A NEW initiative is being launched for the Australian Jewish community to bring art, culture and inspiring live events to one central platform.
Dunera is a free online hub where users can access and participate in a range of cultural and communal activities from any device, at any time.
Founding force behind the project Daniel Grynberg commented, “The current health crisis has left many of our community isolated. It’s a situation we can’t control. But we can adapt. And we can innovate. Dunera was born from a deep desire to keep those isolated connected to the community.”
Launching on Thursday at 2pm, former prime minister Paul Keating played by comedian Jonathan Biggins will make a special appearance, as will Grynberg and other hosts, including musician Ilan Kidron, mediator Joanna Kalowski and TV chef Lisa Goldberg.
An initiative of Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue – and created and curated by dedicated volunteers – Dunera offers a mix of community learning, cultural enrichment and entertainment.
Users can watch or participate in entertaining and inspiring live events in areas such as film, theatre, food, music and literature, or browse the ‘On Demand’ section.
The name Dunera was inspired by a group of Jewish refugees brought to Australia as “enemy aliens” on board HMT Dunera during World War II.
Having fled Nazi persecution in Germany and Austria, they were interned in camps near Hay and Orange in NSW and Tatura in Victoria. The Dunera Boys as they became known, included musicians, artists and writers.
Following their release in 1941, many remained in Australia, making a significant contribution to the nation’s social and cultural life.
“In calling our platform Dunera, we honour the Dunera Boys and their spirit,” said Grynberg. “Even during their internment, they kept their connection to a life filled with learning, culture and spirituality. Through Dunera, we can do the same.”