JIFF tickets giveaways

October 22, 2019 by  

J-Wire has double passes to give away for the Jewish Film Festival [JIFF]. Read more

Mr Chess passed away in South Africa

October 17, 2019 by  

Leonard R Reitstein, aged 91, much admired and respected member of the Cape Town Jewish community, particularly Temple Israel, and as South Africa’s “Mr Chess”. passed away in August. Read more

Never Again-Austen Tayshus

October 8, 2019 by  

Like so many I saw a number of Austen Tayshus shows in the 80’s in Pubs and clubs where you would leave drenched in sweat and feeling like you had just done nine rounds of cage wrestling with Andre the Giant and a Grizzly bear. The latest offering by Austen Tayshus at the Bondi Pavillion still leaves you battered and bruised but dying for more. Read more

A 100th birthday present for Newtown Synagogue

October 8, 2019 by  

Consecrated on 7 September 1919, Sydney’s Newtown Synagogue’s 100th anniversary was celebrated on Sunday with Sir Frank Lowy presenting a magnificent new Sefer Torah donated by himself and Lady Shirley Lowy memory of Sir Frank’s parents Hugo and Ilona Lowy.

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UJEB in the wake of the school antisemitism in Melbourne government schools

October 8, 2019 by  

The widely reported anti-Semitic bullying incidents at two Melbourne government schools last week were an unfortunate reminder that there continues to be vilification of our community. The incidents were all the more shocking because children were involved. Read more

Ester Fiszman 1930-2019

October 4, 2019 by  

The passing of Esther Fiszman at age 89 severs another vital link to our living past. Esther was a living witness to both humanity’s darkest hours. And to humanity’s warmest moments with Australia openly welcoming distraught European migrants post the war to build a new life. Read more

L’Shana Tova

September 29, 2019 by  

The state of the U.K. Labour Party

September 29, 2019 by  

The British Labour Party held its annual conference this week in the southern coastal city of Brighton, where tens of thousands of party members assemble. Read more

A report from the Bahamas

September 29, 2019 by  

Sydney-based Alethea Gold has spent two weeks distributing much-needed support working with Israeli NGO smartAID on the island Abaco.

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Is Ireland setting a dangerous precedent on Israel?

September 26, 2019 by  

It was an Irishman, Daniel O’Connell, who persuaded the British government in 1846 to repeal an ancient discriminatory law prescribing distinctive dress for Jews. The rest of Europe followed suit…writes Sister Anastasia Kennedy. Read more

Bringing Jewish life to Budapest

September 12, 2019 by  

Rabbi David Keleti, head of the Lativ Community he founded seven years ago in Budapest, has spoken in Sydney about the work that he has been involved in primarily rejuvenating Hungary’s 90,000 Jews.

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Sep-15 Sydney: Book launch – In Heaven’s Name Why?

September 11, 2019 by  

Rabbi Chaim Ingram invites the community to the launch of his newest book. Read more

Back home in the Shetlands, a taste of nostalgia and singular Jewish life

September 1, 2019 by  

It was SRO, standing-room only—an amazing turnout. Young and old, locals and tourists, poured into the venue as part of my travels “back home.” They came, anxious to listen to my book talk and memories growing up as part of the only Jewish family on the remote Shetland Islands. The Greenwald name was respected throughout the Christian, G-d-fearing community. They came not just to hear a talk on kosher cuisine (mixed in with a dollop of nostalgia) but to share memories, still vivid, from more than 50 years ago…writes Ethel G. Hofman. Read more

Israeli teen killed, family members injured in West Bank bombing

August 25, 2019 by  

Israeli security forces have been searching for terrorists behind an explosion on Friday near a natural spring in the West Bank that killed a teenage Israeli girl Rina Shnerb and seriously injured her father and brother. Read more

Grandmother duo assists in battling Gaza fire balloons

August 6, 2019 by  

Linda Bracha remembers her first day on the job as a volunteer at the Gaza border: “As we were leaving at the end of our shift, we saw an incendiary kite hit the ground and found ourselves driving right into the fire it caused. Read more

Accounting for evil: Wollongong PhD examines role of numbers in Nazi Germany

August 4, 2019 by  

At first glance, Dr Erin Twyford’s PhD is about numbers. But, dig a little deeper, and it becomes apparent that her thesis is actually about people. Read more

In the next election, let Israel win!

July 30, 2019 by  

For many years, a key element in the Israeli psyche has been missing. Gone is the passion, not for our land, not for our state, but for our leadership. For both those in power and those in the opposition, enthusiasm has waned considerably. Read more

For Israeli children coping with loss, a week of hope and healing

July 24, 2019 by  

Losing members of one’s family to violence is traumatic for anyone, let alone the very young. Read more

How we feel about technology today matters for tomorrow

July 21, 2019 by  

If we took a surgeon from 100 years ago and placed them in an operating room today, it would be unlikely they would be able to do their job. Read more

A new rabbi for the ARK Centre

July 19, 2019 by  

Over 250 people including rabbis, members of State and Federal Parliaments, community leaders, ARK Centre members, donors and  friends and family have gathered to celebrate the induction of Rabbi Gabi and Rebbetzin Mushka Kaltmann as the ARK Centre Rabbi and Rebbetzin. Read more

Benefits of preparatory at Mount Sinai

July 17, 2019 by  

As a parent, your two biggest drivers are to protect and prepare.  Arguably, one of the biggest decisions you will need to make in preparing your child for their future is choosing the correct schooling for them. Read more

Political leaders across the spectrum condemn conversion therapy remarks by Minister of Education

July 15, 2019 by  

Israel’s newly-appointed Minister of Education Rafi Peretz came under harsh criticism by elements across the political spectrum on Sunday after he stated during a Saturday night interview that conversion therapy for gay people is a possibility and that he has provided such therapy to his students in the past. Read more

A US-Israeli defence treaty? A noble idea, but neither desirable nor practical.

July 12, 2019 by  

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) recently suggested that the United States should conclude a defence treaty with Israel. Read more

Globally collaborative universities are driving the solutions of the future

July 11, 2019 by  

In 1990, one of the most ambitious scientific endeavours the world has ever seen was launched…writes Michael Waxman-Lenz. Read more

E-cigarettes and school students

June 23, 2019 by  

The use of e-cigarettes is on the rise, particularly among high school students in Australia, and, given that the use of these devices is a relatively new phenomenon, Sydney’s Moriah College has provided students and parents with some relevant background information. Read more

A chat with new UJEB president Gabi Crafti

May 21, 2019 by  

Becci Krispin sat down with the new UJEB President Gabi Crafti to hear about her role and her thoughts on Jewish education in Melbourne. Read more

The Hawke Years, 1983-1991

May 17, 2019 by  

The man who defeated Fraser in the March 1983 election was already well known for supporting Israel and other “Jewish” causes such as Soviet Jewry. Read more

Moshe Fiszman passed away aged 97 

May 16, 2019 by  

Holocaust survivor Moshe Fiszman has passed away in Melbourne.

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AIJAC asks the tough questions

April 24, 2019 by  

Ahead of the 18th May election, the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council asked the Coalition and the ALP questions which may impact on the Jewish vote. Read more

Old City Jerusalem now largest accessible historic site in world

March 28, 2019 by  

The Old City of Jerusalem just became the largest accessible historic city in the world. Read more

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