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  • Bashir receives Technion doctorate
    WATCHING Technion Australia’s patron, Professor Dame Marie Bashir, being presented with an honorary doctorate on May 14 provided extra inspiration for an unprecedented five Australian students selected to attend Technion’s prestigious SciTech International Summer Camp in Haifa in July. The Technion Israel Institute of Technology honoured the former NSW governor for her significant contribution to psychiatry and mental health, intercultural understanding, and her longstanding support for Israel and the Technion. After the presentation at the Sydney Jewish... Read more »
  • Abbott honoured in Israel
    FORMER Australian prime minister Tony Abbott told The AJN that support for Israel is a “no brainer”. Abbott, who spoke to the paper after he received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University last week, said that Israel has a right to exist behind secure borders. “I think it’s a no brainer for any Australian politicians considering things from an Australian national interest,” he said. The former Liberal leader, who is still a member of Federal Parliament, said... Read more »
  • World of jazz from Tal and friends
    Winning a music competition at the Sydney Opera House saw jazz pianist Tal Cohen win a $15,000 grant to make the album of his dreams in a New York studio, writes Yael Brender. MUSICIAN Tal Cohen was born in Israel, grew up in Perth and has been living in the United States for the past four years, living out his dream as a jazz performer. Cohen, 33, is back in Australia performing at jazz festivals in Perth,... Read more »
  • Starry ride for a Batsheva dancer
    After 10 years with Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, Bobbi Jene Smith moved back to the United States to further her career. Hannah Brown reports. IT’S rare to see an Israeli movie audience sit in silence when invited to ask questions, but that’s what happened following the screening of Elvira Lind’s documentary Bobbi Jene at Tel Aviv’s Docaviv Festival last week. Former Batsheva dancer Bobbi Jene Smith, the subject of the intimate and compelling documentary, was present, but... Read more »
  • Training pays off for Jewish gymnasts
    AFTER months of intensive preparation, seven Jewish athletes with talent to burn will be in action at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships over the next week at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena. First up will be 14-year-old NSW artistic gymnast Jaymi Aronowitz, who won a level eight silver medal at last year’s nationals and was due to compete in the level nine final today (May 25). The Moriah College student dedicates 21 hours per week to training at the... Read more »
  • Like grandad, like granddaughter
    THE 2017 Maccabiah Games is set to be one of the most special Games in its 85-year history because there are more than 500 Australian athletes attending. It will be extra special for the Weill family, who will not only be supporting 15-year-old Australian swimmer, but her 81-year-old grandfather Asher who will compete for Israel in the same pool. “Never had I ever thought that I would be competing at the same competition as my 81-year-old grandad,” Ashley... Read more »
  • MP’s Israel motion draws flak
    THE Coalition and ALP duelled in Federal Parliament this week in an effort to show which party can express greater support for Israel. Liberal MP for Goldstein Tim Wilson put forward a motion on Monday night expressing Australia’s solidarity with Israel and lambasting the ALP for “a concerning collapse of the traditional support among Australia’s political parties” for a negotiated peace agreement. Lamenting what he saw as the decline of bipartisanship on Israel, Wilson remarked in the... Read more »
  • Music to Bibi’s ears
    DONALD Trump left Israel on Tuesday after a whirlwind trip in which he made history as the first sitting US President to visit the Kotel – and appearing optimistic that he can go down in history as the man who will make peace.  He didn’t just come with the normal American claim that the White House can bring Israel and the Palestinians together but brimming with confidence that he can bring parts of the Arab world... Read more »
  • Emotional send-off for Maccabiah athletes
    THE NSW contingent of Australia’s Maccabiah Games team was farewelled last Sunday at Moriah Auditorium during a moving ceremony which also saw tributes paid to the four Australians killed in the Maccabiah Bridge tragedy 20 years ago.  Federal MP Josh Frydenberg shared his own recollections of the 1997 disaster. He was representing Australia that year in tennis with his dad. “My father said why don’t you stay with me [instead of entering Ramat Gan Stadium early] –... Read more »
  • ‘I feared the worst’
    A JEWISH father in England said he feared that his 14-year-old daughter and her three friends could have been killed by the suicide bomber who murdered at least 22 people in the Manchester Arena on Monday. “I feared the worst,” Joel Lever told The UK Jewish News while his voice was still trembling and full of emotion. “Not just for my beautiful daughter but also for the three other girls she had taken along to see... Read more »
  • Can dealmaker make the ultimate deal?
    HE condemned terror and expressed confidence that peace could be achieved between Israel, the Palestinians and the wider Arab world. He spoke out against Iran and pledged ‘Never Again’. And he won plaudits from both his Israeli and Palestinian hosts. But did Donald Trump’s whistlestop trip to the region actually achieve anything or was it simply a chance for him to escape the whirlwind of hostile headlines back home and bask in the adoration that a... Read more »
  • Trump: first US president to visit Kotel
    JEWISH Care Victoria has approved the construction of a new $85 million aged care precinct on St Kilda Road. Trump arrived there under heavy security Monday afternoon with his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. No Israeli politicians or officials accompanied the family. U.S. officials reportedly had rejected a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit the site with Trump. Trump was presented with a Book of Psalms with his name printed on it... Read more »