Chelm is alive and well…writes Michael Kuttner

October 19, 2018 by  
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Chelm was a mythical Yiddish-speaking town which had a disproportionate share of shlemiels and shlemazels whose mind-boggling stupidity provided an endless source of merriment and mirth. Read more

New bill will end Israeli imports of live animals for meat, in light of suffering

July 11, 2018 by  
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In light of revelations as to the poor conditions of animals transported to Israel for food, government ministers on Sunday greenlighted a bill that would gradually phase out the import of animals for slaughter in Israel. Read more

We can and should make BDS a pariah

June 22, 2018 by  
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The BDS movement hasn’t had much luck targeting Israel’s economy or even its cultural life: Despite some high-profile cancellations, there were 140 performances by international artists last year, up from 22 in 2010…writes Evelyn Gordon/JNS. Read more

3 Australian innovators selected to attend prestigious global summit in Jerusalem

June 16, 2018 by  
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Melbourne natives Dean Cohen, Eyal Halamish and Bradley Smorgon have been selected to join over 150 of the Jewish world’s leading young innovators from 29 countries who will convene in Jerusalem this month to connect with other change makers, gain new skills, and find renewed inspiration at the 2018 ROI Summit. Read more

People of the Boot: the triumphs and tragedies of Australian Jews in Sport…a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

June 3, 2018 by  
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‘People of the Boot’ is a neat pun as the title of a book about Australian Jews’ contribution to their country’s – and international – sporting life. Read more

Israel’s ambassador to Australia: “We regret the lost life”

May 16, 2018 by  
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Israel’s ambassador to Australia Mark Sofer has expressed his regret of loss of lives in Gaza but lays the blame squarely on Hamas. Read more

Nations divided over whether to attend opening ceremony of US embassy in Jerusalem

May 14, 2018 by  
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European nations are lining up on opposite sides of the political aisle as the grand opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem date approaches…but Australia will not be there. Read more

Just when you think you have heard it all

February 2, 2018 by  
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It seems there is no limit when it comes to covering news about Israel and Jews. This week in particular has served up yet more examples of the absurdities we face…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

The Great approaches its 140th anniversary

December 29, 2017 by  
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2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the consecration of  Sydney’s The Great Synagogue, which took place on 4 March 1878. Read more

Shameful…writes Michael Kuttner

December 8, 2017 by  
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On 31 October at Beersheba I listened to endless platitudes, mutual back slapping and great sounding sentiments from the Prime Ministers of Australia and Israel and the Governor General of New Zealand. Read more

IHRA upgrades Australia

December 1, 2017 by  
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The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), an inter-governmental body with 31 member countries, unanimously agreed to upgrade Australia’s status in the organisation from Observer to Liaison status. Read more

Elbit shares a $1.4 billion Australian army deal

November 30, 2017 by  
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Elbit Systems of Australia Pty Ltd has hosted at its facility in Canberra the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne MP, Senator for the Australia Capital Territory, Zed Seselja and the Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell  marking the award of Tranche 2 of the Australian Army’s Land 75/125 program. Read more

Q&A in Israel

October 30, 2017 by  
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Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, Minister for the Environment, Energy, Josh Frydenberg and Dan Tehan separately faced the media in Israel. Here are some of the questions…and their answers. Read more

Hope for reason to prevail at the UNHRC as Australia takes its place

October 18, 2017 by  
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The Jewish community has welcomed the Australia’s election to Unite Nations Human Right Council. Read more

Danby stands his ground

October 8, 2017 by  
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Melbourne Labor MP Michael Danby is sticking by his advertisements in the Jewish media criticising ABC correspondent Sophie McNeill’s reporting in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more

Indigenous Friends of Israel

July 6, 2017 by  
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The Indigenous Friends of Israel has been established to counter Bob Carr’s anti-Israel comments and to maintain Australia’s bipartisan support for Israel. Read more

Postgraduates slam anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in universities

May 5, 2017 by  
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The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) has condemned the increasing prevalence of Holocaust denial, anti-Semitic posters that are appearing on campuses nationwide. Read more

New Israel Fund attains tax-deductiblity status

May 5, 2017 by  
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The New Israel Fund (NIF) Australia Foundation has been recognised by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a public benevolent institution (PBI) enabling it to give tax-deductible receipts for donations. Read more

New Australian ambassador to Israel

April 12, 2017 by  
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Chris Cannan has been appointed  as Australia’s next Ambassador to Israel. Read more

Trump seeks to resolve Israel-Palestinian conflict…writes Isi Leibler

March 29, 2017 by  
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Throughout his election campaign and thereafter, even while fulsomely praising Israel and vowing to treat us as a true ally, U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated that his former deal making experience would enable him to resolve the intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read more

An open letter to Malcolm Turnbull on 18C

March 28, 2017 by  
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Josie Lacey has sent a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in her capacity as convenor of Religions for Peace in NSW. Read more

My UJEB journey

March 28, 2017 by  
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A Melbourne student who does not attend a Jewish school has warm words for UJEB. Read more

Rambam returnees address AIJAC in Sydney

March 28, 2017 by  
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Federal Labor MPs Meryl Swanson, Milton Dick and Liberal MP Tony Pasin addressed an Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) luncheon in Sydney on their return from Rambam study visit delegations to Israel. Read more

Jewish Care Hosts Arava Project Delegation

March 27, 2017 by  
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Jewish Care Victoria has hosted a delegation of Israeli and Australian Arava Project representatives and told them about the organisation and its aged care offerings. Read more

Jewish Muslim comedy debate

March 22, 2017 by  
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During Cultural Diversity Week, the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) teamed up together to host the 2017 Jewish – Muslim Comedy Debate with the topic ‘North of the Yarra is Better than South of the Yarra.’  Read more

Top honours for Friedlander’s Harmony Walk

March 17, 2017 by  
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A volunteer organisation that established a solidarity walk confronting racism and discrimination has received top honours at the 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner. Read more

Generations connecting through tech, tea & tales

March 17, 2017 by  
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An innovative intergenerational program, ‘Tech, Tea & Tales’ recently launched at Jewish Care Victoria – the first of its kind in Australia. Read more

2017 Community Heritage Grants now open

March 12, 2017 by  
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The National Library of Australia is calling for applications  to the 2017 Community Heritage Grants (CHG). Read more

Meet Joel Burnie: a Henry Greener interview

AIJAC’s Joel Burnie has a political pedigree going back to his student days. A video interview. Read more

Shul in dire straits

March 1, 2017 by  
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Sydney’s South Head Synagogue is in the throes of a financial crisis, and its congregants and board members are questioning the suitability of head Rabbi Benzion Milecki. Read more

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