Small Changes, Big Differences
Inspiring stories and practical ideas
Sometimes we see the problems of the world and they seem so overwhelming, we wonder what we can do. Join us for a chance to hear from some of our congregants who have made changes, big and small and each one has changed the world.
Keynote speakers include:
How faith, food and Facebook can fight climate change and other inconvenient truths
University media researcher, journalist and founder of FoodFaith, Judy Friedlander, discusses strategies to stop us feeling debilitated by bad news such as climate change – and other ‘inconvenient messages’. Judy’s research as a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney and her work with the environmental and social justice organisation FoodFaith point to strategies to make bad news good news. FoodFaith brings together over 12 different faiths and cultures through the growing, sharing and celebrating of food – fertile common ground – and has engaged communities through gardens, media and events.
Judy Friedlander is a journalist and the founder of FoodFaith, an organisation that works to promote social cohesion and environmental sustainability through the growing, sharing and celebrating of food. With a background in newspapers (Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald), television (Channel Nine producer) and web media, Judy currently works as a postgraduate researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney. She is also completing her PhD in environmental communications and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the sustainability space.
How did an Australian Jewish woman end up advocating for a group of Vietnamese Catholic refugee families currently residing in a Muslim country like Indonesia?
Motivated by social justice values, Shira Sebban has tried to support about 30 Vietnamese asylum seekers, intercepted at sea by Australian authorities and forcibly returned to Vietnam, where several were incarcerated. Last year, three of these families, including 12 children, made a second attempt to reach Australia by boat, only to be rescued off the Java coast. Meanwhile, the other two families are struggling to survive in Vietnam. This is their story.
Shira Sebban is a volunteer refugee advocate and writer. A former journalist with the Australian Jewish News, she served for 14 years on the board of Emanuel School, including 3 terms as vice-president. Shira volunteers as a guide at the Sydney Jewish Museum, combining lessons learned notably from the Shoah with her passion for social justice. She recently had her first book published: “Unlocking the Past: Stories From My Mother’s Diary”, a collection of creative non-fiction short stories about Israel in the mid-1950s, based on her mother Naomi’s diary. You can read more of Shira’s writings at www.shirasebban.wordpress.com
Pictured below is Shira with the Vietnamese families in detention in Indonesia, along with some other Vietnamese supporters.
This is a free event.
Woollahra, NSW 2025