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Trump vows new Iran deal ‘within four weeks’ if re-elected

Trump vows new Iran deal ‘within four weeks’ if re-elected

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10:49 am

U.S. President Donald Trump vowed that if re-elected in November, there would be a new deal with Iran “within four weeks.” Read more

Report: Lebanese leaders knew explosives in the Beirut port could flatten the city

Report: Lebanese leaders knew explosives in the Beirut port could flatten the city

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10:14 am

Lebanese security officials warned the country’s prime minister and president just last month that the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port could potentially destroy the city, according to Reuters. Read more

Palestinian Authority daily claims that Israel is behind Beirut blast

Palestinian Authority daily claims that Israel is behind Beirut blast

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 9:46 am

A writer for the official Palestinian Authority daily accused Israel of being behind the explosion in Beirut last week that cost the lives of at least 163 people and injured thousands, as well as left hundreds of thousands homeless. Read more

120 Jewish groups write to Facebook on antisemitism

120 Jewish groups write to Facebook on antisemitism

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:53 pm

A worldwide group of organisations have written to Facebook calling on the company to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Read more

Beyoncé dons Israeli designers’ creations for mega visual album

Beyoncé dons Israeli designers’ creations for mega visual album

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:44 pm

Beyoncé has done it again, producing a visual album called Black Is King and sending the world into an absolute frenzy. Read more

Netanyahu agrees to delay budget deadline, staving off new elections

Netanyahu agrees to delay budget deadline, staving off new elections

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he had agreed to support legislation that would delay the collapse of the government by putting off the deadline for passing the state budget. Read more

Gantz: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah ‘Lebanon’s biggest problem’

Gantz: Hezbollah chief Nasrallah ‘Lebanon’s biggest problem’

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Monday that while Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah is Israel’s “biggest enemy from the north,” he is “Lebanon’s biggest problem.” Read more

Muslim Kazakhstan adds grave of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson to heritage list

Muslim Kazakhstan adds grave of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson to heritage list

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:21 pm

The U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad recognized Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and former present Nursultan Nazarbayev for “facilitating the commemoration” of the passing, or yahrtzeit, of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson, father of the Lubavitcher Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson—on Monday, the 20th day of the Jewish month of Av. Read more

Elder passes away from COVID-19 in Melbourne

Elder passes away from COVID-19 in Melbourne

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 5:02 pm

One Elder has passed away at Melbourne’s Residential Home in Windsor as a result of COVID-19. Read more

Concerts return to Israel as infection rate remains high

Concerts return to Israel as infection rate remains high

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:01 pm

The government has announced the immediate return of public cultural events and performing artists’ concerts as the infection rate in Israel remained one of the highest in the world. Read more

Buying time, Israeli Government will postpone decision on budget

Buying time, Israeli Government will postpone decision on budget

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:51 pm

The government factions will vote on a law the postpones by 100 days the date at which a budget must be presented, buying the government time and possibly averting the fourth round of elections. Read more

Australian Government should help Lebanese people, not Hezbollah

Australian Government should help Lebanese people, not Hezbollah

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:38 pm

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) applauds Australia’s commitment to helping the people of Lebanon rebuild after last week’s devastating explosion. Read more

The miracle of the twins of the Yosef family

The miracle of the twins of the Yosef family

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 3:37 pm

The birth of Gilat Yosef’s twins began at her home in Kiryat Ata but she did not expect the drama to come. Read more

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Maccabi Victoria’s Hardship Relief Fund

Maccabi Victoria’s Hardship Relief Fund

Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Maccabi VIC recognises that the cost of payment of Sport registration fees could be impacted by the financial strain that COVID-19 experienced by some families. Read more

Yom Ha’azmaut virtual cycle race in Israel and you can participate

Yom Ha’azmaut virtual cycle race in Israel and you can participate

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 8:57 am

Israel’s only professional cycling team, Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN), is inviting fans from across the world to join an unprecedented double event of virtual racing on Israel’s Independence Day, Wednesday 29 April. Read more

NSW Maccabi Sports Awards

NSW Maccabi Sports Awards

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 5:54 pm

NSW Maccabi president Lauren Ehrlich has congratulated those honorees who gained NSW Jewish Sports Awards for 2019. Read more

Ride with the Israel national cycling team

Ride with the Israel national cycling team

Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:38 am

Israel’s only professional cycling team, Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN), is inviting fans from across the world to join a series of online team rides, in order to help secure protective masks for medical staff fighting the Coronavirus pandemic. Read more

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Israel’s High Court hits a new low

Israel’s High Court hits a new low

The ruling by Israel’s High Court of Justice against the home demolition of Palestinian terrorist Nizmi Abu Bakr is the latest example of judicial overreach based on political bias. Abu Bakr confessed to and was indicted on charges of murdering 21-year-old Israel Defence Forces’ Staff Sgt. Amit Ben-Yigal on May 12. Read more

How to help a failed state?

How to help a failed state?

Last week’s disaster in Beirut epitomizes everything that is wrong with Lebanon. But we didn’t have to wait for an investigation into the explosion at the Beirut port that left more than 150 people dead to know what is wrong with that country. Read more

He’s Australian from Laotian parentage…but he loves Yiddish

He’s Australian from Laotian parentage…but he loves Yiddish

Akarin Siriamphone loves Yiddish…he talks with Henry Greener. Read more

Lebanon: What happened?

Lebanon: What happened?

A few minutes after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, a fire broke out in Hangar 9 of Beirut’s port. Videos from the first moments afterwards show black smoke, indicative of a grease or other material fire. Read more

Why do we wish mourners a long life

Why do we wish mourners a long life

Ask the rabbi… Read more

Zionism is in good shape

Zionism is in good shape

Almost everywhere one turns today, there are debates about the condition Zionism is in. Read more

On the other hand

On the other hand

This week we celebrated Tu B’Av – the Jewish Festival of love. Read more

American pundit sheds light on Lebanon situation, China Mideast policy at AIJAC Webinar

American pundit sheds light on Lebanon situation, China Mideast policy at AIJAC Webinar

AIJAC’s latest webinar guest Michael Doran, a former senior director in the US National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence in the George W Bush administration, shed light on the Hezbollah conduct he says led to the tragic Beirut explosion. Read more

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Tour Jewish museums in Cape Town, London and Maryland

Tour Jewish museums in Cape Town, London and Maryland

Monday, August 10, 2020 at 3:49 pm

The Jewish Museum of Australia has teamed up with the Jewish Museum London, Jewish Museum of Maryland and South African Jewish Museum to bring you Around the World in 21 Days: Museums Across the Seas. Read more

New principal for Yeshiva College Bondi

New principal for Yeshiva College Bondi

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Duncan Kendall has been appointed as the Principal/CEO of the Yeshiva College Bondi. Read more

$16,000 for Jewish House

$16,000 for Jewish House

Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 6:09 pm

State Labor MP Dr Marjorie O’Neill has presented Sydney’s Jewish House with a $16,000 grant to purchase a new vehicle to increase their food deliveries to the needy. Read more

Geoff Sirmai to play Shylock

Geoff Sirmai to play Shylock

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Streamed Shakespeare has announced its newest production: The Merchant Of Venice. Read more

Three Jewish grandmothers play matchmaker

Three Jewish grandmothers play matchmaker

Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm

In 2019, Jewish Life Television launched Bubbies Know Best, a dating show with a Jewish twist – where three Jewish grandmothers act as matchmakers for Young and Old, Straight and Gay, Jewish and Non-Jewish. Based upon the show’s great success in Season 1, Bubbies Know Best began pre-production on Season 2 earlier this year. Read more

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Winners of UIA “My Israel Video” Competition

Winners of UIA “My Israel Video” Competition

UIA has announced the winners of its 2020 My Israel video competition. Read more

Learning about Israel

Learning about Israel

Israel-based Unpacked for Educators has launched the first of its kind, international, inter-denominational program comprising fifty schools from seven countries across the world including Australia. Read more

Zooming in to a graduation

Zooming in to a graduation

The members of Melbourne’s Diller Teen Fellows leadership program officially graduated from the program through Zoom. Read more

Masa journey fair online

Masa journey fair online

The Israel Programs office at the Zionist Federation of Australia hosts an annual Masa Israel Journey fair to showcase the various Israel programs on offer for young adults ranging from school leavers looking for gap year experiences to young professionals (up to the age of 30) wanting to intern, volunteer, teach or study in Israel. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the event is now going virtual. Read more

UIA ‘My Israel’ School Video Competition Goes Federal in 2020

UIA ‘My Israel’ School Video Competition Goes Federal in 2020

UIA’s video competition, ‘My Israel’ is returning for a second year in Jewish Day schools Melbourne and Perth and Sydney. Read more

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