The wait is over.
Now is the time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution through a Voice.
Let’s get to work!
The Jewish Community has a long and proud history of working together with first Australians on their journey towards justice and reconciliation. And in 2023, we had an opportunity to recognise first Australians in our constitution, and give them a say on the issues that matter to their communities.
Stand Up believed that the Voice to Parliament was an important step forward for first Australians and all Australians. We believed it was a step forward towards justice and reconciliation. Because we remember our own story - it reminds us what it is to be voiceless.
That’s why Stand Up, in partnership with JCCV, launched Kol Halev (meaning “call of the heart”), and called on the Jewish Community to raise our voices and campaign for “Yes” alongside first Australians. Over a period of six months, we ran a large number of community based education and panel discussions, as well as a grass roots field campaign. We are proud of the community that joined us to support the modest and generous request that was the Voice to Parliament referendum, despite our disappointment of the result.
You can read the full Impact Report here.
We’ll have a lot more to say soon about how to continue to be involved in this. Make sure to click the button below, and sign up for updates from Kol Halev.
|Engaging educational events to hear and learn from first Australians and leading voices in the Australian community about the referendum
Education and training
|Upskilling the community in holding persuasive conversations within their individual or professional networks
|Engaging with schools, synagogues and communal organisations to run educational workshops and events in their organisations
|Volunteers engaging with the Jewish community via conversations
The Voice: Lunch and Learn
An online 'Ask Me Anything' event with Shireen Morris
Monday 9 October, 12:30 - 2pm
Join Dr. Shireen Morris as she answers all your last remaining questions on the Voice to Parliament referendum, as we head to the booths in just over a weeks time.
Calling all Jewish Youth MELBOURNE
A night of empowerment
Wednesday 4 October, 7:00pm
Join us in person for a night of engagement, education and empowerment as we learn from Nicole and Jacqui about the Voice to Parliament through their unique workshop called "Walking Together".
This workshop is a great opportunity to become more informed about our history and reconciliation in the lead up to the Voice to Parliament Referendum in October. In the Uluru Statement from the Heart, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have called for a Voice to Parliament and issued an invitation to all Australians to walk with them for a better future.
THE VOICE - ADELAIDE: A conversation to answer your questions
Monday 2 October, 7:30pm
Join Kol Halev, Multicultural Alliance for Yes, Beit Shalom, Welcoming Australia, Activate Church, Fair Go for SA, Australian Sikh Support, Hazara's for Yes and AUJS for an evening discussion about the Voice to Parliament. This is a unique opportunity to hear from experts such as Dr. Shireen Morris and Khatija Thomas on the proposed change to the constitution and have your questions, concerns and confusions answered and addressed in a safe and supportive environment.
Kol Halev Sydney volunteer information evening
Wednesday 13 September, 7:00pm, Woollahra
Find out how you can get further involved in campaigning activities to support the Voice to Parliament referendum. Hear from the campaign leads for Kol Halev and Yes23 and meet other volunteers who will be campaigning in your area!
NCJWA (Vic) x Kol Halev
Tuesday 12 September, 7:30pm
Come and discuss the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum, with a focus on understanding what the Voice to Parliament is through a female lens - by hearing from fabulous speakers, Shelley Ware (proud Yankunytjatjara, Kokatha and Wirangu woman from Tandanya/Adelaide who currently lives in Naarm/Melbourne and is a highly regarded AFL media presenter and MC) and Nicky Friedman (Chair of Together Yes, Deputy Chair of Victorian Women’s Trust and Head of Pro Bono at Allens).
Kol Halev Melbourne volunteer information evening
Sunday 10 September, 7:00pm, Elsternwick
Find out how you can get further involved in campaigning activities to support the Voice to Parliament referendum. Hear from the campaign leads for Kol Halev and Yes23
Kol Halev x Great Synagogue x Shalom College
An online education event to discuss both sides of the voice to parliament
Sunday 10 September, 7:00pm, online
Join us as we hear from diverse views on the Voice to Parliament. Guest speakers - Rabbi Justice Marcus Solomon (Rabbi and Judge of the Supreme Court WA), Marcus Stewart (Nira Illim bulluk man, immediate past Co-Chair of First Peoples' Assembly Victoria and YES representative) and Louise Clegg (Public and Employment lawyer, barrister and NO representative). With moderation by Rabbi Elton (The Great Synagogue) and Rabbi Wolff (Central Synagogue).
Watch the Zoom recording from the event here.
Kol Halev x KDS x PJV x JMA
Voice to Parliament - A community education event - with Noel Pearson, Mark Leibler AC and Prof Melissa Castan
Sunday 3 September, 7:30pm, KDS - Rebecca Magid Centre
Join us for an exciting community event to hear from experts, as they answer your questions on the upcoming Voice to Parliament referendum.
ACT Jewish Community x Kol Halev
The Uluru Statement from the Heart - everything you need to know
Thursday 31 August, 7:30pm, NJMC, 31 National Circuit, Forrest ACT
How the Uluru Statement came to be, proposed reforms, and Constitutional Change. A Q&A session will follow the presentation
JCCV x Kol Halev
Delivering the Voice - with Julian Leeser MP, Prof Marcia Langton and Josh Burns MP
Wednesday 23 August, 6:00 - 7:30pm, Beth Weizman Community Centre
Join us for an evening to support an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to Parliament. Hear from Politicians from Labour and Liberal about why they suppport the Voice, as well as the eminent Prof Marcia Langton. Limited places available!
A details-based conversation with Rev Glenn Loughrey
Sunday 13 August, 7:30pm - ONLINE
An information session with the Rev Glenn Loughrey, an Anglican Priest, a Wiradjuri man, an artist and a speaker on the details of the Voice. Details: Online Zoom Webinar on Sunday evening 13th August, 7.30 pm. Questions are encouraged and can be asked when registering for the event. Also some questions will be taken for Uncle Glenn from the Chat function as they come. Our interviewer will be Courtney Winter-Peters.
The Voice - what is your most important question?
Monday 14 August, 7:30pm - 9pm, Perth Hebrew Congregation, Menora WA
Panelists: Fred Chaney, Nolan Hunter, Sophie Coffin and Tyson McEwan
Will it make a practical difference? Do all First Nations people support it? Will it unite or divide us as a nation? Come and have your questions answered by leading minds.
Kol Halev launch event - Melbourne
3 July 2023
Keynote Speaker: Prof Marcia Langton AO
Panelists: Prof Marcia Langton AO, Jamil Tye and Todd Fernando
Kol Halev launch event - Sydney
20 July 2023
Keynote speaker: Thomas Mayo
Panelists: Thomas Mayo, Shireen Morris and Ruby Langton-Batty