Australia

Shir Inclusion: No Madness Involved

Michael’s life took a turn for the better when he became a volunteer at Melbourne’s first ever Jewish Music Festival, Shir Madness. After a phone interview he was allocated to one of the most senior volunteer roles of venue manager. He attended the training and spent some time clarifying details of the task at the volunteer briefing. He did a really great job on that day. Unbeknown to us, Michael had spent many years at a special school and had never before in his life been given a position of responsibility.

Some of the Shir Madness Mensches. Courtesy of Melinda Jones

Melbourne Jewish Community Warned Of Potential Attack

06/17/2015 - 20:00

The Jewish community in Melbourne, Australia, is at a heightened risk of attack, a Jewish communal security agency said.

Ruderman Prize Profile: Mentoring Young Adults In Sydney

Editor's Note: This month, the Ruderman Family Foundation awarded five prizes to agencies across the world that are making the Jewish community into a more inclusive one. The New Normal will profile each of these amazing agencies over the next month.

JewishCare’s Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) Program mentors Jewish children and young adults who may be facing challenges and adversity in their lives. Based in Sydney, the program helps these youth, about a third of whom have a disabilitiy, through the ongoing support and friendship of a big brother/sister mentor. JewishCare has developed strong links with local schools, synagogues and community groups to raise awareness about issues facing young people with a disability, and about the importance of their inclusion into mainstream services.

JewishCare staff members speak at local Jewish high schools about the BBBS program, and about how having a positive mentor can make a big difference for all kids, including those with a disability. 

JewishCare little sister and big sister enjoy being together. Courtesy of JewishCare

Tony Abbott, Israel Backer, Wins Australian Premiership

09/08/2013 - 20:00

SYDNEY  — Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of Israel, was elected the country’s new prime minister of Australia.

Australia’s Voice For Orthodox Abuse Victims

Menachem Waks’ charges about the Chabad institutions in which he grew up, rock Melbourne’s Jewish community.
03/18/2013 - 20:00

Sydney — Menachem (Manny) Waks was on a leadership-training program in Israel in June 2011 when he made a decision that would radically change his life.

Menachem Waks right. JTA

Day Schools Need New Israel Ed Approach

Study suggests students need fuller picture of Jewish state to forge connection.
02/15/2011 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

 An eye-opening and somewhat discomforting new study of day school students’ attitudes about Israel has me wondering whether we need to rethink and recalibrate our approach toward traditional Zionist advocacy.

Gary Rosenblatt
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