Zionist Federation of Australia

Seminar prepares gap year participants for return to Australia

99 youth movement gap year participants meet in Israel for ZFA/AZYC Sikkum Seminar   November 4, 2013   Now in its sixth year, the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) and Australasian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) Seminar brought together 99 gap year participants from the six Australian Zionist youth movements for …

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Yitzhak Rabin 18 years on: Have we gone full circle?

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the ZFA. November 1 2013 Next Monday will mark the 18th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. For many, the murder of Israel’s Prime Minister by a fellow Israeli and a fellow Jew still resonates as …

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Masa Israel Journey – reconnecting with your roots

  Masa Israel Journey – reconnecting with your roots Significant grants and scholarships on offer for eligible participants Masa Israel Journey offers young Jewish adults between the ages of 18 and 30 a range of programs in Israel from 5 to 10 months, including life-changing gap year, study abroad, post-university …

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‘Is the Palestinian prisoner release set for Round 2 ?’

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 24th. October 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director..                                                                               Reports have been circulating that next week the Israeli government will release the second round of Palestinian prisoners; a precondition attached to the renewal of peace talks. The Prime Minister’s office …

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HAMAS’ TERROR TUNNEL; FOR ISRAEL IT’S A CATCH-22.

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 17th. October 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director.. This week Israel made public its discovery of an underground terror tunnel leading from Gaza into Israel, before blowing it up on Tuesday. Built by Hamas, the tunnel lead from Khan Yunis in the …

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ZFA passes resolution on religious pluralism in Israel

  October 11, 2013 On October 8, after much discussion, the Zionist Federation of Australia passed the following resolution at its Executive Meeting, at which affiliates across Australia were present. “We believe that Israel’s Declaration of Independence is an inspirational document that describes the aspirations and hopes of a democratic …

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“A week of success stories.”

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 3rd October 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…………….. Those of you who follow the communal press would have seen the debate that arose as a result of my advocacy update on the J …

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Response to Galus Australia article

8th October 2013 Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia… Recently, there have been some accusations flying around about the ZFA, stemming from an advocacy update published last week, and it seems apt to respond. My role at the ZFA is to provide food …

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ZFA Israel Programs runs Mind, Body, and Soul Series

ZFA Israel Programs runs Mind, Body, and Soul Series An alternative form of reflection during the High Holy Days October 3, 2013 Over the first three Tuesdays of September, young Jewish adults and Israel Programs alumni attended the exciting inaugural Mind, Body, Soul series. Presented by ZFA Israel Programs as …

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The J Street Crowd and its idiosyncrasies

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 3rd October 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…………….. “Peace and security. Nobody should choose between peace and security. The State of Israel doesn’t need to choose between peace and security…. As I’m fighting …

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Former PM Julia Gillard Awarded Prestigious Jerusalem Prize

Ms Gillard recognised for staunch commitment and loyalty to Israel September 30, 2013 The Zionist Council of Victoria is delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2013 Jerusalem Prize is The Honourable Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia 2010-2013, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to strengthening Australia’s connection …

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Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s commitment to Jewish continuity

25 September 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Zionist Federation of Australia welcomes Gandel Philanthropy’s commitment to Jewish continuity Taglit-Birthright Israel is a visionary program that provides a free 10-day educational tour of Israel for young Jewish adults aged 18-26 who have never previously participated in a peer-group educational trip to Israel. The …

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‘Two-state clarification.’

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 18 September 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…………….. I was horrified this week to come across a piece titled ‘Two-State Illusion’ which appeared on the front page of the New York Times Opinion Page last …

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‘The ANU Conference on Human Rights in Palestine; AN ACADEMIC FARCE.’

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update 12 September 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…………….. Many of you would have read about the ‘Conference on Human Rights in Palestine’ currently being hosted and sponsored by the Australian National University (ANU) …

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ZFA Kangarusski program success continues back in Australia

ZFA Kangarusski program success continues back in Australia  with programme participants involved in leadership training    September 9, 2013 The very first Kangarusski Birthright trip brought 40 Russian-speaking Jewish Australians to Israel for an unforgettable ten day experience. The pilot program, organised by the Zionist Federation of Australia and supported …

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The year that was 5773

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 04 September 2013. Submitted and written by Gabsy Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…………….. As always when it comes to Israel, and the Jewish world, the past year has been bitter-sweet; marked by both pain and celebration. Currently, Israel stands as …

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‘If we don’t step in for Israel, who will?’

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 29 August 2013. Submitted and written by Gabsy Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia…. Over the past few months, tempers have flared and debates have gotten feisty between various Zionist organizations within our own community. In the short time since I …

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