All posts tagged Rabbi Mendel Kastel

‘I’m scared to bring my daughter up here’

ON Shabbat morning Yeshiva Bondi graduate Rivkah Botnick was at her uncle’s house in Pittsburgh when word spread that there was a shooting at a synagogue only four blocks from her house.

Haggadah in the Himalayas

IF the question were posed, "Which city hosts the biggest seder in the world?" likely answers may include Jerusalem or New York. Somewhat surprisingly, however, the answer sits high up in the Nepalese mountaintops in the predominantly Hindu and Buddhist city of Kathmandu, where the city's first official seder was led in 1989 by Rabbi Mendel Kastel of Jewish House – then a 20-year-old rabbinical student at yeshivah in Sydney – along with fellow student Mendel Lipskier.

Massive increase from NSW Government

A CONCERTED effort by the community to access NSW government grants has seen a 200 per cent increase in the last 12 months.

Humanitarian award for Moss

Dr Tom Moss was presented with the Dennis Clifford Humanitarian Award in front of 1000 people, including NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Opposition Leader Luke Foley, at Jewish House's gala dinner on Tuesday night.

New approach to tackling homelessness

A report presented to NSW Parliament last week by Lifeline Australia chairman John Brogden has revealed how a new cutting edge post-crisis homelessness program run by Jewish House is already changing lives, while saving taxpayers millions of dollars.

The unsung hero of Bondi

After a month-long illness, local hero Cedric Amoils, 80, was back on Bondi Beach this week picking up rubbish. Remarkably, he's removed almost five tonnes of it in just three years.

Magda in the House

A record 898 Jewish House supporters danced and dined at the Westin Hotel on November 30 for the not-for-profit organisation’s 25th annual gala dinner, hosted by Magda Szubanski.

New addiction treatment in the House

A family oriented drug and alcohol addiction treatment program with a 90 per cent success rate in America for helping users to seek further treatment is being offered by Jewish House in Bondi.

Govt grants a boon for community

JEWISH organisations have benefitted to the tune of over $80,000 in the latest round of NSW government Community Building Partnership funding.

A gala affair for Jewish House

A RECORD amount was raised for Jewish House at the organisation’s annual gala dinner last week, with more than $300,000 to go towards the Bondi crisis centre, which supports the homeless and the disadvantaged, with a strong focus on families affected by domestic violence.