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JCCV to host GLBTI symposium

June 25, 2015 – 12:20 am |

By Bracha Rafael:
The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) is hosting a GLBTI symposium on Sunday 23 August 2015. The JCCV plans to generate conversation and lay the groundwork for action on GLBTI issues in the Jewish …

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CSG Needs Accountability Too

June 16, 2015 – 1:31 pm | 20 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
The Community Security Group (CSG) performs an important function for the Jewish community. In the current state of global affairs, the role of the CSG has become more vital than ever. The vast …

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The Roadmap is Complete: Jewish Education Outside The Jewish Day Schools

June 8, 2015 – 8:43 am | 4 Comments

By Jonathan (Jonny) Schauder:
The Roadmap
Want to give your kids great exposure to Jewish education but can’t afford the fees or not inspired by the bubble of the Jewish Day Schools (JDS)?
Well in 2015, the roadmap …

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Review: Gett ready for drama!

May 19, 2015 – 12:04 am |

By Alan Stein:
With the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival upon us, one film is poised to catch the collective Jewish eye. For those who missed it at the Jewish International Film Festival last year, …

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Lag B’Omer: what are we burning?

May 7, 2015 – 11:32 am | 2 Comments

By Annie Zeleznikow:
My favourite Lag B’Omer took place Israel, on my shnat year. We were still on Machon, the Institution that combines four Australian youth movements with their counterparts from around the world.
There was a garden a few …

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We are a People, not a Faith

April 29, 2015 – 12:03 pm | 9 Comments

By Anthony Frosh
It’s time that we as Jews change the language around Jewish identity. We need to stop letting ourselves be classified as a religious, or even worse, a faith group.  It is fairly self …

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Charity Begins at Home

April 26, 2015 – 10:01 pm |

By Ron Burdo:
Our sages teach us in Bava Metzia: “Poor of your town – your poor come first.” In Anglophone cultures, this principle is known as “charity begins at home.” Ron Burdo argues that given the changing circumstances …

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Counting Teeth: Humour in the Rabbinic Literature

April 6, 2015 – 7:49 pm |

By Simon Holloway:

Part One: Is it Okay to Laugh?
Q: Why did Queen Esther merit to rule over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the Persian empire?
A: Because she was descended from Sarah, who lived to …

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UIA chooses fear over hope

March 17, 2015 – 3:02 pm | 2 Comments

By Julie Szego:
American author Brigitte Gabriel has been labelled a “radical Islamophobe.” In 2008, she told the Australian Jewish News: “Every practising Muslim is a radical Muslim.” A regular on the speakers’ circuit, Gabriel is …

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The Invisible Survivor

March 9, 2015 – 3:29 pm | One Comment

By Ittay Flescher:
At the start of 2013 I wrote an article for Galus Australis in the lead up to the Israeli TV Series Prisoners of War (Hatufim) being screened on SBS. It began with the …

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You do have to be rich to be my Jew

March 3, 2015 – 10:38 pm | 9 Comments

By Ron Burdo:
The cost of living Jewish life in Australia is rising and rising. This puts a big question mark over the future of our community. And what have the community leaders done about it? …

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