$2 a day Dan

May 19, 2011 by  

Leading Jewish journalist Dan Goldberg updates J-Wire on his latest mission…raising funds and awareness for those living beneath the poverty line by surviving on $2 a day… Read more

Zentai: Decision reserved

May 19, 2011 by  

Three Federal Court judges in Perth have reserved their decision in the matter of 89-yr-old Charles Zentai’s extradition to Hungary to face questioning over the 1944 death of Budapest youth Peter Balazs. Read more

“Too Late” says NGO Monitor

May 19, 2011 by  


Robin Margo (“Hello Robin, Hello Ron”) claims that the Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) – a leader in the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel – “had not received any NIF grant for two or three years and had also been removed by NIF from its list of approved donor-advised organizations”.

NIF is correct to stop funding CWP. However, this action came years too late – NIF issued a statement only on May 15, 2011 declaring that “CWP is no longer on the list of approved donor-advised organizations.” But CWP was known as the leader of the BDS movement years ago, and NIF’s funding provided a “stamp of approval” that legitimized the group and allowed it to raise funds from foreign governments.

Furthermore, as of May 16, 2011, CWP’s “Who Profits?” BDS website continues to recommend that tax deductible donations to the group be made via the NIF, with the following in the memo line: “For the Coalition of Women for Peace – Who Profits Project” (http://www.whoprofits.org/Donations.php). When will NIF take legal action so that CWP stops this false advertising?

In addition to breaking ties with CWP, NIF also should reconsider funding for NGOs that comprise CWP – they participate in and add legitimacy to the group’s BDS activities. One such NGO, Machsom Watch, received $204,698 in NIF grants from 2006-2009 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009).

After a series of coarsely uncivil and slanderous attacks, in December, NIF announced the adoption of funding guidelines that reflect NGO Monitor’s recommendations, but the implementation has been reluctant and slow. It is our hope that Mr. Margo will use his influence to ensure that much needed reforms are adopted by the NIF, including transparency, and put an end to all funding for groups that participate in BDS and other delegitimization activities. These changes can be made without further outbursts of uncivil language and unfounded accusations on the part of NIF.


Jason Edelstein

Communications Director

NGO Monitor


Alhadeff on his way to AIPAC

May 18, 2011 by  

Vic Alhadeff, CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, will attend a conference in Washington next week to be addressed by U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more

Sydney Journo seeks life below the poverty line

May 18, 2011 by  

Sydney journalist Dan Goldberg has just started living on $2 a day for an entire week, to understand and make a difference for those living in extreme poverty. Read more

Robin and Ron

May 18, 2011 by  

1. I suggest that Robin urgently publish a complete list of organisations currently receiving funds from the NIF, together with their website addresses. Read more

Stroke means no court for Zentai next week.

May 18, 2011 by  

An 89-year-old accused Nazi war criminal living in Perth, has suffered a stroke preventing him from appearing in court to hear the latest appeal in his long-running extradition case. Read more

J-Wire in hospital

May 17, 2011 by  

Thought it would be a breeze. Into Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hopspital for a double knee replacement last Thursday.

Well, it was no breeze and it has been impossible to publish as normal. I promise normal service as soon as possible, but for now it is off to receive necessary blood transfusions.

Sorry to let you down…..

NIFA – but wait, there’s more

May 17, 2011 by  

J-Wire publishes Ron Weiser’s response to yesterday’s piece fron Robin Margo on the establishment of a New Israel /Fund Australian organisation. Read more

Karp to lead Australia to Brazil

Maccabi Australia’s preparations for the Pan America Games in Sao Paolo in December have begun in earnest, with the announcement that former Australia and Melbourne Victory player Tal Karp will be the open women’s football side’s player-coach. Read more

Hello Robin, Hello Ron

May 16, 2011 by  

It seems differing viewpoints are emerging within the community since it was announced that former NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Ron Margo would be at the helm of the New Israel Fund Australia. Ron Weiser published his views on  NIFA and today Robin Margo responds…. Read more

Yom Ha’azmaut Hook-up

May 12, 2011 by  

More than 2,000 Jewish schoolchildren converged on Randwick racecourse to celebrate Yom Ha’azmaut…the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel….and joined in a world-wide TV hook-up. Read more

CJF meets AFP Chief

May 12, 2011 by  

The Capital Jewish Forum has held a function addressed by Tony Negus who heads the Australian Federal Police force. Read more

Academy BJE Students and Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 11, 2011 by  

Academy BJE high school students participated in the annual Zionist Council NSW Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations at the AJC, along with students from all the Jewish day schools. The students were able to experience the sensation of celebrating Israel 63rd Birthday with 2500 other Jewish students from Moriah College, Masada, Emanuel & Mount Sinai College. They had a great time taking part in the fun atmosphere of all the food stalls, great rides and the link up with other school children around the diaspora to all wave and wish Israel mazel tov at the same time.

BDS Slammed by the Senate

May 11, 2011 by  

Liberal Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz has issued a statement on behalf of the Senate condemning Labor, the Greens and the unions over their Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] against Israel. Read more

Ron Weiser and the New Israel Fund

May 11, 2011 by  

“The New Israel Fund through its grantees has contributed to the betterment of society within Israel” says Ron Weiser, Honorary Life President of the Zionist Council of NSW. But wait there’s more…. Read more

Sorrow and Celebration in Israel – Yom Ha’azmaut special feature

May 10, 2011 by  

This week Israel mourned her dead. Sirens blared throughout the country marking Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day for the fallen soldiers. As soon as one hears those sirens they stop. Streets are silent and cars park in the middle of the street to mark those who fell for freedom and independence. In theory the sirens are meant to start and stop at the same time. Read more

Make Morality Attractive


Recently some friends got really upset with me suspecting me of doing something wrong which I hadn’t actually done. I am very comfortable within myself knowing that it is untrue and that I am completely free of any wrongdoing. I have been totally misjudged. How much effort do I need to invest to convince them of my innocence? Read more

Yom Ha’azmaut – a Message from President Peres

May 10, 2011 by  

Israeli president Shimon Peres has sent a Yom Ha’azmaut message to the Diaspora on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of modern-day Israel. Read more

Youth Art Prize for Kesser Torah Student

May 10, 2011 by  

KTC student Chaya Moushka Hoffman has been awarded the Highly Commended Prize for Senior Sculpture at the Mosman Youth Art Prize. Read more

Visitor for Chabad of Melbourne CBD

May 10, 2011 by  

Rabbi Mendel Lipskar, the Head Shliach of Southern Africa has spoken at Chabad of Melbourne CBD.

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Academy BJE Students Visit the Sydney Jewish Museum

May 10, 2011 by  

Academy BJE has taken a group of Year 11 students from high schools around NSW to spend a day at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

Shalit’s Father Meets Australian Youth

May 10, 2011 by  

Noam Shalit, the father of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, has met with 48 participants during the “Israel In Focus 2011 Advocacy Seminar” coordinated for post- high-school Australians currently participating on Gap-Year Masa Israel programs. Read more

Victorian Community Condemns Racist Attack

May 10, 2011 by  

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria is appalled by the racism and wanton destruction of property in the attack on the Altona Magic Soccer Club on Tuesday 3rd May. Read more

Robin Margo Named Chairman of the New Israel Fund Australia

May 9, 2011 by  

Robin Margo S.C., a former Rhodes Scholar and the immediate past president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, has been named as the inaugural chair of the New Israel Fund’s Australian branch. Read more

Roughing it for the Community

May 9, 2011 by  

More than 200 Sydney school students from years 8-12 will sleep out in the cold at Randwick Racecourse next month to raise awareness of the plight of Jewish homeless and cash to ease their burden. Read more

Hamas and Fatah Sign Unreal Deal

May 8, 2011 by  

The announcement this week in Cairo of the long awaited reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah has turned out to be to nothing more than an agreement to continue negotiating on a range of so far unresolved – and apparently irreconcilable – issues. Read more


May 8, 2011 by  

As a devotee, participant and lecturer at five of the previous Limmud-Oz Jewish cultural events in Sydney and Melbourne, I am jealous of its reputation. Limmud-Oz is one of the finest, most all-encompassing, educative, entertaining and enriching programmes for the Jewish community and its reputation has spread around the world. Those who know Limmud-Oz understand that within its curriculum of Jewish and Israeli topics, it is an event which encourages discussion, and never shies away from subjects which are controversial. Read more

Premier hosts religious leaders

May 6, 2011 by  

Newly elected NSW Premier The Hon Barry O’ Farrell MP hosted a morning tea in State Parliament to meet the Heads of major Religions in NSW. Read more

New Mezzuzah for Embassy

May 6, 2011 by  

Following renovations to the Israel embassy in Canberra, local Chabad Rabbi Dan Avital was at the ready to affix a mezzuzah to the ambassador’s door. Read more

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