Six Minutes to Midnight – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 7, 2021 by  

I often wonder if a story is old fashioned merely because it is set in the past.  British film and television consistently produce fine dramas set in bygone eras and this one is no different.

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JNF Virtual Gala Evening breaks attendance records

September 3, 2020 by  

Despite the technical challenges of holding its Virtual Gala Evening, JNF Australia successfully staged its annual fundraiser online reaching more than double the number who attended last year’s events.

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August 14, 2020 by  


Owing to the temporary indisposition of publishing staff, J-Wire will not be published for the next few days.

Melbourne Yeshivah sues insurers

July 8, 2020 by  

Melbourne’s Yeshivah Centre is reported to be suing three insurers in the Supreme Court to recover the cost of payouts to the victims of child sexual abuse at its Centre, according to a report in The Herald Sun.

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Passing of a Warrior of Life

February 7, 2020 by  

It has been an intense and sorrowful week for the Australian Jewish community with the passing of Joshua Daniel Levi.

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Bargain Bazaar opens Sydney Pop-Up

September 17, 2019 by  

B’nai B’rith Sydney’s op shop, Bargain Bazaar, has opened a pop-up shop for used furniture in Surry Hills Shopping Village.

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Fake email claiming to be from NSWJBD sent 100s community members.

August 16, 2019 by  

A fake email requesting payment of $310 purporting to be from the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (NSWJBD) was circulated this week.

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Swastika defiles Anne Frank theatre billboard

August 13, 2019 by  

The cast and crew of a Melbourne theatre company showing The Diary of Anne Frank are devasted by a swastika being painted on a billboard advertising the production, according to a report in The Daily Mail.

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High Court challenge for Frydenberg

August 1, 2019 by  

Australia’s Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has had his eligibility to sit in parliament formally challenged in the court of disputed returns according to a report in The Guardian Australia.

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ABC apologises for content

July 30, 2019 by  

Following a complaint from Peter Wertheim, Co-CEO, Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), the ABC has issued an apology concerning the content of an interview which was broadcast on Radio National on July 8.

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Sydney Athlete to Serve Commonwealth Games

July 29, 2019 by  

Sydneysider Matt Levy has been confirmed as a co-chair of the Athlete Advisory Group (AAG).

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Dave Sharma makes his maiden speech

July 26, 2019 by  

In his maiden speech to Federal Parliament, Dave Sharma, Member for Wentworth paid tribute to the ideals which make Australia a place where diligence and hard work can be recognized, with a person’s background no impediment to success…and expressed his admiration for Israel where he served as Australia’s ambassador.

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Maiden Speech from Josh Burns

July 24, 2019 by  

In his maiden speech to parliament, newly installed Federal Labour MP Josh Burns, has spoken out against a “sinister element” within Australian politics according to a report from 9 News.

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Dual citizenship challenge again for Frydenberg

July 19, 2019 by  

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is facing a rehash of the claim that he is a Hungarian citizen, according to a report on 10 News First…and the Prime Minister has spoken out against antisemitism,

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An Unexpected Love – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

July 2, 2019 by  

It seems that folks in Argentina have a fairly relaxed outlook on life. It certainly appears so in this charming romantic comedy from director/writer Juan Vera.

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New twist in Malka Leifer case

June 24, 2019 by  

Israeli media reported have that Israeli Police are preparing to charge Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman for using his position to illicitly provide assistance to alleged sex offenders, according to a report released last week by the Kan public broadcaster. Read more

Tolkien – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

June 13, 2019 by  

It is not necessary to have read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien to view this offering from director Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland).   However, for aficionados of the books or movies, clues to the author’s ideas are strewn throughout the production and it is fun to take note of them.

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Red Joan – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 28, 2019 by  

Even though she has played everything from a spymaster to a queen, it’s hard to believe that Judi Dench can so expertly portray an ordinary elderly woman. But her character proves to be far more complex than she at first appears.

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JCA lights the way

May 28, 2019 by  

JCA Sydney’s annual fundraising event promised a night of insight and illumination as the lure of two inspirational speakers attracted a sell-out crowd.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 9, 2019 by  

I quite like a fantasy adventure and know little about the craze for Pokemon that engulfed the world a few years back. It is a plus because I came to it with fresh eyes. It’s a minus because I didn’t like this offering very much.

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Poms – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

May 9, 2019 by  

Poms is in the tradition of The Fully Monty whereby a disparate bunch of people come together to reach a specific goal. The ladies here, and they are for the most part ladies, do keep their gear on but get to shake their tushies and strut their stuff, eventually.

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New Apartments for Seniors in Double Bay

May 2, 2019 by  

The mission of B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages, (BBRV) is to provide financially accessible accommodation in Sydney for independent Jewish Seniors, age 55 and over.

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Long Shot – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 30, 2019 by  

“Unlikely but not impossible” states the poster advertising the unlikely pairing of Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. That’s the point of course, but this is billed as a romantic comedy and it does deliver on both counts.

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NAJEX Communal ANZAC Day Service

April 29, 2019 by  

It was a full house as The NSW Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women (NAJEX) hosted the Communal Wreath Laying and Anzac Day Service at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

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Gloria Bell – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

April 25, 2019 by  

Having reviewed the original version of this film, Gloria, over five years ago, I wondered why director Sebastian Lelio shot it again. He says because Julianne Moore wanted to do it and that for him, it is a film about feelings – Gloria’s and our own.

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Julie Bishop addresses UIA Women’s Division

March 25, 2019 by  

Jewish women from all over Sydney attended a sold-out breakfast event to hear The Right Hon Julie Bishop MP, headline speaker for this year’s UIA Women’s Division.  Federal Member for Wentworth, Dr Kerryn Phelps, was among the guests.

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Five Feet Apart – a movie review by Roz Tarszisz

March 21, 2019 by  

It’s hard being a teenager and even more so for one has a serious illness.  There have been a few American films in recent years on this theme – Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, which was sweet and funny and The Fault in Our Stars, also charming and both just a little schmaltzy.

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Israel’s Women’s Rights Lawyer in Australia

March 13, 2019 by  

Israeli lawyer Orly Erez-Likhovski will be the 2019 distinguished UIA Progressive Appeal speaker in Melbourne and Sydney.

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Sometimes Always Never – a film review by Roz Tarszisz

March 6, 2019 by  

It’s always good to learn something new, however obscure, and it’s not giving anything away to say that the film’s title refers to which buttons a man should do up on a three-piece suit – starting from the top.

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David Cameron in Sydney for UIA

February 26, 2019 by  

Over 1500, including politicians and former prime minister Tony Abbott, gathered to support Keren Hayesod-UIA’s annual fundraiser in Sydney.  Keynote speaker, former British prime minister David Cameron did not disappoint while Israeli Nataly Zagaya gave a most moving presentation. Read more

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