My Jewish father found sanctuary in that town

Letter published in The AgeJan 16th, 2020.Dennis Martin It was with a heavy heart that I read the article in Tuesday’s Age about a couple in the Mallee town of Beulah flying a swastika flag over their recently purchased home. One of the home owners is reported to have defended her right to fly the […]

JNF study tour

On Dec 24th, 2019,  AJDS sent the following letter to schools participating in the JNF Australia educators study tour to Israel.Details of the tour and participating institutions can be found here.  To whom it may concern, We were recently informed that teachers from your institution have been invited to participate in a trip to Israel for […]

Jewish museum trip

Join us on a group excursion to the Jewish Museum!Feb 16th. 2:00pmThere is currently a gorgeous exhibition at the Melbourne Jewish Museum which has been curated by one of our own executive members- Dr Jordy Silverstein. ‘Wild: Stories of a community pushing boundaries’ explores what it was like to create a new Jewish community in Australia, […]

AJN letter- UK antisemitism

AJDS letter published in the Australian Jewish News. 10th Jan, 2019.While Josh Burns (UK Labor and the ALP: very different beasts, Dec 20) reflects on the UK elections and the fear in English Jewry as “Enough of a reason to celebrate the Corbyn defeat,” there seems to be a collective blind spot to Boris Johnson’s […]

Golem painting

 ‘Golem’ painting 2019, (600 x 860) oil on canvas.  The figure on the left of the painting is based on the golem character from The Golem, How He Came into the World, a 1920 German expressionist film by Paul Wegener. The film is one of the high points of the period (roughly 1880-1930) when there […]

Morrison for Jerusalem prize

The Jerusalem Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Scott Morrison, according to reports in the Australian Jewish News and J-Wire. Making the announcement, the President of the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA), Jeremy Leibler, reportedly said that “The Jerusalem Prize acknowledges the genuine friendship and support of the Prime Minister and his Government for […]

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why

We joined the protest against Tsipi Livni — here’s why The Sydney Left Jewish Collective and Jews Against the Occupation were strongly opposed to our community’s hosting of former Israeli Foreign Minister, Tsipi Livni in Sydney last week, and were proud to join the wider protest against her visit. We did so for a very simple […]

AJDS letter to radio national

This letter was submitted to the ABC on 13th August, 2019. Their response will be posted to our blog when received. Dear ABC, On Wednesday 24 July, Patricia Karvelas interviewed Israel’s Deputy Chief of Mission and charge d’affairs Ron Gerstenfeld on RN Drive. We understand that this interview was initiated because of a complaint that was […]

Response to Executive Council of Australian Jewry and Emanuel – 24 July 2019

Orly Noy, a Mizrahi journalist and activist from Jerusalem, recently visited Australia on a speaking tour organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS). Alongside a series of successful events in Melbourne and Sydney, in which hundreds of people heard her wisdom and insight, an event at Emanuel Synagogue was cancelled four days before the event, […]

Pesach Seder for Freedom 5779

This year (2019/5779) the Australian Jewish Democratic Society hosted a community Pesach Seder outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Pesach Seder for Freedom was a protest against Australia’s inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.We brought our Seder table to the offices responsible for the administration of Australia’s cruel offshore detention centres, […]