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A motion was passed by a Victorian branch of the Health Services Union in support of the BDS campaign against Israel.

BDS health warning

Two union leaders have described a Health Services Union (HSU) motion supporting a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel as “anti-Semitic”, “misguided, ignorant and quite frankly, mad”.

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World Vision Gaza head trial begins

Court proceedings started this week against Mohammad El-Halabi, the Gaza man accused of siphoning World Vision charity money to Hamas.

Gene Wilder.

‘I dated the late, great Gene Wilder’

“What a wonderful, wonderful man Gene Wilder was,” muses Elaine Berkowitz. “He was a genuinely beautiful human being, as well as being a truly marvellous actor.”

Moshe Ya'alon speaking at the WIZO/The Joint major fundraising dinner in Sydney on August 24. Photo: Noel Kessel.

Partnership against poverty

As Mount Sinai College year 6 students Talia Kaplan and Vivien Fainerman proudly sang Hatikvah in front of more than 600 people – including former Israeli defence minister and aspiring prime minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon – at the combined WIZO/The Joint major fundraising dinner in Sydney on August 24, attention quickly turned to the children of Israel – 890,000 of whom live without basic necessities.

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Hatzolah’s Bondi lifesavers

SIX Jewish volunteers from Hatzolah helped save the lives of two Indonesian Muslim teenagers who nearly drowned at Bondi Beach on Tuesday August 30.

One of the swastikas drawn on the back of a headstone. Photo: South Coast Register

Swastikas scrawled on Nowra graves

Swastikas were drawn onto the backs of nine headstones in the Nowra War Cemetery, local media reported.

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

Changing the face of educational children's books is husband-and-wife team Danielle and Josh Wakerman, authors of the "Jett Around The World" series.

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.

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

Aussies share insights of Israel

The potential for Australia to learn from Israel’s “can-do culture” was not lost on Nick Cater and James Brown, who attended a Rambam intensive study tour to Israel in July for Australian journalists and academics.