The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) hosted a Community Reference Group (CRG) forum this week to discuss issues relating to radicalization. The CRG of faith leaders from the broader Victorian Community gather on a regular basis to discuss and share thoughts and ideas on the contemporary social challenges facing the Victorian Community where input and guidance from religious leadership would be of benefit.
Dr Hass Dellal OAM, the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors discussed his experience in initiating community development and programming for cultural diversity. Dr Dellal also outlined a community awareness training program that the Foundation implements to empower ordinary Australians to recognize signs of anti-social behaviors and to prevent individuals from engaging in violent extremism. The indicator model was developed by Monash University.
The group discussed ways in which religious leaders can impact and respond to the needs of their communities and explored avenues for further training and resources.
Dr Dellal stressed that “…it is important for multifaith communities to engage and embrace all people of goodwill so that we are able to preserve our social cohesion and build a stronger and more resilient society for the future.”
RCV President Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick expressed the RCV’s appreciation for the support of OMAC and the Minister for Multicultural affairs who made this project possible. “The RCV takes pride in their leading role of multicultural engagement between various faith communities and is assured that the combined efforts of all participants have led to a more harmonious and integrated society for the betterment of all Victorians” said Rabbi Gutnick.