23 October 2019 - 25 Tishri 5780 - כ"ה תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
Bar Mitzvah of Jack Ormut E-mail

On 18 November, Jack Ormut was called to the Torah on the occasion of his bar mitzvah.

The Bar Mitzvah of this charismatic eighty-year old drew over 300 people to the Ohel Leah synagogue to share in the family’s simcha.

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World Jewish Congress president holds dialogue with Chinese leaders E-mail
Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, visited China as part of a three week tour of Asia and Europe aimed at raising awareness of the threat of terrorism.Please login or register to see the full article
March of the Living Vice Chairman rallies up support in Asia E-mail

Aharon Tamir, the Vice Chairman of the International March of the Living, and his colleague, David Ben Naeh, met with community leaders of the various groups within Hong Kong’s Jewish community.

Tamir and Ben Naeh were the guests of honour at a lunch designed to encourage participation in the March, scheduled for April, from all branches of the community.

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Deep in the wilderness, six time zones from Moscow, just north of the Russia/ China border, sits the tiny and nearly forgotten Jewish community of Birobidjan.

Birobidjan is the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region (JAR) of the former Soviet Union, created by Stalin in 1934 as the “Jewish socialist homeland”.

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Israel recalls Australian ambassador after racist remarks E-mail

Ambassador Naftali Tamir was recalled back to Israel following the publication of racist remarks.  He was quoted commenting that, “We don’t have yellow skin and slanted eyes…Asia is basically the yellow race.”

This is apparently the first time an Israeli envoy to Australia has been recalled.  Tamir was appointed to the Australian post in February 2005 and also serves as non-resident ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.  He is a seasoned diplomat having also served as the Israeli envoy to Finland and filling roles in Washington and Tokyo.

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