Monthly Archives: November 2014

Arlene in Israel – Kaf Tet B’November.

“Kaf Tet B’November” is precisely this: the 29th of November. Sixty seven years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly voted to recommend the division of Palestine west of the Jordan River into a Jewish state and an Arab state. There are so many lessons to be derived from this …

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From the desk of Dr. Ron Weiser AM.

On the personal level there is something quite surreal about this year. When I am in Israel, the situation is quiet, when I leave, it’s like another world…………….. Visiting Israel in June immediately after the 3 boys were kidnapped in Gush Etzion, whilst there was a mood of shock and …

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What’s in a headline?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. 29 November 2014 These days when you consider the information you take in when looking at a newspaper article or an item on a website, everything often boils down to the headline which attracts the …

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ACRI: a NIF grantee.

Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is one in a string of Israeli NGO with a bad track record when it comes to its condemnation of Israel. Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) Hebrew: האגודה לזכויות האזרח בישראל; Arabic:جمعية حقوق المواطن في اسرائيل ACRI Claims to be “committed …

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A Look Back in Time Celebrating Bar/Bat Mitvahs.

The unique and innovative B’nei Mitzvah initiative, run by Jewish Care in partnership with the Pratt Foundation, is appealing to all members of our community to send in their cherished bar/bat mitzvah photos The idea for a photo campaign came about from Emma Boyar, Jewish Care’s Next Generation Manager, who …

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Will My Grandchildren Be Jewish?

    Will My Grandchildren Be Jewish?   25 November 2014 On Sunday night, the Zionist Council of Victoria and the Zionist Federation of Australia night hosted Prof Leonard Saxe, Ph.d and Klutznick Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy at Bradeis University who spoke on the subject of …

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AGM Celebrates a Strong Past Year and Impressive Future

25 November 2014 AGM Celebrates a Strong Past Year and Impressive Future Jewish Care’s Annual General Meeting, held at Monash University, Caulfield in the presence of more than 100 people, highlighted the impressive achievements of the organisation over the past financial year. These include supporting over 4800 clients across all …

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Arlene in Israel – Shifting Sands

If I said that things were good, I would be nothing but a Pollyanna.  But I do believe there are some signs here in Israel of a shift in perspective that is long overdue and should ultimately provide better policies for a stronger nation. Of course, these shifts are generating …

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Egypt in turmoil: blame the Jews!

    The ongoing bloodbath in Egypt got me thinking about the Jews from Egypt. We have a long history there; each Pesach we are exhorted to remember when we were slaves in Egypt and to celebrate our redemption from slavery to freedom. Under Mubarak’s regime, repressive though it was, …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

MAN: THE SUMMIT OF CREATION? Question.  Is man the summit of creation? Answer.     The sages think so. They put into the mouth of the human being the words, “bish’vili nivra ha-olam” – “For my sake was the world created” (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5). It is not merely that the whole …

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