School to pay £500k in sex abuse lawsuit

By Henry Benjamin, September 24, 2015

A woman alleged to have been sexually abused by the principal of a strictly Orthodox Jewish day school in Melbourne has been awarded £588,000 in damages.

Hadassah Ehrlich sued Adass Yisroel School alleging that headmistress Malka Leifer abused her from 2002, when she was 15.

Ms Ehrlich's two sisters, who also attended the school, claim they were also abused by Leifer.


New Australian PM's Jewish roots

September 17, 2015

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, says he has Jewish roots and has expressed a desire to boost ties with Israel.

Mr Turnbull was sworn in on Tuesday as Australia's fourth leader in two years, replacing Tony Abbott. The former tech entrepreneur, banker and lawyer had long achieved better ratings in leadership polls.


Australian investigation can pave way for British changes

By Manny Waks, July 16, 2015

With the onset of the independent inquiry into the historical sexual abuse of children in the UK, it is worth reflecting on the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse currently underway in Australia.

Since the Commission's work commenced in early 2013, it is fair to say that Australia has been shocked by what it has been exposed to.


Jewish MP walks out of Australian parliament over PM Tony Abbott's Nazi slur

By Naomi Firsht, March 20, 2015

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott caused uproar in the country's parliament when he compared the Labour party leader to Joseph Goebbels, prompting a Jewish MP to walk out.

Labour frontbencher and leading member of Melbourne’s Jewish community Michael Danby walked out of prime minister’s questions when Mr Abbot likened Labour leader Bill Shorten to the Nazi propaganda minister.


‘Rabbi has blood on hands over abuse’

By Dan Goldberg, February 12, 2015

An inquiry into a child sex abuse scandal that engulfed two Australian Chabad institutions in the 1980s and 1990s has been suffused with acrimony and accusations, tragedy and trauma.


Australia opens special inquiry into sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, February 5, 2015

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Melbourne and Sydney was thrown under the spotlight this week as a Royal Commission into the child sexual abuse scandal inside the fervently Orthodox Jewish community got under way.

The government-sponsored inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which began in 2013, has two weeks to interrogate victims and officials of the Yeshivah Centre in


Lone wolf terror attack rocks Sydney

By Dan Goldberg, December 18, 2014

Australia's Jewish community went into official lockdown this week after a self-styled Iranian cleric held 20 people hostage in a 16-hour siege in Sydney.

A hail of gunfire erupted as counter-terror agents stormed the Lindt café in Martin Place at about 2am on Tuesday following the escape of several hostages from the building.

Two hostages were killed in the firefight, as well as the gunman


Prize for Chabad abuse exposé

December 18, 2014

The JC's Australian correspondent has won a prestigious journalism prize for a documentary on child sexual abuse inside the Chabad headquarters in Melbourne.

Dan Goldberg produced Code of Silence, which last week won the Walkley Award for Best Documentary in 2014.


Hate explodes in cities from Paris to Sydney

By Shirli Sitbon, July 24, 2014

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters attacked the Jewish neighbourhood of Sarcelles, a suburb to the north of Paris, on Sunday, clashing with police who stopped them yards from a local synagogue.

The protesters burned cars, looted stores, set alight a pharmacy owned by Jews, and a kosher grocery shop. They threw firebombs, damaging a community building, and destroyed public property. .


Israeli among victims of Malaysian plane disaster

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

An Israeli man was among 298 people killed in the attack on a Malaysian Airlines plane yesterday afternoon.

Itamar Avnon was on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when the plane was shot down in eastern Ukraine in what has been described as an act of terrorism.

Mr Avnon, an IDF paratrooper who fought in Operation Cast Lead, was on his way to Australia.