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Biden says no Gaza ceasefire deal soon

Biden says no Gaza ceasefire deal soon

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 1:56 pm

President Joe Biden says he doesn’t expect to seal a Gaza ceasefire deal in the near future, as a US-backed proposal with global support has not been fully embraced by Israel or Hamas. Read more

Blinken: Hamas response to hostage proposal is unworkable

Blinken: Hamas response to hostage proposal is unworkable

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:01 pm

Hamas’s official response to Israel’s hostages-for-ceasefire proposal included modifications that are not workable, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. Read more

Israel directs $35 million in Palestinian Authority funds to terror victims

Israel directs $35 million in Palestinian Authority funds to terror victims

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 5:42 pm

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich ordered 130 million shekels ($35 million) in tax revenue collected for the Palestinian Authority be redirected to terror victims, Smotrich said on Thursday morning. Read more

Hamas denies it presented new ideas for truce deal

Hamas denies it presented new ideas for truce deal

Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 4:50 pm

Senior Hamas official Osama Hamdan has denied that the Palestinian Islamist group has put forward new ideas for the US-backed proposal for a Gaza ceasefire, after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it had suggested numerous changes. Read more

UNSC adopts US-backed Gaza ceasefire resolution

UNSC adopts US-backed Gaza ceasefire resolution

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 5:09 pm

The United Nations Security Council on Monday adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution aimed at reaching a three-phase ceasefire deal to end the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip. Read more

Shavuot greetings from Peter Dutton

Shavuot greetings from Peter Dutton

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 4:48 pm

On behalf of the Coalition, I extend my warmest wishes to our more than 100,000 strong Australian Jewish community as you observe Shavuot.   Read more

Uncovering history: British nobility coats-of-arms found in Jerusalem hospital

Uncovering history: British nobility coats-of-arms found in Jerusalem hospital

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 1:50 pm

The walls of a historic Jerusalem building have revealed a rich tapestry of early 20th-century British nobility and royal insignias, thanks to new research conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority. Read more

US mulls own talks on hostage deal with Hamas: report

US mulls own talks on hostage deal with Hamas: report

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 1:17 pm

US officials are considering negotiating a unilateral deal with Palestinian Hamas terrorists to release five US hostages held in the Gaza Strip if ceasefire talks involving Israel fail, NBC News reports. Read more

King’s Birthday Awards: add on an AO and two AMs to the Jewish list

King’s Birthday Awards: add on an AO and two AMs to the Jewish list

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 5:53 pm

It is not unusual for readers to reach out when members of the community who are recipients of the King’s Birthday honours have been omitted from our list. Here three more: Read more

Noemie Fox locks in Olympic spot in kayak cross

Noemie Fox locks in Olympic spot in kayak cross

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 5:43 pm

Noemie Fox will join her Olympic gold medal-winning sister Jessica in the Australian canoe team for the Paris Games after a brilliant performance in the kayak cross on the final day of the World Cup meet in Prague. Read more

Palestine soccer boss visa decision not my call: PM

Palestine soccer boss visa decision not my call: PM

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 5:38 pm

The Prime Minister has distanced himself from a decision to deny the boss of Palestinian football entry into Australia ahead of a World Cup qualifier. Read more

Federal minister joins Middle East crisis talks on Gaza

Federal minister joins Middle East crisis talks on Gaza

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 5:29 pm

Australia will join Middle East emergency talks over the deteriorating situation in Gaza after hundreds of Palestinians were reportedly killed in an Israeli rescue mission. Read more

Blinken back as cease-fire proposal hangs in balance

Blinken back as cease-fire proposal hangs in balance

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 5:18 pm

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is returning to the Middle East as a proposed Israel-Hamas ceasefire deal hangs in the balance after the dramatic rescue of four Israeli hostages in a military raid and turmoil in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Read more

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Noemie Fox locks in Olympic spot in kayak cross

Noemie Fox locks in Olympic spot in kayak cross

Monday, June 10, 2024 at 5:43 pm

Noemie Fox will join her Olympic gold medal-winning sister Jessica in the Australian canoe team for the Paris Games after a brilliant performance in the kayak cross on the final day of the World Cup meet in Prague. Read more

Fox paddles to another World Cup medal as Paris looms

Fox paddles to another World Cup medal as Paris looms

Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 2:45 pm

Three-time Olympic medallist Jessica Fox has bagged another World Cup medal, winning silver in the women’s kayak final at the ICF World Cup 2 in Prague, Czech Republic. Read more

Fox wins canoe World Cup round in build-up to Olympics

Fox wins canoe World Cup round in build-up to Olympics

Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 4:54 pm

Overcoming nerves and scratchy form, Jessica Fox has shown her Paris Olympics campaign is on target with a World Cup canoe win in Germany. Read more

Israel competes in road cycling for the first time in 64 years

Israel competes in road cycling for the first time in 64 years

Friday, May 31, 2024 at 3:22 pm

Itamar Einhorn, an Israel Premier-Tech professional cycling team member, has been officially selected by the Israeli Cycling Federation to represent Israel at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games. Read more

Features and Articles

The Music of John Williams: a music review by Alan Slade

The Music of John Williams: a music review by Alan Slade

“The Music of John Williams – Iconic Film Scores Live in Concert” played to a capacity audience in the Concert Hall of Sydney’s iconic Opera House on opening night, June 13, featuring 80 members of the SSO and 120 singers of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs conducted by Nicholas Buc. Read more

Knee-jerk script

Knee-jerk script

Whenever Israel acts to counter terror, you can confidently predict the pre-ordained reactions. Read more

The Sitting Duck

The Sitting Duck

A political thriller concerning a trade union official and whistleblower who wasn’t believed after a violent personal attack, The Sitting Duck, is based on fact. Read more

Inside Out 2

Inside Out 2

A movie review by Alex First Read more

The Exorcism

The Exorcism

A movie review by Alex First Read more

Daniel Kitson Collaborator

Daniel Kitson Collaborator

A Melbourne theatre review by Alex First Read more

Waiting for War in Haifa

Waiting for War in Haifa

Metula. Shlomi. Kiriyat Shmona. Margaliot. These were small, quaint towns before October 7, 2023. Read more

Dry Bones:  Shavuot

Dry Bones: Shavuot

The birth of the Jewish nation … Read more

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Bialik College to run the In My Pocket Project

Bialik College to run the In My Pocket Project

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 5:16 pm

The Perth-based WE ARE HERE! Foundation has visited Melbourne’s Bialik College presenting the In My Pocket Project to Amanda Castelan-Starr, Karen Friede and Tanya Zohar. Read more

Capture your loved ones’ stories for future generations

Capture your loved ones’ stories for future generations

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 4:52 pm

How will your kids, grandkids and future generations remember your loved one’s stories?

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Innovative ‘Metamaterial’ could revolutionize development of smart materials

Innovative ‘Metamaterial’ could revolutionize development of smart materials

Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 9:55 am

A collaborative team of Israeli and American researchers have made a significant breakthrough in materials science by developing a mechanical metamaterial capable of remembering the order of actions performed on it. Read more

Shavuot unveiled

Shavuot unveiled

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 4:26 pm

Moishe House community members from across Australia and New Zealand united in Sydney last weekend to connect, deepen their knowledge of Jewish community building, and celebrate Shavuot in a new way. Read more

Magical musical performance heading to Toorak Synagogue

Magical musical performance heading to Toorak Synagogue

Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 6:00 pm

Toorak Synagogue is opening its doors to the public for this special concert featuring the music of Rachmaninov and Bruch performed by cellist Umberto Clerici and pianist Konstantin Shamray. Read more

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Idan Raichel hit song performed by 900 Emanuel voices

Idan Raichel hit song performed by 900 Emanuel voices

Sydney’s Emanuel School has produced a special rendition of Idan Raichel’s hit song – Shevet Achim Ve’achayot, a Tribe of Brothers and Sisters. Read more

Emanuel’s strong performance in HSC

Emanuel’s strong performance in HSC

Sydney’s Emanuel School’s Class of 2023 students achieved strong results with many notable achievements. Read more

Mount Scopus College: “Wonderful VCE results”

Mount Scopus College: “Wonderful VCE results”

The results of over 75% of Melbourne’s Mount Scopus College Year 12 were in the top 20% of the state. Read more

An Aussie in Chicago

An Aussie in Chicago

Sharni Briner, the Melbourne Coordinator for Diller Teen Fellows, attended a gathering in Chicago representing the Australian Jewish community. Read more

Israeli gaming team hosted in Riyadh ‘like kings’

Israeli gaming team hosted in Riyadh ‘like kings’

A team of Israelis who participated in a recent global video game competition in Saudi Arabia said Monday that they were treated like royalty and blended right in with the other international players meeting in the Gulf kingdom. Read more

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