Bluebeard’s Castle to be performed in Sydney for the first time

February 25, 2021 by  

Sydney bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi will play the title role in Hungarian composer Béla Bartók’s only opera Bluebeard’s Castle making its debut Sydney performance next week. Read more

Israel seeks Aliyah from medicos

February 22, 2021 by  

 The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors is to introduce a comprehensive program for physicians and medical professionals from around the world willing to join the Israeli health care system.

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A new hall and apartments for the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation

January 22, 2021 by  

The Brisbane Hebrew Congregation has overwhelmingly given the thumbs up for the design for its new communal hall. Read more

High Ground: a movie review

January 18, 2021 by  

High Ground shows the audience the natural beauty of Arnhem Land, the ugliness of the treatment of Aborigines by some settlers and the kindness and understanding shown by others in the Top End in the early part of the 20th century. Read more

The lonely mezuzah

January 8, 2021 by  

1000kms from the nearest synagogue, Birdsville is home for Joseph Szczepina where a mezuzah is proudly displayed on his property. Read more

Ammunition Hill and the last night of Chanukah

December 18, 2020 by  

Tears glistened in the eyes of the soldiers and visitors to Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem as the site of one of the fiercest battles of the Six-Day War provided a background for the flames of the Menorah. Read more

ECAJ annual conference: Take two

December 8, 2020 by  

Foreign Minister Senator Marise Payne has addressed a second sitting of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s annual conference originally held a week ago. Read more

ECAJ’s annual conference via Zoom

November 30, 2020 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s annual conference took place yesterday on Zoom with keynote speakers the United Arab Emirates’ Ambassador to Australia and Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Read more

Former Mount Scopus captain now president of the Law Institute of Victoria

November 25, 2020 by  

Tania Wolff was the school captain at Melbourne’s Mount Scopus in 1988 and last week she was endorsed as president of the Law Institute of Victoria. Read more

A final resting place

November 20, 2020 by  

During excavations necessitated by the construction of Sydney’s Light Rail project, the skeletal remains of four bodies were unearthed in an area which had been a Jewish cemetery until the turn of the 20th century. Read more

Dymocks antisemitic book online under review

September 30, 2020 by  

Bookseller Dymocks is reviewing the inclusion of a book available online known for its antisemitic content. Read more

A family connection

September 15, 2020 by  

The new president of Sydney’s The Great Synagogue has told the AGM that his great-great-grandmother had been a founding member of the congregation in 1878. Read more

A new Hakoah looming

July 29, 2020 by  

Hakoah president Steven Lowy talks about the hiatus between Hakoah in Hall St in Bondi which closed its doors in 2009 and the projected new club at White City which, if all goes to plan, will open in 2023/4. Read more

Pokies out! Gym and swimming in

July 29, 2020 by  

At this week’s AGM of the much-awaited Hakoah Club in White City, president Steven Lowy told attendees on Zoom that the fitness and Wellness centre are expected to be the main source of revenue. Read more

North Queensland family celebrated triple Barmitzvah

July 10, 2020 by  

The Knezevick family drove eight hours north from their home in the North East Queensland town of  Bowen to Cairns where their three sons celebrated their Barmitzvahs yesterday under the guidance of Rabbi Ari Ruben. Read more

Happy 100th anniversary WIZO

July 8, 2020 by  

WIZO celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and J-Wire asked Federal President Paulette Cherny about WIZO’s history in Australia. Read more

The World’s Best Film to premiere at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and Revelation Perth International Film Festival

June 29, 2020 by  

But is this really the world’s best film? Read more

Call for redress for Victorian victims for racial vilification

June 25, 2020 by  

The Legal And Social Issues Committee Of The Legislative Assembly Of Victoria has heard statements from The Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the mother of a five-yr-old child, a victim of racial bullying at a Melbourne public school. Read more

Justice for Malki?

June 16, 2020 by  

The Associated Press has reported the Trump administration is considering withdrawing aid to Jordan in order to secure the extradition of Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi wanted by the U.S. on a charge of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against American nationals. Read more


June 15, 2020 by  

This is yet another Holocaust movie but its main characters are known to many of us. Marcel Marceau the greatest mime of the last century and Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon. Read more

Mirka’s World: an exhibition

June 15, 2020 by  

MIRKA, an exhibition exploring the astonishing life and work of Australian art icon, Mirka Mora, will open in December at The Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne. Read more

Matty Johns says sorry on air

June 4, 2020 by  

Rugby League TV identity Matty John took the opportunity on Fox to apologise for the Hitler gaffe made on his Fox Sports show earlier this week. Read more

A mother’s grief, a son’s torment

May 31, 2020 by  

The bullying started in February last year. The 12-yr-old’s tormentors did not know he was Jewish. But on March 16 they did know and the bullying escalated to a level which brought shocks of horror from around the world when a photograph of the victim forced to his knees and kissing a foot of a fellow student hit the headlines. Read more

Joshua Levi enters Honour Roll

May 28, 2020 by  

UPDATED: The late Joshua Levi has been entered into the NSW Premier’s Honour Roll. Read more

A new rabbi for Newcastle…after 60 years

May 17, 2020 by  

Rabbi Yossi Rodal has been spent six years working with RARA, Rural and Regional Australia, combing this vast country for Jews living in remote areas but now it’s time to settle down and he will move this week from Melbourne to Newcastle to be the first rabbi the shul has had for 60 years. Read more

Back to shul…but read the rules.

May 17, 2020 by  

Shuls in NSW will reopen on Shavout with attendance restricted to ten worshippers and two officials comprising a singe minyan. Read more

My life is finished – I love you Tommy

May 13, 2020 by  

Baruch Ben-Ygal struck a relationship with Maccabi Australia in 1997 when he saved an athlete from drowning when the bridge across the Yarkon River collapsed as the team headed to the opening ceremony. Read more

Behind the South African Festival

May 10, 2020 by  

Claire Jankelson and Di Singer are the directors of the South African Film Festival. Claire answers questions for J-Wire. Read more

Happy 100th Eddie!

April 13, 2020 by  

Eddie Jaku, one of the best-known faces in the Sydney Jewish community turns 100 tomorrow [Tuesday] but the Coronavirus put paid to plans for a special celebration with family and friends at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

ECAJ calls on Dymocks to cease selling certain editions of Mein Kampf

April 7, 2020 by  

National bookseller Dymocks is currently marketing various editions of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto for the Nazi Party Mein Kampf some of which have commentaries appealing to far-right factions. Read more

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