Rogue worshippers defy lockdown

September 8, 2021 by  

A rogue group of ultra-orthodox members of the Melbourne Jewish community has held Rosh Hashanah prayers violating the lockdown restrictions. Read more

A community in furore

August 27, 2021 by  

A leaked email revealed a plan to appease the Sydney Jewish community by maintaining requests to NSW Health to give special permission to blow Shofars in various parts of the city and allowing congregants to walk by as they did…but the email to NSW Police from the Community Security Group stated that the application would be withdrawn three days before Rosh Hashanah. Read more

The party is over

August 17, 2021 by  

They have different political allegiances, but politicians Josh Burns and David Southwick have joined forces to stabilise the COVID fallout created by an irresponsible small group of Melbourne’s Jewish community. Read more

Gav Schneider in the top ten of security experts globally for the third time

August 12, 2021 by  

Brisbane-based Gav Schneider has been placed in the top ten security experts globally by a group of contemporaries. Read more

The Jewish-themed mural whose wall will be a computer, tablet or phone screen

August 7, 2021 by  

Archibald Prize winner Wendy Sharpe has painted a mural in the Sydney Jewish Museum which no member of the public will be able to set his or her eyes on it because of the Coronavirus lockdown and the planned demolition of the wall on which her work “Vu iz dos Gesele (Where is the Little Street)?” is painted. Read more

Sydney Jewish Museum reveals its new CEO

July 19, 2021 by  

The CEO of the Australian National Maritime Museum has been appointed to succeed Norman Seligman as CEO of the Sydney Jewish Museum. Read more

The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies and dealing with COVID

July 16, 2021 by  

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies continues to provide information about the health orders and the services that are available during the lockdown. Read more

Jonathan Coleman, a good friend of Jewish House

July 11, 2021 by  

Sydney’s Jewish House CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel is personally saddened by the news of the death of TV star Jonathan Coleman. Read more

For the first time, Australia brands an extreme right-wing group as a terrorist organisation

June 17, 2021 by  

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has approved regulations listing the antisemitic far-right Sonnenkrieg Division as a terrorist organisation. Read more

Go behind the Archibald

June 15, 2021 by  

Each year, art-lovers Australia-wide wait with bated breath to learn the names of the winning artist and the subject behind the portrait which snares the coveted Archibald Prize. Read more

Geoffrey Edelsten passes away at 78

June 13, 2021 by  

Geoffrey Edelsten, the former Mount Scopus student who went on to attain degrees in medicine and surgery ahead of owning the AFL teams Sydney Swans has passed away in his home in St Kilda. Read more

My friend Isaac

June 3, 2021 by  

Sydney-based Steven Lowy is the Chairman of the World Board of Trustees of Keren-Hayesod and has worked extensively with President-elect Isaac Herzog. Read more

16 years of community leadership

May 24, 2021 by  

On May 14, Vic Alhadeff closed his office door at The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies where he had served its CEO for 16 years. Read more

Tale of two rallies

May 24, 2021 by  

Sydney hosted two rallies showing solidarity with Israel. One was in the heavily-guarded Central Synagogue hosted by major community organisations and the other involved a motorcade in the Eastern Suburbs which transported supporters to Bondi Beach where showed their solidarity waving Israeli flags.

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A difference of opinion

May 5, 2021 by  

Jonathan Pollard was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for spying for Israel in the United States…and now is the keynote speaker at an event in Jerusalem celebrating Jerusalem Day. Read more

Bob Carr targets Israel again

May 4, 2021 by  

Former NSW Premier and former Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr has sent an email to “to all supporters of Palestine in the Australian Labor Party”. Read more

A farewell to Vic

May 4, 2021 by  

Vic Alhadeff is leaving the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies of which he has been the CEO for 16 years. Read more

Austen Tayshus take six

April 30, 2021 by  

Comedian Austen Tayshus aka Sandy Gutman finds himself once again the subject of a painting entered for the prestigious Archibald Prize. Read more

Surprise for Vic

April 28, 2021 by  

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian addressed 330 guests at the NSW Board of Deputies Yom Ha’azmaut cocktail party and followed her message on Israel’s 73rd birthday with a surprise presentation to CEO Vic Alhadeff. Read more

Isi Leibler: 1934-2021. A giant amongst us is no more

April 13, 2021 by  

The subject of a newly-released book “Lone Voice: The Wars of Isi Leibler” has passed away in Jerusalem at the age of 86. Read more

Jessica tackles the floods

March 24, 2021 by  

Olympian Jessica Fox took to the water to train during the severe flooding which has devasted wide tracts of south-eastern Australia following days of heavy rainfall.

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Different hands, same work

March 23, 2021 by  

Jewish, Muslim and Christian schoolchildren have gathered at Sydney’s Our Big Kitchen to cook food and biscuits for frontline workers and victims as once in a lifetime flooding ravaged the south-east coast of Australia. Read more

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

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