Intercultural Film Festival

Hosted by Monash Interfaith Gathering & Jewish Christian Muslim Association

My so called enemy film.

 WHEN: Sunday May 30th arrive 12.35 for 1.00–5.00 pm

 WHERE: Clayton Community Centre Theatre, 9-15 Cooke, St Clayton

 COST: $20    You need to prebook to ensure COVID safe numbers, thanks.

 BOOKINGS: Eventbrite: or

Enquiries: Secretary Heather Safstrom 0423 211 335


1:00 pm “MY SO CALLED ENEMY” 1 hour 20 mins

Spanning seven years, the award-winning “My so called Enemy” follows six Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls who participates in a cross-cultural leadership program.  The film documents how the transformative experience of knowing their “enemies” as human beings meets with the realities of their lives back home in the Middle East.  Through the coming-of-age narratives, audiences see how creating relationships across emotional, ideological, religious and physical borders are first steps towards resolving conflict.


2.20-2.45pm BREAK


2.55 pm “ALI’S WEDDING” 1 hour 45 mins

Ali’s Wedding is an affectionate and entertaining story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia. Depicting the lives of a Muslim family in Melbourne with authenticity and warmth, Ali’s family share the same dilemmas as every family: parents who want the best for their children and children who are trying to work out their place in the world.   Trailer:


Highly entertaining true back-story about the film with the actors & Ali

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‘Understanding & Interpreting Sacred Texts’

Perspectives From The Three Abrahamic Faiths

Sacred TextsJoin us at the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) in a free on line event series:  ‘Understanding and Interpreting Sacred Texts – Perspectives From The Three Abrahamic Faiths’ featuring Rabbi Fred Morgan, Associate Prof. Adam Cooper and Sheikh Alaa El Zokm.

As a series of three Thursday evening sessions, each session will focus on one faith tradition with the speaker offering an approach to reading and interpreting their sacred texts followed by Q&A.

The aim is to deepen our knowledge and appreciation of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim texts so we gain more of an understanding of the connection with people from the Abrahamic faiths and can engage more fully in dialogue with each other.


Session 1 – Jewish Tradition • Rabbi Fred Morgan, 8th October

Session 2 – Christian Tradition • Associate Prof. Adam Cooper, 15th October

Session 3 – Muslim Tradition • Sheikh Alaa El Zokm, 22nd October

Cost:  Free

Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm.

Where: On line using Zoom with entry from 6.50 pm 

Registration: To register on Eventbrite  Click here.  All those who register will be emailed further details and Zoom link for the virtual event nearer the time of the event.  We ask that all participants review the JCMA Principles of Dialogue by visiting this link We look forward to your participation. 

Further Information: Contact Ginette on 0400 211 221 or For more information on the speakers click here: Speaker Profiles

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Kindness & Love In A Time of Separation

Perspectives From The Three Abrahamic Faiths, 9th August 2020

Join us at the JeJCMA Community_ eventbritewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia (JCMA) in a free on line event on the theme, ‘ Kindness & Love in a Time of Separation – Perspectives From The Three Abrahamic Faiths’.

We have invited six amazing speakers from the Abrahamic faith communities to participate in two panel discussions reflecting on the effects of COVID-19 on our communities and the challenges and lessons learned.  Session one runs from 2.00pm – 3.15pm and session two from 3.30pm – 4.45pm.  After each session there will be time for Q & A with a moderator.


Event Details

Date: Sunday 9 August 2020 

Time: 2.00pm – 5.15pm.  Entry to Zoom from 1.50 pm 

Theme: Kindness & Love in a Time of Separation 

Cost: Free

Where: On line using Zoom. All those registered with be emailed the Zoom link for the virtual event including instructions for using Zoom.


Session 1 – 2.00pm to 3.15pm Grassroots reflection

• Meriem Abida – CEO, Benevolence Australia

• Noreen Lockhardt – Co-responsible, Focolare Movement Oceania

• Mandi Katz, Limmud Oz Organiser

In a moderated panel discussion with grassroot community leaders we will reflect on the many ways in which community is affected by physical separation. What are the range of problems presented during this time of separation? What sort of long-term changes might this have on faith and on faith communities? What sort of provision is there in the different faith traditions that has helped to cope, maintain, and nurture each community.

Session 2 – 3.30pm to 4.45pm Faith Leaders reflections

• Sheik Alaa El Zokm – Heidelberg Mosque

• Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann – ARK Centre

• Rev Julie Hall – Bentleigh Uniting Church

Three religious leaders reflect on how something we all take for granted, coming together in prayer and worship in a physical space, has been impacted by these times of social distancing. Has it created only anxiety and feelings of isolation or have we seen manifestations of love and kindness.


For Information & Registration

Click here to register on Eventbrite Kindness Love In A Time Of Separation tickets

All those who register will be emailed further details and the Zoom link for the virtual event nearer the time of the event.

We ask that all participants review the JCMA Principles of Dialogue visiting this link on our website prior to the event.  We look forward to your participation in what promises to be a topical and stimulating event. For further information call Ginette on Mob: 0400 211 221 or email

Find us on facebook at  and twitter #interfaith, #jcmaconference2020

“This Is A True Story…”? A Night With Osama Sami, Screening ‘Ali’s Wedding, 24th August 2019

Join the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia for a night of conversation with writer, actor and poet Osama Sami, including a showing of the film based on his story, ‘Ali’s Wedding’ on Saturday 24th August 2019.

This is a true story

THIS IS A TRUE STORY…”? A night with Osamah Sami Everyone loves a good story, but what happens when our stories get us into trouble? What is the importance of story-telling for understanding one another? What happens when our stories conflict? Join JCMA for a conversation with writer, actor & poet Osama Sami. The conversation will be followed by a screening of ‘Ali’s Wedding’, the film based on his story.

Osamah Sami is an Australian actor, writer, and comedian, born in war-torn Iran to Iraqi parents. His critically acclaimed memoir Good Muslim Boy was the Winner of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award and Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and has been adapted for the stage (sell-out seasons at Malthouse and Queensland Theatre Companies).

Osamah also co-wrote and starred in the hit Aussie rom-com Ali’s Wedding, which was the Winner of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at Sydney Film Festival, and The Age Critics Prize for Best Australian Film. His screenplay earned him an Australian Academy (AACTA) Award, an Australian Writers Guild Award, an Australian Film Critics Association Award, and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay. He also received AACTA Award, FCCA Award and AFCA Award nominations for Best Lead Actor.

Osamah is also recognized as a “notable Australian Muslim” by the Commonwealth of Australia.

Download flyer here


Date: Saturday 24 August 2019

Time: From 7:00pm for a 7:20pm start

Cost: Tickets $10

Venue: Cardinal Knox Centre Theatre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne.

The event will take place in the Knox Theatre on the lower ground floor of the Cardinal Knox Centre at 383 Albert Street. Entry is downstairs from the Albert Street entrance next to the fountains, or from the car park which is accessed from Lansdowne Street.


Book online to ensure a place at:  (Please note an online booking fee of $1.53 applies).

For more information

Please contact: David Schutz on 0400 978 938 or

‘Honouring Our Differences – Telling Our Stories’, 25th August 2019

The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia is pleased to invite you to ‘Honouring Our Differences – Telling Our Stories’ on Sunday 25th August at the Ark Centre.

Our personal stories give meaning and depth to our lives. Come along and hear from Zalman Kastel, National Director of Together for Humanity, Rufiath Yousuff, a lawyer and active advocate for Muslim women and Rev Ian Smith, Vice President of the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia. An opportunity to connect, engage and share our own personal experiences and stories as people of the Abrahamic faiths.  Introduction and welcome to the Ark Centre from Rabbi Gabi Kaltmann.


Date: Sunday 25th August 2019

Registration 2.30pm    Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm

Venue: Ark Centre, 7 Cato St., East Hawthorne, Victoria

Cost: This is a free event.


To register go to the eventbrite link here

For more information
Contact David Schutz on 0400 978 938 or email

Click here to download flyer

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Islamic Museum of Australia 20th June 2018

The Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia’s Women’s Committee is pleased to invite you to a guided tour of the Islamic Museum of Australia featuring the exhibitions “1.6 Billion Ways To Be Muslim” and “Our grandmothers”, celebrating the love, spirit, strength and wisdom embodied by grandmothers in Islam:

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2018

Time: 12 pm to 1 pm

Cost: $15 adult,  $10 concession

To Register:

This is an event for men and women. We suggest CAR POOLING as parking is very restricted in the vicinity of the Museum.  Stay for lunch at the cafeteria after the tour.

As part of our continujcma-tour IMA-20June2018 ing efforts in harbouring understanding and appreciation to the Abrahamic faith traditions.  Participants will explore the exhibition “1.6 Billion Ways To Be Muslim”, an exhibition which started as a photographic narrative on social media and has since become a global initiative celebrating the diversity of modern day Muslims.  In addition, a second exhibition, “Our grandmothers”, celebrates the love, spirit, strength and wisdom embodied by grandmothers in Islam. This exhibition is part of the Multicultural Museums Victoria inaugural joint project celebrating the central role of grandmothers in the Chinese, Italian, Greek, Muslim and Jewish communities.

After the tour you may choose to stay for lunch at the cafeteria and meet up with old friends or meet new ones.  Ticket price includes the cost of the tour only and lunch is extra. These encounters are interesting and rewarding and an important part of transforming relations between people of different faiths. We look forward to seeing you there.

To register your interest and participate, please purchase tickets early.   For more information contact Ginette Everest (03) 9287 5590 or


Joint Journey to Jerusalem 22nd – 31st May 2016

‘Understanding Each Other’

In May 2016, twelve people from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim faiths in Melbourne will embark on an incredible journey of discovery to Jerusalem.  The group will consist of twelve people, four from each of the three Abrahamic faiths comprising spiritual leaders and lay people, men and women.  They will visit each other’s historical sacred places to study and share texts, to listen to each other’s story and to truly ‘meet’ in the City of Jerusalem which is so sacred to all three traditions.   

We have the three faith leaders in place and are now seeking expressions of interest for nine other participants to join the group, 3 from each faith.

How to apply: complete a registration form and send to Ian Smith at Level 4, 306 Lt Collins Street, Melbourne 3000 or email

Download Brochure:   JCMA Joint Journey to Jerusalem 2016 Flyer

Download Registration Form: JCMA Joint Journey to Jerusalem 2016 Registration

Expression of interest due: Sunday 6th March 2016.  Successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of that date.

For more information:  To download a flyer with program cost, selection criteria and registration form please click here: download flyer and application form.    Or you can contact Rev Ian Smith by email or by mobile 0408 313 610 or Ginette Everest at JCMA by email or 03 9287 5590.

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Invitation to a ‘Jewish Seder Meal’ during Holy Week

Monday 30th March 2015  

Frankston Interfaith Network, Jewish Christian Muslim Association and the Uniting Church Frankston invited people to a model ‘Jewish Seder Meal’ in celebration of Holy Week Monday 30th March 2015 at High Street Uniting Church, 16-18 High St,  Frankston.

It was a time to get together and share a meal together and learn how our Jewish friends celebrate Passover. We enjoyed a friendly, light meal and found out about the symbols and rituals of the Seder meal from members of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim Association of Australia Women’s Committee.


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The 12 participants from the ‘Joint Journey to Jerusalem’ trip

“Understanding Each Other” Joint Journey to Jerusalem  - 3 August 2014

Twelve people from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim faiths, embarked on an incredible journey of discovery. Hear personal experiences and reflections. Ask questions. Gain insight into how three faiths found common ground and explored the light and shadow sides of their relationships’.

‘Bridges to Afghanistan’ - Iftar Dinner: 19 July 

JCMA and the Women’s Committee are again supporting Tents4peace and their fundraising Iftar dinner ‘Bridges to Afghanistan’. Join to celebrate the end of Ramadan with a fun and informative night to support children in Afghanistan and Afghan Bazar.

Joint Journey to Jerusalem: 18 – 27 May 2014

Rabbi Adam Stein, Rev. Dr John Dupuche, and Sheikh Riad Galil OAM led a group on a ‘Joint Journey’ to Jerusalem. The purpose of the trip was to visit each other’s sacred places in Jerusalem, study the sacred texts and discuss points of agreement and disagreement. The group truly ‘met’ in the City, sacred to all three traditions.

A Taste of Faith

Speakers from the three faiths talked warmly and informatively about the customs and food from within their particular faith followed by a delicious afternoon tea with typical food from each faith and a round table discussion.

taste-pictureVisit to the St Kilda Mikvah

Commemoration of 2011

Islamic Eid Festival Guided Tour for JCMA Community

JCMA and Tents for Peace Iftar & Fundraising Dinner


The B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation Commission, a supporting organisation of JCMA, hosted a table of young interfaith leaders from its multifaith leadership program.

The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, hosted a table of young interfaith leaders