UN president slammed for wearing a Palestinian scarf

December 4, 2016 by  

Israel’s Ambassador to United Nation has spoken out against UN General Assembly president Peter Thomson wearing a Palestinian scarf whilst addressing a session. Read more

Permanent Holocaust exhibition in Canberra

December 2, 2016 by  

The Australian War Memorial has launched a new permanent exhibition “The Holocaust: witnesses and survivors”. Read more

New faces at Maccabi Australia

December 2, 2016 by  

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Maccabi Australia has marked several changes to the Maccabi Australia board, the most significant of which was the addition of three new board members in Julian Dunne, Daniel Parasol and Dean Rzechta. Read more

Community welcomes the Royal Commission report

December 1, 2016 by  

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The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) has commended the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for its report into the response of Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse made against people associated with those institutions. Read more

NCJWA ‘Celebrating Israel’ Annual Event

December 1, 2016 by  

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The 12th Anniversary of the annual National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NJCWA) ‘Celebrating Israel’ event commemorated the establishment of Israel through a series of cultural depictions. Read more

Gassing sheep

December 1, 2016 by  

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The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission has accepted Senator Culleton’s clarification that in his comments— “This will show that the ANZ bank came in and misled the farmers. In actual fact, said, ‘Come take a shower’, and gassed them.”—  he did not mean to refer to the Holocaust but to a mass gassing of sheep that took place in Australia in the 1990s. Read more

Rescuers: Honouring the Righteous Among Nations

December 1, 2016 by  

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Next week, the Sydney Jewish Museum will launch I Am My Brother’s Keeper Honouring the Righteous Among the Nations.  Read more

Australian Jewish Historical Society gets a facelift

December 1, 2016 by  

Former JCA president Peter Philippsohn has taken the reins of the Sydney-based AJHS [Inc] with plans to streamline NSW’s Jewish archives. Read more

Hanson/Roberts meeting called off

November 30, 2016 by  

Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts have today confirmed that due to security reasons they will cancel their visit to Melbourne to listen to the concerns of the local Jewish community. Read more

The JCCV issues Child Safe Policy

November 30, 2016 by  

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The Jewish Community Council of  Victoria (JCCV) welcomes the report published yesterday by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse focusing on the responses of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi.  The findings in the report are no great surprise but nevertheless are highly disturbing and distressing.
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Royal Commission – the rabbis call on named to stand down

November 30, 2016 by  

The Executive of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand (RCANZ), The Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (RCNSW) and the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) have expressed their  deep distress by the contents of the report by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse at Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne. Read more

JNF starts the rehabilitation of the fire-ravaged forests

November 30, 2016 by  

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Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) has begun the rehabilitation process of forests and open areas that were damaged in the current wave of fires. Read more

Palestinian Fatah party unanimously re-elects Mahmoud Abbas as leader

November 30, 2016 by  

The Palestinian Fatah political party unanimously re-elected Mahmoud Abbas as the head of the party at the opening of its first leadership congress in more than seven years. Read more

ZFA Conference in Melbourne

November 30, 2016 by  

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The Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) will host its 2016 Biennial Conference in Melbourne on the 4th December at Beth Weizmann Centre. Read more

Israel’s raging fires come under control after massive international response

November 30, 2016 by  

Improving weather conditions, a massive influx of support from the international community and efforts by Israeli first responders have enabled the Jewish state to get an outburst of raging wildfires under control. Read more

Leeser encourages all communities to play a part in the 18C inquiry

November 30, 2016 by  

Following a plea to delegates at The Executive Council of Australian Jewry annual conference Julian Leeser MP federal Member for Berowra has encouraged all community groups to take an active part in the current Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into freedom of speech and the Racial Discrimination Act. Read more

Chanukah in Parliament

November 30, 2016 by  

Labor MP Michael Danby has addressed a gathering of Federal politicians celebrating the lighting of a menorah at the country’s seat of government. Read more

The Hon Justice James Edelman: appointed to the High Court of Australia

November 29, 2016 by  

Perth-born judge James Edelman has been appointed to the High Court of Sydney…a position he will take up in January 2017 at the age of 43. Read more

The Royal Commission releases its report on the Yeshiva and Yeshivah

November 29, 2016 by  

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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has said that some members of the community had been “discouraged from reporting”. Read more

ECAJ: Goot passes the baton

November 29, 2016 by  

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Former The Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Robert Goot has handed the leadership over to Anton Block…following the organisation’s policy of alternating Sydney and Melbourne as the home city of president. Read more

Community groups urge MPs not to weaken laws against race hate

November 29, 2016 by  

A delegation of leaders representing the Indigenous, Greek, Arab, Chinese, Jewish, and Indian communities has held a round of meetings with key MPs in Federal parliament to discuss the current Inquiry into freedom of speech. Read more

Fraudsters raising funds in Australia for the firefighting efforts in Israel

November 29, 2016 by  

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Israel search and rescue operation ZAKA has issued a warning about two people fundraising in the Australian Jewish community claiming that they are raising money for the fire-fighting effort in Israel by ZAKA Search and Rescue are frauds.

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Fires: JNF report 2750 acres destroyed

November 28, 2016 by  

Fires spreading since last week have destroyed an estimate of 11,000 Dunams (about 2,750 Acres, with four Dunams = 1 Acre) of natural forests and rural areas around Israel, with 58 occurrences in KKL-JNF areas. Read more

Netanyahu and Rivlin visit the fire regions

November 28, 2016 by  

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The Israeli cabinet has held a special meeting in Haifa, one of the most badly-affected regions in the current fire crisis across Israel.  Read more

Major minyan

November 28, 2016 by  

5,600 Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic rabbinic emissaries and communal leaders from 90 countries, hailing from as far away as Bangkok, Kenya and Australia are gathering in New York for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries. Read more

Antisemitic incidents in Australia up 10%

November 27, 2016 by  

NSW has experienced the highest incidents of antisemitic incidents in Australia in the past year. Read more

Fires: Netanyahu thanks Abu Mazen

November 27, 2016 by  

Michael Kuttner reports on the fires blazing across Israel while Israel’s leader thanks his Palestinian counterpart for sending fire crews to assist firefighters. Read more

JNF Emergency Appeal

November 25, 2016 by  

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An urgent appeal has been launched by the JNF to raise funds to cover the cost of fighting widespread fires which are enveloping areas across Israel. Read more

Together for Humanity

November 25, 2016 by  

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Rachael Kohn’s ABC Radio National features a segment this weekend on Together for Humanity with the participation of students from Sydney’s Emanuel School. Read more

Jones takes Judaism to Java

November 25, 2016 by  

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Jeremy Jones, Director of International and of Community Affairs of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, has completed an intensive programme of dialogues, discussions, meetings and seminars in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia. Read more

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