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  • Sex-offender teacher fled with help of Jewish school, prosecutor alleges

    July 17, 2013 | 10:53 am

    An American-born teacher who pleaded guilty to child molestation at a Jewish school in Melbourne was assisted in fleeing to Israel by his employer, a prosecutor alleged.

    In a pre-sentencing hearing Wednesday at the County Court of Victoria, the prosecution argued that David...

  • Australian Jew donates stem cells to unknown recipient

    May 29, 2013 | 9:51 am

    An Australian Jewish man donated his stem cells to a Jewish patient who is believed to be dying of a rare blood disorder.

    Craig Rosen, 42, of Melbourne began donating his stem cells three months ago and underwent procedures until May 20, Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper reported....

  • Fired gay day school principal settles with school out of court

    February 21, 2013 | 7:57 am

    The fired principal of a major Jewish school in Melbourne reached an out-of-court settlement on the eve of his unfair dismissal case in the Federal Court.

    Joseph Gerassi, who is gay, sued Bialik College for millions of dollars in damages to his reputation and for lost income...

  • Israel denies mystery 2010 detainee spied for Australia

    February 19, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Israel denied on Tuesday that an Australian immigrant who committed suicide in 2010 while jailed for security offenses had spied for his native country.

    The statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, which oversees Israel's intelligence services, was the first to...

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  • Melbourne sex abuse probes spread to Sydney Jewish community

    February 15, 2013 | 4:38 am

    Allegations of child sex abuse, rampant in Melbourne’s Jewish community, have spread to Sydney, with police mounting investigations into two individuals.

    Police in New South Wales state said at least one of the alleged perpetrators under investigation is believed to be a former...

  • Principal at Aussie school under fire sees child sex abuse inquiry as ‘welcome step’

    November 14, 2012 | 11:18 am

    The launch of a commission to investigate child sex abuse was welcomed by the principal of an Australian Jewish school whose students allegedly were victimized.

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday that the royal commission -- or public inquiry -- would look into children...

  • Gay ex-principal sues Jewish school over dismissal

    November 13, 2012 | 9:33 am

    One of Australia's largest Jewish schools is being sued by a former principal who claims he was the victim of unfair dismissal.

    Documents filed in Federal Court allege Joseph Gerassi's dismissal last year from Bialik College in Melbourne was in breach of the Fair Work Act.

    He...

  • Jewish day school apologizes to child sex abuse victims

    August 22, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal apologized “unreservedly” to the victims.

    The apology, issued Monday in a letter from the head of the Yeshivah College and the head of the Yeshivah Center, which houses the headquarters of...

  • Melbourne radio host suspended for shouting ‘Sieg Heil’

    August 22, 2012 | 10:15 am

    A Melbourne radio host who claims Jewish descent was suspended for one month for shouting “Sieg Heil” three times at the mother of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

    John Michael Howson, 76, a talk-back host on 3AW Radio, reacted angrily with the Nazi taunts after Assange’s...

  • Pro-Palestinian protests mar Israel celebration in Melbourne

    June 7, 2012 | 10:16 am

    A crowd of angry pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Melbourne marred the annual celebration of Israel’s independence.

    Attendees at Tuesday night’s high-profile gathering of politicians, diplomats, bureaucrats and Jewish leaders were forced to walk past the 100-strong crowd that was...

  • Day school security guard to face rape charges

    May 21, 2012 | 10:12 am

    An Orthodox Jewish man who worked as a security guard at a Jewish boys’ school in Melbourne, Australia was committed to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing children.

    In the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court Monday, magistrate Luisa Bazzani ordered David Cyprys to face 40 charges...

  • Ben Lewin’s ‘The Surrogate’ wins at Sundance, and beyond

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 31, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    Ben Lewin’s “The Surrogate” has taken two prizes at the Sundance Film Festival:  The Audience Award and the special jury prize for ensemble acting in the competition of United States dramatic films.

    The awards – and the sale of the film for $6 million to Fox Searchlight –...

  • Polio survivor’s new film explores sexual surrogacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 18, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    Nine years before Mark O’Brien died, the 36-year-old poet and journalist, who was also a polio survivor living in an iron lung, decided he wanted to lose his virginity. Until then, he’d always been ashamed of his sexuality, which he believed served no purpose save to mortify him...

  • Justin Bieber’s Musical Father Figure, Dan Kanter [UPDATED]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 18, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Before Justin Bieber stepped onstage in front of 40,000 radiant fans at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park last month, Dan Kanter, Bieber’s musical director and guitarist, took the spotlight to deliver a Jimi Hendrix-style rendition of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.  “It was one...

  • Massive flooding damages Jewish infrastructure in Melbourne

    February 7, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Mass flash flooding triggered by Cyclone Yasi caused severe damage to Jewish community buildings in Melbourne.

    Floods stormed through several suburbs heavily populated by Melbourne’s Jewish community of 50,000 on the evening of Feb. 4, prompting the closure of the Sephardi...

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