Australian-British academic Dr Kylie Moore-Gilbert joined Shabbat dinner and a service at the ARK Centre last week .
Moore-Gilbert, who The AJN interviewed in late April, survived 804 days of wrongful incarceration in Iran.
The erstwhile lecturer in Middle Eastern studies at Melbourne University was arrested at Tehran airport in 2018 on her way home to Australia.
Moore-Gilbert said it was a “pleasure” to join the Shabbat dinner and service, adding that “ARK members made me feel very welcome, and I am grateful to Rabbi Gabi [Kaltmann] and his staff for the invitation.”
She told The AJN, “It has been so heartwarming to learn how supportive the Australian Jewish community had been of me during my incarceration, I am so thankful to everyone who kept me in their hearts, and their prayers.”
During the Shabbat dinner, Moore-Gilbert told her story of surviving months of solitary confinement and relentless interrogation in Tehran’s Evin prison.
Rabbi Kaltmann said that hearing Moore-Gilbert’s story of imprisonment by the Islamic revolutionary guards will “leave a lasting impression for a long time”.
He added, “Kylie’s grit, perseverance and heroism in the face of such an injustice shows what an incredible women she is.
“We have so much to learn from her strength and courage in spite of such adversary.”