Australia & NZ.

Is it only Progressives and Muslims who condemn child sexual abuse?

 My understanding is that Judaism unreservedly condemns child sexual abuse. So I was bemused by the following statement which implied that Orthodox Jews were lukewarm in this respect:  … pluralistic Rabbis across Australia, New Zealand and Asia read out the Statement below as part of the Sabbath service…the  idea came …

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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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Media Release: Dana Dion Art Exhibition

    Dana Dion’s paintings reflect an intense exploration of the world and her subsequent quest for inner expression of that experience. The bold physicality of her painterly surfaces is balanced with a sense of tender vulnerability and an obvious love for the process of painting. Artist: Dana Dion Gallery: …

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Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic?

Satirist – or Racist and Anti-Semitic? There’s nothing better than a good satire. Fairfax’s Ben Pobjie, after bewailing the lack of talent on Australian TV compared with the US and Britain added that “we should take a moment to recognise that we actually have some damn talented folk in this …

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Next year in Jerusalem

Written by Dr. Bill Anderson who is a frequent contributor to the media on Israel and has visited Israel on many occasions. Currently he is the Consultant Historian at the  Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre in Melbourne………. At a time when Australian Jews have recently celebrated Rosh Hashanah – …

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Memorial to PM Yitzhak Rabin

Join the Zionist Council of NSW, together with the Zionist Youth Movements, Jewish Day Schools and BJE for a Memorial to PM Yitzhak Rabin Z’L – 18 years. 1922-1955 Open to the community – free entry Tuesday, 15th October at NCJWA – 111-113 Queen Street, Woollahra at 7:30pm. Representatives from …

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Commemoration – ‘Kristallnacht’ – the Night of Broken Glass

  Seventy-five years ago, the first Nazi-legislated riots against Jews took place in Germany and Austria, resulting in mass arrests, killings and deportations, and the destruction of synagogues and Jewish-owned stores. This infamous night became known as Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass. The pretext for the pogrom was …

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Festive event at Beth Weizmann Sukkah for grant recipients

  September 30, 2013 Three community organisations have been awarded Victorian State funding A sunny afternoon brought together members of the community at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre to attend a presentation ceremony for Victorian state government grants. Beth Weizmann Community Centre, Caulfield Hebrew Congregation and the National Council of …

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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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Progressive Judaism and Interfaith Dialogue

  Recent events have revealed an increasing gulf between progressive and mainstream Jews, especially in relation to the value of interfaith dialogue. In Melbourne, Rabbis Fred Morgan and Jonathan Keren Black reflect the progressive viewpoint. In an attempt to understand their position, a few extracts from Fred’s lengthy speech delivered …

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We are you, and you are us – Israel and Australia share values

Yuval Rotem, is/was Israel’s ambassador to Australia. I had the privilege to be introduced to him, and to attend  a few functions which he too attended. He really is a very warm and witty man,  who appears to have a great relationship with Barry (Baruch) O’Farrell. I suspect the two …

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Coalition will ban more terrorist organisations & be harder on visas for extremists.

The Coalition revealed as part of their election strategy that they are committed to upgrading relations with Israel as part of a suite of new policies on the Middle East that includes banning more terrorist organisations and a harder line on visits to Australia by extremists. A Coalition government would …

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Grand Mufti threatened Labor over Israel ‘bias’

Front page today at the Financial Review Some background on the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed; *Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric has met the leader of the Hamas government during a visit to the Gaza Strip. The Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, is leading a …

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Unstinting support for Israel back in place

Once again Greg Sheridan, the Foreign Editor of The Australian has written an excellent op ed  He’s onside and  even handed with his views towards Israel. Hopefully we can now turn around the wrongs of the dreadful Bob Carr. Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop intend to reverse the anti-Israel direction in Australia’s voting …

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Steering clear of talking about terror.

ZFA Israel Advocacy Update. 25 September 2013 – Submitted and written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director of the Zionist Federation of Australia……………..   The world has been rocked by tragedy over the past week. Closest to home, Israel is in mourning. First, twenty-year old Israeli, Tomer Hazan was lured …

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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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Al Shabab – a new international jihadist force

This worrying piece is by Andrew Bolt and should concern us all. Kenyan and Israeli forces have killed three and arrested more than10 of the terrorists who slaughtered at least 62 people at a shopping mall: Earlier witness reports had indicated that a woman was among the estimated 10 to …

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More Anti-Israel Propaganda On Campus: The case of the University of Adelaide

The Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA), we learn from its website, “is a South Australian not-for-profit organisation, which has as its main aim the promotion of peace and justice in Palestine based on International Law and the relevant UN resolutions. AFOPA also aims to provide Australians with information about …

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