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

A chat with Tim Murray

October 7, 2018 by  

Staring at history directly in the face did not deter Labor candidate for Wentworth Tim Murray from putting his best foot forward in an attempt to ruffle Liberals’ feathers as they work to retain the seat which they have held continuously since its inception in 1948. Read more

A chat with Kerryn

September 25, 2018 by  

Since 1948 the blue ribbon electorate of Wentworth in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs has remained a Liberal stronghold, but the upcoming by-election  to be held next month will be hotly contested by Dr Kerryn Phelps who is standing as an independent. Read more

A chat with Dave Sharma

September 20, 2018 by  

The former Australian ambassador to Israel will contest the Sydney electorate of Wentworth for the Liberal party vacated by the resignation if Malcolm Turnbull. Read more

Dr Clown

September 14, 2018 by  

Amnon Raviv has earned a PhD in medical clowning, a subject which is intensely serious but produces smiles from so many who have so little to laugh about. Read more

The shule the Harrys built

September 9, 2018 by  

Tradesmen worked to the last minute to get Sydney’s newest shul ready to open its doors for Rosh HaSahanah. Read more

Challahs for Wentworth

September 9, 2018 by  

The nine members of Liberal party contesting the nomination for the candidacy for the upcoming Wentworth by-election in Sydney joined forces at Our Big Kitchen to prepare food for needy and to learn the art of baking challah. Read more

Vic Alhadeff sent packing by Muslim MP

August 15, 2018 by  

With an invitation in his hand, the CEO of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff arrived at Labor Party event in Sydney…only to be refused admission by the organiser, Muslim NSW MP Shaoquett Moselmane. Read more

God Is Good For You

August 5, 2018 by  

The Australia’s foreign editor Greg Sheridan took several months leave to write a book why God is good for you and one of its several launches took place at The Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

Prime Minister’s grandson prepares the challah

July 13, 2018 by  

Today was grandparents’ day at Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull brought his 4-yr-old grandson Jack to try his hand at baking challah. Read more

Give peace a chance

July 4, 2018 by  

Israel’s Opposition leader Isaac Herzog is visiting Australia immediately following his appointment as the chairman of The Jewish Agency. Read more

Canberra plans its first Jewish dayschool

May 26, 2018 by  

Its first Jewish day school is on the cards for Canberra with Chabad ACT applying for its registration. Read more

Resting places for Darwin and Jindabyne

May 18, 2018 by  

There is a very small number of Jews in the Northern Territory and even smaller in the Snowy Mountains where some ageing residents have expressed their wishes to have a Jewish funeral when they die. Read more

Australia’s first Jewish same sex marriage

May 4, 2018 by  

Ilan Buchman and Oscar Shub were married in Sydney’s Emanuel Synagogue this week five months after the Australian Government passed legislation to permit same sex marriages. Read more

A night to remember for Bram

May 2, 2018 by  

Melbourne author Bram Presser has won three prizes in the NSW Premier’s 2018 Literary Awards.

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Malcolm Turnbull donates personal books to new Jewish library

April 13, 2018 by  

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull officially opened The Sam Moss Library in Sydney’s Kesser Torah College. Read more

Yom Hashoah Sydney commemoration

April 11, 2018 by  

Over 800 members of Sydney’s community and supporters packed the Clancy Auditorium at the University of New South Wales to participate in this year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration. Read more

A doctorate for Robert Simons

March 27, 2018 by  

Robert Simons has guided the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem through its last 26 years as its president, a role from which he retired recently and the university is to confer him with an honorary doctorate in June. Read more

Realising Ben-Gurion’s dream

February 14, 2018 by  

Eran Doron is the mayor of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council in which its territory represents 22% of the land  of Israel. He talks to J-Wire. Read more

The Great to celebrate its 140th

February 4, 2018 by  

Sydney’s The Great Synagogue is the spiritual home of Australia’s oldest congregation established in 1844 and is to celebrate the 140th anniversary of its current location built in 1878. Read more

We lose a special friend

January 24, 2018 by  

Audrey Hodges-Bunting visited Israel in the early 1980s and returned to Australia with a vision to bridge any divide between Christian and Jews…and she continued her work up until she passed this week on the Gold Coast at the age of 91. Read more

Master of all the facts

January 23, 2018 by  

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair described Sydney-born broadcaster Ed Doolan as “the master of the facts”. Ed Doolan, a well-loved Sydney personality in his youth, passed away last week at 76. Read more

Meet Mark Sofer

December 6, 2017 by  

Israel’s recently appointed ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer took time out of his busy schedule to speak to J-Wire… Read more

Ambassador Mark Sofer visits Sydney

December 5, 2017 by  

Israel’s new ambassador Mark Sofer has visited Sydney to meet members of the Jewish community’s leadership, welcoming discussion on situations impacting on Israel and diaspora. Read more

Rabbi Feldman encounters the face of antisemitism

November 27, 2017 by  

In a quiet cul-de-sac in Australia’s capital Canberra Rabbi Shmueli Feldman dreads another attack on his home by a group of young white Australians. Read more

Taking a look back on Israel…and taking a look forward

November 12, 2017 by  

There was a surprise opening to the address by former Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma to guests at a JNF breakfast function in Sydney…”I am used to talking at events in Israel so you are free to keep eating and in fact keep talking to each other.” Read more

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