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  • Activists protest Israeli gay pride float in New Zealand

    February 24, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Police removed several activists from the gay pride parade in New Zealand who broke through barricades to protest Israel’s entry.

    Saying they were criticizing Israel’s “pinkwashing” of human rights, a handful of protesters dressed in pink and bearing placards protesting “Israeli...

  • New Zealand Jewish students decry sale of Nazi memorabilia

    August 21, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Jewish students in the New Zealand coastal city of Dunedin condemned a sale of Nazi memorabilia, calling it a “slap in the face” to the local and national Jewish community.

    “The decision to run this auction shows a lack of taste and sensitivity to those who lived through these...

  • This week in power: Turkey, Voting protections, Lamm out, Crossword slur

    By Danny Groner

    July 4, 2013 | 3:39 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Turkish leader comments
    "A Turkish deputy prime minister linked the 'Jewish diaspora' to recent anti-government unrest and the country’s Jewish community expressed fears on Tuesday the...

  • New Zealand Jewish grave vandal avoids prison

    February 28, 2013 | 6:28 am

    A New Zealand man who admitted to desecrating Jewish graves with anti-Semitic graffiti at a historic cemetery in Auckland avoided prison.

    Robert Moulden, 19, was sentenced by Judge Russell Collins in Auckland District Court Wednesday to 320 hours of community service work. He was...

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  • Charges dropped against accused Jewish cemetery vandal

    November 5, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Police in New Zealand say charges will be dropped against one of the three men arrested in last month's attack on an historic Jewish cemetery.

    Auckland police released a short statement Monday, saying the charge of willful damage against 23-year-old Nathan Symington will be...

  • Part of gold medal ‘belongs to Israel,’ Kiwi sailor Jo Aleh says

    August 14, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Jo Aleh, the New Zealand Jewish Olympian who won gold in the sailing regatta, said part of her medal “belongs to Israel.”

    Aleh, the New Zealand-born daughter of dual Israeli and Kiwi citizens Shuki Shukrun and Daniella Aleh, clinched gold last week in the women’s 470 sailing...

  • Gold for New Zealand Jewish sailor

    August 10, 2012 | 11:21 am

    New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh and her partner Olivia Powrie won the gold medal in the women’s 470 regatta.

    Aleh, 26, whose parents are dual Israeli-New Zealand citizens, skippered the pair into the lead from the start of the gold medal race Friday at the London Olympic games....

  • New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh guaranteed medal

    August 9, 2012 | 11:25 am

    New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh is guaranteed an Olympic medal with just one race left in the women’s 470 regatta.

    Aleh, 26, whose parents are dual Israel-New Zealand citizens, and partner Polly Powrie are tied for first after nine races.

    The Kiwi pair will meet the British duo...

  • New Zealand Jewish sailor in medal contention

    August 6, 2012 | 10:54 am

    New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh is in good position to win her first Olympic medal as her event heads into its final stretch.

    Aleh, whose parents Shuki and Daniella Aleh lived in Israel before moving to Auckland, and teammate Olivia Powrie are in second position after six of 10 races in...

  • New Zealand Jewish rower Nathan Cohen wins Olympic gold

    August 3, 2012 | 11:27 am

    New Zealand won its first gold medal of the London Olympics when rowers Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan took first place in the men’s double sculls event.

    Cohen, who is Jewish, previously won gold in the men’s double sculls event in both the 2010 and 2011 World Rowing...

  • Druze professor appointed Israeli envoy to New Zealand

    April 24, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A Druze professor was appointed Israel’s chief diplomat in New Zealand.

    Naim Araidi, who teaches Hebrew literature at Haifa University and Bar-Ilan University, was named to the post by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Yediot Achronot reported.

    “After years of representing...

  • Earthquake-damaged New Zealand shul renting for Rosh Hashanah

    September 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    The small Jewish community in the earthquake-ravaged New Zealand city of Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because the city’s only synagogue has not yet been repaired.

    The congregation would now be “lucky if repair works can start in 12 months’...

  • New Zealand Holocaust center honored

    August 25, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    A Holocaust center in New Zealand won a national award from the country’s Human Rights Commission.

    The Wellington Holocaust Research and Education Center, founded in 2006, received one of 12 New Zealand Diversity Awards, which recognize projects that have made a difference in...

  • Kiwi Jewish leaders dismiss Israeli spy accusations

    July 20, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Jewish leaders in New Zealand reacted angrily to explosive allegations that Israeli backpackers caught in February’s massive earthquake may have been spies.

    The allegations were broken by the Southland Times newspaper on Wednesday, drawing an irate response from Israel’s...

  • Religious books rescued from Christchurch Chabad House

    April 13, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Nearly 1,000 religious books have been rescued from the heavily damaged Chabad House in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    The Chabad House is located in the city’s downtown, near the epicenter of the major Feb. 22 temblor that claimed more than 165 lives, including three Israelis. Days...

  • Memorial to be built for Israeli New Zealand quake victims

    April 12, 2011 | 10:26 am

    A memorial will be built in memory of the three Israelis killed in the recent earthquake in New Zealand.

    Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said Monday in Christchurch that Israel would pay for the memorial to backpackers Gabi Ingel, Ofer Levi and Ofer Mizrachi, who were among the more...

  • Demonstrators protest Israeli Knesset speaker’s New Zealand visit

    April 4, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Scuffles erupted between New Zealand police and anti-Israel demonstrators who were protesting a landmark visit by Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin.

    About 25 protesters, mostly from pro-Palestinian and socialist student groups, were met Saturday night by a strong police presence outside...

  • Brothers reunite with hidden ‘sister’ after 65 years

    March 23, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    During a teary-eyed meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, on Tuesday, 70-year-old Elli Mantegari met members of the family who hid her for almost two years in Nazi-occupied Holland. The reunion brings an end to a search that has lasted 65 years.

    Mantegari, then Elli Szanowski, was...

  • Policeman rescues Torah scrolls from Christchurch rubble

    March 3, 2011 | 11:54 am

    Two Torah scrolls buried under the rubble of the Chabad house in Christchurch, New Zealand, have been saved.

    Rabbi Shmuel Friedman, who escaped from the Jewish outreach center with an Israeli backpacker when a devastating earthquake struck Feb. 22, was trying to salvage remnants of...

  • Two more Israelis dead in New Zealand quake

    March 1, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Two more Israeli bodies were identified in New Zealand, and at least two others remain missing since last week’s devastating earthquake.

    The dead Israelis, Ofer Levy and Gabi Engel, 22-year-olds from Rehovot, were found in Christchurch Tuesday by New Zealand search and rescue...

  • Several Israelis still missing in New Zealand

    February 23, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Up to four Israelis who were in Christchurch, New Zealand at the time remain missing and are feared dead.

    On Wednesday, Israel’s consul to New Zealand, Teddy Poplinger, said that his staff is working to contact all Israelis who were reported to be in the area of the quake when it...

  • Israeli killed, Chabad House destroyed in New Zealand quake

    February 22, 2011 | 10:11 am

    An Israeli backpacker was among dozens killed in an earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand and destroyed its Chabad center.

    At least 65 people are reported dead and many buildings toppled, including the city’s Chabad house, in Tuesday’s temblor, which...

  • Tefillin cause bomb scare on New Zealand ferry

    December 13, 2010 | 10:38 am

    An Israeli putting on tefillin set off a bomb scare on a New Zealand ferry.

    The captain of the interisland ferry, who believed the boxes and leather straps looked like a bomb, reported his concerns to police during Sunday’s voyage between Wellington and Picton, New Zealand’s two...

  • New Zealand schechitah ban to go to court

    November 18, 2010 | 11:29 am

    The case against New Zealand’s ban on kosher animal slaughter will be heard in the High Court in Wellington later this month.

    New Zealand Jewish Council President Stephen Goodman said the case on Nov. 29 would be watched closely around the Jewish world.

    “We believe that this...

  • Radio host suspended over anti-Semitic jokes

    June 29, 2010 | 9:35 am

    A New Zealand comedian who apologized for making anti-Semitic jokes was suspended from his radio show.

    David Fane will return as host of a breakfast show on The Radio Network in mid-July; he was suspended Monday. Network executives are supportive of the radio host and television...

  • New Zealand Jews plan to fight for shechitah

    June 28, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Barring a last-minute policy reversal, Jewish leaders in New Zealand appear certain to launch legal action against the government over its controversial new law banning kosher slaughter.

    Six Jewish leaders were granted a 30-minute meeting a week ago with Prime Minister John Key, the...

  • Israel reopens embassy in New Zealand

    April 21, 2010 | 11:25 am

    An Israeli embassy was back in New Zealand for the first time since 2002.

    Monday’s opening in the central business district of Wellington signaled a new era in Kiwi-Israeli relations following a diplomatic meltdown in 2004, when two alleged Mossad agents were jailed for illegally...

  • Jewish Kiwis Thrive at Bottom of Earth

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    New Zealand has never been considered a center of Jewish life, but since our congregation, University Synagogue, was visiting Australia, we decided to hop over (1,200 miles) to this incredibly beautiful country.

    We landed in Christchurch, an old English town. If quaint is the...

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