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 welcomes the new Governor-General

July 2, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has welcomed General David Hurley who was sworn in as Australia’s Governor-General yesterday. Read more

Australian organisations raise concern ahead of Israel’s elections

February 25, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Zionist Federation of Australia and The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council have expressed deep concern of two mainstream political parties in Israel bonding with the Otzma Yehudit, a party known for its racist links. Read more

Facebook plans external board to decide on questionable spots on its site

February 25, 2019 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s co-CEO Peter Wertheim travelled to Singapore to participate in a two-day consultation on the establishment of an independent External Oversight Board proposed to empower to make final decisions about contested content appearing on Facebook. Read more

Australian leadership condemns Hamas

December 9, 2018 by  

Australia’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have condemned Hamas following the failure of un general assembly resolution on ‘activities of Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza. Read more

ECAJ commends the Australian government

December 5, 2018 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has commended the Australian government for voting against three major resolutions criticising Israel at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on 30 November 2018, after having abstained on those same resolutions in previous years. Read more

ECAJ joins with AUJS for inaugural Advocacy Summit

August 7, 2018 by  

The ECAJ and AUJS held the inaugural advocacy summit in Sydney last weekend aimed at giving Jewish students the skills, knowledge and confidence to advocate on issues that affect the Australian Jewish community. Read more

The CJC launches tree project

January 31, 2018 by  

The Commonwealth Jewish Council has launched a Commonwealth wide initiative of Jewish communities to support the adoption in every Commonwealth country of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project by the Commonwealth Summit in April. Read more

ECAJ reacts to new organisation

September 5, 2017 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has stated that is the most significant representative organisation of Australian Jewry following the announcement heralding the establishment of the Australian Jewish Association. Read more

Sir Frank Lowy: the community congratulates him

June 18, 2017 by  

The Chairman of Westfield Corporation, Mr Frank Lowy AC, said today he was deeply honoured to be appointed a Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Birthday Honours List…and the community’s leaders have expressed have their congratulations. Read more

ECAJ applauds $40 million Safer Communities Fund

June 2, 2016 by  

A re-elected Turnbull Coalition Government will establish a $40 million Safer Communities Fund. Read more

ECAJ responds to Christian Lobby blog

June 1, 2016 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has criticised comments made by a representative of the Australian Christian Lobby. Read more

Australia plans tax treaty with Israel

September 18, 2015 by  

The Australian Government has announced its intention to enter into tax treaty negotiations with Israel. Read more

Community welcomes Malcolm

September 16, 2015 by  

Australia’s new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is no stranger to the country’s Jewish community given that his federal seat of Wentworth is home to the majority of Jews living in Sydney. Read more

ALP resolution analysed

July 26, 2015 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has analysed the resolution passed at the ALP conference in Melbourne dealing with the Israel-Palestine conflict. Read more

ECAJ slams Labor MP’s signing petition against Israel

July 9, 2015 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has slammed Labor MP Melissa Parke for signing an anti-Israel petition. Read more

Outrage at antisemitic attacks on Frydenberg

June 29, 2015 by  

There has been strong reaction both within the Jewish community and without to a tirade of antisemitic tweets against federal Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Read more

New conversation for B’nai B’rith and ECAJ

May 13, 2015 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry and B’nai B’rith’s Alfred Dreyfus Anti-Defamation Unit successfully launched their “In Conversation” series in Sydney last week. Read more

ECAJ asks for balance

August 25, 2014 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has asked the Save the Children Fund to introduce balance to their current campaign seeking support for Gaza’s young. Read more

Signing objections to Section 18 changes

November 28, 2013 by  

A group representing multicultural communities in NSW has met at the NSW Parliament to sign a single document expressing objection to changes to the Race Discrimination Act. Read more

Anti-Semitism up 21%

November 25, 2013 by  

In his report covering the 12 months’ period ending on September 30, 2013, Jeremy Jones has reported 657 incidents defined by the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission as “racist violence” against Jews. Read more

Message for the Polish Government

July 21, 2013 by  

The president of  the The Executive Council of Australian Jewry Dr Danny Lamm, has sent a message to the Polish Government following its rejection of legislating in favour of shechita. Read more

Jewish umbrella body supports use of Quran in front bench swearing in

July 4, 2013 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has congratulated the first Muslim to be appointed to the front bench of the Australian government…and supports the use of the Quran for his swearing in. Read more

Community briefs on Sexual Abuse Royal Commission

March 18, 2013 by  

The Executive Director of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Peter Wertheim and Immediate Past President, Robert Goot, have met with the Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Read more

ECAJ complains to your ABC

February 28, 2013 by  

The ABC’s Elizabeth Jackson recently interviewed co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices’ Antony Loewenstein about the Ben Zygier case. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has lodged an official complaint to the ABC about its content. Read more

ECAJ welcomes Zygier inquiries

February 19, 2013 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) has welcomed announcements by the Australian and Israeli governments of further inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death of the late Ben Zygier, a dual Israeli and Australian citizen who had immigrated to Israel in the early 2000’s and reportedly died while in custody in Israel in December 2010. Read more

Mazeltov Bibi

January 29, 2013 by  

The Zionist Federation of Australia has congratulated Bibi Netanyahu on behalf of the Australian Jewish community. Read more

Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies – the ECAJ has its say

December 12, 2012 by  

Associate Professor Jake Lynch at Sydney University’s  Centre for Peace and Conflict recently rejected an offer of co-operative civics research from a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem because the CPC supports BDS, including boycotting Israeli academics. The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has its say… Read more

Census – Identify as Jews

July 26, 2011 by  

Australia’s peak national Jewish body is urging all Jewish Australians to write in the word ‘Jewish’ or ‘Judaism’ in answer to the question on the census form that asks ‘What is your religion?’  “This should be done for each member of the household when you complete the form on census night on Tuesday 9 August 2011”, said Dr Danny Lamm, the President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.  Read more

Interfaith flourishing

May 10, 2010 by  

The Uniting Church in Australia and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry have reaffirmed the value of contact and cooperation with the 30th meeting of the “National Dialogue” in Melbourne. Read more