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Welcome to Dunera – A way to stay connected with your community without leaving home. Watch or participate in entertaining and inspiring live events, or browse our Catch Up section filled with music, talks, recipes, games and more.  The time to learn, listen and laugh together is only a click away.

“Dunera acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First Peoples
and the traditional owners of the 
land on which we work. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.”

What is Dunera?

Dunera is an online hub where isolated members of our community and beyond can access live events and participate in a range of cultural and communal activities from any device, at any time. It is an easy-to-use platform that aims to bring about a new sense of togetherness, even though we are apart.

An initiative of Emanuel Synagogue, and created and curated by a group of dedicated volunteers, Dunera features a mix of community learning, cultural enrichment and good old-fashioned entertainment.

Over time Dunera will offer engaging content in areas such as film, theatre, literature, food and music.  Some events will be live and interactive, while others will be Catch Up – available any time and easy to share with family and friends. 

Dunera will feature the best content we can find that is of Jewish interest and of interest to Jews, and other people too.

Why are we doing this?

The current health crisis we all find ourselves in has resulted in many of our community isolated. It’s a situation we can’t control. But we can adapt. And we can innovate. From a deep desire to keep those isolated connected to the community, Dunera was born.

Why the name 'Dunera'?

“In September 1940, 2542 ‘enemy aliens’ from Britain disembarked HMT Dunera in Melbourne and Sydney. Most were Jewish refugees who had 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, philosophers, scientists and writers. Following their release in 1941 many chose to remain in Australia, making a significant contribution to the nation’s economic, social and cultural life.”

(Source: The National Museum of Australia)

In calling our platform Dunera, we honour the Dunera Boys and their spirit. Even during their internment, they kept their connection to a life filled with learning, culture and spirituality. And through Dunera, we can do the same.

Want to know more about the Dunera Boys?

If you want to learn more about the Dunera Boys we encourage you to visit the Dunera Association which continues to be active today. The 80th anniversary will be later this year, and we hope everyone will be able to be part of the commemoration events.

As the editors of the first edition
of the Hay camp newsletter,
the Boomerang, wrote in February 1941:

“Please remember that your mind is not interned,
nor is it confined to this camp”

OK, who’s responsible for this

Simply put, Dunera is the creation of a small team of volunteers who thought:
We don’t need to accept the status quo. Let’s build something to keep our community connected!”

Dunera is the result of these ambitious, creative and dedicated people:

Alexandra Rosen

Anna Stern

Daniel Grynberg

Geoff Sirmai

Ilan Kidron

Joanna Kalowski

Kathy Shand


Lior Albeck-Ripka

Lisa Goldberg

Marina Capponi

Melissa Don Port

Sarita Gold

Sam Zwarenstein

Tracey Kessler

Will Nemesh

We acknowledge Waverley Council and the donors who have contributed to make this project possible

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