Centenary celebrations for the People of Israel at UIA Victoria 2020 Gala

February 29, 2020 by  

UIA Victoria hosted 1,800 Melbourne supporters at its 2020 Gala Event this week with Guest of Honour, President Reuven Rivlin and renowned Israeli musical artist, Idan Raichel. Read more

Israeli researchers make breakthrough in development of coronavirus vaccine

February 28, 2020 by  

Israeli researchers at MIGAL Institute have developed an effective vaccine against avian Coronavirus Infectious Bronchitis Virus (IBV) and are adapting it to create a human vaccine against Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is rapidly spreading around the globe. Read more

Creator of Amazon series ‘Hunters’ defends show from Auschwitz Memorial criticism

February 28, 2020 by  

David Weil, creator and executive producer of the new Amazon Prime series “Hunters,” has defended the show following criticism by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial over its untrue depictions of the Holocaust. Read more

From Aalst to America: The post-modern, anti-Jewish reconfiguration of the West

The annual parade in Aalst, Belgium, last Sunday turned into a carnival of monstrous Jew-hatred. Participants portrayed Jews as insects topped with fur shtreimel hats and peyot (sidelocks). Read more

Israel gets ready to deal with Coronavirus

February 28, 2020 by  

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has visited MDA’s National Operations Center in Kiryat Ono, where a joint call centre for Magen David Adom and the Ministry of Health was established on Saturday night specifically to deal with the Coronavirus. Read more

Walt Secord reveals deeply personal visit to Israel: spouses reunites with Refusenik family members

February 28, 2020 by  

NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair and Shadow Treasurer Walt Secord has given a deeply personal speech to the NSW Parliament about his recent visit to Israel – where his spouse was reunited with her former Soviet Refusenik family members. Read more

Vilem Flusser

February 28, 2020 by  

I met the Jewish Czech philosopher, Vilem Flusser, at a conference on Contemporary Judaism and Zionism convened by Chief Rabbi Immanuel Jackobovits in London in 1980. He stood out in a gathering of rabbis and academics. Despite the differences in our backgrounds, age, and religious commitment, I felt a very strong bond with him.  His eyes sparkled with delight in challenging accepted ideas. Like me, he was a maverick. Read more

The Jerusalem Prayer Breakfast held in Australia for the first time

February 28, 2020 by  

Over 200 people gathered over two days in Canberra’s Old Parliament House (with some sessions in the current Parliament House) to both pray for Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish People – and to discuss issues affecting Israel including aliyah; 100 years since the San Remo Conference and its implications; anti-Zionism/anti-Semitism; innovation and trade and more. Read more

Lottery time plus reality check

February 28, 2020 by  

Taking a lottery ticket without knowing whether you will be a winner or loser seems eerily similar to our forthcoming third round of elections. Read more

Malka Leifer: hearings 64 and 65

February 28, 2020 by  

The long legal battle to secure the extradition of Malka Leifer from Israel to Melbourne to face 74 charges of child sexual abuse has moved forward with the defence lawyers cross-examine three psychiatrists who have furnished a report stating that the former principal is fit to attend court. Read more

Sanders and Bloomberg boost hopes for Netanyahu election win

February 28, 2020 by  

Democratic Party contenders for the American Presidency – Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg – have unwittingly given Israel’s Prime Minister – Bibi Netanyahu – an unexpected boost to becoming Israel’s next Prime Minister on 2 March. Read more

UIA NSW 2020 General Division Gala Event & Centenary Celebration

February 27, 2020 by  

UIA NSW hosted over 2000 Sydney supporters at its 2020 General Division Gala Event & Centenary Celebration on 23 February, with Guest of Honour President Reuven Rivlin and Israeli musical artist Idan Raichel….J-Wire photo gallery. Read more

Polish diplomats tried save 8-10,000 Jews from deportation

February 27, 2020 by  

Polish diplomats based in Bern, Switzerland during World War II attempted to save between 8,000 and 10,000 Jews from Nazi deportation by providing them with fake Latin American documents, new research undertaken by the Warsaw-based Pilecki Institute has revealed. Read more

Firies say thanks

February 27, 2020 by  

A Rural Fire Service unit from Mittagong has visited Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen to say thank you to for the hundreds of men and women who volunteered at the kitchen to prepare meals and care packages for exhausted Fire Service units around the state during the horrendous bush fires. Read more

Netanyahu: ‘We’re only two seats away from a strong right-wing government’

February 27, 2020 by  

Jut days away from Israel’s third general election in under 12 months, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was optimistic on Wednesday as he addressed a conference of regional council leaders. Read more

Israel becomes first country to advise against all travel abroad over coronavirus

February 27, 2020 by  

Israel’s Ministry of Healthy urged Israelis on Wednesday to reconsider travelling abroad entirely as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus outbreak. Read more

Dutch railway employees sing anti-Semitic ‘sports’ song over loudspeaker system

February 27, 2020 by  

Employees of the Dutch national railway company Nederlandse Spoorwegen sang an anti-Semitic soccer chant on Feb. 22 over an inter-city train’s public announcement system. Read more

Israeli Arabs reject becoming citizens of Palestinian state, as suggested in Mideast peace plan

Israeli Arab citizens flatly reject the idea floated in the recently released U.S. “Peace to Prosperity” plan that envisions the possibility that borders would be redrawn and some Arab cities and villages could become part of a future Palestinian state. Read more

Why Israel’s electoral stalemate isn’t a disaster

Think Israelis are excited by the prospect of going to the polls for the third time in a year to elect a new Knesset? Think again. Read more

In Paris, 250 European leaders, conference attendees to confront anti-Semitism in full force

February 27, 2020 by  

Some 250 participants and European leaders gathered in Paris at the European Jewish Association’s (EJA) annual policy conference this week under the topic “Jews in Europe: United for a Better Future.” Read more

Cocktails at the Monte

February 27, 2020 by  

Sydney’s Montefiore’s NSW Seniors’ Festival calendar includes concerts and activities at all our campuses, as well as a cocktail party at Randwick where residents, board members and management had the opportunity to meet and mingle over Pimms cocktails and canapés.   Read more

See a totally different side of Israel

February 27, 2020 by  

A nine-day trip to Israel in July to meet with local social justice and human rights activists anchors the New Israel Fund Australia’s Naomi ChazanFellowship. Read more

Rampant madness prevails

February 27, 2020 by  

When waking in the morning, we need to pinch ourselves to be certain that our current position is not a dream: Read more

Impressions from, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Debussy – and the Sydney Town Hall: a music review from Fraser Beath McEwing

February 27, 2020 by  

The first concert in the SSO Masters Series for 2020 ushered in the beginning of a two-year stint in ye auld and venerated Sydney Town Hall while the Opera House concert hall is up for a rebore. Read more

President Rivlin discusses coronovirus and Australia-Israel travel

February 27, 2020 by  

President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin spoke from Canberra to Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and with the deputy minister of health Yaakov Litzman after his meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Read more

Rivlin promises to take up the Leifer case

February 26, 2020 by  

Israel’s President Reven Rivlin has visited Canberra meeting Governor-General David Hurley, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, leader of the opposition Anthony Albanese and many MPs. Read more

Is this funny?

February 26, 2020 by  

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has been shocked and horrified by a doctored image published by Honi Soit, the student-run newspaper at the University of Sydney. Read more


February 26, 2020 by  

This week’s cartoon…Socialism vs. Capitalism Read more

President meets the Navy

February 26, 2020 by  

During his visit to Sydney, Israel’s President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin visited the Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney, from where many rescue operations were launched during the recent bushfires. Read more

Shayari’s Ari Wenig returns to Melbourne for one night concert

February 26, 2020 by  

The hometown visit of a Melbourne boy performing in his new band has found its natural partner, joining forces with ZFA’s Habayit – the home of Hebrew language and Israeli culture. Read more

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