Author and educator Abe Schwarz will host his annual Sukkat Shalom at East Melbourne Hebrew Congregation on Monday, October 2 at 7pm.
Schwarz is very excited about this year’s attendees, in particular Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri woman Dr Lois Peeler. She was formerly one of the original Sapphires and is now the Elder in Residence at Worawa Aboriginal College. She will be joined by Uncle Ron Murray with his didgeridoo.
Schwarz said his multicultural event represents “the importance of respectful dialogue with those of other cultures”.
“By being deeply rooted in our own culture and faith and willing to replace fear, ignorance and phobias with peace building through getting to really know the other is the key to this event.”
Also present will be representatives from the Zoroastrian community, the Jewish Christian Muslim Association (JCMA) and the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) Victoria.
The evening will feature music, kosher and halal food, and informative conversation with people from different backgrounds mixing with people of other faiths or of no faith.
“Everyone is welcome and should meet directly opposite the synagogue in Parliament Gardens at the statues of Uncle Doug and Aunty Gladys Nicholls at 6.30pm,” Schwarz said.
Schwarz’s passion project is the William Cooper Legacy Project. It grew from being mentored by the late Uncle Reg Blow, who performed a smoking ceremony at his son’s bar mitzvah.
His multi-faith and cultural work has included school presentations with the JCMA, co-facilitating recent yarning circles with Together For Humanity with Rabbi Zalman Kastel in Sydney, and in Melbourne with organisations from the City of Darebin Ethnic Communities’ Council through to worldwide Peace-Building agency, Initiatives of Change.
Cost: $18. Tickets: events.humanitix.com/intercultural-sukkot-peace-party. There is unrestricted parking outside the shule from 6.30pm.
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