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  • Jewish Australians pitch in for victims of massive bush fires

    January 11, 2016 | 9:26 am

    Two Jewish men from Perth used Facebook to generate support for the victims of fires which destroyed the western Australian town of Yarloop claiming two lives.

    Shmoo Burnie, 34, and Daniel Gerson, 35, took to social media to seek support for the victims of the massive bush fires...

  • 2015: My Year in Review

    By Ilana Angel

    December 31, 2015 | 8:24 pm

    On January 1, 2015, I went out to breakfast wih my son. He was about to turn 19 and I had just been diagnosed with cancer. I remember what we wore, what we ate, and the look on his face as he told me everything was going to be okay. I recall looking across at my baby boy and seeing...

  • Australian church: Jesus was not Palestinian

    December 28, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Jesus was not Palestinian, a major church denomination in Australia said after an umbrella Jewish group’s challenge to a story that said Christ was born in Palestine.

    Two Palestinian members of the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network, which has links with the Uniting Church of...

  • Historic synagogue in Australian outback vandalized

    December 1, 2015 | 8:36 am

    A historic synagogue in the Australian outback mining city of Broken Hill was defaced with Nazi and Islamic symbols on its 105th anniversary.

    The curator of the synagogue, Margaret Price, said she arrived at work Monday to prepare for a visit by tourists and found the front of...

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  • Australia: Brave New World Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2015 | 6:43 pm

    After the most beautiful wedding, over four glorious days in Byron Bay, I headed to Brisbane for 24 hours. It really is quite silly to travel so far for such a short time, but it forced me to cram a lot of dreams into a short period. I arrived in Brisbane at 8:30 in the morning and...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 2

    By Ilana Angel

    October 3, 2015 | 10:07 pm

    I left Los Angeles on a Sunday and arrived in Australia on a Tuesday. I skipped an entire day, which was good because it meant I arrived in Brisbane a day younger and looking Xanax rested and fresh faced. Once I landed in Brisbane I took a shuttle to Byron Bay.  I sat in the front...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    October 1, 2015 | 10:22 pm

    I am back from Australia and if I could only use one word to describe my trip it would be LOVE. I was there for 4 ½ days, which is ridiculous, but it is a time in my life I'll remember forever and be talking about until the end of my days. With the exception of the birth of my son...

  • My Aussie Posse

    By Ilana Angel

    September 27, 2015 | 8:42 pm

    I have had a brilliant time in Oz. I've been in Byron Bay and it is heaven. From the beach, to the lighthouse, to the farmer’s market, to a wedding that left me believing in love, it has been a wonderful holiday. This is my first trip to Australia and there is nothing that could...

  • Australia, Qantas Koala Class & Justin Bieber

    By Ilana Angel

    September 3, 2015 | 7:22 pm

    As I approach my 50th birthday I am examining my life and making a conscious decision to take more risks than I ever have before. By more risks of course I mean taking just one risk would be more than usual for me. I like to think of myself as brave when it comes to raising my son,...

  • Israel and Australia: A conversation with Minister Turnbull

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 25, 2015 | 5:37 am

    The Australian Jewish News described my conversation with Australian Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull as “a vibrant, robust conversation”.  It was a conversation in front of a friendly crowd at the Zionist Federation of Australia’s 2015 plenary. Friendly to me – they invited...

  • Facing 50 - A Leap of Faith to Australia

    By Ilana Angel

    August 14, 2015 | 3:08 pm

    I am not very good at doing things for myself. As a mother I have always put the needs of my child first. If he needs something and I need something, he gets what he needs. I have never hesitated to put his needs ahead of mine and the truth is I would have done the same even if I...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • Australia’s prime minister apologizes for Goebbels comparison

    March 20, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    Australia’s prime minister publicly apologized for comparing the country’s opposition leader to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

    On Thursday, Tony Abbott said in a parliament meeting that Labor Party leader Bill Shorten was the “Dr. Goebbels of economic policy.”

    Abbott...

  • The Red Centre, Australia: The Art of Not Doing

    January 19, 2015 | 7:53 pm

    Sunrise on Uluru Ayers Rock In the eager pool of morning light there rises The Rock. It is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the implacable indifferences of inhospitable landscapes, its dimensions timeless, unsummarized. And I want to climb it. There is something in the Western mindset that arouses a near...

  • Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

    December 15, 2014 | 8:41 am

    Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe on Tuesday and freed a number of hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which three people were killed and four wounded.

     

    New South Wales police said two men, aged 34 and 50, and a...

  • Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s protocols of Zion paranoia

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 11, 2014 | 10:14 am

    As an American who is married to an Australian, whose children are Australian citizens, and who visits this beautiful country annually, I care deeply when the decency of Australia is maligned by the likes of Bob Carr, Australia’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs.  His vicious...

  • Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff

    October 24, 2014 | 11:07 am

    When Australia offered more than $2 million last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it.

    What was urgently needed from rich Western countries, MSF said, was not more money but doctors and nurses.

    ...
  • Israeli rabbi attacked visiting mall in Australia

    August 25, 2014 | 4:12 pm

    A visiting rabbi from Jerusalem was threatened and verbally abused by a gang of youths in a shopping mall in Western Australia on Monday.

    Rabbi Avraham Shalom Halberstam, known as the Stropkover Rebbe, is visiting Australia on a lecture tour. On Monday he and his assistant were...

  • Sydney Jewish board: Newspaper cartoon ‘racially vilifies’ Jews

    July 29, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The umbrella body of the Jewish community in Sydney, Australia, threatened to take action against a major newspaper for publishing a cartoon about Gaza that “racially vilifies” Jews.

    Yair Miller, president of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, wrote to the editor of...

  • Israeli NGO quits BDS case against Sydney academic

    July 10, 2014 | 10:25 am

    An Israeli legal group abandoned its racial discrimination case against an academic in Sydney over his support for the boycott of Israel.

    Shurat HaDin-the Israel Law Center will withdraw its case against Jake Lynch, the director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the...

  • P.A. calls on Australia to clarify eastern Jerusalem stance

    June 9, 2014 | 10:44 am

    The Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Ministry summoned Australia’s envoy in the wake of an announcement that Australia will not refer to eastern Jerusalem as “occupied.”

    The P.A.’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki, called on Australian government officials to give an “official...

  • Australia’s Jewish cooking club

    October 17, 2013 | 10:46 am

    In the cookbook collection of nearly every Jewish family sits a sincere yet amateur plastic-ring-bound volume of recipes. A group of women known as the Monday Morning Cooking Club has adopted this tried-and-true sisterhood tradition of culinary anthropology and recipe collecting...

  • Tony Abbott, staunch Israel backer, wins Australian premiership

    September 9, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of Israel, was elected the country’s new prime minister of Australia.

    Abbott’s conservative Liberal Party won a convincing and expected victory on Saturday, sweeping the Labor government from its six-year term leading the government. Kevin Rudd...

  • Australian film festival pulls movie deemed ‘anti-Israel’

    August 28, 2013 | 9:58 am

    A French-Canadian film deemed “anti-Israel” was withdrawn from the Israeli Film Festival in Australia.

    “Inch’allah” was being screened earlier this month at the annual Israeli Film Festival when a patron complained to Albert Dadon, the chair of the Australia Israel Cultural...

  • Ex-Australian Maccabi team coach jailed for child sex abuse

    August 14, 2013 | 9:44 am

    A former coach of a Maccabi basketball team in Australia was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing four girls more than a decade ago.

    Shannon Francis, who is not Jewish, was sentenced Wednesday by County Court of Victoria Judge Meryl Sexton. Francis must serve...

  • Australian Jews protest rehiring of men responsible for Maccabiah tragedy

    July 19, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Australian Jews criticized the Maccabi movement for continuing to employ officials responsible for the deaths of four Australians at the 1997 Maccabiah Games.

    As this year’s games launched in Israel this week, Peter Wertheim, of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said:...

  • Holy rollers: American bowlers get set for Israel games

    July 10, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Bowlers from across the globe will compete this month in the third-largest international sporting competition in the world — but it’s not the Olympics. It’s the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, and Americans will be among those rolling for gold.

    A demonstration sport in the 1988...

  • Israeli Technion students replied to a call for boycott from Sydney, Australia

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 1, 2013 | 10:20 am

    On 10 April, the Student Representative Council at the University of Sydney, Australia (SRC), voted to pass a resolution calling on the university administration to cut ties with the Technion- a globally known and appreciated Israeli academic institution for technology. The...

  • Former JFS director of children and family services rejects report she shielded Australian abuser

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 17, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    When veteran social worker Debbie Fox’s name appeared in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on April 10, the story about her claimed she was doing the unthinkable: protecting a known abuser of children.

    The story purported to quote from an e-mail she wrote to an unnamed sex...

  • Developing: Jewish Family Service denies Australian news report of ‘harboring’ pedophile

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 12, 2013 | 9:03 pm

    Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) has rejected accusations that the organization or any member of its staff attempted to shield a known pedophile from law enforcement.

    Responding to reports that first appeared on April 10 in the Sydney Morning Herald, a respected...

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