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An emotional rollercoaster

THE emotional rollercoaster for alleged victims of Malka Leifer continued last week when the former Adass Israel principal earned another stay in court.

‘We can hold head high’

A UNITED Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution to investigate Israel's actions at the Gaza border during the recent violent unrest "failed the test of balance and impartiality", Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said.

Motive still not known

THE motive behind an attack on two Jews on Erev Shavuot is still unknown. Dozens of Community Security Group (CSG) volunteers were called in on Saturday night when a young Jewish woman was stabbed in the neck and face in Caulfield North.

New Victorian funeral facility launched

Non-Orthodox Jewish families in Victoria have been given a wider choice of Jewish funerals with the launch of Tobin Brothers Jewish Funerals.

Gett submission to Law Reform Commission

The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) and Unchain My Heart have lodged a joint submission on gett (Jewish bill of divorce) to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), which is conducting the first comprehensive review into the family law system since the commencement of the Family Law Act in 1976.

New Emanuel Shule sanctuary opens

Australia's first lady and respected businesswoman Lucy Turnbull said she was struck by the beautiful injunction – "do not separate yourself from the community" – inscribed on the wall of Emanuel Synagogue's new sanctuary, which was officially inaugurated on May 14 in the presence of nearly 600 people.

Probe Breaking the Silence

IN a move that is sure to spark outrage among wide sections of the Jewish community, the executive director of controversial Israeli group Breaking The Silence is visiting Australia next month, as a guest of the New Israel Fund.

High achieving Jewish students

LAST year, almost 51,000 Victorian students completed their VCE – and on Tuesday morning, 13 Jewish students were among the 274 highest achievers presented with VCE Premiers Awards by Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino.

Leading rabbi mourned

THE community is mourning Melbourne's Rabbi Sholem Gutnick, a senior Chabad rabbi, who passed away at 94 last week.

Education honour for Wakils

IN a heartfelt gesture of appreciation, the Sydney Jewish Museum (SJM) officially launched its core education department – headed by Rebecca Kummerfeld – as the Susan Wakil AO Chair of Education at a special ceremony on May 8 in front of members of the Wakil family, museum board members, David Gonski and former NSW governor Dame Marie Bashir.