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  • Uncle Boydie on a mission
    A FUNDRAISING campaign is underway to help Indigenous leader Alfred Turner (known as Uncle Boydie) visit Berlin and Beersheba for two highly significant anniversaries. Uncle Boydie, 88, grandson of Aboriginal activist William Cooper, wants to complete some historic unfinished business in the German capital. It harks back to Kristallnacht, 79 years ago. On November 9-10, 1938, the Nazis killed almost 100 Jews, 30,000 Jewish men were imprisoned and sent to concentration camps, more than 1000 synagogues were... Read more »
  • Outback hosts Beersheba re-enactment
    AS the countdown continues to the October 31 Battle of Beersheba Centenary commemoration in Israel, the people of Central West Queensland got into the spirit by turning out in droves on the streets of four outback towns to witness last month’s In Pursuit of Beersheba tour. Featuring almost 100 riders, the tour included parades and commemorative services in Barcaldine, Ilfracombe, Longreach and Winton, ending with a spectacular re-enactment at Bladensburg National Park of the famous Charge... Read more »
  • She’ela festival for sheilas
    THE She’ela Festival is back. For the second year running, the one day women’s festival of inspiration, empowerment and connection will take residence at Glen Eira Town Hall on Sunday (October 22). The event offers a selection of presentations and workshops by and for Jewish women. The theme for the festival is “Letting Go”. Founder and organiser Naomi Rubinstein told The AJN that while the subject of forgiveness was initially considered, it is loaded with... Read more »
  • Auschwitz comment ‘taken out of context’
    REBECCA DAVIS AND JOSHUA LEVI AN Australian journalist said his tweet, that “Auschwitz was bad – but the train ride there took in some lovely scenery”, has been taken out of context after he was slammed by a Jewish leader. Richard Cooke, who is the contributing editor of The Monthly magazine, exclusively told The AJN that the comment was made in response to an article that described race relations between Aboriginal Australians and colonisers as an affair... Read more »
  • Shnatties riding the ANZAC trail
    AS part of the 100th anniversary of the march of the ANZAC light horse brigade in Beersheba, the Australian Zionist Youth Council (AZYC) has partnered with Kids Kicking Cancer in Israel to raise funds for the organisation. Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans will head to Israel to join Shnat participants, currently in Israel on their respective youth programs, to ride the very same ANZAC trail the brigade did a century ago in 1917. “By following the ANZAC... Read more »
  • Balkin wins major gong
    SYDNEY-BORN, New York-based banker Jeremy Balkin has been crowned the overall winner in the 2017 Advance Global Australian Awards. The 34-year-old head of innovation for HSBC Bank USA also won the financial services category of the awards, which celebrate Australians working overseas who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition. He was among nine winners considered for the award, announced last week at a dinner at the Art Gallery of NSW. “I lost a lot... Read more »
  • Cheng’s son studies Shoah
    IT was tempting to ask Alpha Cheng the obvious question – what it felt like when he received the news just over two years ago that his father Curtis Cheng had been shot and killed in a terrorist attack in Parramatta. But how can a son really answer that question in a media interview? It was far more valuable to talk to this earnest young Canberra history teacher about a courageous decision he made out of... Read more »
  • Fascinating Kotel find
    IN what they call a “thrilling” discovery, archaeologists have just unearthed a large section of the Western Wall that hasn’t been seen in almost two millennia. But the drama that has been unfolding under the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City in recent months didn’t end there. Unbeknown to residents, archaeologists were also discovering an ancient theatre, mentioned in old texts and long dreamed about by historians. “From a research perspective, this is a sensational find,” the archaeologists said... Read more »
  • Looking for W-League glory
    Two Jewish players will star in the Westfield W-League for the first time – for rival clubs – when the new season kicks off next week. Melissa Maizels – who represented Australia at this year’s Maccabiah Games after discovering she was Jewish – will put on her gloves for a second season as Perth’s goalkeeper when the Glory take on Melbourne City at NIB Stadium on October 27. Two days later, new Western Sydney Wanderers signing, Israeli... Read more »
  • Four families donate $10 mil to Sydney Jewish Museum
    THE generosity of four Sydney families is helping ensure the future of the Sydney Jewish Museum (SJM). Greg and Kathy Shand approached the SJM’s president Gus Lehrer and pledged $5 million if the museum could find families to match the donation. Lehrer, with his wife Nanna, Bob and Ruth Magid and Leon and Simona Kamenev quickly came to the party, and the three couples agreed to donate a combined total of $5 million. At a special event on... Read more »
  • US pulls out of UNESCO, Israel set to follow
    ISRAEL has applauded America for leaving a United Nations agency that has become notorious for criticising the Jewish State and downplaying Jerusalem’s Jewish history. The US State Department has announced that America will quit the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO next year, in part because of its “continuing anti-Israel bias”. UNESCO has passed various resolutions that lambast Israel, and some in particular have provoked anger among Israelis and Diaspora Jews, such as the July resolution that recognised Hebron’s... Read more »
  • The Weinstein factor – a catalyst for real change?
    HARVEY Weinstein is a name that has been inescapable over the past two weeks. The Hollywood heavyweight is at the centre of a media storm amidst a grotesque string of allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment spanning three decades. While it all began with a New York Times article alleging Weinstein paid off sexual harassment accusers for years, a subsequent piece in The New Yorker detailed the harrowing accounts of women who had allegedly experienced sexual... Read more »