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Movie: WATAN, Syrian Refugee Crisis

In late 2016, director and cinematographer James L Brown travelled to Jordan to spend time in the Zaatari and Azraq refugee camps. Brown was introduced to the residents of the camps and found himself invited into lives and homes where he was able to conduct intimate interviews with the people he met there. The result was Watan (Homeland), a 52-minute documentary that looks beyond the rhetoric and into the human cost of the Syrian refugee crisis. 

Includes Q&A with Director and Producer, Bill Irving

Friday 24 August
Templer Community Hall
152 Tucker Road, Bentleigh

Tickets: $10.00 (plus booking fee)

Download the flyer here


Click here to book

Annual General Meeting

In keeping with Clause 6.4 of the Constitution (September 2014) all Members of the Temple Society Australia are herewith invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the year ended 30th June 2018.

Templer Community Chapel
51 Elizabeth Street
Bayswater, Victoria

Sunday, September 9, 2018
10.30am (lunch will be provided) 

Members unable to attend the meeting personally are requested to arrange for their representation by proxy.

A proxy form is available to download here and from the Office upon request.

Members are reminded that it is an unstated, but implied condition of membership to attend the AGM. The meeting quorum is 10% of Members present in person which, on current numbers, equates to about 47. Agenda

1. Receipt and adoption of the Regional Council’s report on activities.

2. Report on the financial statements prepared by and for TSAL.

3. Election of TSA Regional Head, Regional Council (RC) and Focus Group (FG) members.

A nomination form is available to download here and from the Office upon request.

3.1 Update on a new TSA Regional Head, Mark Herrmann having flagged his intention to retire.
3.2 Election of 1 Member Delegate for RC for a term of three years, Lisa Lark retiring by rotation.
3.3 Election of FG members (retiring by rotation) for Communication & Promotion (1 of – Paul Blaich), Heritage & Culture (1 of – Doris Frank), Property Management (2 of – Peter Leszinsky, Manfred Weller), Sydney Community (1 of – Peter Leszinsky), Welfare (1 of – Ursula Paton) and Youth & Activities (2 of – Mieka Decker, Karyn Kinder) each for terms of three years. Note that the Sydney Community and W elfare FGs each have two co-opted members, all on an annual basis.

4. Strategic direction – TSA strategic priorities and goals

5. Governance matters 6. Community Hub precinct

7. Specific areas:

7.1 Aged Care
7.2 TGD

8. Annual Reports – Focus Groups and other

9. General Discussion

John Maddock Secretary to Regional Council

Future Forums

Discussion is taking place in a number of TSA groups about the future of the Temple Society in Australia. Ideas are being collated on how a TSA could look and move forward in the 21st century.

Meadowbank NSW
Sunday, July 29
After 10.30am
Sydney service
With lunch

Bayswater Chapel
Saturday, August 4
7.00pm to 9.30pm
With supper 

Bentleigh Hall
Sunday, August 5
1.00pm to 3.30pm
With afternoon tea 

Members will receivea specific invitation in the mail. To assist with planning, please indicate your planned attendance with the TSA Office. Also, inform of any special dietary requirements and whether childminding or an online connection is required.

Mark Herrmann

Join the Conversation!

If you have something to contribute, we want to hear it!

We’ve created an online forum for discussion on the future of the TSA for ideas and feedback about the best way forward.

All members and associates have been invited by email to join the online forum. We encourage all to consider, to reflect and to share their thoughts in a focused and respectful way.

If you have any questions about joining the forum, or would like to be re-invited, please contact Angela Woodburn at

Renate Beilharz & Mark Herrmann

Coming Services

Sunday, August 12
Youth Music Service
Bentleigh Hall
Elders: Harald & Christine Ruff with Jessica Blackwell

Sunday, August 26
Bayswater Chapel
Service and Community Afternoon
Elder: Irene Bouzo

Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures

The Heritage & Culture Focus Group has published a booklet named Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures, a history of the Templer settlement of Wilhelma from its beginning in 1902 to its final days in 1948.

The photos selected give an overview of the primarily agricultural settlement, the fifth of the Templer settlements in Palestine, and come from the Temple Society Archives in Melbourne, as well as the Beilharz, Decker, Frank, Hornung, Klink, Richter, Sawatzky, Weber and Wied families. Thanks to the Wilhelma residents who helped with the names and the captions for the photos. Special thanks go to Peter Hornung who provided advice throughout. He also spent much time with other Wilhelma residents checking that we had the correct names for the captions.

Emphasis was placed on providing photos of people and activities rather than just buildings or landscapes. Even though it is seventy years since the last residents left Wilhelma, several of its former inhabitants still have a very good eye for detail and remembering the names of fellow residents. Thank you all for your efforts.

The publication was inspired by a request for photos by Ruth Danon, who lives in a former Sawatzky house in Wilhelma, now Bnei Atarot. She has a strong interest in Templer history and wanted some pictures to put in their museum. As we searched for suitable photos, we decided there were enough for a booklet, and so have now published Wilhelma: the Story in Pictures.


Paper copies in either A5 ($5) or A4 format ($10) can be ordered through the TSA Office.

Download the order form here.