Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Green Lips

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Green Lips

By Arnold Zable This article first appeared in The Well. The suffering of asylum seekers currently in detention on Nauru and Manus Island is unbearable. Imagine it, to be living in tents, in the heat and rain, on isolated islands, with years of waiting ahead, in...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Profiting From Refugee Pain

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Profiting From Refugee Pain

By Jemima Light Since Kevin Rudd’s announcement of the so-called ‘Papua New Guinea solution’ to deter people seeking asylum by boat, I’ve had countless conversations (sometimes heated) with people from a wide range of the political spectrum. I noticed that many of...
Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Refugees Choosing Life

Rosh Hashana Newsletter – Refugees Choosing Life

By Larry Stillman I’m amazed. I’m amazed because I wrote an article for Galus Australis in October, 2009 looking at the situation in South Africa by way of comparison to what happens to refugees in Australia.  I thought I could update it significantly, in...
Settlements must go to give peace a chance

Settlements must go to give peace a chance

By Robin Rothfield This article by AJDS Executive Committee member Robin Rothfield appears in the print version of the Australian Jewish News – July 26, 2013. —– The debate at the plenum of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria held on 3 June...
In Memoriam – Vale Bernie Taft 27.6.1918 – 23.7.2013

In Memoriam – Vale Bernie Taft 27.6.1918 – 23.7.2013

Bernie Taft was born in Hanover, Germany in 1918. In 1933 with the rise of the Nazism, his family moved to Palestine for two years. They returned to Europe and then migrated to Australia in March 1939. Bernie was well-known as an active member of the Australian Left...
Moral failure in the Jewish community

Moral failure in the Jewish community

An entirely personal perspective by Larry Stillman There is some strange politics going on in the Jewish community showing tunnel vision and a lack of moral fibre. [for an update on AIJAC’s position, see below.] The AJDS has expressed its repugnance at the Rudd...
AJDS statement regarding the new Rudd asylum seeker policy

AJDS statement regarding the new Rudd asylum seeker policy

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is strongly opposed to the Australian Government’s recent decision to send all asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat to Papua New Guinea. Australia has an obligation – both by law and morality...
The Gatekeepers Documentary – A Special Event

The Gatekeepers Documentary – A Special Event

  The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS) is pleased to announce an upcoming film event in conjunction with the Jewish International Film Festival – A screening and panel discussion around the Israeli director Dror Moreh’s Academy-Award nominated...