It’s been a busy and invigorating week for the Perth Jewish community, and this belated post is reflective of that.Â Next week will be no less momentous with several visiting dignitaries, led by Natan Sharensky.
Some text needs to go on record to describe the phenomenal accomplishment of Carmel School in presenting their Jewish studies conference to their senior students, and also streaming activity for the community and education sector.Â There is some coverage in this weeks Maccabean, but this article was sadly edited to remove the context in which this event was presented.Â The Kesher Carmel published the full account, reproduced below for the benefit of Jewgle readers:
Â The 3rd Annual Jewish Community Conference
by Paul Levi Â
Our community has a history of presenting educational programs of different types to develop and encourage spiritual growth. From the â€œAish Hatorahâ€ weekend at the PHC in the mid 1980s and many visiting Rabbis before that, to the â€œRabbi Ordman Shabbatonâ€ in the 1990s to the Dianella Shuleâ€™s six week â€œKollelâ€ programs in the late 1990s and early part of this century, Noranda Shules â€œNetivotâ€ program, the many Chabad Shule guest Rabbis and the more recent 3 week â€œSeedâ€ programs originally brought by the PHC. Most recently the Perth Yeshiva and its bachurim who give shiurim in all orthodox Shules. All of these have been in addition to regular shiurim at the Shules.
One of the most recent additions to the menu of Torah education on offer is
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It is in this respect that the annual Jewish Community Conference is inspirational. It is unlikely that such a talented panel of Rabbonim could be put together in any other way. Some 150 people attended the Sunday session for the community this year and spent several hours absorbing the wisdom of these excellent speakers.
This author spent the afternoon listening to all of Rabbi Hammerâ€™s shiurim. The first area covered was â€œtaking responsibility for all ones actions and choicesâ€ using the rebellious son in the Torah as an example. He went on to talk about â€œthe goal of a Jewâ€. That being to have a purposeful meaningful existence and that meant not to be static in ones Judaism. Judaism requires time and effort to achieve advancement. It is not easy or instantaneous. His final talk was about Jewish identity and how education and Â communication were central to our identity. Education is a life long process and to be static is not good. There is no â€œresting stateâ€ in education. Indeed the word â€œchinuchâ€ has in it two roots, the one for education and the other for dedication.
Other participants in the conference were equally enthusiastic about the other speakers and the conference was an undoubted success. Yashar Koach to
What was most frustrating is that one element of this conference was not reported at all, and risks not being put on record as an important innovation that makes a world of difference.Â Carmel School invests a huge amount of resources in making this activity possible, and as part of their program ran a conference on Monday 25 February called “From the Rabbi’s Mouth”.Â This was hosted for 65 non Jewish teachers and involvedÂ presentations from local andÂ visiting Rabbis and Carmel students about Judaism.Â This material will be used in turnÂ by the teachers to return more informed education to their own students, and will no doubt have a very positive impact on the way many non-Jewish students who may never interact with Jews are taught about the local Jewish community.Â Such an important exercise in bridge building surely needs to be highlighted and commended to the community as a whole.
There is much to be said about the content of some of the presentations by our Rabbinic guests.Â This blog will try to include postings and discussion relating to that in the days ahead.Â However in the meantime, it is important to put on our own virtual record the sensational effort of the Jewish Studies department in administrating this conference and providing us with such a special learning opportunity.Â The lasting impact will make a difference to the future Jewish identity of many of the school’s senior students.Â In particular it willÂ help equip them to move beyond the secure and culturally protected environment of Carmel School to University and the workplace with confidence in their Jewish knowledge and committment.