Seeking information about Fritz Bielschowsky

The Jewish Community Council of Western Australia’s Director of Public Affairs Steve Lieblich is seeking information about a Holocaust survivor, Fritz Bielschowsky (Fred Biel), who formerly owned a shoe factory in Erfurt Germany in partnership with Heinrich Cerf and Felix Simon, came to Sydney in 1938-9 with his wife Ilse, and died in 1985. Read more

Abusive emails continue to circulate

May 16, 2019 by  

Counter-terrorism specialists are now assisting NSW Police in tracking down the person or group responsible for homophobic and antisemitic emails which have marred the candidates’ electioneering for Wentworth in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Read more

Four days to go: ECAJ canvasses political leaders

It has been a practice for a number of years for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry to write to the leaders of the Coalition, the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens ahead of an upcoming federal election seeking their positions on policies and issues of particular interest to the Australian Jewish community. Read more

Wentworth final questions: Tim Murray

October 18, 2018 by  

In the interests of ensuring that our community is properly informed and engaged in the political process The Executive Council of Australian Jewry asked the four candidates currently polling at over 10% of the primary vote (as per the Reachtell poll published on 17 September), to state their positions on matters of special concern to Jewish Australians.  Read more

AUJS elects its 2019 committee

September 5, 2018 by  

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has just concluded its AGM where it elected its 2019 Executive Committee.

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Danielle Blain

June 11, 2018 by  

Our apologies to Perth’s Danielle Blain who was awarded the AM  in today’s Queen’s Birthday awards. Read more

Bob Carr has withdrawn from Palestinian event

April 16, 2018 by  

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has cancelled a speaking appearance at an event because he refuses to be involved in any organisation not committed to a peaceful path for Palestinian statehood. Read more

ABC to screen “Fay’s Journey”

March 12, 2018 by  

What does one make of Jewish musicians coming from Australia to play Klezmer, Yiddish music in small Polish towns where entire Jewish communities were wiped out? Read more

Malka Leifer’s case goes on…and on and on and on

February 28, 2018 by  

The 54-yr-old former principal of Melbourne’s Adass Yisroel facing extradition from Israel to Australia where she is wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse appeared in court in Petah Tikvah where her case was delayed yet again. Read more

Big Pond

February 12, 2018 by  

A notice to all J-Wire subscribers using any Big Pond e-mail addresses… Read more

Three Australian rabbis sign a proclamation address abuse

September 26, 2017 by  

Three Australian rabbinical judges are signatories to an international proclamation addressing abuse in the world-wide Orthodox Jewish community.

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A Rosh Hashanah message from Richard Di Natale

September 20, 2017 by  

On behalf of the Australian Greens, I would like to wish a warm Shanah Tovah to everyone welcoming in the Jewish New Year this week…writes Richard Di Natale. Read more

A Rosh Hashanah message from Bill Shorten

September 14, 2017 by  

A Rosh Hashanah message from Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition… Read more

Hungarian woman honoured by Israel

August 11, 2017 by  

The Embassy of Israel in Canberra has honoured Mrs Jolán Michnay as Righteous Among the Nations. Read more

Cairns dedicates and celebrates its first torah

August 7, 2017 by  

The Jewish community in North Queensland has received its first ever Torah scroll with a procession down the streets of Cairns’ Kewarra Beach.

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Waverley Council: FREE’S claims council is rewarding terrorism are nonsense

August 7, 2017 by  

Liberals in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs have hit back at FREE’s claims that council has rewarded terrorism, following a Land & Environment Court decision refusing the construction of a synagogue. Read more

Women of Diversity

July 31, 2017 by  

Over 350 women from across Sydney and communities worldwide attended the second annual Women of Diversity Dinner in Bankstown on Saturday night – half of them newly arrived from the Middle East, many of them Christians fleeing persecution, sexual slavery and genocide. Read more

NSW Labor group vows to oppose Bob Carr on Israel

July 30, 2017 by  

The NSW Labor Israel Action Committee (LIAC) has vowed to continue to oppose former NSW Premier Bob Carr’s continued activity on Israel – after successfully forcing him to recognise Israel’s right to exist within secure and recognised borders”. Read more

No OK from NSW Labor to a federal Labor government recognising a Palestinian state unilaterally

July 30, 2017 by  

The Australia Israel Labor Dialogue (AILD) today congratulated the NSW Labor Branch Conference in not agreeing to bind a future Federal Labor Government to unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Read more

Peta Credlin and James Morrow talk about Israel

July 27, 2017 by  

Sky News Political Contributor Peta Credlin and Daily Telegraph Opinion Editor James Morrow have addressed a luncheon hosted by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) in Sydney following their return from an AIJAC Rambam study mission to Israel. Read more

Magen David Adom focuses on one thing and one thing alone…saving lives.

July 27, 2017 by  

Jewish tour-guide and educator for StandWithUs Kay Wilson and a friend were viciously attacked by terrorists, while hiking near Jerusalem. She will be the guest speaker at Magen David Adom annual campaign dinner in Sydney. Read more

Sydney mother to swim the English Channel to raise support for families struggling with perinatal anxiety

July 26, 2017 by  

A Sydney doctor is preparing to swim the English Channel next month to raise funds for  PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia. Read more

Sydneysider ordained as Australia’s first Hebrew Priestess

July 25, 2017 by  

The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute has given smicha  [ordination] to its fifth cohort comprised of thirteen women including one from Australia at a ceremony at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut. Read more

Pyjama Day for children in foster care

July 21, 2017 by  

The Pyjama Foundation, an organisation that provides support for children in foster care has held a national pyjama day at Sydney’s Jewish House. Read more

World Vision Australia responds to a claim it supports the PFLP was found without foundation in 2012

July 21, 2017 by  

Hot on the heels of the exposure of World Vision’s head of Gaza operations as a Hamas agent (who diverted the millions of charitable funds to the terror group) comes another multi-million dollar terrorist fraud involving World Vision reports the Jerusalem-based International Legal Forum. Read more

Rabbi Milecki’s contributions to South Head

July 20, 2017 by  

Rabbi Benzion Milecki has written to members of the South Head Synagogue denying he is one of the ongoing expenses the shule will have to meet if it is taken out of administration. Read more

AIJAC complaint upheld by SBS

July 19, 2017 by  

SBS has upheld a complaint made by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) concerning a radio news podcast, “50th Anniversary of Middle East’s Critical Six Day War”.

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Ike’s conversion

July 11, 2017 by  

On Saturday, July 15, ABC TV’s Compass will screen Ike’s Conversion a fascinating personal story about a young man’s journey to become an orthodox Jew. Read more

Anne Frank’s Diary seventy years on

Anne Frank’s diary continues to a teaching tool which holds perpetual lessons for mankind. Read more

Save Our Shule

June 29, 2017 by  

An EMERGENCY MEETING is to be held at Sydney’s South Head Synagogue this evening to discuss the Shule’s finances and to explore ways to keep the Shule open. Read more

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