Assistance for gay Aliyah

July 6, 2020 by  

The World Zionist Organization is setting up a unit to work with the LGBT Jewish community. Read more

Australia’s oldest operating synagogue approaching its 175th anniversary

June 26, 2020 by  

Hobart Synagogue, the oldest Jewish place of worship still in use in Australia, is about to turn 175 – and a certain medical crisis hasn’t stopped the anniversary from being turned to good use. Read more

The challenge for Jewish voices among progressives

June 24, 2020 by  

Antisemitism takes many forms. It can come from the right or the left. It can be found in theology, but also in anti-religious political ideology…writes Suzanne Rutland Andre Oboler. Read more

Israel’s ambassador to UK reflects on global issues, namely Iran, before leaving office

June 21, 2020 by  

Israel’s ambassador to the United Kingdom Mark Regev discussed Israel’s relations with Britain and its neighbours during a webinar on Thursday, his last live-streamed event before ending his five-year term as ambassador…writes Shiryn Ghermezian. Read more

The mad, mad, mad world of Roger Waters

June 14, 2020 by  

So, what does Roger Waters think of music, his critics and the normal life we all want to get back to?…writes Lana Melman. Read more

A British mandate to recognize Israeli sovereignty

June 11, 2020 by  

The legal right of the Jewish people to reconstitute their historic homeland was recognized at the San Remo Conference of 1920 and by virtue of the Mandate for Palestine that resulted from it…write Richard Kemp, Hugh Kitson and Simon Isaacs. Read more

Annexation vs. sovereignty: Words matter

June 9, 2020 by  

Words matter. They drive narratives. They influence policy. And they shape people’s perceptions…write Arsen Ostrovsky and Richard Kemp. Read more

Senior Palestinian official: ‘Our only option is to sever ties with Israel and the US’

June 4, 2020 by  

The Palestinians’ only option now is to “entirely reject” the U.S. peace plan and sever relations with the United States and Israel, according to PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat. Read more

Jewish pharmacist gets shop opened after looting by Floyd protesters

June 3, 2020 by  

On Saturday, Jonathan Friedman stood with police officers and watched as protesters looted his store, Syd’s Pharmacy, at 7111 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles. Read more

Netanyahu: ‘The Palestinians have to concede, not Israel’

June 2, 2020 by  

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes that applying Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, and in the Jordan Valley in particular, is a historical step. This is nothing new. Read more

Back to the future: making penpals

May 27, 2020 by  

While many Holocaust survivors are feeling isolated right now, the Sydney Jewish Museum has launched a Pen Pal Project to connect students and Holocaust survivors with one another through letter-writing during these uncertain times. Read more

At War With COVID-19

May 26, 2020 by  

Despite heightened tensions between countries over the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we face a common enemy incapable of negotiation. Read more

Police arrest woman for desecration of grave of IDF soldier

May 19, 2020 by  

The police on Monday evening arrested a woman who is suspected of desecrating the grave of IDF soldier Amit Ben Yigal, who was killed in action last Tuesday. Read more

Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Herzliya home

May 18, 2020 by  

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Chinese Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his Herzliya home on Sunday morning, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Read more

The Jordan Valley dilemma: A realistic approach

May 15, 2020 by  

Article 29 of the national unity government agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and Benny Gantz’s Blue and White Party, agreed to on April 20, opens the door to territorial annexations in the West Bank. Read more

PA banks closing accounts of released terrorists after facing threats of legal action

May 10, 2020 by  

Banks in the Palestinian Authority (PA) have recently begun to close accounts owned by terrorists who were released from Israeli through which tey receive stipends from the PA following an Israeli warning that the funds in the banks will be considered terror funding. Read more

The moral imperative to bring Malki Roth’s murderer to justice

May 10, 2020 by  

On Aug. 9, 2001, 15-year-old Israeli-Australian Malki Roth was among the 15 Israelis and tourists slaughtered in a suicide bombing at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem. Read more

Netanyahu, Gantz agree: New government to be sworn in on May 13

May 8, 2020 by  

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Israel will swear in a national unity government on May 13, agreed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz, late on Wednesday. The parliamentary process for legislating the new government is expected to be completed by Thursday afternoon at the latest. Read more

A letter from Israel

May 5, 2020 by  

My name is Ashleigh Harris and this is my first semester on the Aardvark Israel gap year program.  I am 18 years old from Melbourne. Read more

Netflix’s ‘Unorthodox’ degrades Chassidic Jews into caricatures

May 1, 2020 by  

When my Facebook feed first filled with reviews of Netflix’s “Unorthodox,” I felt no urge to watch it. The well-worn genre of predictable coming-of-age stories about the glory of secularism dwarfing one-dimensional Chassidic characters didn’t spark my interest. Read more

Facebook and SZCNSW

April 29, 2020 by  

I have attended every Yom Hazikoron commemoration since JNF’s Aviva Kogus and Noga and Rami Ganor organised the first one in the King David Room of the now-vanished Hall Street Hakoah Club in the early 1990’s Read more

The Plague of Otherness (And How to Cure It)

April 21, 2020 by  

The term “social distancing” has become the definitive buzzword to describe the advice to avoid close physical contact to contain the COVID-19 pandemic…writes Dovi Seldowitz. Read more

Together we are stronger

April 17, 2020 by  

A message to NSW readers Read more

The End of the Corona War

April 8, 2020 by  

Economic, cultural, political and military institutions of countries are being hit or paralyzed by an invisible, biological enemy. Read more

Amid global pandemic, Israel and PA find ways to cooperate

April 7, 2020 by  

At the time of this writing, Israel has suffered more 8,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and counted 56 deaths, with the Palestinian administered areas of the West Bank and Gaza reporting more than 237 confirmed cases with at least one confirmed death. Read more

Professor Paul Zimmet’s message to Maccabi Life

April 5, 2020 by  

As 2018 Senior Victorian Australian of The Year, one of my commitments was to work together with community organisations. In late 2018, this responsibility led to me joining the Advisory Board of Maccabi LIFE. Read more

Arab Israeli lawmaker lauds ‘heroic efforts’ of Arab terrorists’ mothers

March 26, 2020 by  

A Member of Knesset (MK) of the Arab-majority Joint List released a video thanking the mothers of Arab terrorists for their “heroic efforts,” as a symbol of “appreciation” on Mother’s Day which was celebrated last Saturday in the Arab world. Read more

Joe Biden: Israel’s fake ‘friend’

March 22, 2020 by  

Former Vice President Joe Biden has made a habit of describing himself as a loyal, stalwart friend and ally of Israel. At a campaign stop earlier this month, for instance, he declared: “I’m so proud of the Obama-Biden administration’s unprecedented support for Israel’s security.” Read more

Total lockdown ‘inevitable,’ says Israel’s Public Security Minister

March 19, 2020 by  

In a conference call on Tuesday night with the heads of the country’s security branches, Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan instructed the police and the rest of Israel’s domestic security apparatus to make preparations to implement a full closure, which the minister said was “inevitable.” Read more

Lisl Ziegler 1917-2020

March 9, 2020 by  

Many factors made Lisl Ziegler the woman she was – first, growing up in Vienna surrounded by enlightened thinkers with socialist values; second, the challenging circumstances of her childhood, an orphan by the time she was 17; and third, the destruction of all that was dear to her with the rise of Nazism and the need to begin life anew.  Read more

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