Cyprys jailed for eight years

December 20, 2013 by  

David Cyprys pleaded guilty to sexually abusing eight boys at Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre and was found guilty of by a jury of raping a 15-yr-old boy when he was involved with the Centre. Today he was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment with a none-parole period of five and a half years. Read more

Israeli Fashion Technology for Australia and New Zealand

December 20, 2013 by  

The Israel developer of 2D and 3D CAD software for the fashion industry is opening an office in Hong Kong targeting the Australian and New Zealand markets. Read more

Victorian Jewish Schools Blitz VCE

December 19, 2013 by  

Nina Bassat, President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has congratulated the Victorian Jewish schools, their students and teachers for achieving outstanding results in this year’s VCE.  Read more

Rabbi Kluwgant retains RCV presidency

December 19, 2013 by  

Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant has been re-elected to head The Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) in 2014. Read more

Slezak on Ryvchin – Nemesh on Slezak

December 19, 2013 by  

J-Wire published an article today by Peter Zlezak on Alex Ryvchin’s take on BDS. Let’s go through Slezak’s errors one by one…writes William Nemesh. Read more

Dami at OBK

December 19, 2013 by  

X-Factor winner Dami Im has toured Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen learning of its activities before rolling the dough herself. Read more

Gonski to chair ANZ

December 19, 2013 by  

The ANZ Bank has announced that David Gonski will become its next chairman in May 2014. Read more

Slezak questions Rhiannon criticism

December 19, 2013 by  

It is telling that Alexander Ryvchin’s denunciation of Senator Lee Rhiannon (J-Wire, Dec-18)  fails to mention the grave charges that motivate such critics of Israel, even to rebut them – the egregious, serial violations of human rights, international law and UN resolutions…writes Peter Slezak. Read more

Law against racial vilification steeped in Australian history…writes Peter Wertheim

December 19, 2013 by  

Those who would dismiss Australia’s laws prohibiting racial vilification as a mere concession to latter-day political correctness and ‘the culture of complaint’ should remember that such laws were called for by a distinguished Supreme Court judge as far back as 1949. Read more

Melbourne’s Young Achievers

December 19, 2013 by  

Melbourne’s Jewish Care’s Young Achiever Program mentors, mentees, alumni and donors have marked the end of a successful year with a celebratory dinner. Read more

New Freedom Commissioner

December 19, 2013 by  

The Australian government appointed Tim Wilson as commissioner to the Australian Human Rights Commission. Read more

Australia’s ambassador to Israel supports peace campaign

December 18, 2013 by  

Australia’s ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma has held a function at his home in support of the campaign “One Million Hands for Peace”. Read more

Politicians welcome Alhadeff appointment

December 18, 2013 by  

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has today welcomed the appointment of Vic Alhadeff as the new Chair of the Community Relations Commission. Read more

Amnesty Oz hosts Antisemitism…writes Julie Nathan

December 18, 2013 by  

The Facebook page of Amnesty International Australia (AIA), an organisation which professes support for human rights, has attracted a spate of anti-Jewish comments in response to a posted story about Palestinians in a West Bank village. The same page also attracted some anti-Muslim and anti-Arab comments in response. Read more

For the sake of human rights, BDS must end its dishonesty…writes Alex Ryvchin

December 18, 2013 by  

When Dr Norman Finkelstein, an icon of the anti-Israel movement, blasted the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign as a “duplicitous, disingenuous cult,” his words were met with a great sense of betrayal among the campaign’s adherents. After all, Finkelstein was once revered as a veteran campaigner who among many other things, called Israel a “satanic state.” Read more

On Line Jewish Museum Launched in New Zealand

December 18, 2013 by  

New Zealand’s first Jewish Museum and it’s only exclusively online Museum, The Jewish Online Museum (JoM) has opened its virtual doors to visitors after more than three years of planning. Read more

Melbourne’s Quiet Achiever

December 18, 2013 by  

Melbourne-based Associate Professor Les Reti has deservedly been bestowed with a Health Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless commitment to women’s and public health as a physician, innovator and advocator. Read more

Melbourne Establishes Moishe House

December 18, 2013 by  

Co-founder and CEO of Moishe House, David Cygielman, recently visited Australia as a guest of Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) and Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) to share his journey about Moishe House evolving from one house in Oakland, California to 58 houses in over 14 countries. Read more

Simunic to miss World Cup

December 17, 2013 by  

Croatian international Australian-born Josip Simunic has been suspended for ten official matches by FIFA, banned from entering the confines of the stadiums for those ten matches and fined CHF 30,000. Read more

First in Course

December 17, 2013 by  

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli has presented the First in Course Awards to top level HSC students in Sydney. Read more

Mandela proposed to me

December 17, 2013 by  

An ex South African Journalist now based in Sydney has spoken of her sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela following a friendship with him that spanned many years. Read more

Amnesty responds to complaints about unmoderated anti-Semitic comments

December 17, 2013 by  

On Friday the 6th of December, Amnesty International posted an online petition “End the violent harassment of Nabi Saleh villagers protesting Israeli settlement” and removed a number of offensive, abhorrent and hateful anti-Semitic and anti-Palestinian statements which were made by individuals on our Facebook page in response to this online petition. Read more

Sir David Smith back at Old Parliament House

December 17, 2013 by  

In 1975, Sir David Smith stood on the steps of what is now the Old Parliament House and read out the proclamation of the dissolution of the Whitlam Government…he has returned to the building which houses the Museum of Australian Democracy as a member of its Advisory Council. Read more

Meeting Rabbi Stav

December 17, 2013 by  

Senior Rabbis and members of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria  had a private consultation with Rabbi David Stav, a prominent rabbinical leader who was recently the runner up nominee for the Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbinate. Read more

Star on the rise

December 17, 2013 by  

Musician extraordinaire and Bialik VCE student, Josh Batten has won The Kingston City council, Kingston Arts, “Curtain Call Showcase”. Read more

Alhadeff appointed Chair of the Community Relations Commission

December 17, 2013 by  

CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Vic Alhadeff has been appointed the new Community Relations Commission’s Chair. Read more

Scopus and Bialik Shine Again

December 16, 2013 by  

2013 has been another outstanding year for Year 12 students at Melbourne’s Mount Scopus and Bialik Jewish day schools. Read more

Remembering Madiba

December 16, 2013 by  

Over 200 people have celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela, who has been buried where he grew up in Qunu on the Eastern Cape of South Africa at a memorial ceremony on the Library Lawns at Sydney’s University of NSW. Read more

Rabbi Yosef Feldman resigns from Rabbinical Council

December 16, 2013 by  

Rabbi Yosef Feldman who recently gave a Hechsher to catering company Amaze in Taste which has been unable to come to terms with the Kashruth Authority, has resigned from the NSW Rabbinical Council. Read more

Israel Snow Report

December 16, 2013 by  

Michael Kuttner is J-Wire’s correspondent in Israel. He sends us a weather report from his home in Efrat. Read more

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