Building on the document David Michelson prepared for the Caulfield Police Station when he was a policeman, JEMP has developed a 20 Question booklet designed for ESOs and others covering ‘basic’ Jewish questions such as:
- What is a Jew?
- How many Jews are there in Australia?
- Why do Jews tend to live in the same area?
- Why do Jews feature so prominently and seem so forthright?
- Are all Jews wealthy?
- Do Jews face the same social challenges as the rest of society?
- What can’t Jews do on the Sabbath and Festivals?
- If Jews cannot drive on Saturdays and Holydays, why is there never any parking near the Synagogue on those days?
- Are there any religious Jewish laws that go against civil laws?
- Is there a Jewish Christmas?
- Why can’t Jews eat pork?
- I know that Israel is a Jewish country, but what does that mean for the Jews in Australia?
- How do Jews relate to other ethnic communities like Arabs and Germans?
- What is the Holocaust?
- Do all Jews wear black heavy clothes?
- Why can’t Jews have autopsies?
- What does a synagogue look like inside?
- Is there anti-semitism in Australia?
- Why do a lot of Jewish communal buildings have such high security?
- What should the ESOs specifically know about the Jewish community?
The booklet also has appendices outlining the mission, purpose and work of the Jewish Community Security Group (CSG), Hatzolah and JEMP.
Thanks to the generosity of a grant received from the City of Glen Eira, JEMP was able to afford to undertake an extensive revision and reprint of the booklet which was then distributed to all members of the ESO Committee as well as to Melbourne’s hospitals and to Australia’s more ‘remote’ Jewish communities in Perth, Adelaide, Tasmania and Queensland.
Hard or soft copies of the booklet are available from JEMP – please contact JEMP’s Executive Administrator to arrange this.