Trial adjourned – and charges dropped

May 23, 2014 by  

The trial of a man charged following an alleged attack on a group of Sydney Jews walking home after Shabbat dinner in Sydney last October has been adjourned . Read more

Another puff moment…writes Michael Kuttner

May 23, 2014 by  

Since John Kerry. otherwise known as puff the magic dragon, popularized this descriptive expression, there have been many occasions on which it could usefully be applied. Read more

2011 Census Jewish Facts and Figures

May 23, 2014 by  

The estimated Jewish population of Australia has grown to 112,000 according to the results of the 2011 census…up 6% from the 2006 census and up 20% from the 2001 census. Read more

Just Do It…writes Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

Many things that we do and experience require a combination of emotion and action. The absence of feeling can affect the sincerity of the action and minimize its effectiveness. For example, wishing a close friend Mazel Tov without display of excitement has minimal meaning. Mechanically helping a friend in need without empathy and interest will result in incomplete support. Praying just by mouthing the words seems like a meaningless exercise. Read more

The $6 million Blue Box Queen

May 23, 2014 by  

NSW Jewish Blue Box  Queen Salome Woods has been honoured by having her name inscribed in the JNF Golden Book in Israel to mark 30 years of service with the Jewish National Fund. Read more

BJE trains leaders…and heads to Melbourne

May 22, 2014 by  

The New South Wales Board of Jewish Education has held is annual Leadership Seminar for Year 11 students who participated in last year’s Emet Israel Program.  Read more

Zohar wins again

May 22, 2014 by  

Israeli Zohar Sharon has won his fifth World Blind Golf Championship and the Australian Open Blind Championship.  Read more

Nicole to the rescue

May 22, 2014 by  

By blood and origin she is Australian.  Her citizenship is Israeli.  She is a lawyer by profession.  As to her calling, she belongs to the entire Jewish people.  As to her heart, she belongs entirely to those she has helped.  She is Nicole Maor. Read more

Woodside deal off

May 21, 2014 by  

Australian petrol giant Woodside has called off a proposed $US2.5 billion  deal to acquire 25%  of the Leviathan gas fields off the coast of Israel. Read more

The Stockholm Syndrome in Tel Aviv…writes Rabbi Laibl Wolf

May 21, 2014 by  

On August 23rd 1973, a group of bank customers were taken hostage in a bank hold-up. They were held hostage for six days. During that period they began to identify with their captors and even defended them after they were freed. Criminologist and psychiatrist Nils Bejerotas coined this phenomenon as “the Stockholm Syndrome”. Read more

NSWJBD Plenum Farewells Rabbi Lawrence

May 21, 2014 by  

Sydney’s The Great Synagogue’s Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence has addressed NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum ahead of his move to England where he has been appointed spiritual leader of London’s Finchley United Synagogue.

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Been and scene at the Sydney Jewish Museum

May 21, 2014 by  

The Sydney Jewish Museum has held functions related to the current Anne Frank exhibition…J-Wire presents images from the events. Read more

The Great Parade

May 20, 2014 by  

Sydney celebrated Lag Baomer with a great parade starting at Bondi Beach wending its way to Barracluff Park. Read more

Zionism alive and well in New Zealand

May 20, 2014 by  

Contrary to reports in Israeli paper Ha’aretz, the Jewish community in New Zealand says Zionism is alive and well in the land of the long white cloud…

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Monte volunteers

May 20, 2014 by  

Sydney’s Montefiore Home was delighted to celebrate National Volunteer Week 2014 with events at the Hunters Hill and Randwick campuses. Read more

Aussies told not to take part in peace run

May 20, 2014 by  

Six Israelis, three originally from Australia, were asked to refrain from participating in Australian ultra marathon runner Pat Farmer’s Peace Run, as it passed the Jewish communities of Eli and Shiloh in Samaria. The group had coordinated with Farmer’s team ahead of time to ensure that Jews and Palestinians could run together in a true show of coexistence. Read more

Palestine – Fraser Must Tell The Naked And Unadorned Truth…writes David Singer

May 20, 2014 by  

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser convincingly exposed the falsity of his own and former Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s unsubstantiated claim that the pro-Israel Australian Jewish community wielded too much power – with these few well – chosen words to the ABC’s Jon Faine: Read more

Cruising for love

May 16, 2014 by  

Men in lion and dog suits, women wearing fluoro wigs and a magician with a top hat and baton; it doesn’t sound like a religious festival, but it is. Read more

Tough Conversations…writes Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

Communication is central to human existence. With communication we can create and strengthen relationships, share feelings, communicate ideas, instruct, guide, and educate.  Read more

A quieter Al-Nakba…but the message stays the same

May 16, 2014 by  

Around 200 people attended this year’s Al-Nakba protest in Sydney last night. Numbers were down on previous years and the crowd seemed tamer.  The Hezbollah flags and neo-Nazis, conspicuously present in the previous two years, were gone.   Read more

Zionism is a dirty word in New Zealand

May 16, 2014 by  

In what must be a world first for a Jewish Community in the democratic world, it seems that the Zionist Federation of New Zealand which had existed in one form or another since before the creation of the State of Israel has gone into voluntary liquidation. Read more

Conflicting Indykations…writes Michael Kuttner

May 16, 2014 by  

Nothing is predictable in politics and international events, especially in this part of the world. However even a novice could have foretold that those who tried to destroy Israel in 1948 and have been trying ever since then to finish the job, would make sure to scuttle the latest misnamed peace talks and prepare the ground for laying the blame on Israel’s doorstep. Read more

A trip for active single retirees and seniors

May 16, 2014 by  

Raymond Shaw is ‘titular’ head of a loose group of friends called the Over 55’s Jewish Singles formed many years ago (about 1999) as JSSN (Jewish Sociable Singles Network) for the over 40’s…and an overseas trip is on the drawing board. Read more

Hayman: to be sentenced this month

May 15, 2014 by  

Sydney Yeshiva camp volunteer Daniel “Gug” Hayman has pleaded guilty to indecent assault by a person of authority on two male complainants and a charge of indecency against a female complaint has been dropped. Read more

May 17 & 18 Auckland: Hava Nagila – The Movie

May 15, 2014 by  

The story in film of Hava Nagila Read more

A prophetable night – SSO Opera House concert 14 May 2014

But hardly profitable, when you consider the colossal forces that had to be assembled  to perform Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Amos Oz – You Owe Us An Apology…writes Rabbi Laibl Wolf

May 15, 2014 by  

When is a Jew like a Nazi? When Amos Oz says so. History is replete with famous people making buffoons of themselves. But buffoonery would be an inappropriate description of this Israeli novelist’s tragic faux pas. Insensitivity to the point of callousness would be a better characterization. Read more

Standing Up for the People of NSW…writes Premier Mike Baird

May 15, 2014 by  

As the former State Treasurer I know what it is like to inherit a fiscal mess from Labor. Read more

Anti-Semitism around the world

May 15, 2014 by  

The U.S. based Anti-Defamation League has surveyed anti-Semitism in 100 countries around the world…and Australia and New Zealand as a region have been  found to have the lowest rate globally. Read more

Hollywood urged to speak out against BDS

May 15, 2014 by  

Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), has condemned a call by a group of American actors led by Danny Glover for an all-out cultural boycott of Israel. Read more

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