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‘Baruch’ O’Farrell: a firm friend

Communal leaders have highlighted former New South Wales premier Barry O’Farrell’s strong ties with the Jewish community, following his resignation from the state’s top job last week. Affectionately dubbed Baruch O’Farrell, during his time in office he threatened to sack …

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FREE soup for the elderly

AROUND 50 young volunteers gathered at the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia’s (NCJWA’s) Fanny Reading Council House late last month to cook for the elderly. Cooking For

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Betar turns 90 in new bayit

NINETY years on from its establishment, Betar Australia has opened the doors of a new home for future generations of the movement, in a ceremony drawing 200 people. The

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Pollies’ Pesach greetings

TONY ABBOTT THE epic story of the liberation of the Jewish people continues to inspire and unite Jewish communities around the world. The story of the Exodus has been passed

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Aussie group calls for Pollard’s release

AN AUSTRALIAN group has been formed to rally support for the release of long-serving US prisoner Jonathan Pollard, who has been incarcerated for more than 28 years after

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Running for Mid East peace

ULTRAMARATHON runner Pat Farmer will run 1600 kilometres from Lebanon to Israel in the name of peace next month. The former Australian politician, who ran from the North Pole

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NSW rabbis clash with leaders over 18C

THE Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) and Rabbinical Council of NSW (RCNSW) are at odds over the federal government’s proposed changes to racial discrimination laws. The NSW peak


Outspoken pundits on NIF’s invite list

IRVING Wallach (pictured) is planning an eventful period for the New Israel Fund (NIF) Australia, after being elected its second president at the annual meeting last Sunday. The Sydney


Bionic legs at Beth Weizmann

WHEN former IDF soldier Radi Kaiuf was shot by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon in 1988, he was told that he would never walk again. But in 2012, when Kaiuf

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Standing ovations for Sharansky

NATAN Sharansky gave a fascinating insight into his journey, from Soviet refusenik to head of the Jewish Agency for Israel, during appearances in Sydney and Melbourne. The former Soviet

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