Past Events 2016

2015 Annual General Meeting
31 January 2019

Speaker
Leon Schneider, youth program co-ordinator and teacher of English and History in Israel

Topic
Israel Matters: An examination of contemporary Israeli Society

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Leon Schneider was born and grew up in Perth. Upon finishing school, he went on a Habonim Dror Schnat program to Israel, which kindled his yearning for Zionist education and Jewish culture. As a madrich in Habonim in 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 coordinator and a teacher of English and History in Israel.

Film: Woman in Gold
3 April 2016

This 2015 movie is based on a 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. 

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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 and Fireside Chat,
St George's College
12 May 2016

The worship was held in the Chapel and led by the Revd Rose Guok, Chaplain, St George’s College.

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The liturgy for the occasion acknowledged the continuity between Jewish and Christian worship and appropriately chosen for its suitability for those of either faith. It featured sacred choral works – including some  from  the Jewish  tradition – sung by the  Winthrop Singers and  directed by  Dr Nicholas Bannan.  Following the service, the attendees dined with the resident students and then congregated for the fireside chat with guest speaker, Reverend Emeritus Professor William R.G Loader BA (Aukl) BD (Otago) Dr Theol (Mainz, Germany) FAHA, a specialist in early Jewish and Christian literature and longstanding CCJWA supporter.

Film: The Suffering of the Innocents
23 August 2016

The Suffering of the Innocents is a symphony by the Orchestra and Choir of the Neocatechumenel Way, composed by Kiko Argüello.

Kristallnacht Commemoration:
Night of Broken Glass
9 November 2016

Speaker
Shirley Atlas, Teacher of Jewish History, Carmel School

Topic
Spiritual Resistance during the Shoah