Former Aussie named Honorary President of Israel’s Paralympic Committee

February 14, 2020 by  

Andrew Danos will accompany the Israeli Paralympic delegation in all events and competitions from now until the Tokyo 2020 Games as the newly-named Honorary President of the Paralympic Delegation. Read more

Josh Levi: high praise from high places

February 5, 2020 by  

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and the Premiers of New South Wales and Victoria have added their tributes to Josh Levi, the CEO of The Australian Jewish News who died on Sunday evening at the age of 36. His wife Lia had presented him with their first child, baby Lara, only two weeks before. Read more

A home devastated by the bushfires

January 3, 2020 by  

On what appeared to be a normal day, Cecily and Roger Parris left their home in Conjola Park in the South Coast of NSW on New Year’s Eve morning to visit the hairdresser in nearby Milton but their return to home was blocked as a ferocious fire had swept through their township destroying their house. Read more

New Year’s Eve as evacuees

December 31, 2019 by  

Martine and Gavin Folden expected their New Year’s Eve to be very busy hosting diners at Betty’s Bar their Kangaroo Valley restaurant but instead, they are camping out 20kms having been evacuated as bushfires threaten their property. Read more

Thank you Australia

December 25, 2019 by  

Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz took to Twitter to respond to a news item published by J-Wire reporting Australia’s echoing the United States’ support for Israel following the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate Israel for war crimes. Read more

Draw Hitler using a crayon named Auschwitz Ash

December 20, 2019 by  

Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission has called on major credit card companies and Paypal to block payments for a New York Internet company which sells colouring books and crayons including one colour named “Auschwitz Ash”. Read more

Bushfires’ aftermath – a photo story

November 27, 2019 by  

Fireman Eddie Vaysbakh was temporarily posted to West Kempsey from the Bondi Fire Station and describes the area and tells J-Wire “It looks like a nuclear bomb has gone off”. Read more

Josie Lacey receives the inaugural President’s Award

November 20, 2019 by  

The inaugural The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies President’s Award has been awarded to community stalwart Josie Lacey. Read more

The Mezzuzah and the swastika

November 17, 2019 by  

A woman in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs found her front door Mezzuzah lying on the ground and reaffixed by herself…but there was a surprise in store. Read more

First signs of Chanukah

November 13, 2019 by  

NSW Liberal MP Gabrielle Upton has MC’d this year’s Chanukah event in the NSW Parliament building. Read more

It’s up to you, Sydney

November 7, 2019 by  

The new Hakoah Club plans to open in Rushcutters Bay in Sydney around the middle of 2022 if all goes according to plan…but next step will depend on the community’s willingness to support and embrace the project. Read more

100th anniversary of Armistice Day

November 4, 2019 by  

The Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley and one of her predecessors Dame Marie Bashir were two of the special guests at the NAJEX Remembrance Day Service in Sydney who heard Indigenous military man Colin Watego say that it is not only a member of a family who goes to war but the entire family itself. Read more

The grave of Australia’s first detective was consecrated in Sydney 151 years after burial

October 23, 2019 by  

Israel Chapman, known to all those who knew him as Izzy, was Australia’s first detective and after a painstaking search, his unmarked grave was located in Sydney’s Rookwood Cemetery where his brand-new headstone was consecrated today. Read more

Human Rights Award final berth for Philip

October 22, 2019 by  

Philip Feinstein is a musician and long-time advocate founded Music for Refugees, a self-funded music and literature program designed to ease the burden of life in Australian detention centres and is one of five candidates to be awarded the individual gong for his work. Read more

Leifer to stay in jail

October 11, 2019 by  

Judge Anat Baron has ruled that Malka Leifer is a flight risk and refused bail to Malka Leifer who will remain in jail as she continues her attempt to avoid extradition to Australia where she faces 74 charges of child sexual abuse. Read more

New Sefer Torahs for the Harry Triguboff Centre

September 22, 2019 by  

It is a short walk from the Central Synagogue in Bondi to the Harry Triguboff Centre but a feeling of pageantry as two freshly completed Sefer Torahs were paraded down Bon Accord St to their new home in Flood St in the shul built by Harry. Read more

Some questions for Austen

September 19, 2019 by  

Sandy Gutman left his alter ego Austen Tayshus at home when he sat down with J-Wire ahead of his three shows at the Bondi Theatre Company next month. Read more

Bela sends a message to her rescuers’ son as he receives his parents’ Righteous Among the Nations award

September 18, 2019 by  

The 90-year-old son of a Dutch couple who hid Jews in their home in Nazi occupied Holland during WWII has received the Righteous Among the Nations award on behalf of his parents. Read more

A rabbi visits Thursday Island

July 10, 2019 by  

Sydney’s Rabbi Mendel Kastel has visited Thursday Island in his capacity as Mental Health Commissioner. Read more

Anton Hermann tragically killed on holiday

July 8, 2019 by  

The vice-president of The Jewish Community Council of Victoria Anton Hermann has been tragically killed in a cycling accident near Port Douglas in North Queensland. Read more

Jerusalem: a shemozzle

July 4, 2019 by  

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken about events which lead to his downfall at a function organised by the Wolper Jewish Hospital in Sydney. Read more

Emanuel Synagogue: “an inclusive community”

June 20, 2019 by  

NSW politician Walt Secord is not Jewish but has been welcomed as a new member at the Emanuel Synagogue. Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins explains… Read more

Dave Sharma takes Wentworth

May 20, 2019 by  

Former Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma has been declared the Liberal member of the Sydney electorate of Wentworth following Saturday’s election. Read more

The Premier, the Ambassador and Israel’s 71st birthday

May 15, 2019 by  

Around 700 guests joined the Premier of NSW and Israel’s ambassador to Australia in toasting the State of Israel at a function to mark the country’s 71st birthday. Read more

A life committed to motivate others

April 3, 2019 by  

Escaping death by the minutest of margins, the gravely injured Israeli soldier Aharon Karov now motivates people around the globe to find their inner strengths, a technique he learned by The founder of the Feuerstein Institute in Jerusalem. Read more

A stone for Christchurch

March 20, 2019 by  

Members of New Zealand’s community visited Christchurch to show support to the grieving families of those who were brutally massacred last Friday as they were assembling for prayers. Read more

Chaver Sir Frank Lowy

February 5, 2019 by  

The co-founder of the Westfield shopping centre empire Sir Frank Lowy is now an Israeli citizen, making aliyah two months ago. Read more

Sydney Beth Din applies for special leave to the High Court

January 18, 2019 by  

Four members of the Sydney Beth Din were found guilty of contempt of court and their appeal against the decision was dismissed. Now they are taking the steps necessary to have the matter dealt with by the High Court in Canberra. Read more

RCANZ rejects “misguided calls” for Beth Din resignations

December 31, 2018 by  

The executive of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand will ignore calls for the resignation of the members of Sydney Beth Din who were found guilty of contempt of court in NSW’s Supreme Court. Read more

Lest we forget

November 7, 2018 by  

The Remembrance Day service commemorated at the Sydney Jewish War Memorial marked the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending WWI. Read more

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