Author: philip-feinstein

Jewish community support for Christchurch Muslims

The Jewish community of NSW has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the Muslim community of Christchurch. The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies kicked off the campaign with a donation of $1800, the significance of the figure being that the number 18 denotes “life” in the Hebrew language. NSW Jewish Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger and CEO Vic Alhadeff said: “The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies stands in solidarity with the Muslim communities of Christchurch, New Zealand and Sydney in condemning this act of wanton slaughter. The massacre occurred at a time when people were at their most vulnerable...

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Africa: Alive and well in Australia!

Once a year the African residents of Australia get together to celebrate their art, their music, their food and their vibrant cultures. On Saturday 9 March at Wyatt Park, Lidcombe in Sydney, the 10th annual Africultures Festival drew thousands of guests from all over Australia. With two stages bursting with live music, fashion parades and a string of unique African performances, the huge contingent of visitors were treated to lively entertainment throughout the day. Even the kids were entertained at “Watotos Corner” with a huge array of activities including face painting, mask making, rock climbing and the ever popular...

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Will you be my Valentine?

Celebrated on 14 February, Valentine’s Day is often marked by giving gifts to and spending time with loved ones. Valentine’s Day traditions include exchanging gifts, such as chocolates or roses, and a romantic night out on the town. But now it also means giving music instruments! The Music for Refugees organisation decided to spend that special day in Auburn, Sydney, to give away a variety of musical instruments to any refugees who happen to walk by. Manager Philip Feinstein said, “The gift of music instruments helps to improve peoples’ lives as music is the soul to happiness.” With an...

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Sharing the plight of Burundian refugees in Africa

After meeting many Burundian refugees in Sydney, I spent a month from 19 November to 14 December in East Africa visiting camps of Burundian refugees in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya learning of their plight and trying to help with the situation. There was a huge conflict resulting in hundreds of thousands of people escaping the violence. In 1994 there was large conflict in Rwanda between the Hutu’s and Tutsi’s resulting in a huge genocide. Once again it is the same battlefield. The Genocide Museum in Kigali depicts that catastrophe as well as others that have happened in the past, like...

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Jewish Music Festival is for everyone

On 15 August 2010 an unusual but exciting music festival began in Sydney. A dream coming true for Sydney-man Gary Holzman was the formation of the Jewish Music Festival called Shir Madness. Gary is a man where music runs through his veins and he wanted to share this with everyone. The Shir Madness music festival became an annual event for the Jewish community with just one condition: Any musician could apply to perform as long as there was a Jewish connection  –  either one of the band or troupe must be Jewish, or the act must consist of one...

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