Imprisonment, prayer and the power of believing

Retired IDF soldier Amnon Sharon with one of his special sculptures.
Photo: Gareth Narunsky
EVEN during his darkest days while confined in a cold and dirty Damascus prison cell following the Yom Kippur War, Amnon Sharon was sure he would be freed.
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Moshe Feiglin.

Hawk flies back to his roots

HAWKISH Israeli politician Moshe Feiglin, whose Australian family made aliyah in the 1960s, is making his first visit to Australia this month.

Glen Falkenstein (right) with co-emcee Ashleigh Green.

Youthful celebrations of diversity

MORE than 400 young Australians representing a multitude of faiths came together to engage in dialogue and celebrate multiculturalism at the inaugural Youth Parliament of the World’s Religions (Youth PoWR) last month.

Jeremy Jones (centre) speaking at the Muslim Jewish Conference.

Faiths build bridges in Berlin

DELEGATES from more than 40 countries attending the sixth annual Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) in Berlin recently were exposed to unique interfaith experiences of Australia and the Asia/Pacific region, presented by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council’s (AIJAC) Jeremy Jones.

Tzuri Avila (right) and his family.

Taking the helm at Southern Sydney

SOUTHERN Sydney Synagogue’s new minister and spiritual leader Tzuri Avila aims to build the “kind, vibrant” community, saying it is “full of potential”.

Father Holding Daughter's Hand

Jewish foster care shortage becomes critical

THE next Jewish child that is taken into foster care in New South Wales will not be placed with a Jewish family, it’s claimed.

David Ossip

Ku-ring-gai’s new deputy

AFTER just three years on Ku-ring-gai Council, Jewish Councillor David Ossip has been appointed deputy mayor with a vote of 7-3.

From left: Vic Alhadeff, Gabrielle Upton and Jeremy Spinak.

Ethnic groups back hate law change

SIX ethnic organisations have added their voices to the call by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) for the state’s race-vilification legislation to be strengthened.


Racist rant on bus condemned

COMMUNAL leaders have strongly condemned a racist rant on a Sydney bus last week in which a woman identifying herself as Jewish and from Israel spewed abuse on a Chinese-Australian woman.

Ted Baillieu.

Baillieu backs a register for rabbis

FORMER Victorian premier Ted Baillieu is backing a proposal that would require all religious leaders to register as a minister of religion with the government and agree to keep a code of conduct.