Meeting with the President of the Republic of Cyprus

February 16, 2020 by  

Representatives of the Australian Jewish and Hellenic communities have met with the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Syllouris. Read more

New Zealanders to commemorate IHRD

January 26, 2020 by  

New Zealanders will gather around the country tomorrow to remember the Holocaust with the sad new realisation that New Zealand isn’t immune to racial hatred and violence, the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand says. Read more

Community welcomes Leifer decision

January 10, 2020 by  

Major community organisations have welcomed media reports that a psychiatrist panel has Malka Leifer found her fit to face an extradition trial. Read more

“The reputations of the Israeli justice system and the executive arm of government have been sullied”

January 1, 2020 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has written to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu appealing to him to reconsider the appointment of Rabbi Yaakov Litzman as Minister of Health who is under investigation for blocking the extradition of alleged child sexual abuser Malka Leifer. Read more

West Bank: ZFA adds its voice

November 20, 2019 by  

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated on 18 November that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law”. Read more

UIA NSW hosts Shabbat Shuk with The Shabbat Project 

November 18, 2019 by  

Over 3500 community members joined UIA NSW and The Shabbat Project to prepare for Shabbat Machane-Yehuda style in Kiaora Place, Double Bay where 15 vendors offered kosher delights and gifts to take home…a J-Wire photo gallery. Read more

Call on NSW Jewish community to aid bushfire victims

November 11, 2019 by  

The New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies has set up a crowdfunding campaign to provide those whose lives have been impacted by the catastrophic bushfires raging through parts of NSW. Read more

Yeshivah Centre has not renewed Rabbi Zvi Telsner’s contract

August 22, 2019 by  

Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre has not renewed Rabbi Zvi Telsner’s contract and the rabbi who was a key figure at the 2013 Royal Commission hearing into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is no longer employed by CIVL. Read more

Jewish House launches innovative app, Mend, to help solve homelessness in NSW

July 10, 2019 by  

The CEO of the Jewish House, Rabbi Mendel Kastel and Sydney entrepreneur, Alexandra Tselios, have developed an app which brings the community and technology together to help the homeless. Read more

…and then there were four more

June 11, 2019 by  

Four late arrivals on J-Wire’s Queen’s Birthday Awards have pushed the total number of recipients on the “Jewish List” to a record number of 42. Meet them now and our apologies for their initial omission. Read more

The Jewish International Film Festival announces 2019 JIFF short film fund recipients

The Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF) has announced Karen Pearlman and Joel Kohn as the recipients of the 2018 JIFF Short Film Fund. Read more

Seeking information about Fritz Bielschowsky

The Jewish Community Council of Western Australia’s Director of Public Affairs Steve Lieblich is seeking information about a Holocaust survivor, Fritz Bielschowsky (Fred Biel), who formerly owned a shoe factory in Erfurt Germany in partnership with Heinrich Cerf and Felix Simon, came to Sydney in 1938-9 with his wife Ilse, and died in 1985. Read more

Abusive emails continue to circulate

May 16, 2019 by  

Counter-terrorism specialists are now assisting NSW Police in tracking down the person or group responsible for homophobic and antisemitic emails which have marred the candidates’ electioneering for Wentworth in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Read more

Four days to go: ECAJ canvasses political leaders

It has been a practice for a number of years for the Executive Council of Australian Jewry to write to the leaders of the Coalition, the Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens ahead of an upcoming federal election seeking their positions on policies and issues of particular interest to the Australian Jewish community. Read more

Wentworth final questions: Tim Murray

October 18, 2018 by  

In the interests of ensuring that our community is properly informed and engaged in the political process The Executive Council of Australian Jewry asked the four candidates currently polling at over 10% of the primary vote (as per the Reachtell poll published on 17 September), to state their positions on matters of special concern to Jewish Australians.  Read more

AUJS elects its 2019 committee

September 5, 2018 by  

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students has just concluded its AGM where it elected its 2019 Executive Committee.

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Danielle Blain

June 11, 2018 by  

Our apologies to Perth’s Danielle Blain who was awarded the AM  in today’s Queen’s Birthday awards. Read more

Bob Carr has withdrawn from Palestinian event

April 16, 2018 by  

Former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr has cancelled a speaking appearance at an event because he refuses to be involved in any organisation not committed to a peaceful path for Palestinian statehood. Read more

ABC to screen “Fay’s Journey”

March 12, 2018 by  

What does one make of Jewish musicians coming from Australia to play Klezmer, Yiddish music in small Polish towns where entire Jewish communities were wiped out? Read more

Malka Leifer’s case goes on…and on and on and on

February 28, 2018 by  

The 54-yr-old former principal of Melbourne’s Adass Yisroel facing extradition from Israel to Australia where she is wanted on 74 charges of child sexual abuse appeared in court in Petah Tikvah where her case was delayed yet again. Read more

Big Pond

February 12, 2018 by  

A notice to all J-Wire subscribers using any Big Pond e-mail addresses… Read more

Three Australian rabbis sign a proclamation address abuse

September 26, 2017 by  

Three Australian rabbinical judges are signatories to an international proclamation addressing abuse in the world-wide Orthodox Jewish community.

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A Rosh Hashanah message from Richard Di Natale

September 20, 2017 by  

On behalf of the Australian Greens, I would like to wish a warm Shanah Tovah to everyone welcoming in the Jewish New Year this week…writes Richard Di Natale. Read more

A Rosh Hashanah message from Bill Shorten

September 14, 2017 by  

A Rosh Hashanah message from Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition… Read more

Hungarian woman honoured by Israel

August 11, 2017 by  

The Embassy of Israel in Canberra has honoured Mrs Jolán Michnay as Righteous Among the Nations. Read more

Cairns dedicates and celebrates its first torah

August 7, 2017 by  

The Jewish community in North Queensland has received its first ever Torah scroll with a procession down the streets of Cairns’ Kewarra Beach.

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Waverley Council: FREE’S claims council is rewarding terrorism are nonsense

August 7, 2017 by  

Liberals in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs have hit back at FREE’s claims that council has rewarded terrorism, following a Land & Environment Court decision refusing the construction of a synagogue. Read more

Women of Diversity

July 31, 2017 by  

Over 350 women from across Sydney and communities worldwide attended the second annual Women of Diversity Dinner in Bankstown on Saturday night – half of them newly arrived from the Middle East, many of them Christians fleeing persecution, sexual slavery and genocide. Read more

NSW Labor group vows to oppose Bob Carr on Israel

July 30, 2017 by  

The NSW Labor Israel Action Committee (LIAC) has vowed to continue to oppose former NSW Premier Bob Carr’s continued activity on Israel – after successfully forcing him to recognise Israel’s right to exist within secure and recognised borders”. Read more

No OK from NSW Labor to a federal Labor government recognising a Palestinian state unilaterally

July 30, 2017 by  

The Australia Israel Labor Dialogue (AILD) today congratulated the NSW Labor Branch Conference in not agreeing to bind a future Federal Labor Government to unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Read more

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