Chanukah with Kangarusski

December 18, 2019 by  

120 people gathered in Sydney to celebrate Hanukkah organised each year by a group of Kangarusski volunteers has become one of the most anticipated events in the community, and this year’s celebration certainly did not disappoint. Read more

Diller feeds our community with C-Care

December 18, 2019 by  

The lead up to Chanukah offers us a chance to think about how we spread light in the world and what our impact is. The Diller Teen Fellows, which is a part of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), created a spirit of volunteering and goodwill in our community, finding purpose through the art of giving. Read more

1200 attend the Festibayit

December 11, 2019 by  

The Melbourne summer finally arrived and Hebrew music blared throughout Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre on Sunday, as Habayit, the home of Hebrew Language and Israeli Culture, held its 7th annual Festibayit Festival. Read more

Getting together in the Arava

November 18, 2019 by  

It is not often that the stars align. So when many staff members, professionals and volunteers, of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) and Arava Australia Partnership (AAP)  were in Israel at the same time to organise something special making the Israeli desert come alive. Read more

The Quiz that stopped the Federation

November 15, 2019 by  

Melbournians may have had their eyes on the “race that stops the nation” in Melbourne, but in Sydney, our eyes were on the annual national Bible Quiz, which took place on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and was a fantastic display of the commitment of the contestants to their learning and to the Tanach. Read more

Gap year Zionist Youth seminar in the Arava

November 11, 2019 by  

The picturesque views of the Arava and the fresh desert air provided the perfect backdrop for the Australasian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) closing seminar bringing together 108 gap year participants from six of the Zionist Youth movements from Australia and New Zealand. Read more

Jerusalem Prize for Scott Morrison

August 29, 2019 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia has held its Plenary Conference in Sydney where delegates heard that the Zionist Federation of Australia, the Zionist Council of NSW and the World Zionist Organisation will be presenting the prestigious Jerusalem Prize to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney in November. Read more

Apology from ACHPER?

August 21, 2019 by  

The Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino has met with Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler and Zionism Victoria President Sharene Hambur who are  confident that the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), an organisation representing Victorian teachers, will offer a belated apology for distributing a factually inaccurate and deeply offensive Year 12 practice resource. Read more

ZFA calls on Australian government to pull UNRWA funding

August 2, 2019 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia has called on the Australian government to reconsider funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) following the revelation of rampant corruption at the highest levels of the scandal-riddled organisation.   Read more

ZFA condemns violations on Israel’s northern borders

December 7, 2018 by  

Earlier in the week, the IDF announced the beginning of Operation Northern Shield after discovering Hezbollah efforts to construct a network of terror tunnels on the Lebanon border. Read more

Joint Jewish-Christian delegation visits Parliament House in Canberra

November 30, 2018 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia has co-hosted a delegation of Jewish and Christian groups for a visit to Canberra and Parliament House.

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ZFA backs Scott Morrison

November 19, 2018 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia strongly supports the Government in reaffirming its commitment to review the possible relocation of its Embassy from Tel Aviv to West Jerusalem and thus, formally recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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ZFA condemns Hamas rockets

November 13, 2018 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia strongly condemns Hamas and other terrorist organisations operating in Gaza for firing over 300 rockets at Israeli civilians over the course of a few hours. Read more

Jeremy Leibler replaces Danny Lamm as ZFA president

November 13, 2018 by  

Jeremy Leibler has attended the Zionist Federation of Australia’s biennial conference as its new president. Read more

ZFA asks The Greens to condemn eco terrorism

June 28, 2018 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia calls upon Senator Richard Di Natale as leader of the Australian Greens to abide by its core principles and condemn the eco terrorism being perpetrated by Palestinians in Gaza against Israel.  Read more

Two Aussie students meet Bibi

April 21, 2018 by  

Two Australian high school students have had the experience of a lifetime after competing in the International Bible Quiz live on Israeli TV on Yom Ha’atzmaut, and meeting Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read more

Running from the truth …writes Emily Gian

November 21, 2017 by  

I accidentally found myself caught up right in the middle of the Run for Palestinian Human Rights event on Sunday.  Read more

Herzl’s dream…writes Emily Gian

October 31, 2017 by  

I have just returned from over a month in Israel with my family over the Jewish Holidays. In my head, I had been planning to write a piece about some reflections I had relating to Israel, Theordore Herzl and whether the Zionist dream had been fulfilled. Read more

ZFA policial seminar in Parliament House

September 19, 2017 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia has held its inaugural Political Seminar in Canberra.  Read more

Warm welcome in Fiji

July 19, 2017 by  

I have just returned from an overseas vacation with my family. My husband is Israeli and for some reason, I will sometimes get nervous if people ask where he comes from. Read more

The (not-so-hungry) Hunger Strike…writes Emily Gian

May 15, 2017 by  

I took a gap year from University in the early days of the Second Intifada. At that time, sadly, there were terrorist attacks occurring in Israel, sometimes on a daily basis. In those days, there was one Palestinian terrorist whose name kept popping up again and again – Marwan Barghouti.  Read more

Trumping Solutions…writes Emily Gian

February 17, 2017 by  

Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump met in Washington for the first time since the latter was inaugurated. The greeting was done in a far warmer manner than similar meeting between Netanyahu and Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. Read more

Childish games…writes Emily Gian

December 23, 2016 by  

Not long ago, a group of 49 State and Federal Australian MPs signed a petition critical of the alleged “cruel” mistreatment by Israel of Palestinian minors in detention in the West Bank (actually the number is 48 because at least one alleged signatory denies having signed it). Read more


December 10, 2016 by  

During this year’s Australian Federal Election campaign, three candidates who were running for parliamentary office in my own electorate of Melbourne Ports were scheduled to debate at a forum co-hosted by the Australian Jewish News and Zionism Victoria…writes Emily Gian. Read more

What is happening at the U.N.?

December 8, 2016 by  

Last week, the President of the UN General Assembly, Peter Thomson, wore a Palestinian flag as a scarf to mark the UN’s “International Day of Solidarity of the Palestinian People”, a day set in the UN calendar for 29 November. The following day, six Arab-backed anti-Israel resolutions were passed. Read more

Trump’d…writes Emily Gian

November 23, 2016 by  

I have thought about how I would write this for over two weeks now.  Read more

Will the media ask for redemption this Jewish New Year?…asks the Emily Gian

October 5, 2016 by  

One does not have to be particularly religious at this time of the year to take the opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months or so and to think of what will be in the year to come. Read more

Unsocial media…writes Emily Gian

September 19, 2016 by  

A little while ago, I embarked upon some research on social media, and in particular the issue of how Israel is represented there. Read more

What is your World Vision?…asks Emily Gian

August 17, 2016 by  

Two weeks ago, a story emerged from Gaza that was so explosive in its nature and content that it should have shaken the world. Read more

Max Brenner: “There’s blood in you chocolate”…writes Emily Gian

June 10, 2016 by  

“Max Brenner, come off it, there’s blood in your hot chocolate”.  Read more

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