The Community’s October 2012 quiet day will continue the series of contemplative encounters with people of other faiths.
Statistics from the 2011 Census show that 97,300 people identify as Jewish in Australia, representing about 0.5% of the total Australian population. Jewish people in Australia, however, have made contributions to Australian life far beyond what might be expected of such a small population group. Figures such as Otto Frankel, Robert Manne, Gustav Nossall, Sidney Myer, Barrie Kosky, Harry Seidler, Zelman Cowen, Isaac Isaacs, John Monash, Geraldine Brooks, Renee Geyer and Raymond Apple have added to the richness of Australia, and shared something of what it means to be Jewish.
The history of Jewish-Christian interactions has often been difficult, and there are many examples of anti-Semitism in the church’s past, from which it has rightly repented and sought forgiveness. Recent but incomprehensible events such as the Shoah (Holocaust) demonstrate the continuing unreasoning fear and hatred felt by some for the Jewish people.
Throughout all of this, the Jews have sought to remain faithful to the Covenant between God and the children of Israel. Various cultural expressions of the Jewish faith have sprung up across the world, and many are represented in Australia.
‘Windows into Judaism’ will see Gerry and Karen coming together with pilgrims to explore what it means to be Jewish, and how that informs their lives and encounters with God. Those intending to attend are asked to read one of Chaim Potok’s novels, such as The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, or Davita’s Harp. Any of these titles should be freely available from local libraries.
- 13 October 2012
- 10am to 3pm
- Allan and Jan Huggins’ home (1067 Yarragon South Road, Trafalgar South – access from the Princes Freeway via Sunny Creek Road)
- BYO lunch – morning and afternoon tea, and soup, will be provided
- RSVP by contacting Carolyn (03 5191 8343), Jan (03 5634 7616) or Marion (03 5623 3216)
- Cost is free-$15 depending on means
- Flyer (PDF, 311KB)