Interview one: 

TH: Where were you born?

MM: Bombay India.

TH: If you weren’t born in Australia, how long have you lived in Australia?

MM: 47 Years.

TH: What languages can you speak fluently?

MM: English.

TH: What languages do you speak at home?

MM: English.

TH: What languages are spoken in Sephardi Synagogue? (not necessarily by you – there may be many, list the ones you can think of)

MM: English, Hindi and Hebrew.

TH: What languages are used during religious ritual?

MM: Hebrew.

TH: What languages are used for social interactions in this space?

MM: Predominantly English.

TH: Do you or your community members switch between languages within a conversation?

MM: Occasionally.

TH: If so, why is this non-English language used?

MM: Sometimes to joke around other times those who use it feel comfortable with it.

TH: What is the significance of having this language in this space/why is it important to this community?

MM: Keep heritage and culture.

Interview two:

TH: Where were you born?

SL: Israel

TH: If you weren’t born in Australia, how long have you lived in Australia?

SL: 14 years

TH: What languages can you speak fluently?

SL: Hebrew and English (some Spanish)

TH: What languages do you speak at home?

SL: Hebrew and English

TH: What languages are spoken in Sephardi Synagogue? (not necessarily by you – there may be many, list the ones you can think of)

SL: Hebrew, English, Spanish, etc. (many more)

TH: What languages are used during religious ritual?

SL: Mainly Hebrew with some English explanations

TH: What languages are used for social interactions in this space?

SL: Mainly English, but sometimes Hebrew

TH: Do you or your community members switch between languages within a conversation?

SL: Yes, all the time. Sometimes we switch in the middle of sentences without even realising that we have done it. This can become awkward when someone who does not speak English is in the conversation.

TH: If so, why is this non-English language used?

SL: In Judaism, all of the religious texts are in Hebrew, as well, many of the congregants come from Israel.

TH: What is the significance of having this language in this space/why is it important to this community?

SL: This language symbolises the unification of the Jewish people. It can create small pockets of society outside of Israel which elicits a sense of belonging.

TH = Tamar Hoffman

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