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.

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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.


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