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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Final Portrait – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

October 2, 2017 by  

When American writer and art-lover James Lord (Armie Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-famous artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait, he accepts.

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The Dancer – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 27, 2017 by  

When her father is killed, farm girl Loie Fuller (Soko) makes her way to New York where her mother Lili (Amanda Plummer) is living a nun-like existence with female prohibitionists.

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The Lego Ninjago Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 24, 2017 by  

I was accompanied by two young fans who were excited by the prospect of the latest outing in the Lego movie franchise. Well, that and a train ride into the city.

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

September 13, 2017 by  

I thought an animated film for children was supposed to have stuff aimed at grownups, some sly jokes at our level, at least enough to keep us from falling asleep.

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Housing for Jewish Seniors

September 13, 2017 by  

B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages (BBRV) have responded to increasing demand for affordable accommodation for seniors by purchasing an existing apartment block in Sydney’s vibrant Double Bay.

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JNF NSW Annual Dinner

September 11, 2017 by  

High demand for tickets to JNF’s Annual Dinner meant a full house with over 850 guests gathered in Sydney in support of Sderot Park of Courage in Israel’s Negev.

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Merav Michaeli MK in Australia

September 7, 2017 by  

Merav Michaeli, a member of the Knesset, will be visiting Australia this month addressing communal events in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Outrageous poses at Holocaust Memorial

September 3, 2017 by  

Former Neighbours actress, Xonia, has been criticised for posing in a highly suggestive manner at the Holocaust Memorial in Bucharest according to The Sun, UK.

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Book Week upset

August 24, 2017 by  

It is Book Week across Australia when primary school aged children are urged to celebrate books by dressing up as a character from a book…including one of a boy in a concentration camp.

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Maudie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

August 22, 2017 by  

In this engrossing story of triumph over physical adversity, you have to wait for beauty to emerge.   Read more

FREE: Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

August 7, 2017 by  

Want to build a new synagogue in Bondi? Given the existence of other synagogues in and around the popular beachside suburb, it should be possible to get permission from Waverley Council who have jurisdiction over such matters.

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Prince Bettliegend in Sydney

August 7, 2017 by  

Sydney is hosting the world premiere reconstruction of Prince Bettliegend (The Bedridden Prince) next week.  Billed as a comic musical revue, it is presented as part of the Seymour Centre’s Great Ideas Performance Series and the Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music’s Out of the Shadows : Rediscovering Jewish Music and Theatre festival.

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New shul site denied for security reasons

August 4, 2017 by  

The Land and Environment Court has been reported to have upheld Waverley Council’s refusal to allow the development application for a new synagogue in Sydney’s Bondi.

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The Time of Their Lives – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 31, 2017 by  

Like a dish described on a menu, some things don’t always live up to the promise.  A road movie with two (very) mature Englishwomen, running away from home and behaving disgracefully, plus the promise of late life romance, sounded delicious.

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Sydney Rabbi exonerated

July 11, 2017 by  

An article published in The Jerusalem Post this week has caused an upset among Sydney’s orthodox rabbinate. Read more

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