Magnificent Ferruccio Furlanetto lives and dies a great “Don Quichotte”: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 21, 2018 by  

After much anticipation, and a non-appearance on opening night due to indisposition, Sydney finally saw the great Ferruccio Furlanetto in the role for which, world-wide he has appeared  and received rave reviews about. Read more

SBS apologises

March 21, 2018 by  

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has welcomed SBS’s apology and acknowledgement that an SBS TV “World News” report on February 1, 2018 was “imbalanced and appeared to display a partiality.” Read more

Technion analysts: Cats could help in development of anti-HIV drugs for humans

March 21, 2018 by  

Researchers at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa have uncovered the mechanism that enables Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, proteins to become drug-resistant—a phenomenon not yet observed in the AIDS-causing HIV-1 virus, which affects millions of people worldwide. Read more

Israeli, Iranian soccer stars pose together on social media to bridge nations’ divide

March 21, 2018 by  

An Israeli soccer player and the captain of the Iranian national team took to the Internet to show that the people of Iran and the people of Israel do not harbour hate. Read more

Billionaire Elon Musk lights drinks on fire in Jerusalem

March 21, 2018 by  

Founder of SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink billionaire Elon Musk uploaded a video to Instagram and Twitter this week of himself lighting cocktails on fire in a Jerusalem bar. Read more

MDA professionals learn about cyber threats

March 21, 2018 by  

Yuval Illuz, Chief Information Security and Trust Officer at the Commonwealth Bank spoke about “Latest Cyber threats and how to defend against them” at the Australian Friends of Magen David Adom (NSW)’s annual luncheon for Barristers, Solicitors, Accountants. Read more

Melbourne museum acquires rare haggadot

March 21, 2018 by  

The Jewish Museum of Australia has the acquired rare and unique haggadot  including hand-illustrated manuscripts dating back to the year 1781 from Amsterdam. Read more

Calling all Sydney dogs – do you want to appear in an opera?

March 21, 2018 by  

Opera Australia is putting the call out for Sydney’s most pampered pooches to make their operatic debut in La Bohème – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, which opens this weekend…no previous singing experience required. Read more

Women take to song

March 21, 2018 by  

Sydney’s Kehillat Kadimah has hosted a women’s musical soiree evening. Read more

Alan Dershowitz on Israel at 70: ‘A Light Unto the World’

Ahead of Israel’s 70th birthday in May, longtime Harvard University Law Professor, attorney and author Alan Dershowitz announced that he is donating an ambucycle to Israel’s volunteer medic organisation, United Hatzalah, in honor of his 80th birthday. Read more

Palestinians remain wary of a new wave of terror

March 20, 2018 by  

The recent uptick in terrorist attacks across Judea and Samaria, as well as on the Israel-Gaza Strip border, has raised concerns that we are on the brink of another wave of terrorism, if not a full-fledged third intifada. Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority encourage this—the former in a blatant and aggressive manner, and the latter more subtly, albeit explicitly. They each have their own reasons for this. Read more

Slain soldier’s father becomes advocate ‘for right vs. wrong’

March 20, 2018 by  

Stuart Force never imagined that he would spend his retirement traveling across the United States, knocking on doors on Capital Hill…writes Sean Savage/JNS. Read more

Jews and Muslims doing multiculturalism with a big smile

March 20, 2018 by  

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)  have co-hosted the Third Jewish – Muslim Comedy Debate  with the topic ‘Arranged marriage is better than dating.’  Read more

WJC hosts 70 leaders from 40 countries

March 20, 2018 by  

The World Jewish Congress has hosted a special delegation of 70 Jewish leaders from 40 different countries in Jerusalem this week for a two-day mission under the leadership of President Ronald S. Lauder focusing on strengthening Diaspora-Israel relations. Read more

Nano-Drops may offer new alternative to current methods of vision correction

March 20, 2018 by  

A revolutionary, cutting-edge technology, developed by researchers at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), has the potential to provide a new alternative to eyeglasses, contact lenses, and laser correction for refractive errors. Read more

La Boheme ready to launch on Sydney Harbour

March 20, 2018 by  

The countdown to one of the world’s greatest outdoor opera spectaculars has begun – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Read more

Malka Leifer a flight risk

March 19, 2018 by  

Malka Leifer want in Victoria to face 74 charges of chid sexual abuse will remain in prison in Israel where the authorities are pleading for her extradition to Australia. Read more

The secrets of happiness (or unhappiness) revealed

March 19, 2018 by  

What makes us happy—or unhappy?…asks Ben Cohen/JNS. Read more

Jerusalem terror attack

March 19, 2018 by  

An Israeli security was killed Sunday after being stabbed by a terrorist in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City.  The terrorist, a West Bank Palestinian, was shot dead by an Israeli policeman. Read more

World-leading HIV researcher Professor David Cooper passes away

March 19, 2018 by  

Professor David Cooper who was dedicated to the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV and other infectious diseases  has passed away in Sydney after a short illness. Read more

Why are served egg and salt water on Pesach?…ask the rabbi

March 19, 2018 by  

Questions on Pesach….Rabbi Raymond Apple answers them. Read more


March 19, 2018 by  

Gravity and Gravitas…draws Feintooner. Read more

Late physicist Stephen Hawking had a complicated relationship with Israel

March 18, 2018 by  

Stephen Hawking, celebrated physicist and award-winning author with strong opinions on Israel, passed away on March 14 (interestingly, on “Pi Day,” as it is known) at the age of 76. Read more

Israel Prize for lifetime achievement to go to veteran politician, bereaved mother

March 18, 2018 by  

Former Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and inspirational speaker Miriam Peretz, who lost two sons in battle, were named this week as this year’s recipients of the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement. Read more

The Trump administration just doesn’t get Gaza

The Trump administration’s conference on the situation in the Gaza Strip this week “focused on the need for the Palestinian Authority to take control over Gaza,” a White House official told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz…writes Stephen M. Flatow/JNS. Read more

How much do the Palestinians pay for terror?

The foreign-policy establishment is scared—and with good reason…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Two IDF soldiers killed in car-ramming attack in Samaria

March 18, 2018 by  

Two Israeli Defence Forces soldiers have been killed and two others seriously injured in a car-ramming terror attack on Friday outside of the Jewish settlement of Mevo Dotan in northern Samaria. Read more

Meet Sderot’s Rabbi Ari Katz

Rabbi Ari Katz from Yeshivat Hesder Sderot, on the border of Gaza, chats with Henry Greener about the amazing work going on in Sderot Army Study Program.
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On the other hand…

March 18, 2018 by  

With election speculation subsiding and the winter session of the Knesset ending we can now concentrate on productive good news of which there is no shortage…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Israeli artist hosted at the ANU

March 18, 2018 by  

A Jerusalem-based multidisciplinary artist working mainly in bonsai, figurative sculpture, and mixed-media installations is being hosted by the National Arboretum Canberra, and the ANU School of Art and Design for a one-month residency. Read more

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