Ramadan 2021 (Australia) is expected to begin on Tuesday, April 12, 2021 (according to ANIC) and will end on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Eid al Fitr 2021 is expected to be celebrated on Thursday, May 13, 2021. This is the tentative date as the actual date of commencement of Ramadan 2021 is subject to the sighting of the Moon.
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Passover or Pesach פסח, as it is called in Hebrew, is the festival that reminds us of when the Jewish people were slaves in Egypt about 3,500 years ago and how God freed them from the evil Egyptian king Pharaoh.
The Pesach story is written in the Torah, in Exodus, Chapters 1-15 and is one of the most important stories in Jewish history.
Pesach starts on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nissan, at the full moon. It lasts for eight days (seven in Israel). The four days in the middle are called Chol Hamo’ed (weekdays of the festival). In the English calendar, Pesach will be during April or (sometimes) in late March. As the Jewish calendar is lunar, the English dates of Pesach will change from year to year even though the dates in the Jewish calendar remain the same.
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Covid-19 has prevented many religious communities from coming together.
This year, the Union for Reform Judaism has collaborated with Reform leaders from North America and the UK along with our partners at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and the American Conference of Cantors to provide a set of videos to accompany the Passover observances. Each video is 2-6 minutes long and contains blessings, songs, and insights that perfectly supplement any seder.
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Teen Yoga is fastly becoming a vital part of a child’s development with over 1.7 million children and teens practicing yoga. Many schools have given it a priority as they have found yoga and meditation play an important part in a child’s development including mental health benefits.
Teaching Yoga to Teens requires specific training which The Teen Yoga Foundation have developed. The foundation has been running for over 17 years teaching teen wellbeing and yoga courses. The course is ideal for Yoga Professionals, School Teachers, Parents and anyone wanting to bring Yoga to our young.
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Many religious traditions believe marriage is a gift from God and family life a blessing. Raising a family is a sacred duty to Jewish people, a way to express loyalty to Judaism. Here we present six videos unfolding Jewish Values in Family Life.
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There are more than 25 million Sikhs around the world, which makes Sikhi (also known as Sikhism) the fifth-largest major world religion. Yet the Sikh tradition remains largely unknown in many nations and is often absent from the K-12 education system. Where it has been present,Sikhi has often been represented inaccurately.
These problems have contributed to the serious challenges that many Sikh students and Sikhs at large experience today, including bullying and harassment, negative stereotypes, discriminatory policies, vandalism and violent hate crimes.
These educational guides aims to help facilitate learning about Sikhs and Sikhi in K-12 classrooms, provide educators with information about issues faced by Sikh children in schools, and give basic reference information about the Sikh tradition.
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About 500 years ago, a boy named Nanak was born in the Punjab region of South Asia. The town of his birth, Talvandi, which has since been renamed Nankana Sahib, falls within modern-day Pakistan. The predominant religions in Punjab at that time were Islam and Hinduism, and Nanak’s parents were Hindu by background. However, young Nanak was disenchanted by the social inequalities and religious practices he observed in the world around him and decided to establish a new religious tradition, which would come to be known in the Punjabi language as Sikhi (and later, in English, as Sikhism).
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Special Religious Education is a voluntary program in State Schools in New South Wales. Special Religious Education (or Scripture as it is better known) complements the general education of Greek Orthodox children. Scripture classes focus on an Orthodox way of life and identity.
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Sydney Anglicans use Christian Education Publications as their publisher of religious education curriculum designed for use in Australian and New Zealand Anglican schools. With material for children aged in Kindergarten through to year 12, it is a Bible-based curriculum which seeks to engage students and encourage them to discover for themselves the truths of the Christian faith and make good life choices.
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The Buddhist Council of NSW offers Learn at Home materials for Parents – in addition to Special Religious Education materials offered by their volunteer teachers.
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