Jewish cul­ture and his­tory shared

Townsville Bulletin - - Our Defenders - Ryan Mathe­son

TOWNSVILLE stu­dents re­ceived an in­ti­mate in­sight into Jewish cus­toms and his­tory through a se­ries of work­shops pro­mot­ing so­cial har­mony.

New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Al­had­eff was in the city last week as part of a whirl­wind trip to the trop­ics.

Stu­dents at Ryan Catholic Col­lege, Kir­wan State High School and Wil­liam Ross State High School were briefed on sig­nif­i­cant events such as the Holo- caust and the Is­raeli con­flict.

Mr Al­had­eff said the trip was about pro­mot­ing Jewish cul­ture in North Queens­land.

‘‘ A lot of schools are study­ing the Holo­caust and the con­flict in the Mid­dle East, so we are look­ing to bring some added value to those ar­eas,’’ he said.

‘‘ We like to use those events to talk about that racial ha­tred hap­pens and the fact hor­rific in­ci­dents like these all start with


Arab- iso­lat­ing peo­ple be­cause they are seen to be dif­fer­ent.

‘‘ Our man­date is about pro­mot­ing so­cial har­mony and ac­cep­tance and we do that through the prism of the Jewish ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

T h e S o u t h A f r i c a n - b o r n speaker also met with a num­ber of lo­cal lead­ers in­clud­ing Townsville Mayor Les Tyrell.

Mr Al­had­eff said the group was ea­ger to build re­la­tion­ships in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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