August 8, 2012, 9:00 am
MOVED by the poverty and injustice he witnessed on a business trip to India last year, Melbourne-born Jacob Sztokman has set up a world-first volunteering program for young Jewish adults. Having launched this year, Gabriel Project Mumbai partners poverty relief with active partnership in the Indian Jewish community, offering 20 to 28-year-olds the chance to volunteer in Mumbai’s slums for three to four months, preparing food for children and teaching them English.
August 6, 2012, 2:15 pm
FOSTERING vibrant relationships between the Jewish community and members of the Victorian Parliament is of prime concern to David Southwick, the member for Caulfield who recently led a delegation of Liberal MPs on an Israel study tour. Co-ordinated by the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) during July, the tour involved meetings with Israeli media, a visit to the Knesset, Temple Mount, the Western Wall and briefings on the history of Israel and its current work in the areas of innovation and research.
August 2, 2012, 2:08 pm
TWO-anti Israel activists have been found guilty of assaulting police outside chocolate retailer Max Brenner last year. Sergio Tobon and Stephen Evans were convicted and fined $500 each last week by the Melbourne Magistrates Court for assaulting police during a violent scuffle in July last year. The incident occurred outside the store in Melbourne’s QV Square, at which 19 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protestors were arrested.
July 27, 2012, 11:58 am
While five protestors remain charged with resisting arrest and assault, all charges of besetting and trespass have been dropped – a move defence lawyer Robert Stary hailed as “a landmark case in the annals of the criminal justice system because what it represents is people have a right to express themselves politically”.
July 25, 2012, 10:03 am
THE 21st century has seen sweeping change, global crises and vast leaps in technology and access to information. How the Jewish people cope with these challenges will be tackled at the Anti-Defamation Commission’s (ADC) 2012 Gandel Oration, where keynote speaker Brigadier General Gal Hirsch (pictured) will consider what lies ahead for the Jews.
June 29, 2012, 10:15 am
CHAIRMAN of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission John Searle (pictured) was the last man standing after his fellow board members quit en masse following the rejection by Attorney-General Robert Clark of their unanimous nomination for commissioner.
June 25, 2012, 10:00 am
THE committee charged with investigating the handling of child abuse by religious groups has called for submissions from the public. The parliamentary inquiry, set up to consider how religious and other non-government organisations respond to allegations of child abuse by members of their organisations, is seeking information about the reporting practices of these groups – including whether outing suspected criminals is systematically discouraged.
June 12, 2012, 9:00 am
JEWISH Care has reassured the community that a survey assessing how “Jewishness” should be reflected in its aged, family and disability services would not signal the end of kosher meals, Jewish staff or the observance of Shabbat and Jewish festivals.
June 5, 2012, 9:00 am
A NEW survey will asses how “Jewishness” should be reflected in Jewish Care’s aged, family, disability and community services. The provision of kosher meals, Jewish staff and Shabbat services all come under the microscope in the questionnaire, designed to measure the community’s expectations of a Jewish support organisation.