The Jerusalem Biennale

August 31, 2015 by  

Visitors to Israel from the end of this month through to early November should consider including the Jerusalem Biennale in their travel plans. Read more

Year I students get their siddurim

August 31, 2015 by  

Year 1 students at Melbourne’s Mount Scopus College have received their first siddurim. Read more

What’s the other side to Rosh Hashanah?…ask the Rabbi

August 31, 2015 by  

What is the other side to Rosh Hashanah? Read more

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 31, 2015 by  

Just because a story is about teenagers doesn’t mean it should be dismissed as a movie only for teens.   This one won Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014.

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Respecting the Other’s Religious and Cultural Narrative

August 31, 2015 by  

The 2015 Abraham Conference has been held in Sydney and run on the theme was ‘Respecting the Other’s Religious and Cultural Narrative.’ Read more

WWII-era Jewish café reopens in Shanghai

August 30, 2015 by  

Australian bridge identity Ron Klinger’s family’s café,  a popular spot for Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II,  has been rebuilt and reopened in the city’s Hongkou district. Read more

AUSiMED raising funds funds for breast cancer research

August 30, 2015 by  

AUSiMED will host a charity art auction in Melbourne next week combined with a cocktail party, entertainment and unique food…with funds raised being directed to breast cancer research. Read more

For happy hikers, Israel’s 1000km national trail brings Jewish history to life

It was a brave—some may argue foolhardy—lot who recently braved the August heat of the Negev desert to walk a short segment of the Israel National Trail (INT) at around noontime…writes Deborah Fineblum Schabb/JNS.org. Read more

Community Kashrut: A word from the Kashrut Authority

August 28, 2015 by  

The Kashrut Authority has responded to requests clarifying its position with regard to the recently announced Community Kashrut which will offer an alternative hechsher to the community from next month. Read more

Elvis lives—at an Israeli restaurant and gas station

To appreciate how much Israelis love Elvis Presley, you just have to hear three generations of the Mizrachi family of Rehovot crooning, “Wise men say only fools rush in…but I can’t help falling in love with you”…writes Deborah Fineblum Schabb/JNS.org. Read more

Natalie Portman questions Holocaust emphasis in Jewish education

August 28, 2015 by  

B’nai Brith International and The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) are disappointed by Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman’s questioning of Holocaust education’s emphasis within a Jewish education, especially in comparison to other genocides.   Read more

Twin evils facing the Jewish nation…writes Ron Weiser

August 28, 2015 by  

The Mishnah says that there are four New Years in our calendar but that only on Rosh Hashanah are we universally judged and on Yom Kippur, our fate sealed. Read more

Guide for the perplexed

August 28, 2015 by  

It is hard to imagine but it was not that many years ago when one had to consult printed maps in order to work out how to drive from home to one’s destination. Read more

Palestinian Human Rights Campaigner Excoriates Palestinian Leadership

August 27, 2015 by  

Founder of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group – Bassem Eid – has told 850 people attending WIZO’s major function at Randwick Racecourse last night that the current Palestinian leadership is too old, corrupt and is thinking more about the past than the future. Read more

NZ Jewish Council lodges complaint of unbalanced Gaza conflict report

August 27, 2015 by  

The New Zealand Jewish Council has made a formal complaint to Radio New Zealand in respect of its Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman program on August 24, 2014. Read more

Offbeat tales from Ted Lapkin

August 27, 2015 by  

I want to focus on a few off-and-up-beat stories that might have escaped your notice in the hurly burly of the normal news cycle….writes Ted Lapkin. Read more

Non-prosecution of hate speech “a travesty”

August 27, 2015 by  

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has slammed a decision not to prosecute Ismael Alwahwah following the posting of an anti-Semitic tirade on YouTube last year. Read more

Emanuel preschoolers collect health packs for Aboriginal children

August 27, 2015 by  

Sydney’s Kornmehl Emanuel Pre-school has collected more than 1600 health care packs for Aboriginal children in country New South Wales. Read more

Launch of YoungUIA Women’s Division

August 27, 2015 by  

Melbourne’s YoungUIA Women’s Division has been launched at the Glass Merchants…were you there? A J-Wire photo story. Read more

Palestine – Changed Narratives Needed To Nurture New Negotiations

August 27, 2015 by  

France is not expected to present its anticipated draft proposal for the declaration of a Palestinian State to the U.N. Security Council in September – having reportedly been criticized both by Israel – which does not want any external solution imposed on it – and by the PLO – which fears the Security Council will not meet its demands…writes David Singer. Read more

Learning to lead

August 27, 2015 by  

An Australian and a New Zealander are among 50 young social innovators currently in Israel to explore the country through the lens of social innovation. Read more

New hechsher for Sydney

August 27, 2015 by  

Sydney will have a new hechsher in operation shortly following the arrival next week of its certifying rabbi. Read more

Anti-Zionism’s mask falls…writes Ben Cohen/JNS.org

August 27, 2015 by  

The first Saturday in September will see Israel’s national soccer team travel to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, for a crucial qualifying game for next year’s European Championship in France. Read more

Obama administration flunks choice between fighting and appeasing terrorists

Two very different ways to respond to terrorism were on display this week…writes Stephen M. Flatow/JNS.org. Read more

Australian award for Israeli academic

August 26, 2015 by  

Sydney’s Macquarie University has awarded its Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Visiting Fellowship 2015 to Professor Irad Malkin, Chair of Mediterranean History and Culture at Tel Aviv University. Read more

Should Netanyahu suspend Israel’s Confrontation with Obama?

August 26, 2015 by  

The U.S.-Israeli tensions that have escalated over the Iranian issue during the past month have led to waves of criticism of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Coming to your Post Office – A Raoul Wallenberg stamp

August 26, 2015 by  

Australia Post will release a 70¢ stamp in October commemorating Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat responsible for saving tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi death camps. Read more

German memorials reveal clash between Holocaust guilt and anti-Zionism

Germany is known for a strong state-level commitment to atoning for its Holocaust past, manifested through formal ceremonies, museums, and monuments…writes Alina Dain Sharon/JNS.org. Read more

Shabbat in St Ives

August 26, 2015 by  

Over 140 leaders from the full spectrum of society, including federal and state Members of Parliament and civic,education, faith and community leaders, coming together at a Shabbat service and dinner in Sydney last week. Read more

New building opened at Emanuel

August 25, 2015 by  

Federal Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull and Israel’s ambassador to Australia Shmuel Ben-Shmuel have affixed fixed two mezzuzot to classrooms in Sydney’s the Emanuel School’s new Kleinlehrer Family LINC Building.
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