Jewish culture and history shared
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.