B'nai B'rith shows supports

Walking together this Chanukah

Jewish and the First Nations communities are coming together this Chanukah to walk the streets of Melbourne's CBD.

Photo: Peter Haskin.
Photo: Peter Haskin.

THE Jewish community and the First Nations community are coming together this Chanukah to walk the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to support First Nations Australians’ wish for a Voice to Parliament, as called for by the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

As part of The Ark Centre’s Pillars of Light eighth night Chanukah celebrations on December 5, B’nai B’rith Victoria (BB Vic) has arranged a series of walks from Aboriginal culturally-symbolic locations to Federation Square where, among other formalities, there will be a smoking ceremony and Chanukiah lighting.

The community is invited to join this special evening to engage directly with First Nations leaders. Those who join will be taking to the city streets in remembrance of those First Nations people who, despite their own experiences of discrimination, chose to walk in December 1938 from Footscray to the German Consulate in Melbourne’s CBD to protest the injustices being carried out against the Jews by the Nazis, highlighted by Kristallnacht.

BB Vic has been keen to support this effort by First Nation Australians since their Human Rights Oration earlier this year.

“It is wonderful to be working with a range of organisations to make this a reality,” said Jack Aghion, vice president of B’nai B’rith Victoria and chair of its Reconciliation Project, excited to be bringing the two communities together.

For more information about the walks and to register, go to trybooking.com/BUWDO

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