Gloria Bell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 25, 2019 by  

Having reviewed the original version of this film, Gloria, over five years ago, I wondered why director Sebastian Lelio shot it again. He says because Julianne Moore wanted to do it and that for him, it is a film about feelings – Gloria’s and our own.

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Julie Bishop addresses UIA Women’s Division

March 25, 2019 by  

Jewish women from all over Sydney attended a sold-out breakfast event to hear The Right Hon Julie Bishop MP, headline speaker for this year’s UIA Women’s Division.  Federal Member for Wentworth, Dr Kerryn Phelps, was among the guests.

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Five Feet Apart – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 21, 2019 by  

It’s hard being a teenager and even more so for one has a serious illness.  There have been a few American films in recent years on this theme – Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, which was sweet and funny and The Fault in Our Stars, also charming and both just a little schmaltzy.

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Israel’s Women’s Rights Lawyer in Australia

March 13, 2019 by  

Israeli lawyer Orly Erez-Likhovski will be the 2019 distinguished UIA Progressive Appeal speaker in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Sometimes Always Never – a film review by Roz Tarszisz

March 6, 2019 by  

It’s always good to learn something new, however obscure, and it’s not giving anything away to say that the film’s title refers to which buttons a man should do up on a three-piece suit – starting from the top.

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David Cameron in Sydney for UIA

February 26, 2019 by  

Over 1500, including politicians and former prime minister Tony Abbott, gathered to support Keren Hayesod-UIA’s annual fundraiser in Sydney.  Keynote speaker, former British prime minister David Cameron did not disappoint while Israeli Nataly Zagaya gave a most moving presentation. Read more

On the Basis of Sex – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 5, 2019 by  

One could be forgiven for thinking that the use of sex in a title meant a movie was about sex.

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Founder of Gift of Life passes

January 30, 2019 by  

After battling illness for several years, founder of The Gift of Life in Australia Shula Endrey-Walder has passed away in Sydney.

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Green Book – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 20, 2019 by  

There’s invariably a good soundtrack to an American road trip movie and this one – inspired by a true story – is no exception.

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The Kid Who Would Be King – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 15, 2019 by  

As a child, I loved T.H. White’s The Once and Future King even though I was confused by the concept of Merlin the Wizard travelling backwards through time and getting younger as he went forward. Read more

New principal for Moriah College

December 3, 2018 by  

Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler, College Principal of Melbourne’s Yeshiva and Beth Rivkah Colleges has been appointed Principal of Sydney’s Moriah College.

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Widows – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 16, 2018 by  

There are certain conventions we can expect from a heist movie. The assembling of disparate characters, the difficulties of setting up the robbery, the preparations and a twist at the end. A touch of humour to leaven the tension goes down well too.

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Beautiful Boy – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 25, 2018 by  

That this film is based on a true story inspired by two memoirs only serves to make it all the more compelling. Read more

A Star is Born – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 15, 2018 by  

My rock concert going days may be long over but that didn’t stop shivers down my backbone as the first of many riffs came over the speakers.

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Back to Burgundy – a move review by Roz Tarszisz

July 6, 2018 by  

My French is not that flash but I think the French title –  Ce qui nous lie ­– could have been given a more literary translation. Read more

New sanctuary for Emanuel Synagogue

May 16, 2018 by  

A large crowd assembled in Sydney to celebrate the opening and dedication of the new sanctuary at Emanuel Synagogue this week.

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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

February 28, 2018 by  

It takes a classy actress to play a Hollywood legend.  In this biopic, Annette Bening throws herself into the role of fifties movie star Gloria Grahame.

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The Shape of Water – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 17, 2018 by  

The story of an amphibious man-like creature is not new. While film making has come a long way since Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) there is still a strong sense of deja vu in this latest offering from Guillermo Del Toro who wrote the story, directed and co-wrote the script.

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Swinging Safari – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 12, 2018 by  

Blasts from the past can be fun.  This latest offering from writer/director Stephan Elliott with lava lamps, high waisted bellbottoms, parents behaving badly and a bunch of feral children looked to be just the ticket for the summer holiday season.

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White Supremacy Group Active in Canberra

December 20, 2017 by  

Residents across Canberra have been shocked to find leaflets promoting white supremacy in their letterboxes.

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Breathe – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 19, 2017 by  

True stories about people living with great physical difficulties are generally uplifting and this directorial debut from actor Andy Serkis (War for the Planet of the Apes) is no exception.

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Kehillat Kadimah moves forward

December 12, 2017 by  

The directors of Kehillat Kadimah in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, have come up with a plan to steer the newly created synagogue into the future.

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Ferdinand – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 12, 2017 by  

If you are looking for some respite from the heat during the l-o-n-g school and kindy holidays, then by all means, take your little ones to this latest animated outing. Just don’t expect anything new.

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Celebrating Cultural Diversity

December 5, 2017 by  

When NSW Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams launched the website Remove Hate from the Debate recently, he hoped that it would help young people take positive action when confronted with hateful comments online.

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Goodbye Christopher Robin – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 22, 2017 by  

To those brought up in the English-speaking world, there was no question that Winnie-the-Pooh was English, but I know two who were shocked to discover on arrival in Australia that he was not actually Hungarian.

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TAFE Opportunity Recognised

November 16, 2017 by  

Refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia have many difficulties to overcome but there is progress on one issue.

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Loving Vincent – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

November 1, 2017 by  

Loving Vincent is a cinematic ode to the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and cannot be compared to anything else.

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Three Summers – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 27, 2017 by  

Writer and director Ben Elton said recently that despite living in Australia for 30 years he is still regarded as a Pom.  While he’s not exactly a new chum, he does bring his British sense of irony and an ability to pinpoint the ridiculous in this very Australian film.

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The Only Living Boy in New York – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 4, 2017 by  

Young man falls in love with older woman, something bound to end in tears especially as the beautiful woman is his father’s mistress.  Read more

Healing from the soul

October 2, 2017 by  

It has taken filmmaker Michelle Mahrer 10 years to get her latest documentary to the screen but there is a good reason for that.

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