IOV | FESTIVAL | In One Voice | 19 March 2017 | 11am - 5pm

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It’s NOT just about the bagels and cheesecake at this year’s Jewish Cultural Street Festival.

The annual In One Voice festival will include an impressive concert line up, an art exhibition, craft stalls, community stalls, a bagel-eating competition, a cheesecake bake-off, cooking demonstrations and a traditional egg and spoon race.

Ms Weizman said the concert would showcase an “amazing array of talent within the Jewish community”, including the Bashevis Singers (featuring Husky Gawenda) singing Yiddish tunes.
“We’ll also be hearing from Jewku’ladies, a group of women who have taken up the ukulele under the guidance of Karen Feldman, and many, many choirs — some from schools (Sholem Aleichem College, The King David School, Bialik College, and Mt Scopus MC) and others from the community,” she said.
Expect a day of sensory overload as you walk through the sounds, taste and experiences of everything that’s Jewish in Melbourne. Although In One Voice is a great celebration of Jewish culture, open to everyone to attend.

Where: Selwyn and Sinclair Streets, Elsternwick

In One Voice

In One Voice is part of Cultural Diversity Week (March 12-20).

CCJV | A shared reading of Isaiah 52.13-53.12 | Sunday 19 March 2017 | 3–6pm

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Join this discussion of Isaiah 52.13-53.12, a passage traditionally read in churches on Good Friday and interpreted by many Christians as referring to the coming Messiah.

About the speakers:
  • Dr Mark Brett is Professor of Hebrew Bible at Whitley College, within the Melbourne College of Divinity. He is author of Biblical Criticism in Crisis? (Cambridge 1991) and Genesis: Procreation and the Politics of Identity (Routledge 2000), and editor of Ethnicity and the Bible (Brill 1996/2002). His most recent scholarly articles have focused on the indigenous origins of Israel and postcolonial biblical studies. He is a deacon at the Collins Street Baptist Church.
  • Rabbi Allison Conyer is Senior Rabbi at Etz Hayim Progressive Synagogue in Bentleigh, with experience in Jewish education, community outreach, counselling, fundraising, outreach to the youth, young adults and young families. She is passionate about scuba diving, acting, bush walking and camping, as well as social justice, Israel, interfaith dialogue and Jewish growth.
Where: St Dominic's Primary School, 145 Highfield Road, Camberwell, Victoria

Cost: $10 including Kosher afternoon tea

Bookings: If possible please advise attendance by contacting the CCJ office | 326 Church Street, Richmond 3121 | (03) 9429 5212 |

The Council of Christians and Jews (Vic)
326 Church Street, Richmond 3121
Tel: (03) 9429 5212

JCCV & ICV | COMEDY DEBATE | North of the City is Better than South of the City | 20 March 2017 | 7-8.45pm

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A Jewish – Muslim Comedy Debate featuring Father Bob as Moderator, comedy stalwart Steve “Bedders” Bedwell, TV celebrity Mo Elleissy, young comedian Michael Shafar, Creative Director of the Jewish Comedy Festival Justine Sless, Louise Baring and Rana Hussain.

The JCCV and ICV are delighted to host the 2017 Jewish Muslim Comedy Debate.

Funds raised on the evening will go to the Bourke Street Fund – the Government organised charity for victims of the Bourke Street tragedy. Signed sports memorabilia items from the AFL and Cricket Australia will be auctioned on the evening thanks to Gary Peer.

Where: Swanston Hall of Melbourne Town Hall

Bookings: online through EventBrite.

Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) and

The evening is hosted by the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV), and proudly supported by the State Government of Victoria and the City of Melbourne.

PPLS | PERFORMANCE | Indian Music | Wednesday 22 March 2017 | 6.30-7.30pm

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Join Indian bansuri player Vinod Prasanna and tabla player Jay Dabgar as they perform traditional and contemporary Indian music.

Born in Varanasi, India, the award-winning flute virtuoso Vinod Prasanna shines as an outstanding performer of authentic traditional and contemporary Indian music and heir to the musical treasure of his ancestors. Having practised his flute for 17 years, Vinod commands the stage with grace and skill.

Jay Dabgar performs both as a soloist and an accompanist having procured systematic training in Indian classical percussion since the age of 4. He plays different styles of music, Indian classical, fusion and sufi. Dabgar has performed extensively in India and Australia with renowned artists.

Where: St Kilda Library

Bookings: Please book online through Eventbrite
Event booked out? Put your name down to be notified if a space becomes available. Just select ‘Add to Waitlist’ on the Eventbrite listing page. You’ll need to do this for each person you want to add to the list.
Need to cancel? Please let us know if you can no longer make your booking. We get a lot of people on the waitlist who might miss out if you can’t come.

Port Phillip Library Service
Tel: 9209 6655

This is a Cultural Diversity Week Event.

GOVV | APPLICATIONS OPEN | Trust for Nature Board | CLOSE midnight Sunday 26 March 2017

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Trust for Nature works with communities and private landholders in Victoria to permanently protect and enhance the diversity of our natural flora and fauna. 

The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change is seeking expressions of interest for six positions, on the Trust for Nature Board. Terms will commence late August 2017. The Board and the Committees of the Board, each have four scheduled meetings per year in the Melbourne office.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest or expertise in one or more of the following areas: environment and conservation, strategic planning, business and financial management, fundraising and philanthropy, law, indigenous and cultural heritage and agribusiness.

To better represent the diversity of our communities: Women, Indigenous Australians, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and LGBTIQA+ people are encouraged to apply.

Apply online via Get on Board website.

Find further information about recruitment process, including position descriptions outlining key selection criteria.

Victoria State Government
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Ms Shani Packiyanathan
Tel: (03) 9637 9941
General: 136 186

GSANZ | APPEAL | Want to create a better world for women and girls?

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Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is working to create an emotionally, economically and physically safe world for women and girls.

Providing programs and services that build safety and resilience. Increasing access to education opportunities. Improving economic and financial security.

There are many way to show support: from a simple donation to a workplace fundraiser, joining the Run Melbourne team or hosting a a fundraiser at home.

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand
Tel 1800 791 731
Facebook goodshepherdausnz
Twitter @GoodShepANZ

VESAKVIC | DINNER | Vesak Multi-Cultural Friendship | Saturday 22 April 2017 | Arrive 6pm for 6.30pm

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Be a part of the joyful and social Friendship Dinner celebration

  • Be treated to delicious Vegetarian cuisine from the community of Quang Minh Temple
  • Enjoy live entertainment from Buddhist Centres and Friends
  • Together raise funds for the 10th UN Day of Vesak Celebration in Melbourne. A Multi-cultural celebration of the Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Passing.
Where: Quang Minh Temple, Community Hall, 18 Burke Street, Braybrook Victoria

Cost: All welcome. $30 per ticket. Limited tickets available at the door. Tables can be booked/purchased in advance. Email today to book your table. Raises funds towards 10th Victorian Observance of UN Day of Vesak Saturday 27 May 2017.

Please check website for updated information.

Victorian United Nations Day of Vesak Inc (VESAK Vic)

A collaboration between diverse Buddhist communities of Victoria.

BBADC | PROGRAM | Multifaith Future Leaders 2017 | Monday 5 June 2017 | 8.30am-7pm

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Participants begin with a one day leadership training workshop and commit to ongoing contacts with future leaders from other communities. 

They join in leadership training activities and discussions with other people from different faith backgrounds. Applicants will be chosen on what they can contribute to the program, their commitment to interfaith understanding and their demonstrated potential as future leaders.

An event bringing together young adults from various faith groups to:
  • Build leadership skills in young people who are identified as future leaders of their faith communities
  • Provide them with knowledge and positive experiences about people of other faiths
  • Build networks and make positive connections
  • Applicants should be aged between 18-30ish
How do you know if the Multifaith Future Leaders Program is for you?
  • Are you a member of a faith community — Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Baha’i, Aboriginal or Atheist?
  • Are you a dynamic young person, approximately 19 to 30 years and see yourself as a future leader of your community?
  • Are you keen to learn leadership skills that will help you become a better leader?
If so, you may be eligible to join the Multifaith Future Leaders Program.

Where: Hawthorn Road Caulfield South 3162 VIC

Registrations: To register your, interest online.

Cost: Free. There is no cost to the participant – lunch and dinner is included.

B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC)
Edna Lipson | Development and Project Manager
Tel: (03) 9272 5677

The Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) is a harm prevention charity, dedicated to promoting tolerance, justice and multiculturalism. 

MIN | Harmony Day Concert | Saturday 25 March 2017 | 3-4.30pm

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A concert with dance, music and other activities from a variety of faiths in the Maroondah and Knox areas. 

Those who attend will be invited to participate in meditation, trivial pursuit, dance and musical performances from school and religious communities, amongst other activiites. It will be a fun afternoon for people of all ages.

Where: Janssen Spirituality Centre, 22 Woodvale Road Boronia

Cost: The event is free, but all participants need to book online through Eventbrite.

The Maroondah Interfaith Network

BIC | EXPLORATION | Spirituality by the Lake | Sunday 5 March 2017 | 1-4pm

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An Interfaith Experience of Seeking Peace in Troubled Times

Readings from different faith traditions on the theme of "peace" will lead participants into an exploration of how we might find peace in troubled times

Facilitators will include Jenny Greblo  (guided meditation), music therapist Astrid Notarangelo and artist Jenny Feiss.

There will be an opportunity to walk a labyrinth, a walking meditation which quietens the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body.

Experience music, art, readings and reflection.

Activities will suit all ages. All are welcome.

Where: The Boathouse, Bendigo Rowing Club, Lake Weeroona Boathouse, 34-36 Weeroona Avenue Bendigo VIC 3550

Cost: Free entry - no booking required.

The Bendigo InterFaith Council and Daybreak Centre of Spirituality
Daybreak: Jenny on (03) 5441 1814
Bendigo InterFaith Council: Judy (03) 5443 5909 and Frank 0427 315 633

BMIN | PANEL DISCUSSION | 2017 International Women’s Day - Be Bold For Change | Wednesday 8 March 2017 | 6-8pm

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Join in celebration and promotion of women’s leadership in faith communities in Brimbank and Maribyrnong. 

Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network, in partnership with commUnity Plus, invites you to join a panel of women of faith who are inspired to work towards more gender-balanced leadership in faith communities.

Panel of speakers will include:
  • Federal Member for Calwell Maria Vamvakinou MP
  • Brimbank Council Deputy Mayor Cr Georgina Papafotiou
  • InterAction Director Ms Nivy Balachandran
  • Transformative community leader Ms Nayran Tabiei
Where: commUnity Plus Neighbourhood House, 822 Ballarat Road, Deer Park

Bookings: Places are limited. RSVP by Tuesday 2 March 2017.

Brimbank Maribyrnong Interfaith Network
Contact Petr Svoboda at Maribyrnong City Council

LEADAA and Beyond Story | STORY TALK | Cultural Perceptions on Aging: Storytelling + Panel discussion | 09 March 2017 | Arrive 5.15pm for 5.30pm-7.30pm

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Aging is a dirty word for many people, but in some cultures it can attract respect due to the wisdom of older people.

So how does culture inform the perception of aging? Are there cultural practices that "keep us young"?

Prepare for a thought provoking night that challenges your own perception on aging.

An evening of stories and panel discussion from four beautiful people from four very different cultures – Chinese, South African, Italian and Nepalese to explore the topic of aging.

Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton Vic 3053

Cost: $10 + booking fee. Free for NFP organisations

Inclusions: upon request, child care is available at event - Please make sure you notify us if you require it. Enjoy some drinks and nibbles.

Bookings: Online through Eventbrite

LEADAA and Beyond Story
Instagram: @beyond.story

LEADAA stands for leadership, education, advancement and development for Asian Australians. A not for profit organisation with aim to expand leadership opportunities for Asian-Australians through dialogues, discussions and engagements.  We also initiate events and dialogues about cultural diversity to provoke new thinking and insights on what it means and how it is expressed in Australia.

Beyond Story is a business with a social purpose – an employer and supporter of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. We are dedicated towards promoting social harmony and creating transformative cultural experiences that connects people, deeply and authentically, no matter where you come from.
Beyond Story run creative workshops as a platform to bring people from all cultures together through experiencing cultural arts.  Beyond Story workshops allow you to witness the cultural arts form, hear the stories behind the arts and make the arts together.  We believe focusing on our differences is easy and divisive, leveraging what we have in common is harder, but will effect positive change for all.

This event is supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

VMC | GRANTS | Festivals and Events grants | 2017-2018 | NOW OPEN

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A new round of multicultural festivals and events grants is now open to support organisers of community events that celebrate Victoria’s rich diversity.

The Victorian Government has announced more than $2 million in funding available under the new Multicultural Festivals and Events Program for events that will be held during the 2017-2018 financial year.

Organisations can apply for small grants capped at $10,000 and large grants of up to $100,000, while schools can apply for funding of up to $2,000 to support cultural diversity celebrations for students.

Successful bids will showcase Victoria’s multicultural traditions through food, music and culture, demonstrate the impact of events for the community and engage the wider public in diversity celebrations.

“As part of Victorian. And proud of it. this year, community groups will be required to open up festivals and events to the broader public to share in the cultural traditions that make Victoria the best place on earth,” said Minister Scott.

Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) 
Level 3, 3 Treasury Place, East Melbourne Vic 3002
Postal: GPO Box 4698, Melbourne Vic 3001
Tel: 03 9651 0651. For all grant related enquires please call 1300 366 356.

The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) plays a key role on an independent panel for the government’s community grants programs, which uses a comprehensive merit system to assess applications.

BMIN | BUS TOUR | Places of Worship Bus Tour March 2017 | Saturday 12 March 2017 | 11.20am-2.30pm

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All aboard this bus for Yen Ming Tang Buddhist Meditation Centre and St George Serbian Orthodox Church.

Bus Pick-up points: 
Footscray: 11.20am at Footscray Town Hall, 61 Napier St, Footscray
Sunshine:  11.45am at Visy Cares Hub, 80b Harvester Road, Sunshine

Drop off at same locations:
Sunshine at 2.15pm and at Footscray at 2.30pm

This time we will visit the Yen Ming Tang Buddhist Meditation Centre in Albion to witness Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Birthday and enjoy lunch at the centre.  Avalokitesvara is one of the most important bodhisattvas in Mahāyāna Buddhism. The name Avalokitesvara means "the Lord who looks on the World". He is the supremely compassionate helper, and responds instantly to all who ‘with all their mind call on his name’, and is often depicted with a thousand arms and a thousand eyes for that purpose.

After lunch we will visit the St George Serbian Orthodox Church in St Albans.  Currently there are 41 Serbian Orthodox parishes in Australia and New Zealand, with two monasteries and one skete.

Places limited. Register online.

The Brimbank and Maribyrnong Interfaith Network
Maribyrnong City Council
Petr Svoboda
Tel: 0422 102 053

PULSE | FUNDRAISING CONCERT | Beating Hearts | Sunday 12 March | 2-4.30pm

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A fundraiser for BRIGIDINE ASYLUM SEEKER PROJECT (Housing and social support) and ASYLUM SEEKER PILOT PATHWAYS PROJECT (YouthPlus Education access support)

Guest speaker Julian Burnside QC

The Pulse have been singing together for 9 years. A group of friends who love singing and love being together. Sally, who leads the group, is currently the main arranger and song writer. We sing basically what ever we love.

Where: St Silas' Church, 99 Bridport Street, Albert Park

Cost: $25 waged $10 unwaged/concession
Cash donations over $2 tax deductible

Inclusions: Afternoon tea included

The Pulse
Sal Morgan