Australia

Orthodox man charged in Australia Jewish school assault case

By Dan Goldberg, September 6, 2011

An Orthodox Jew has been charged with sexually assaulting children at a Jewish school in Australia.

David Cyprys, a locksmith who runs a company called Shomer Security, faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Tuesday on 16 counts of indecent assault and 13 counts of gross indecency, allegedly committed against students at Yeshivah College between 1984 and 1991.

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Sydney eruv rejected

By Dan Goldberg, August 25, 2011

Jewish leaders in Sydney are irate after a local council denied an application to build an eruv.

Ku-ring-gai Council, on Sydney's north shore, voted on Tuesday night to reject a plan to build a 20-kilometre symbolic boundary that would allow Orthodox Jews to push prams and carry objects on Shabbat.

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Jewish soldier who fought in Afghanistan attacked as worse than Hitler

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

An Australian Jewish soldier who killed a civilian in Afghanistan was allegedly described in letters by a Muslim man as "a dirty animal" and "not much better than" Hitler, a court has heard.

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Australia to boycott Durban review conference

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

Australia has joined America, Canada, Israel and several European nations in withdrawing from the controversial UN conference on racism next month.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed Tuesday that she was not convinced that "unbalanced criticism of Israel and the airing of antisemitic views" would be avoided, her spokesperson said.

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Max Brenner boycotters breach chocolate shop bar

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Chocolate made by a bald man might seem like an unusual product to incur the wrath of anti-Israel campaigners.

But four members of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign have been arrested in Melbourne in connection with a protest at a Max Brenner chocolate store.

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Oldest Australian Jew dies at 110

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The oldest Jew in Australia has died a few months after celebrating her 110th birthday.

Mary Rothstein, who was born in Russia, grew up in London and eventually moved to Melbourne, was a milliner who once made hats for royalty.

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Best friends for ever on Nickelodeon

By Candice Krieger, July 21, 2011

What's the best way to test true friendship? Spend a week in the Australian bush where you are subjected to a series of gruelling challenges that must be completed as a twosome. Oh, and with no contact with the outside world.

This is exactly what JCoSS pupils Rosie Felt and Rebecca Ware will be doing when they take part in a new reality television series for Nickelodeon.

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Inquiry into sex abuse at boys' school

By Dan Goldberg, June 30, 2011

Police have launched an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at an Orthodox boys' school in Australia by a former teacher serving a seven-year prison term in the US.

David Kramer fled in the early 1990s after accusations he had sexually abused boys at Yeshivah College in Melbourne between 1989 and 1993.

Kramer, 50, was jailed in 2008 after pleading guilty to molesting a 12-year-old

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'There are plenty of us Jewish Aborigines'

By Dan Goldberg, June 23, 2011

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver is not your average Australian Jew. True, she is one of this country's 110,000 or so tribal members, but she is also a member of another tribe - an Aboriginal tribe called the Wiradjuri.

And yet, despite the seeming rarity of an Aboriginal Jew, Professor Jackson Pulver says she is not alone.

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Boycott row batters Australian Limmud

By Dan Goldberg, June 2, 2011

Limmud-Oz, the Australian arm of the global festival of Jewish learning, is at the centre of controversy after organisers banned two presenters who "publicly advocate a total boycott against Israel" and a major donor threatened to withdraw funding.

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