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Does Keshet have the numbers?

July 30, 2015 – 12:28 am |

By Bracha Rafael:
It is unclear if Keshet will be successful in its bid to join the Jewish Community Council of Victoria. Keshet is the second Jewish LGBTIQ advocacy group to attempt to join the JCCV. Aleph Melbourne’s …

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Why UJEB needs to change

July 26, 2015 – 10:44 pm | 3 Comments

By Leonie Ben-Simon:
UJEB as we know it has become a dinosaur and needs to change its modus operandi.
These days thousands of Jewish children within our community are not able to attend Jewish Day Schools. As such …

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Exclusive: Masorti Teshuvah On Marriage Equality

July 2, 2015 – 10:18 pm | 2 Comments

By Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen and Rabbi Adam Stein
Masorti Beit Din of Australasia
Question: Does the Masorti Movement have a position on Marriage Equality/Same Sex marriage?
Answer: Marriage Equality is an issue which has been addressed in different ways in a number …

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JCCV to host GLBTI symposium

June 25, 2015 – 12:20 am | 2 Comments

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 | Comments Off

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 | Comments Off

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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