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Jewish group in first visit

Thursday, 3rd October, 2013

CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Vic Alhadeff will visit the city next month. CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Vic Alhadeff will visit the city next month.

By Emily Roberts

In a first, the CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies will be in the city next month to bridge the gap in rural areas.

CEO Vic Alhadeff represents the Jewish community of New South Wales. He will be in Broken Hill on Monday November 25 and Tuesday November 26.

"I will be there on a bridge-building visit on behalf of the Jewish community, and will be meeting with civic and faith leaders and speaking to students," Mr Alhadeff said.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is the roof-body of the Jewish community of New South Wales.

It represents the NSW Jewish community to the media, the State Government and other cultural and faith organisations.

"We do annual bridge building tours within regional NSW," Mr Alhadeff said.

"In previous years, we have travelled to Forbes, Parkes, Wagga Wagga but never to Broken Hill.

"The mandate of the organisation is to promote social harmony and social inclusion through a prism of Jewish experience.

"We devote a lot of our energies into building bridges during our visits."

Mr Alhadeff said the tours were always met with overwhelming interest and warmth.

"We always get a very positive reception," he said.

"Jewish people have been part of the history of Broken Hill since its settlement.

"During its peak, the Jewish community reached 250 in Broken Hill. That was in the 1930s.

"Sadly, there are no Jewish residents in Broken Hill."

While in Broken Hill, Mr Alhadeff is also hoping to meet with schools.

"We will offer to do presentations on topics that are part of the syllabus," he said.

"We can cover Judaism, the Holocaust and the Middle East - if these are things being studied.

"We will also work hard to speak out against racism."

Mr Alhadeff said the tour isn't about pushing a faith onto someone.

"It's about respecting differences and respecting diversity while engaging with people of all faiths and races in a respectful dialogue," he said.

"Often we walk away having made friends and having built important relationships."

For more information at www.nswjbd.org.

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