Shehecheyanu starts Wellington council meeting

December 17, 2020 by  

The New Zealand capital city’s council meeting started off differently this week. Read more

A lot is in a name, actually

December 9, 2020 by  

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet;” so says an iconic line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While the sentiment that names are unimportant is enticing, the reality is that these star-crossed lovers’ names are deeply important. So, too, are the names we bestow on other things. Read more

Ambassador Gerberg to return to Wellington

June 14, 2017 by  

The diplomatic crisis between Israel and New Zealand following Wellington sponsorship of the UNSC  resolution 2344 is over…and Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand is to return to Wellington. Read more

Film agreement between NZ-Israel receives backlash by human rights campaigners

September 2, 2016 by  

A heated debate gives rise for human rights campaigners who are horrified by a recent film co-production agreement between New Zealand and Israel. Read more

New Zealand Jewish Council calls for success for Islam Awareness Week

August 22, 2016 by  

President of NZJC Stephen Goodman has sent a message to the Federation of Islamic Association of New Zealand at the beginning of the Islam Awareness Week. Read more

New Zealand sailors battle back a hard-earned silver at Rio

August 22, 2016 by  

New Zealand yachting produced a stand out performance on the final day of the Rio Olympics regatta, taking three medals, including gold. Read more

Nazi flag on display in Southland Museum sparks debate

August 14, 2016 by  

A World War II Nazi flag is currently being displayed in the main room of a South Canterbury Museum as part of their RSA’s centenary celebration. Read more

Israeli inspirationinto revitalising Maori language

December 20, 2015 by  

Visiting Israel recently for a week has provided valuable insight into aiding the revitalisation of New Zealand’s native language  Te Reo Maori.

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First youth program group this summer heads to Israel

December 19, 2015 by  

40 young adults from all over Australia and New Zealand have travelled to Israel on the first organised program during the Australian summer season.  Read more

90-yr-old Holocaust survivor honoured

December 8, 2013 by  


90-year-old Auschwitz survivor Clare Galambos-Winter has received a Hunter Fellowship award from Victoria University of Wellington…a recognition of her support for the NZ School of Music. Read more

Hadassah New Zealand fund-raising to help Palestinian children

December 2, 2013 by  

Hadassah New Zealand is planning to raise funds for the Rozana Project by participating in the March 2014 Jerusalem marathon and generating donations from sponsors in New Zealand and Israel. Read more

Israel contributes to Samoan relief

March 11, 2013 by  

Shemi Tzur, the Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand has donated NZ$ 12,200.00 on behalf of the State of Israel to the President of the Samoa Victim Support Group. Read more

A travelling Holocaust exhibition created by non-Jews

March 5, 2013 by  

A devoted Christian couple in Auckland has created a project called Shadows of Shoah (SOS)  initiated by them in Israel in 2008 when they photographed and interviewed Holocaust survivors. Read more

Cemetery desecrator sentenced

February 28, 2013 by  

Punishment for the man who desecrated 15 Jewish graves in Auckland’s oldest cemetery, with swastikas and crude anti-Israeli graffiti, is to be 320 hours community service, nine months supervision and $3000 reparation. Read more

John Key, the Holocaust and his mother

January 28, 2013 by  

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has told an Auckland meeting commemorating United Nations Holocaust Memorial Day about his mother’s escape from Nazi Europe. Read more

NZ Prime Minister launches Holocaust project

January 25, 2013 by  

New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key today will launch a unique, New Zealand-produced artistic educational project, ‘Shadows of Shoah’ at the official Auckland commemoration of the United Nations International Holocaust Remembrance Day (UNIHRD)…a move appreciated by Israel’s ambassador to new Zealand. Read more

Flotilla Activism Hurts Chances for Peace

June 28, 2011 by  

Another round of “Flotilla Activism” aimed at inciting greater tension in the Arab-Israeli conflict is underway. Just like last year’s infamous Flotilla incident that resulted in nine deaths, this latest crop of flotilla participants – a fringe group of extremists working alongside terrorists – is more concerned with their own PR and promoting hate, violence, and chaos, rather than on working with Israelis and Palestinians to find peaceful solutions to the conflict. Read more

Fallen Kiwis remembered in Israel

March 11, 2010 by  

There were definitely some warning signs, Shoshan Purim in Jerusalem, a bizarre spy episode in Dubai, but the surprises that awaited me in Ness Tziona took me totally off guard. Read more

A Gift to the Nation

February 16, 2010 by  

Emotions ran high at a special event to celebrate an iconic New Zealand Jewish photographer’s gift of a significant collection of vintage prints of elderly Maori women with moko, to New Zealand’s national museum. Read more