How many of us are there?…asks Michael Kuttner

June 30, 2015 by  

In recent days there has been media frenzy over a report issued by The Jewish People Policy Institute which purports to show that the number of Jews in the world today has reached or even surpassed the numbers recorded before the Holocaust. Read more

Dementia help for Sydney man living in Jerusalem

June 30, 2015 by  

A 90-yr-old former Sydney resident now living in Jerusalem has received a special iPod to help deal with Alzheimer’s. Read more

Identifying and combating the new anti-Semitism

June 30, 2015 by  

How does one effectively fight anti-Semitism and its newest mutation, anti-Israelism?…asks Isi Leibler. Read more

Dr Philip Mendes talks to The Shtick’s Henry Greener on BDS

Dr Philip Mendes talks to The Shtick’s Henry Greener expanding on the content and issues surrounding the BDS Movement, pointing out that other countries should be boycotted for real war crimes and human rights violations. Read more

Frydenberg accepts Twitter apology

June 30, 2015 by  

Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has accepted an apology made by Brisbane financial adviser James Howarth following a series of anti-Semitic tweets criticising the politician for  his position in planned changes to upfront commissions paid to financial planners. Read more

New NSW program for up and coming politicians

June 30, 2015 by  

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies  has announced its new Berger Fellowship program designed to strengthen ties between the Jewish community and future political leaders. Read more

Journalist reports that “she hasn’t been harmed”

June 30, 2015 by  

Israeli naval commandos have boarded and taken control of the activist boat ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ – tying to break the Gaza blockade. New Zealand journalists were on board. Read more

The new fence

June 30, 2015 by  

Israel’s Security Cabinet has adopted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to begin work on an approximately 30-kilometer long section of security fence along the State of Israel’s eastern border, from Eilat to the site designated for the Timna airport. Read more

Hamas official confirms that indirect talks with Israel are underway

June 30, 2015 by  

Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of Hamas’s leaders in the West Bank, has confirmed that Israel and the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terrorist group are in the midst of negotiations through mediators. Read more

The Diary of Anne Frank…a theatre review by Deb Meyer

June 30, 2015 by  

“Why is The Diary of Anne Frank one of the most well-known books of all time?” asks my 14-year-old daughter, after we saw the play adaptation at Sydney’s New Theatre. Read more

Outrage at anti-Semitic attacks on Frydenberg

June 29, 2015 by  

There has been strong reaction both within the Jewish community and without to a tirade of anti-Semitic tweets against federal Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Read more

Welcome to Israel

June 29, 2015 by  

Israel has “welcomed” passengers on a ship headed for Gaza but intercepted by the Israeli Navy. Read more

Doron plays Hawke and Howard

June 28, 2015 by  

“Keating! The Musical” will be staged in the Bryan Brown Theatre in Sydney’s Bankstown next month with Doron Chester playing the dual roles of former Australian Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and John Howard. Read more

Israel-Palestine conflict: NZ FM says both sides share similar goals

June 28, 2015 by  

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully has said that the Israelis and Palestinians share similar goals. Read more

Remarkable Jewish artist

June 27, 2015 by  

The National Gallery in Canberra will screen a remarkable film featuring  Jewish American artist Jon Imber. Read more

Israeli entrepreneur’s Moon-bound Torah project might not be a fairytale

“The Torah is going to the moon.” It sounds like a phrase straight out of a Jewish fairytale or children’s book, but the real-life Torah on the Moon initiative is not as pie in the sky as one might think…writes Maayan Jaffe/JNS.org. Read more

Mentoring to make a difference

June 26, 2015 by  

Hillel, a department of the Shalom Institute have launched a search for participants to apply for The Ideation Project. Read more

The industry of lies

June 26, 2015 by  

Israeli Journalist Ben Dror-Yemini explored the “Industry of Lies” targeted at Israel at a community event in Melbourne’s  Lamm Jewish Library of Australia. Read more

UNHRC report on the 2014 conflict B’nai B’rith add its voice

June 26, 2015 by  

B’nai B’rith International and The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) have denounced the report issued by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) “independent, international commission of inquiry” into Israel’s defensive operations against Hamas in Gaza during the summer of 2014. Read more

Kiwi media ‘climbs aboard’ for Gaza

June 26, 2015 by  

A New Zealand team from Maori Television has joined Freedom Flotilla III, which has just set sail from the port of Messina, Italy to link up with other ships taking supplies to Palestinians in Gaza. Read more

Does P5+1 = nuclear deal? Examining Iran’s negotiating partners

After more than a decade of intermittent negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, the so-called P5+1 powers—the United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, and China—are nearing a June 30 deadline to finalise the Framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was reached in April, or in other words, a final nuclear deal with Iran. Read more

(UN)limited obsessions continue…writes Michael Kuttner

June 26, 2015 by  

Another week and more obsessive, unmitigated outpourings of condemnation issue forth from groups which are dedicated to slandering the Jewish State. Read more

Refugee Week – who cares for refugees?…asks Julie Nathan

June 25, 2015 by  

World Refugee Day, and Refugee Week in Australia, were recently celebrated in recognition of refugees, past and present, globally and nationally. It aimed also to raise greater awareness of the continuing plight of refugees. Read more

Help is on the way

June 25, 2015 by  

Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and seven cabinet ministers in Jerusalem, Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky announced that The Jewish Agency will increase the number of Israel Fellows dispatched to college campuses abroad by more than 30% in order to help combat rising efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel. Read more

WJC welcomes U.S. Senate’s stand against BDS

June 25, 2015 by  

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) today hailed the United States Senate’s decision to approve a strong stand against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement included in the Fast Track trade bill.  Read more

Palestine – European Union Risks “Jew-hater” Label…writes David Singer

June 25, 2015 by  

The European Union (EU) runs the risk of being labelled “Jew-hater” – should it proceed with its plans requiring supermarkets and other retailers to label products made by Jews in Judea and Samaria (West Bank) differently from those made by Jews in Israel. Read more

Answering Pope Francis’s question about Auschwitz

The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that the trains took to… Auschwitz,” Pope Francis remarked this week. Read more

The blowback from the Oren revelations

June 24, 2015 by  

The fierce reactions to Kulanu MK and former Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s evaluation of the Obama administration in his new book, and in particular to three articles he penned titled “How Obama abandoned Israel,” “Why Obama is wrong about Iran being ‘rational’ on nukes” and “How Obama opened his heart to the ‘Muslim world,’” were predictable. Read more

Questioning the Foreign Minister on Iran

June 24, 2015 by  

Federal Labor Member for Melbourne Ports Michael Danby has continued his criticism of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s U-turn on Iran. Read more

Netanyahu addresses The Jewish Agency Assembly

June 24, 2015 by  

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has addressed hundreds of Jewish leaders gathered for the 2015 Jewish Agency for Israel Assembly in Tel Aviv. Read more

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