Jewish and Liberal Party values were celebrated at a NSW Young Liberals Shabbat Dinner which the Board of Deputies hosted at the Great Synagogue. Seventy Young Liberal leaders attended the Friday night service, followed by a tour led by Great Synagogue President Justice Stephen Rothman AM.
At dinner, Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff delivered a brief address, drawing a connection between Jewish values, Liberal values and responsible political leadership.
The highlight of the evening was guest speaker Yaron Finkelstein, CEO of CrosbyITextor Australasia and Board of Deputies Vice-President, who provided meaningful insights into polling, campaigning and political messaging.
Journalists are often too focused on polls, crisis and process, he said, while voters would like to hear about issues that actually affect their lives. The electorate is far more likely to listen to politicians when they have something to say about the issues that matter to people, Finkelstein added. “Polling day is when it boils down to. A choice and a good campaign define and sharpen the choice offered to voters,” he stressed.
During his closing remarks, NSW Young Liberal President James Wallace reiterated Young Liberal support for the Jewish community and Israel and praised the Board of Deputies for bringing together so many Young Liberals for a collegial and enjoyable evening.