A progressive voice among Jews and a Jewish voice among progressives
The Australian Jewish Democratic Society was established in 1984, and since then we have been an active and vibrant community group taking action on social and environmental justice!
We are always thinking of new ways to struggle, examining what liberation can look like, exploring ways of doing solidarity and deepening our celebration of community.
The AJDS functions through a core committee which is elected at our AGM to represent the voice of our membership. Any member is welcome to join the committee throughout the year. Please get in touch if you would like to join! We also actively network and engage with other groups, projects and actions alongside the activities of the committee. If you have an idea, or are involved in something you would like to work with us on, please get in touch.
Over the years AJDS has fostered:
- A pluralistic Jewish community, by encouraging contributions from a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives
- A Judaism that grants equality of expression and participation to all streams of Jewish thought.
- The traditional Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam: “Heal, repair, and transform the world”
- A specificially Jewish approach to the issues of Peace and Social Justice.
- Recognition of the rights of Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace in their own lands
- Jewish concerns with the continuing struggle against all expressions of racism
- The interrelationship of our Jewish community with broader society
AJDS Oral History Project
The Oral History Project, developed in celebration of the AJDS 30 year anniversary, focuses not just on the ins and outs of the history and politics of the AJDS but also on the personal stories of the interview subjects. We’re interested in how people became part of the AJDS and what impact their involvement with the AJDS has had on their lives. We want to explore the historical context of people’s lives and what forces, events, political and social groupings led people to the AJDS. Through looking at the written record – letters, editorials, statements, and newsletters – one can get a fair idea of the politics of the AJDS and its public positions on a range of issues throughout the past thirty years. But the oral history project aims to uncover something that can only be barely glimpsed in the written record. That is the personal stories, the characters, the personalities and the importance of the organisation itself in the lives of AJDS members. Part of what we’re hoping to capture is the humour, the enjoyment of political involvement and the challenging of boundaries of Jewishness and identity.