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FIJI – 19 July 2017

FIJI – By Emily Gian I have just returned from an overseas vacation with my family. My husband is Israeli…

Kotel and Conversion Bill Resolution

PREAMBLE In January 2016, the Israeli Government approved a plan to establish a large, state-recognized egalitarian section at the southern…

Your Voice is Needed!

Have you marked the Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut with us this year? Even though the Yoms are over, we…

Let’s Be Frank

By Emily Gian From the first time I saw it, I was unable to get it out of my head.…

When Bibi Came to Town…

By Emily Gian After months of planning and anticipation, and indeed years of wondering if it would ever eventuate, Israeli…

Trumping Solutions

By Emily Gian Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump met in Washington for…

Childish Games

By Emily Gian Not long ago, a group of 49 State and Federal Australian MPs signed a petition critical of…

UN-Acceptable

By Emily Gian During this year’s Australian Federal Election campaign, three candidates who were running for parliamentary office in my…

What to Expect?

From the Desk of Dr Ron Weiser AM Since his election, Donald Trump has said remarkably little on Israel at…

Festibayit is Around the Corner!

Habayit’s Hanukkah Israeli Festival 2016 is on the way! Expect loads of live performers with the best talents sharing the…

Trum’d

By Emily Gian   I have thought about how I would write this for over two weeks now. I know…

What a Night!

We had a great time last night at Zionism Victoria’s 78th Annual Assembly. We celebrated the milestones of 2016 and…

Unsocial Media

By Emily Gian A little while ago, I embarked upon some research on social media, and in particular the issue…

What is Your World Vision?

By Emily Gian Two weeks ago, a story emerged from Gaza that was so explosive in its nature and content…

Ready, Set, Go Arava!

On 27 July, a group of Israeli high school students from the Arava Acacia Delegation visited the Beth Weizmann Community…

Introducing Israel Uncovered

Peel back the layers to explore every inch of Israel in our dynamic 3-week course with Erez Feinberg, Hebrew Language &…

A Thought-Provoking Panel on Modern Israel

Come to our very special panel of international and local presenters who will provide thought-provoking views on modern Israel. From public diplomacy, religion and…

The Alternate Guide to Gaza

By Emily Gian  Last Tuesday, SBS screened a programme on Dateline entitled “The Survivor’s Guide to Gaza”. The blurb for…

The Last War

By Emily Gian Last week marked two years since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Over the course of a…

A Mother’s Tears

By Emily Gian  I am currently in Israel with my young family. My three-year-old son has been refusing to sleep…

Poisoned Minds

By Emily Gian There is a scene in the movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation…

Labor MPs – Impressions of Israel

The community is invited to Zionism Victoria’s Executive Meeting where seven State Labor MPs will share their impressions of Israel, following…

Arava In Focus

The Jewish Agency’s Partnership2Gether, in partnershipwith Zionist Federation of Australia, Zionism Victoria and NuShots presents Arava In Focus, a photography…

Wanted: Accountant

Zionism Victoria is seeking a skilled, dynamic and team-oriented Accountant (Part-time position, 4 days/week) Must be a qualified Accountant with…

Yom Hazikaron

By Emily Gian Alon Bakal z”l was murdered on 1 January 2016 – New Year’s Day – in Tel Aviv…

Israel’s Birthday Bash

Yom Ha’atzmaut Young Adult Party!!   Our mate Israel’s birthday is coming up, and you’re invited!   Grab your friends,…

The Sport of Politics

By Emily Gian A slight change of tack this week. I came across an article in the Israeli media this…

Zionism Victoria has 2 Great Opportunities!

Zionism Victoria is seeking two talented, motivated and highly organised individuals to take on the following positions: Communications Manager (Part-time) The Communications Manager…

Take me to your leader

By Emily Gian  There is a point of view among many students of Middle Eastern politics that all of its…

Transition Ceremony/טקס מעבר

Join us for a warm, family-friendly ceremony marking the transition from the solemnity of Yom Hazikaron to the joyful celebration…

Israel Shabbat

Melbourne’s Inaugural Israel Shabbat is scheduled for 13-14 May, the Shabbat immediately following Yom Ha’atzmaut and, coincidentally, the very day…

Yom Ha’atzmaut Family Festival

Celebrate Israel’s 68th birthday with great Israeli-themed activities, food, entertainment and fun! Thursday 12 May 20164 – 7:30pmBeth Weizmann Community…

Blue & White Night

Join the community Wednesday 11 May 2016 from 7:30-10:30pm for a completely re-imagined Erev Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration. Blue & White Night will…

Yom Hazikaron Commemoration

Join the community for a moving טקס (tekes/ceremony) to remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Tuesday 10 May 20167:30pmRobert Blackwood…

As the Terror Lingers On

By Emily Gian It was the morning after International Women’s Day when I awoke with thoughts of penning an inspired…

A headline by any other name…

By Emily Gian “ISRAEL/PALESTINE PEACE DEAL SIGNED”   Those words would certainly look great sitting together in the news headlines. …

2015-16 Summer Camp Fun

During the recent Summer school holidays, the Zionist youth movements engaged their chanichim in fun, entertaining and educational (shhhh, don’t…

2016 Yom Ha’atzmaut Raffle

Zionism Victoria is delighted to announce that tickets are now available for the 2016 Yom Ha’atzmaut raffle – this year…

Laboring on about Israel

By Emily Gian The NSW Labor Party held its annual party conference over the weekend. In a year when a…

When Terror Strikes

By Emily Gian A father travels with three of his children along a road travelled daily. But this day is…

How to Challenge Media Bias

Zionism Victoria, in partnership with the Israel Advocacy Group, UIA and Zionist Federation of Australia, presents How to Challenge Media…

Time Is On Our Side

By Ted Lapkin, ZFA ‘Tis the season for end-of-year summations, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. The newspapers are full of articles covering a…

Message from the President

While 2015 has not been the easiest year for Israel and Israel supporters, there is a lot about which the…

BoJo Tells It Like It Is

By Ted Lapkin Amongst Palestinians, speaking well of Zionism can be a capital offence. At least that’s what Conservative Party…

Saving American Lives

By Ted Lapkin This past Monday I accompanied ZFA President Dr. Danny Lamm and VP Sam Tatarka, who also serves…

Nightmare Becomes Reality

By Ted Lapkin Imagine a world in which Melissa Parke – the far-left, largely unknown federal Labor Member for Freemantle…

Upcoming Community Events

TBI Breakfast – Wednesday 6 November 2019 at 7:30am Breakfast with Dave Sharma MP, former Australian Ambassador to Israel and current…

Catching Up With Reality

By Emily Gian  When I opened up my edition of yesterday’s Age to find Ruth Pollard’s article “Incitement and despair…

Yosl Bergner Exhibition Opening

Approximately 30 attendees at the launch of Oh Australia, Oh Israel, an exhibition of the work of Israeli painter Yosl…

Understanding the language of murder

Alex RyvchinDaily TelegraphOctober 16, 2015 PALESTINIAN cleric Muhammad Salah stands at the pulpit of his mosque in Gaza clutching a…

Remembering Yitzhak Rabin

The community is invited to gather and remember Yitzhak Rabin, Sunday 25 October, 7:30pm at Beth Weizmann Community Centre, 306…

Oh Australia Oh Israel

An exhibition of the work of Israeli artist, Yosl Bergner, in honour of his 95th birthday, will take place 9-18…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Last week, the ZFA held its annual Plenary Conference at the Sydney Jewish Museum. And while Israeli journalist Shmuel Rosner’s…

Double Indemnity

The Obama Administration sides with the bad guys in a landmark court case against Palestinian terrorism By Ted Lapkin Just…

Beyond the Pale

“Zero tolerance for terrorism, wherever it comes from, whatever side of the fence it comes from, we have to fight…

2015 Winter Camp Fun

During the recent Winter school holidays, the Zionist youth movements engaged their chanichim in fun, entertaining and educational (shhhh, don’t…

How Israel Helps Feed the World

Please help us welcome the Partnership2Gether Arava Agri-Science Delegation, 30 August, 7:30pm at Beth Weizmann Community Centre and learn “How…

Alice’s Adventures in The Hague

In a decision utterly lacking in either legal merit or factual foundation, the International Criminal Court panel has not only…

Israeli Musician LayZ Gordon In Concert

Spend an entertaining evening with Israeli musician and raconteur, LayZ Gordon. Wednesday 19 August, 8:00pmEntry: $36/per person After a successful…

Pass or Fail

The Zionist Federation of Australia’s Director of Public Affairs & Advocacy, Ted Lapkin, provides a handy chart to evaluate the…

Flotilla Farce

Last week’s so-called ‘Freedom Flotilla’ was an exercise in anti-Zionist political theatre that had nothing to do with freedom or…

Waging Lawfare Against Israel

In Europe anti-Zionist activists are abusing national and international law in a coordinated campaign designed to chip away at Israel’s…

BDS – A Real Threat to Israel?

Join the JCCV, the Zionist Council of Victoria and The Embassy of Israel for an evening with Israeli journalist Ben-Dror…

Israel Exhibition: MediFuture

The Zionist Council of Victoria will be highlighting innovative medical advances and research developed in Israel at Queen’s Hall in…

Inaugural KOOK Culinary Tour of Israel

8-16 October 2015 This gastronomic immersion experience of Israeli cuisine and culture will delight both professional chefs and foodies alike.For…

Lying in Wait

The moment I heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal, I knew that one of the first countries to put…

No Jews is No News

For many years, the trend in reporting on world affairs seems to increasingly be that Israel is held to different…

A Trying Subject

In medieval England, a separate court was established with the purpose of providing redress for people in a fair and…

This Is Israel

This is Israel is a fascinating new series presented by Erez Feinberg, Hebrew Language & Israeli Culture Chair of the…

Win A Trip to Israel

Thanks to the generosity of FBI Travel, raffle tickets for a return ticket to Israel are now on sale at…

Yom Ha’atzmaut Family Festival

Want to celebrate Israel’s 67th birthday with great Israeli-themed activities, food, entertainment and fun?? Come on down to the Yom…

Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert

Join the community in a grand celebration of Israel’s 67th birthday! Wednesday 22 April7:30pmMelbourne Recital CentreElisabeth Murdoch HallSouthbank Enjoy a…

Yom Hazikaron Commemoration

Join the community for a moving טקס (tekes/ceremony) to remember Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. Tuesday 21 April7:30pmRobert…

Schabas Shalom

During Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge, the United Nations Human Rights Council (the one that routinely has some of the…

2015 UIA Campaign Events

Sunday 15th March (Women’s Division) and Sunday 22nd March (All Divisions) – 10am-4pmUIA Super Sunday Phoning Days Beth Weizmann Community Centre 306…

Never Again?

All four of my grandparents were Holocaust survivors. I heard snippets of their stories my whole life but it was…

Jerusalem Prize Acceptance Speech

Philip Chester, former president of the Zionist Federation of Australia and of the Zionist Council of Victoria, was awarded the…

Life Goes On

It is usually around this time of year that I write a piece summing up the year in Israel, filled…

Save A Child’s Heart Visits Melbourne

Monday 1 December the ZCV, along with AUJS, the Australasion Jewish Medical Federation and AUSiMED, hosted a community event to learn about Save…

What’s in a Headline?

These days when you consider the information you take in when looking at a newspaper article or an item on…

Crossing Borders to Save Lives

For the first time in Beth Weizmann history, the Jordanian flag was flown alongside those of Australia and Israel when…

Don’t Mention Hamas

Once a year Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas makes a pilgrimage to the United Nations where he appears to have…

A (bitter) Sweet New Year

No one can deny it. As we entered into the New Year and prayed for the safety of the soldiers…

The Choice Between Evil and Evil

A story published in the Associated Press last week in which a Hamas spokesperson confirmed that Hamas fires rockets from residential and…

Romanticising Hamas

Yesterday’s Australian featured an article by its Middle East Correspondent John Lyons entitled “Hamas proposal for Israel peace plan”. The…

Media Misfires, Truth a Casualty

Last Tuesday evening (AEST), just hours before the latest ceasefire in the region was due to expire, terrorists in Gaza…

Soldier of Love and Hate

I had one of those moments back in July when the lead singer of my all-time favourite band spoke out…

United Nations or United Nuisance?

On 23 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to launch an independent inquiry into what it called“purported violations of…

When the Fog Lifts

Over the past four weeks since Operation Protective Edge began, we have been subjected to images shrouded by the fog of war.…

Yom Ha’atzmaut

Zionist Council of Victoria Announces Yom Ha’atzmaut and Yom Hazikaron Programs The Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV) in partnership with…

Press Release – 14 March 2014

Statement from President Sam Tatarka concerning the “Communal Tefillah Gathering” The Zionist Council of Victoria fully endorses the statement issued…

Press Release – 11 February 2014

Statement by ZFA President Philip Chester on 4 Corners/ The Australian investigation on the Israeli justice system by the Zionist…

Memorial Serice

Memorial Service for Ariel Sharon z”l 1928- 2014 “Myself, first of all I am a Jew. And that is the…

International Human Rights Day for Some

Two days ago (Tuesday 10th December) marked International Human Rights Day which celebrated the 65thanniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human…

A Week of Success Stories

Those of you who follow the communal press would have seen the debate that arose as a result of my…

Two-State Clarification

I was horrified this week to come across a piece titled ‘Two-State Illusion’ which appeared on the front page of the New…

The Year That Was 5773

As always when it comes to Israel, and the Jewish world, the past year has been bitter-sweet; marked by both…

הדרכת טיולים

הדרכת טיולים בשבועות האחרונים אנחנו מרגישים את החורף קרב ובא. עדיין קשה לי להתרגל לעובדה שבחודש יוני יורדים גשמים, השמים…

Yom Ha’atzmaut Cocktail 2013

Ambassador, Premier, Opposition Leader, Politicians, Jewish leaders, clergy of all faiths unite to celebrate Israel at 65 250 toast Israel’s…

Stamp of Aprroval in Melbourne

Israeli commissioner reflects on warm embrace by Jewish community Dr Les Glassman recently visited Melbourne as the official Israeli commissioner…

A Guide to What’s Going on in Syria

Over the last few months, the international media has abounded with speculation about Russia’s intention to send sophisticated S-300 air…

ZCV in the News 2013

ZCV in the News 2013 • 7 November – Australian Jewish News, “Remembering Rabin” • 5 November – News and…

Update – 30 May 2013

Posted by Zionist Council of Victoria on 30 May 2013 at 2:33pm: Media lies and the al-Dura affair I am…

ZYC Winter Camps 2013

Zionist Youth Groups Winter Camps 2013 The Zionist Council of Victoria supports the Zionist Youth Council (ZYC) and the individual…

Thank you Labor MPs

Thank you Labor MPs MPs address community to talk about official Isarel trip 21 May 2013 On 20 May 2013,…

Update – 13 May 2013

Posted by Zionist Council of Victoria on 13 May 2013 at 4:29pm: Will the Stephen Hawking boycott of Israel lead…

Update – 1 May 2013

Posted by ZCV on Wednesday 1 May 2013 at 3:47pm: A Tale of Two Killings and the Media’s Moral Equivalence…

Advocacy Update- 24 April 2013

We have become accustomed to conspiracy theories linking Israel to various tragedies around the world. It therefore was no surprise…

Update – 24 April 2013

Posted by Zionist Council of Victoria on 24 April 2013 at 2:25pm: We have become accustomed to conspiracy theories linking…

Advocacy Update 14 April 2013

With the approach of two of the most important “secular” days in the Israeli calendar, Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut,…

Update – 14 April 2013

Posted by Zionist Council of Victoria on 14 April 2013 at 9:46am: With the approach of two of the most…

Havdalah 2013

Havdalah: Transition ceremony from Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut Monday, 15 April, 5:30 – 6:30 pm Cost: Free Location: Beth…

Charlie Shlush

Charlie Shlush z”l At the 2012 Yom Hazikaron Commemoration, Efrat Metzler lit a candle (left) for her late, beloved uncle…

Appalling: AJDS Settlement Boycott

Joint statement from Philip Chester, President, Zionist Federation of Australia and Sam Tatarka President of the Zionist Council of Victoria:…

Obama’s Visit to Israel

After much hype in the Israeli public and press, President Obama’s first visit to Israel since becoming President ended on…

Update – 25 March 2013

Israel Advocacy Update: 25 March 2013 Obama’s Visit to Israel After much hype in the Israeli public and press, President…

History

Yom Hazikaron History Yom Hazikaron 2013 Memory is an integral part of Judaism, and once again it comes to the…

Getting There

Getting There View Larger Map Robert Blackwood Hall Monash University Building 2, Ring Road East Clayton, VIC 3002 Via Dandenong…

Advocacy Update 20 March 2013

•    Read ZFA President Philip Chester’s most recent statement on Israel’s newly sworn in Cabinet and President Obama’s visit to Israel •    Watch ZFA…

Update – 20 March 2013

Posted by Zionist Council of Victoria on 20 March 2013 at 3:42pm: •    Read ZFA President Philip Chester’s most recent…

Yom Hazikaron 2013

Yom Hazikaron 2013 The Zionist Council of Victoria and United Israel Appeal present Yom Hazikaron 2013, for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers…

Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert 2014

The Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert has long been one of Melbourne’s most important communal events, offering members of the community the…

Advocacy Update 15 February 2013

*** CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ZIONIST FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT PHILIP CHESTER BEING INTERVIEWED THIS MORNING ON RADIO NATIONAL *** — Israel…

Update – 15 February 2013

Posted by Zionist Council of Victoria on 15 February 2013 at 9:15am: *** CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO ZIONIST FEDERATION…

Advocacy Update 7 February 2013

Last July, six people, including five Israelis and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed, and over 30 others wounded in a…

Update – 7 February 2013

Posted by Emily Gian on 7 February 2013 at 3:37pm: Last July, six people, including five Israelis and a Bulgarian…

ZFA/ZCV Post-Election Analysis

Israel Elections 2013 Community post-election forum Who won, and what does it mean? While many people across the world have…

Advocacy Update 25 January 2013

On Tuesday, elections for Israel’s 19th Knesset took place. Despite polls prior to the election suggesting that it would be…

Update – 25 January 2013

Posted Friday 25 January 2013 at 12:15pm: On Tuesday, elections for Israel’s 19th Knesset took place. Despite polls prior to…

Update – 20 December 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 20 December 2012 at 7:10pm: As we approach the end of December, we usually take…

Update – 10 December 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 10 December 2012 at 4:04pm: Much has been written in recent weeks about the Palestinian…

Press Release – 23 November 2012

Martial arts initiative for peace in the Middle East to visit Melbourne Eleanor Roosevelt once said “It isn’t enough to…

Press Release – 16 November 2012

CODE RED – STOP THE ROCKETS Communities to gather in solidarity with Israel on 18 November Jewish communities across Australia…

Press Release – 12 November 2012

Israeli journalist and editor Ben-Dror Yemini in Melbourne BEN-DROR YEMINI is an Israeli journalist and editor. He is one of…

Update – 22 November 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 22 November 2012 at 3:32pm: Just over 9 hours ago, a ceasefire between the Israelis…

Operation Pillar of Defence

Material from the Zionist Council of Victoria > Israel Advocacy Network Update – 22 November 2012 > Israel Advocacy Network…

Update – 20 November 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 20 November 2012 at 4:45pm: As morning breaks on the 7th day of Operation Pillar…

Update – 16 November 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 16 November 2012 at 2:54pm: As Operation Pillar of Defence continues, we were unfortunately met…

Update – 8 November 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 8 November 2012 at 2:56pm: The results of the world’s most important elections are in…

Joint Press Release – 26 October 2012

Israel from the ground upUnique cultural aspects to be presented by author, commentator David Hazony Individuals’ relationships with Israel are…

Update – 25 October 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 25 October at 3:35pm: On Tuesday, an article appeared in Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper entitled ‘Survey:…

Statement – 18 October 2012

ZCV President Sam Tatarka reflects on a year since Gilad Shalit’s release Gilad Shalit’s release from Hamas terrorist captivity exactly…

Update – 4 October 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 4 October 2012 at 2:27pm: For perhaps the first time in recent history, and at…

Update – 28 September 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 28 September 2012 at 2:07pm: Dear All, On Monday, Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the…

Update – 20 September 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 20 September 2012 at 4:22pm: As a student of literature, I find the narrative of…

Update – 29 August 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 29 August 2012 at 4:37pm: I must have written on countless occasions of items appearing…

Update – 22 August 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 22 August 2012 at 3:03pm: I came across an article a few weeks ago by…

Update – 8 August 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 8 August 2012 at 3:29pm: On Sunday evening, a group of terrorists stormed an Egyptian…

Update – 24 July 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 24 July 2012 at 5:00pm: JOIN US IN A MINUTE FOR MUNICH: “In the face…

Update – 6 July 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 6 July 2012 at 3:16pm: When I came across some articles a few days ago…

Joint Press Release – 26 June 2012

Former IDF Chief: Keep Israel’s democracy, religion balanced Major General (Res.) Elazar Stern warns of coercion from both sides The…

Update – 20 June 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 20 June 2012 at 2:35pm: I have just returned to the office after some leave…

Cocktail Reception – 6 June 2012

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Update – 29 May 2012

Posted by Jack Chrapot on 29 May 2012 at 6:50am: Stolen Lives and a Stolen Minute In less than two…

Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert 64

ZCV, in partnership with JNF Victoria and UIA Victoria present…THE YOM HA’ATZMAUT COMMUNITY CONCERT CELEBRATING ISRAEL @ 64 This year’s…

Update – 24 April 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 24 April 2012 at 2:37pm: This evening marks the beginning of two of the most…

Article – 13 April 2012

Holiday Contemplation If you do the sums, a considered evaluation will inform you that Israel’s presence on the world stage…

Yom Hazikaron Commemoration

  Memory is an integral part of Judaism and once again it comes to the fore when Jewish communities around…

Update – 12 April 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 12 April 2012 at 12:30pm: Two days ago, Australia’s new Foreign Minister, the Hon Bob…

Press Release – 10 April 2012

Double the fun at events to celebrate Israel @ 64 ! Tickets are selling quickly for Yom Ha’atzmaut in Melbourne,…

Update – 22 March 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on Thursday 22 March 2012 at 5:30pm: On Monday evening, Melbourne time, we heard the devastating…

Update – 12 March 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 12 March 2012 at 7:20pm: Late on Friday afternoon, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) targeted…

Press Release – 1 March 2012

Major communal partnership announced for Melbourne’s Israel flagship events The Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV) has announced the formation of…

Update – 5 March 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 5 March 2012 at 2:05pm: Yesterday morning, American President Barack Obama addressed the AIPAC conference.…

Press Release – 28 February 2012

Invitation to bereaved families for involvement in Yom Hazikaron Commemoration 2012 On Yom Hazikaron we honour the memory of the…

Press Release – 22 February 2012

Parliament learns from Israel Israeli educator Rabbi David Samson gave evidence at Parliament on Monday to the Victorian Government’s inquiry…

Update – 20 Feburary 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 20 February 2012 at 10:34pm: Earlier this month, the noted American commentator and jurist Alan…

Update – 14 February 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 14 February 2012 at 10:59pm: This morning we woke to the news that two Israeli…

Update – 31 January 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 31 January 2012 at 7:10am: An article appeared in last Thursday’s Melbourne Age entitled ‘No…

Press Release – 23 January 2012

Top seeded Israeli wheelchair tennis champion wins Sydney International, on way to Melbourne Open Noam Gershony, Israel’s leading wheelchair tennis…

Update – 17 January 2012

Posted by Emily Gian on 17 January 2012 at 3:34pm: The Melbourne Age today carries a front page article by…

Update – 22 December 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 22 December 2011 at 3:43pm: It has been a really big year of highs and…

Update – 15 December 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 15 December 2011 at 9:30pm: Dear All, Some years ago I read a story from…

Update – 6 December 2011

The #IsraelLoves Edition! Posted by Emily Gian on 6 December 2011 at 1:30pm: Join the conversation and tell the ZCV…

Update – 30 November 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 30 November 2011 at 1:34pm: Dear All, Yesterday marked 64 years since the passing of…

Update – 17 November 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 17 November 2011 at 3:43pm: When I opened the copy of today’s Melbourne Age that…

Update – 16 November 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 16 November 2011 at 2:40pm: Dear All, As a lover of Israeli literature, I am…

Press Release – 7 November 2011

Supporting our friends in all the right places The Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV), together with the Jewish Community Council…

Update – 31 October 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 31 October at 4:36pm: Last Wednesday, after a short period of relative calm in Israel’s…

Update – 25 October 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 25 October 2011 at 3:13pm: Dear All, Today’s Age carries an Op-Ed by the broadsheet’s…

Update – 19 October 2011

Dear All, It finally happened! After many years of wishing, hoping and praying for the day that Gilad Shalit would…

Press Release – 10 October 2011

ZCV Annual Assembly emphasizes community’s close ties with MPs both locally and across the border The Zionist Council of Victoria’s…

Update – 7 October 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 7 October 2011 at 11:20am: Dear All, This week has been a week of extremes…

Press Release – 27 September 2011

Sweet Jewish New Year experienced by students in regional Victoria The Zionist Council of Victoria shared the unique customs of…

Update – 26 September 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 26 September 2011 at 3:08pm: Dear All, The Tale of Two Newspapers continues today as…

Press Release – 19 September 2011

Communicating Israel, Neil Lazarus style The Zionist Council of Victoria hosted Neil Lazarus, well-known expert on Israel, the Middle East…

Update – 22 September 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 22 September 2011 at 1:53pm: Dear All, This update might well be called “The UN…

Update – 15 September 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 15 September 2011 at 5:02pm: Dear All, Speaking to my usually optimistic family in Israel,…

Update – 5 September 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 5 September 2011 at 2:31pm: Dear All, Yesterday Victorian Young Liberals and the Australian Liberal…

Press Release – 19 August 2011

Zionist Council of Victoria statement on terror in southern Israel Zionist Council of Victoria president Sam Tatarka has expressed sorrow…

Escalation in the South

We are dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with all of the latest information coming out of Israel following Thursday’s multiple…

Update – 19 August 2011

Posted by Emily Gian and Jack Chrapot on 19 August 2011 at 11:04am (EST): A note from Emily Gian (Yehud-Monoson,…

Update – 8 August 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 8 August 2011 at 4:23pm: Dear All, “If we don’t slow down, We will not…

Press Release – 4 August 2011

Construction of Lamm Jewish Library of Australia in progress If you’ve visited, driven or walked past the Beth Weizmann Community…

Update – 4 August 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 4 August 2011 at 2:05pm: Dear All, “The only way to keep a dream rosy…

Press Release – 1 August 2011

Community leaders respond to BDS demonstration The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) and Zionist Council of Victoria (ZCV) have…

Update – 21 July 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 21 July 2011 at 1:58pm: Dear All,  Yesterday’s Age online featured an Op-Ed in the…

Update – 14 July 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 14 July 2011 at 9:18pm: COMMENTS BELOW Dear All, The issue of BDS (Boycotts, Divestments…

Press Release – 7 July 2011

Makor Library Annual Appeal will help nurture community culture From its humble beginnings in a small room at the Beth…

Gaza Flotilla 2011

The Zionist Federation of Australia, together with the Zionist Councils in each state, is dedicated to bringing you the most…

Press Release – 4 July 2011

Melbourne Jewish community continues action for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit Melbourne’s Jewish community has sent a message of support,…

Update – 4 July 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 4 July 2011 at 3:07pm: Late last week it was reported that one of the…

Special Alert – 30 June 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 30 June 2011 at 3:22pm: The Zionist Federation of Australia, together with the Zionist Councils…

Press Release – 23 June 2011

Community public call to action for Gilad Shalit’s 5 years in Hamas captivity Sadly, the Zionist Council of Victoria will…

Update – 21 June 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 21 June 2011 at 7:09pm: Dear All, Monday’s online edition of the Age featured a…

Press Release – 7 June 2011

Family name for the Jewish Library of Australia The executive of the Zionist Council of Victoria has welcomed the exciting…

Update – 6 June 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 6 June 2011 at 5:17pm: Dear All, A few weeks ago I wrote about the…

Press Release – 30 May 2011

New ZCV leadership team looks to the future The Zionist Council of Victoria is entering a fresh era of professional…

Update – 1 June 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 1 June 2011 at 4:20pm:  Dear All, It seems hard to believe that a year…

Update – 24 May 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 24 May 2011 at 12:07pm: Dear All, Last week I talked about literature and fiction…

Update – 16 May 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 16 May 2011 at 11:30am: Dear All, As a student of literature, I have always…

Kochav Nolad – 2011

The Kochav Nolad finalists have been announced!  Our very talented, young dancers and vocalists will compete for the title of…

Update – 5 May 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on Thursday 5 May 2011 at 2:35pm: Dear All, In my last update I touched on…

Update – 2 May 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 2 May 2011 at 5:06pm: Dear All, “Bin Laden is dead”. And with that short…

Update – 15 April 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 15 April 2011 at 2:28pm: Dear All, Last Thursday, an anti-tank missile was fired at…

BDS

BDS

Update – 4 April 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 4 April 2011 at 10:43pm: Dear All, If I had known then what I know…

Update – 1 April 2011

Posted by Emily Gian on 1 April 2011 at 2:28pm: Dear All, Earlier this week I returned to Australia after…

Update – 24 March 2011

Posted by Rebecca Searle on 24 March 2011 at 12:30pm: Dear All,  We awoke this morning to the terrible news…

Press Release – 29 March 2011

More ways than ever to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut 63! 2011 sees a total revamp of Yom Ha’atzmaut communal celebrations and…

Update – 14 March 2011

Posted by Jack Chrapot on 14 March 2011 at 6:15am: Dear All, I am in Jerusalem, a city enveloped in…

Press Release – 8 March 2011

Deadline extended…Still time to be our Yom Ha’atzmaut star! The youth talent competition “Kochav Nolad” (A Star is Born) to…

Update – 7 March 2011

Posted by Rabbi Dr John Levi on 7 March 2011 at 10:00am: Dear All, It has been some time since…

Update – 28 February 2011

Posted by Jack Chrapot on 28 February 2011 at 6:25am: Dear All,  Most of you would have noticed the recent…

Press Release – 22 February 2011

Invitation to bereaved families for involvement in the Yom Hazikaron Commemoration 2011 On Yom Hazikaron we honour the memory of…

Press Release – 2 February 2011

This could be your chance to shine!ZCV and UJEB launch Kochav Nolad community youth talent competition The Zionist Council of…

Update – 27 January 2011

Posted by Jack Chrapot on Thursday 27 January at 5:09pm Dear All, The actors who played Macbeth and Macduff stood…

Update – 20 January 2011

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Thursday 20 January 2011 at 3:39pm Dear All, Over the past few months we have…

Update – 10 January 2011

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 10 January 2011 at 2:42pm: Not long after the murder of John F. Kennedy  in…

Update – 23 December 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 23 December 2010 at 11:38am: Dear All, It was only two weeks ago that Paul …

Press Release – 23 December 2010

ZCV welcomes Dishonest Reporter award for Paul McGeough The Zionist Council of Victoria has welcomed the announcement by Honest Reporting,…

Update – 16 December 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 16 December 2010 at 2:06pm: Dear All, Some of you may have witnessed scenes of…

Update – 10 December 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 10 December 2010 at 11:48am: Dear All, I recently revisited a piece written in 2001…

Update – 6 December 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 6 December 2010 at 12:08 pm: Dear All, The fires that began in the Carmel…

Update – 3 December 2010

Dear All, This morning we were woken to the terrible news that devastating fires in Israel’s Carmel Mountain areas have…

Fire in Israel’s North

EMERGENCY APPEAL: MDA – 9272 5633 JNF – 9272 5666 UIA – 9272 5533 URGENT SOLIDARITY MEETING – MONDAY 6…

Update – 19 November 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Friday 19 November at 3:09pm: Dear All, Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had…

Update – 12 November 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 12 November 2010 at 3:16pm: Dear All, Last weekend, the Good Weekend magazine from the…

Update – 5 November 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 5 November 2010 at 1:42pm: Dear All,Whenever I find myself in Israel, I am amazed…

Press Release – 26 October 2010

Changing of the guard at the ZCV: honouring an outstanding outgoing president The Zionist Council of Victoria’s Annual Assembly traditionally…

Update – 29 October 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 29 October 2010 at 2:00pm: Dear All, It was only a matter of days ago…

Update – 18 October 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 18 October 2010 at 3:35pm: Dear All, Today, I would like to explore two issues…

Update – 4 October 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Monday 4 October 2010 at 2:49pm: Dear All, Yesterday, Fairfax journalist Paul McGeough delivered a…

Update – 21 September 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 21 September 2010 at 12:51pm: Dear All, In recent weeks I have received numerous emails…

Update – 17 September 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 17 September 2010 at 11:36am: Dear All, When Israel went to war against Hamas in…

Press Release – 13 September 2010

Israel maintains defence of its southern border against Hamas terror Zionist Council of Victoria president Dr Danny Lamm today slammed…

Update – 3 September 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Friday 3 September 2010 at 1:21pm: Dear All, On Wednesday we woke up to the…

Press Release – 30 August 2010

Michelle Rojas-Tal wows audiences across Melbourne Over the last week Michelle Rojas-Tal spoke to about 1,500 people across the Melbourne…

Update – 31 August 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Tuesday 31 August 2010 at 3:15pm: Dear All, If you picked up the Age today…

Update – 23 August 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Monday 23 August at 3:15pm: Dear All, With our news dominated by the Australian elections,…

Press Release – 18 August 2010

Outspoken and well-spoken: Michelle Rojas-Tal in Melbourne next week Not many 25 year olds can communicate like Michelle Rojas-Tal. When…

Press Release – 16 August 2010

Israel and the Media attracts a packed house Three of Israel’s foremost advocacy experts ensured the Beth Weizmann auditorium was…

Update – 13 August 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Friday 13 August at 1:15pm: Dear All, Earlier this week came the news that yet…

Update – 5 August 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 5 August 2010 at 2:52pm: Dear All, Yesterday morning, before I even had the chance…

Update – 30 July 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Thursday 30 July 2010 at 8:28am: Dear All, Two nights ago I received an email with a…

Press Release – 28 July 2010

The Analyst, the Activist and the Educator: A Trio of Perspectives on Israel and the Media Three of Israel’s foremost…

Update – 22 July 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 22 July 2010 at 3:30pm: Since the Flotilla incident of late May, several news reports…

Update – 14 July 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 14 July 2010 at 2:32pm: Dear All, The Fairfax organisation whose flagship newspapers are the…

Press Release – 12 July 2010

Australian Aliyah expected to surpass record numbers in 2010 The Zionist Council of Victoria will farewell a record number of…

Update – 7 July 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 7 July 2010 on 1:52pm: Dear All, Yesterday’s meeting between US President Barack Obama and…

Update – 30 June 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 30 June 2010 at 4:15pm: Dear All, Yesterday’s Age featured what I can only describe…

Update – 25 June 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 25 June 2010 at 4:40pm: When I consider the period of time that has elapsed…

Update – 18 June 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 18 June 2010 at 3:45pm: Today’s print edition of the Australian carries a story entitled…

Update – 11 June 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 11 June 2010 at 3:02pm: Dear All, Last week I wrote about lies and wondered…

Update – 4 June 2010

Dear All, As I read through the local newspapers this morning, I began to think about lies and how they…

Speech by Mark Dreyfus QC MP

Speech by The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP Cabinet Secretary Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Parliamentary Secretary…

Update – 2 June 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 2 June 2010 at 5:18pm: Dear All,  Someone much more famous than Bart Simpson once…

Gaza Flotilla 2010

           www.wzo.org.il/english/flotilla ; www.flotillafacts.com  TO BE ADDED TO THE ISRAEL ADVOCACY DATABASE AND RECEIVE REGULAR EMAIL UPDATES, CLICK HERE. UPDATED…

Update – 25 May 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 25 May 2010 at 3:51pm: Dear All, Earlier this year the assassination of Hamas terrorist…

Update – 21 May 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 21 May 2010 at 1:42pm LAST UPDATED – 24 MAY 2010 AT 12:38pm Dear All,…

Update – 13 May 2010

Dear All, A University campus is normally an interesting place to visit. On Tuesday, I was walking across Melbourne University…

Update – 5 May 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 5 May 2010 at 3:55pm: Dear All, Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) is approaching and this…

Update – 23 April 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Friday 23 May 2010 at 12:37pm: Dear All, The plight of Israel’s “Missing in Action”…

Update – 15 April 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 15 April 2010 at 1:52pm Dear All, I have just returned from a trip to…

Update – 22 March 2010

Posted by Jack Chrapot on 22 March 2010 at 3:30pm A LAUGHING MATTER by Jack Chrapot When visiting Israel in…

Update – 12 March 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 12 March 2010 at 2:10pm US Vice President Joe Biden made a trip to Israel…

Update – 5 March 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 5 March 2010 at 11:03am Dear All, I thought that perhaps with a bit of…

Update – 18 February 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 18 February 2010 at 5:15pm: To leave a comment, click here Dear All, The latest story…

Update – 5 February 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 5 February 2010 at 12:15pm: To leave a comment, click here. Yesterday’s Age carried a…

Update – 21 January 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 21 January 2010 at 12:50pm: To leave a comment, click here This morning I woke…

Update – 14 January 2010

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 14 January 2010 at 3:00pm: To leave a comment, click here I have only been…

Update – 17 December 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 17 December 2009 at 3:05pm: To leave a comment, click here Today’s Australian carries a…

Update – 10 December 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 10 December 2009 at 3:35pm To comment on this article, click here I came across…

Press Release – 7 December 2009

Caulfield Park Community Branch, Bendigo Bank supports the Jewish community Zionist Council of Victoria Executive Director Ginette Searle, Treasurer Robert Lissauer…

Update – 7 December 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 7 December 2009 at 4:57pm: To comment on this article, click here Dear All, If…

Update – 2 December 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 2 December 2009 at 12:15pm: Israel – A Personal Reflection My jetlag lingers but already…

Statement – 25 November 2009

Zionist Council of Victoria statement regarding feature article in the Uniting Church’s “Crosslight”publication “The Jewish community has had formal dialogue…

Update – 17 November 2009

With thanks to our guest contributor Jack Chrapot Posted by Elly Shalev on 17 November 2009 at 5:45pm: Comment on…

Update – 9 November 2009

With thanks to our guest contributor ZCV Executive member Jack Chrapot Posted by Elly Shalev on 09 November 2009 at…

Speech by Sam Lipski AM

?כיצד לפתוח את דברי.אולי כדאי שאפתח את דברי מההתחלה, מבראשית .אני בנו של פלסטינאי אבי הגיע מפלסטינה למלבורן בשנת 1927…

Press Release – 5 November 2009

2009 ZCV Annual Assembly brings together the past, present and future of Melbourne’s Zionist community Last night guests, delegates from…

Press Release – 26 October 2009

ZCV’s Annual Assembly to feature keynote speaker The Hon Wayne Swan MP, Federal Treasurer The 71st Annual Assembly of the…

Press Release – 20 October 2009

The Goldstone Report and the United Nations Human Rights Council: anti-Israel politicization with far-reaching ramifications Statement from Sharene Hambur, Acting…

Update – 19 October 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 19 October 2009 at 4:05pm: Comment on this article below On Friday, the UN Human…

Update – 9 October 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 9 October 2009 at 1:45pm: Comment on this article below Earlier this week I wrote…

Special Alert – 5 October 2009

Dear All, On Thursday evening, the family of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit received the most convincing sign of life…

Gilad Shalit – Sign of Life

Some articles of interest: Palestinian women freed after Gilad Shalit video – The Australian, 3 October 2009 Noam Shalit: Concerned…

Update – 2 October 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Friday 2 October 2009 at 12:45pm: Comment on this article For 1,195 days Israeli soldier…

Update – 24 September 2009

Posted by Emily on 24 September at 9:17am: Comment on this article For those of you who may have missed…

Update – 16 September 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on 16 September at 4:35pm: *** New Feature *** Comment on this peice by clicking here…

Asaf Ramon z”l

It is with great sadness that we write about the tragic death of Captain Asaf Ramon, who was killed in…

Press Release – 3 September 2009

Auditions for Melbourne’s largest community event Yom Ha’atzmaut extended Jewish musical talent was in abundance earlier this month when the…

Update – 3 September 2009

Posted by Emily Chrapot on Thursday 3 September at 11:25am: *** New Feature *** Comment on this peice by clicking…

Press Release – 1 September 2009

ZCV welcomes Jewish Population Survey report Statement from Dr Danny Lamm Professor Andrew Markus and the team responsible for the…

Update – 26 August 2009

Posted by Emily on 26 August 2009 at 5:15pm: On Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad declared to The Times…

Update – 24 August 2009

*** New Feature – Leave a Comment Below *** Last week Honest Reporting released a report entitled: Outrage: IDF Accused…

Update – 17 August 2009

Dear All, In an interview with famous Israeli author Amos Oz, the interviewer asked Oz if it is true what…

Update – 12 August 2009

Dear All, Yesterday’s Age featured an Op-Ed by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser entitled ‘The isolation of Hamas is…

Press Release – 11 August 2009

Sara Kaltmann winner of 2009 Victorian Bible Quiz Beth Rivkah Ladies’ College’s Sara Kaltmann, 13, yesterday won the Victorian state finals…

Update – 5 August 2009

Dear All, Yesterday Fatah held its first congress since 1989 in Bethlehem. Members of Fatah from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and…

Press Release – 3 August 2009

Peter Costello launches “Building a Nation” – Anthology of Australia-Israel stories It was standing room only for the launch of…

Update – 22 July 2009

Dear All, I came across an article in yesterday’s Jerusalem Post entitled ‘Amman begins stripping state’s Palestinians of citizenship’. The…

Press Release – 15 July 2009

Mr Peter Costello MP to launch anthology of Australian community members’ contributions to Israel The Makor Jewish Community Library and…

Press Release – 14 July 2009

Calling all Melbourne Jewish talent – auditions for the 2101 Yom Ha’atzmaut Concert are just around the corner! Last year’s…

Press Release – 30 June 2009

Sold-out audience at community solidarity evening marking Gilad Shalit’s 3rd year in Hamas captivity June 25th marked 3 years exactly…

Update – 8 July 2009

Dear All, Yesterday’s Age and Australian both featured a story about how US Vice President Joe Biden had declared Israel…

Update – 29 June 2009

Dear All, There is an article in today’s Australian entitled ‘Shalit ‘to Egypt’ in plan to lift Gaza siege‘ which…

Update – 22 June 2009

Dear All, In three days, on 25 June, we will be marking three years since Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was…

Press Release – 16 June 2009

Reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s policy speech Statement by Sam Salcman, Acting President, Zionist Council of Victoria Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement, which is…

Update – 15 June 2009

Dear All, It certainly has been a big weekend with the Iranian elections on Friday and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin…

Update – 5 June 2009

Dear All, Yesterday, American President Barack Obama spoke to a packed audience at Cairo University and called for a new…

Press Release – 28 May 2009

Zionist Council of Victoria awarded government multifaith / interfaith grant for its educational Public Speaker Service The Zionist Council of…

Press Release – 25 May 2009

Zionist Council of Victoria to host scholar-in-residence from leading Israel advocacy group StandWithUs Michelle Rojas from the Israel Advocacy organisation…

Press Release – 21 May 2009

Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Rabbi Lau inspires our community at Yom Yerushalayim – Tel Aviv centenary celebration The Melbourne…

Update – 19 May 2009

Dear All, After much hype, yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Barack Obama met for the first…

Ambassador’s Speech

Speech by His Excellency, Yuval Rotem, Israel’s Ambassador to Australia at the Yom Hazikaron Commemoration for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and…

Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception 2009  {em_slideshow 87} Speech by Dr. Danny Lamm, President, ZCV The Hon John Brumby, Premier of Victoria; Mr…

President’s Speech

Speech by Dr. Danny Lamm, President, Zionist Council of Victoria for Yom Ha’atzmaut 61 Eli Yerushalmi – Deputy Chief of…

Update – 7 May 2009

Dear All, An article appeared in yesterday’s online edition of the Australian entitled ‘UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demands compensation from…

Update – 5 May 2009

Dear All, The Age never seems to disappoint when it comes to reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This weekend, the…

Update – 21 April 2009

Dear All, The Durban Review Conference (“Durban II”) has kicked off with a bang and is already proving to be…

Special Alert – 19 April 2009

Dear All, I have dedicated a few of my recent updates to discussing the upcoming Durban Review Conference (dubbed “Durban…

Press Release – 1 April 2009

Tel Aviv-Yafo celebrates 100 years 1909-2009 As the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo prepares to mark its 100th anniversary in early…

Update – 1 April 2009

Dear All, Yesterday a new government led by Likud’s Binyamin Netanyahu was sworn in. The 69-seat coalition consists of Likud,…

Update – 25 March 2009

Dear All, A number of stories have appeared in both the local and overseas media over the past few days…

Press Release 19 March 2009

Experience the buzz of Tel Aviv 100 close up with the Zionist Council of Victoria With the success of the…

Update – 17 March 2009

Dear All, Last night before I went to sleep all reports from Israel suggested that negotiations in Egypt between Israeli…

Press Release – 16 March 2009

The Zionist Council of Victoria urges support for the plight of Gilad Shalit  and his family as Gilad’s 1,000th day…

Update – 6 March 2009

Dear All, Last July we saw a new type of terror attack in Jerusalem. These attacks are carried out on…

Press Release – 26 February 2009

Invitation to bereaved families for involvement in the Yom Hazikaron Communal Commemoration for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror…

Update – 23 February 2009

Dear All, In late November of last year I wrote to you about an upcoming anti-racism conference dubbed “Durban II”…

Durban II

*** BREAKING NEWS: AUSTRALIA TO BOYCOTT UPCOMING DURBAN REVIEW CONFERENCE – SCROLL BELOW FOR A LIST OF ALL OF THE…

Press Release – 19 February 2009

“Gilad Shalit – 2 years in captivity”: A mother’s heart wrenching pain On Thursday morning February 19, the Australian Friends…

Update – 18 February 2009

Dear All, The Israeli elections are over and we are still no closer to knowing who will be the next…

Update – 10 February 2009

Dear All, As morning breaks in Israel, the people will be heading to the polling booths to decide who will…

Update – 4 February 2009

Dear All, Many of you would probably now be aware of an article that appeared in the Canadian Globe and…

Update – 30 January 2009

Dear All, The dust from the Gaza War is settling and, with it, we are uncovering more and more information…

Press Release – 23 January 2009

150 people participate in Israel advocacy “tough questions” workshop The Zionist Council of Victoria continued its Israel Advocacy activities on…

Press Release – 22 January 2009

Melbourne’s Jewish community shows unwavering solidarity with Israel Melbourne’s Jewish community came together in 2 demonstrations of support for Israel…

Press Release – 20 January 2009

Age’s apology for antisemitic article does not redress the harm it caused The Age has today apologised for publishing a blatantly antisemitic…

Update – 21 January 2009

Dear All, Most of you would know by now about Michael Backman’s appalling and vile diatribe in the Business section…

Press Release – 18 January 2009

Victorian Jewish community condemns Age’s antisemitic article John Searle, president of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), and Dr Danny Lamm,…

Press Release – 18 January 2009

Melbourne’s Jewish community to hold solidarity event for Israel Melbourne’s Jewish community will come together in another peaceful show of…

Update – 16 January 2009

Dear All, With talks about a possible ceasefire in the Gaza War continuing, many are saying that the war will…

Update – 13 January 2009

“What about the children?” Dear Advocates, Much has been said about the use of children and others by Palestinian terrorists…

Update – 9 January 2009

Dear Advocates, Yesterday afternoon I turned on the Israeli television to see the news of three rockets that had been…

Operation Cast Lead

Israel Advocacy Network Update 4 February 2009 – NEW Israel Advocacy Network Update 30 January 2009 Israel Advocacy Briefing and…

Update – 7 January 2009

Dear Advocates, No doubt you would have heard / read about the tragedy that happened overnight in Jebaliya in the…

Update – 5 January 2009

Dear Advocates, Saturday 3 January 2009 marked the eighth day of “Operation Cast Lead” and the first day of Israel’s…

Gaza: FAQ – 1 January 2009

Israel and Gaza – Frequently asked questions It’s summer break here, and at a time when we would normally be…

Update – 31 December 2008

Dear Advocates, This morning’s headline from the Israeli newspapers was ‘Rockets reach Beersheba’, an indication that Hamas’ threats of longer…

Update – 28 December 2008

Dear Advocates,  I came home last night to the news that Israel had carried out a clinical strike on every…

Press Release – 29 December 2008

Hamas chooses war over truce “The Zionist Council of Victoria expresses its full support for Israel’s military action to defend…

Update – 19 December 2008

Dear Advocates, On 19 June 2008, Israel and Hamas agreed on an Egyptian-brokered truce that was due to last for…

Press Release – 16 December 2008

Zionist Council congratulates Israeli Centre President on receiving Victorian Multicultural Award The Zionist Council of Victoria has congratulated Menachem Khoen,…

Special Features

74th Annual Assembly Held on 18 October 2012 Click here for all of the latest news, photos and speeches from…

Update – 12 December 2008

Dear Advocates,  Last week’s news from Israel was dominated by events in Hebron. At the centre of the controversy was…

Update – 1 December 2008

Dear Advocates,  I, like many others, have been glued to the television for the past few days trying to comprehend…

Update – 21 November 2008

Dear Advocates,  In early September 2001, under the auspices of the UN, a conference was held entitled “World Conference against…

Update – 14 November 2008

Dear Advocates,  Over the past ten days there has been a significant escalation of hostilities in and around Gaza which…

Press Release – 14 November 2008

Myths and Facts about Israel’s anti-terrorist barrier:Fences don’t kill, suicide bombers and terrorists do Israel’s anti-terrorist barrier will be the…

Update – 5 November 2008

Dear Advocates,  As I write this email, the world is waiting as the first results from the United States Presidential…

2012 Annual Assembly

The 74th Annual Assembly of the Zionist Council of Victoria was held on Thursday 18 October 2012. Speeches, photos and an…

Update – 27 October 2008

Dear Advocates,  Today our local papers have all covered the latest news in Israel that the newly appointed leader of…

Update – 17 October 2008

Dear Advocates,  845 days have passed since Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was abducted in a cross-border raid and taken into…

Update – 10 October 2008

Dear Advocates,  I hope everyone was well over the New Year. The High Holidays brought with them a relative calm…

Press Release – 6 October 2008

A 70-year strong connection between the Victorian Jewish community and Israel On October 28, the State Zionist Council of Victoria…

Update – 25 September 2008

Dear Advocates, Following Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech to the UN, the following statement by State Zionist Council of Victoria President…

Press Release – 25 September 2008

Bring Iranian leader Ahmadinejad to trial at the International Court of Justice The State Zionist Council of Victoria has unequivocally…

Update – 17 September 2008

Dear Advocates,  On Monday, the Age carried a story by Middle East correspondent Jason Koutsoukis entitled ‘Stabbing ignites Jewish rampage’,…

Press Release – 5 September 2008

Why is the Islamic communal leadership deflecting the facts regarding terrorism? The statement by Ikebal Patel in today’s Age (Wounded…

Update – 5 September 2008

Dear Advocates,  Following on from the controversy I mentioned last week concerning comments made by Australian Arabic Council Chairman Roland…

Update – 26 August 2008

Dear Advocates,  Last Thursday the Australian media broke the news that the Hezbollah television station, Al-Manar, is being broadcast into…

Press Release – 25 August 2008

Broadcast of terrorist Hezbollah’s Al-Manar into Australia is not about freedom of speech and must be stopped The reports that Hezbollah’s al-Manar television station…

Press Release – 12 August 2008

Expert Israel Advocacy trainer David Olesker to visit Melbourne A leader in the challenging world of hasbara and stating Israel’s case,…

Press Release – 11 August 2008

New World Zionist Organisation position for SZCV President, Dr Danny Lamm Dr. Danny Lamm was elected to the World Zionist…

Press Release – 7 August 2008

       Jerusalem Medical Ethicist to address Melbourne community on visit to Australia With medical breakthroughs in fields such as…

Update – 7 August 2008

Dear Advocates,  Violence between rivals Fatah and Hamas in Gaza has escalated in recent weeks. As I mentioned in last…

Press Release – 4 August 2008

Israeli expert on Europe to speak in Melbourne Israel’s future relations with the European Union will be the key topic under discussion when a leading…

Update – 30 July 2008

Dear Advocates,  Today’s Age is running a story by correspondent Jason Koutsoukis entitled ‘Hamas and Fatah torture prisoners: watchdog’, regarding…

Terrorists for Prisoners

By Dr. Danny Lamm, President, State Zionist Council of Victoria Hezbollah and Israel, last week, exchanged the bodies of two…

Update – 23 July 2008

Dear Advocates,  Almost three weeks after a Palestinian from East Jerusalem ploughed his bulldozer into buses and other vehicles in…

Press Release – 18 July 2008

Mourning Israel’s fallen soldiers, Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser and Eldad Regev zichronam livracha Statement from Dr Danny Lamm, President SZCV It…

Update – 15 July 2008

Dear Advocates,  At 4:00pm AEST tomorrow (9:00am local Israeli time) the prisoner exchange between Israel and Hezbollah is due to…

Press Release – 7 July 2008

Tribute to Rabbi Yitzchok Groner from SZCV President, Dr Danny Lamm Rabbi Yitzchok Groner, of blessed memory, was the outstanding…

Update – 3 July 2008

Dear Advocates,   Last night I tuned into Israel’s Channel 2 at around 8:30pm AEST, and was shocked at the scenes…

Press Release – 3 July 2008

State Zionist Council of Victoria strongly condemns bulldozer terror attack in Jerusalem; Palestinian kills 3 Israelis and injures more than…

Press Release – 1 July 2008

State Zionist Council of Victoria statement on Israeli cabinet approval of prisoner swap with terrorist Hezbollah The State Zionist Council…

Press Release – 25 June 2008

State Zionist Council of Victoria executive to mark 2nd year in captivity for Israel’s kidnapped soldiers and hear address by…

Special Alert – 25 June 2008

** SPECIAL ALERT ** **GILAD SHALIT: 2 YEARS IN CAPTIVITY ** **SPECIAL ALERT** Today, 25 June, marks exactly two years…

Press Release – 24 June 2008

State Zionist Council of Victoria outraged at anti-Israel cartoon in The Age The State Zionist Council of Victoria has expressed…

Eldad Regev

On Wednesday morning, 16 July 2008, after 735 days on uncertainty, the bodies of Eldad Regev (of blessed memory) and Ehud Goldwasser (of…

Ehud Goldwasser

On Wednesday morning, 16 July 2008, after 735 days on uncertainty, the bodies of Eldad Regev (of blessed memory) and Ehud Goldwasser (of…

Gilad Shalit

Gilad (21) was born on 08/28/1986. He is the son of Aviva and Noam Schalit from Mitzpe Hilla in the…

Guy Hever

Guy Hever, a soldier in the Israeli Army, has been missing since August 17, 1997. He was last seen on…

Yehuda Katz

“Yehuda, come home quickly, for we are growing old.” ( Yosef Katz, father of MIA Yehuda, quoted in Laisha, September…

Tzvi Feldman

Tzvi Feldman was born on December 29, 1956 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Tzvi’s father Avraham, came to Israel from Europe…

Zachary Baumel

Zachary Baumel was born in Brooklyn New York on November 17, 1960. He is the youngest son of Yona and…

Ron Arad

“Please do your best to get me out of here, because Lebanon is no place to be, and I really…

Bios of the soldiers

Click on the images for more information: GiladShalit RonArad ZacharyBaumel TzviFeldman YehudaKatz GuyHever   Returned Soldiers:   EhudGoldwasser z”l EldadRegev…

Special Alert – 18 June 2008

Dear Advocates, The Israel Advocacy Network works on many levels, the most active of which is to alert advocates of…

Speech by John Searle, President, JCCV

Premier Brumby, Ted Baillieu, leader of the opposition, members of Parliament, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen Welcome and Shalom.  It…

Special Alert – 11 June 2008

Dear Advocates, Two weeks from today will mark exactly two years since the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Since…

Update – 23 May 2008

Dear Advocates, Last year I wrote to you about the libel action brought against Phillipe Karsenty by Charles Enderlin and…

Press Release – 15 May 2008

State Zionist Council of Victoria deplores deliberate Palestinian targeting of Israeli civilians at Ashkelon shopping centre Melbourne’s Jewish community celebrated…

Update – 15 May 2008

Dear Advocates, Last week we celebrated the Hebrew date marking 60 years since the establishment of the State of Israel.…

Update – 2 May 2008

Dear Advocates, Today’s Australian newspaper has a story entitled Israel links Holocaust to Iran threat from Martin Chulov. His article…

Jerusalem Program 2004

Zionism is a dynamic ideology. That is why the core definition and aims of Zionism are periodically revised and updated.…

Press Release – 11 April 2008

Tickets selling fast for Yom Ha’atzmaut 60 – The ConcertA Star studded celebration of Israel’s 60 years! The State Zionist…

Update – 10 April 2008

Dear Advocates, Today I bring you the sad news of the murder of two Israeli citizens, Oleg Lipson and Lev…