Masorti WWWrap

January 31, 2013 by  

Masorti Jews around the world will participate in a world-wide mitzvah laying of tefillin on Sunday. Read more

In whose interest?…write Betzalel Smotrich and Ari Briggs

January 31, 2013 by  

On Sunday, in a move both grave and alarming, the Cabinet, by a vote of 16 for, 3 against and 1 abstention, approved far-reaching changes to the legislation dealing with the reorganization of Bedouin settlement in the Negev. Read more

The One Who Got Away

January 31, 2013 by  

Sincere apologies to Kathryn Selby…we missed you out on the list of those members of the Jewish community recognised for their efforts in the Australia Day Honours List.  Better late than never… Read more

J-Wire Cartoon

January 31, 2013 by  

Cartoonist Michael Hodge has joined the J-Wire team. Click read more to see his first contribution…. Read more

1.5 murdered children – 1.5 million buttons

January 31, 2013 by  

New Zealand Button Memorial to the Children of the Holocaust was the main theme of United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital…a memorial which saw schoolchildren collect one button to represent each young life lost in the Holocaust. Read more

Election comment from the PM’s office

January 31, 2013 by  

As Jewish voters across Australia ponder the ramifications of an election to be held on Yom Kippur, J-Wire has received a comment from one of Julia Gillard’s senior advisors as the debate about the date Read more

Higher Education & Tolerance as Promoted by our Intended “Peace” Partners…writes Michael Kuttner

January 31, 2013 by  

A vital prerequisite for any meaningful and durable peace agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbours is a sustained effort to eliminate hate and delegitimisation, refrain from revisionist versions of history and educate present and future generations to live in harmony and tolerance. Read more

New Herod exhibition

January 31, 2013 by  

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, will premiere the world’s first exhibition on the life and legacy of Herod the Great, one of the most influential – and controversial – figures in ancient Roman and Jewish history. Read more

Australian educators at Yad Vashem

January 31, 2013 by  

Australian educators have attended a seminar at Yad Vashem. Read more

Silver Linings Playbook ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

silver liningsSilver Linings Playbook is a quirky adult romantic comedy that goes beyond the standard rhythms of the genre. Read more

Zero Dark Thirty ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Zero Dark Thirty is a compelling contemporary thriller with the added benefit of also being an engrossing character study. Read more

Flight ***½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Flight is about addiction. In particular, it’s about the long spiral that comes between the period when a person begins imbibing too much and when he acknowledges that he no longer has control and needs help. Read more

Postal voting ahead

January 30, 2013 by  

The Australian Federal election date was announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard today. September 14. Yom Kippur. Read more

Hitler as a meal guest? – no way says the ADC

January 30, 2013 by  

The Melbourne-based B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission has had a positive outcome to its complaint to local radio Nova 100 FM following a recent breakfast show segment in which Hitler was suggested as a suitable person to join in a mealtime conversation. Read more

Israeli elections: the doomsday merchants proven wrong…writes Or Avi-Guy

January 30, 2013 by  

The dust is settling after the election in Israel, and the efforts to establish a stable coalition are well underway. Prior to the election, concerns were raised in the global media and the blogosphere, about the rise of the so-called ultra-nationalist religious right in Israeli politics. Read more

Anglo-Jewish Leaders partner anti-Israeli Charity…writes Isi Leibler

January 29, 2013 by  

I rubbed my eyes as I observed yet another botched initiative by the well-intentioned leadership of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. Its plenum, by a vote of almost to 2:1, endorsed a linkage with the British branch of Oxfam International, one of the largest global charity organizations with branches in over 90 countries. Read more

Plenum goes to Shul

January 29, 2013 by  

The first-ever NSW Jewish Board of Deputies plenum to be held at Southern Sydney Synagogue will be held there next month in honour of the synagogue’s 70th anniversary. Read more

Mazeltov Bibi

January 29, 2013 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia has congratulated Bibi Netanyahu on behalf of the Australian Jewish community. Read more

The return of the LKQ

January 29, 2013 by  

The London Klezmer Quartet (LKQ) returns to Australia for a five-week national tour of the festival circuit and major venues from 28 February.  And they have a hot new album with them! Read more

Israel beckons

January 29, 2013 by  

More than 360 Australian young adults aged 18-30 will be on long-term Israel programs facilitated by the ZFA and supported by MASA Israel Journey during the 2013 calendar year, breaking the previous record of 345 in 2011. This is a 20 percent increase from 2012. Read more

All apparently clear in Brisbane

January 28, 2013 by  

Head of the Queensland Jewish Community Services Ari Heber has reported no incidents in Brisbane following the violent storm experience by the Queensland Capital. Read more

John Key, the Holocaust and his mother

January 28, 2013 by  

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has told an Auckland meeting commemorating United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day about his mother’s escape from Nazi Europe. Read more

Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! No! No! No!

January 28, 2013 by  

Moshe Feiglin, the leader of the Manhigut Yehudit party has one more thing to do before he enters the Knesset as an MK….give up his Australian citizenship. Read more

Auschwitz remembered and enter Generation 3

January 28, 2013 by  

Holocaust survivor Olga Horak told  her Holocaust story at the 68th anniversary commemoration of the liberty of Auschwitz in Sydney yesterday… followed by her grandson who spoke about the Holocaust from a third generation survivor’s perspective. Read more

Short+Sweet with a Jewish Flavour

January 28, 2013 by  

A host of Jewish artists appear in this week’s plays at Short+Sweet in Sydney. Read more

Sad loss for the Melbourne community

January 28, 2013 by  

Melbourne community stalwart Les Erdi has passed away. Read more

The Australia Day Awards

January 26, 2013 by  

J-Wire salutes those who have received recognition of their contribution to the betterment of our society and lists those with Jewish connection… Read more

Australia Day Awards

January 25, 2013 by  

J-Wire has already published the Jewish recipients of Australia Day Honors but they will not appear on line until one minute after midnight tonight.

We wish a resounding Mazeltov to all the honorees and trust you will have an exciting and pleasurable weekend with family, friends and colleagues…. well done!

Our Big Hero

January 25, 2013 by  

Rabbi Dovid Slavin, the founder of Our Big Kitchen situated in the basement of the Sydney Yeshiva Centre in Bondi, has been named Waverley’s Local Hero of the Year. Read more

The People have Spoken – What does it all Mean?…writes Michael Kuttner

January 25, 2013 by  

With the soldiers’ and other special ballots counted, the hard part of coalition building is starting to get underway. Before going into details about the almost impossible task of satisfying diametrically opposed positions on a variety of topics, it is important to analyze and explain why the electorate voted the way it did. What motivated voters to punish Bibi and give their support to a political novice? Read more

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