headspace Israel tackles Israel’s youth mental health crisis head-on 

December 6, 2019 by  

The recent official opening of the headspace Jerusalem centre marked a very special occasion…writes David Levy. Read more

Learn or brush up your Hebrew

December 5, 2019 by  

Jonathan Mutlu has a variety to suit your needs…

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Mrs Lowry & Son: Movie tickets give away

November 29, 2019 by  

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Importance of religious freedom examined at interfaith breakfast

November 29, 2019 by  

The importance of championing diversity and inclusion were key themes at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) fifth Parliamentary Interfaith Breakfast at Parliament House in Melbourne this week. Read more

A new New Zealand unveiled in Israel

November 12, 2019 by  

Marion Davis was a child opera star, beginning her career in a juvenile opera company at the age of 14 in Wellington. In 1899, she married Ernest Hyam Davis, a brewer from Auckland. Read more

Job opportunity – Canberra

November 8, 2019 by  

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Habonim Dror reach out to smaller communities

November 8, 2019 by  

Ken HaShemesh HaOlah (KSO) is Habonim Dror Australia’s groundbreaking new outreach program, providing socialist-Zionist and progressive education for Jewish youths regardless of where they may live in Australia. Read more

Shabbat: Reclaiming Jewish identity from anti-Semitism

November 7, 2019 by  

One year after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting shook world Jewry to its core, we are continuously flooded with disturbing reminders that, unbelievably, anti-Semitism is back on the agenda and threatens our way of life more seriously than we could have ever imagined in the modern era…writes Rabbi Warren Goldstein. Read more

Senior rabbi takes unprecedented step of writing to urge congregants to vote tactically against Labour

November 1, 2019 by  

British Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain has taken the unprecedented step of writing to his congregation urging them to vote for whatever political party stands the best chance of beating Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour candidates in the forthcoming general election. Read more

Sunshine State attracts impressive line-up of speakers

November 1, 2019 by  

Brisbane recently hosted two internationally respected visitors – both highly revered in their respective fields. Read more

Examining hate and hope one year after Pittsburgh’s deadly Tree of Life shooting

October 29, 2019 by  

The mass shooting at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh took place exactly a year ago this past Sunday, on Oct. 27, 2018, and the tragedy remains a lesson about combating hate and bigotry against world Jewry. Read more

‘Washington Post’ calls dead ISIS leader al-Baghdadi an ‘austere religious scholar’

October 29, 2019 by  

On Oct. 27, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Read more

JIFF tickets giveaways

October 25, 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

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