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  • Trump’s ugly heart humiliates nation, Israeli PM also says too little too late
    Through his slow and ambivalent response, Trump has given comfort to the neo-Nazis who stained America. Benyamin Netanyahu has also been criticised over his delayed response Israel’s response to Charlottesville hasn’t been as clear as expected (Washington Post) As neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us,” one may have expected Israel’s response to be swift and unequivocal. But as President Trump was being criticised, Benjamin Netanyahu drew flak for giving no response... Read more »
  • ‘Making these connections makes me feel happy and part of something’
    For Australian rock icon Deborah Conway, being a musician and being Jewish are intertwined, which is why she loves the challenge of leading this year’s Shir Madness festival Deborah Conway: Rock royalty; singer and composer of soaring pop to spiritual ballads; mentor to emerging artists; mother of three; “out and proud Jew”; music festival director and a favourite artist of former Governor-General Dame Quentin Bryce (appropriate for rock royalty). As director of this year’s Shir Madness festival,... Read more »
  • Fraud probe: Netanyahu should put Israel before his personal survival
    The PM needs to consider his legacy to the Israeli people and stop inventing a coup to justify his rhetoric Go, Netanyahu, go – for your sake, and Israel’s (Jerusalem Post) GIL TROY It’s time for Netanyahu to go to his Caesarea retreat and think. He should think about his character. He should think about his actions. He should think about his legacy. And he should think about his people and his nation (Aug 15) PM’s investigations: Sacrificing... Read more »
  • Jewish community jumping ship as political storm takes Brazil
    Unemployment, lack of upward mobility and fear of street violence among reasons for rapid increase of Brazilian Jews making Aliyah Violence and depress economy prompt exodus (Times of Israel) The situation has been very trying for the country’s Jewish community of 110,000 and Brazil’s middle class is watching its standard of living disappear before their eyes (Aug 15) Photo: Rochelle Rosensweig has an MBA in finance, but is considering becoming an Uber driver to pay the bills due... Read more »
  • The brilliant new Israeli novel you need to read right now
    Finally out in English, Orly Castel-Bloom’s An Egyptian Novel is a manual for living with defeat Too little praise for a great Israeli book (Tablet) In this acclaimed story, the Israeli author has committed herself to the novelist’s real task, namely the compassionate interrogation of human emotion (Aug 9) REVIEW (Kirkus) Photo: Orly Castel-Bloom (Youtube) The post The brilliant new Israeli novel you need to read right now appeared first on +61J.... Read more »
  • Conservative, Reform groups up the ante for kotel equal rights
    In an act of civil disobedience, Conservative and Reform movements are planning to arrive at the kotel next week, hold a prayer service and blow the shofar Prayers at the Western Wall to heat up again (Ynet) The event is scheduled for next Wednesday, the second day of the Hebrew month of Elul—a religiously significant time in Judaism, reserved for prayers of repentance in preparation for the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Aug 15) High... Read more »
  • ‘Aliyah being used by child sex offenders’: advocacy group
    Watchdog groups claim paedophiles who immigrate to Israel can live in communities with children nearby and even get jobs at schools Israel becoming a safe haven for paedophiles (Jerusalem Post) A global Jewish children’s advocacy group has found there are 42 suspected or convicted child sex offenders who moved to Israel from the Diaspora (Aug 15) Photo: ABC The post ‘Aliyah being used by child sex offenders’: advocacy group appeared first on +61J.... Read more »
  • European Jews who brought some sparkle to Cuba
    A poignant documentary tells the obscure story of thousands of refugees who brought the island a diamond-cutting industry A tropical story of diamonds and Holocaust survival in ‘Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels’ (Times of Israel) New film explores the forgotten era when the Caribbean island became a temporary gem hub after opening its doors to thousands of European Jews fleeing the Nazis (Aug 14) Photo: Family photos of working in the diamond-polishing factories of Havana from the documentary ‘Cuba’s Forgotten... Read more »