New State Department anti-Semitism envoy Lipstadt delivers first address

May 27, 2022 by  

Giving her first address as the U.S. State Department’s new special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt told a gathering in New York City that she insisted on ending her oath of office with “so help me G-d.” Lipstadt will need every bit of support she can get, she said. Read more

Israel killed reporter: Palestine official

May 27, 2022 by  

The Palestinian attorney general has blamed Israel for deliberately killing veteran al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh. Read more

WHO singles out Israel as violator of health rights

May 26, 2022 by  

The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) held a session on Wednesday singling out Israel, which was condemned in speeches by several countries, including Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Turkey, Lebanon, and Cuba, for allegedly violating the health rights of the non-Jewish population in the Golan Heights. Read more

NSW religious leaders meet with Deputy Leader

May 26, 2022 by  

Leaders from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist and Hindu communities held a productive meeting with Deputy Leader of the NSW Opposition Prue Car earlier this week. Read more

University of Melbourne Student Union rescinds pro-Palestine resolution

May 26, 2022 by  

The University of Melbourne Student Union has rescinded the resolution titled ‘UMSU stands with Palestine – BDS and Student Policy’, passed by the council at the end of last month. Read more

Qld to join Vic with Nazi, hate symbol ban

May 26, 2022 by  

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk will make her state the second to ban Nazi and other hate symbols to ensure extremists are “called out, confronted and condemned”. Read more

Israel fortifying kindergartens in vicinity of Gaza Strip

May 26, 2022 by  

The Ministry of Defence’s Engineering and Construction Division, in cooperation with IDF’s Home Front Command, has commenced work to fortify kindergartens in the Gaza Strip area against rocket and mortar attacks. Read more

Israel and Turkey ‘return to dialogue,’ renew economic cooperation

May 26, 2022 by  

Israel and Turkey have agreed to renew talks on a new civil aviation agreement and the return of Israeli airline flights to Turkey and resume the activity of the two countries’ Joint Economic Commission. Read more

Frozen in time: 2,100-year-old agricultural farmstead uncovered in Galilee

May 26, 2022 by  

A well-preserved 2,100-year-old, Hasmonean period agricultural farmstead containing finds that may have been abandoned in haste, was uncovered at Horbat Assad next to Nahal Arbel in eastern Galilee. Read more

Bully

May 26, 2022 by  

Much focus has been placed recently, whilst we live through a global pandemic, on the effect of this time on children’s normal development and mental health.

The school years are those years where there can be a range of issues that can destabilise a child, especially emotionally and socially.

Evelyn M. Field is an international authority on dealing with school and workplace bullying and she has treated, published, lectured, and provided professional training for targets of school and workplace bullying, both locally and internationally. With almost 45 years experience as a psychologist, school counsellor, and grandmother, this month Evelyn will share her valuable insights about managing bullying in a unique new children’s book called, Harry the Bully Blocker: A sad poem with a happy ending.

Inspired by her own dog, the character Harry is a shy, bullied little dog. In a dream, he meets some friendly animals who teach him basic bully-blocking skills. Mia the meerkat tells him the best ways to respond to bullying; Ollie the owl emphasises eye contact; Gerry the giraffe explains the importance of a good stance; and so on. Harry puts these new skills into practice: they work immediately, and his life is transformed. In learning how to block bullies and make new friends, Harry sheds his fear, gains respect, and enjoys being with his friends.

The book aims to empower 8+-year-old children and anyone else who feels like a bullied child, to learn how to block bullies. It is based on a therapy model that Evelyn developed to train psychologists and bullied children on how to manage their basic survival instinct. It is effective and empowering: even young children understand the concept of keeping their power or giving it away and making the bully happy. Harry’s story is written in the form of a poem – in rhyming four-line stanzas – to help children remember the words, which are meaningful and therapeutic. The audiobook is designed for those who want to listen and includes a fusion of eastern and western music to appeal to a global audience.

Whether your child is just starting out in school or already a few years in – this book is a must-read for all parents. Evelyn draws on her years of experience as well as the Bully Blocking Treatment Model which is based upon the fight/flight freeze survival instinct used by animals.

The poem in the book shows children that they can have greater control over their feelings and relationships and learn better ways of managing themselves and others. It teaches children that if you show your fear or anger, you make a bully happy. Use your survival instinct to block bullies!

Evelyn says, “School days are an exciting time in a child’s life and are full of wonder and learning. This book is an opportunity for families to learn about how to support their children during these years and empower them to manage bullying. As a former school counsellor and grandmother, myself, I am excited to share the wonderful story of my dear Papillion, Harry who was such a help to many children who came to my practice over the years. The journey through school brings with it many opportunities and challenges for families along the way. This book gives children back their power and provides helpful strategies in dealing with these often traumatic situations that can affect them long term developmentally.”

The book is available for purchase via her website or Amazon, Booktopia, Audible etc. More information about Evelyn can also be obtained via her website https://www.bullying.com.au

‘Devoid of any basis’: IDF contests report blaming Israeli troops for death of Al Jazeera reporter

May 25, 2022 by  

The claim that Israeli troops intentionally shot Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin “is devoid of any basis,” the IDF stated, responding to a report published by CNN making such claims. Read more

Mount Scopus College Foundation launches major campaign to relocate the school and create the Centre for Jewish Life

May 25, 2022 by  

Melbourne’s Mount Scopus College Foundation has launched its Generation campaign at a Gala Dinner with the project focussing on the relocation of Mount Scopus College to Caulfield and the construction of the Centre for Jewish Life. Read more

Turkish FM makes first visit to Israel in 15 years

May 25, 2022 by  

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu landed in Israel on Tuesday for an official visit, the first such visit in 15 years. Read more

Bennett thanks Biden for keeping Revolutionary Guard on Foreign Terrorist Organizations List

May 25, 2022 by  

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett commended the Biden administration on the decision to keep the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “in their rightful place” – on the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) list. Read more

Israeli researchers find experimental drug effective in treating autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease

May 25, 2022 by  

Israeli researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered a mechanism shared by mutations in the genes ADNP and SHANK3, which cause autism, schizophrenia, and other conditions. Read more

All Israeli embassies raise alert levels following assassination of IRGC officer in Tehran

May 24, 2022 by  

Israel raised the alert level of its embassies worldwide on Monday, after an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps officer was shot dead in Tehran by unknown assailants the day before. Read more

Hamas cell captured by Israeli forces

May 24, 2022 by  

Israel’s combined security forces exposed and captured a Hamas terror cell, residents of eastern Jerusalem, who planned to carry out attacks on targets in Jerusalem, including the assassination of Member of Knesset Itamar Ben Gvir, the Shin Bet revealed Tuesday. Read more

Iran president vows Tehran death revenge

May 24, 2022 by  

Iran will avenge the killing of a colonel of the Revolutionary Guards, President Ebrahim Raisi has pledged ahead of a trip to Oman, media reports say. Read more

‘Inevitable revenge’: Iran threatens Israel after assassination of Qods force officer in Tehran

May 23, 2022 by  

Iran has issued threats against Israel in several channels following the assassination of senior Qods Force officer Hassan Sayyad Khodayari in the heart of Tehran on Sunday, believed to be the work of Israeli agents. Read more

Religion in the Public Square – Uniting Church/ECAJ 

May 23, 2022 by  

In the shadow of the 2022 Federal Election, delegations from the Uniting Church in Australia and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, met last week to discuss the role of religion and religious organisations in civil society and in pubic debate.

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Israeli Arab MP returns to coalition

May 23, 2022 by  

A lawmaker from Israel’s Arab minority says she is returning to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition, restoring its tenuous hold over half of the seats in parliament after she briefly bolted in solidarity with the Palestinians. Read more

420-1: The U.S. House of Representarives votes to condemn antisemitism

May 22, 2022 by  

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly has passed a bipartisan resolution to condemn anti-Semitism. Read more

First case of Monkeypox discovered in Israel

May 22, 2022 by  

The first case of Monkeypox has been discovered in Israel after it spread to Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia in recent days. Read more

Congratulations for Anthony Albanese and Labor

May 22, 2022 by  

The Executive Council of Australian Jewry has congratulated the new Labor government but pointed out there have been differences of opinion between the Jewish peak body and the Labor Party. Read more

On the other hand

May 22, 2022 by  

One of the bonuses of living in Israel is that the Hebrew calendar regulates the Festivals and important dates in Jewish history. Read more

The Kokoda squad raising funds for the battle against cancer

May 20, 2022 by  

Former Israeli commando Jarryd Rubinstein is gearing up to lead Patrick Cosgrove and Oliver Lavers on the Kokoda Track to raise money for cancer. Read more

Israeli study sheds light on organised gang rape of Jewish slaves in 17th-century Italy

May 20, 2022 by  

A Tel Aviv University historian has unearthed evidence of the organised gang rape of Jewish slave women and girls in 17th-century Italy. Read more

Yoni wins Diaspora Bible Quiz in Israel

May 20, 2022 by  

The winner of the National Bible Quiz in Australia, Yoni Moss, and runner up Yehonatan Shroot, both of Leibler Yavneh College in Victoria, have travelled to Israel to participate in a training camp and fight for a spot in the final. Read more

AAP: Israel army gun ‘may have killed reporter’

May 20, 2022 by  

The Israeli military has identified a soldier’s rifle that may have killed al-Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh but says it cannot be certain unless the Palestinians turn over the bullet for analysis, a military official says. Read more

Israel’s ruling coalition becomes minority

May 20, 2022 by  

Israel’s ruling coalition has become a minority in parliament after an Arab lawmaker from a left-wing party quit, leaving Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with a more precarious grip on power. Read more

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