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

“Catch the Jew” – Catch its author

November 8, 2017 by  

He wrote a book entitled “I Sleep in Hitler’s Room” describing a six-month walking tour in contemporary Germany and followed it with a book on life in the Israel-Palestine region published as “Catch the Jew”…and now Tuvia Tenenbom is heading to Australia not to write a book but to be a keynote speaker for the 2018 UIA campaigns in NSW, QLD and WA. Read more

Danby stands his ground

October 8, 2017 by  

Melbourne Labor MP Michael Danby is sticking by his advertisements in the Jewish media criticising ABC correspondent Sophie McNeill’s reporting in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more

Unwelcome sauce for Australia’s lamb

September 27, 2017 by  

An ad created for the Australian market featuring the multicultural attraction of local lamb through historical religious leaders has been hacked in the USA claiming that YouTube had found the ad offensive. Read more

Last witnesses: ABC to show doco featuring child survivors

August 27, 2017 by  

ABC-TV’s Compass is to screen a documentary about child survivors of the Holocaust now living in Sydney and Melbourne.
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New plans for “terrorism threatened” synagogue

August 10, 2017 by  

Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe have announced they will be submitting plans for a new development application for a new synagogue in Bondi  to Waverley Council and suggested jointly that a proposed protest on the weekend would “be unproductive”. Read more

Doing Israel’s humanitarian work

August 8, 2017 by  

A team of Australian doctors has visited Fiji to consult and operate on members of the Fijian community in need of ENT assistance including a two-yr-old girl who had extreme difficulty in breathing. Read more

The Voice and Fauda fill the WIZO bill

August 6, 2017 by  

Over 725 guests took the opportunity to listen to one of the creators of the Netflix worldwide hit “Fauda” and to hear music from Israeli stars Guy and Yahel at WIZO NSW’s Major Function for 2017. Read more

One shul, two minyans

July 2, 2017 by  

Sydney’s South Head Synagogue was open for business on Shabbat with many members attending a separate minyan being held at a nearby Moriah College campus. Read more

South Head closes its doors…for less than hour

June 30, 2017 by  

An ecstatic Rabbi Milecki has announced that it is business as usual in Sydney’s South Head Synagogue where a group of members have provided funds to satisfy the administrator that the synagogue is currently financially viable. Read more

Keep NSW Safe

May 29, 2017 by  

A submission to the NSW Parliament by Keep NSW Safe is calling for a section to be inserted into the NSW  Crimes Act to cover instances of crimes involving racism, sexual preferences, law enforcement agencies and other categories. Read more

John Samuel Asher: “He will not be forgotten”

May 21, 2017 by  

Shortly after midnight on May 29. 1942 a Japanese midget submarine fired a torpedo towards the USS Chicago, a heavy cruiser moored on Sydney Harbour. Read more

South Head Synagogue’s administrator bars the rabbi

April 30, 2017 by  

Sydney’s South Head Synagogue is facing a legal battle with its sacked Rabbi Benzion Milecki who has been told he has no longer access to the building or use its car park. Read more

Standing Up book will inspire you to stand up

April 5, 2017 by  

An inspiring new book about Jewish Australians who have stood up to tackle social injustices and make the world a better place has been launched by David Gonski at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

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