workshop featured Fred Morgan, Emmanuel Nathan, Michael Trainor, and
Ron Hoenig.

The CCJWA presentation will be uploaded for viewing in the near future.

Sunday, 7 November (2.00 pm)

Kristallnacht Commemoration:
"Night of Broken Glass"

Speaker: Dr Bill Leadbetter BA (Hons), Ph.D (Macq),
Grad Cert Ed (Edith Cowan) MACE GAICD

Topic: Christians and Kristallnacht: The brave sermon of Helmut Gollwitzer

Venue:  St George's Cathedral, 38 St George's Terrace, Perth

Dr Bill Leadbetter is an Anglican and an academic historian. He has written on topics as diverse as political change in the Later Roman Empire, Western Australian Church History, and genocide and antisemitism in antiquity. Originally from Sydney, he served both as Chair and as President of the NSW CCJ, before coming to WA to take up a University teaching position. He has studied at Yad Vashem, completing its respected course on the Holocaust and Antisemitism, during which he was fortunate to be instructed by distinguished scholars of the Holocaust such as Yehuda Bauer and Emil Fackenheim. At Macquarie University, he taught with the late Professor Colin Tatz and at Edith Cowan University, introduced a new unit "The History and Sociology of Genocide". Dr Leadbetter has also worked in politics as a ministerial adviser and served briefly in the Legislative Council. He is currently a candidate in formation for Anglican Holy Orders.

 Council of Christians and Jews WA Inc.     PO Box 1469  Booragoon  WA  6954     ccjwa@aol.com

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