Author: Philip Feinstein

Refugee Alternatives Conference at UNSW

The University of New South Wales hosted the inaugural Refugee Alternatives Conference on 22 – 23 February 2017. The Refugee Council of NSW presented this 2-day event that focussed on improving policy, practice and support for refugees and asylum seeker issues. Attended by over 800 people from all points of Australia, the event featured a variety of expert speakers covering topics such as advocacy, resilience, unity, protection, displacement and general wellbeing. Following the Welcome to Country and Opening Session, Paul Power, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia, officially opened the proceedings. “Today is very special as we welcome...

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Sydney Hyde Park rally for refugees

With Trump’s new ban on Muslims, the rally in support of refugees on Sunday 5 February in Sydney had extra significance. Hyde Park became the focal point where even the weather stayed dry and inviting.  There were many speakers who got the crowd chanting appropriately: Rita Mallia, State President CFMEU NSW voiced her feelings of where society was going and where they should be headed. Dulce Munoz, a Mexican migrant representing Mums for Refugees, made clear points about the Trump situation and how we as a nation need to voice our disapproval. Then it was Ian Rintoul’s turn. Being...

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Will you marry me? Interfaith marriage Part 2

Click here to read part 1 Last month in Part 1 of this intriguing topic, I had the pleasure of interviewing three very distinguished and respected leaders of their own faiths: Imam Farhan Khalil from Mount Druitt; Reverend Bill Crews from Ashfield; and Rabbi Zalman Kastel from St Ives. We now continue with their important views… Given that we put pressure on marriage to be fabulously great and at an all-time high, parents want the most for their children and would be appreciative of being asked for advice. Reverend Crews said that they found that most marriages between Christian...

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Will you marry me? Interfaith marriage

Picture this: A young man of Arab decent, Ibrahim, is in love. His beloved, Sarah, is of Jewish or Christian decent. They can see a great future for themselves and are now considering marriage. Will love conquer all? Will their love help to stave off any difficulties that they may face? They certainly believe that their love is strong enough to handle any situation. But coming from very different backgrounds, there are numerous questions and issues that lie ahead. The real tests will face them soon. I had the pleasure of interviewing three very distinguished and respected leaders of...

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Marching together for refugees: Jews, Muslims and Christians

Although the weather was getting from bad to worse, this did not stop the electrifying atmosphere at the recent Palm Sunday march in Sydney. In fact, it proved how Jews, Muslims and Christians can see eye-to-eye when it comes to helping people.  The day commenced at Belmore Park with the Solidarity Choir, followed by the inspiring MC Dr David Isaacs of Westmead Children’s Hospital, who described the atrocious conditions for children at Nauru which he had witnessed first hand. And his words were echoed by Joel Shakespeare of ‘Save the Children’ who worked on Nauru for 9 months. Shokufa...

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