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Israel welcomes Emirate Billionaire’s call for peace

Israel welcomes Emirate Billionaire’s call for peace

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4:33 pm

Israel has welcomed a call by a billionaire from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish ties with the Jewish state while singling out Iran as the real enemy. Read more

Passover snow falls on Mount Hermon for first time in 22 years

Passover snow falls on Mount Hermon for first time in 22 years

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4:23 pm

Snow fell on Mount Hermon on Sunday during Passover for the first time in 22 years. Read more

Israel condemns attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka, offers assistance

Israel condemns attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka, offers assistance

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Israel condemned the massacre of over 200 Christians killed in multiple attacks on churches and hotels in several cities across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Read more

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the oven”

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the oven”

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:32 pm

A standup comedian responded to a Jewish woman’s complaint about his material using gas chambers by telling her “if you can’t stand the heat get out of the oven.” Read more

World Jewish Congress condemns antisemitic effigy burning in Poland

World Jewish Congress condemns antisemitic effigy burning in Poland

Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:02 pm

Reacting to reports that on April 19th, an image of Judas Iscariot made to look like a stereotypical Jew had been hanged and burned in effigy in the town of Pruchnik in south-eastern Poland as a part of an Easter ritual with hundreds of people including children taking part, World Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer expresses disgust and outrage at this latest blatantly antisemitic manifestation. Read more

Settlement with Rabbi Milecki

Settlement with Rabbi Milecki

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 5:09 pm

A binding agreement has been signed between Rabbi Benzion Milecki, the Secured Creditors, the Liquidator, South Head & District Synagogue and Kehillat Kadimah. Read more

The city of Jerusalem stands in solidarity with France following the disaster at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

The city of Jerusalem stands in solidarity with France following the disaster at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm

The city of Jerusalem stands in solidarity with France following the disaster at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and has projected the colours of the French flag on Notre Dame in Jerusalem.

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The price of chometz

The price of chometz

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 3:52 pm

Liberal candidate for the Sydney seat of Wentworth Dave Sharma has put a $200 deposit on a box of chometz. Read more

Hamas and Israel on way to prisoner swap?

Hamas and Israel on way to prisoner swap?

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Reports of a pending prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas have again resurfaced. Read more

Dear Tony

Dear Tony

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 3:07 pm

The president of the Zionist Federation of Australia Jeremy Leibler has written an open letter to journalist Tony Walker whose article  “Melissa Parke incident raises difficult questions about Israel” was published in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. Read more

State Department updates maps, manuals to reflect Israeli control of Golan

State Department updates maps, manuals to reflect Israeli control of Golan

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm

The U.S. State Department has updated its maps and Foreign Affairs Manual to reflect the Trump administration’s recognition last month that the Golan Heights is part of Israel. Read more

WJC appeals for stand against neo-Nazi gatherings planned for Hitler’s birthday

WJC appeals for stand against neo-Nazi gatherings planned for Hitler’s birthday

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

As neo-Nazis and extremists prepare to gather in Sofia and elsewhere in Europe this weekend on the date of Adolf Hitler’s 130th birthday, the World Jewish Congress is calling on governments across the continent to condemn and oppose neo-Nazi movements. Read more

Pesach during the Holocaust

Pesach during the Holocaust

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 1:47 pm

The Pesach festival – which marks the Jewish people’s exodus from enslavement in ancient Egypt – was never more reminiscent in modern times as during the Holocaust. Read more

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Maccabi NSW honours its stars

Maccabi NSW honours its stars

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 12:22 pm

Maccabi has held its annual Jewish Sports Awards to recognise great sporting achievements for the calendar year 2018. Read more

Malaysia stripped of Para Swimming Championships

Malaysia stripped of Para Swimming Championships

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 10:34 am

Malaysia has been stripped of the right to host the 2019 World Para Swimming Championship following failing to guarantee Israeli Para swimmers’ participation. Read more

Hamas, Pro-Palestinian orgs side with Malaysia’s boycott of Israeli para-swimmers

Hamas, Pro-Palestinian orgs side with Malaysia’s boycott of Israeli para-swimmers

Monday, January 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm

The Malaysian government announced last week that it would deny Israeli para-swimmers visas for the 2019 World Para Swimmers (WPS) Championship slated to take place in Kuching in July, prompting the International Paralympic Committee to intervene. Read more

Paddling her canoe

Paddling her canoe

Friday, December 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Paddler Jessica Fox has won the national 2018 AIS Sport Performance Female Athlete of the Year Award…and her mother was named coach of the year. Read more

Features and Articles

On the other hand

On the other hand

It took forty years for the Israelites to make the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. Read more

Leaving Egypt to cross the (metaphorical) seas

Leaving Egypt to cross the (metaphorical) seas

At the festival of Passover, which Jews are about to celebrate, the story is recounted of how the children of Israel managed to redeem themselves from slavery through their miraculous crossing of the Red Sea in which their Egyptian pursuers proceeded to drown. Read more

The Pharaoh who spoke too soon

The Pharaoh who spoke too soon

In his important book “Power and Powerlessness in Jewish History,” the historian David Biale noted that the very first ancient Egyptian reference to the nation of Israel was a brutal announcement of its destruction. Read more

The last Nazi hunter

The last Nazi hunter

Shadows of the Holocaust’s Sheree Trotter hears Efraim Zuroff’s story… Read more

Deal of the century

Deal of the century

As Jews worldwide gather to commemorate their ancestors’ deliverance from bondage it is only appropriate that we contemplate exactly what it is we are remembering. Read more

‘Your opportunities are limitless,’ NASA astronaut tells Israel Air Force personnel

‘Your opportunities are limitless,’ NASA astronaut tells Israel Air Force personnel

As NASA astronaut Richard R. (“Ricky”) Arnold projected slides showing images of his time on board the International Space Station, a lecture hall filled with young Israel Air Force personnel sat spellbound, absorbing his every word. Read more

Netanyahu’s brilliant victory and the challenges ahead

Netanyahu’s brilliant victory and the challenges ahead

Israeli voters have chosen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what was essentially a referendum over whether he should be re-elected to a fifth term of office. Read more

State and Religion in Israel on Pesach

State and Religion in Israel on Pesach

The return of a rightwing government, heavily reliant on religious parties in Israel, is a matter of some concern because of the increasing encroachment of religious compulsion in Israeli life (as much as I fear the opposite). Read more

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Free Museum entry to commemorate Yom HaShoah

Free Museum entry to commemorate Yom HaShoah

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 3:39 pm

The Sydney Jewish Museum is offering free admission on Thursday 2 May, the world commemorates Yom HaShoah – the day of remembrance for the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Read more

Evelyne Weltlinger at the Camelot Lounge.

Evelyne Weltlinger at the Camelot Lounge.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 2:08 pm

There are not many women who have emerged as soloist singers late in their life Meet Evelyne Weltlinger…writes Ben Apfelbaum. Read more

Jewish comedy showcase stellar line-up

Jewish comedy showcase stellar line-up

Monday, April 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm

Shalom will be hosting its seventh Jewish Comedy Showcase as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival on Monday, April 29. Read more

NIF says “the best way to see a new side of Israel”

NIF says “the best way to see a new side of Israel”

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Applications have opened for the fifth cohort of the New Israel Fund Australia’s Naomi Chazan Fellowship. Read more

New Rabbi Sought for National Capital: A Community with Verve!

New Rabbi Sought for National Capital: A Community with Verve!

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 1:39 pm

The ACT Jewish Community (ACTJC) is seeking a new Rabbi to serve their warm and lively congregation in the nation’s capital Canberra. Read more

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Shabbat the Diller Teen Fellows way

Shabbat the Diller Teen Fellows way

The Melbourne Diller Teen Fellows have produed their Leadership Shabbaton. Read more

Debating rising star

Debating rising star

Perth’s Carmel’s Year 10 student, Aviya Solomon has made it through to the first round of candidates selected for the Western Australian Debating League (WADL) State Team. Read more

Emanuel School students take a s­tand

Emanuel School students take a s­tand

Over 150 Emanuel Primary and High School students rallied to voice their concerns about the global climate crisis. Read more

The birth of the AUJS Holocaust Education Tour

The birth of the AUJS Holocaust Education Tour

Noa Bloch writes: In August 1941, in reprisal for a prisoner successfully escaping Auschwitz, the Nazis indiscriminately selected ten prisoners to be starved to death. Read more

Perth’s youth shine at JNF WA’s Green Sunday

Perth’s youth shine at JNF WA’s Green Sunday

It was a record year for youth volunteers in WA on Green Sunday with the annual telethon having more students and young adults giving their time to make calls than ever before. Read more

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