Can Robots be Jewish? And other pressing questions of Modern Life: a book review by Jeffrey Cohen

October 6, 2021 by  

Amy Schwartz serves as the opinion and book editor at Moment Magazine. Moment is one of the more independent and thought stimulating magazine in the Jewish world started by Leonid/Leibl Fein over fifty years ago and is still being published today as an independent but also inclusive journal. Read more

Frances Prince launches her book “Gift of Time”

October 5, 2021 by  

A new book, written by well-known community personality Frances Prince is launching this week in Melbourne. Read more

Have I got a Cartoon for You: The Moment Magazine Book of Jewish Cartoons

October 3, 2021 by  

Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen reviews the book edited by Bob Mankoff. Read more

Aida: Tragic love story is operatic triumph – an opera review by Victor Grynberg

June 24, 2021 by  

Re-staged in Sydney for the first time since its amazing success in 2018 this digital backgrounded production of Giuseppe Verdi’s blockbuster reached even greater heights this season. Read more

Clerici was going to swap his bow for a baton: Music review by Fraser Beath McEwing of a phantom concert

June 23, 2021 by  

Covid wiped out tonight’s concert, much to my disappointment. Read more

Big blasts from Beethoven and Brahms: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

In last night’s Sydney Town Hall concert, Brahms was ranked above Beethoven – when the SSO performed Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C majorOp. 56, before intermission, with Brahms Symphony No. 3 in F Major in prime-time after. Read more

Vox out of the box: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The Sydney Philharmonia Choirs could hardly have offered a more popular choral work than Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana as the centrepiece of their concert in the Sydney Town Hall yesterday. Read more

Lots of luscious Ludwig: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The lure of familiar Beethoven was probably enough to virtually covid-fill the Town Hall last night, but for those with more contemporary tastes, there were a couple of works for their corner too. Read more

Tear drops and wrecking balls: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

April 22, 2021 by  

While most of my reviews cover the SSO Masters Series (the substantial concerts that are sponsored by Abercrombie & Kent) every so often I am tugged by the heartstrings to an SSO Symphony Hour performance supported by Credit Suisse. Read more

Coherent Judaism: Constructive theology, Creation & Halakhah: A book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

April 21, 2021 by  

I am sure that a number of my colleagues (and friends) would question whether Judaism could ever be coherent, especially with the words Halakhah as well as theology in its title. Read more

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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Violetta dies, but La Traviata will live forever: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 30, 2021 by  

Two of the most popular operas of all time are Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHEME and Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA. Read more

Incidental music on the way to heaven: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 14, 2021 by  

Although I’ve often heard the full-strength Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in the Sydney Opera House, it was nearly always teamed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in some major, combination work. Read more

Last Kings of Shanghai: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

March 11, 2021 by  

There are many who will read this review who would have heard of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who issued some 1800 visas in Kovno in 1940 which enabled the holders to transit Japan and spend the war years in Shanghai. Read more

One of the best: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 26, 2021 by  

Like a rich layer of icing on a cake that may not have been to everybody’s taste, the SSO sent us home last night haunted by Saint-Saens Symphony No.3, the much loved ‘organ symphony’. Read more

The Miracle Typist: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

February 24, 2021 by  

Leon Silver’s The Miracle Typist is a powerful true story of one soldier’s long journey home. Read more

A flying start despite Covid: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 11, 2021 by  

“What a privilege it is to make music again” violin soloist Daniel Rohn called to the Covid-thinned Town Hall audience last night before embarking on his stunning Bach encore. Read more

The Merry Widow: an operetta review by Victor Grynberg

January 6, 2021 by  

So there we were in the Joan Sutherland Theatre of the Sydney Opera House, about to see our first Opera Australia production since their magnificent production of the early Verdi masterpiece “Attila” had its season dramatically curtailed by the arrival of COVID fears 10 months ago. Read more

What are you doing on Tuesday evening?

December 14, 2020 by  

Tune in at 7.30pm tomorrow night for a free digital concert performed by AWO colleagues and two stellar visual artists. Read more

The Freedom Circus: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

December 3, 2020 by  

As the years pass by and the number of survivors dwindles, the stream of Holocaust-themed books continues to gush. Read more

Happy birthday Ludwig : a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

November 19, 2020 by  

Working within coronavirus limitations, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is framing its early resuscitation around smaller audiences and multiple performances. This made for a roomy gathering at the Sydney Recital Hall last night. Read more

Reason to Believe: The Controversial Life of Rabbi Louis Jacobs

November 19, 2020 by  

It seems strange that I received this book on the day I heard about the death of Jonathan Sacks, the Emeritus Chief Rabbi of the United Synagogue of the United Kingdom…writes Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen. Read more

Opera Australia to return to the Sydney Opera House in January

November 5, 2020 by  

Opera Australia will return to the Joan Sutherland Theatre stage for the first time since the coronavirus shut down its 2020 season in March, today announcing a three-month COVID-safe season that includes two productions never before performed by the Company. Read more

Fraser Beath McEwing reports: What the Sydney Symphony Orchestra has in store for 2021

October 27, 2020 by  

Tossing aside the pandemic and the problem faced by wind players blowing through face masks, the SSO has announced the programs for its 2021 season. Read more

Heart of Violence: Why People Harm Each Other – a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

September 14, 2020 by  

Paul Valent brings two unique interests in writing this book. Not only was he the long-serving President of the Child Holocaust Survivors Melbourne but he has been a major voice in the study of Trauma and Founder of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Read more

The Order: a book review by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen

August 7, 2020 by  

This is Dan Silva’s twenty-third novel and as usual features as its chief protagonist is Gabriel Allon who is not only head of Israel’s secret service, the Mossad, but also an art restorer. Read more

Behind the South African Festival

May 10, 2020 by  

Claire Jankelson and Di Singer are the directors of the South African Film Festival. Claire answers questions for J-Wire. Read more

Lie back and listen to Ludwig: a didn’t-happen music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 16, 2020 by  

Instead of arriving at the Sydney Town Hall next Wednesday night to hear the SSO, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, organ, and four soloists perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, I’ll probably be waiting for an Uber-eat paper bag to arrive at home. Read more

The Yellow Bird Sings: a book review by Geoffrey Zygier

March 10, 2020 by  

I seem to have become our esteemed editor’s go-to guy when he needs someone to crit books about the Holocaust. Read more

Impressions from, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Debussy – and the Sydney Town Hall: a music review from Fraser Beath McEwing

February 27, 2020 by  

The first concert in the SSO Masters Series for 2020 ushered in the beginning of a two-year stint in ye auld and venerated Sydney Town Hall while the Opera House concert hall is up for a rebore. Read more

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