Small Changes, Big Differences

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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. 

World in our hands

Keynote speakers include:

Judy Friedlander

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.

Shira Sebban

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

Pictured below is Shira with the Vietnamese families in detention in Indonesia, along with some other Vietnamese supporters.

Shira Sebban with refugees

Other Speakers are:

Nick Newton                                                        Helping a community in Myanmar

Peter Keeda                                                         Breakfast Mitzvah

Tashi Keeda                                                         Ashanti Bellingen Style

Tony  Faust                                                          Blood donor

Jeffrey Mymin                                                     AIDS orphan home in Natal

Simone Rappaport and Elia Gil -Munoz          CAMPS international and

Sheli Wallach                                                       Concert for Wheelchair
Daphna Levin-Kahn                                            ‘Be the Change’ Emanuel School
Year 9 Jewish Studies                                      Elective with Chifley Public School

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October 21st, 2018 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street
Woollahra, NSW 2025

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Phone: (02) 9389 6444

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