From left: Brandon Srot, Rabbi Benjamin Elton, Justin Koonin, Dawn Cohen, Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio and Vic Alhadeff.

Rabbis unite on LGBTI inclusion

IN what was described by one panellist as “monumental”, an Orthodox rabbi, a Reform rabbi, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) activists came together last Sunday to discuss the place of LGBTI Jews in the Jewish community.

Lily Brett in Sydney this week. Photo: Noel Kessel

Creative responses to the Holocaust

THE power of the written word to explore and reflect on the tragedy of the Holocaust and its ongoing legacy runs through Lily Brett’s veins.

John Kaye.

Jewish MP John Kaye mourned

JOHN Kaye, the only Jewish member of the NSW Legislative Council, died after a short battle with cancer at the age of 60 on Monday.

Students Jamie Sobol (left) and Alexandra Patishman hard at work on their machine.

Bialik whiz kids scoop global prize

A TEAM of four year 7 students at Bialik College have won joint first place in the middle school division of the first ever Technion Jewish Day School Challenge.

A participant at a previous Yom Ha’atzmaut Family Festival. Photo: Peter Haskin

Commemorations and celebrations

MEMBERS of the community young and old will have the opportunity to commemorate Yom Hazikaron and celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut through a variety of different events as world Jewry marks Israel’s 68th anniversary of independence.

Dr Elana Maryles Sztokman. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Orthodox feminist headed to Oz

THROUGHOUT May and June, internationally renowned Orthodox Jewish feminist Dr Elana Maryles Sztokman will be touring Australia as part of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia’s (NCJWA) 2016 National Scholar-in-Residence Program.

Damage caused by the earthquake in Ecuador. Photo: Twitter.

Joint mobilises after Ecuador quake

THE Joint Australia has swung into action after the devastating earthquake in Ecuador that has killed at least 650 people and injured more than 16,000.

The Voices of Samuel will be performing in May at ZCNSW’s Yom Ha’atzmaut 2016 community concert and carnival.

Showcasing ‘the best of Israel’

SYDNEYSIDERS will be able to celebrate 68 years since the creation of the State of Israel at the Zionist Council of NSW’s (ZCNSW) Yom Ha’atzmaut 2016 community concert and carnival in May.

Last year’s Yom Hashoah event. Photo: Peter Haskin

Remembering the Shoah

THIS year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration will be themed “The Holocaust: Europe and Beyond”, looking at stories from Russia to Shanghai to North Africa.

Isaac and Susan Wakil

Multimillion gift to Sydney Uni

THE University of Sydney has received a $35 million gift from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation, the largest donation to the university since it was founded in 1850.