Author: Philip Feinstein

Arabs and Jews – Combatants for Peace

Completed in late 2016, the film “Disturbing the Peace” followed former enemy combatants—Israeli soldiers of elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison—who joined together to challenge the status quo. The transformational journeys of fighters/combatants from a commitment to armed battle to non-violent peace activists, lead to the creation of Combatants for Peace, a joint Palestinian-Israeli NGO committed to cultivating peace and promoting dialogue. The NGO was nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. Among the awards, the film has garnered are the New York Times Critic’s Pick and the first Ebert Humanitarian Award. The film challenges us to understand the narratives...

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At Speakers Corner we all have a voice

Everyone needs a platform to express their thoughts. Every Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm, there’s a perfect place: Sydney’s Domain, opposite the Art Gallery. It’s a unique space called Speakers Corner. Up until the 1970s, Speakers’ Corner was popular. Communists, socialists, capitalists, anarchists, anti-Semites and representatives from many religions spoke there. They spoke about sex, philosophy, social issues . . . Politicians and people of importance spoke there, including Prime Minister Ben Chifley. The place was called, ‘The University for the People’. However, with the introduction of TV current affair programs, Sunday shopping and Sunday football, crowds dwindled. In...

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The forgotten Jews of Arab lands

On Thursday evening 30 November 2017, around 400 people attended an event at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, Sydney which included the screening of the short film The Forgotten Refugees and the telling of personal stories by members of the Jewish community from Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Iran, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. The evening recognised the plight of the around 850,000 Jews who were expelled or had to flee from Arab lands. The events were hosted by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, together with the Sephardi Synagogue and the Sydney Jewish Museum, to tell the forgotten story of the ethnic cleansing...

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Playing to bring humanity together

Around 7 pm on Wednesday 15 November 2017 at the Sydney Football Stadium when the referee blew his whistle for the start of the Australia versus Honduras game of soccer. A lot was at stake in this game as the winner would be off to Russia next year for the finals.  At the same time another game also began: This was a game of well-being where everyone was in the same team  –  it was called Together for Humanity. At stake in this game was the coping and growth of our children. Together with a group of around 230 people were...

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Jews and Muslims celebrate Sukkot

With the conclusion of the Jewish New Year celebrations comes Sukkot—when Jews expose themselves to the elements in greenery-covered huts.  Sukkot is a week-long Jewish holiday that comes five days after Yom Kippur and celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection God provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt. Muslims mark this event on Ashura on 10th of Muharram, first month in the Islamic Calendar with optional fasting on either 9th and 10th or 10th and 11th of Muharram. Jews celebrate Sukkot in a foliage-covered booth and take special species of vegetation—the...

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