Author: philip-feinstein

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. 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. 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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