Religion Assignment

1.0 Introduction

The purpose of this assignment gives information on the history of Judaism in Australia and Brisbane, and the extended services of Judaism in Brisbane. And a case study of the Jewish Sinai College. The resources gathered in this report were gathered from various locations, including books, internet, articles and interviews.

2.0 Background

The Jewish Background of Australia is extensive to the very first convicts that arrived. Australia original Jews arrived with the first fleet in January 1788, they’re eight of them all together. Those eight convicts were followed by 800 more over the history of transportation. The first Jewish society set up in Australia was the Chevra Kadisha a burial society formed in Sydney town 1817. The first service was held in a private home in Sydney during 1828 leading to the leading to the formation of congregation two years later. The first permanent synagogue opened in Australia, York Street, Sydney in 1844. Judaism had started to spread across the country by now and had reached Melbourne in 1844, Hobart in 1842 and Launceston in 1844. The population of Jewish Australia grew largely before World War II, thousands of Jews arrived in Australia to escape persecution from the fascist Germans. Today there 75000 Australian followers of Judaism and they’re all supportive of the motherland Israel also contributing considerable financial support to migrants and refugees.[ Religion Australia a multicultural nation Ann Kelly p 30-31]

3.0 Case Study

The Sinai College is a co-educational Jewish day school enrolling students from kindergarten to yr 7. The school is open to all students who embrace the principals of secular and non-secular (Jewish) education. Sinai College teaches within a caring supportive environment. Students are encouraged to develop as a person and respect and tolerance for understanding other cultures. More importantly the curriculum of the college has been specifically designed to incorporate the best of both worlds. It follows the Queensland Department of education P10 Curriculum frameworks, from English, S.O.S.E and P.E. More importantly it has incorporated traditional secular key learning components and an interwoven Jewish Studies program including Hebrew language.

Sinai college was established in 1990, as a community plan aimed at developing a comprehensive secular and Jewish education for children of South east Region of Queensland. The site of the school was established in the grounds of the Jewish Communal center and purpose built buildings were established to cater for the ever growing demands on the school and its resources. The site is situated on 12 acre site, located within 20 minutes of CBD the school continues to grow with the dispersed Jewish population.

A central aim of Sinai College is for all Jewish pupils to develop a sense of pride and honor in their Jewish identity and love of their traditions and culture. At the same time the school tries to provide non-Jewish pupils with an in-depth and first hand knowledge of the Jewish race, Jewish studies are taught as part of the curriculum. The program offered to the pupils is aimed at providing a thorough knowledge and understanding of Judaism, culture and heritage. The pupils study the meaning and significance of various prays. The Jewish festivals, the symbol and rituals accompanying each festival, and the symbol and rituals of day to day life Jewish life are studied. Through the Jewish study program, students are provided with knowledge of Hebrew. They are taught Hebrew as a spoken language, and to read and write Hebrew.

4.0 Conclusion

The findings of this report show that the Jewish community of Brisbane has set up a fully developed and capable school for the young to benefit in its educational environment. It has goals and is set in the write direction for the future and has proved it self by fully completing the aims and goals by achieving the desired affect on its pupils. The organization is best run by the church/community instead of the government for many obvious reasons. Firstly the country being mostly Christian and 2nd not being able to handle a true Jewish educational environment.