The Merchant of Menace

May 31, 2011 by  

Sydney-based comedy star Sandy Gutman, popularly known as his alter ego Austen Tayshus, has launched his biography…”The Merchant of Menace” Read more

Masada students meet Living Historians

May 30, 2011 by  

Sydney’s Masada College has held its Year 10 Living Historian Presentation… Read more

Australia ups the sanctions against Syria

May 29, 2011 by  

Australia’s Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, has announced an increase in sanctions against Syria. Read more

Limmud-Oz Clarified

May 29, 2011 by  

Michael Misrachi clarifies the position of Limmud-Oz following the withdrawal of speakers… Read more

CJF spreads its wings – but the clippers are out

May 29, 2011 by  

Manny Waks, the Executive Director of the Canberra-based Capital Jewish Forum has insisted that the inaugural Melbourne Capital Jewish Forum event at which the guest speaker will be Izzat Abdulhadi, Palestinian Authority Head of Delegation to Australia will take place in spite of objections to the event. Read more

JCA Campaign – week 1

May 29, 2011 by  

Ian Sandler, Chief Executive Officer of the JCA reflects on our first week of Campaign and people who are out there making a difference in the world. Read more

Palestine – Jordan Land Grants: Not Israeli Land Swaps

May 28, 2011 by  

President Obama has been widely praised since his speech to the State Department on 19 May when he stated: “We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.“ Read more

Slezak and Limmud-Oz

May 28, 2011 by  

Limmud-Oz organizers have sought to explain their actions in banning presenters from their festival. Read more

It’s a Mirror

We can all think of a few people that we would describe as being ‘impossible’. These are individuals who push the wrong buttons, irritate us to no end and annoy us whenever we talk to them. These are the people that we find arrogant, critical, and negative or possess some other character deficit. How do we handle impossible people? Read more

Tourism to Israel at an all time high

May 27, 2011 by  

Figures released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics for the 2010 incoming Tourism sector show an impressive increase in the number of incoming tourists to Israel, making it a record year with a total of 3.45 Million tourists, a 26% annual growth compared to 2009…and  a similar trend was reflected in the Australian market, as the number of Australians who chose Israel as their holiday destination increased by 32% compared to last year. This makes Australia the third largest market for Israel from the Asia-Pacific region (following India & Korea). Read more

Improving Australia-Israel Relations

May 27, 2011 by  

Prime Minister Julia Gillard was handed three key recommendations for improving bilateral relations with Israel from the Australia Israel Leadership Forum (AILF) at a function at Parliament House on Tuesday night. Read more

Israeli Embassy releases Netanyahu’s speech

May 26, 2011 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered his speech to the U.S. Congress on May 24. The Israeli Embassy in Canberra has released the full text. J-Wire publishes it. Read more

Lag Ba’Omer

May 26, 2011 by  

Sydney’s KTC Primary School students celebrated Lag Ba’Omer with a picnic and nature walk in beautiful Cooper Park, where they learned about Lag Ba’Omer in a traditional and tangible way.  On a gorgeous autumn day, the students played team-building games, learned about the environment and explored the Jewish significance of the day.

Pictured: Sara Chana Straiton, Isaak Giyos, Dov Sarzin and in the background Eliyahu Hatzvi


Shira Shines

May 26, 2011 by  

Shira Lawrence, a Year 11 student at Sydney’s  Kesser Torah College Girls High School, was named as one of 16 finalists in the annual international Bible Quiz (Chidon HaTanach), which took place in Jerusalem this month. Read more

Hipster Hitler clothing – an update

May 26, 2011 by  

J-Wire has learned that representatives of Redbubble the on line marketing company behind the Hipster Hitler clothing range are currently discussing the issue with the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission in Melbourne. Read more

Alhadeff at AIPAC

May 26, 2011 by  

Vic Alhadeff, the CEO of the NSW JewishBoard of Deputies, attended the AIPAC Washington meeting addresseed by US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He reports… Read more

The New Israel Fund and the Coalition of Women for Peace

May 25, 2011 by  

The reported support of the NIF for the CWP which advocates boycotts against Israel is an issue demanding clarification. J-Wire has received the following statement from the New Israel Fund…. Read more

A message to the NIF from CWP

May 25, 2011 by  

CWP to New Israel Fund: ’our most important asset is the solidarity and commitment to shared values of freedom of expression and association’ Read more

Limmud withdrawals

May 25, 2011 by  

Two presenters have withdrawn from Limmud-Oz in protest at the executive’s decision to ban any presenters who support the Israel boycott. Read more

Law firm drops Hitler t-shirt client

May 24, 2011 by  

Arnold Bloch Leibler, the well-known Australian legal firm, has ceased to act for Melbourne-based Red Bubble, an online arts community, after it was revealed that the company is selling T-shirts glorifying Hitler. Read more

Willie Gets His Day in Court

May 24, 2011 by  

Willie the Wizard and the Lawyer from Wagga was published by J-Wire last year outlining how high-profile publicist Max Markson was spearheading a court action in the UK against J.K. Rowling, the originator of fictional giant Harry Potter. The action makes claims that Rowling’s work could have been sourced from a character Willie the Wizard written by a Markson family friend Adrian Jacobs….and now Willie will get his day in court. Read more

Palestine – Obama Continues to Fudge on America’s Commitment to Israel

May 23, 2011 by  

President Obama in an address to the AIPAC Policy Conference on 22 May has failed to redress the enormous damage done by him to America’s  integrity and reputation during his speech three days earlier at the State Department. Read more

Limmud-Oz – What’s on the Menu

May 23, 2011 by  

Limmud-Oz is a unique, community-wide event that celebrates Jewish learning and creativity.  This “festival of the Jewish mind and spirit” is being held from June 11-13 over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend at Sydney’s University of New South Wales. Read more

The New Israel Fund – further clarification re the current debate

May 23, 2011 by  

The current debate took off around a story in the press that asserted that the communal leadership supported the establishment of NIF in Australia. Read more

NGO Monitor – “Strengthen Israel’s Democracy”

May 23, 2011 by  

NGO Monitor has called for focus to be placed on assisting groups whose goal is a positive vision for Israel.

Jason Edelstein, the communications director for NGO mintor writes to J-Wire: Read more

Palestine – Obama Sinks America’s Integrity and Reputation

May 22, 2011 by  

Remarks made by President Obama at the State Department in Washington on 19 May indicate he is prepared to honour some – but not all – commitments made to Israel by former American President George W Bush in his letter to Israeli Prime Minister Sharon on 14 April 2004 (the Bush Letter). Read more

The Bow and Arrow

This coming Sunday is a special day in the Jewish calendar. It is known as Lag Ba’omer, the day that marks the passing of the great Talmudic sage and mystic, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. This second century Rabbi and Kabbalist requested that the day of his passing should be marked with happiness and celebration. Read more

Dear Robin, Dear Jason

May 20, 2011 by  

Jason Edelstein, NGO Monitor’s Communications Director wrote a letter to J-Wire on the newly-founded New Israel Fund Australia. Today we publish a response from NIFA head Robin Margo…. Read more

Zentai: Answers from the family

May 20, 2011 by  

J-Wire asked Ernie Steiner, the son of 89-yt-old Perth man Charles Zentai whose extradition to Hungary has been sought by authorities in connection with the 1944 brutal murder of Jewish youth Peter Balazs for a comment following the decision of three Federal Court judges to reserve their decision. Zentai’s extradition had been over-ruled by an earlier appeal…one now challenged by the Federal Government. Read more

No place for BDS at Limmud-Oz

May 19, 2011 by  

Speakers critical of current Israeli policies and actions will have a platform at which to air their views at next month’s Limmud-Oz in Sydney…but Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against the Jewish State will have no voice. Read more

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