The Klinghoffer Opera and the American Jewish Establishment…writes Isi Leibler

June 30, 2014 by  

The debate over the New York Metropolitan Opera’s performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer” raises serious questions about the functioning of American Jewish leadership. Read more

Palestine – Jordan Faces Looming Crisis With ISIS…writes David Singer

June 30, 2014 by  

Jordan has mobilized its military forces along Jordan’s 180 kilometre border with Iraq – deploying rocket launchers, armored personnel carriers and tanks following the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) reportedly taking control of the Trebil crossing between Iraq and Jordan on 23 June. Read more

Meet Abe Foxman

June 30, 2014 by  

One of the world’s most active voices in the battle against anti-Semitism belongs to the U.S. Anti-Defamation League’s Abe Foxman. He was interviewed by David Horovitz at the recent world Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem. J-Wire was there. Read more

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, June 2014

June 29, 2014 by  

The results of  a where are we at  poll organised by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestine Center for Policy and Survey  Research have been published.

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Giving life

June 28, 2014 by  

25 volunteers, aged 18-45, gave blood at The Big Kitchen in Bondi for tissue typing in order to sign up for The Gift of Life world-wide registry of potential stem cells/bone marrow donors. Read more

The word from Hebron…from David Wilder

June 28, 2014 by  

There are many people in Israel who feel like these past two weeks have been the longest two weeks in their lives. Since the moment the abduction became public knowledge, the tension is palpable. Read more

Australian becomes president of the International Council of Jewish Women

June 28, 2014 by  

Robyn Lenn is the new President of the International Council of Jewish Women. Read more

A Jungle or a Garden…writes Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

This coming Tuesday marks the 20th Yarhzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe o.b.m. Read more

WANTED – for the abduction of three young Israelis

June 27, 2014 by  

Less than a day after the abduction of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach, the ISA learned that Hamas was behind the kidnapping. Read more

Sir John Monash’s wartime papers released

June 27, 2014 by  

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was present at the release of Jewish WWI General Sir John Monash’s papers. Read more

BRW Rich 200

June 27, 2014 by  

Melbourne businessman Anthony Pratt has been named by BRW as Australia’s richest man with a quoted wealth of $7.67 billion.  Pratt’s family is included in the figure. Read more

Yad Vashem 60th Anniversary Mission

June 27, 2014 by  

Yad Vashem’s International 60th Anniversary Mission concluded eight exceptional days with a moving event in the Valley of Communities last week.  Read more

Former US ambassador to the UN to deliver oration

June 27, 2014 by  

Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador John Bolton will deliver the 31st B’nai B’rith ADC-Gandel Oration in Melbourne next month. Read more

Reality Deficiency Syndrome…writes Michael Kuttner

June 27, 2014 by  

Events over the last few days have highlighted once again the prevalence of RDS, otherwise known as reality deficiency syndrome, amongst a wide swath of individuals. Defying any logic or common sense this condition is so pernicious and resistant to any treatment that those afflicted seem to succumb at every opportunity, no matter how illogical the outcome is proven beyond any reasonable doubt. Read more

Peres meets Obama

June 27, 2014 by  

The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, has met with President Obama at the White House. Read more

Healing Garden in Jerusalem

June 27, 2014 by  

Hadassah Mt. Scopus has celebrated the inauguration of the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families’ Foundation Healing Garden Project in Jerusalem. Read more

You have the power…writes Rabbi Laibl Wolf

June 27, 2014 by  

Should we have a glass of wine with dinner (candles are optional) because it assists with digestion? Or is it wiser to pause 30 minutes after the T-bone, because drinks dilute the digestive juices? Read more

Israeli cosmetic sellers kicked out of mall

June 27, 2014 by  

An 82-yr-old woman was escorted to an ATM to withdraw NZ$5000 to buy Dead Sea products from young Israelis working in a shopping mall…the Israelis have been kicked out of the mall. Read more

What a contrast…writes Michael Kuttner/J-Wire

June 26, 2014 by  

The recently concluded Jewish media summit in Jerusalem demonstrated yet again the vivid contrast between press freedoms as practiced in Israel and the Arab/Moslem countries which lose no opportunity to pillory the Middle East’s only genuine democracy. Read more

A response to Double Talk … from Benjy Rutland

June 26, 2014 by  

In his recent post Dr Ron Weiser argues that a group of ‘double speakers’ (those who claim to love Israel but don’t really) are manipulating the settlement issue and it is this group that presents a real danger to the Jewish community. Read more

Turning Goal Kickers into Green Thumbs

June 26, 2014 by  

Players from AJAX Football Club volunteered to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty at a Gary Smorgon House Working Bee. Read more

As Europe slides into a Dark Age, Jews must review their future…writes Isi Leibler

June 26, 2014 by  

Recent developments signal that the prospect of Europe sliding into a new Dark Age is now a horrifying reality. It is as though all the elements negating the open society have been blended into a witches’ brew to undermine Europe’s liberal cultural ethos. Read more

Meet the president

June 26, 2014 by  

Israel’s president-elect Reuven Rivlin spoke to international journalists in Jerusalem yesterday. J-Wire was there…. Read more

New Leadership Committee Aims For True Inclusion

June 26, 2014 by  

The first meeting of the newly formed Melbourne Social Inclusion Leadership Committee (SILC) was chaired by  State MP David Southwick. Read more

Victorians petition parliament

June 26, 2014 by  

A petition to the Parliament of Australia has been signed by members of the community and sent to Canberra calling for the condemnation of the kidnapping of Eyal Yifrah (19), Naftali Frenkel (16) and Gil-Ad Shaer (16). The boys were kidnapped while travelling home near Gush Etzion in the West Bank. Read more

Rock the Casbah…a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 25, 2014 by  

Gritty and uncompromising, Rock the Casbah is an Israeli-French production set in 1989 in Gaza during the First Intifada. Read more

No appeal for Cyprys

June 25, 2014 by  

Former Melbourne Yeshiva employee and volunteer David Cyprys has been unsuccessful in seeking leave to appeal his conviction  relating to the sexual abuse of children. Read more

Chasing Hamas…writes Emily Gian

June 25, 2014 by  

It has now been almost a fortnight  since three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were kidnapped in Gush Etzion while making their way home from their respective Yeshivot. The search, being coordinated by the IDF is entering into its 11th day. Read more

How two women work to shift public opinion on Israeli sovereignty…writes Judy Lash Balint

Almost every day, Nadia Matar, 48, steers her battered white SUV along the hilly roads between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion to visit the soldiers stationed at Shdema. Read more

Aliyah up 55%

June 25, 2014 by  

The chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky has announced that global Aliyah (immigration to Israel from around the world) is up 55%, due largely to dramatic increases in immigration from France and Ukraine. Read more

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