Calling all Emanuel former pupils

February 28, 2013 by  

Sydney’s Emanuel School will celebrate its 30th anniversary next month and if you are one of its alumni, you are invited to the party. Read more

Carr welcomes Israeli enquiry

February 28, 2013 by  

Foreign Minister Bob Carr has been advised by the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv that Israel will conduct an investigation into the death in custody of a Palestinian prisoner. Read more

Cemetery desecrator sentenced

February 28, 2013 by  

Punishment for the man who desecrated 15 Jewish graves in Auckland’s oldest cemetery, with swastikas and crude anti-Israeli graffiti, is to be 320 hours community service, nine months supervision and $3000 reparation. Read more

ECAJ complains to your ABC

February 28, 2013 by  

The ABC’s Elizabeth Jackson recently interviewed co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices’ Antony Loewenstein about the Ben Zygier case. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has lodged an official complaint to the ABC about its content. Read more

Israeli Politics: On the Edge of the Precipice…writes Isi Leibler

February 28, 2013 by  

There is madness in the air. Israel faces extraordinary challenges whilst virtually all our leaders uninhibitedly continue their intrigues and machinations in pursuit of power. They regard their responsibility to the national interest as a distant mirage uttering occasional hypocritical rhetoric.   Read more

Side Effects ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

There’s something delightfully old-fashioned about Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects. Read more

The Paper Boy **½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Whatever else it may be cited for, The Paperboy, Lee Daniels’ follow-up to Precious, is not going be called “the feel-good movie of 2012.” Read more

Cloud Atlas ***/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Based on a perusal of reviews for Cloud Atlas, one might be convinced that the sprawling, ambitious, epic adaptation of David Mitchell’s 2004 novel is either a masterpiece or an unmitigated disaster. Read more

Carr condemns rocket attacks

February 27, 2013 by  

Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr has condemned the rocket attacks on Israel launched from Gaza yesterday. Read more

Israeli trip motion in NSW Parliament

February 27, 2013 by  

The Nationals Whip in the NSW Legislative Council Rick Colless will move a motion in parliament following what he described as “a successful trip” to Israel recently. Read more

Shalit meets Sydney school students

February 27, 2013 by  

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who spent five years as a prisoner of Hamas,  has addressed over 1800 senior school students in Sydney. Read more

The university facilities you want

February 26, 2013 by  

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students is providing an opportunity for university students and the Jewish youth of the community to participate in a special survey during Orientation Week (O-week) and the first few weeks of university this semester. Read more

The Struggle for the Negev

February 26, 2013 by  

Ari Briggs – International Director of Regavim, an Israeli Non-Government Organization, and JNF Shaliach Ygal Shapir  have shared a platform at Sydney’s The Central Synagogue discussing good and bad news coming out of the Negev. Read more

Face to Face with Ari Briggs

February 25, 2013 by  

Former Sydneysider Ari Briggs now lives in Ra’anana and is Director of International Relations with Regavim…a Jerusalem-based organisation which contests in court claims made  the Bedouin over ownership of State and  privately-owned land in the Negev. Watch the video Face to Face interview ahead of his public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne. Read more

Two for One Offer from J-Wire

February 24, 2013 by  

J-Wire is offering twelve readers the opportunity to buy one ticket and get one free for the Australian Chamber’s Orchestra’s concert in Sydney’s The Great Synagogue on Tuesday. Read more

Victorian teachers welcomed back

February 23, 2013 by  

Fourteen Victorian educators have been welcomed back from the 2012/13 Holocaust studies course at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.  Read more

Israel’s Oscar nominees tell us something about Israeli society…writes Or Avi-Guy

February 22, 2013 by  

There are two Israeli films among the nominees for the 2013 Academy Award for best Documentary; Dror Moreh’s “The Gatekeepers” and Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s “5 Broken Cameras” (My review of “5 Broken Cameras” can be found here). This is yet another achievement for the Israeli film industry, which keeps on punching above its weight and produces world-acclaimed films, often acknowledged in film festivals around the globe. Read more

Palestine – Backtracking Begins As Democracy Dies…writes David Singer

February 22, 2013 by  

Arab attempts to undermine and trash the Bush Roadmap and end any hopes of a negotiated peace between Israel and the PLO were flagged with some remarkable comments made by James Zogby in his article published this week headlined “Putting the Blame on “Palestine’s Democratic Deficit”. Read more

New Old Torah for Central

February 22, 2013 by  

Thanks to investigative work by New York-based George Klas, a Torah captured by the Germans from a synagogue in Czechoslovakia has been Sydney. Read more

New Board Members for the Lowy Institute

February 22, 2013 by  

James Spigelman and David Gonski have been appointed board members of the privately funded Australian think tank The Lowy Institute for International Policy. Read more

Purim Q&A…from Rabbi Michoel Gourarie

February 22, 2013 by  

I find Purim to be a very noisy festival. During the Megillah reading, when the name of Haman is mentioned, children (and adults) make a tremendous racket with their graggers and other noise making instruments. I find this very distracting. Wouldn’t a quiet celebration be more respectful? Read more

Melbourne Science Writer visits JNF Projects

February 22, 2013 by  

Melbourne-based science writer Dr. Elizabeth Finkel has visited KKL-JNF agricultural projects in Israel, as part of her research for her upcoming book on feeding the world in the future. Read more

The Ben Zygier case: Questions that not even the journalists are asking…a J-Wire editorial

February 22, 2013 by  

As intriguing as the Ben Zygier case undoubtedly is, there is perhaps an additional, unstated reason it has attracted the level of media frenzy we have seen over the last two weeks.  The entire incident raises searing questions about the ethics and responsibilities of journalists.  Read more

Purim – Sobering Thoughts

February 22, 2013 by  

The Rabbinical Council of Victoria has issued a warning about the overindulgence of liquor during Purim…and so has The Jewish Community Council of Victoria. Read more

Netanyahu’s Political Cynicism will Backfire…writes Isi Leibler

February 22, 2013 by  

Without doubt, many Israelis share my disgust as they observe the deceitful and cynical machinations of those we elected to represent us in the Knesset. Read more

165 Years of Care

February 21, 2013 by  

Victorian Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu has formally recognised and congratulated Jewish Care Victoria on its pivotal role in the community. Read more

Roman Polanski: A film memoir

February 21, 2013 by  

Andrew Braunsberg, is a close friend and former business partner of iconic movie director Roman Polanski. Their intimate filmed conversation originally intended to be private, during Polanski’s house arrest in Zurich are the subject of a new film “Roman Polanski – a Film Memoir”. Read more

The Last Stand **½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Old action heroes don’t die or fade away; they just keep going. Read more

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

Films can be tremendous vehicles for escapism – paths to freeing oneself from worldly concerns and considerations. They can also be a means of getting in touch with essential elements of humanity such as love, sacrifice, and mortality. Read more

Beautiful Creatures **½/4 – a movie review by James Berardinelli

Beautiful Creatures is the latest attempt by a Hollywood studio to cash in on the popularity of a YA (Young Adult) series. In this case, instead of vampires and werewolves, it’s witches and warlocks. Read more

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