All posts tagged Executive Council of Australian Jewry

Departing ECAJ president Robert Goot addresses the 2016 ECAJ conference in Sydney on November 27. Photo: Shane Desiatnik

18C dominates ECAJ AGM

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act dominated debate at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry’s 2016 conference on November 27.

Anton Block.

Block takes up the mantle

Victorian Anton Block was elected the new president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry at its annual conference on November 27.

Josh Weinberger sings Hatikvah at the Shimon Peres commemoration in Sydney's Central Synagogue on October 26. Photo: Shane Desiatnik

Moving tributes to Peres

Moving tributes to the late former Israeli president Shimon Peres were held at communal events in Melbourne and Sydney last week.

NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet speaking at the Centre for Independent Studies' Leaders Lunch. Photo: YouTube screenshot

Perrottet weighs in on 18C

NSW Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet told The AJN this week that no racial group should be subjected to public statements intended to incite violence.

A view of the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images.

Australia urged to protest UNESCO resolution

The Australian government has been urged to denounce a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) resolution that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount and Kotel.

Executive Council of Australian Jewry executive director Peter Wertheim.

Community unites for 18C

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Jewish Community Council of Victoria have united in support of keeping Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act in their present form.

AIJAC’s Jeremy Jones (left) met Shimon Peres in Jerusalem in 2007.

Australian Jewish leaders mourn Peres

“Optimists and pessimists die the exact same death, but they live very different lives.” So said Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding generation of leaders.

Alex Ryvchin, Samantha Khavin, Victoria Nadel, Julie Nathan and Vic Alhadeff. Photo: Wendy Bookatz.

Tackling anti-Semitism

When confronted with casual anti-Semitism, “It is unfortunately our instinct to err on the side of saying nothing,” said NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) CEO Vic Alhadeff. That was the focus of the panel discussion held at the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) in conjunction with the JBOD last week.

Rabbi Dr Ben Elton, keynote speaker at the 2016 Abraham Conference. Photo: Samet Erkut.

Three faiths unite against hate

Rabbi Elton said he felt heartened by feedback from the Abraham Conference and what was said by panel members from three faiths.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Turnbull welcomed by community

Communal leaders have congratulated Malcolm Turnbull on being returned as Prime Minister of Australia after more than a week of vote-counting by the Australian Electoral Commission.