Bar Mitzvah Program update: Last week the boys met Josh Burns – Labor for Macnamara, a former UJEB student, Senior Adviser to Premier Daniel Andrews and now candidate for the Federal electorate of Macnamara. The group asked some incredibly mature and sophisticated questions throughout the session including the role of young people in environmental issues, and feeling safe in school.
Last week the UJEB 2019 Bat Mitzvah girls ventured out to the Dandenong market as part of their ‘Stand Up’ term. There they discovered a vibrant and multicultural corner of Melbourne. They took part in a fun and interactive treasure hunt, interviewed stall-holders and bought fruits and vegetables they had never tried before.
They also met Fawzia – a Sudanese refugee from Darfur, who is now a hard-working resident of Melbourne. The girls listened to the challenges Fawzia faced when leaving her home and integrating into a new country. She also told them about her favourite things in Australia, and the main cultural differences between Australia and Sudan.
The girls learnt a lot about the diverse immigrant communities who have settled in Melbourne and infused our city with a range of cultural flavours.