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The moment when young Yazidi woman Nadia Murad met Holocaust survivor Luba Marczak in her Sydney apartment on August 22. Photo: Noel Kessel.

Survivors of a different kind

The simple act of holding hands has rarely meant so much. When Holocaust survivor Luba Marczak met 21-year-old Yazidi woman Nadia Murad – who survived a massacre of her family members by ISIS in 2014 – they didn’t need words to exchange their stories and give each other strength.

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Rotem Dvir (left) and Raz Sofer have arrived in Canberra.

Shlichim arrive in Canberra

The ACT Jewish community has this month welcomed two shlichim from Israel, marking a first for the capital.

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Jett around the world

James Brown and Nick Cater at an AIJAC Rambam trip debriefing luncheon last week in Sydney. Photo: Shane Desiatnik.

Aussies share insights of Israel

Justine Kuran with her daughters (from left) Marley, Peri and Shaini, and husband Bernie (back).

Promoting harmony over challah


Carmit Feintuch

First female leader for Israeli Orthodox shul

For the first time, an Orthodox synagogue in Israel has appointed a woman as spiritual leader; Carmit Feintuch is to help lead renowned Ramban Synagogue.


IDF raids West Bank weapon factories

Israeli security forces have shut down six illegal weapons manufacturing factories in the West Bank in the biggest such operation of an ongoing crackdown.



Basger selected in World Cup squad

Jarrod Basger has been selected in Australia’s 14-man squad for the upcoming FIFA Futsal World Cup in Columbia.

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A piece of history for charity

Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity.


Former right-wing politician Csanad Szegedi in a synagogue with Rabbi Boruch Oberlander in Keep Quiet.

Best of Israeli films

Films and documentaries by leading Israeli filmmakers will be screened during the AICE Israeli Film Festival in September. And the festival will award a $25,000 prize for the best film.

Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon in Indignation.

Education in life

The movie Indignation is based on American-Jewish novelist Philip Roth’s 2008 autobiographical work that drew on his days at university in Pennsylvania. Film critic Don Perlgut rates it 4 out of 5 stars.


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Win a DVD of Wallenberg: A Hero’s Journey

Raoul Wallenberg (Richard Chamberlain) is a Swedish college student who mocks the lethal politics of Adolf Hitler, to the chagrin of his society matron mother (Bibi Andersson).



Tough day for U 14 jets

The Ajax Under 14 Jets took on the Waverley Park Hawks in a tough hard fought match, eventually going down by 24 points. Photos: Peter Haskin  


Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland, Friday, July 29, 2016.  Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau Friday, becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews. (Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP)

Papal sins of omission

Given that Pope John Paul II visited Auschwitz in 1979, followed by Pope Benedict in 2006, it would have been a glaring omission had Pope Francis not made the same trip.

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