Dafna’s murder felt deeply in Australia

The husband and children of Dafna Meir mourn during her funeral ceremony in Otniel.
NEWS of the brutal slaying of Israeli mother and nurse Dafna Meir by a Palestinian terrorist has stunned the Australian Jewish community, as her brother, Daniel Moatti, recently spent a year working in Melbourne with the Mizrachi community, Bnei Akiva and Leibler Yavneh College.
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AUJS visitors in the Arava.

AUJS in Israel

A DELEGATION of young Australians has visited Israel’s Arava region for four days of volunteer work. The 59 Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) members, on the AUJS Academy-Onward Israel program, paid a visit to the region under the Arava-Australia partnership, part of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership 2gether venture, coordinated locally by the Zionist Federation of Australia.

Yoav Omer, who won the RS:X Youth Men competition at last year’s Youth World Sailing Championships, was unable to defend his title.

Yachting Australia stands up for Israel

YACHTING Australia has written to World Sailing “to express its deep concerns” about Israeli athletes effectively being banned from competing at the 2015 Youth World Championships in Malaysia last month.

Attendees at Australia's first Limmud FSU conference in Melbourne last year.

Russian Limmud set for Sydney

IT may still be several months away but planning is already underway for Australia’s second Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) conference, which is scheduled to take place in Sydney in September.

Robert Cussel.

Zionist council for ACT

A CANBERRA-BASED ACT Zionist council is set to be established in order to formalise the local Jewish community’s ties with Israel.

From left: Director of public affairs Ted Lapkin, Ron Weiser, Ginette Searle, Senator Bob Day, Danny Lamm, and Sam Tatarka

ZFA holds talks in Canberra

A DELEGATION from the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA) recently visited Canberra to meet with government, opposition and crossbench members of Parliament, including cabinet ministers, and their advisers.

Jonathan Pollard and wife Esther.

Pollard supporters laud release

AUSTRALIAN supporters of Jonathan Pollard were buoyed at news the long-jailed American intelligence expert, who served almost 30 years for spying for Israel, has been paroled, but lamented further restrictions on his freedom.

The late Yitzhak Rabin.

Reflections on Rabin’s legacy

AS 100,000 people joined together in central Tel Aviv on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, community leaders in Australia reflected on the life and legacy of the slain prime ­minister.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

Hebrew Uni honour for Bishop

FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop will be presented with the Hebrew University’s Torch of Learning Award at the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University’s gala dinner later this month.

Border Police officers scuffle with a Palestinian protester as they detain him near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City.

Local leaders condemn violence

ZIONIST Federation of Australia president Danny Lamm will travel to Israel this week in defiance of the current deadly wave of Palestinian terrorism to attend the World Zionist Congress.