On the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Marek Edelman

By Arnold Zable On this day, April 19, 1943, the Warsaw Ghetto uprising broke out, ushering in an extraordinary battle for freedom and dignity. We gather tonight, as we always do on this date, to honour those who took part in this, and many other uprisings during this...

Australian Muslims Find Support in the Jewish Community

By Sylvie Leber “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world. After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others. As a Jew, my parents...

Being Jewish in Iran

By Linda Briskman During the summer of August 2014 I entered a Tehran store, where through the window I had observed the vendor wearing a kippah. Despite his minimal English and my imperfect Farsi, he warmed to me as a Jew visiting Iran. His wife was less convinced....

Befriend a Child in Detention

“It must end,” said Dr June Factor about the detention of children. Their plight was the motive behind a program started in order to connect with children and families in detention, give them hope, inform people about their deplorable fate and advocate for their...

Don’t Buy Settlement Products campaign update

In Pesach (Passover) 2013 the AJDS launched the Don’t Buy Settlement Products campaign.  It was successful in garnering support and interaction from the general community and created waves within the broader Jewish community.  The JCCV (Jewish Community Council of...

Extrajudicial killing in Hebron

The recent killing of Abdel-Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron is horrifying. The fact that he was already ‘neutralized’ and was evidently suffering a head wound when an Israeli soldier shot him a second time at virtually point blank, makes this shocking murder an...

This refugee life

By Carly Copolov When I met Khadim Dai in Jakarta, Indonesia, in November 2015, we instantly clicked.  It was like we were long lost friends, or family. Khadim was only 19 years old and one of the refugees who started the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre (CRLC) in...