Maccabi Australia Leadership Program Blog from Israel

February 18, 2011 by  

My opening reflection – by Sinai Shaul

In the opening weeks, getting to know everyone was a major part of our group dynamics as we realised the reality of the coming 5 months. To my luck, the complete strangers from foreign parts of Australia have turned out a great bunch of individuals. I’m sure that we all agree that we have been blessed with an amazing madrich who has so far been an excellent mentor as well as an awesome friend. As well as this, the teachers and other helpers around us have been amazing.

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Hadassah Neurim is an isolated but lovely village with sporting facilities and a stunning beachfront view, something like what we have back in Australia. We have also been lucky to meet a great group of Israeli youth that we have we have spent time socialising and practicing our Hebrew with.

So far, the most memorable part of the trip was volunteering in an orphanage, which I will be doing weekly. It was only the first week so we were just getting the feel for the place but so far, the kids are very friendly and open minded.

Me coming from a small town (Bellingen), it has been a great experience meeting other like minded people and I hope that our companionship will continue to flourish.

Maccabi juniors handpicked as future Socceroos

February 18, 2011 by  

p22_page001.jpgjordan koton.jpgHakoah Feds under-13 starlets, Brad Paikin (left) and Jordon Korton (right) are just like every other 13-year-old footballer; they live and breathe the game. The only difference is that they have been selected as one of the best 16 players in NSW.

Brad and Jordon have been selected for the Project 22 team – an FFA project that is dubbed the breeding ground for the next generation of Socceroos superstars. In each age group, only 16 players are selected, picked from thousands who trialled.

Project 22 players only train as a group. The individual players then play games on the weekend for their respective clubs. Despite being able to chose any any club at their disposal, Brad and Jordon both chose to play for Hakoah’s YDL side.

Their decision reinforces the camaraderie and friendship that is at the foundation of the Hakoah Feds Club.

Junior futsal report

February 18, 2011 by  

A valiant Maccabi Tigards side lost a hard-fought grand final 1-4 to the Wild Things in the U/15 Inner City Fut5al championship. Read more

Mar-10 6:00p.m. SBS2-TV: Global Village

February 17, 2011 by  

The White City of Tel Aviv – The unique Bauhaus style of Tel Aviv’s urban planning is cleverly adapted to the challenging climatic elements of the city (In German, English subtitles)

Mar-09 8:30p.m. SBS2-TV: A Walk in the Park

February 17, 2011 by  

The fight is on for the holiest city in the holy land. Read more

Mar-06 2:30p.m. SBS1-TV: Two of Us

February 17, 2011 by  

Australia’s most brilliant young pianist, Simon Tedeschi, was first placed in front of a keyboard at eighteen months by his grandmother Lucy Gershwin, a Holocaust survivor. Read more

German Ambassador talks to the CJF

February 17, 2011 by  

Michael Witter, Germany’s ambassador to Australia, spoke to the  Capital Jewish Forum in Canberra. The Forum interviewed him on a number of topics including Israel, the Holocaust, Iran and Tolerance Read more

Egypt, Israel and Gaza – Flashpoint for Future Confrontation

February 16, 2011 by  

The Egyptian Revolution has raised questions as to the possible termination of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty by Egypt. Any such concern – in the short term – seems to have been allayed by the Fourth Egyptian Military Statement issued on 12 February declaring:

“the country’s ministers will stay in power for the time being and international agreements and commitments will be honoured.” Read more

What is JCA’s Role in Our Community?

February 16, 2011 by  

Last week’s post copped some criticism as to the role of JCA in the community – was it our place to comment on floods, disasters etc, specifically as they did not relate directly to New South Wales?  A commentator went so far as to point out that the function of JCA is to be the fundraiser for the community in NSW, not a spiritual or political voice. Read more

Consuls and Governor at Our Big Kitchen

February 16, 2011 by  

Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen launched a new initiative giving the public the on line opportunity of thanking the country’s State Emergency Services…NSW Governor Marie Bashir performed the opening honours. Read more

Greened out in Marrickville

February 16, 2011 by  

Lisa Jackson Pulver tied herself to trees as fledgling environmental activists protesters waged a peaceful war against the damming of Tasmania’s Franklin River in the 1980s…but she is a Greens supporter no more. Read more

Two slants on women and their money

February 15, 2011 by  

To run stories of money for women

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Ben Gershon

East Perth

A Jewish voice at Marrickville Council

February 14, 2011 by  

More than 30 supporters, mostly Jewish, turned up at Marrickville Council Chamber last week to support Clare Nadas, secretary of the Newtown Synagogue, who spoke on the Council’s sister-city relationship with Bethlehem… Read more

The SSO @ The Opera House

February 14, 2011 by  

Dates for your diary from the Sydney Symphony… Read more

Multifaith Youth Break Down Barriers

February 14, 2011 by  

As Victorians struggle with signs of racism, a youth program is bringing together future leaders from across religious divides. Forty young people identified as potential leaders of their communities will come together later this month to find out more about other religions and learn skills that will help them lead their own communities. Read more

Toorak Mansion Ablaze

February 14, 2011 by  

A fire swept through a section of the mansion of the Gandel Family in Toorak on Saturday night…estimated to cost Tony Gandel, former Managing Director of the Gandel Group, almost $1 million dollars in repairs. Read more

Call for Hill Help

February 14, 2011 by  

A J-Wire reader is searching for information relating to her family who once lived in Broken Hill. Read more

Egypt and Tunisia – The Power of Prediction

February 14, 2011 by  

The West has been caught with its pants down following the popular revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia during the past month. I wonder why. Read more

Money Mastery for Women

February 13, 2011 by  

The Jewish House will launch a course specifically designed to teach women how to independently control their own money. Read more

Mar-02: Mark Ginsburg at 505

February 12, 2011 by  

Hot jazz continues at 505 in Cleveland Street when saxophonist Mark Ginsburg is featured with his outstanding quartet featuring Greg Coffin on piano, Karl Dunnicliff on bass and Tim Firth on drums. Read more

Sydney’s Yeshiva College and the Government’s $400,000

February 11, 2011 by  

Rebbetzin Pnina Feldman has told J-Wire that if all negotiation attempts to use funds allocated to Sydney’s Yeshiva College under the Building the Education Revolution [BER] fail, the College will return the money to the Government. Read more

Mystery donors keeps Adelaide’s Massada afloat

February 9, 2011 by  

An anonymous donor from Melbourne has donated $10,000 to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry to be added to the $20,000 raised by the Adelaide community to keep South Australia’s only Jewish day school open…and in Adelaide itself another donor who does not want to be named matched the $10,000 raised by rest of the community. Read more

Sydney in concert with Brisbane

February 8, 2011 by  

More than 600 people packed the Science Theatre at Sydney ‘s University of New South Wales…to hear topliners The Potbelleez and Lior perform for Ark Aid, raising funds for flood-affected Queenslanders. Read more

Thank you, JCA

February 8, 2011 by  

Ari Heber, the executive director of Queensland Jewish Community Services has visited the Joint Communal Appeal office in Sydney to thank them for their assistance during the recent floods in South East Queensland. Read more

Community under water

February 8, 2011 by  

In the wake of one of the worst cyclones to hit Australia, the after-effects of Yasi,the terrifying category 5 storm that hit Queensland last week, has led to mass flooding across Melbourne over the weekend…including suburbs with a high Jewish population
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Red Cross turns to Jewish organisation for help

February 8, 2011 by  

The Red Cross has turned to JEMP [Jewish Emergency Management Plan] today to assist in personal support calls to victims affected by the Victorian floods. They have already established a call centre and intend to operate it through to 15th February. Read more

JCA and the floods

February 7, 2011 by  

Sydney’s Jewish Communal Appeal’s CEO expresses his thoughts as life starts to return to normal for those affected by the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi. Read more

Dayenu does it for JewishCare

February 7, 2011 by  

Dayenu’s running team of four competing in last weekend’s Sun Run raised over $930 for Sydney’s JewishCare… and donations are still being accepted at Read more

The Art of Grand-Parenting

February 7, 2011 by  

Firstly, Mazel Tov on becoming a grandfather and may your new granddaughter bring you much joy and “naches”! In the past I attended your BINA Parenting classes. I recently also become a grandparent and was wondering if you are now going to give lectures on grand-parenting? I am looking forward to coming. Read more

Palestine – Jimmy Carter Caught in Court Disaster

February 6, 2011 by  

Former US president Jimmy Carter faces the prospect of paying damages exceeding five million dollars if he is unsuccessful in defending legal proceedings against himself and his publisher Simon & Schuster Inc resulting from the publication of Carter’s book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid – which had an initial print run of 300,000 copies. Read more

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