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Galus Australis Archivus

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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Historians discover identity of two more Jewish League footballers

August 9, 2015 – 9:20 pm | Comments Off

By Ashley Browne:
As part of the AFL’s Multicultural Round activities, historians have discovered the identity of two more Jewish League footballers.
It was long thought St Kilda premiership defender Ian Synman, who made his debut for the Saints …

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Op-ed: Goodes is not alone

August 7, 2015 – 2:23 pm | 2 Comments

By Asher Kozma:
The recent treatment of Indigenous AFL player Adam Goodes is an unfortunate reminder of how we as humans can band together in nastiness against those who are different.
Whether everyone booing has racist motives …

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Jewish peak body votes for LGBTIQ inclusion

August 5, 2015 – 4:48 pm | 7 Comments

By Alex Fein:
The unprecedented vote at the Jewish Community Council of Victoria to admit LGBTIQ support and advocacy group, Keshet, was not without controversy.
Robert Weil, President of one of Melbourne’s largest synagogues, Caulfield Hebrew Congregation, …

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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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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 | 22 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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