‘Sharing leads to understanding’ is the principle that underpins the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ flagship schools harmony program – Respect, Understanding, Acceptance (RUA). Now in its 12th year, RUA has brought together thousands of Jewish, Muslim and Christian high school students from public and private schools to share stories about their backgrounds and what it’s like to be a teenager growing up in Sydney.
“The students enjoy sharing information and anecdotes about their own traditions” says Board of Deputies Education Manager Suzanne Green. “Yet, it’s lovely to see that the commonalities are always more abundant than the differences. We are proud that this program is making a positive impact on tomorrow’s leaders, which will ideally result in a more harmonious community in NSW”.
Last week 80 students from Moriah College, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (SHORE) and Stella Maris College joined at the Sydney Jewish Museum for a series of RUA activities and presentations. This gathering was particularly significant as it included observers from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies ‘We Are All Sydney’ community leadership program.
Guest speakers were: Rabbi Ben Elton speaking about Judaism, Elif Nur-Tor, from ISRA speaking about Islam and Doug Broadbent from SHORE speaking about Anglican Christianity.