Zionist Federation of Australia

Statement from the Zionist Federation of Australia on the death of former Prime-Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon z”l.

  13 January 2014   Statement from the Zionist Federation of Australia on the death of former Prime-Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon z”l. The Zionist Federation of Australia mourns the passing of Ariel Sharon one of the last remaining founding fathers of the state of Israel, a man who made …

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International Human Rights Day for some…

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 12th. Dec. 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Two days ago (Tuesday 10th December) marked International Human Rights Day which celebrated the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The blogger sphere was abuzz, and businesses and …

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Melbourne Communities celebrate the new home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture

“Habayit” Hosts Chanukat Habayit Israeli and local Jewish communities come together to celebrate Melbourne’s new home of Hebrew and Israeli Culture  December 9, 2013  Falafel and hummus, singing and dancing were a flow at “Habayit’s” ‘Chanukat Habayit’ (house warming) held at the Beth Weizmann Community Centre on December 8. The …

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John Kerry touches down in Israel – and he has a ‘PLAN FOR PEACE.’ !

  Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 5th December 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Israel numerous times since commencing his term in February this year. His current touchdown in Israel, however, is the most significant …

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‘A dummies guide to the Iranian nuclear deal’

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 28th. October 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. Coverage of the Iranian nuclear deal has abounded. It has also been dense and for the lay man or woman awfully confusing. For many the technical jargon of physics …

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‘Hamas’ school curriculum; “One, two, three, war.”‘

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 21 November 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. The lessons we are taught at school as children stay with us for life. They are the ideas that inform the people we will become and the values that …

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‘Whilst he was sleeping…’

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 14 November 2013 – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director.. We went to sleep last night with the sad knowledge that an 18-year old Israeli soldier, Eden Atias, had been stabbed by a Palestinian youth while he slept on a bus stopped at Afula’s central …

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Israel facing hate in the sporting arena and winning

Weekly Israel Advocacy Update. 7 November 2013  – Written by Gabrielle ‘Gabsy’ Debinski. Media and Advocacy Director..  Sport is supposed to transcend politics. International sporting competitions aim to bring talented people together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, tolerance and fierce competition. For the most part, this is the way …

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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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