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Pictures from our annual dinner

Last night's 2015 annual dinner and fundraiser for the Australian Jewish Democratic Society at the fantastic Arabesque was a full house and a great success. Thank you to the hard working staff and executive members that volunteered to make it happen. It was great to...

Jews for Climate Action at the People's Climate March

Thank you to the dozen who walked under the Jews for Climate Action banners at the People's Climate March in Melbourne on Friday (25/11/2015). The rally drew an estimated 60,000 people in an unprecedented call to action from the government. AJDS executive member Sivan...

AJDS Environment Policy

  Background We are living at a time of unprecedented biophysical crisis. Human civilisation is facing a perfect storm of problems driven by climate change, environmental destruction and pollution, biodiversity loss and resource depletion, all of which are...

Acknowledgement or Appropriation?

By Larry Stillman Acknowledgment of Aboriginal presence and identity continues to be a difficult and controversial issue.  Despite formal acknowledgements such as “welcome to country” statements, or the flying of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flags, it is...

Antisemitism in the Left and other racial issues for Jews

This post includes excerpts from April Rosenblum's "The past didn’t go anywhere: making resistance to antisemitism part of all of our movements" (2014), available here. Posting excerpts from this document has been permitted, so as to promote a discussion of...

Why Israel? A look at Israel and UN bias

By Leah Goldman (pseudonym) When discussing topics around Israel one of the common questions one hears is “why is the whole world so concerned with Israel?”  This is often accompanied by the opinion that antisemitism has reared its ugly head in blanket...

From the Archives: "The making of a Jewish feminist activist!"

By Eva Cox [Originally published in the AJDS newsletter, 30th January 2003, available in our archives, here.] I am writing this piece in a time of huge turmoil for Jews in the Diaspora as well as for the Israelis and Palestinians. The question for many of is whether...

The Australian Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) group

By the Australian BDS Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/boycott.israel48/) The AJDS does not necessary endorse the views represented by this group, though we do foster debate and discussion. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) is marked as a...

Revisiting Israel – what's changed?

By Keren Tova Rubinstein Last month I travelled to Israel after my longest absence from it since I emigrated 23 years ago. It had been five years since I was there last. This didn’t mean that it changed hugely from what I’d remembered – as Israelis kept expecting –...