Peter Wertheim and Alex Ryvchin represented the ECAJ in presentations at the inaugural joint ECAJ and AUJS National Advocacy Summit. Both co-CEOs presented at the Summit in Sydney on 5th August, and Alex also presented at the Melbourne Summit on Sunday, 19th August.
The Summit aimed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to advocate on campus for Israel and more broadly.
“The day was outstanding and the participants were fantastic,” reflected Peter Wertheim.
Peter presented two sessions at the Sydney Summit — one about the demographic, political and religious profile of the Australian Jewish community and the major organisations within the community; and the second was a practical exercise during which students took part in simulating a meeting with a key Australian political figure.
Alex’s session focused on the principles of speech-making (including rhetoric, writing, editing, audience, and delivery), as well as analysing some of the greatest speeches in history. The students had an opportunity to craft and deliver their own Gettysburg addresses on a topic that relates to advocacy on campus.
“Advocating for our community at home and abroad is central to the work of the ECAJ and we have made training our students leaders in this area a key priority,” remarked Alex.
“We are delighted to see so many AUJS members willing to stand up and advocate on issues that affect us all as Jews.”