Meeting These Challenging Times with Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM and Ronni Kahn AO

Meeting These Challenging Times with Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM and Ronni Kahn AO

Tue 27 Feb 2024 at 7pm - 8pm

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These past few months have been challenging and oftentimes demanding. Since October 7, our attention has been tightly focused on the ongoing violence unfolding in Israel and Gaza. 

Our calls to immediately return the hostages, our concern for loss of life and our attentiveness to rising tensions locally have put significant pressure on us all. These past weeks have been dramatic and tense. 

This event aims to respond to the many challenges in this moment and answer how we can deal with these various dilemmas. With guidance, advice and reflections from community leaders, the event aims to help shape our community’s dilemmas that have been sustained since the heinous acts of October 7. 

Join Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM and Ronni Kahn AO for a discussion that talks to the awful news coming from Israel-Palestine each day and increased challenges locally in Australia.

We’ll also host a short update from NIF Israel CEO, Mickey Gitzin, in order to bring some more detail about the current reality in Israeli society.

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About the Speakers

Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM has served as rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue since his ordination from HUC-JIR in 1989, serving as senior rabbi since 1999.  In 1991, he began Australia’s first Conservative (Masorti) service, and is committed to the principles of egalitarianism, inclusion and diversity within the synagogue and the broader community.  With his colleagues he officiated at Australia’s first same sex religious marriage in May 2018.

He has been committed to social justice projects, particularly concerning refugees and homelessness, as well as issues of the environment (working with the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change) and animal rights (on the Council of Voiceless, an animal rights organization).  

Ronni Kahn AO is a social entrepreneur and founder of Australia’s leading food rescue charity, OzHarvest. Ronni is a passionate advocate and activist renowned for disrupting the food waste landscape in Australia. She appears regularly in national media, serves in an advisory capacity to government and is a sought after keynote speaker. 

Her mission to fight food waste and feed hungry people is supported by some of the world's finest chefs. Ronni is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and was named Australian Local Hero of the Year. 

Her journey is the subject of the feature film, Food Fighter directed by Dan Goldberg. In 2020 she co- authored her biography; A Repurposed Life, which was nominated for an ABIA award for Biography Book of the Year.