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Melbourne’s 2017 Yom Hazikaron Commemoration – Invitation to Bereaved Families and Friends

Melbourne’s 2017 Yom Hazikaron Commemoration – Invitation to Bereaved Families and Friends

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Have you friends and/or family who died on active service in the IDF or were victims of an act of terrorism? Read more

Jewish boy wanted to star in a new Steven Spielberg movie

Jewish boy wanted to star in a new Steven Spielberg movie

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 1:01 pm

A Sydney casting company is throwing its net across the country to find a young boy to star in a new Steven Spielberg movie. Read more

Israeli Prize laureate with a strong connection to Melbourne passes away.

Israeli Prize laureate with a strong connection to Melbourne passes away.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:09 am

Israel Prize laureate Yosl Bergner who lived for eleven years in Melbourne, has passed away in Tel Aviv at the age of 96. Read more

Palestinians claim they will cancel ‘recognition’ of Israel if US embassy moves

Palestinians claim they will cancel ‘recognition’ of Israel if US embassy moves

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has promised to “cancel” the Palestinians’ “recognition” of Israel if President-elect Donald Trump goes forward with moving America’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Read more

Official from anti-IDF group Breaking the Silence: shooting Israeli soldiers ‘not terrorism’

Official from anti-IDF group Breaking the Silence: shooting Israeli soldiers ‘not terrorism’

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 2:53 pm

An official from Breaking the Silence (BtS), a left-wing NGO that publicises the testimonies of former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers in order to spread criticism of the Israeli military, was reportedly caught saying that he does not consider shooting IDF soldiers to be terrorism. Read more

Bar-Ilan University study reveals manifestations of anti-Semitism in Australian public schools

Bar-Ilan University study reveals manifestations of anti-Semitism in Australian public schools

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:16 am

Jewish students in Australian public schools are exposed to anti-Semitic, racist bullying, according to the findings of a new study presented Monday at an international conference on anti-Semitism at Bar-Ilan University.    Read more

Who was Karoline Cohn? Did she know Anne Frank?

Who was Karoline Cohn? Did she know Anne Frank?

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10:26 pm

Recent archeological digs at the site of the former Nazi extermination camp, Sobibór, have unearthed personal effects belonging to victims of the Holocaust. Read more

Mayor of Mosman Condemns Israeli Actions in declining a synagogue invitation

Mayor of Mosman Condemns Israeli Actions in declining a synagogue invitation

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm

Peter Abelson, the Mayor of Mosman on Sydney’s lower North Shore, expressed his opposition towards Israel’s actions in the West Bank as his reason for refusing to attend the Law Service at the Great Synagogue. Read more

WJC President Lauder: Paris summit ‘meaningless and misguided’, ignores reality on the ground

WJC President Lauder: Paris summit ‘meaningless and misguided’, ignores reality on the ground

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder on Sunday decried the Paris peace summit, a gathering of top-level officials from more than 70 countries aimed at jump-starting Israeli-Palestinian talks, as “meaningless and misguided”. Read more

Australia distances from Peace Conference  remarks

Australia distances from Peace Conference remarks

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that Australia did not agreed with “every element of the final statement” at the Paris conference on the Middle East Process. Read more

WJC President Lauder rejects France peace summit

WJC President Lauder rejects France peace summit

Friday, January 13, 2017 at 5:13 pm

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has called France’s plan to convene officials from more than 70 countries in Paris for talks on Middle East peace a “subversive attempt to impose a settlement on the Israelis and Palestinians without the explicit agreement or participation of both sides.” Read more

Former PMs to headline UIA Victoria’s Campaign Events

Former PMs to headline UIA Victoria’s Campaign Events

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10:10 pm

Australian former Prime Minister John Howard and Canadian former Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be the keynote speakers for the UIA’s Victorian campaign. Read more

World honour for Mickey Fisher

World honour for Mickey Fisher

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has congratulated Michael Fisher on being the recipient of the World Union of Jewish Students Union Leader of the Year in 2016. Read more

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New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh inducted into Jewish Sport Hall of Fame

New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh inducted into Jewish Sport Hall of Fame

Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:25 am

New Zealand Olympic sailing champion Joanna (Jo) Aleh has been inducted in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Read more

New faces at Maccabi Australia

New faces at Maccabi Australia

Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:26 am

Maccabi Australia has marked several changes to the Maccabi Australia board, the most significant of which was the addition of three new board members in Julian Dunne, Daniel Parasol and Dean Rzechta. Read more

Klinger named Jewish Sportsman of the Year in WA

Klinger named Jewish Sportsman of the Year in WA

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Over 225 guests attended WA Maccabi Hall of Fame dinner in Perth at which cricketer Michael Klinger was announced the outstanding Jewish Sportsman of 2015. Read more

Australian gymnastic second in world event

Australian gymnastic second in world event

Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 3:32 pm

Deborah Greenbaum has taken second in the ANAC Aerobic Gymnastics World Cup event in Las Vegas.  Read more

Features and Articles

Chanukah on The Ovation of the Seas

Chanukah on The Ovation of the Seas

Once again this Chanuka, it was my delight and privilege to be invited, together with my wife, by Royal Caribbean to be rabbi-in residence on a cruise voyage, this time on the new gigantic addition to its fleet, Ovation of the Seas…writes Rabbi Chaim Ingram. Read more

UN Security Council Members Trash Quartet Roadmap and Two-State Solution

UN Security Council Members Trash Quartet Roadmap and Two-State Solution

Twelve of the fifteen members of the United Nations Security Council have apparently had a major rethink on the terms of Resolution 2334  which they approved 14-0 on 23 December 2016 with only America abstaining…writes David Singer. Read more

UN Resolution 2334: Death Knell for Israel’s Middle Class?

UN Resolution 2334: Death Knell for Israel’s Middle Class?

Little noted in the media firestorm surrounding the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, commanding Israel to stop all settlement activity, is the potentially deadly ramifications for Israel’s struggling middle class. With one vote, the United Nations outlawed most Israelis’ only way out of living from paycheck to paycheck….writes Gidon Ben-Zvi. Read more

Netanyahu messed up but it is time to move forward

Netanyahu messed up but it is time to move forward

Enough is enough. Since the beginning of his public life, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been subject to the most ferocious ongoing campaign of vilification endured by any politician in the democratic world…writes Isi Leibler.

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Paris Buries Palestine and UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Paris Buries Palestine and UN Security Council Resolution 2334

72 States and Organisations meeting in Paris on 15 January have repudiated Security Council Resolution 2334 (“UNSCR 2334”) – just three weeks after it was passed on 23 December 2016…writes David Singer. Read more

How much should be spent on Torah ornaments…ask the rabbi

How much should be spent on Torah ornaments…ask the rabbi

Ask the Rabbi….Rabbi Raymond Apple asks questions. Read more

 McCully puts Cart before the Horse Again

 McCully puts Cart before the Horse Again

Murray McCully again puts the Cart before the Horse. You can’t sort settlements until you have  agreed borders,  then it becomes obvious what happens to the settlements outside  the boundaries of Israel…writes John McCormick. Read more

Washington, Wellington, Paris, New York, Ramallah and Gaza

Washington, Wellington, Paris, New York, Ramallah and Gaza

 

What do all these names have in common?…asks Michael Kuttner. Read more

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Michael Shafar is Jewish-ish

Michael Shafar is Jewish-ish

Monday, January 9, 2017 at 8:08 am

After a sell-out season at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Michael Shafar debuts Jewish-ish at Fringe World. Michael is one of the country’s best emerging comics having headlined around Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the US. He also happens to be Jewish, which is something he will probably mention on stage. Read more

A Barmitzvah at 73

A Barmitzvah at 73

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

A Sydney man has celebrated his Barmitzvah on the 60th anniversary in the year marking where it should have been performed. Read more

Senator Arthur Sinodinos visits Our Big Kitchen

Senator Arthur Sinodinos visits Our Big Kitchen

Monday, December 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Helping other people is what brings a community together, said Senator Arthur Sinodinos as he addressed volunteers at Bondi’s OBK. Read more

Montefiore’s Club Monte Gets a Make-Over

Montefiore’s Club Monte Gets a Make-Over

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Clients, guests, volunteers and staff were delighted to enjoy brunch and entertainment to celebrate the refurbishment of Montefiore’s Club Monte Day Therapy Centre at Hunters Hill. Read more

The Council of Christians and Jews, NSW and Rabbi Apple’s “New Testament People. A Rabbi’s Notes”.

The Council of Christians and Jews, NSW and Rabbi Apple’s “New Testament People. A Rabbi’s Notes”.

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm

Rabbi Raymond Apple’s great desire is for his new book to advance the cause of mutual respect between Christians and Jews. Read more

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They’re back!

They’re back!

Taglit-Birthright Israel winter buses are back! Read more

Holidays don’t stop JNF

Holidays don’t stop JNF

While most are taking a well deserved break,  not even the holidays will stop the JNF Education Shaliach, Yigal Nisell, from bringing the message of Israel and Zionism to Jewish youth. Read more

Australian students celebrate Chanukah in Israel

Australian students celebrate Chanukah in Israel

More than 200 students from Sydney and Melbourne currently enrolled at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI) have celebrated Chanukah. Read more

Emanuel students are hard core

Emanuel students are hard core

Sydney’s Emanuel School students have taken out the Championship at the Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools (HICES) annual Hard Core Maths Day. Read more

Scopus students on Ulpan

Scopus students on Ulpan

94% of Mount Scopus College Year 10 students have departed for the College’s optional Ulpan programs in Israel and Prague. Read more

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