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Dr Elana Maryles Sztokman.

Elana Sztokman: Jewish, feminist and Orthodox

“JUDAISM is still a very patriarchal, sexist religion, which is based on ideas of gender difference and female servitude … Judaism is still mostly a men’s club.”

Rabbi Danny Mirvis.

Mirvis tapped as Mizrachi’s senior rabbi

THE Mizrachi Organisation’s committee has overwhelmingly endorsed a recommendation from a rabbinic search subcommittee to appoint Rabbi Danny Mirvis as Mizrachi’s new senior rabbi.

Unity Day encourages communities to come together as they did during the Bring Back Our Boys campaign.

Unity Day shapes up in Melbourne

Israeli food, live music and a lively atmosphere will be some of the many offerings at Magen David Adom’s (MDA) Unity Day celebrations being held on Wednesday, June 1 at St Kilda Town Hall.

Scott Whitmont with his cousin Jacob wearing his great-great-great grandfather's tallit.

A tallit’s tale through the ages

A tallit that’s stood the test of time and the pride in the eyes of its new owner, bar mitzvah boy Jacob Whitmont, ensured tears would flow at Sydney’s Mizrachi Synagogue earlier this month.

Rabbi Dovid Freilich wrote to the prime minister.

Jewish Liberal candidate overlooked in WA

The former top rabbi of Australia has written to the Prime Minister after a Jewish candidate was not endorsed in Western Australia in dubious circumstances.

A promotional image for Tales of a City by the Sea.

Pro-Palestinian play triggers VCE review

The criteria for including plays and related texts on the VCE study list will be reviewed after students in years 11 and 12 were asked to attend performances of an “unabashedly one-sided play” about Israel’s conflict with Gaza, as part of their curriculum.

Gideon Aran speaking about Jewish radicalism on May 19 at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Photo: Shane Desiatnik.

Understanding Jewish extremism

In a week when Israel’s departing defence minister Moshe Ya’alon warned of extremist and dangerous elements “shaking up our home and threatening harm to those in it”, Israeli academic Gideon Aran shared his expertise about religious radicalism in Israel at the Sydney Jewish Museum.

Constance Koster.

A righteous life

An Australian woman who saved around 800 Jewish babies and toddlers in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during the Holocaust has passed away, aged 95.

Bridgett Cama and Tamara Kenny speaking at a Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program lunch in Vaucluse ahead of National Reconciliation Week. Photo: Shane Desiatnik.

Changing Indigenous lives

“I was the only Indigenous student in years 11 and 12 at my school in Bodalla and I want to see that change.” These inspirational words were delivered on the eve of National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 3) by Tamara Kenny, a young Bidjara woman, at a Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program (SGSP) supporters lunch in Sydney.

Leah Haskin at her 100th birthday with her three children, from left, Mark, Ruth and Leon. Photo: Peter Haskin.

Australia’s oldest Jew mourned

During Leah Haskin’s lifetime the Titanic sank, penicillin was discovered and the modern crossword puzzle was invented.