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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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Now is the Time to Come Forward

June 19, 2013 – 5:06 pm | 19 Comments

By Manny Waks
The Commonwealth Royal Commission Inquiry into child sexual abuse within organisations has now commenced.  Tzedek, an Australian-based advocacy group for Jewish victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, is uniquely positioned to provide …

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Mesirah Accusations Persist

March 12, 2013 – 5:07 pm | 132 Comments
Mesirah Accusations Persist

Tzedek has confirmed the following incident, which occurred last Wednesday (6 March):
The wife of a senior Chabad Emissary to Sydney and a spiritual leader of the Yeshiva Centre in Sydney,  referred publicly to myself and …

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Manny Waks Converses with Rabbi Manis Friedman

February 6, 2013 – 3:58 pm | 130 Comments

By Manny Waks
Earlier today I welcomed the opportunity to discuss with Rabbi Friedman his deeply offensive remarks. I commenced the phone conversation by sharing with Rabbi Friedman my personal story—that I was sexually abused over …

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Misguided Focus on Israel Robs Attention from Local Issues

November 8, 2012 – 7:31 am | 68 Comments

By Manny Waks
It is overdue that we examine the role of advocacy for Israel in our community organisations, particularly those that nominally are not designated a specific role to represent Israel’s interests. Of course support …

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Yeshiva Centre Still Mistreating Family of Abuse Victims

September 14, 2012 – 9:51 am | 14 Comments
Yeshiva Centre Still Mistreating Family of Abuse Victims

In response to today’s birth of a grandson to my father, the Yeshivah Centre has now clearly demonstrated that nothing at all has changed. The discrimination, intimidation and harassment has continued.
My father has just had …

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Government Inquiry into Child Abuse is Welcome and Overdue

April 17, 2012 – 6:31 pm | 15 Comments

By Manny Waks
As a former victim of sexual abuse within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, I welcome the Baillieu Government’s decision to launch a wide-ranging inquiry into how religious organisations in Victoria have handled child abuse …

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Jewish Childhood in the Land of Islam

April 3, 2012 – 12:19 pm | One Comment

By André Azoulay
I must have been 12 or 13 years old. Yet, more than half a century later, my mind dearly treasures, with the same emotion, force and exceptionally rich uniqueness, an image, a fleeting …

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An interview with the Norwegian Ambassador to Australia

August 24, 2011 – 11:33 pm | 13 Comments

This Capital Jewish Forum interview with the Norwegian Ambassador to Australia, conducted by Manny Waks, covers the topics of Norway’s 22 July tragedy, Israel, and tolerance and racism, amongst other things.
Capital Jewish Forum (CJF): Firstly, …

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Manny Waks Responds to Critics of Capital Jewish Forum

July 12, 2011 – 9:13 am | 10 Comments

By Manny Waks
After much consideration, I have decided to respond to some of the reaction to the Capital Jewish Forum’s (CJF) inaugural Melbourne event this Sunday (17 July)  featuring the Palestinian Authority Head of Delegation, …

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We need Jewish Continuity, not Organisational Territoriality

May 1, 2011 – 9:15 pm | 24 Comments

By Manny Waks
In the article, Give Us the Tools to Define Our Involvement, Joshua Einstein cogently articulates the major challenges and obstacles inherent in the global predicament of Jewish continuity. The term “continuity” is ubiquitous …

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