After a short business meeting, the special guest speaker will be Margot Salom, who will talk about her journey tracing her Jewish ancestry back to 15th Spain. Margot will also provide some insight into her ancestor, Emanuel Solomon, who gave refuge to Mary McKillop, the Adelaide founder of the Australian Sisters of St Joseph, when Mary was temporarily excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church. All members, contacts and other interested women welcome.
Margot Salom reflects on BWCP’s Eid al-Fitr celebration 2010.
Margot Salom writes: “The celebration of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday 12th September, at the Griffith University Multi-Faith Centre was once again the gentle, pleasureable gathering that I remembered from the last few years. Despite a technology glitch which meant no scheduled powerpoint presentation of Ramadhan and Eid around the world, Nora presented the information with her usual eloquence and charming manner. The sounds of Sufi music were a fitting background to the words from Nora and the other speakers.
Best of all for me was the wonderful fellowship shared with the other attendees of many different faiths at the feast that followed. I had been faced with an injured foot and had wondered whether I could/should attend this celebration as I had in previous years. I had decided against going on the previous day to the annual Eidfest at Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. But for this event at the Multi-Faith Centre I was spurred on by two strong motivations: firstly was the need to be present to give my support as a Jew, to this important Muslim celebration; secondly I have been angered and saddened at the ghastly anti-Muslim happenings in the USA at Ground Zero and all of the associated responses surrounding that. Fortunately I did not have to crawl on my hands and knees as I had threatened to do to get to this gathering!! – the loan of a walking stick sufficed and I experienced once again the joy of being with many old friends, Muslim and those of other faiths. ‘This is how it should be,’ I thought to myself.”