A history of Jews in the military

March 26, 2017 by  

Mark Dapin’s new book Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military will be released next month. Read more

Land of Mine – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 22, 2017 by  

A story about removal of land mines doesn’t make for easy viewing but this fine film is more about hope than hell.

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Uncommon music for the common man…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 15, 2017 by  

Calling its program ‘Symphony for the Common Man’, the SSO presented music by Ford, Rachmaninov and Copeland in an interesting mix of Australian, Russian and American composers. Read more

“Smitten by Catherine”: A book review by Ron Jontof-Hutter

March 15, 2017 by  

Henry Lew has written a colourful book about Catherine da Costa bringing to life the times in which she lived and describing her world in interesting and compelling detail. Read more

Local Sydney theatre company presents Australian premiere of a hilarious new Broadway show.

March 13, 2017 by  

IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU is a hilarious and wild, musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing mums, unexpected guests, and plenty of crazy twists and turns. It’s the funniest wedding you will ever go to… and it’s coming to the Independent Theatre, North Sydney from 31 March!  Read more

Mount Scopus to stage Mary Poppins

March 9, 2017 by  

Mount Scopus College is proud to present the Victorian school premiere production of Mary Poppins. Read more

They stood and cheered…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

After hearing Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov play Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto last week in the Opera House, I eagerly anticipated his solo recital last night. I came away not just impressed, but gobsmacked, writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Marvellous Melbourne

March 5, 2017 by  

For the sixth year in a row, Melbourne has topped The Economist’s list of the world’s most livable cities. In MARVELLOUS MELBOURNE, its Art and Soul Exhibition, twenty-seven prominent Victorian artists capture the City’s uniqueness in a delightful array of paintings, drawings, prints & photographic artworks. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

March 4, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Marcel Tyberg. Read more

The Laden Table

March 3, 2017 by  

The independent theatre company known for taking daring risks, Sydney’s bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company, will kick off their 2017 season with a powerful world-premiere, The Laden Table, written and developed by a collective of Jewish, Muslim and Christian women in response to ‘dinner table racism’. Read more

The Russian boys get together: a music review

The APT Master Series opened its SSO 2017 season at the Sydney Opera House with a cleverly conceived and superbly executed concert dominated by Russians…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Miss Sloane: a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 1, 2017 by  

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty) is a ruthless Washington D.C. lobbyist.  Known for her successful track record, she will do whatever it takes to win.

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Kosher Theatresports: more laughs than you could poke a shtick at!

February 21, 2017 by  

In what was the closest finish ever seen in 22 years of Kosher Theatresports at Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion Theatre. Read more

The lion was let out…a music review by FraserBeath McEwing

February 19, 2017 by  

I enthusiastically joined an almost full house at the Sydney Opera House to hear the embedded grand organ played – as I have occasionally done in the past – but nothing prepared me for uplift and grandeur produced by English-born, Australian-educated organist, Joseph Nolan…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Meet Karen Feldman

February 19, 2017 by  

Karen Feldman’s Mazl is in Yiddish Songs, a journey she has taken over many years…now finally recorded on a CD, remotely collaborated with musical director Adam Starr and musical arranger John Sharpley. A video interview. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

February 12, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Arnold Schoenberg. Read more

Silence – a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 12, 2017 by  

Silence is about as far as you’ll get from Hollywood fare in a February release from an A-list director. Read more

New York Jewish artist at the NGV

February 10, 2017 by  

The NGV has launched pioneering Jewish American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner’s latest installation OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork that aims to inspire and engage through positive visualisation. Read more

Hidden Figures: a movie review by Glen Falkenstein

February 10, 2017 by  

Taking the top spot on opening, Hidden Figures, one of several Best Picture nominees and popular releases depicting historical racial tensions in the United States, hits a chord to which many of its more dramatic counterparts never come close. Read more

Fences: a movie review by Toni Susskind

February 9, 2017 by  

Fences is a movie that takes its time exploring and unravelling the complexities of human reasoning and nature.  Read more

Gold: a movie review by James Berardinelli

Rags to riches stories are a Hollywood staple. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 27, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Kosher Theatresports is back!

January 20, 2017 by  

The popular Jewish-themed impro comedy show based on the Australian and world-wide hit show, returns to Sydney’s Bondi Pavilion theatre on Sunday 19 February after a 4 year ‘shluff’. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 6, 2017 by  

Continuing the series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Jackie – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

January 5, 2017 by  

For those who remember the day President John Kennedy died in November 1963, this biopic will bring it all back. Read more

Short+Sweet Turns “Sweet 16” in January 2017

January 1, 2017 by  

Short+Sweet has spread the popular 10-minute format in theatre, dance, cabaret & comedy across Australia and the globe – with festivals now as far afield as Hollywood, India, Malaysia, Dubai and NZ. But the original theatre festival in its Sydney home is ‘sweet 16’ this year… and plans to celebrate in style! Read more

The Edge of Seventeen – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

December 29, 2016 by  

Angst and tantrums – the teenage years are a challenge for all involved.  This well drawn portrait from writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig is worth a look for its depiction of a girl who has yet to work out her place in the world, or indeed, if she even has one.

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La La Land – a movie review by Roz Tarszsisz

December 20, 2016 by  

It has been a long time since a movie like this graced cinema screens.

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London Klezmer to tour Australasia

December 15, 2016 by  

Much-loved international klezmer ensemble the London Klezmer Quartet return to Australasia in January 2017  and will feature music from  their latest hit album. Read more

The Trombone Man: Tales of a Misogynist…a book review by Jasmin Albert

December 15, 2016 by  

Ron J. Hutter has written a provocative, entertaining and thoughtful novel that explores the problem of antisemitism in a very original way. Read more

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