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  • Massive increase from NSW Government
    A CONCERTED effort by the community to access NSW government grants has seen a 200 per cent increase in the last 12 months. From 2011 to 2016, communal organisations received an average of less than $90,000 from the NSW government’s Community Building Partnership grant program. But in 2017, with the assistance of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies who helped facilitate applications, the community received $301,767. Cremorne Synagogue and Emanuel Synagogue received $30,000 each, which was the... Read more »
  • Laffa to open by Pesach
    ONE of Melbourne’s top kosher restaurants will open in Bondi before Pesach. Laffa Bar, which has served the Melbourne Jewish community for more than a decade, is expected to open in Hall Street in Bondi. Owner Reuven Nahoom is in the final stages of talks with Glick’s, to take over their lease and move into the property located between Hadassa Kosher Butchery and Katzy’s. Nahoom told The AJN this week that after positive feedback from NSW guests... Read more »
  • A critical year for promotion
    2018 is “an absolutely critical year” to push for and achieve the posthumous promotion of Jewish military legend General Sir John Monash to the highest Australian military rank of Field Marshal according to Saluting Monash Council (SMC) chairman Tim Fischer, who fears “the window of opportunity” will rapidly close after the centenary edition of Remembrance Day on November 11. Fischer, a former deputy prime minister, told The AJN on Tuesday that the Prime Minister has the... Read more »
  • Prolific writer Liberman mourned
    JEWISH writers and the wider community are mourning the death of acclaimed Australian literary figure Dr Serge Liberman. Liberman, 75, who passed away on December 22 after a battle with motor-neurone disease, was a prolific author and editor. His six collections of short stories – from On Firmer Shores in 1981 to Where I Stand in 2008 – portrayed Jewish life in Australia, particularly the angst and hopes of post-Holocaust arrivals. His final project, The Storyteller – a... Read more »
  • The wall we nearly missed
    BEFORE I first visited Israel on Birthright, I asked a number of well-travelled family members and friends which aspect of the Holy Land they found most meaningful. “The sense of spirituality that the Western Wall evokes,” said one friend, while my brother commented, “You feel the intersection of different religions in the Old City and it’s a moving sight that you must experience yourself.” Some fellow Birthright participants and team leaders who had previously visited the Western... Read more »
  • Arson suspected at Paris kosher stores
    Two kosher shops were damaged in a fire near Paris on the third anniversary of the slaying of four Jews at a different kosher supermarket in that city. The fire Monday in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Promo & Destock store in suburban Creteil and at the local branch of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket comes two weeks after swastikas were painted on both stores. No one was hurt in the fire, which completely... Read more »
  • First bar mitzvah in Townsville
    LAST month, Barnabas Sarnyai achieved more than a milestone. Not only did the 13-year-old perform his bar mitzvah – he was the first to do so, ever, in the northern Queensland city of Townsville. But records aside, Barnabas told The AJN that the occasion simply represented his joining of the Jewish community. “It gave me a much better understanding of the core values of Judaism, and the tools I need to improve upon myself and the world around... Read more »
  • Getting ready for the Australian Open
    AT LEAST seven Jewish tennis stars, including community favourite, Israeli Dudi Sela, will play in the 2018 Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on January 15. Players who have secured their spots in the first Grand Slam tournament for the year include Sela (ranked 78 in the world), Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (26) and Canadian Denis Shapovalov (50) in the men’s singles, and Italian Camila Giorgi (100) and American Madison Brengle (92) in the women’s singles. Sydney native... Read more »
  • Talented teens’ big chance for Commonwealth Games
    Rhythmic gymnast Alexandra Kiroi, 16, and race walker Jemima Montag, 19, have earned the chance to qualify for spots in the Australian team for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, to be held in the Gold Coast in April. Brilliant results in overseas tournaments last month while debuting at senior international level placed Kiroi in contention. Encouraged by being long-listed for the squad in November, The King David School student and 2016 Maccabi Australia Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the... Read more »
  • Briggs remembered as an inspirational author and survivor
    EXCERPTS from the inspiring autobiography of Dr Henry Briggs – a Holocaust survivor, Zionist and community patron, who passed away on Wednesday – were shared at the launch of his book, titled To Life L’Chaim, at the Sydney Jewish Museum (SJM) in late December last year. Briggs was full of life after he attended the brit of his first ­great-grandchild in early December and was subsequently diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer. Fortunately he was able to launch... Read more »
  • Tributes flow in for Tatarka
    TRIBUTES have flowed for philanthropist and communal figure Ron Tatarka, who passed away suddenly last weekend. Tatarka, 58, is being mourned as a passionate supporter of Jewish causes, a generous sponsor of many Jewish organisations, and a pioneer in the early days of Chabad Youth in Melbourne. He was a major donor to many organisations, including Magen David Adom (MDA), Shaare Zedek Hospital and Spiritgrow. He was a former director of the Jewish Charity Fund, and the... Read more »
  • Son’s ‘stripper’ tape adds to Bibi’s woes
    BENJAMIN Netanyahu’s son bragged that his father helped a friend’s dad to make $US20 billion, in a recording from a drunken and smutty night out. The 2015 tape captures three young men talking about strippers, prostitutes, and how many thousands of shekels they had spent on lap dances. The contributions of Yair Netanyahu, now 26, included a suggestion that he call on a waitress as a “take out” and pimp out a former girlfriend to his friends. Then... Read more »