Dear Mr Jankelowitz

January 21, 2019 by  

A Melbourne grandfather was shocked by the recent story of Sydney’s Moriah College’s refusing a graduate’s child because the child’s grandmother had been converted to Judaism at the pluralistic Emanuel Synagogue…he shares a letter he penned to the school’s president, Stephen Jankelowitz. Read more

New CEO for NZ Holocaust Centre

January 21, 2019 by  

Chris Harris has been appointed the new CEO of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand based in Wellington. Read more

Man charged in Melbourne as demonstration staged in Israel

January 20, 2019 by  

Melbourne Homicide Squad detectives have charged a man with murder following the death of Aiia Maasarwe. Read more

Apologies from the Rabbinical Council of NSW following Jeremy Spinak memo

January 18, 2019 by  

The Rabbinical Council of NSW has expressed regret and sorrow that the publication of a private memo sent to rabbinic colleagues regarding halachic protocol at the funeral of former NSW Jewish Board of Deputies President Jeremy Spinak caused  “unnecessary distress to Mr Spinak’s family and communal colleagues”. Read more

NIF to Host ‘Tribute to Amos Oz’ Event

January 18, 2019 by  

Marking the recent passing of acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz NIF Australia will curate an evening to celebrate his life and reflect on his literary and political legacy. Read more

Aiia Maasarwe murder: police announce arrest

January 18, 2019 by  

Victoria Police’s Homicide Squad detectives have arrested a man as part of the ongoing investigation into the death of Israeli student Aiia Maasarwe. Read more

Triguboff centre to improve life for Bedouins opened

January 18, 2019 by  

A new centre that will dedicate its work towards improving the living standards of the Bedouin community in Israel’s southern Negev region has been named after Jewish-Australian real estate magnate, Harry Triguboff. Read more

Destination the moon

January 18, 2019 by  

Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries first lunar spacecraft began a historic journey to the moon when it was transported in a cargo plane from Ben Gurion Airport to Orlando, Florida, ahead of launching from SpaceX Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station next month.

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Golani mates meet in Jerusalem

January 18, 2019 by  

Frank Lowy has been honoured by Keren Hayesod with a special meeting in Jerusalem with former IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. General (Res.) Gadi Eizenkot.

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A presidential falafel for Dugo

January 18, 2019 by  

Dugo, along with 60,000 Jews, was on the death march from Auschwitz at the age of 14. Exhausted and starving, he marched for miles dreaming of the ‘bilkelach’ rolls he would eat in Israel. Read more

Leifer proceedings expected to last until mid-year

January 18, 2019 by  

A further hearing in the extradition case involving Malka Leifer facing 74 charges of child sexual abuse in Melbourne was held in a closed-door court in Israel yesterday. Read more

Israeli child sexual abuse scandal: ZFA speaks out

January 18, 2019 by  

The belated response by one of the most senior and influential rabbinic figures in the National-Religious community in Israel to a growing sexual abuse scandal has been condemned by the Zionist Federation of Australia as inadequate, irresponsible and unacceptable. Read more

A call for Scomo to host Paralympian swimmers

January 16, 2019 by  

Michael Danby, Federal Labor Member for Melbourne Ports, has condemned Malaysia’s decision to ban Israeli swimmers from the Paralympic Qualifiers in Malaysia and called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to host the Paralympics swimmers in Australia. Read more

WJC mourns fatally stabbed Gdansk mayor

January 16, 2019 by  

The World Jewish Congress mourns the tragic death of Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz who succumbed to a brutal stabbing inflicted at a public charity concert in the northern Polish city. Read more

President Rivlin visits “Save a Child’s Heart”

January 16, 2019 by  

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has visited children from developing countries being treated for heart conditions at  Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon by ‘Save a Child’s Heart’. Read more

Moshe Arens laid to rest

January 9, 2019 by  

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin has delivered the eulogy at the funeral of former Defence Minister Moshe Arens. Read more

Terrorist who murdered three Israelis arrested

January 9, 2019 by  

Following intelligence and operational activity, the Israel Security Agency (ISA), in cooperation with the Israel Police and the IDF, yesterday (Tue)  arrested Asem Barghouti, the terrorist who perpetrated the 13 December 2018 shooting attack at Givat Asaf. Read more

Danby and Phelps on the St Kilda far-right rally

January 8, 2019 by  

Following the far right engineered confrontation in St Kilda last weekend,  Labor MP Michael Danby said “ It is unfortunate, but ASIO, the AFP and Victoria Police will now need to devote intel resources to Neo-Nazi groups like the Antipodean Resistance League “ Read more

WJC and Board of Deputies stand against antisemitsm in football: There must be no tolerance for use of slur ‘Yid’

January 6, 2019 by  

The World Jewish Congress and the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemn the use of the word ‘Yid’ to describe Tottenham Hotspur supporters, a club that has historically called itself the ‘Yid Army’ due to its large Jewish fan base. Read more

A special event to mark the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

January 4, 2019 by  

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has welcomed the initiative of the Polish authorities and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to mark the 75th anniversary of the death camp’s liberation with a special event at the site. Read more

Israeli water experts to confer with NSW and QLD to solve drought problems

January 4, 2019 by  

Three of the world’s leading experts live in Israel and will visit New South Wales and Queensland to share ideas and know-how designed to tackle the severe drought inter alia through making use of state-of-the-art technologies developed in Israel. Read more

Orthodox rabbis advised not to attend memorial service for NSWJBD president held at reform temple

January 3, 2019 by  

Rabbi Chaim Ingram is questioning a story he considers negative published in the media revealing that the Rabbinical Council of NSW advised the members of this orthodox organisation not attending a memorial service for Jeremy Spinak, a former president of The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, as it was to be held at The Emanuel reform synagogue. Read more

Another Rivlin in the news

January 1, 2019 by  

91-yr-old Joan Lardner Rivlin has been made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for services to seniors. Read more

Eulogy for Amos Oz

January 1, 2019 by  

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin delivered the eulogy at the funeral for the world-acclaimed writer and thinker Amos Oz who died last week at the age of 79. Read more

Visitor no 4,000,000 passes through immigration in Israel.

January 1, 2019 by  

The arrival of the four millionth tourist to land in Israel in 2018 ends a year of record-breaking tourism figures. Read more

Sydney Beth Din rejects calls for resignation

January 1, 2019 by  

The Sydney Beth Din has echoed The Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand in rejecting calls for the resignation of any of its members to resign following their failure to overturn a guilty verdict on committing contempt of court. Read more

Sydney Beth Din: High Court in its sights

December 31, 2018 by  

The four rabbis in the centre of the Sydney Beth Din contempt of court fracas will not resign according to the Jewish judicial organisation. Read more

Walker finds 1,700-yr-old stone busts

December 31, 2018 by  

Two impressive Roman busts were found this month near Beit She’an – thanks to the alertness of a local resident, who spotted the top of one of the busts’ heads sticking out of the ground as she was taking a walk north of the old city. Read more

Waks calls for the Sydney Beth Din rabbis to resign

December 30, 2018 by  

Child sexual abuse advocate Manny Waks has called the four rabbis found guilty of contempt of courts to resign immediately. Read more

Amos Oz: a classmate mourns

December 30, 2018 by  

Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin writes a letter on behalf of himself and his wife to his old classmate Amos Oz who died on Friday from cancer at the age of 79. Read more

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