New/Old members of the AJDS

I asked two of our members to answer 10 questions that were compiled as a way of introducing ourselves to one another. But I was also wondering about the importance of representing different kinds of Jewishness, the evolution of the AJDS, the current political atmosphere in Australia and the continuing restrictions on human mobility here […]

Speaking out against bigotry

AJDS member Linda Briskman and her friend Susie Latham, through the newly formed Voices Against Bigotry network (VAB), are raising awareness of the forthcoming launch of an anti-Muslim political party – The Australian Liberty Alliance (ALA). With increasing community vitriol against Muslims in Australia, government and media actions are fuelling verbal and physical attacks.  Although […]

On (not) pursuing justice

By Mohamed Tabbaa Originally published June 5 2015, here. Last night I was on a panel discussing racism and activism, organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society who were generous enough to host the panel of five. Held at a synagogue with a broad range of speakers, the panel was the first of its kind for me […]

The Racism Panel and how to continue to challenge racism

On 4 June 2015 the AJDS held a panel on racism at Temple Beth Israel.  With increasing expressions of racism in recent years, from the forced closures of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, continual policing of Australian borders and the violence entangled in the structure of detention centres, the rise of Islamophobia and antisemitism, and the development […]

A Rabbinic Autumn?

By Les Rosenblatt  There’s no ‘Rabbinic Spring’ yet, (Australian Jewish News Editorial Feb 20, 2015) regardless of the AJN having sighted the odd dove or swallow skimming the murky oceans of Chabad rabbinical denial exposed at the Royal Commission. At best, to my mind, it may be an autumn. Not until the comprehensive transformation of […]

The Occupation

By Alon Idan Haaretz supplement, 20/2/2015 Translated by Keren Rubinstein ‘Occupation’ is not a good word. It takes the Israeli away from reality instead of bringing him closer to it. ‘The Occupation’ has a permanent place in the Israeli hall of collective consciousness, therefore there’s no need to consider it afresh when it is heard […]

Limmud Oz 2014: Panel on Refugees and Asylum Seekers

By Harold Zwier, Robert Richter, Paris Aristotle, Robert Manne and Ralph Genende This is the transcript of a Limmud Oz session held at Monash University, Caulfield Campus, on Sunday 8th June 2014, on Asylum Seekers and Refugees. Organized by Harold Zwier, the session provided a forum for a broad discussion of a vexed issue that […]