Author: philip-feinstein

Jewish support for Christchurch victims

When terror struck the two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand, the whole world froze. The Jews of the world were also mortified by this attack on their biblical brothers and sisters. Abraham would have been shocked to see the ongoing violence against Muslims and Jews throughout the world. Christchurch already had a share of major calamities, but this was something to the extreme. The people of New Zealand came out in force to stand by their fellow Muslim citizens. And their Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, was magnanimous in the way she addressed the nation. Earlier this month, Jewish...

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‘Give Peace a Chance’ Tour

With the vision of creating a harmonious, inclusive and democratic Australian society, a new group calling themselves “Give Peace a Chance” went on a study tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In conjunction with Breaking Bread Journeys, a joint Israeli-Palestinian tour project, a group of 20 people participated in a study tour of Israeli and Palestinian areas. The group was made up of Christian, Jewish and secular people, as well as members from the LGBTQ communities. The focus of the tour was to hear human stories at a grassroots level – ordinary people reaching for each other and...

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Israel-Palestine dialogue in Sydney

While rockets were being fired from Gaza into Israel and aerial bombing by Israel into Gaza, a meaningful dialogue was taking place in Sydney. On Sunday 5 May, the Head of the General Delegation of Palestine, Izzat Abdulhadi, and the Israeli Ambassador to Australia, Mark Sofer, were being interviewed at a public forum in the Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra in Sydney. Senior Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins (OAM) was the moderator in a full house of more than 300 enthusiastic people, most of whom were Jewish.Advertisements The event was held under Chatham House Rules, meaning that no press or recordings were...

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Rwandan genocide commemoration in Sydney

On Sunday 7 April at the St Vincent’s Private Function Room, members and friends of the Rwandan community met for a memorial service of the Genocide against the Tutsi people 25 years ago. At this formal and very solemn event, about a hundred people congregated to honour and remember family and friends who lost their lives during those terrible times. Mr Vivens Mutago, Chairman of the Rwandan Community of New South Wales, welcomed everyone and signalled the start of the mourning period. “Twenty-five years later we are here” Mutago said. “Wounded and heartbroken, but unvanquished.” He then reminded us...

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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.Advertisements The massacre occurred at a time when people were at their most vulnerable...

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