Past Events 2021

Reverend Dr Suzanne Boorer

2020 Annual General Meeting
Sunday, 21 February 2021

Guest 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 and Fellow of Wollaston College

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

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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 the Time (Ancient Israel and its Literature 27; Atlanta, GA: SBL Press, 2016)

Rabbi David Freilich OAM

Timothy Costelloe SDB

Seminar: Jesus — the Observant Jew
In memory of Margaret Storey
Tuesday, 9 March 2021

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

Jesus — the Observant Jew

Rabbi David Freilich OAM and
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB

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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 Bacheolor 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 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.The Rabbi is currently the Interfaith Director of the Jewish Community Council of Western Australia.

Rabbi David Freilich OAM and
Reverend Marie Wilson, Chair CCJWA

St John’s Church, Fremantle

The Old Synagogue, Fremantle

Walking Tour: Jewish Pioneers of Fremantle
Sunday, 16 May 2021

A guided walking tour of Fremantle based on historical research by Wendy Antonovsky was conducted with tour guide, Dr Ari Antonovsky, Temple David Board member and long-time Fremantle Resident.

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The tour commenced in Fremantle at St John’s Church, 24 Adelaide Street and ended at The Old Synagogue, 92 South Terrace.

At the conclusion of the tour, participants enjoyed afternoon tea hosted by St John’s Anglican Church and those that were able stayed on to attend the Choral Evensong.

Dr Ari Antonovsky

International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) Annual Conference
Sunday, 20 June 2021

This year’s ICCJ conference was hosted virtually, begnning with an “Open House” allowing registrants around the world to participate without charge in a 14-hour live-streamed progam. 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.

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Other events which featured ACCJ presenters:
Webinar: If Not Now, When? Reflections on the Common Task of Healing Our Fractured World
Workshop: Jewish Environmental Ethics:
An Inter-religious conversation from Australia and
New Zealand
The workshop featured Fred Morgan, Emmanuel Natha, Michael TRainor, and Ron Hoenig.

Archbishop Peter Carnley

Free Public Lecture: Abraham and Adam
Sunday, 29 August 2021

The Most Reverend Dr Peter Carnley
BA Hons (Melb), ThL Hons (ACT), PhD (Cantab),
DD (Lambeth)

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Honorary Fellow of:
St John’s College, Cambridge;
Trinity College, University of Melbourne;
Emmanuel College, Cambridge; and
Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch University, Perth.

Honorary doctoral degrees from:
General Theological Seminary, New York;
University of Newcastle;
University of Western Australia;
Charles Sturt University, NSW;
University of Queensland; and
University of Divinity, Melbourne.

Abraham and Adam

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Archbishop Carnley served as Archbishop of Perth and Metropolitan of Western Australia from 1981-2005, and as Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 2000-2005. He remains a Patron of the Australian Council of Christians and Jews.

He has published six books:
The Structure of Resurrection Belief (1987);
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Sermons (2001);
Reflections in Glass: Trends and Tensions in the Anglican Church of Australia (2004);
A Kind of Retirement: More Sermons from Archbishop Peter Carnley (2016);
Resurrection in Retrospect: A Critical Examination of the Theology of N. T. Wright (2019); and
The Reconstruction of Resurrection Belief (2019),
in addition to numerous journal articles, book chapters, and reviews.

Listen to Archbishop Peter Carnley’s lecture.
Click on the tracks 1-8 below and accompanying slides to enlarge.

Revd Marie Wilson, Chair CCJWA with
Archbishop Peter Carnley

Carnley and Schneider

Archbishop Peter Carnley being thanked by
Dr Judith Schneider, Vice Chair CCJWA

Evening Worship with the Winthrop Singers
Thursday, 30 September

St Andrew’s Church, Subiaco

Holly Broadbent plays Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata No 3 in A Major:
I – Con moto maestoso

The Winthrop Singers during the congregational hymn Praise to the Living God

Dr Bill Leadbetter

Kristallnacht Commemoration:
Night of Broken Glass
Sunday, 7 November 2021

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

Christians and Kristallnacht:
The brave sermon of Helmut Gollwitzer

St George’s Cathedral, 38 St George’s Terrace, Perth

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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.