My Jewish father found sanctuary in that town

Letter published in The AgeJan 16th, 2020.Dennis Martin It was with a heavy heart that I read the article in Tuesday’s Age about a couple in the Mallee town of Beulah flying a swastika flag over their recently purchased home. One of the home owners is reported to have defended her right to fly the […]

JNF study tour

On Dec 24th, 2019,  AJDS sent the following letter to schools participating in the JNF Australia educators study tour to Israel.Details of the tour and participating institutions can be found here.  To whom it may concern, We were recently informed that teachers from your institution have been invited to participate in a trip to Israel for […]

Jewish museum trip

Join us on a group excursion to the Jewish Museum!Feb 16th. 2:00pmThere is currently a gorgeous exhibition at the Melbourne Jewish Museum which has been curated by one of our own executive members- Dr Jordy Silverstein. ‘Wild: Stories of a community pushing boundaries’ explores what it was like to create a new Jewish community in Australia, […]

AJN letter- UK antisemitism

AJDS letter published in the Australian Jewish News. 10th Jan, 2019.While Josh Burns (UK Labor and the ALP: very different beasts, Dec 20) reflects on the UK elections and the fear in English Jewry as “Enough of a reason to celebrate the Corbyn defeat,” there seems to be a collective blind spot to Boris Johnson’s […]

Golem painting

 ‘Golem’ painting 2019, (600 x 860) oil on canvas.  The figure on the left of the painting is based on the golem character from The Golem, How He Came into the World, a 1920 German expressionist film by Paul Wegener. The film is one of the high points of the period (roughly 1880-1930) when there […]

Morrison for Jerusalem prize

The Jerusalem Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Scott Morrison, according to reports in the Australian Jewish News and J-Wire. Making the announcement, the President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), Jeremy Leibler, reportedly said that “The Jerusalem Prize acknowledges the genuine friendship and support of the Prime Minister and his Government for […]

Annual dinner 2019

Please join us for a wonderful evening where we come together to celebrate our small (but growing) AJDS community 🍷 We are honoured and excited to be joined by guest speaker Madeline Wells from SEED. Madeline is a Palawa/Koorie woman who grew up in Tasmania. After spending the last 5 years volunteering for the Seed Indigenous […]

On indigeneity, colonialism and the Jewish people

This panel event is organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society in partnership with the Black Palestinian Solidarity conference. The event seeks to examine Israel through a framework of settler-colonialism in order to unpack the socio-political characteristics of the Israeli nation-state, and to then use this knowledge to look at models and forms of resistance […]

Sukkot picnic

Friends! 🌼🌷🌱 Sukkot is a great time to gather together, to welcome the strangers amongst us, to talk, to think and of course eat. Let’s do just that! We are gathering our old, new & growing community of Jewish Leftists & Progressives together to picnic. All* are welcome. Including any friends! 👴🏼🧔🏾🧕🏽👨🏻‍🦰 Bring some food […]

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why The Sydney Left Jewish Collective and Jews Against the Occupation were strongly opposed to our community’s hosting of former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tsipi Livni in Sydney last week, and were proud to join the wider protest against her visit. We did so for a very simple […]