December 31, 2019 by  

J-Wire wishes its readers around the world a very successful year to come. Thank you for your patronage. Read more

New Year’s Eve as evacuees

December 31, 2019 by  

Martine and Gavin Folden expected their New Year’s Eve to be very busy hosting diners at Betty’s Bar their Kangaroo Valley restaurant but instead, they are camping out 20kms having been evacuated as bushfires threaten their property. Read more

Two prominent members of New Zealand’s community receive awards

December 31, 2019 by  

Two well-known members of New Zealand’s Jewish community have been honoured in today’s New Year’s awards. Read more

Will Bernie Sanders become the first U.S. Jewish president?

December 31, 2019 by  

We’re still more than a month away from the first actual votes being cast in the Democratic presidential race. Read more

Political games at the Hague

Most well-intentioned international political initiatives do not end well, and the International Criminal Court is no exception. Read more

Cyprus court finds teenage accuser of rape by Israelis guilty of lying

December 31, 2019 by  

A 19-year-old British woman was convicted by a Cyprus court of committing public mischief, fraud and filing a false complaint after accusing 12 Israelis of raping her this summer in a hotel room in Aiya Napa, a Mediterranean resort town on the southeast coast of Cyprus. Read more

Monsey: ECAJ voices its support and suspect’s family says he is “mentally ill”

December 31, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has voiced its support to New York Jewish communities as Grafton Thomas’s family claims he is mentally i;; Read more

Does God have a name?

December 31, 2019 by  

Ask the rabbi… Read more

Following anti-Semitic attack, Monsey’s Jewish community will not be ‘cowed’ to change

December 31, 2019 by  

Less than 24 hours after five people were stabbed at a rabbi’s home on Forshay Road in Monsey, N.Y., Jews gathered on the lawn to sing and dance as a Torah scroll was dedicated at a nearby synagogue, making for a far different scene from the night beforehand. Read more

ECAJ maintains its stand on Litzman

December 30, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has reacted t0 the appointment of Israel’s Deputy Health Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman to Health Minister following the resignation from the portfolio by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. Read more

2019 record year for tourism in Israel

December 30, 2019 by  

4,550,000 tourists visited Israel in 2019 showing an 11% increase compared to 2018. Read more


December 30, 2019 by  

This week’s cartoon:  New World Pogroms Read more

Israel’s Defence Minister to freeze NIS 150 million in Pay-For-Slay funds

December 30, 2019 by  

Defence Minister Naftali Bennett yesterday approved freezing NIS 150 million (A$62m) of taxes and tariffs Israel collects for the Palestinian Authority (PA), in response to the payments it makes to terrorists and their families, dubbed “pay-for-slay.” Read more

Australia ADC voices support to Monsey

December 30, 2019 by  

In the aftermath of the stabbing rampage at a Rabbi’s home in Monsey, NY, in which five people were injured with two in critical condition with one of them stabbed at least six times, Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission has voiced its support to the local community in NY. Read more

Deconstructing Monash

December 30, 2019 by  

Sir John Monash is acknowledged as having been one of Australia’s all-time soldiers and considered to have been one World War I’s finest commanders well-known to Australians for the part he played in Gallipoli. Read more

….and on the last day of Chanukah

December 30, 2019 by  

Messages from Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin…and The Melbourne Cricket Ground. Read more

Timeline of an antisemitic attack – 5 Chassids hospitalised – 2 serious

December 29, 2019 by  

Five people have been rushed to hospital when an assailant crashed a Chanukah party and stabbed five people.
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Dear Prime Minister….”a slap in the face”

December 29, 2019 by  

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to be expected to announce United Torah’s Rabbi Yaakov Litzman appointment as Health Minister despite the police recommendations that he should be charged for the alleged role he played to prevent Malka Leifer being extradited to Australia…”a slap in the face to the Australian Jewish community”. Read more

Martin Place Giant Menorah features on Channel 7 news

December 29, 2019 by  

Highlights of Sydney’s largest and original Giant Menorah were aired on Channel Seven News as the lights glowed in Martin Place Sydney. Read more

On the other hand

December 28, 2019 by  

This year Jews and Christians are celebrating their respective Festivals at the same time and nowhere is this more evident than in the very country where the historical events actually took place. Read more

Gandels donate $1million to the bushfire appeal

December 27, 2019 by  

Melbourne philanthropists John and Pauline Gandel have donated $1,000,000 to the emergency appeal for those impacted by the bushfires nationally. Read more

Netanyahu has landslide victory in Likud primary race

December 27, 2019 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scored a landslide victory on Friday in the Likud leadership race against his rival Gideon Sa’ar. Read more

Chanukah and Xmas

December 27, 2019 by  

To the memory of Dr. Daniel Cammerman, a good, brilliant person, and a much-admired and respected pediatrician, taken tragically too soon from us. May his memory be a blessing.

This week I was asked by a non-Jewish friend, whether atonement plays a part in Chanukah as it does in Xmas. At first, I did not understand the question. But then it got me thinking of the differences between the two festivals. Read more

Canberra Chabad hosts the first two evenings of Chanukah

December 27, 2019 by  

The second Chanukah candle was lit in Canberra at the ACT’s Parliament’s Reception Room with 100 VIPs including ambassadors and local politicians. Read more

Should Israel sign non-aggression pacts with Arab countries?

December 27, 2019 by  

Israel’s relationship with the surrounding Arab countries requires no shortage of diplomatic prowess to maintain good relations. Read more

A Boris bear hug against British anti-Semitism

Is the British government beginning to change its century-old attitude of ambiguity towards Israel and come out instead as its unequivocal friend? Don’t get too excited just yet. Read more

World’s most valuable dreidel certified by Guinness World Records

December 27, 2019 by  

Estate Diamond Jewellers in New York City has created the world’s most valuable dreidel, according to Guinness World Records. Read more

Mandelblit (again) declines to give opinion on Netanyahu eligibility before hearing

December 27, 2019 by  

Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit yesterday declined to offer his opinion on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eligibility to form a government before Netanyahu’s hearing on Dec. 31. Read more

The brain can combine natural and artificial vision to help treat a common form of blindness

December 27, 2019 by  

Israel’s Bar-Ilan University and the U.S.-based Stanford University researchers have published their recent results in combatting Macular Degeneration. Read more

Has anything changed?

December 27, 2019 by  

We are in the midst of what is commonly known as the “festive season.” Read more

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