United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day – 27 January 2022

Videos prepared for the Holocaust Centre https://www.facebook.com/HCNZAotearoa World Jewish Congress Midday Wednesday 26 January NZT In advance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and in observance of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, WJC Honorary Vice President and Senior Rabbi of Park East Synagogue, Rabbi Arthur Schneier – our good and dear friend and…

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Texas Synagogue Attack

The New Zealand Jewish community, like communities around the world, has been very shaken by the Texas synagogue hostage saga, which comes on top of years of increasing antisemitic hate crimes in America and elsewhere, including murderous attacks on Jews while at prayer. We are of course relieved that, after a long terrifying ordeal, the…

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NZ Jews thank Sir Robert Gillies and Māori Battalion

Media release NZ Jews thank Sir Robert Gillies and Māori Battalion “New Zealand Jews and Jews worldwide owe much gratitude to Sir Robert Gillies and his comrades of the 28th Māori Battalion for their contribution and sacrifice during World War 2,” said president of the NZ Jewish Council Stephen Goodman today. “We thank them for…

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Support for the Samoan Community Assembly of G-d – Campaign is now Closed

Message of thanks received Request for donations 10 September 2021 The media has highlighted the number of COVID cases reported within this Samoan Community (close to 350 currently). The New Zealand Jewish Council has setup a Give-a-little page seeking donations to support the families of Samoan Assembly of G-d church. <<Campaign now closed>> https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/donations-to-suffering-families-in-the-samoan In addition,…

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Youth Leadership Council

The Religious Diversity Centre (RDC) is seeking people aged 16 – 35 to join their National Youth Council.   It is an opportunity to influence the future of New Zealand. To have a Jewish perspective is important. It will benefit the NZ Jewish community. Requirement will be about 1½ hours every 6 weeks. It will…

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Jacinda Arden – Rosh Hashana Message

Shalom! I wanted to wish a good new year to Aotearoa’s Jewish community with the beginning of Rosh Hashanah this evening. I know that, like many events over the past 18 months, celebrations will look a little different to normal. It will be disappointing not to be able to gather and observe these holy occasions…

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Against Racism Consultation (HRC)

Request for public input against racism 25 August 2021 Antisemitism = Racism Yesterday the Human Rights Commission issued a press release, copied below, as part of “an initiative to gather Aotearoa New Zealand’s thoughts on how to address racism”.  Antisemitism is racism.  It is important to have a Jewish input. We are asking you to…

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