From Australia’s Jewish Past: Jewish businessman who shaped the Colony

June 15, 2021 by  

Emanuel Solomon, the son of Samuel Moss Solomon and his first wife Elizabeth, was born in London on 13 May 1769. Read more

Archival documentary on Babyn Yar massacre selected to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

The Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s film “Babi Yar. Context” has been selected to premiere at July’s Cannes Film Festival. Read more

From Australia’s Past: Jewish businessmen who shaped the colony

Samuel Cohen arrived in Sydney in 1833 aged 21 with an English history dating back to the time of Cromwell and to Spain and the Expulsion. Read more

AIJAC welcomes ceasefire

May 21, 2021 by  

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has welcomed the ceasefire in Israel and Gaza reached yesterday. Read more

ECAJ highlights errors in ABC report

May 16, 2021 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has disputed the findings highlighted in the report by ABC’s Emily Clark An attempt to explain why explosions are again filling the skies over Israel and Gaza. Read more

At new Babyn Yar synagogue Ukraine’s Prime Minister of honours Ukrainians who saved Jews during Holocaust

At a ceremony hosted by the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre (BYHMC), Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, the Head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Andrii Yermak and Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko honoured Ukrainians who saved Jews during the Holocaust and announced that those still alive will receive a lifelong monthly state stipend, in recognition of their heroism. Read more

Pro-Israel rallies in New Zealand

May 16, 2021 by  

Rallies will be held next Sunday (23 May) at 3:00 PM in Auckland, Wellington and Hastings in order to show publicly support for Israel’s right to defend herself and for her right to respond to unwarranted aggression from the Islamist terror groups operating from Gaza. Read more

Veteran Israeli diplomat Dore Gold discusses current Gaza crisis for AIJAC

Ambassador Dore Gold, President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, former Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, proved an update on the situation in Israel for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s (AIJAC’s) latest webinar on May 12. Read more

Who was the first free Jewish migrant to Australia?

May 11, 2021 by  

Australian history is divided on who was the first free Jewish settler. Read more

Former U.S. Middle-East adviser talks to AIJAC

David Schenker, Senior Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former high-ranking White House and Pentagon official dealing with the Middle East, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs where he was the principal Middle East advisor to the Secretary of State, was the guest of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) at its latest webinar. Read more

Litzman may be charged

April 23, 2021 by  

Israeli media is reporting Israel’s Attorney General, Mr Avichai Mandelblit, plans to prosecute former Israeli Health Minister, Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, for interfering in the Malka Leifer case by trying to prevent Leifer from being extradited to Australia to face justice. Read more

MEDinISRAEL virtual conference

April 18, 2021 by  

The Israel Trade Commission Australia will host the 6th Biennial MEDinISRAEL Conference and Exhibition, which will link distinguished peers working in the field of Medical Devices and Digital Healthcare. Read more

After the election

April 2, 2021 by  

The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s (AIJAC’s) latest webinar on “Israel has voted: What now?”, featured Israeli author and columnist, Shmuel Rosner widely published in Israel and internationally, and is an analyst for Israel’s public broadcaster Kan News. Read more

Gandel Philanthropy and Victorian Government fund Holocaust education for educators

February 24, 2021 by  

More Victorian government secondary schools will get the support they need to strengthen their teaching about the Holocaust and help stamp out anti-Semitism, thanks to an expanded partnership between the Victorian Government and Gandel Philanthropy. Read more

The ECAJ and the ZFA lodge their submissions to the inquiry into extremist movements and radicalism in Australia.

February 17, 2021 by  

On 23 November 2020, ECAJ co-CEO Peter Wertheim met online with Senator Kristina Keneally at her request to discuss burgeoning right-wing extremist activity in Australia. Read more


January 22, 2021 by  

Together with volunteers from all over the world, the Arolsen Archives in Germany is building the largest digital memorial to the victims of Nazism. Read more

Ancient Greek inscription discovered by chance near Nitzana in the Negev

January 7, 2021 by  

Who was Maria, who died on 9 February some 1400 years ago and whose burial stone has now been discovered in Nitzana National Park? Read more

Cognitive impairment and dementia: Understanding the disease – support for patients and carers

November 9, 2020 by  

Sydney’s Wolper Jewish Hospital’s Wellbeing Program is tackling the topic of Dementia. Read more

Australia’s first ever exhibition to commemorate the life and legacy of Yitzhak Rabin

November 4, 2020 by  

For the first time in Australia an exhibition titled UNITY, will commemorate the life and legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Prize peacemaker Yitzhak Rabin will be launched tonight at the B’nai B’rith centre in Sydney. Read more

Top Israeli Security Analyst Amidror: Normalisation is transforming Israel’s strategic situation

October 29, 2020 by  

Given the cascade of changes in the Middle East, including increased Turkish aggression and the domino effect of Arab normalisation with Israel, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) turned to Major General (Ret.) Yaakov Amidror to explain Israel’s changing security and diplomatic environment. Read more

Emanuel School Teacher wins NSW Premier’s Prize for STEM teaching

October 28, 2020 by  

Sydney’s Emanuel School’s Head of Innovation and Digital Technologies (K-6), Sophie Poisel, has been awarded the coveted Premier’s Prize for Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) Teaching in NSW. Read more

Jerusalem Post’s analyst talks to AIJAC

October 2, 2020 by  

Jerusalem Post senior contributing editor and analyst Herb Keinon began the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s (AIJAC’s) latest webinar, on “20 years on from the Second Intifada,” by calling the Intifada a watershed event in Israeli history that has shaped a generation, and will shape the next generation as well. Read more

US presidential elections and the Middle East

September 3, 2020 by  

As both major US political parties officially anointed their presidential candidates, the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s latest webinar was about “US presidential elections and the Middle East”, delivered by Clifford May. Read more

American pundit sheds light on Lebanon situation, China Mideast policy at AIJAC Webinar

August 9, 2020 by  

AIJAC’s latest webinar guest Michael Doran, a former senior director in the US National Security Council and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence in the George W Bush administration, shed light on the Hezbollah conduct he says led to the tragic Beirut explosion. Read more

Israeli mentor to Australian desalination plants now on guard against Iranian terror

June 24, 2020 by  

Boys Town Jerusalem graduate Shai Dreizin, CEO of Israel’s Ashkelon desalination plant, has been personally involved over the past years in launching two similar projects in Sydney and on the  Gold Coast. Read more

Amit Ben Ygal

May 17, 2020 by  

The memorial service for Amit Ben Ygal will be zoomed this evening as at 6 pm AEST and not at 7 pm as previously advised. Read more

Australia should leverage its moral authority in international affairs

Australia has the “moral authority” to be a major player on the world stage, which means it can and should do more in its international diplomacy, American Enterprise  Institute Middle East scholar and former Pentagon official Michael Rubin told a webinar hosted by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council. Read more

Prayers for Amit

Prayers will be said on Sunday night to commemorate the life of Amit Ben Ygal who lost his life earlier this week when he was killed on active duty on the West Bank. Read more

Jillian Segal sends a Pesach message

April 8, 2020 by  

Jillian Segal is the President of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry. She sends a message to the Australian Jewish community for Pesach. Read more

Sydney’s JCA to provide up to $18million to support increased community needs

April 5, 2020 by  

Including the $1 million in emergency financial relief announced last Thursday, JCA will provide up to $18m to ensure that the community has the resources and backing it requires to continue to provide vital services. Read more

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