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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl  – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Just because a story is about teenagers doesn’t mean it should be dismissed as a movie only for teens.   This one won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014.

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Respecting the Other’s Religious and Cultural Narrative

Respecting the Other’s Religious and Cultural Narrative

Monday, August 31, 2015 at 1:30 pm

The 2015 Abraham Conference has been held in Sydney and run on the theme was ‘Respecting the Other’s Religious and Cultural Narrative.’ Read more

WWII-era Jewish café reopens in Shanghai

WWII-era Jewish café reopens in Shanghai

Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 9:49 am

Australian bridge identity Ron Klinger’s family’s café,  a popular spot for Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II,  has been rebuilt and reopened in the city’s Hongkou district. Read more

AUSiMED raising funds funds for breast cancer research

AUSiMED raising funds funds for breast cancer research

Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

AUSiMED will host a charity art auction in Melbourne next week combined with a cocktail party, entertainment and unique food…with funds raised being directed to breast cancer research. Read more

Community Kashrut: A word from the Kashrut Authority

Community Kashrut: A word from the Kashrut Authority

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 4:45 pm

The Kashrut Authority has responded to requests clarifying its position with regard to the recently announced Community Kashrut which will offer an alternative hechsher to the community from next month. Read more

Natalie Portman questions Holocaust emphasis in Jewish education

Natalie Portman questions Holocaust emphasis in Jewish education

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:53 am

B’nai Brith International and The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) are disappointed by Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman’s questioning of Holocaust education’s emphasis within a Jewish education, especially in comparison to other genocides.   Read more

Palestinian Human Rights Campaigner Excoriates Palestinian Leadership

Palestinian Human Rights Campaigner Excoriates Palestinian Leadership

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group – Bassem Eid – has told 850 people attending WIZO’s major function at Randwick Racecourse last night that the current Palestinian leadership is too old, corrupt and is thinking more about the past than the future. Read more

NZ Jewish Council lodges complaint of unbalanced Gaza conflict report

NZ Jewish Council lodges complaint of unbalanced Gaza conflict report

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:57 pm

The New Zealand Jewish Council has made a formal complaint to Radio New Zealand in respect of its Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman program on August 24, 2014. Read more

Non-prosecution of hate speech “a travesty”

Non-prosecution of hate speech “a travesty”

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:14 am

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has slammed a decision not to prosecute Ismael Alwahwah following the posting of an anti-Semitic tirade on YouTube last year. Read more

Emanuel preschoolers collect health packs for Aboriginal children

Emanuel preschoolers collect health packs for Aboriginal children

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:02 am

Sydney’s Kornmehl Emanuel Pre-school has collected more than 1600 health care packs for Aboriginal children in country New South Wales. Read more

Launch of YoungUIA Women’s Division

Launch of YoungUIA Women’s Division

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:42 am

Melbourne’s YoungUIA Women’s Division has been launched at the Glass Merchants…were you there? A J-Wire photo story. Read more

Learning to lead

Learning to lead

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:18 am

An Australian and a New Zealander are among 50 young social innovators currently in Israel to explore the country through the lens of social innovation. Read more

New hechsher for Sydney

New hechsher for Sydney

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6:56 am

Sydney will have a new hechsher in operation shortly following the arrival next week of its certifying rabbi. Read more

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What’s the other side to Rosh Hashanah?…ask the Rabbi

What’s the other side to Rosh Hashanah?…ask the Rabbi

What is the other side to Rosh Hashanah? Read more

For happy hikers, Israel’s 1000km national trail brings Jewish history to life

For happy hikers, Israel’s 1000km national trail brings Jewish history to life

It was a brave—some may argue foolhardy—lot who recently braved the August heat of the Negev desert to walk a short segment of the Israel National Trail (INT) at around noontime…writes Deborah Fineblum Schabb/JNS.org. Read more

Elvis lives—at an Israeli restaurant and gas station

Elvis lives—at an Israeli restaurant and gas station

To appreciate how much Israelis love Elvis Presley, you just have to hear three generations of the Mizrachi family of Rehovot crooning, “Wise men say only fools rush in…but I can’t help falling in love with you”…writes Deborah Fineblum Schabb/JNS.org. Read more

Twin evils facing the Jewish nation…writes Ron Weiser

Twin evils facing the Jewish nation…writes Ron Weiser

The Mishnah says that there are four New Years in our calendar but that only on Rosh Hashanah are we universally judged and on Yom Kippur, our fate sealed. Read more

Guide for the perplexed

Guide for the perplexed

It is hard to imagine but it was not that many years ago when one had to consult printed maps in order to work out how to drive from home to one’s destination. Read more

Offbeat tales from Ted Lapkin

Offbeat tales from Ted Lapkin

I want to focus on a few off-and-up-beat stories that might have escaped your notice in the hurly burly of the normal news cycle….writes Ted Lapkin. Read more

Palestine – Changed Narratives Needed To Nurture New Negotiations

Palestine – Changed Narratives Needed To Nurture New Negotiations

France is not expected to present its anticipated draft proposal for the declaration of a Palestinian State to the U.N. Security Council in September – having reportedly been criticized both by Israel – which does not want any external solution imposed on it – and by the PLO – which fears the Security Council will not meet its demands…writes David Singer. Read more

Anti-Zionism’s mask falls…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org

Anti-Zionism’s mask falls…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org

The first Saturday in September will see Israel’s national soccer team travel to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, for a crucial qualifying game for next year’s European Championship in France. Read more

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Woollahra Council delegation visits Wolper

Woollahra Council delegation visits Wolper

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

A delegation from Woollahra Council headed by mayor Toni Zeltzer has made an official visit to Sydney’s Wolper Jewish Hospital. Read more

Trivia night at the Monte

Trivia night at the Monte

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 6:42 pm

More than 170 people attended the Sydney Montefiore Home Ladies Committee 5th annual trivia evening . Read more

The Cosmic Diamond launched

The Cosmic Diamond launched

Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

More than 300 people attended the launch of Rabbi Chaim Ingram’s second book of essays The Cosmic Diamond…the sequel to his much-acclaimed  Fragments Of The Hammer. Read more

Writers Festival 50% discount

Writers Festival 50% discount

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Volunteer for the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival and save 50% Read more

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm

A small but vibrant synagogue on Sydney’s North Shore has invited dignitaries in its neighbourhood for Shabbat dinner. Read more

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Year I students get their siddurim

Year I students get their siddurim

Year 1 students at Melbourne’s Mount Scopus College have received their first siddurim. Read more

Young Adult Division launched in Sydney

Young Adult Division launched in Sydney

I-Society celebrated its launch as the new Young Adult Division of the Zionist Council with a night of Israel Inspired Indulgence. Read more

Up and coming musicians

Up and coming musicians

Mount Scopus College’s Junior primary students are proving to be eager musicians, leading to phenomenal growth in the campus’ instrumental program. Read more

From the Arava to Melbourne

From the Arava to Melbourne

Twelve Israeli students from the Acacia School in the small desert community in the Arava region have visited Melbourne for a ten-day visit as part of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership 2GETHER (P2G) program. Read more

Dallas Bound

Dallas Bound

A group of very excited Maccabi NSW basketballers and swimmers are en route to Dallas, Texas for the JCC Maccabi Games 2015. Read more

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