[Presidents of Brisbane's two major non-Orthodox communities Matthew Goldman and Hila Jacobi sign a memorandum of understanding leading to the merger between the two congregations.]
After nearly 10 years of separation, Brisbane’s two major non-Orthodox communities have reunited, with Beit Knesset Shalom (BKS) and Brisbane Progressive Jewish Congregation entering a merger agreement.
The new congregation will be known as Beit Or v’Shalom, and will be based at the location of the original Progressive shule (Temple Shalom) in Koolatah Street, Carina (previously Camp Hill).
Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies president Jason Steinberg said he was elated at the news.
“The efforts shown by the two congregations and their leadership to merge is a great outcome for our relatively small Jewish community in Brisbane. The new merged Progressive congregation demonstrates the importance of having a harmonious community with shared values.”
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