Monthly Archives: December 2014

Arlene in Israel – Light the Lights.

Tonight (Israel, last night Australia) we light the first light in the eight day Festival of Chanukah. A time for joy and hope. Actually, there are two stories of Chanukah: One has to do with the miracle of the oil, which burned in the Temple for eight days although there …

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Radical Muslim cleric goes unchecked

Just picked this up in my News subscription from today’s “The Drum” on the ABC website. Thought it was a good article to re-post Rachael Kohn – opinion. In this article first published in 2009, ABC Religion broadcaster Rachael Kohn wrote about the “extreme attention-seeking behaviour” of Sheik Haron, the …

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Jewish Care to Receive Significant Funding Boost

Jewish Care to Receive Significant Funding Boost from Claims Conference Media Release 15 December 2014   Following the announcement by the Claims Conference of an allocation of: USD $10.7 million to support Holocaust survivors in Australia in 2015, Jewish Care Victoria is extremely pleased to announce that it has been …

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Arlene in Israel – Tight Position.

Things are never easy for Israel, but matters do seem to be getting tougher, day by day, with regard to the international community.  To begin with, the parliament of one European nation after another has adopted a non-binding resolution of some sort regarding recognition of a “Palestinian state”: On Friday, …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi – Chanukah Features.

NOT BECAUSE OF THE CHRISTIANS. Many people think that Chanukah has a “mazal” because of the Christians. If it didn’t fall in December around Christmas time, they argue, Chanukah would never have attained such popularity. According to this view, Jews – especially in America – needed their own celebration to …

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Arlene in Israel – Turmoil.

Tumult can be identified on several fronts right now, starting with the issue of the death of PA official and terrorist Zaid Abu Ein yesterday.  I had hoped that the autopsy, once it was done, would firmly put to rest the charge by the PA that we “killed” this man …

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Kerry says…..

John Kerry

This sounds like  the old child’s game “Simon  says” but it’s “Kerry says”. That guy is delusional. Where is his head? No don’t answer that, it’s a hypothetical question anyhow. In my News Feed this morning I read the headline: Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian peace is not a pipe dream If only …

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A Wedding Shared at Montefiore Melbourne.

For the first time in many decades, a wedding took place in the garden at Montefiore Home’s Community Residence, and what a simcha it was! Smorgon Nursing Home Nurse, Natasha Katz, 24, decided she would celebrate her wedding with the people she cares for on a daily basis, who have …

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Arlene from Israel – Always Something

It seems there is always something to contend with, a “crisis du jour,” so to speak.  I am moved to address this current “crisis” – which is really small potatoes – because the PA and the world at large are already building it into something that it is not.  As …

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Arlene in Israel – The World Keeps Turning.

It’s official.  Last night the Knesset voted – 93 in favor, no votes against and no abstentions – to disband itself.  We are in a campaign period.  A huge amount of jockeying is now taking place with regard to possible mergers of parties, timing of the Likud primary (which Netanyahu …

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Pope Calls On World To End Islamic State Barbarism.

Pope Francis has considerably upped the ante in enlisting spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I – to sign a joint Common Declaration demanding an end to international indifference regarding Islamic State barbarism being perpetrated against religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. The Common Declaration …

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Arlene in Israel – A Political Circus.

It wouldn’t do, I suppose, for the political situation to have clarity for too long. Or for the news to simply be promising.  We’ve now entered the circus arena: the rumors are flying, predictions are contradictory, and some surprising alliances are being suggested as possible. All of this defeats clarity …

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International Day for People with a Disability

International Day for People with a Disability is celebrated by Jewish Care By Donna Surdut Jewish Care celebrated the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) with a fun-filled family event at Hamerkaz Shelanu on Sunday, 30 November, with around 150 guests. The day aims to promote an understanding …

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How to win a Walkley Award

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. How to win a Walkley Award – Step 1: Become Middle East Correspondent. Step 2: Write incessantly against Israel. Back in 2010, Fairfax’s Paul McGeough won what used to be considered as one of Australia’s …

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Arlene in Israel – Looking Good.

It’s a long time since I have had a positive – even tentatively positive – sense of the political scene here in Israel. But here we are now, in a time of real turmoil, which nonetheless has within it the promise of something better than the unfortunate situation we’ve been …

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