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First National Leadership Convention of the Russian Speaking Jewish Community of Australia!

01.11.2017

The first ever all Australian Leadership Convention of the Russian Speaking Jewish Community took place in Canberra on the 11-13 of August 2017. The convention was organized by Kangarusski – Russian Speaking Jewish Community in Australia, which is under the Zionist Federation of Australian and the Jewish Agency for Israel.

The convention was composed of volunteers who act as de facto leaders from Victoria and New South Wales. The leaders represent different ages, different walks of life and different organizations in the community. The conference was hosted in the Jewish Memorial Centre in Canberra. The focus of the seminar was to identify the needs of the community and find tools and ways to build up a strong united community with deep Jewish identity. During the 3 days, leaders of the community focused on planning major events for the Russian speaking community in the different states, building fundraising program and discussed main issues and difficulties. Moreover, the participants took part in a Shabbat program, socialized and saw the capital.

The following guest speakers participated in the conference: Rabbi Alon Meltzer ran a session about ways of building a successful community and shared his ideas and experiences. Prof Thomas Nielson acknowledged the valuable input of the volunteers and the role they play in building a community. His session “Meaningful happiness” was very engaging and relevant to the participants. Michal Carmel, ZFA Israel Programs Coordinator did a presentation about Masa and educated the participants about various Israeli programs.

Mila Voihansky, Limmud FSU Canada country director, shared her team experience and outcomes of the project in Toronto. During the planning session participants split in 3 groups: South New Wales leaders, Victoria Leaders and Young adults’ leaders. Each group came with a plan for Sep – Dec 2017.Common projects were also identified for both states. All members of the convention contributed a great deal into discussions and important decisions had been made. It has been a great pleasure to acknowledge a great success of the volunteers’ work in the last 3 years and their valuable input into the growth and enrichment of the community.

The special conference was led by Rami Teplitskiy, Chair of Limmud FSU Australia organizing committee, and up until recently the Shaliach of Kangarusski - Russian Speaking Jewish Community in Australia and Anna Maylis, Limmud FSU Australia project manager and also ZFA Sydney Kangarusski Coordinator.

This is also the place to thank Rami for everything he's done in the years of the Shlihut, and for his immense contribution to Limmud FSU family!
Rami Teplitski: "When we, the Jewish people, discuss our future we always think of what can we preserve or what can we do to maintain our heritage. We rarely think of what was taken from us and how we can undo the damage. The Russian Speaking Jewry is a case of a community that its own community sense was taken away by the Soviet Union. Here in Australia on this bright weekend of August 2017 leaders of this community gathered to create the “un-doing”, to establish the foundations of understanding of our heritage. For the first time volunteers that act as real leaders in the community from both New South Wales and Victoria have met together to say: “and now what”. I am happy to announce that in this conference the blue print of the future of the community was drawn. As the community Shaliach it is my last official act here, I am ending my tenure in Australia and coming back to Israel. I am full of gratitude to the love that the community has given me throughout my stay. Spasibo, Toda, Thank you!"

Anna Maylis: "It has been a great pleasure to see the enthusiasm and positive energy of the volunteers, participating in the seminar. The ideas for future events and suggestions of how to enrich our community and bring more people together, never stopped flowing. The discussion around the table between Melbourne, Sydney and Young adults committees was highly productive and resulted in the long list of practical steps towards the future growth of the Russian speaking Jewish community in Australia. This was the first time when the three committees were brought together to identify the commons issues and needs. I strongly believe that this is a great step towards uniting Russian speaking Jews from all over Australia and making them active and proud members of the Australian Jewish community".
Rami Teplitski: "When we, the Jewish people, discuss our future we always think of what can we preserve or what can we do to maintain our heritage. We rarely think of what was taken from us and how we can undo the damage. The Russian Speaking Jewry is a case of a community that its own community sense was taken away by the Soviet Union. Here in Australia on this bright weekend of August 2017 leaders of this community gathered to create the “un-doing”, to establish the foundations of understanding of our heritage. For the first time volunteers that act as real leaders in the community from both New South Wales and Victoria have met together to say: “and now what”. I am happy to announce that in this conference the blue print of the future of the community was drawn. As the community Shaliach it is my last official act here, I am ending my tenure in Australia and coming back to Israel. I am full of gratitude to the love that the community has given me throughout my stay. Spasibo, Toda, Thank you!"

Anna Maylis: "It has been a great pleasure to see the enthusiasm and positive energy of the volunteers, participating in the seminar. The ideas for future events and suggestions of how to enrich our community and bring more people together, never stopped flowing. The discussion around the table between Melbourne, Sydney and Young adults committees was highly productive and resulted in the long list of practical steps towards the future growth of the Russian speaking Jewish community in Australia. This was the first time when the three committees were brought together to identify the commons issues and needs. I strongly believe that this is a great step towards uniting Russian speaking Jews from all over Australia and making them active and proud members of the Australian Jewish community".

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