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On its 73rd Independence Day, Israel boasts 9.3 million citizens

On its 73rd Independence Day, Israel boasts 9.3 million citizens

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) released its traditional statistics report on the citizens of Israel in honour of Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, which is celebrated this year on Wednesday night and Thursday. Read more

President Rivlin broadcasts Israel’s 73rd birthday message to the diaspora

President Rivlin broadcasts Israel’s 73rd birthday message to the diaspora

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:49 pm

President Reuven Rivlin sends Independence Day greetings to Israeli citizens and to Jewish communities around the world. Read more

Israel celebrates 73rd birthday

Israel celebrates 73rd birthday

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 4:40 pm

Israel kicked off its Yom Ha’atzmaut, Independence Day, celebrations on Wednesday evening, making the almost impossible transition from marking its Memorial Day for the IDF’s fallen soldiers and the Israeli victims of terrorism to celebrating its independence. Read more

Notorious Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff dies at age 82

Notorious Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff dies at age 82

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Jewish Ponzi schemer and disgraced financier Bernie Madoff died on Wednesday at the Federal Medical Centre in Butner, N.C., at the age of 82, his lawyer confirmed. Read more

Israel remembers its 23,928 fallen IDF soldiers and 3,158 victims of terrorism

Israel remembers its 23,928 fallen IDF soldiers and 3,158 victims of terrorism

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Israel came to a standstill on Tuesday night to mark Yom Hazikaron, its national Memorial Day, and to commemorate the 23,928 fallen IDF soldiers and 3,158 victims of terrorist attacks who have died in the last 150 years. Read more

Melissa Parke withdraws defamation case against AIJAC in settlement

Melissa Parke withdraws defamation case against AIJAC in settlement

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:20 pm

Former ALP candidate and MP Melissa Parke has withdrawn her defamation case against Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein in a settlement in which Rubenstein issued a statement expressing “regret” that his comments caused Parke “distress.”

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Yom HaZikaron Netanyahus’ moving meeting

Yom HaZikaron Netanyahus’ moving meeting

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have met in Jerusalem with a group of youth whose fathers were killed in action while serving in the IDF, known as IDF orphans, ahead of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day. Read more

Israeli-owned cargo ship sustains light damage following Iranian attack 

Israeli-owned cargo ship sustains light damage following Iranian attack 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3:50 pm

An Israeli-owned cargo ship reportedly came under Iranian attack and sustained light damage off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday. Read more

From Morocco to New Zealand: Jews from 60 countries participate in Yom Hazikaron ceremony

From Morocco to New Zealand: Jews from 60 countries participate in Yom Hazikaron ceremony

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 3:40 pm

A special Yom HaZikaron ceremony was held on Tuesday night by the Jewish Agency for Diaspora Jewry attended by participants from 60 countries around the world. Read more

Israel to begin receiving vaccinated tourists on May 23

Israel to begin receiving vaccinated tourists on May 23

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:57 pm

Israel will begin receiving vaccinated tourists from abroad through a phased plan that will begin on May 23, the Israeli Tourism Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. Read more

First and only Memorial Day ceremony held in Arab-Israeli society

First and only Memorial Day ceremony held in Arab-Israeli society

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:55 am

The first and only Yom HaZikaron, Memorial Day, ceremony held by the Israeli-Arab society took place in Arara in northern Israel yesterday. Read more

Israel uncovers Iranian intelligence attempts to kidnap Israelis with social media baits

Israel uncovers Iranian intelligence attempts to kidnap Israelis with social media baits

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 8:13 am

The Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) and the Mossad have uncovered an operation through which Iranian intelligence operatives attempted to lure Israelis to travel to various countries abroad to harm or abduct them. Read more

Isi Leibler: 1934-2021. A giant amongst us is no more

Isi Leibler: 1934-2021. A giant amongst us is no more

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 6:45 pm

The subject of a newly-released book “Lone Voice: The Wars of Isi Leibler” has passed away in Jerusalem at the age of 86. Read more

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Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins two gold medals at world championship

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins two gold medals at world championship

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 4:33 pm

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won two gold medals and one bronze in the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup this weekend in Sofia, Bulgaria. Read more

Jessica tackles the floods

Jessica tackles the floods

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 5:34 pm

Olympian Jessica Fox took to the water to train during the severe flooding which has devasted wide tracts of south-eastern Australia following days of heavy rainfall.

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Maccabi and Bialik swim school

Maccabi and Bialik swim school

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Maccabi Victoria has launched Maccabi Aquatics – a full service swim school – to commence operating in Term 4, 2021. Read more

Team Australia Maccabiah 2022 information sessions attract over 300

Team Australia Maccabiah 2022 information sessions attract over 300

Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:11 pm

 
 Team Australia has continued strong preparations on the road to Maccabiah in 2022 after information sessions in Sydney and Melbourne were attended by over 300 people.

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Is New Zealand’s justice system racist?

Is New Zealand’s justice system racist?

The New Zealand justice system has been called racist. Underpinning that accusation are some powerful statistics. Read more

Jordan reaches 100 as its ruling Hashemite dynasty implodes

Jordan reaches 100 as its ruling Hashemite dynasty implodes

Jordan continues to be the stumbling block to ending the 100 years old conflict between Jews and Arabs as it celebrates its founding 100 years ago on 11 April 1921 – whilst simultaneously 100 years of unbroken rule by the Hashemite dynasty has been publicly imploding. Read more

A giant in his generation: a tribute to Isi Leibler from his biographer Suzanne Rutland

A giant in his generation: a tribute to Isi Leibler from his biographer Suzanne Rutland

The passing of Isi Leibler, a giant in his generation, leaves a significant gap in the Jewish world. Read more

Israeli strategic observers: ‘It appears as if a lot of Iranian work in Natanz went down the drain’

Israeli strategic observers: ‘It appears as if a lot of Iranian work in Natanz went down the drain’

Threats by Iran to retaliate against what it said was an Israeli sabotage attack on its Natanz nuclear site on April 11 and the reported attack on an Iranian command ship in the Red Sea on April 6 should be taken seriously, observers in Israel say, but they also indicate the distress that the Iranian regime is feeling as it absorbs one blow after another. Read more

The sound that commands us to remember

The sound that commands us to remember

The sirens blaring as the State of Israel marks Yom Hazikaron—Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism—command us that we distinguish this day from all others. Read more

A tribute to the bereaved parents of unsung fallen Israelis

A tribute to the bereaved parents of unsung fallen Israelis

As Israel entered the 24-hour period that marks Yom Hazikaron—Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism—the country turns its attention to individual stories of heroism and bereavement. Read more

The new plan to oust Netanyahu and its implications for Israel

The new plan to oust Netanyahu and its implications for Israel

In a discussion with associates on Tuesday, Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett spoke candidly about his political plans, which, according to media reports, he is closely coordinating with New Hope party leader Gideon Sa’ar. Read more

Why is immigrating to Israel known as Aliyah?

Why is immigrating to Israel known as Aliyah?

Ask the rabbi… Read more

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Shabbat service to honour Prince Philip

Shabbat service to honour Prince Philip

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5:26 pm

Multicultural leaders across Sydney have been invited to pay their respects this Shabbat at The Great Synagogue, at a service  to honor His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last Friday. Read more

Police prepare meals at Our Big Kitchen: a photo story

Police prepare meals at Our Big Kitchen: a photo story

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Eastern Suburbs Police have helped prepared food for disadvantaged communities across Sydney at Bondi’s Our Big Kitchen. Read more

Lacrimosa Dies Illa: a movie about Babi Yar

Lacrimosa Dies Illa: a movie about Babi Yar

Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:55 am

The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand is to present a film on the Babi Yar massacre. Read more

Afterpay’s Nick Molnar in conversation at the Moriah Foundation Circle Cocktail party

Afterpay’s Nick Molnar in conversation at the Moriah Foundation Circle Cocktail party

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 4:12 pm

The Moriah Foundation Circle has hosted Afterpay’s Nick Molnar in conversation with Danny Sekers at The Moriah Foundation Circle Cocktail Party. Read more

Popular language-learning app Duolingo launches Yiddish course

Popular language-learning app Duolingo launches Yiddish course

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 8:55 am

Duolingo, the world’s most popular language-learning platform, launched a Yiddish course on Tuesday. Read more

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Masa – clear for take-off

Masa – clear for take-off

After months of border closures and uncertainty, the Zionist Federation of Australia and the Israel Programs department have seen the first group of Masa fellows depart from cities around Australia headed, finally, for Israel. Read more

A weekend retreat for Diller Teen Fellows

A weekend retreat for Diller Teen Fellows

Recently, Diller Teen Fellows Melbourne held its second Shabbaton (weekend retreat) for Cohort 6, with a program aimed at developing self-management skills among the teens. Read more

Two Australian Jewish day school choirs make international debut

Two Australian Jewish day school choirs make international debut

Sydney’s  Kesser Torah College and Mt Sinai College school choirs made an international singing debut in last week’s first Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) International Virtual Choral Festival. Read more

Melbourne’s Chabad Youth beats COVID

Melbourne’s Chabad Youth beats COVID

Despite COVID, Melbourne Chabad Youth managed to run over 20 camps this summer. Read more

AUJS nets three world awards

AUJS nets three world awards

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has won awards in three categories at the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS) Congress for 2020, in individual and group categories. Read more

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