National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
The Voice of Australian Jewish Women

"Women working together can achieve anything"
Dr Fanny Reading MBE


Interfaith & Intercultural Report

Following our workshop discussion at the Conference in Sydney, I will try to change the Interfaith and Intercultural Report in some more effective way  of promoting this important portfolio.

I sent already to all Section Presidents the “Women Achievers” kit, on how we build and run this successful WA event.

Di Hirsh OAM that will represent this portfolio through ICJW, in Mexico, in October,  will prepare an “Interfaith Seder” kit that will be also shared between the sections.

If you have any event you have being doing in this area, we will welcome your contribution with one more kit, on what your Section does and how to run the event.

At NCJWA WA we once again marked this September the International Peace Day in Perth, in partnership with the UNAA and this time we were hosted at the main Cathedral in Perth, St George’s Cathedral.  We had some 80 people attending and  6 different faiths leaders presenting prayers .

50 years of Nostra Aetate

Nostra aetate (Latin: In our Time) is the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council. Passed by a vote of 2,221 to 88 of the assembled bishops, this declaration was promulgated on October 28, 1965, by Pope Paul VI.

Reading Wikipedia and other articles about Nostra Aetate, I learn that during nearly 2000 years the Christian leadership passed the message to their followers of the Jews as killers of Jesus in their education programs.

October 2015 marks 50 years of this important document that still is not known and learned in many parts of the world. This is a document that tells the Christians that we are all equals and is a game changer in the Jewish Christian relationship.

True, the Jewish authorities and those who followed their lead pressed for the death of Christ; still, what happened in His passion cannot be charged against all the Jews, without distinction, then alive, nor against the Jews of today. The Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures. All should see to it, then, that in catechetical work or in the preaching of the word of God they do not teach anything that does not conform to the truth of the Gospel and the spirit of Christ. Furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.”

 

I know that you are all very busy and have wonderful programs ahead.

If possible, please include in the future some discussion about this document, with Jewish Rabbis and Christian priests, to bring a strong message on how important is to educate people that we are all equal.