VOL. 30 Friday, 3 March 2017 / 5 Adar 5777
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This Purim, make ’em smile HADASSAH AUSTRALIA Purim is a time of fun and laughter, so once again Hadassah Australia is taking this seriously. With the support of Australian donors, Hadassah’s medical clowns will deliver mishloach manot (Purim parcels) to seriously and chronically ill children on the wards of Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Most of these kids struggle with the day-to-day reality of living in a hospital, so humour is a great antidote. “The fun begins when the clowns enter the ward,” says Alissa Woolf, executive director of Hadassah Australia. “And it ramps up when the children receive their parcel from Australia. The joy is incalculable.” Purim is a time to distribute mishloach manot to friends and family, not only as an expression of affection but to continue an unbroken tradition in Jewish religious and cultural life. Mostly, we distribute Purim parcels to people we know. But not always. “It was such a great surprise,” says Avishai* (11), who was admitted to Hadassah with nonHodgkin lymphoma. “There was a note in my basket from a girl my age who lives in Perth. She said she hopes to meet me one day.” Kids and clowns go hand-in-hand and in a medical context, research shows that medicallytrained clowns reduce stress levels in children, making it easier for medical staff to provide their services, which results in a shorter and more pleasant hospital stay. Hadassah’s beloved medical clown, David ‘DuSH’ Barashi said: “Last year, we delivered mishloach manot from Australia and saw the delight on the faces of sick children in the wards at Hadassah. “It’s hard to put that response into words, but rest assured it’s a very special experience for us, for the parents and for staff. We say, ‘the more baskets you give us to deliver, the happier we are’!” Each Purim parcel will include the latest musthave toy called Shopkin, which has earnt its Australian creator, Moose Toys, several major
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Moose Toys chief executive Paul Solomon and Hadassah Australia president Ron Finkel. international awards. The parcels will be prepared by intellectually-disabled adults at AKIM, an Israeli not-for-profit assisted employment service. In this way, every donation not only benefits the recipients but others as well. “We invite our donors in Australia to involve their children and grandchildren, by encouraging them to write a personal message for every parcel they donate,” says Ron Finkel, president of Hadassah Australia. The challenge for this year is to provide a record number of parcels to the children at Hadassah. Chana* (seven) from a moshav in the Negev, received her parcel last year and she is eagerly awaiting this year’s delivery. “I missed out on Purim at home with my family and my friends at school, but it was so special to get a surprise mishloach manot from the clowns while I was in hospital,” Chana said. “I gave a
chocolate bar to my brother.” Rabbi Yaakov Glasman, president of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand, which is endorsing Hadassah Australia’s Purim campaign, said that Jewish tradition required all Jews to provide mishloach manot -- meaning the ‘sending of portions’ – and it was particularly commendable to give it to the underprivileged. “We believe that vulnerable children in hospital, including those in Israel, will benefit from that embrace and we applaud Hadassah’s very important initiative in achieving this.” To donate go to hadassahaustralia.org/purim. All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible. * Names have been changed for privacy reasons. WHAT SHOULD WE ASK FOR ON PURIM? - PAGE 22
Want to have a meaningful Purim? Get involved in giving to others this Purim, and there’s no way to experience real joy but by sharing it with others. You’re invited to laugh, bake, sweat, socialise and spread love with Our Big Purim Bake Off. Pop into OBK anytime between 10am and noon until 9 March to join other awesome volunteers to help roll, shape and bake an amazing 10,000 hamantashen. Crazy, eh? We’re crazy about sharing the joy of Purim, (and hamantashen). On Purim day, 12 March and the next day, we’re all going to meet in OBK, and head off to the hospitals, where some Purim joy is needed, and give out the 10,000 hamantashen that we baked. To overcome all that Purim weariness you need a well-deserved day of rest, but not just any day of rest, The day of rest, Shabbat, and what better way to spend your day of rest than by kicking back on the beach, seriously. Join us on Friday night 24 March (5.30pm) at Tamarama Beach for the legendary Shabbat on the beach, booking open at trybooking.com. For more info and awesomeness email us at email@example.com
Leaders welcome co-operation between Israel and Australia After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Australian Prime Minister in Sydney on 22 February, they issued a joint statement. This is an edited version of their statement. The leaders welcomed the visit to reaffirm the strength of the relationship and its importance to both countries. The friendship between Israel and Australia dates back to Israel’s earliest days, and is anchored in shared values, commitment to democracy and mutual interest in a rulesbased international system. Australia re-affirmed its commitment to Israel’s right to exist, as the nation-state of the Jewish people and its steadfast opposition to attempts to undermine its legitimacy. Both countries restated their support for a directly negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Australia affirmed its support for a two-state solution. Australia and Israel remain committed to a stable and secure Middle East. Leaders discussed current security challenges in the Middle East, including terrorism. Both countries agreed that Iran must fully implement its obligations under UN Security Council resolutions, and expressed concern about Iran’s ballistic missile program. Both sides reiterated their strong common resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including the financing, supporting, harbouring, training and equipping of terrorists. Both sides emphasised the importance of strengthening bilateral, regional and international cooperation required to meet this challenge Australia and Israel agreed to explore opportunities for bilateral co-operation in the field of cyber as well as promote global cybersecurity efforts that enhance an open, free and secure Internet. Both sides affirmed the importance of bilateral defence co-operation in areas of mutual benefit. They also agreed to review opportunities to enhance exchanges between the defence authorities of the two countries. Leaders committed to support the expansion of
trade, investment and commercial links between Australia and Israel, for their mutual benefit and prosperity. Leaders welcomed the signature of a bilateral air services agreement facilitating enhanced air links between our countries. They also welcomed the signing of an MOU between airline companies from both countries, which will enhance connectivity between Australia and Israel, expanding business and tourism links. Recognising that productivity and innovation are national priorities of both countries, leaders vowed to strengthen links in this area. Leaders welcomed the signature of an agreement on bilateral co-operation in technological innovation and research and development as a further enabler, and committed to negotiations on an agreement on science and technology co-operation. Leaders committed to explore opportunities for future collaboration in agriculture, water, energy and oil and gas. They agreed to promote collaboration in environmental protection, including sharing of knowledge and experience. Australia and Israel recognise the historical significance of the battle of Beersheba as a foundation stone for the relationship between the two countries. Leaders committed to host a major commemoration in Israel, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the battle, in October 2017. Leaders affirmed the importance of the role played by Australia’s Jewish community in underpinning and giving vitality to the relationship, and in the major contribution it has made to all sectors of Australian life. This joint declaration reflects the mutual commitment of Australia and Israel to their deep friendship, and their determination to elevate their bilateral cooperation for the benefit of their two countries. Towards this end, Mr Netanyahu invited Mr Turnbull to visit Israel at the earliest opportunity.
Bibi’s visit ... recollections from an insider RABBI YOSSI FRIEDMAN MAROUBRA SYNAGOGUE The time was a few minutes to 6pm on Wednesday, 22 February, 2017. Close to 2000 people had taken their seats inside the magnificent edifice of the Central Synagogue and were awaiting the arrivals of prime ministers Turnbull and Netanyahu. Only that morning Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara had touched down at Kingsford-Smith Airport in an ElAl plane. This was a historic moment - the first time since the establishment of Israel that a sitting prime minister had visited our shores. He stopped briefly on the tarmac to make mention of the remarkable 100 years of friendship that Israel and Australia have shared since the Australian light horse joined alongside Jewish fighters at the battle of Beersheba. Their victory was a major turning point in the campaign to defeat the Ottoman Empire, paving the way for the Balfour Declaration and ultimately the creation of the Jewish state. The crowd suddenly erupted as they entered the room. I turned around expecting to see either Malcolm or Bibi. But the applause was directed towards past prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, also great supporters of the Australian Jewish community and Israel. Everyone took their seats again and one could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air. A few moments later and prime ministers Turnbull and Netanyahu were welcomed inside to thunderous applause.
Mr Netanyahu and Mr Turnbull address Jewish primary and high school students from across Sydney. The greatly anticipated moment was finally here. Both leaders took to the podium to express their personal friendship towards each other and their support towards each other’s countries. Turnbull opened his remarks saying: “I came here to the shule with a message, a message of absolute solidarity for the state of Israel.” He condemned the “regrettable” UN resolution and upheld as fundamental the safety and security of Israel and its citizens. He focused on the positive, wondrous achievements that Israel has brought to the world and revealed his aspirations to “plagiarise” some of Israel’s creative and innovative success. Netanyahu likewise began in dramatic
fashion: “I want to bring all of you greetings from Jerusalem, our eternal capital, never to be divided again.” He thanked the Australian Jewish community for their many years of support before delving into the age-old question as to how the Jews have survived the ages and succeeded against all odds. He explained it as a combination of tradition and innovation or in his words, “a continual quest for the future with a deep regard for the past”. He concluded by calling on everyone to come and visit Israel urging us to “see the land of Israel. See the people of Israel. The state of Israel lives. The people of Israel thrive. Am Yisrael chai!” Overall, it was an impressive evening
of warmth, solidarity and high hopes for the future. I left feeling extremely proud to be Jewish and extremely proud to be an Australian. It is true. Israel has no better friend than Australia. On Thursday, Chana Raizel and I accompanied the year 6 delegation from Mount Sinai College to Moriah College where both PMs addressed Jewish primary and high school students from across Sydney. The atmosphere at the primary school event was very different. The young students - ever eager and sincere - couldn’t
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Bibi’s visit ... recollections Summer special from an insider Shabbat at NSTE FROM PAGE 3 hold back their excitement and they left their rehearsed places and ran towards the PMs with their hands held high. The official party then moved on towards the Triguboff auditorium that was filled to capacity with some 700 high school students. Here Turnbull spoke about the legacy of Australia’s greatest soldier and proud Jew, Sir John Monash while Bibi shared a personal memory as a young soldier standing at the foot of Masada after a long day’s trek. While the other soldiers lay down for a rest he couldn’t sleep. He was looking at the fortress and thinking about the great defeat that occurred there that also seemed to be the end of Jewish history. Yet he looked around and realized that “we are here, the Romans are gone, the Jewish people and the Jewish state are splendid… this is the rebirth of the Jewish state”. He told the assembled: “If there is one thing I can tell you here today it’s be proud Jews.. and come this year to Jerusalem.” The address concluded with the most powerful and emotional rendition of Hatikvah that I have ever heard accompanied by the Moriah College ensemble and sung by every student in the room along with the Prime Minister of Israel. I was moved by the exceptional warmth that the prime ministers displayed towards
each other at all of these events. They didn’t appear as two statesmen playing the diplomatic game, but rather as genuine friends enjoying each other’s company and working towards making real and lasting connections between their countries and peoples. Our countries truly share so many of the same values and the opportunities for even greater collaboration and engagement are ever growing. As Jews, Israel has and will always serve as the focus of our thoughts and prayers, our yearning and our dreams. To all those who live, as righteous citizens, in the land of Israel the Torah states: “None shall miscarry or be barren in your land; I will fill the number of your days” (Exodus 23:26). In Deuteronomy (11:12) we are told how G-d’s watchful eye is continuously upon the land from “the beginning of the year until the end of the year”. Yet we also believe that G-d’s blessing extends to all those outside of her boundaries who support her in the pursuit of truth, justice and peace. I pray that G-d bless Israel with increasing prosperity and enduring peace and may G-d bless Australia as she continues to stand alongside Israel as one of her most loyal and supportive allies. QANTAS, EL AL NEW CODE-SHARE DEAL: PAGE 21
NORTH SHORE TEMPLE EMANUEL North Shore Temple Emanuel (NSTE) recently held a lovely communal Shabbat dinner, on Friday 17 February. Guests were first treated to a Folk Groove Kabbalat Shabbat service, led by Rabbi Nicole Roberts and incorporating the smooth sounds of our president, Mark Ginsburg, on guitar, and our choir led by music director, Judy Campbell. Afterwards, over 90 people joined together for a delicious meal in our Valerie Jaye Hall, beautifully decorated in a “Summer Special” theme. We welcomed many familiar faces and people from across the generations, from young families to more senior members of our congregation. We were also particularly thrilled to welcome several new friends, as we had 5 new member families join our ranks and share dinner with us. NSTE were also delighted to officially welcome our new chef, Micha Perry, to the team, with this dinner being his first event catering for our community. Micha led our fantastic group of volunteers, known as ‘the Kitchen Krew’, to ensure that the Shabbat Dinner experience was well orchestrated and that everyone enjoyed a fresh and delicious Summer Shabbat meal. The Kitchen Krew was established
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What a coup. Nancy Spielberg will address UIA Women’s Division events this month … and, yes, she is one of those Spielbergs. In spite of her own impressive credentials as an executive producer, she is not the only famous member of the clan. Of course, there’s her older brother, Steven, and her sister, Anne, has been nominated for an Academy Award. Her daughter Jessica Katz is a contestant on the Israeli version of “the Voice”. Her movie, “Above and Beyond”, is about the birth of the Israeli Air Force. It is the story of a small group of mostly American and some South African, generally secular Jews who risked everything to sneak aircraft into newly found Israel while circumventing worldwide embargoes, and then fly the planes on missions against the massed armies of five Arab nations. When she decided to make the movie she asked Steven for his blessing so as not to step on his toes. She relates that when she received his “bracha” it was from her big brother. Then when he saw the completed movie he was so proud that he nominated her entry to the Cannes Film Festival. But this is not her only movie. “On the Map”, is the famous emotional story of the 1977 Israeli basketball team that no one believed in before it won the European Cup
to become “the team of the nation”. There is also “Elusive Justine: The Search for Nazi War Criminals”, “Chernobyl Heart”, and “Who Will Write our History”. Her address is peppered with funny “Steven” stories, growing up Spielberg,
her feisty and adored mother and the importance of Israel and Judaism in her life. Spielberg will speak on March 15 and 16. More information: call UIA 02) 9361 4273 or visit uiansw.org.au to book.
Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home recently hosted a community information evening at its Randwick campus in an open forum to help address some of the complex questions it receives in relation to the provision of agedcare services. More than 130 people attended, most of whom were new to Montefiore, to find out the necessary information either for themselves or for members of their family. The panel of Montefiore experts included David Freeman, president of Montefiore; Robert Orie, CEO; Melanie Lindenberg, director of client and community relations; Karen Jordan, general manager of community services and Justine Spies, group residential accommodation manager. Topics ranged from the types of aged-care services and support available, the cost of care, how services can be accessed, aged care legislation and the recent home care deregulation. Visual presentations clearly supporting and outlining the steps which lead to residential accommodation at Montefiore or home care services, the exciting plans for the next stage of building including independent living units, were also shown. Mr Orie said: “The evening was a great success and well represented by the community. Attendees were complimentary of the information they gained and now have a better understanding of our organisation, the services we provide and our industry in general.” Information packs and brochures available for people to take home.
A million meals, and hungry for more COA SYDNEY JULIA GOLDING
Last month, as COA celebrates its 35th anniversary, and the delivery of its millionth meal, it is timely to reflect on our founder, Myer Kangan (AO, OBE) whose vision was based firmly in the unmet needs of an ageing Jewish community. Myer had a knack for invention. He earnt his OBE for founding the TAFE college system in Australia when he was an adviser to the Department of Education; he also held the post of Australian industrial relations representative to Switzerland. This is the man who claimed rightly that, by providing services to get past “the bumps on the road”, people could remain in their own home as they age, often not needing more than a prepared meal on hand. Myer called a community meeting at Central Synagogue and distributed surveys to discover which service was needed by seniors choosing to age at home with relative independence; they agreed that a delivered kosher meals service was the most important to initiate. Some 35 years later we can say the meals service has proved unfailing, and
Myer Kangan through it hundreds of individuals in our community have been able to remain in their own homes as they age, without compromising their kashrut. On the 17 February, the COA’s one millionth meal was delivered. Just to put that figure into perspective COA has delivered an average of 547 meals each and every week for the past 35 years. That is a million meals delivered by dedicated volunteers creating social connections with their meal recipients. Due to its success and the need it fills in the community, COA is resolved that the kosher meals on wheels service will be available for future generations of clients when they need help to get past the “bumps on the road”, as Myer said all those years ago. Julia Golding, OAM, is chief executive of COA.
WIZO gains tax deductibility status WIZO NSW JO BRITTON WIZO in Australia has recently been granted tax deductibility status. This status will be of significant benefit to the donors and supporters of WIZO’s life-changing work in Israel as all donations to WIZO over $2 are now tax deductible. It is hard to believe but the reality is that there are 400,000 infants and children at risk in Israel. These are children whose parents don’t provide them with the basics of food, clothes or a safe place to live. Children fleeing abusive homes with their mothers. Babies and toddlers with no one at all to care for them. Children with emotional, social and educational problems, many of whom live in physical danger. Through WIZO’s nationwide network of day care centres, emergency and foster care services, and women’s shelters, WIZO offers expert care and a loving embrace to thousands of children every day. Sadly, it is the youngest children who are the most vulnerable to the effects of poverty, neglect and domestic upheaval. Truly helping these babies and toddlers, and offering them hope for a better life, requires a holistic approach and intense effort. One of WIZO’s solutions to address the
growing needs of children at risk in Israel, are our unique comprehensive day care centres which provide services for the entire family. For babies and toddlers, WIZO offers a warm and secure environment, as well as proper nutrition, attention and cognitive stimulation. Mothers and fathers are supported through therapy and parenting classes that provide them with the knowledge and tools to sustain a stable and loving home. Also, by providing affordable, full-day child care, WIZO day care centres enable mothers to work outside the home and contribute to household finances, promoting independence, personal fulfilment and professional growth. Children of all backgrounds are taken care in our day care centre, many of them with special needs or from single parent families. These children spend their days in a warm, loving environment with all they require to thrive and grow. Through the WIZO day care centres, young families are given the tools to improve their quality of life and strengthen their parenting abilities. This strengthens Israeli society, creating the foundation for a thriving Israel for generations to come.
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Haggadah sale hotter than horseradish STAND UP SHAUN KENLEY
The New Australian Haggadah is back this year bringing a modern day flavour to your Pesach and assisting Jewish Australian families to develop a deeper connection to the Exodus story. Previous editions have been exceptionally popular with more than 4500 copies already sold. The New Australian Haggadah eight-day will run this year from 14 March, making this text hotter than a spoonful of horseradish on seder night. “We were surprised when the first print of the New Australian Haggadah totally sold out in just the first three weeks and really pleased by the way the Jewish community has embraced this reinvigoration of the ancient text,”, says Stand Up chief executive Gary Samowitz. “Our aim was to bring the festival’s powerful themes to life again through the Haggadah, in light of the social injustices that concern us most today, and with a truly Australian stamp. As there are limited copies left, I feel now is the time to own this truly unique piece of modern Australian Judaica.” The New Australian Haggadah brings a fresh, contemporary and Australian twist to your seder table discussions through thought-provoking commentary pieces
from community leaders, holocaust survivors, students, rabbis and writers. Melbourne illustrator, Talia Lipshutz, adds a special flare to the Haggadah by combining uniquely Australian flora and fauna motifs with familiar Pesach imagery. The text also begins by paying homage to Australian history with a traditional Indigenous greeting to the Jewish people from Aboriginal elder Aunty Madeline McGrady, who has been closely associated with the development of Stand Up’s Aboriginal Partnership Programs. Contributor to the Haggadah and Rabbi at Emanuel Synagogue, Jacqueline Ninio, said: “The New Australian Haggadah was a fabulous addition to our Pesach seder experience last year. There are some incredibly beautiful and moving readings and passages”, she adds, “which connect the themes of Pesach with contemporary issues and help to stimulate discussion around the seder table. It is also a wonderful resource to use when approaching the Pesach season, helping us to prepare and think about the deeper meanings of the seder and Pesach festival.” The New Australian Haggadah sale starts on March 14. Available online at haggadah.com.au or call (03) 9500 2206.
Our shnatties are in Israel ZIONIST FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA The Australian Zionist Youth Council, under the auspices of the Zionist Federation of Australia, welcomed the 2017 “Shnatties in Israel” with an incredible opening seminar, full of ruach and excitement for the year ahead. Australia sent 96 shnat participants from Bnei Akiva, Betar, Habonim Dror, Hineni and Netzer youth movements to participate in their respective gap-year programs. The year-long programs focus on education, leadership training, Jewish learning, community service, touring, hiking and more. The programs are designed to give the participants skills to be educated, competent and passionate leaders in the Jewish and wider community. Gabi Newman, former head of the AZYC, said: “It’s always wonderful seeing the future madrichim of our movements in Israel and it will be a privilege to see them grow and develop into the future leaders of our movements and Jewish communities. The AZYC opening seminar gives the Australian shnatties a fabulous opportunity to connect across movements, to establish a communal unity, despite the various programs and ideologies they follow.” The AZYC opening seminar was a unique opportunity for all the youth movements to join together as they prepared for the year
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long journey ahead. They participated in daily activities and varied experiences, which were designed to challenge, encourage and help set the framework for the year ahead. Yigal Sela, ZFA Israel director, said: “It was an honour to see how the movements came together over the opening seminar. The excitement, energy and participation was inspiring. They are a wonderful group and we look forward to having them in Israel this year and truly developing their potential.”
The opening seminar was about having an introductory Israel experience but it was also about setting goals for the year. It was a time to discuss and appreciate different ideologies and diversity, to debate topics relevant to Israel, to examine the mindset of being a shnat participant and to be mentally prepared to make the most of the year. Lior Aufgang, of Betar, said: “AZYC seminar was a lot of fun, we had the opportunity to get a glimpse into Israel, though most importantly to meet our fellow shnatties and spend some time with them.
We devoted a lot of time to talking about working as a united front and I look forward to seeing all the other movements later in the year.” The group has now headed out to their respective movement seminars. We wish them all a wonderful 2017! Masa Israel Journey is a long-term partner of the ZFA. Together the organisations are able provide many different options for participants to work, study, intern, learn and live in Israel. Masa provides generous grants and scholarships $US500-$US10,000 to eligible applicants to participate in 5-10 month Israel programs. It is not too late to consider programs for this year or plan ahead for 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org more information.
Back yard blooms due to generosity JEWISH HOUSE Thanks to the incredible kindness and generosity of Bunnings Randwick, Waverley Council, JNF and Andreasens Green, the back yard at Jewish House will bloom once again. On 21 February, the team at Bunnings Randwick collaborated with other local Bunnings stores and bringing an army of volunteers to Jewish House to turn the drab and uninspiring backyard into a useable, practical, functional and beautiful space which include a sustainable vegetable garden and mature citrus trees. The space will provide clients experiencing homelessness a safe place to relax, reflect and escape – even just for a moment. Bunnings didn’t just bring volunteers, they also donated everything from paint to furniture, pots and a big rainwater tank to keep the plants vibrant and alive. Waverley Council and JNF have also come on board, allowing Jewish House to build two gazebos, paint, plumbing, guttering, add shaded areas and other upgrades associated with the yard. Andreasens Green helped completely transform the yard by donating a forest of beautiful citrus trees, gardenias, loads of vegetables and herbs. “We are so humbled by the support of Bunnings, Waverley Council, JNF and Andreasens Green. We see so many people in terribly unfortunate circumstances, we strive to help them get their lives back on track, all while making them feel comfortable and having the time and place for them to take a deep breath, focus and feel inspired,” said Rabbi Mendel Kastel, CEO of Jewish House. The assistance will also continue on to proposed landscaping for the front yard – a
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Planting the citrus trees: Christina Gold and Devorah Tockar. place Jewish House hopes to turn into a stunning oasis – a first impression that will give people experiencing homelessness a sense of safety, security and begin the process of restoring their dignity. Jewish House is tremendously overwhelmed by community spirit by all involved. It’s this spirit that helps to grow Jewish House and continue helping those less fortunate. Jewish House is a not-for-profit, nondenominational charity in Bondi. Jewish House offers the following services: A 24/7-crisis help line, in-person crisis intervention accommodation, psychiatry, Ppsychology, employment assistance, financial counselling, hospital visitation, pastoral care, chaplaincy and education promoting health, wellness and prevention.
Graduation for Diller Teen Fellows ZIONIST FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA Cohort 1 of the world renowned Diller Teen Fellows leadership development program has just celebrated its graduation. It was an emotional evening for the participants, the parents and the Zionist Federation of Australia. The night was a culmination of their Diller Teen Fellows experience. Drew Feiglin, 15, of Yavneh Leibler College said: “The past year and two months have been some of the most thought-provoking, life changing and memorable experiences of our lives. We all have learnt so much on this journey together and have grown a lot as a cohort.” Romy Miller, 15, of Mount Scopus College, reminisced about where it all began: “We all remember our first Diller workshop where we awkwardly raised our hands to talk and sat in a large circle during lunch, trying to engage and find common interests. While some people knew each other previously, it didn’t take long for the rest of us to bond.” The Diller program creates an international network of Jewish teenagers to serve as effective leaders. It is a program that the Zionist Federation of Australia is proud to have brought to Australia. The fellows host their partner city, the Golan, and in turn are welcomed into the Golani’s homes in Israel before attending a worldwide Diller event in the north of Israel. The program was established in San Francisco in 1997 by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of
Diller Teen Fellows participants. the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. The first cohort of the program began its activity in San Francisco in January 1998. Since then, the program has expanded to include 32 participating communities in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, South America, Europe and Israel. The parents too have played an integral part in this practice. Brigette Benary, mother of participant Jessy Benary-Belfer, of Bialik , said: “This experience has offered Jessy the opportunity to expand his horizons, gather an extended family, evolve his leadership skills and contribute to the greater community.” This program aims to upskill Jewish
leaders of the future and give them the tools and mentorship to truly make a difference. Melbourne Diller Teen Fellows have developed projects to engage with varying issues in society. Maya Schwalb, of King David, said: “These past few months, the impact projects have allowed the fellows to explore our passions and delve into a world of community assistance and find solutions to some of the most common issues our society face.” Ellie Golvan, Diller Teen Fellow co-ordinator, ZFA, was so proud of her first cohort: “They took a chance to be true chalutzim, pioneers of Diller in Melbourne. And this was not easy, they had no one to compare experiences with,
no one to check, ‘Is it really worth it?’ ‘Can I manage it with my studies?’ Or even, ‘is it good?’ “They threw themselves into this program, no matter what other people thought. They have grown as communal leaders. Challenged themselves throughout and we know that the greater part is still to come,” Elie said. “Diller Melbourne does not exist in a vacuum. They are part of a growing Diller network which exists around the Jewish world. They have truly shown the world what it means to be a Jew from Australia. Kol hakavod.” For further information contact Ellie Golvan email@example.com
Creativity and healing at Shaare Zedek AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS OF SHAARE ZEDEK MIRIAM PACANOWSKI Shaare Zedek Medical Centre’s school within its children’s hospital recently featured a week of activities to educate young patients about road safety. Since the establishment of Israel, more people have died in road accidents than in war or terror attacks in Israel. As Jerusalem’s largest and most central hospital, Shaare Zedek plays a crucial role in the treatment and prevention of road trauma. In honour of Road Safety Week in Israel, the teachers at Shaare Zedek’s school created educational experiences for children. This school is an integral part of the Shaare Zedek’s Wilf Children’s hospital. The Lincoln David Abraham Paediatric Educational Institute is a Ministry of Education school which offers young inpatients the opportunity to continue their studies while they are hospitalized. The road safety program drew on the many creative therapies that are an integral part of the unique therapy options available at Shaare Zedek. The hospital’s school regularly uses innovative approaches to education and healing. It incorporates pet therapy, music therapy, and art therapy among others. The Dream Doctors medical clowns play a central role in activities in the school. During Road Safety week, young patients enjoyed an array of activities that stressed the importance of road safety and taught
During Road Safety Week at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, young patients used pet therapy as part of their creative healing process. the children how they can cross streets,
fasten seat belts and recognise road safety
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Teachers and therapists in the hospital set up a range of exciting educational
music therapy about road safety and made cupcakes designed like traffic lights.
Even the star animals from the pet therapy program were involved. Patients in the paediatric inpatient pavilion enjoyed guiding hamsters, guinea pics and rabbits through a special play area. Police officers from the Law Enforcement Academy in Bet Shemesh joined the young patients for special activities designed to educate children to cross the street safely and to understand the importance of fastening their seat belts. Psychotherapist Hemda Didovsky head of the Animal Assisted Therapy said: “It was fascinating to hear the children telling the animals about all of the different road safety guidelines that we had been explaining to them.” One parent of a young patient said: “My son learned so much about the importance of seat belts. We came to Shaare Zedek because he was very ill. I did not expect him to have fun while he was in the hospital and I feel he has learned things that will help keep him safe for years to come.” Professor Agi Bankier, deputy chair of the Australian Friends of Shaare Zedek recently toured the Wilf Children’s Hospital. Professor Bankier said: “During my visit I was most impressed by the high level of medical professionalism in an atmosphere of compassion. Shaare Zedek’s creative approach to healing its youngest patients is truly inspiring.” shaarezedek.org.au facebook.com/shaarezedek
Good news, better news JEWISHCARE CLAIRE VERNON The good news for older members of the community is that if you have a government funded Consumer Directed Care (CDC) home-support package you can now choose the provider who will provide this support to you. The better news is that JewishCare is more than happy to provide this CDC home support package for you. With the most qualified and caring home support workers, and with more experience than any other provider in our community, JewishCare is increasingly becoming the ‘provider of choice’. Did you know that most elderly people fall in and around the home and if you have a serious injury it can lead to a change in where you live? Ensuring your house is as safe as possible is a high priority as it reduces the chance of falls.The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to help prevent falls. As well as ensuring your general health and diet are taken care of many homes can be made much safer by simple physical modifications. This can include the installation of: • Grab and shower rails • Hand rails • Ramps and other mobility aids • Emergency alarms The better news is that unlike most providers JewishCare has a qualified Occupational Therapist who will come to your house and undertake a free assessment and advise on how to optimise the physical safety of your home.
JewishCare prides itself on, whenever possible (which is most of the time) sending employed JewishCare staff to perform the home support service. This figure is far higher than most other providers who tend to rely more on agency staff. As people age many feel very comfortable being able to converse in their native tongue. JewishCare employs many home support staff who are fluent in languages including Russian, Hungarian, Polish and Hebrew and all staff are of course very familiar with and sensitive to all Jewish customs and rituals and dietary matters. We know that allowing a new person to come into your home to assist you can be a daunting experience so we now have established a section on our website that provides a profile of some of our home support workers. Have a look at JewishCare.com.au / Aged / Home Support Heroes and you will see some of our staff who continue to make such a difference to the lives of so many older people and their families. JewishCare is also by far the largest provider of Claims Conference packages which are available to eligible Survivors of the Holocaust who live in Sydney. We also have a restitution advice service which can help you to access possible Restitution payments. Whatever help you need to stay at home your best choice is to call JewishCare on 1300 133 660.
Puppy love COOGEE SYNAGOGUE BATORY KINDERGARTEN There are wonderful benefits to having a dog in the family. Dogs are the best companions and provide your children with so much love. Children and adults form very special connections with their pets. However, not all children are confident around dogs, and not all children know the safe way to approach a dog when out
and about. We were lucky to have Natalie visit us to teach our children about living safely with dogs. This is an educational program initiated by the NSW Office of Local Government. We learnt the correct way to approach a dog; times when a dog should be left alone; what to do if approached by an angry dog and so much more. Best of all we all got to give Bella, our ‘doggy’ visitor, a cuddle.
Students enjoyed learning how to deal with dogs.
Bumper year for op shop B’NAI B’RITH It’s been a record year for B’nai B’rith Bargain Bazaar in Sydney’s Surry Hills. “We have raised $120,000 for charity in the past 12 months. It’s a lot of money from things nobody wants any more. ” said CEO Robert Kohn. Profits from the shop are distributed to both Jewish causes and other local charities in the Surry Hills and Redfern areas. “We will be distributing the proceeds this month. This year Courage to Care, Camp Sabbaba, Shabbat Project, Hatzolah, Jewish House and Jewish Care are recipients as well as Cancer Research, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Redfern Police Boys Club, Kids Give Back and Disability Transport for Seniors,” Mr Kohn said. “To keep up the good work, we constantly need an influx of goods and clothing. We often receive items from people decluttering and there is always a market for furniture. “As community members downsize, they have been generous in donating quality household goods, as well as goods given from deceased estates” he said. The shop’s motto of ‘pile them high, sell them cheap’ seems to work, with customers loving the overcrowded shop. “I’ve heard people say that it’s fun and the best opportunity shop in Sydney. Local clients scour the shelves regularly as well as
The Bargain Bazaar committee: Brian Gold, Judy Gyenes, Linda Reitzen, Robert Kohn, Ruth Turner Albert ben Mayor, Susie Gold and Miriam Kluger. stopping by for a chat and the social contact does contribute to the friendly atmosphere” said Mr Kohn. All electrical items are checked and tagged. High quality items of clothing are sold on eBay and large pieces of furniture
can be sold on Gumtree and Facebook. Kohn and a hardworking committee of seven ensures smooth running of the operation, backed by a keen team of volunteers. “ As well as accepting items to sell, we welcome new volunteers willing to work
one weekly three hour shift. It’s a great way to do something good and have fun” he said. To donate time or goods, contact Robert Kohn 0413 676 963.
How the Hebrew University came into being AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS OF THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY Two very educational and well-attended events were held over the past few weeks. On Sunday, 12 February, at the home of the president of the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University’s committee for student support, Ilana Den, the federal executive director of the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University, presented on “The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. The committee raises funds to provide scholarships for students in need, particularly those who have completed their IDF services. Ilana Den, speaking as an alumna of the Hebrew University, told the story of the creation of the Hebrew University in 1918 and the official opening in 1925, years before Israel was established in May 1948. A film from the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem showed the first gathering, where the top Jewish-European minds announced the initiation of the centre of Jewish learning: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among them were names such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. On 15 February, Dr Dan Porat, a lecturer from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem presented on behalf of the Honours Club of the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University on “State of Suspicion: Israel Prosecutes Holocaust Survivors as Nazi Collaborators”. Today’s dominant Holocaust narrative views Jews in the Holocaust as innocent and
Dr Dan Porat; and Lord Balfour declares open the Hebrew University in April 1925. guiltless victims. During Israel’s founding years, however, a common narrative also held that the Jewish leadership in the ghettos and functionaries in the camps had “collaborated” with the Nazis in the annihilation of their brethren. In line with this national narrative, Israel criminally prosecuted more than 40 Holocaust survivors (the Kapo trials) accusing them of serving as “Nazi assistants” in the annihilation process. Today, Israeli society has largely forgotten both the role of Jewish functionaries in the Holocaust and the trials brought against them by Israel’s Attorney-General. The lecture demonstrated the dramatic change in Israeli public narratives as well as
in its judicial system regarding the perceived collaboration of kapos, policemen, and members of the Jewish councils (Judenrat). And discussions of why, in the first place, did the state pursue these functionaries? How did the courts deal with the contested memories of Holocaust survivors heard from witnesses on the stand? How did views of these Jewish collaborators change from the Knesset’s 1950 legislation of Nazis and Nazi Collaborators Punishment Law aimed at these functionaries, through the civil trial of Rudolf Kastner in 1954, Adolf Eichmann’s trial in 1961, and the last such trial in 1972? Dr Porat teaches at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published The Boy: A Holocaust Story, a book focused on the iconic
photograph of a little boy raising his hands in the Warsaw ghetto. Currently he is writing a book State of Suspicion: Israel Tries Jews Who Collaborated with Nazis that focuses on forty criminal trials (1950-1972) in which Israel prosecuted Holocaust survivors for allegedly collaborating with the Nazis. The Honours Club Meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 11am. If anyone is interest in being a part of these or any other events please contact the Australian Friends of the Hebrew University by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9389 2825.
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Record numbers for bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah program NORTH SHORE SYNAGOGUE The 2017 bar and bat mitzvah program at the North Shore Synagogue has started, boasting a record number of students, 21 boys and girls are signed up for the next 12 months for their bar and bat mitzvah. The boys are from varied backgrounds and different schools from around the north shore and a wonderful camaraderie has been built – friends for life. In addition to the traditional tailor-made programme for each boy to prepare him for his portion, taught by Rabbi Lewin and Chazan Teichtahl. The weekly class in Jewish knowledge and values is followed by food and banter. This year, through new youth director Avremi Joseph, the program will include outings, both social and educational; trips to Coles and OBK to learn about kashrut, a visiting sofer and how tefillin are made, as well as miniature golf and indoor rock climbing. The boys are also rostered to recite the Kiddush as well as shammash duty in the shul on Shabbat, which builds their confidence, knowledge and connection to the community.
The North Shore Synagogue bar mitzvah boys.
The girls study with Rebbetzin Talya, and build a very close relationship. They learn about the key values of Jewish life, what it means to be a Jewish woman and the unique mitzvot that are theirs to fulfil. Each girl works, together with the Rabbi and Rebbetzin and researches and
presents a D’var Torah to the community on their special day. A Shabbaton with challah baking is a highlight of their programme. An annual Shabbaton is held separately for boys and girls, it is through this that they experience to experience a full
Shabbat which is a highlight of their year. We welcome the class of 2017! For further information or to book a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah for 2018 and beyond, please contact the office on 9416 3710.
Emanuel celebrates arrival of new Ark EMANUEL SCHOOL The Emanuel School community recently gathered to celebrate Hanukkat HaAron, the dedication of our new, mobile Torah Ark. Two words grace the front of this beautiful, hand-crafted ark, Ani Tefillati. These words, deriving from Psalms, translate to “I am my prayer”. Principal Anne Hastings said: “We had a very special and moving ceremony to welcome our new and very beautiful Aron to the School. As we do not have a lot of excess space, our new mobile Ark provides increased flexibility for prayer spaces. “We are very grateful to Paul and Lisa Werner and their family for instigating this project and making a significant donation to bring it to fruition. We also thank craftsmen Leon Sadubin and Brian Segal for the care and dedication with which they created our Ark. Built lovingly from red and white cedar, the Ark will be a long-lasting and significant addition to the School,” Ms Hastings said. Rabbi Daniel Siegel, head of Jewish life, said: “As we engage in prayer, and particularly as we open the Aron to access the Torah – the root source of our ethical and moral tradition – the words Ani Tefillati, preciously carved into the doors, remind us to make our prayer our life’s journey. As Jews, we are to inform our living with our prayerful aspirations
Gabriel Sebban and Chloe Corne remove the Torah from the new Aron, ready to read the week’s parshah; and the new Ark.
which reflect the teachings of our shared heritage.” Following the ceremony students reflected upon what Ani Tefillati means to them. Jesse Carpenter, year six said: “We should try to be the words of our prayer. When we sing a prayer for peace, like Oseh Shalom, we know that peace does not magically appear in the world. “So, what is the point of praying then? If we want the words in our prayers to become reality, then we must do something about it. When I pray for peace, my attention becomes focused on
peace. The prayer Oseh Shalom focuses my mind and my heart on the concept of peace, which can then lead to my actions, beyond words, working towards peace,” Jesse said. Sienna Amoils, year 11, said: “What’s special about individual prayer is that it exists in every one of us, irrelevant of our faith or belief in God, because this prayer reflects the truest versions of ourselves. These prayers are reflections of everything we know and everything we understand. Our individual prayers, shared aloud in the light of day or whispered to ourselves in our darkest nights echo our deepest
hopes, wants and needs. It is in this way that our prayers reflect us. “Our prayers are only realised when we act on them and live by them. Israel doesn’t exist today only because we’ve been praying for it for 2000 years. Rights for minorities don’t exist because people only prayed for them. Change doesn’t happen only because of prayer. “So, we should always strive to make our actions reflect our gratitude, thoughts, hopes and dreams. To be our prayers, we must strive to make them our way of life, so that one day, we can truly say Ani Tefillati. I am my prayer.”
EDUCATION Y2i 2017 numbers to swell as registrations open YOUTH 2 ISRAEL The increasing number of $5000 vouchers granted to every student by Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) has driven a surge in the popularity of year 10 Israel programs. Registrations for the 2017 group promise to break records. One of the highlights of the 5-6 week programs is the Y2i community day, where almost 300 students from all schools came together. It is an opportunity for students from Emanuel, Masada and Moriah to mix with those from all other public and private schools. One of the best outcomes of Y2i programs is a new sense of community which crosses school boundaries. Simone Conver, of Killara High School, was among the recent participants. She said: “The friendships I’ve formed with
people on the program are much deeper and definitely more sincere than most friendships from school.” Students can be hesitant about going because they may not know anyone on the programs. Talia Barel, of St George High School, was the only Jewish student from her school who went on the trip. She said: “The minute I stepped on the plane I felt already so connected to everybody. There is such a strong sense of community, it was very easy to click with people.” Since returning from Israel, there have been several informal catch-ups arranged by the students. Aside from the shared experience there is a deeper bond, and lifelong friendships have been formed. Last year Y2i introduced a youth leadership board, with representatives
from the recently returned students coming together to arrange post-program activities. A new group of students will form this year’s board, with their role to spill into social media and trying to gather support among the 2017 year 10 group. The Y2i Facebook page, featuring photos, articles and lots of videos, has become a regular online point of connection for parents, students and grandparents. Jeremy Dunkel, chair of Y2i, said: “Social media is another important way we can encourage the sense of community. It’s also a way of helping us reach out to more people. This year, we want to see another jump in the number of participants.” An information night will be held on 27 April for students from public and private schools. Registration is online through youth2israel.org.au/infonight and details
will be forwarded to you. Still register if you can’t make that date, because a second date will be announced. The only criteria to receive a $5000 Y2i voucher is living in NSW, the ACT or Queensland having at least one parent who is Jewish. There is also additional means tested assistance to help those outside of the Jewish day schools who need further support. Mr Dunkel said: “The reason Y2i continues to push to involve more and more students is because we know it will have a long term positive impact on Jewish continuity. Please, register for the information night, just so you can be informed about the incredible opportunity we are making affordable.”
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Meet our staff, take a tour, visit classes and enjoy displays Pre-School Open Day: Wednesday 8 March 2017 Primary School Open Day: Wednesday 22 March 2017 Both are from 9.30am - 11.00am Bookings can be made at www.emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au/visit For further information contact Deborah Beder on 8383 7333 or firstname.lastname@example.org Emanuel School is a member of the JCA Family of Organisations
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Seven steps to writing a great essay FELSTEAD EDUCATION BRAD FELSTEAD For many students, writing an essay is a daunting task. Yet this essential skill can be mastered by utilising a simple step-by-step process. Follow these steps to consistently deliver high quality essays, each and every time you sit down to write. 1. Answer the specific essay topic Don’t lose marks by not accurately and fully addressing the specific topic you have been given. Work out what the question is asking you by breaking it down into its key parts. Ensure you answer all of these key parts of the question. Eliminate from your essay any information that is not relevant to the question – no matter how brilliant this extra information may be. 2. Generate interesting content For now, don’t worry whether your ideas are good or bad, just get as many of them down on paper as you can. Use brainstorming or mind mapping techniques to help you if you can’t think of enough ideas - talk about your work with others if this helps. 3. Plan your essay Use a table or chart to organise your ideas around themes. Get rid of ideas that don’t relate to the question, and brainstorm further if you have to. Then in dot point form: A. List the main points that will go into your introduction. B. List each of your body paragraphs,
Putting thought into writing an essay. and the points that they will contain. C. List the main points that will go in your conclusion. 4. Write a powerful and persuasive introduction Impress your reader by including in your introduction: A. An opening statement that introduces the specific topic. B. The main argument or theme of your essay.
C. Each of the major ideas your essay will include, i.e. your body paragraphs. 5. Build strong body paragraphs Body paragraphs have a distinct structure – use the T.E.E.L. system to organise information within each paragraph. T: Topic – What is the main point, or subject, of this paragraph. E: Evidence – What is the evidence that supports this point E: Explain – Show why the evidence supports this main point
L: Link – This is an optional step, but you can use it show how the point you have just argued is related to the central essay question. 6. Write a strong conclusion Remember you are writing a conclusion, not a summary. The best marks will go to students who bring the main points of their essay together in statement that proves how they have answered the essay question. 7. Proofread and edit your work The work doesn’t end when you finish writing the conclusion. Read over the essay to: A. Ensure all spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are removed. B. Enhance the vocabulary - replace simplistic or repetitive terms with more powerful words, or with a greater variety of terms. C. Ensure you have not written in the first person, unless it’s specifically appropriate to your essay. For example replace phrases like ‘I think that….’ with phrases such as ‘the evidence suggests that…’ Writing a great essay is a skill that can be learnt with proper guidance and regular practice. Follow the steps shown above and you will be well on your way to excellent results! Brad Felstead is the director of Felstead Education and the creator of the Essay Experts tutoring system. To find out how this system can help you write better essays visit felstead.com.au
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Teaching children Strengthening relationships at Moriah how to learn MORIAH COLLEGE JOHN HAMEY
Many children are in danger of not reaching their potential, not because they have real learning difficulties, but because they were never taught how to learn.” Professor Reuven Feuerstein THE FEUERSTEIN CENTRE MOUNT SINAI COLLEGE
learning across all subject areas for children across all ages and abilities.
As part of our desire to create learners for life, Mount Sinai College launched the Feuerstein Centre in 2015. Based on the outstanding cognitive learning program founded by Professor Reuven Feuerstein, this learning method focuses on equipping children with the tools to learn how to learn. One of the differentiators of this program is the focus on addressing the process rather than the content and is based on the underlying principle that intelligence is a fluid and modifiable concept. Led by Helen Meyer and Hannah Briand-Newman, both accredited Feuerstein mediators, the Feuerstein program is already seeing results and areas of improvement in students with enhanced concentration and decisionmaking skills, increased confidence in their problem solving skills and
“This is one of the most exciting developments most important shifts in the way we manage learning and develop the potential of young minds,” Ms Meyey said. “What if, instead of measuring a child’s acquired knowledge and intellectual skills, the ability to learn was evaluated first? And what if intelligence was not a fixed attribute, measurable once and for all? What if intelligence can be taught and was in fact the ability to learn?” The college has recently opened the Feuerstein Centre to children from other schools and is running an afternoon program. For
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Moriah College, at its core, is about belonging. Fostering that sense of connection in our students and their families is paramount to the success of our children at school. We all know individuals flourish in a place where they feel they belong – this applies equally to adults, adolescents and young children. We all share the uplifting task of cultivating an inclusive and welcoming school culture where all people feel they belong irrespective of ability, or disability, cultural background, socio-economic status, gender, sexuality, religiosity and observance. Belonging to a community, however, means we subscribe to a shared moral code that guides our behaviours and interactions with one another. At Moriah, this shared code is articulated in our core values of kindness, integrity, respect, responsibility and commitment. In 2017, Moriah is focusing on a number of initiatives, aimed at strengthening the three-way relationship between teacher, parent, and child, and also to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of teaching and learning. These initiatives include the appointment of highly experienced and accomplished teacher mentors to support teachers new to our school, those undergoing accreditation and/or those seeking to enhance their teaching practice; the implementation of an online development tool for teachers and leaders that provides robust feedback from students, and colleagues about teaching quality; and targeted professional development aligned with key priorities for the college. This year there is a strong focus on
literacy, using learning and assessment data to more effectively personalise the learning experience for our students, enhancing the role of the teacher mentor in the life of each child, and delivering more targeted student wellbeing programs that are developmentally appropriate. The college is also committed this year to continuing to refine our assessment and reporting processes to more coherently communicate each child’s achievement and growth. We are excited by the information that we are providing parents about the progress of their children, in an environment in which Australian schools are being faced with having to redefine the purpose of assessment and reporting. The college is committed to finding a balance between assessment for judging and selection purposes (for example, the Higher School Certificate) and the monitoring of learning, or what is more commonly referred to as assessment for learning – identifying where a student is at, and the next steps required to make progress. We do this by providing stretch and opportunity for every student, providing targeted feedback that gives parents the information to have detailed conversations with their children about subject performance, and providing holistic reporting about each child that includes an appraisal of a student’s approaches to learning, and his or her involvement in student life. We look forward to a year ahead that will be characterised by support for all students, open communication between students, teachers and parents, and the best possible outcome for every child at Moriah College. John Hamey is college principal Moriah College.
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The technology journey MOUNT SINAI COLLEGE RICHARD PROWSE In addition to creating Learners for Life, Mount Sinai College is committed to creating 21st century learners. We started using iPads in our classrooms in 2011. Since the College’s adoption of the 1:1 iPad Program K-6 in January 2013, the journey has been an ongoing one and while we have been delighted to see an amazing evolution taking place there remains a sense of untapped possibilities. We are committed to an environment that brings STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, maths) into play more inventively, more authentically, more naturally. Our iPad devices are amazing in their versatility and their power to enable almost anything. The iPad environment has pushed us in many new directions and has grown our capacity and capability. Our iPads are actively used as tools for capturing learning, communication, creation, collaboration, curation and research. All our learning programs are benefitting from the infusion of easy technological capability and iPads have delivered this brilliantly. Our classrooms then were places where technology was much less an enabler and much more a challenge to implement effectively across a large group of children. For our primary school classrooms iPads provide more than enough capability. In our primary classrooms, portability is certainly key for so much that is occurring. Mount Sinai College regularly has visitors from other schools interested to see how we are integrating technology. As an early adopter of iPads, in a 1:1 context, our school attracts a few visits each year.
The iPad journey at Mount Sinai College is ongoing. These are great opportunities for us to benchmark ourselves and to interact with other educators. With these visits, the shows real activity as it is occurring naturally in classrooms. This is demonstrated in the sorts of experiences in play across the school including a maker culture which leverages technologies, thinking and skills – incorporates robotics,
coding, Minecraft, 3D printing etc. All of these capabilities can be accommodated and enhanced in a dynamic iPad environment. Authentic learning opportunities are also a major focus. PBL (project-based learning) is already a natural part of what we do in our classrooms and we are pushing ourselves towards challenge-based learning across K-6. The journey continues at Mount Sinai
College and we continue to embrace these opportunities for our students and their future education. Mount Sinai College is an Apple Distinguished School. For more information, please email email@example.com or call (02) 9349 4877 to arrange a personal tour.
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AFTERNOON SESSIONS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS THE FEUERSTEIN PROGRAM FOCUSES ON HOW CHILDREN LEARN RATHER THAN JUST WHAT THEY LEARN. PROGRAMS ARE CURRENTLY CATERING PRIMARILY TO CHILDREN WITH: • COGNITIVE CHALLENGES • EXPRESSIVE AND RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES • IMPULSIVITY (ADHD)
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Techniques for overcoming learning disorders Emily Saunderson sheds some light on a less commonly known intervention technique that is proving to be effective for children with learning disorders including ADHD.
et’s talk about occupational therapy (OT) and paediatrics. OT practice is based on an understanding of the interactions among children, their activities and their environment. Occupation therapists evaluate a child’s performance and whether this relates to their innate ability or external factors in the environment. OTs are concerned with developing the skills and underlying abilities children need to perform their main everyday “occupations” of playing, learning and engaging with friends and family. earning and developing requires you to take in information from the world around you, interpret it accurately and respond accordingly. If there are difficulties in interpreting or receiving the information, development and learning can be challenging. If a child is not processing information effectively, their behaviour and interactions may reflect these difficulties. Paediatric OT interventions can consist of intervention approaches including sensory integration, perceptual motor interventions, visual perception, fine motor skills, handwriting, motor planning, cognitive interventions, play skills, ADLs and skills training, for example social skills training. Sensory processing is a specialised area of occupational therapy that has stemmed from sensory integration. It involves specific training and expertise. OTs work to understand how
a child perceives sensation and how affects attention, emotion, motor skills, and learning abilities. The overall goal is to improve social participation, self-esteem, self-regulation, and performance in the child’s everyday environments. Sensory processing involves the brain receiving sensory information from receptors in the nervous system, attributing meaning to that stimuli or information, integrating that information along with other information including prior sensory and motor experience, and producing an efficient, adaptive response. Sensory integration is an intervention technique that is used at a few Sydney occupational therapy practices and, in particular, is considered for children who have ADHD. Sensory integration is a theory of neuro-behavioural organisation that was initially developed in the 1960s by Dr A. Jean Ayres based on her research with children with learning disabilities. The theory was developed to describe and predict the specific relationships among neural functioning, sensorimotor behaviour and early academic. Sensory processing disorders are impairments in detecting, modulating, interpreting, or responding to sensory stimuli. Difficulty processing sensory information can result in issues with regulating activity levels across the day, over- or under-responsivity, poor coordination or poor discrimination. Sensory modulation will be focussed on as
this seems to be the most relevant to ADHD as reflected in recent research. Sensory modulation is the capacity to regulate and organise the degree, intensity and nature of responses to sensory input in a graded and adaptive manner, so that an optimal range of performance and adaptation to challenges can be maintained. It also refers to physiological reactions and behavioural responses. Responses vary between individuals considerably. Sensory modulation disorders are impairments in regulating the degree, intensity, and nature of responses to sensory input, resulting in considerable problems with daily roles and routines. With regards to ADHD, there is a growing body of research that is demonstrating overlaps between behaviours observed in children with ADHD and sensory processing challenges. One recent study concluded that ADHD should be considered in conjunction with anxiety and sensory responsivity. While medication is a more traditional approach to management of the disorder, occupational therapy using a sensory integrative approach can yield positive results for children with ADHD, particularly with early intervention. Collaboration and liaison between occupational therapists, paediatricians and other relevant health professionals is an integral part of the intervention.
ccupational therapy intervention using a sensory integrative approach is individualised and may involve one to five of sessions a week in a ‘sensory gym’, with specific sensory activities to be followed
up at home and/or school to support sensory challenges in the child’s environments. Environmental supports may be suggested such as specialised seating, writing supports or modification to the child’s environment. Intervention for some individuals may extend for a few months, others a few years. Some common referral indicators for children who may display difficulty processing sensory information include: • Difficulty sitting still or “on the go”. • Fidgets frequently. • Poor auditory filtering in busy environments. • Poor attention in busy environments. • Visual distractibility. • “Thrill seeking” type behaviour. • Aggressive behaviour towards others. • Anxiety. • Disorganisation. • Poor social participation. Further challenges for the ADHD child include: • Poor fine motor skills. • Poor handwriting. • Low muscle tone. • May have poor co-ordination, clumsiness and/or motor skills. • Poor ability to socialise with others due to difficulty with modulation. • Poor organisation skills. • Poor self-care skills. Emily Saunderson is a paediatric occupational therapist at Kickstart Kids Therapy, Randwick.
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Israeli literature as a window into society MELTON DR ILAN BUCHMAN The appetite for books in Israel of 7 million people is prodigious. Israelis love to read. According to Daniel Kalder, a journalist and a researcher, 4200 new titles are published each year while 35 million books are sold annually to more than 4 million Hebrew readers. While it is generally known, that Israel produces more start-up companies per capita than Japan, India, Korea, Canada and Britain combined and has more than 10 per cent of the world’s cyber-security, few are aware that the Israeli book publishing industry is equally impressive. Melton’s course on Israeli literature as a window into society is ideally placed to capture the diversity and richness of this society. Through guided discussions and selfreflection it aims to stimulate discussion and bring new insights into our understanding of Israel today. Comprising much poetry and some prose, written by the leading Israeli writers, the course focuses on the contemporary and emerging realities since the establishment of Israel. No journey into the Israeli national psyche can however ignore the enduring trauma of the Holocaust. The course parallels this national tragedy in a series of personal poems and short stories dealing with this, arguably the greatest of catastrophies to affect the modern Jewish world. It is presented in the
course as a literary March of the Living which ends in Jerusalem as a hopeful counterpoint to Jewish survival. Jerusalem stands as a central focus and much of the course centres on this city, revealing the contradictory views of what it represents both to the writers and the readers alike. From its inception, the idea of Tel Aviv as well as the city itself is the product of diverse cultural and ideological influences. The course examines the controversies surrounding the first Hebrew city and calls for a debate on whether the secularisation of Tel Aviv is a threat to the original culture or indeed its strength. The wars of Israel and the sacrifice of lives made in them are a dominant part of the Israeli narrative. A series of selected texts examining the impact of the wars are represented in the course under the section of pro patria mori. Among others it examines Nathan Alterman’s famous poem The Silver Platter which deals with the sacrifice and the high price paid in the loss of the society’s youth. The name of the poem has recently emerged as a cultural reference to a series of documentaries confronting the Israeli youth today. Other course topics include among others, the women’s writing, the clash between the land and identities and revisiting the Zionist dream. The course comprises 10 meetings and examines more than 40 texts which should provide ample discussion and broaden our vision of the literary and societal challenges facing contemporary Israel. Inquiries about Melton courses starting in March: Jillian Fine, email@example.com 0410 497 870, http://cce.sydney.edu.au
New leadership at KTC: the road ahead KESSER TORAH COLLEGE
Australia has some of the world’s best Jewish day schools, each with its own unique identity and ethos, says Roy Steinman, newly appointed principal of Kesser Torah College. Mr Steinman a former college principal of both Moriah College, Sydney, for 10 years and Leibler Yavneh College, Melbourne, also for 10 years, returns to Sydney to lead Sydney’s Kesser Torah College. He shared his vision for the school: “Most importantly, the class teacher is critical to the success of any school. We need to ensure that we recruit and retain the very best classroom practitioners available: inspirational, passionate and dedicated teachers. “At KTC we are fortunate to have many teachers who do inspire, challenge and motivate our students daily. A school such as ours needs to ensure it has the capacity to deliver outstanding programs in both Jewish studies and general studies,” Mr Steinman said. “We are going to embark on a comprehensive review of all the general studies subjects offered at the school, particularly those at HSC level, in order to maximise students’ engagement and achievement. We need to ensure that the subjects we offer cater for the diversity of student interest, talent and skill. “Furthermore, our student welfare and wellbeing programs need to be re-evaluated to enable each student to maximise his/her personal potential. This will be our challenge: to ensure that as the school grows, we retain our focus on the individual, leaving no girl or boy behind,” he said. “The college has already embarked on a campus upgrade – with an ambitious building and renovation program. In July we hope to open our newly built library and resource
centre. Set in a magnificent tiled piazza, the resource centre and courtyard is sure to become the centre of student life at campus. “By the end of the year, most classrooms will have been renovated and fitted with air-conditioning units, smartboards and Bluetooth audio visual equipment. Although the school does have several sets of iPads for class use, the school has a BYO device policy with regards to laptops and tablets. We are planning to develop and release an e-learning and ICT strategic vision, which will become the roadmap for our integration of learning technologies into our curriculum. “As part of the campus upgrade, corridors and passageways will be tiled or covered with attractive outdoor flooring and painted so that the environment enhances the personalised learning of our students in a fun and student focused setting. “The establishment of the student representative council, led by our college captains will provide a platform for the student voice. I am firmly committed to engaging and involving our students in steering the direction of the College. After all, this is their school – and they are the most important stakeholders in the partnership. This is where they will grow: physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually,” Mr Steinman said. “Kesser Torah College’s point of difference is the fact that it is firmly rooted in an authentic Torah culture and value system. Offering a true dual curriculum, in both quality and quantity, the school embraces the concept of ‘Torah im derech eretz’ as a practical and realistic way of life. Students who graduate from KTC do so with an comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their Judaism, an impressive HSC, and the values necessary to live their lives as ethical Jews and citizens of the world,” he said.”
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Tait returns to the heartland Masada’s newly appointed college deputy principal and head of junior school Martin Tait talks about moving back to the city he loves and the school that feels like home. “I was born in Sydney, and after setting up an international school in Singapore for two years and then heading a primary school in Bunbury, Western Australia, I felt like it was time for my family and me to return to New South Wales,” says Martin Tait, who led Masada College from 2004 to 2008. “And of course, coming back to Masada felt just as comfortable as moving back to my hometown. “I was obviously a bit nervous about starting again but it’s been so great to be back. A warm, inclusive atmosphere can be felt throughout the school. I’ve always enjoyed learning about other cultures and religions, and I appreciate the good values that Judaism and general religious life promotes. “Although my new role gives me the scope to focus on junior education as well as the strategic planning of the entire school, my heart will always be in the pastoral care of students, which focuses on the social, emotional and academic aspects of education. “What really appeals to me about the Stephen Covey Leader in Me approach, which Masada incorporates and supports in the syllabus, is that it builds resilience in children - something that they’ll need in today’s world. And the opportunities that the college provides the students complements my “have-a-go” attitude. “I encourage pupils to investigate, learn
and try, and to see the challenges and bumps that come up as a result as opportunities for growth, even when it’s uncomfortable. “Having had these few years away from home, outside of my personal boundaries, only enhanced my passion for teaching. Setting up a for-profit school in Singapore gave me exposure and connection to the business community. It also gave me a taste of the expat experience. “I learnt how important connections are and how quickly a shared experience binds you to your new community. Ironically, my time spent in Bunbury, in regional Australia, exposed me to some quite progressive curriculum requirements, both digitally and with regard to professional learning outcomes, such as child protection protocols and mandatory reporting procedures - an aspect that I look forward to enhancing in my new tenure. “Although teaching has become more complex over the years, especially with parents having more expectations for their children, the teachers and the school, I have always found it quite natural to connect with pupils. “I think they recognise my genuine interest in their growth and development. That moment when you see it all “click” for a child as they suddenly understand a principle or discover their enthusiasm for a subject never gets old for me, and is something I know I can bank on seeing for many more years here at Masada College.”. Visit masada.nsw.edu.au
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Growing tomorrow’s leaders JNF AUSTRALIA TALI WEINBERG Since the Jewish National Fund (JNF) was established in 1901, the organisation has worked tirelessly to restore the Jewish people to Israel and support Zionist education around the world. The longstanding goal of this education program is to strengthen the bonds of our youth to Israel, their heritage and the environment, fostering our leaders of tomorrow. Through its education and outreach programs, JNF demonstrates the tangible contributions being made to improve life in Israel and around the world, helping to grow the future in the land we love and amongst the communities we live in. JNF Australia’s current education shaliach Yigal Nisell enthusiastically delivers these programs across our schools, shules, youth movements and adult education courses. Yigal most recently visited summer camps, meeting with over 1200 Jewish kids over a two week period. Many of these kids recently took part in our recent Green Week series of events, including
the annual Tu B’Shvat telethon, with campaign funds dedicated to restoring Israel’s forests after the recent fires. JNF Australia has made it possible for KKLJNF’s wide range of educational resource materials to be available on its website, for anyone requiring user-friendly information, videos, online games, and interactive activities relating to Israel, Zionism, environment, Jewish festivals, and so much more. It has never been easier to plan a wide range of engaging and professional educational lessons relating to Israel, in English or Hebrew, with a visit to the education tab on the JNF Australia website. All the materials can be adjusted to suit any objective or time span and are appropriate for all ages, helping foster a love of Israel, a knowledge of the country, and social and environmental awareness. JNF Australia invites the community to join them on an exciting and innovative educational journey that will nurture our future leaders and strengthen our children’s ties to Israel and its people.
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Emanuel School leads the way in gifted education EMANUEL SCHOOL “Where the individual excels”: Emanuel School’s motto is lived every day and our exceptional students are testimony to that maxim, according to Suzanne Plume, head of gifted and talented education 7-12. “Our focus is to modify the school experience to assist gifted students to develop optimally,” she said. “We work to ensure we provide our students with cutting-edge, dedicated, research-based teachers, who gladly meet the unique educational and socio-emotional needs of our gifted students and their families on a daily basis.” At Emanuel we define giftedness as asynchronous development, meaning that gifted children develop various strengths and abilities at different times, Ms Plume said. “Advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness different from the norm.” Research has shown that the uniqueness of the gifted child makes them particularly vulnerable, requiring modifications in parenting, teaching and counselling to develop optimally. “Giftedness is a way of being, a different experience of existence, which the young gifted child must learn to navigate in a world where they are not always well understood. Parents too may need support in dealing with a system, which despite the best of intentions, is not always well informed about what is arguably the most over-researched field of education.”
Jessica Lowy (Year 8), Beau Glass (Year 9) and Sasha Baskin (Year 9) working together to solve extended Mathematics problems. Whereas NSW Educational Standards Authority (formerly Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards) defines cognitive giftedness as being in the top ten percent of the population with regard to measured
cognitive potential or demonstrated talent, this definition would encompass a much greater proportion of Emanuel’s student body, Ms Plume said. Over the years, Emanuel staff have differentiated the curriculum and modified relationships with students and parents to accommodate this demographic anomaly. “At Emanuel School we first make sure that we are catering for the top 10 per cent of students. We subsequently take particular note of the top one per cent and indeed the top 0.1 per cent of students, as they are in need of additional modifications to their school experience in order to optimise their development.” Emanuel’s educators also welcome the new discoveries of cognitive neuroscience and its emphasis on neuroplasticity. “This means that instead of seeing the already identified gifted and talented students as our only charges, we continually monitor a large potential talented group of students, and use inclusive measures of identification, which highlight students who may develop their talents at a different rate or in response to the many enrichment opportunities on offer at our School. For some students we offer subject or grade acceleration, as appropriate for their level of development and interests. Extension programs also stimulate interest and enthusiasm as the students
learn with their like-minded colleagues, or take leadership roles in mentoring younger students. We also offer a dedicated study skills program for those gifted students who battle disorganisation amidst a plethora of potential opportunities.” Supported by many parents, Emanuel School’s gifted and talented program is considered by some as a significant decider when looking for a school that caters to their children’s idiosyncratic learning. “The gifted program at Emanuel is outstanding and a major strength of the school,” Deborah, parent of two Emanuel boys, said. “The support and advice offered by the Gifted and Talented team to parents along the way as their children progress through the years is aebsolutely invaluable. The amazing teachers are always a step ahead and will do whatever it takes to keep your child stimulated, motivated and engaged in their learning throughout their schooling.” Fellow parent Suzy Moss agreed: “Emanuel’s impact on my boys has been extraordinary. The gifted and talented team has provided multiple extension opportunities for them, often advocating for their needs with a tireless dedication to ensure they have the exact challenges to grow. Most importantly, this has included addressing their often morecomplicated emotional and social needs. The team’s support has been invaluable in enabling me to be a better parent, view difficult behaviours more positively and gain a deeper understanding of my cognitively gifted, yet emotionally challenging children.” There have been many stand-out moments in gifted and talented education at Emanuel School, Ms Plume said, “such as the board and executive’s full-hearted and often-voiced support for the school’s gifted program; when gifted students voluntarily identify and mentor younger ones; when gifted students decide to become gifted educators themselves; and in seeing the absolute love of deep learning accommodated and nurtured here at Emanuel by gifted colleagues. Gifted alumni return to coach students in debating and mentor younger adventurers, giving back to the ‘system’ that helped them to succeed. “Students who show exceptional abilities or, as defined, asynchronous development ahead of their cohort, will certainly find a place where they can explore, embrace and develop themselves, knowing that they will be supported and encouraged along their journey.”
Emphasis on Jewish studies Pre-School and Primary School Open Days Discover why Emanuel School is small enough to know your child and big enough to make a difference Meet our staff, take a tour, visit classes and enjoy displays Pre-School Open Day: Wednesday 8 March 2017 Primary School Open Day: Wednesday 22 March 2017 Both are from 9.30am - 11.00am Bookings can be made at www.emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au/visit For further information contact Deborah Beder on 8383 7333 or email@example.com Emanuel School is a member of the JCA Family of Organisations
Yeshiva College Bondi was accredited in 2008 and currently has 95 students. The uniqueness of the school is its significant emphasis on Jewish studies. Not just as a subject rather as a way of life, at the college we aim to educate and raise the rabbis and rebbetzins of our future and every aspect of the school is infused with living and celebrating Yiddishkeit. Recently, college students had the privilege of being visited by many dignitaries such as Rabbi Leib Groner, who was the Rebbe’s secretary, Harry Triguboff, our patron and the wonderful singer Avram Fried. Mr Triguboff has undertaken a renovation of the whole college. For more information contact us on 9099 1070 or email us reception@yeshivacollege. nsw.edu.au.
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Netanyahu wows the youth of Sydney ‘We will cherish this for the rest of our lives’ CAMI HIRSCH MORIAH SCHOOL CAPTAIN What an experience. Hearing from the prime ministers of my two home countries, addressing Sydney’s senior Jewish students – something we will remember and cherish for the rest of our lives. The excitement that preceded the visit was palpable; there wasn’t a member of our community that wasn’t eagerly anticipating the awaited event. The day itself was far better than any of us could have imagined. I felt incredibly proud not only as an Australian in the presence of our prime minister, not only to be a member of the thriving Jewish community graced with the presence of the Prime Minister of the state of Israel – a place to which we all travel and feel an incredible connection, but I also felt immense pride to be hosting such an historical event at my school, Moriah College. I feel truly grateful to have been given the opportunity to open such a procession, and to welcome two incredibly powerful men onto our humble stage. To have merely been in their presence is an honour, a privilege to have shaken their hands. What a memorable experience.
A message to the community JOHN HAMEY MORIAH COLLEGE PRINCIPAL I felt proud to stand alongside your community as the leader of our remarkable college, a friend of the Jewish people, and importantly, an advocate for the rights of
School captains Cami Hirsch and Saul Oberstein, and Mr Natanyahu. Photos: Nadine Saacks your children to celebrate their Jewish heritage with the people of the state of Israel, and as proud Australians. PM Turnbull stated in his opinion piece in the Australian yesterday, “Our peoples are bound together first and foremost by the values we share — a mutual commitment to freedom, democracy and the rule of law.”. As a school community, we were incredibly blessed to host the coming together of two world leaders committed to these ideals. If we stand in the shoes of your daughters and sons, it is a momentous occasion that they will long remember. Occasions like today are rare but always impactful when our hearts and minds are open to them. It affirms for our students, and for you all, the importance of the relationship between Australia and Israel, the friendly and co-operative nature of that relationship, and the mutual benefits that subsequently arise for both nations. There are few nations in the world that share a similar relationship with Israel, and as a Zionist school we stood proudly today, singing the anthems of both nations, affirming our college’s vision, “To make Jewish children proud of who they are and what they can achieve”. Irrespective of political difference and ideology, there are few members of our community who could
not have felt uplifted by the historic visit of the two prime ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Benjamin Netanyahu to Moriah College. The heartfelt comments of so many parents and friends on our Facebook page today reflects the deep and abiding belief you have in our school, your children and their Jewish identity. It was a delight to witness our young children’s exuberance override the sense of the occasion and equally the dignified manner in which our senior school students honoured this historic day. I feel proud to be the principal of this esteemed college so central to the continuity of the Jewish community.
‘A complete blur of euphoria’ SAUL OBERSTEIN MORIAH SCHOOL CAPTAIN Thursday, 23 February, 2017, has now become a monumental moment of my life, school, career or otherwise. In the days leading up to Thursday I was full of anticipation and excitement. However, nothing could have prepared
me for that precious moment when I shook hands with 2 of the greatest leaders of our time. The actual moment remains a complete blur of euphoria for me, just a mixed rush of adrenaline and pride. Although, while I will personally cherish this day forever, I think it is far more special that this experience was enjoyed by the entire youth of the Sydney Jewish community. My personal anticipation felt on the day is simply reflective of the communal excitement that was shared by everyone. Looking back at all the news reports on the event, the image that has stuck with me is the swarm of Moriah students waving Australian and Israeli flags. I am very proud of the fact that years from now, I will look back on this day knowing I was one of many. Our school was put on the world stage, and we delivered, showcasing a collective that is proud of its faith and heritage, as well as modelling the ideals of our democratic society. Congratulations to everyone for showing the world that we have a rich past, exciting present, and most importantly, a bright future.
Qantas and EL AL to start codeshare partnership TRAVEL Australian and Israeli travellers will benefit from a new codeshare agreement between Qantas and EL AL, subject to government and regulatory approvals. Customers of both airlines will be able to book on select flights operated by the other, as well as earn and redeem frequent flyer points. The partnership focuses on linking Qantas’ flights between Australia and Asia to EL AL’s flights between Asia and Israel’s financial centre and technology hub, Tel Aviv. It will also connect Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Johannesburg with EL AL’s services from Tel Aviv to the South African city. Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans and EL AL president and CEO David Maimon signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen the relationship between the two carriers witnessed by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The MoU signing followed the prime ministers’ signing of a new Air Services Agreement between Australia and Israel. Mr Evans said while Qantas and EL AL
Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans, Mr Netanyahu, Mr Turnbull and EL AL president and CEO David Maimon. currently have an interline arrangement, the new codeshare was part of the Australian national carrier’s strategy to continually improve travel options for its customers by
building long term partnerships with other airlines. “We’re really pleased to be teaming up with EL AL and adding Tel Aviv to our
network,” said Mr Evans. “It’s a popular destination for the many Australians with family and friends in Israel, including a lot of Qantas frequent flyers who we know will welcome the option to book with us.” Mr Maimon said: “To have the national carriers of both Israel and Australia further enhance cooperation will strengthen the ties between our countries and provide a seamless mode of travel for our passengers.” “Australia is a growing destination for Israelis, especially from the business and tourism segments and we are here to answer their needs.” Under the MoU, Qantas plans to add its QF code to EL AL operated flights to three Qantas destinations - Hong Kong, Bangkok and Johannesburg - and Tel Aviv. EL AL plans to add its code to Qantas services that operate between Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hong Kong; between Sydney and Bangkok; and between Sydney and Johannesburg. The codeshare flights will go on sale during the second half of the calendar year.
What should we ask for on Purim? RABBI CHAIM INGRAM There is a halacha in Shulchan Arukh (Orakh Chaim 694:3) which states that “on Purim one should not be discriminating; to whomever stretches out his or her hand to receive alms, one gives”. HaShem tsilcha says the Psalmist. “G-D is your shadow” (121:5).To the degree that we engage with Him and His mitsvot, He engages with us. The most cherished of the four mitsvot of Purim, the one in which halacha (see Kitsur Shuchan Arukh 142:1) exhorts us to excel is matanot la-evyonim, gifts to the needy. By being unconditionally benevolent on Purim to the destitute who are G-D’s beloved, we are engaging with Him in the most occasionappropriate way. Therefore, say our Rabbis, on Purim G-D will, in turn, open His hand and answer the prayer of all who ask! For what then should we ask on Purim? Synthesising the two engagement principles stated above, we may conclude that on Purim especially we should be praying for that which is more important than anything else in the
whole world. We should be davening for G-D’s sake! No I am not indulging in Purim Torah – not yet! Let me endeavour to explain. The AriZa”l, R’ Isaac Luria (1534-1572) declares that Yom Kippur, or, as it is called in the Torah Yom haKippurim, is compared to Purim. Yom kePurim. Yom Kippur is “a day like Purim”. It seems like an extravagant play-onwords but actually goes far deeper. Yom Kippur and Purim are the only two days in the year when we really understand that we inhabit an illusive universe and nothing is, in reality, as it appears on the surface. The things that seem to matter the whole year round don’t really count. Whether Sam got the bigger inheritance, whether Brenda landed the better job, whether Claire bought the nicer apartment or Brian the swankier car, these things don’t matter. On Yom Kippur when we are in Shul giving an account and reckoning for the year, undistracted by the outside world, we touch Heaven in the sense that we come to an albeit fleeting and tenuous understanding of what G-D really requires of us as individuals and from humanity as a whole and that that’s what really counts – what G-D wants from us not what we want from him! On Purim the realisation can be even deeper.
Yom Kippurim = Yom KePurim. In this respect Purim is the greater of the two. The Purim story gives us a heads-up. He who appeared to be on top ends up crushed. She who thought she would die for her presumptuousness ends up saving her people. They who imagined they were doomed to destruction end up destroying their would-be destroyers. Venahafoch hu. Nothing is as it seems. And that concept we can apply to our tefila, our prayer on Purim. Certainly by the time of mincha when we will already have heard the Megilah at least twice and hopefully internalised its messages, after a day of gift-giving and outer-directedness, a day arguably in its way as spiritual as Yom Kippur; and even before the spirit of a different (hopefully complementary) sort, the merlot or pinot noir, has weaved its spell, we are (and I invariably find this to be true) more well-equipped than on other days to stand before G-D in deep and meaningful prayer at afternoon Shemone Esre. Not to disgorge our normal shopping-list of requests (that’s assuming we’re even thinking remotely about the words we are saying in the middle blessings). Because they’re not the things that really matter. But rather to pray that G-D’s will be done, that His dreams for His world be realised, that tikun olam in its real and deepest sense be achieved, that every citizen
of the world comes to recognise the debt s/he owes the Creator of us all! This is of course the explicit leitmotif of the High Festival liturgy. On Purim, it is the unwritten essence of our prayers. (This is entirely fitting as, whereas Moses presented the Written Torah to Am Yisrael [the second tablets] on Yom Kippur, it was on Purim that the Jews fully and willingly accepted [kiymu ve-kiblu, related to kabala in the sense of “that which was handed down” – see Esther 9:27 and various commentaries] the Oral Torah upon themselves.) That’s what I mean when I say “to daven for G-D’s sake”. To daven that G-D’s will be done. The very reverse of what we normally do, daven for ourselves. Because on Purim we understand that things are really the reverse of what they seem in this olam ha-sheker we inhabit. And of course the result will be – because G-D is our shadow – that He, in turn, will act for our sakes and bestow His blessing upon us ad bli dai, without limit! Rabbi Ingram is the honorary secretary of the NSW Rabbinical Council
Clearly, Trump administration has a problem with Jews BERNARD-HENRI LEVY I had no idea how right I was, a month ago, when I wrote in The New York Times that American Jews should be wary of their new President. Since then, we have had the incredible slip on January 27: Holocaust Remembrance Day. Except slip is not the word, as we later learned from Politico. The White House claimed it did not see a draft of a statement prepared by the State Department until after the White House had issued its own statement, which left out mention of Jewish victims. The State Department release had contained, as in past years under preceding presidents, mention of the six million Jews exterminated by the Nazis. The White House says it did not know about this draft. But the President’s ghost writers clearly knew, when they decided to “forget” the Jews, what they were doing and why. We were witnessing a deliberate effort to push the Jewish victims of genocide into the gray area of killings in general and of faceless and nameless crimes. It was a tell-tale trope of Holocaust deniers and, in the United States no less than anywhere else, one of the hallmarks of the new antiSemitism. Terrible, but true. A few days later, there was Trump’s strange news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of his visit to Washington. An Israeli journalist got up to ask the President about the worrisome increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the US. And instead of responding, instead of
seizing the opportunity to utter the clear and unimpeachable assurances that one expects of any American president worthy of the name, instead of vigorously condemning the return of the oldest form of hate within the borders of one of the few nations on earth where it appeared to have been contained, Donald Trump spoke, as he tends to do, about himself. With the same obsessive compulsion that he showed at his visit to CIA headquarters the day after his inauguration, he lurched onto the topic of the scale of his victory on November 8. And when he finally returned to the question asked, it was to observe vaguely and mechanically that “a lot of bad things have taken place over a long period of time,” that “we are going to stop crime in this country,” and as if to reassure us, “we are going to have peace in this country.” Not a word about the situation of Jewish children who go to school full of fear. Not the wispiest idea about how to deal with the billions of tweets and retweets since his election that, according to the AntiDefamation League, have spread jokes about gas chambers, called for reopening “the ovens” for the Jews of New York and Los Angeles, and advanced the most sickening conspiracy theories. Twenty-four hours later, there was a second news conference at which another journalist, this time representing an orthodox Jewish-American weekly, stood and posed more or less the same question, asking respectfully what the administration proposed to do about the spate of vandalism of synagogues and the series of bomb threats, so far not carried out, that had led to the emergency evacuation of Jewish schools and community centres. “Quiet! Quiet! Quiet!” ordered the President, in a tone that stunned the reporters present. “Sit down.” And after telling the gathering that he was “the least anti-Semitic person that you have ever seen
in your entire life,” the least anti-Semitic of presidents again had nothing to say about what the America of Martin Luther King, Elie Wiesel and Bill Clinton would do to block the wave of anti-Semitism that is breaking over the country, as it already has in Europe, a wave of a size unseen since the 1930s. First among several subsidiary points that complete this ugly picture is the image of the 20-odd rabbis who were arrested and handcuffed for having dared to demonstrate, too close to Trump Tower, their disapproval of the president’s Muslim ban: The new administration replied in the most indecent way to this bold but classic act of civil disobedience. Then there is the petty vulgarity that causes Mr. Trump to trot out, whenever these questions are raised, what he no doubt imagines to be the sledgehammer argument of his daughter, son-in-law and their wonderful children -- in addition, of course, to his “Jewish friends:” Always, in the United States as in France, the same old story and bad excuse.
inally, there was the spectacle that followed the omission of Jews from the White House statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day. We watched those, particularly Press Secretary Sean Spicer, trying to shift responsibility for the mistake onto a senior member of Trump’s team, Boris Epshteyn, presented not only as “Jewish” but as “the descendent of Holocaust survivors.” That President Trump, during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and after 11 bomb threats were phoned in to Jewish community centres around the country, later says that anti-Semitism is “horrible” and “painful,” does not change the general picture. What is the value of a reaction which comes, not from the heart, but after a storm of pleas, criticisms and protests?
And, that the Israeli Prime Minister takes no exception to any of this, that he believes it fitting or perhaps just convenient to heap praise upon Mr. Trump, going so far as to describe him as an unmatched “supporter of the Jewish people and of the Jewish state” and that he does this while appearing in public with him and hamming up their friendship and complicity changes nothing either. At best, Mr. Netanyahu will go down as a very distant relative of Joseph making an alliance with Pharaoh to protect his people. But we know how that story ends: just as a new pharaoh “arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph” and reduced his descendants to slavery, so, sooner or later, a new president will arise over America. Leading, according to the Talmud, to two equally tragic scenarios. Either the newcomer is indeed a new pharaoh and will associate the Jews with the predecessor whose cause and destiny they so recklessly embraced. Or, as the sages say, he is the same pharaoh but has changed sides. Translating this into present-day terms, the unpredictable Mr. Trump becomes another Mr. Trump; he makes a 180-degree perspective shift in his vision of the Jewish world; and he turns against an Israel about which, at bottom, he cares not a whit and which, therefore, has everything to fear, beginning right here and now, from his cynical “pragmatism.” Bernard-Henri Levy is a French philosopher, filmmaker and activist. His most recent book is “The Genius of Judaism.” The opinions in this article belong to the author. Reprinted with permission of CNN.
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Ordinary people who made a difference ALONE IN BERLIN (M) 103 MINUTES REVIEW: ALEX FIRST An intriguing story and strong performances by the three principals are distinguishing features of this World War II drama. Based on the international best seller by Hans Fallada (Every Man Dies Alone), Alone In Berlin shines a light on two ordinary Germans with extraordinary impact. The location is Berlin and the year 1940. Working class couple Otto and Anna Quangel (Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson) – whose real names were Otto and Anna Hampel – receive news that their only son has been killed on the battlefield. Already disillusioned with the Fuhrer and the Fatherland, the loss of their child proves the tipping point and Otto begins a campaign of civil disobedience, writing messages on postcards that urge fellow Germans to resist the Nazi regime. Anna soon partners with Otto and together they covertly distribute hundreds of cards, leaving them in public places – such as stairwells and mailboxes across the city – so they would be read. They managed to write and deposit 285 postcards over 18 months. At the head of the Gestapo force trying to track down the dissenters is Escherich (Daniel Bruhl), who faces enormous pressure from his masters to find, stop and bring the “traitors” to justice. Acting alone, in their unique attempt to
Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson in Alone in Berlin. turn the tide on German support for the Third Reich, this unassuming couple’s sacrifice became an important element of the German Resistance. Alone In Berlin was one of the first antiNazi books. It was based upon actual Gestapo files given to Fallada by a novelist friend just after the war. A seminal work of German literature and a required text in secondary schools in that country, the novel has previously been adapted for the small screen several times.
Gleeson says it is the common nature of the two key players that is paramount. “They’re totally ordinary,” he says about the husband and wife. The film then, is “about personal redemption and the idea that by withdrawing your support, by withdrawing your permission, you liberate yourself, even if it makes absolutely no difference to anything else. It’s part of the human quest.” For her part, Thompson says we’ve all read books written during that period by
highly educated people. “What’s interesting about them (Otto and Anna) is they’re not the intelligentsia.” She says what was important to the director was “to express the revulsion of the ordinary, working person to what was going on, to the rise of anti-Semitism … the wearing of the yellow stars. “People were revolted by it and often didn’t know how to deal with it. And these two, who were not part of any kind of group, for them, suddenly, to engage in a propaganda battle that is treasonous, was remarkable.” Once the key plot line has been established, a taciturn Otto and a standoffish Anna thaw. It is with this ocean-sized metamorphosis that we witness Gleeson and Thompson’s true acting chops. And into that mix you can throw in Bruhl. As a policeman, his character is used to doing it by the book, but not via the jackboot route taken by the SS. His internal angst is shaped by the events that occur. Ultimately what makes this movie so compelling is to witness how far a simple act of defiance actually went in the face of German ruthlessness. Further, as a factual story that I knew nothing about, it carried extra gravitas. Swiss-born co-writer and director Vincent Perez’s film has a low-key, dour tone. Rated M, Alone in Berlin scores a 7½ out of 10.
T2 sequel a shot in the arm T2: TRAINSPOTTING (R) 117 MINUTES REVIEW: ALEX FIRST Anarchic and visually stylish, T2 has been eagerly anticipated by fans of the original, which was released in 1996. But even if you didn’t see that, director Danny Boyle delivers a gritty experience with the same four degenerates that made the first installment such a favourite. Mind you, it took me a few minutes to work my way through the thick Scottish brogue. First there was an opportunity ... and then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed, but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home. He again hooks up with Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and “Franco” Begbie (Robert Carlyle). When we last saw them, the four lifelong friends/associates/bitter enemies had travelled to London to sell a bag of fortuitously obtained heroin. While the rest were sleeping, Renton snuck out with the entire proceeds: £16,000 in cash. He walked away and didn’t look back. He left £4000 in a locker for Spud – a kind gift, but a mixed blessing for its recipient, a man with an unshakeable heroin addiction. Sick Boy, never one to be troubled by feelings of loyalty, feels bitter envy as much
A scene from T2: Trainspotting as anger. If anyone could have betrayed his friends, it should have been him. He curses his own sentimental weakness and dreams of revenge. Begbie has spent most of his adult life as a walking hand grenade. Renton just pulled the pin. His rage may be self-destructive, but it’s fair to say he will not be the only casualty. Sorrow, loss, vengeance, hatred and selfdestruction have a big role to play here. John Hodge returns as screenwriter, working from Irvine Welsh’s novels Porno
and Trainspotting. Made on a £2 million budget, Trainspotting outgrew its modest indie roots to become a cultural phenomenon. Boyle recalls: “We kind of careered into the first one. We had just made Shallow Grave, which had done quite well, and suddenly everybody wanted us to make another one. “We had Irvine’s (Irvine Welsh’s) extraordinary book and it continued to haunt us. John Hodge started working on the script and, straight away, you just knew
we were going to make it. “He delivered about 20 pages and it was just like ‘yeah, we’ll do that’. So we basically just tumbled into it.” Producer Andrew Macdonald says: “We were worried at the time that the film wouldn’t work, because it dealt with drugs and youth culture, and seemed so specifically Scottish. “We weren’t sure anybody would understand it. But, loving the book, we were desperate to make it.” The set up for this sequel was well conceived … and subsequently executed. The film is fast paced and dynamic. The performances are universally strong. T2 tended to labour more in the second half and could readily have been cut back a tad. The drug-taking and low-life pursuits of the protagonists remain there for all to see. Boyle, not surprisingly, has worked in 20-year-old footage … and, my word, the four stars have aged. Perhaps that is better put this way: boy, they looked young, way back when. The soundtrack – energetic and powerful – is another of T2’s pluses. So, for a trip down memory lane and/ or a carefully choreographed, wellphotographed ride among working class crims, this is a shot in the arm, if you pardon the pun. Rated R, T2: Trainspotting scores a 7½ out of 10.
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Religious satire breaks box office records THE BOOK OF MORMON PRINCESS THEATRE, MELBOURNE REVIEW: ALEX FIRST Funny, irreverent, crude, witty, clever, lyrically and vocally adept … and I did mention darn funny, at times hilarious, didn’t I? One of the most anticipated musicals to be staged in Melbourne has opened to much-merited fanfare. This religious satire now, well and truly, deserves a long stay here. Playing to stereotypes and with a series of popular culture references, I saw for myself what all the hoopla was about. The show is a rolled-gold hoot from start to finish. I have not seen anything quite like The Book of Mormon before. Not for naught did it win nine Tony awards, including best musical, the Grammy for best musical theatre album and four Olivier awards, including best new musical. The cast of 23 is led by A.J. Holmes in an extraordinary, engaging, nuanced and highly entertaining performance as Elder Cunningham and Ryan Bondy, confident and assured, as Elder Price. Both come directly from playing the roles on Broadway, in the West End and across America. They are joined by the beautifully voiced Zahra Newman (Miss Julie, The Mountaintop) as Nabalungi, Bert LaBonte (Richard III, Pippin) as African tribal elder Mafala and Rowan Witt (Into the Woods, South Pacific) as Elder McKinley. The Ugandans’ feared adversary is a role filled by Augustin Aziz Tchantcho. The Book of Mormon premiered in March 2011 at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theater after nearly seven years of development and has now played more than 250 consecutive weeks of fully sold out shows on Broadway. It is the same story at other theatres around the US, where is has passed 170 weeks … and so, too, the 1200 plus performances thus far in London’s West End, where it opened in February 2013. Everywhere it has played, it has smashed box office records and is set to do the same here. It has already broken the house record for the highest selling “on sale” period of any production in the Princess Theatre’s 159-year history. Book, music and lyrics (delightful as they are) are by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (best known for creating the animated comedy South Park) and Robert Lopez (co-composer and co-lyricist of Avenue Q and Frozen). Co-directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon is choreographed by Nicholaw, with set design by Scott Pask and costume design Ann Roth.
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The musical starts with a quick, quirky and humorous pantomime about the formation of the Church of Latter Day Saints and then we are into the body of the story. That is to say, a creative number about the modus operandi of the ever-cheery church elders, in Utah, all dressed the same, with crisp white shirts and thin black ties, pressing mock doorbells and trying to convert the masses. The unfamiliarity with the music is of no consequence because the numbers – one after another – are catchy and have a way of eating into your psyche, seemingly effortlessly. That is when you are not laughing yourself silly at the audaciousness of the writers and the white-hot execution of the performers, who don’t miss a beat. After a few months of study, the Elders in training are matched – that is paired up with colleagues who have to stay by their side (rule 72) – and dispatched to various parts of the globe to sprout their message and extract conversions. The first few are delighted with their postings and then it is the turn of the cocksure Elder Price, who is about to get far more than he wished for, or dreamt of. As a nine-year-old his parents took him to Orlando, Florida, and he fell in love with the place.
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He has always dreamt of winning placement in that community. Instead, he is paired up with a perpetual liar (a golden rule of the church is never to fib), Elder Cunningham. He lacks confidence, is friendless and is prone to blurting out the inappropriate because it seems he just can’t help himself from doing so. The kicker is they are to be sent to deepest, darkest Africa – namely Uganda. Once there, they quickly come to realise the task they have been given is likely to be a bridge too far ... one beyond them. This is a place where AIDS, famine, poverty and oppression from the local warlord is the currency. Robbery, corruption, fear and violence are everywhere and those church members who preceded them have come up empty in terms of turning these natives. The loner, Elder Cunningham, who perpetually tries too hard and is far too effusive is immediately besotted by one of the locals (Nabalungi). Due to circumstances, the nerd becomes the hero, or does he, as he sets about reinventing the church’s doctrine? Meanwhile, his arrogant partner, Elder Price, who commits one of the church’s cardinal sins, fears he will burn in the fires of hell … and yet his
redemption is far from assured. There is a great deal to love in The Book of Mormon, which redefines the possible in musical theatre. Above all it was the political incorrectness, the fun, frivolity and hijinks that appealed, not to forget the terrific music and flawless performances. It keeps a rapid pace throughout. There is so much going on, all the time, so a second viewing would simply add to one’s enjoyment. Just be aware if you are easily offended by bad language, the show contains liberal doses of it. For me, it just added to the unforgettable flavour that I am certain to taste again because, make no mistake, this is one heck of a production. Enjoy! The Book of Mormon is playing at the Princess Theatre for an indefinite season. Alex First can be heard each Wednesday at 10.30pm on Radio 2GB (and network stations) with Steve Price. His program First on Film & Entertainment airs every Sunday at 11am on J-AIR (87.8FM) in Melbourne. His podcasts, Movies First and Theatre First, can be downloaded for free on iTunes. Alex’s extensive reviews also appear on theblurb.com.au
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Research has proven that c h i l d h o o d sleep patterns determine how you will sleep as an adult. Poor sleep habits as a child very often lead to adult insomnia. The art of self-soothing is a vital part of helping children and adults fall asleep easily. The meaning of insomnia is different things to different people, not having the ability to relax, unwind, fall asleep or consistently wake up during the night. For many children and adults it is the constant exhaustion, night after night of poor unrefreshing sleep. Roughly a quarter of children complain of bedtime struggles and night awakenings. Childhood sleep problems may arise for a variety of reasons. These can be medical illness, irregular schedules, and difficulties with limitsetting. If left unresolved, it impacts the child, caregiver, and the family. Sleep disturbances or insufficient sleep negatively impact children in various areas such as: • Difficulties with learning and memory Illness. • School or disciplinary problems. • Irritability and mood swings. • Disruptive behavior (e.g., aggression, hyperactivity). • Tension/worry about going to bed and falling asleep. • Falling asleep during the day. • Depression. What causes childhood sleep problem (insomnia)? There are several possible causes of sleep problems which can be labelled as insomnia, including: • Stress. Yes, kids, just like adults can suffer from stress. Creating a safe environment. They need to share their worries and fears. Children worry more than you might think and excess worry and stress can lead to sleep problems (insomnia). • Side effects of certain medications. For example, drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, antidepressants, corticosteroids, and anticonvulsants can cause sleep challenges (insomnia). • Medical, psychiatric and other sleep disorders. Some of these include uncontrolled nighttime asthma, a stuffy nose from allergies or itchy skin from eczema or other symptoms can get in the way of good sleep. • Environmental factors. Noise, heat,
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A few years ago I was at a crossroads in my life. I was living in a constant state of flux, setting unrealistic and unsustainable goals. Most of the time I felt flat and I lacked energy. I had exhausted all the usual pathways that people explore hoping to find a solution. Dieticians, nutritionists, doctors, naturopaths, homeopaths, exercise physicians, alternative healers, health and wellness coaches, personal trainers, yoga, meditation, psychologists, and Chinese herbalists. You name it I had done it. Still the self -doubt continued. One day I was sitting at a coffee shop and I came across a quote that was written on the wall: “It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power.” I had a light bulb moment. The problem was simple. I was continuously looking out wards for solutions and by doing so I was giving away my inner power. I was not taking personal responsibility for my thoughts and feelings. I took it a step further and decided to explore my inner voice a little more closely. For a week I noted down my language, my rhetoric and my self-talk. What was I whispering to myself? Better yet what was I thinking all the time? Were these thoughts contributing to my lack of energy and inertia?
I was shocked when I actually read what I had been saying in my head and saw it on paper. I was my own worst enemy and I had believed these thoughts for too long. I was listening to the wrong voice. So what is negative self-talk? It is defined as “the constant mental chatter that we engage in on a regular basis that has become so habituated that we don’t even notice we are doing it”. Self-talk arises from our sub-conscious and is a result of our fears and negative beliefs. It is a normal function of the mind and happens on auto-pilot. The upside is that with awareness we can learn how to control the negative self-talk and reframe and replace it with positive selftalk. This is a learned skill that takes practice. Once it becomes a habit, it can start to change your perspective on life. This month’s mantra is by Lisa M.Hayes: “Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” I invite you to pay attention to your self-talk for a week. Is it positive and encouraging? Does it make you feel energetic or anxious? Is it even accurate? Does it reflect the reality and truth of your situation? Next month I will focus on strategies for reframing negative self-talk to positive self-talk. Remember that your thoughts create your reality.
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Comedy with a Murphy’s law title THEATRE SANDRA TILTMAN L o n d o n ’ s biggest comedy hit, The Play That Goes Wrong, is in its third soldout year and has recently had its 1000th performance in the West End. Now it’s Australia’s turn to enjoy this fun-filled show featuring the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, which is attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call. Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, The Play That Goes Wrong is making audiences laugh in Melbourne before touring to Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Written by Mischief Theatre members
Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, the play has won the Laurence Olivier Award for best new comedy, The Whatsonstage award for best new comedy and the Moliere Award in Paris for best new comedy. The cast includes former Neighbours star Brooke Satchwell, Darcy Brown, Francine Cain, Adam Dunn, Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Jordan Prosser, Nick Simpson-Deeks, Tammy Weller and James Marlowe. When UK director Mark Bell visited Australia recently to undertake auditions, he said: “If their auditions are anything to go by, this cast is going to be hopelessly hilarious and The Play will definitely Go Wrong. I for one can’t wait to see this debacle unfold.” The production continues to run in London, Paris, Budapest and Rome as well as simultaneously touring the UK and soon to open on Broadway. Melbourne: Currently at the Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street until 19 March. Sydney: Opening 5 April at Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
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lady at a most elegant lunch for a shipping company. I asked her what publications she represented, she replied, “None”. I
A scene from the comedy The Play That Goes Wrong.
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Should you believe travel stories and shipping reviews in magazines, papers, newsletters and blogs? The real answer, in my opinion, is a definite no. In the old days, not that long ago, before iPhones, iPads and designer beers, most major newspapers and magazines actually paid for their journalist to travel. They had to be members of the Australian Journalists Association. It was difficult to become a member of this writers union (I was a member) with lots of ethics and it was virtually impossible to be published without membership. Not so today, many publications virtually print anything from anyone, especially if it’s free. Anyone can claim to be a travel writer, even if they have travelled no further than Balmain or Toorak on a bus or failed English grammar. Often stories are written where the author has never been to that location. Their total experience of fine dining may have been a Big Mac with the Works and they think a Michelin Star has something to do with tyres at night. I recently sat next to a pleasant young
said: “Why are you here?” She answered: “ I have no idea, but it’s a great lunch.” I write for at least seven printed publications plus numerous e-newsletters and blogs which possibly reach more in my chosen demographic of more than 55 affluent retirees, than any other local writers. Mostly I write about five-star ships and locations for those that want to travel in comfort and luxury. I dislike the word luxury, which is so often overused by some writers who don’t know what luxury is. Most, if not 99 per cent of travel writers, depend on writing positive reviews if they wish to get invited for a free trip, sometimes called a “famil”. I prefer to go on ships and stay at hotels that I know will meet my high expectations. Most ships offer excellent food and service, but the smaller (under 1000 passengers) ships usually have higher quality food and service. Even on four-star ships I find the service far superior to that found in top of the line on shore restaurants. Reviews and articles are a great way to learn about new destinations/ships/ hotels. Get to know your travel writers and you will be more comfortable in trusting their advice.
Records tumble at swimming titles MACCABI NSW SWIMMING CLUB Long-standing titles tumbled at the 67th NSW Jewish swimming championships with a dozen new marks set. Perhaps it was a result of the perfectly-timed break in the heatwave that had been plaguing Sydney in the lead-up to the 12 February meeting at the Des Renford pool, Maroubra. The glory this time around didn’t just belong to the seasoned competitors. Maya Antonir (9) dominated her age group, as did 10-year-old Samuel Garvin, who broke a 28-year-old record for the 50m butterfly by two seconds. “It felt really good,” said Garvin. “It was fun.” Also cleaning up were 11-year-olds Gabe Newhouse and Talia Rabin with Rabin sizzling in the open 100m freestyle and taking out the 12 years and under 200m individual medley. Keeping it in the family, Levi (6) Koby (7) and Amber Moses (10) hauled in six gold, three silver and a bronze, a feat only topped by the Goodridges—Mia (6), Aden (11), Gabi and Daniella, who tallied seven gold, three silver and a bronze led by supermum Daniella, who won gold and broke the record in both her races. A pair of familiar faces took centre stage in the Australian Jewish News Cup with Maya Murphy (15) and Kyron Israelsohn (20) winning the open 100m freestyle. Murphy was dominant in notching her third consecutive AJN Cup victory, in a time of 1.04 she easily held off Laila Reuven (16) and Gabi Goodridge (14). But Israelsohn had to battle hard to win back the trophy he’d last held in 2014. He turned at the halfway almost a full second behind 19-year-old Joshua Zwi to then produce a blistering finish in the final 25m. At the wall, a mere .01 of a second separated the two Maccabiah 2017 teammates, Israelsohn first in 55.82 seconds, Zwi: 55.83. “It was hard, really, really hard,” said Israelsohn.
Third place went to fellow Maccabiah team member Zac Freuden (19), which bodes well for Australia’s chances in the open boys relay in Israel in July. Besides the AJN cups, the other major prizes awarded on the day were the two Jo Bos Memorial Trophies for swimmers of the meet. For the first time, Talia Rabin was judged the under-12 winner while Maya Murphy retained her 13-years-andover title. The Jewish championships is the highlight of the communal swimming calendar. “There’s a lot of people here,” said Zwi, of the event which involved 150 swimmers aged five to 57. “It’s probably the biggest Jewish champs in memory.” Records: Maya Murphy, 15yrs 50m butterfly: 32.52 Maya Murphy, 15yrs 50m backstroke: 35.05 Daniella Goodridge, 40+ 50m backstroke: 42.86 Daniella Goodridge, 40+ 50m freestyle: 33.14 Kyron Israelsohn, 17-24 50m breaststroke: 30.75 Kyron Israelsohn, 17-24 50m freestyle: 24.66 Samuel Garvin, 10yrs 50m butterfly: 35.52 (28yrs) Michael Fourie, 24-39 50m breaststroke: 35.58 Sabrina Penkin, 17-24 50m breaststroke: 44.70 Alon Pajor, 15yrs 50m freestyle: 26.94 Michael Fourie, 24-39 50m freestyle: 28.67 Peter Michaelsohn, 40+ 50m freestyle: 27.71
Junior Carnival manager named MACCABI AUSTRALIA Maccabi proudly announces Julia Hofbauer as the carnival manager for the 36th annual Junior Carnival in Melbourne from 14-21 January next year. Hofbauer has had a longstanding relationship with Maccabi over many years, as both an athlete and an administrator. Having competed in junior carnivals, senior carnivals and Maccabiah, she is well placed to create an event that will be both social, while remaining true to the Maccabi brand and values. In recruiting Hofbauer, Maccabi was keen to ensure the appointee was committed to a vision that embraces not only the social and fun aspects of recent carnivals, but reinvigorate some of the state rivalries of old – rivalries that were re-ignited in celebrating Maccabi’s 90th anniversary. While the details are yet to be revealed, Hofbauer said: “This carnival will see us take the sport up a notch for those ready for the challenge, yet still provide all the social and recreational activities that kids have come to want at carnival.”
Maccabi Australia’s board member for national sport, Dean Rzechta, is focused on seeing the competitive stream of Junior Carnival form the basis for a young athlete’s progression or pathway through the Maccabi movement. Rzechta said: “Carnival should be, for those keen athletes, a platform from which they will seek selection for a JCC Games, a new concept World Youth Games to be launched in coming weeks or, of course, the Maccabiah. While we will continue to ensure that the event has broad appeal, a refocus on sport is long overdue.” The presidents of Maccabi’s state offices support the move, hoping to see Maccabi clubs across the country embrace this competitive stream of carnival and send their top teams to compete against the other states. Anyone looking to volunteer at the upcoming carnival should contact the Maccabi Australia office if you wish to get involved. Keep informed about carnival on facebook. com./MaccabiCarnival/ or maccabi.com.au. Those looking to get more involved with Maccabi, whether at the club, state or nationally should contact their local Maccabi office.
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Puterflam’s rise a lesson for Maccabi youth MACCABI NSW JAKE ROSENGARTEN At 23, Michael Puterflam has become Maccabi NSW’s youngest board member. His swift ascension through the ranks is a tale which heeds important lessons for the next generation of Maccabi youngsters. Puterflam began playing Maccabi soccer at five and has since been involved in Australia’s premier Jewish sporting network in a multitude of ways. Achievements aplenty have lit his ascension up the hierarchy of the traditionally senior-dominated upper echelons of Maccabi. Beginning with basic participation in several sports, natural leadership has led to involvement in big Maccabi-based projects. Junior Carnival played a big role as a young Puterflam carved his own path through the organisation, in which both of his parents have also been heavily involved over the years. Puterflam has attended carnivals all over Australia as a participant, youth leader and more recently committee member as he looked to change the face of Maccabi to the ever-changing youth population. More recently, his major achievement has been the recent inception of the Maccabi social mixed-netball competition. The
competition, which will return this year with a participation of about 200 young people, has been a crowning jewel in his Maccabi crown. Puterflam’s portfolio on the board for 2017 is leadership. Having seen every facet of Maccabi from all sides, Puterflam is now seeking to reform the organisation which has given him so much. His projects include the exciting and newly conceived Maccabi mentorship program, which he will be working tirelessly on with other familiar Maccabi names such as Lauren Ehrlich and David Cohen. Puterflam continues to organise the mixed-netball competition, however, hopes to build on its success with the addition of further social competitions which encourage 18-30 year-olds to get involved with Maccabi whether or not they do so in a competitive fashion. Maccabi NSW’s youngest board member’s journey to the table hasn’t been a straightforward one, but rather one boasting twists and turns which provide a lesson to all who tread a similar path. Help out where you can and the organisation will do so in return. This is a big year for Puterflam, who continues to defy expectation and show leadership and expertise beyond his years.
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