Welcome to Mike Lyons

January 30, 2009 by  

It is our good fortune to be able to welcome Mike Lyons onto the board of the Jewish House.  He has been working with us during the past year, and he brings with him much professionalism and expertise that benefits the Jewish House in more ways than we can mention.  Thank you Mike, and I hope that our association grows from strength to strength.


Working with the Sydney Clinic

January 30, 2009 by  


Rabbi Kastel has had a very productive meeting with The Sydney Clinic.  They are very involved with mental patience as well as patience with addiction problems.  They were very impressed with the work that the Jewish House is doing, and they are happy to partner us, working together where appropriate, inter-referring and maximising treatment efficiency by working together.

1500 Rally for Israel

January 30, 2009 by  

The Perth Synagogue hosted a solidarity rally last Sunday in support of Israel’s Gaza incursion.

Speakers included Eli Yerushalmi from the Israeli Embassy and local politicians.

Chabad launches after school cheder

January 30, 2009 by  

February 4 sees a new course for children in the Chabad Double Bay Kornmehl Family Hebrew School

Monash’s relation joins ranks

January 30, 2009 by  

A relation of famed Australian general Sir John Monash has been promoted to the  rank of Major General in the Australian army. Read more

Monte test

January 29, 2009 by  


Mel wins $30,000

January 15, 2009 by  

Aussie poker player Mel Judah has won yet another tournament at the Melbourne’s Crown Casino, this time netting over $30,000.

Mel, 61, was born in India and started playing poker at the age of 14….he is known in poker circles as the Silver Fox

Rabbi tends to dying Catholic

January 15, 2009 by  

 On New Year’s Eve, the Jewish House’s CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel was the “pastor in charge” at the St Vincent’s emergency ward.  Fortunately, there were no Jewish patients to attend to on that night, but his night was not wasted.  There was a Catholic lady who was dying and needed some spiritual input. There was no priest around at the time, and she was happy for Rabbi Kastel to pray for her despite his not being Catholic.  It seems that the onset of death is a great equaliser.

Serious injury at Hineni camp

January 14, 2009 by  

An 18-year-old Sydney youth was ferrried by helicopter from Hineni camp in Jindabyne  to Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, suffering from severe neck injuries incurred during a camp activity. Read more

Grynbergs back a champion

January 13, 2009 by  

victor-grynberg-70x70Victor Grynberg, who runs leading  fashion label Lonsdale with wife Carol and sons Mark and Adam, is sponsoring Sydney boxer Vic  Darchiniyan who will defend his world flyweight championship in California next month.

Sydney -based Grynberg told J-Wire that Darchinyan is the only fighter in the world whose title is recognised by all three major boxing bodies.

Darchinyan will fight Mexican Jose Arce in Annaheim on February 7…suitably kitted out in Lonsdale styled gear.

Jewish minister in the Victorian cabinet

January 11, 2009 by  

Martin Pakula has been sworn in as the Victorian Minister for Industry and Trade.

The member for the Western Metropolitan Region is a former national vice-president of  the National Union of Workers

Road accidents claim two Jewish lives

January 11, 2009 by  

In two separate incidents,two young Sydney Jews lost their lives in road accidents over the holiday period.


Lucy Lieberman, 15 died when the car she was travelling in struck a power pole.

On December 20, a 26-year-old man was killed…a victom of a head-on accident. His car was struck by a ute driven on the wrong side of the road by a P-plate driver

Australian Jew latest Afghanistan casualty

January 11, 2009 by  

30-year-old Greg Sher, a South-African born member of the Melbourne community has been killed serving with the Australian army in Afghanistan.

Sher died on January 4 in Tarin Kowt, struck by a rocket. 

Hw is survived by his parents and two brothers.

Until Mar 14 Melbourne: Women in the Bible – Tricksters, Victors and (M)others

January 6, 2009 by  

At the Jewish Museum of Australia. Read more

Apr-19 Sydney: Corporate lunch

January 6, 2009 by  

Jewish House presents a Corporate Lunch Read more

Jewish House on hand to help Gaza victims

January 5, 2009 by  

Sydney’s Jewish House has made its facilities available to any Jewish member of the community affected by the war in Gaza.


Working with the Israeli Embassy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Chabad International, Rabbi Mendel Kastel and his team are on The Jewish House and 24/7 to assist anyone experiencing problems in either communicating with or having the need to visit family members who have been directly affected by the war.


Assistance with travel and pastoral care is on hand along with the Jewish House’s team of psychologists which is available to help those in need of counseling.


If help is needed, contact the Jewish House Help-Line on 1-300 544 357

“Padre” Kastel tours the police stations

January 5, 2009 by  

mendeltzippyRabbi Mendel Kastel, CEO of the Jewish House, spent Christmas Day in his New South Wales police uniform visiting Randwick, Rose Bay, Bondi Beach, Waverley, Maroubra and Paddington police stations handing our Chanukah doughnuts to the on-duty staff.


Mendel, who is the Jewish Chaplain for the NSW police, is affectionately known by the police force as “our Jewish padre”.

Krocs Expand in Australia

January 3, 2009 by  

Maxim Kroc is expanding his business interests in Australia

New Year Brings New Security Alerts

January 2, 2009 by  

Community security is on high alert as the situation in Gaza worsens