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December 8, 2015 – 3:43 pm | Comments Off

Following Galus Australis’ transition away from an online magazine to a Facebook based community group, the site was to be taken offline (on Friday 11 December).
However, as that date became closer, we received several requests …

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Breaking: AJN Slashes Jobs

August 10, 2015 – 8:10 pm | 8 Comments
Breaking: AJN Slashes Jobs

By Bracha Rafael:
The Australian Jewish News laid off up to seven members of its staff today from a range of departments, including journalistic, advertising and production.
Galus Australis has been informed that the AJN advised one of …

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An open letter to the JCCV plenum

August 3, 2015 – 6:02 pm | 7 Comments

By Bracha Rafael:
Lehavdil is one of my favourite Hebrew words. It’s a shorthand that conveys a rather convoluted sentiment: that though two things are not equivalent, one thing speaks to another.
The thing, today, is death. Death, …

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Keshet update: strong support as Jerusalem reels

August 2, 2015 – 11:48 pm | 2 Comments

By Bracha Rafael:
The upcoming Keshet vote at this Monday’s Jewish Community Council of Victoria plenum has taken on a new significance following the stabbing attacks in Jerusalem last Thursday. Six participants in Jerusalem’s Gay Pride …

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Does Keshet have the numbers?

July 30, 2015 – 12:28 am | 3 Comments

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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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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Op-ed: rabbinic failures go deeper than a lapse in judgment

February 17, 2015 – 1:05 pm | One Comment

By Bracha Rafael:

I want to dig into what is fundamentally wrong with the current generation of rabbinic leadership in this country, as exemplified by one Rabbi Tzvi Telsner. The Royal Commission is giving a lot …

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JCCV condemns Rabbi Telsner’s Comments

February 17, 2015 – 11:21 am | Comments Off

By Bracha Rafael:

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has released a strong statement regarding Rabbi Telsner’s testimony before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Rabbi Telsner was asked to explain Rabbi Groner’s …

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Breaking: Zeddy Lawrence threatens Rabbi Rabi with legal action

February 4, 2015 – 9:44 pm | 5 Comments

By Bracha Rafael:
Tensions have escalated between Rabbi Meir Rabbi of It’s Kosher and Zeddy Lawrence, national editor of the Australian Jewish News.
Rabbi Rabi has published a detailed response to claims made by Zeddy Lawrence regarding a dispute …

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Comment: the great Caulfield debate

October 29, 2014 – 11:11 pm | 4 Comments

By Bracha Rafael:

The Zionist Youth Council of Victoria and AUJS Victoria recently hosted a political debate between the major contenders for the seat of Caulfield: the incumbent Liberal MP, David Southwick; Labor candidate Josh Burns, …

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A Broyges that goes back to the Goldrush

August 7, 2011 – 1:34 pm | Comments Off
Kozminsky Jewellers in the Melbourne CBD

By Bracha Rafael
This July my entire family travelled to California to attend my grandfather’s 90th birthday party. The day we landed in San Francisco, my sister received an email from a long-lost cousin of ours. …

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