Hatzolah of Sydney president Rabbi Mendy Litzman and volunteer first responder Tzvi Eliezer Berman (centre) are participating in the Emergency Services Blood Challenge this winter, urged on by volunteers Daniel Balkin (left) and Joe Weijnstein (right). Photo: Shane Desiatnik.

Hatzolah rolls up its sleeves to help others

Two volunteers from Haztolah of Sydney have registered for the Emergency Services Blood Challenge this winter in a bid to pump up the number of blood donations.

Millie Phillips turns the first sod at Emanuel Synagogue ahead of its major upgrade project. Photo: Noel Kessel.

Groundbreaking news from Emanuel

More than 125 people gathered at Emanuel Synagogue on Monday night (July 18) for a groundbreaking ceremony that signalled the beginning of the shul’s much-anticipated redevelopment.

Masada College principal Wendy Barel speaking with pride about the school’s achievements at its 50th anniversary gala dinner on July 16. Photo: Noel Kessel.

Magical Masada milestone

Masada College was celebrated as being “the rock and the fortress” of Jewish life and continuity on Sydney’s north shore for 50 years at a golden jubilee gala dinner on July 16.

The delegates visited Hadassah’s Cardiovascular Research Centre, the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University (pictured), the Cardiovascular Research Labs at the Sheba Centre, and researchers at the Technion.

Medical team visits Israel

TWO landmark medical projects have figured prominently in a research visit to Israel by a team of 16 Australian medical professionals.

Happy Birthday: Josh Frydenberg MP (on left) with foreign minister Julie Bishop, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and Senator David Bushby in The Lodge, Canberra, last week.

Yom huledet sameach

Josh Frydenberg had an amazing week with a birthday in the Lodge, a new cabinet appointment as the Minister for Environment and Energy, an opportunity to welcome American Vice-President Joe Biden to Australia, not to mention a portrait of himself being a finalist for the Archibald Prize.

Gary and Sheila Esterman’s view of the Nice boulevard where 84 people were killed by a terrorist last week. Flowers have been left by family and friends of those killed.

Aussie couple witness Nice terrorist attack

Gary and Sheila Esterman watched on in horror from their hotel balcony as a terrorist used his truck to kill 84 people and injure hundreds more on Bastille Day in Nice.


Accolade for Mexico consul

HONORARY consul of Mexico in Melbourne, David Aarons, described himself as “a proud Melburnian and Victorian” after being awarded Mexico’s highest accolade to ­foreigners.

Ceremony at Ammunition Hill

Moving milestone: Israel’s Ammunition Hill

IT was an opening ceremony steeped in emotion on July 6 at Ammunition Hill, Jerusalem, where almost 50 years ago the blood of 37 young Israeli soldiers was spilt in

Ben Morley, addiction

‘Giving back after no-one gave up on me’

“Addiction is a disease, not a choice. I didn’t choose to become an addict. I didn’t choose to ruin my life.” Those are the words of Ben Morley, who has finally put his life back on track after being addicted to drugs for more than 15 years.

Israel, Turkey coup

Netanyahu: failed Turkey coup will not affect reconciliation with Israel

A reconciliation deal between Israel and Turkey will not be affected by the attempted military coup, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.