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