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Hope for reason to prevail at the UNHRC as Australia takes its place

Hope for reason to prevail at the UNHRC as Australia takes its place

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm

The Jewish community has welcomed the Australia’s election to Unite Nations Human Right Council. Read more

Historian travels New Zealand to recount Holocaust Denial experience

Historian travels New Zealand to recount Holocaust Denial experience

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 3:01 pm

History aficionados attended an event at University of Otago’s Wellington Campus on the weekend to hear a famous historian share how he overcame an infamous Holocaust denier. Read more

World Jewish Congress calls Austrian election result ‘distressing’

World Jewish Congress calls Austrian election result ‘distressing’

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:33 pm

The World Jewish Congress (WJC)  has voiced serious concerns about the strong showing of the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Austria’s parliamentary election. Read more

What did Michael do in Israel?

What did Michael do in Israel?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 2:29 pm

Media reports it had evidence Labor MP Michael Danby had attended a security conference when he was reported visiting Israel last year when on sick leave from Parliament. Read more

Australia elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

Australia elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:39 am

Australia was elected overnight by a majority of United Nations member states to serve a three-year term on the Human Rights Council, the world’s peak body for promoting and protecting human rights. Read more

Islamic State claims responsibility for rockets fired at Israel from Sinai

Islamic State claims responsibility for rockets fired at Israel from Sinai

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 9:35 am

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for firing two rockets from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel on Sunday night. Read more

New portions of Western Wall and Roman theatre unveiled in Jerusalem

New portions of Western Wall and Roman theatre unveiled in Jerusalem

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 9:22 am

The Israel Antiquity Authority (IAA) has announced large-scale excavations conducted in the Old City of Jerusalem for the past two years have revealed massive portions of the Western Wall unseen for 1,700 years, as well as an ancient Roman theatre. Read more

Danby uses a sick pass to visit to Israel

Danby uses a sick pass to visit to Israel

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

The Australian has reported that Federal Labor MP for Melbourne Ports furnished the party with a medical certificate in order to take time off from the sitting parliament in September last year…and that he used the time to travel to Israel. Read more

Racing journo taunts club exec about his “Yid mates

Racing journo taunts club exec about his “Yid mates

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:53 am

A Melbourne Racing Club executive has complained to The Age newspaper that one of its racing journalists spoke to him of  his “Yid mates at Caulfield”. Read more

“The Jews are like my people” – Aboriginal elder

“The Jews are like my people” – Aboriginal elder

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 1:08 pm

At the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia’s Conference in Darwin delegates Josie and Ian Lacey heard an address by Djapirri Mununggirritj . Read more

WJC Urges UN Body to focus on its Core Mandate

WJC Urges UN Body to focus on its Core Mandate

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:12 am

Following the U.S. and Israel governments’ announcements this week that the two countries intend to withdraw from UNESCO, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder urged the United Nations body “to focus on its core mandate rather than addressing political matters that fall outside the organisation’s purview.” Read more

Mountain bikers to trace the Light Horsemen’s ride

Mountain bikers to trace the Light Horsemen’s ride

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:02 pm

On October 30-31, exactly 100 years since the heroic victory of the ANZACs in the Battle of Beer Sheba, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will become the first Australian prime minister to visit Israel to attend the centennial commemoration…and going for the ride is Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans. Read more

A visit to Jewish Goulburn

A visit to Jewish Goulburn

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

NSW Shadow Arts Minister Walt Secord recently visited Goulburn – as part of his ongoing exploration of historic Jewish sites in rural and regional NSW. Read more

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Six inductees for Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame

Six inductees for Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm

Maccabi NSW honour six more inductees at its Hall of Fame Gala Dinner in December. Read more

A surprise award for Matt

A surprise award for Matt

Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

Sydneysider Matt Levy has been named the best male athlete among the world’s Jewish athletes competing in the 20th Maccabiah Games. Read more

A great result for Maccabiah cyclists

A great result for Maccabiah cyclists

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2:53 pm

Cycling captain Sean Bloch beamed that he ‘couldn’t have asked for a better result’ after his amazing team picked up four more medals at the 20th Maccabiah Friday’s road race, backing up their fine time trial results. Read more

Maccabiah proves an opportunity for Jordi Swibel

Maccabiah proves an opportunity for Jordi Swibel

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2:06 pm

To Jordi Swibel, football is life. The young Sydneysider trains daily, sometimes twice, in the hope of one day making the world game his career – and thanks to the Maccabiah Games, he has a big opportunity to do so. Read more

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President Trump did the right thing by walking away from UNESCO

President Trump did the right thing by walking away from UNESCO

The State Department announced on Thursday that the United States would be withdrawing from the UN agency UNESCO, citing financial reasons, the need for reform and the body’s “continuing anti-Israel bias”…writes Alan M. Dershowitz. Read more

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: A fusion of evils…writes Isi Leibler

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: A fusion of evils…writes Isi Leibler

World leaders – including some of our American friends – are apparently still unwilling to face reality and continue to delude themselves that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority can be induced to making a peace settlement if Israel continues to appease them and excuse their crimes. Read more

My view…writes Ron Weiser

My view…writes Ron Weiser

President Trump continues to surprise his critics when it comes to the Middle East. He behaves in a more measured way, carrying out most of his administration’s activities behind the scenes and by maintaining different levels of pressure upon parties on all sides. Read more

Hamas’s reported agreement to cease terror against Israel seen as ‘highly unlikely’

Hamas’s reported agreement to cease terror against Israel seen as ‘highly unlikely’

Under the new unity deal brokered last week between the Gaza-controlling Palestinian terror group Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) ruling Fatah party, Hamas reportedly agreed to cease all terror attacks against Israelis…writes Adam Abrams/JNS.org. Read more

America and Israel quit UNESCO over “Palestine” fiasco

America and Israel quit UNESCO over “Palestine” fiasco

UNESCO’s decision to admit “Palestine” as a member state in 2011 in apparent breach of UNESCO’s own Constitution has come back to bite UNESCO with a vengeance – as America and Israel now give formal notice of their intention to quit UNESCO on 31 December 2018…writes David Singer. Read more

Were Adam and Eve Jewish?…ask the rabbi

Were Adam and Eve Jewish?…ask the rabbi

Rabbi Raymond Apple has the answer, Read more

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Feintooner on the Hamas/Fatah conciliation. Read more

An indigenous  New Zealander says “I am a Zionist”

An indigenous New Zealander says “I am a Zionist”

Part Maori, part Samoan and part Italian, this Kiwi explains why he is a Zionist…a video production. Read more

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Sydney CBDChabad to launch mental health event

Sydney CBDChabad to launch mental health event

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Mental illness now affects one in five Australians, meaning over a million people suffer from a form of mental health issue, most commonly depression and anxiety.  Read more

This Santa is a Holocaust survivor

This Santa is a Holocaust survivor

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 6:47 pm

Direct from the fourth season in Cape Town, following sold out runs in Johannesburg, Durban, London, Helskini, Hürth, Cologne and New York, the critically acclaimed production of SANTA’S STORY will take to the stage in Melbourne and Sydney next month. Read more

Sukkah in the city

Sukkah in the city

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Chabad of Melbourne CBD hosted their 18th Annual Sukkot Luncheon in the City, on the first business day of Chol HaMoed in the City. Read more

Look who’s coming to the sukkah

Look who’s coming to the sukkah

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Some Sydney progressive Jews aligned with progressive or reform Judaism invited their rabbi to their sukkah. Read more

NSW Premier to be guest of honour at Jewish House gala dinner

NSW Premier to be guest of honour at Jewish House gala dinner

Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7:51 pm

Sydney’s Bondi crisis care and homelessness charity Jewish House will host the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian at their annual Gala Dinner in November. Read more

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Australasian Jewish youth to celebrate the Light Horse centenary in Israel

Australasian Jewish youth to celebrate the Light Horse centenary in Israel

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade battle at Beer Sheva, where at dusk on 31 October, 1917, the Australian brigade stormed through the Turkish defence to capture Beer Sheva. This marked a turning point in removing Ottoman rule from Palestine and was a precursor to the formation of the Jewish state. Read more

The Lego Ninjago Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

The Lego Ninjago Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

I was accompanied by two young fans who were excited by the prospect of the latest outing in the Lego movie franchise. Well, that and a train ride into the city.

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Teens bake cookies

Teens bake cookies

Around 200 teens from seven Sydney schools have baked 5000 honey cookies for Rosh Hashanah at Our Big Kitchen.

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Building Bridges through Interfaith at Scopus

Building Bridges through Interfaith at Scopus

As part of the ‘Building Bridges through Interfaith Dialogue’ program, Melbourne’s Mount Scopus College hosted 114 students from several different faith schools.

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Aussie madrichim spend summer in the Arava

Aussie madrichim spend summer in the Arava

The Australia Arava Partnership in collaboration with the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) initiated a new project to enhance the connection between Australia the Arava. Read more

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