Resources

EYE ON ISRAEL

This is a live hub of resources to help our community stay informed, feel empowered to take action, and learn how to contribute. You will find statements from leading organisations, important writing and other content, opportunities to donate and volunteer, details about events, rallies and services, and much more.

This hub is updated regularly, and we welcome your submissions to info@emanuel.org.au.

 

COMING UP

  • Conversations About Israel with Rabbi Kaiserblueth
    Emanuel Synagogue and streamed on emanuelplus – every Monday at 10.00 am (AEDT)
    Catch previous editions here
  • Shema: Listen & Be Heard (prev. Thursdays in the Circle) with Rabbi Mordecai. On hiatus for April
    Emanuel Synagogue, Thursdays at 7.15 pm (AEDT)
    Over the last few weeks, Rabbi Mordecai has been bringing together the community to give expression to our sadness and despair in the wake of the unfolding situation in Israel and engage in active and respectful listening.

PAST EVENTS

  • Australians United Against Antisemitism
    Sunday 3 March | CBD location
    Join the UIA family at their 2024 Campaign Gala event to hear from one of Israel’s greatest heroes and a beacon of hope. Hear stories of survival and courage; what the future holds and how we can support the people of Israel.
  • Australians United Against Antisemitism
    Sunday 18 February | Central Sydney location
    We invite everyone to join us in opposing anti-Semitism at our upcoming event in central Sydney. Committed to ensuring a safe and inclusive Australia, we reject any excuse for hatred. We welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to stand against darkness.
  • NIF: Meeting These Challenging Times
    Tuesday 27 February | Venue on registration
    Join Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM and Emanuel Synagogue member and founder of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn AO, for a discussion that dives into the news coming from Israel-Palestine each day and increased challenges locally in Australia.
  • Rebuilding the Dream: Uniting Hearts, Restoring Israel
    Sunday 3 March | Sydney CBD venue on registration
    Join the UIA family at their 2024 Campaign Gala event to hear from one of Israel’s greatest heroes and a beacon of hope. Hear stories of survival and courage; what the future holds and how we can support the people of Israel.
  • #ridetobringthemhomenow 
    Join cyclists around the world wearing a yellow ribbon in solidarity on their bicycle ride this Sunday, January 14th, marking 100 days since the October 7 attack.
  • #Metoo Womens March
    Join the #Metoo Womens March on Sun 17th December against the the atrocities committed on Israeli and Jewish women by Hamas on October 7.
  • BRING THEM HOME: Hear their stories
    Sunday 3 December, 11am  | North Shore Location
    Hear from the family members of hostages and victims of the October 7 attacks, visiting Sydney from Israel. Register Here
  • Kehilat Nitzan​​​​​​​ Q&A: Israel solidarity trip
    Thursday 30 November, 8.00 pm | Zoom
    Join us on Zoom to hear about our plan to run an inspiring Solidarity Trip from May 9 – 23, 2024. The aim of the trip is to show support for the People of Israel through a Masorti lens and will include: time in Jerusalem with Rabbi Ehud Bandel, visits to affected communities in the South, time devoted to volunteering, commemorating a very meaningful Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut on the streets of Israel’s Eternal Capital. More info here
  • WEBINAR: Supporting Children In Times Of Crisis, Session 2
    Monday 4 December, 7.30 pm | Zoom
    Join Wolper Jewish Hospital and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies for an exclusive Wellbeing Webinar Series dedicated to safeguarding our mental health during these challenging times.Info and registration here
    Missed session 1? Catch up here
  • Bring Them Back Home Rally Sydney
    Sunday 26 November, 10.00am
  • Set Them Free Solidarity Vigil
    Sun 12 November, 11.00 am, Sydney
  • United Israel Appeal: Update From the Ground
    Monday 13 November, 7.30 pm | Eastern Suburbs location
  • Israel in Crisis: Briefing with Yotam Polizer, IsraAID Global CEO
    Tue 14 November, 7.00 pm (AEDT) | Online
  • Climate Shabbat Dinner: “L’dor v’dor” (From Generation to Generation)
    Emanuel Synagogue, Friday 17 November, 7.30 pm 
  • Combatting Hate Speech in the Digital Age with Karel Fracapane (UNESCO)
    Melbourne Holocaust Museum, Thursday 9 November at 7.00 pm
  • NSW Jewish Community Gathering – United with Israel
    Sydney, Wednesday 11 October 2023 at 6.00 pm (AEDT)
  • Webinar with former Prime Minister of Israel, Naftali Bennett – Jewish National Fund of Australia
    Webinar, Thursday 12 October at 5.00 pm (AEDT)
  • NCJWA’s Australian Jewish women’s solidarity and prayer meeting
    Online, Sunday 15 October 2023 at 8.00 pm (AEDT)
  • Lost for Words: Talking to Our Kids About Crisis
    Discuss over Zoom how to navigate these conversations with under 5-year-olds, 5-8-year-olds and teens.
    16 October 2023 at 8.00 pm (AEDT)
  • A gathering of song, support and solidarity for young Jewish adults
    Location in Sydney TBC, 15 October 2023 at 5.00 pm (AEDT)
  • Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) Israel update for Jewish high school students
    Online, Sunday 15 October 2023 at 5.00 pm (AEDT)
  • Concert for Israel, presented by Friends of Wolper and Emanuel Synagogue 
    Sunday 29 October, 5.30 – 7.00 pm
    A special performance by world-renowned pianist Simon Tedeschi and international soprano Eleanor Lyons in support of Israel and to raise funds for Magen David Adom (MDA).
  • The PTSD Fallout from the War with Hamas with Professor Bar Haim
    Tuesday 24 October, 6.30 pm (AEDT)
    Presented by Tel Aviv

WATCH

  • Jerusalem Marathon
    Watch scenes from the 40,000 who ran in 13th annual Jerusalem marathon, with a spotlight on hostages.
    Watch Here
  • Brazil Rally
    Marvel at the scenes from the massive rally held in Brazil
    Watch Here
  • Barbra Streisand’s Lifetime Achievement Award
    Enjoy Barbra Streisand’s powerful Life Achievement Award acceptance speech, where she addresses the importance of combating antisemitism
    Watch Here
  • What It Means To Be Jewish
    Watch the powerful video on What it Means to Be Jewish in a post-October 7 world.
    Watch Here
  • Super Bowl ad
    Watch the thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray for the Israeli hostages in Gaza and IDF soldiers on the frontlines.
    Watch Here
  • Am Yisrael Chai
    Watch the moving rendition of Eyal Golan’s ‘Am Yisrael Chai’; performed by the students of Moriah College.
    Watch Here
  • U2 Tribute
    U2 pays tribute to the hundreds killed at the Supernova Music Festival.
    Watch Here
  • Diversity in Israel
    Watch the thought-provoking sermon by Rabbi Angela Buchdahl, addressing the diversity of the Israeli people and their place in post-October 7 Israel.
    Watch Here
  • #ridetobringthemhomenow
    cyclists from around the world ride with a yellow ribbon on their bicycles last Sunday, January 14th, for the #ridetobringthemhomenow initiative, marking 100 days since the October 7 attack.
    Watch Here
  • Hope at the Western Wall
    Watch the thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to pray for the Israeli hostages in Gaza and IDF soldiers on the frontlines.
    Watch Here
  • #ridetobringthemhomenow
    Watch the cyclists from around the world riding with a yellow ribbon on their bicycles last Sunday, January 14th, marking 100 days since the October 7 attack.
    Watch Here
  • Meals to the front line
    Watch the hundreds of restaurants and volunteers at Culinary Institute of Israel, working to cook thousands of meals for Israeli soldiers on the front line.
    Watch Here
  • Homeland concert
    Watch the Concert that brought together 1000 musicians in Caesarea, united in their call to bring the hostages home.
    Watch here
  • Mia Schem speaks out
    Watch the gripping interview with recently released hostage Mia Schem, who shares her harrowing experience in captivity.
    Watch Here
  • Sahar Kalderon tells her story
    Meet Sahar Kalderon, the 16-year-old daughter of Ofer Kalderon—Emanuel Synagogue’s adopted Missing Hero—as she recounts her experience in captivity and expresses her hope for the safe return of her father.
    Watch Here
  • #METOOUNLESSURAJEW
    Watch the Heart-wrenching moments from the women’s rights vigil held in Sydney last Sunday: #METOO UNLESS UR A JEW organised by the United With Israel and Bring Them Home organisations
    Watch Here
  • Rabbi Ninio’s speech: #MEETOOUNLESSURAJEW
    Watch Rabbi Ninio’s speech to the thousands in attendance at the #METOO UNLESS UR A JEW vigil.
    Watch Here
  • Social cohesion amidst rising tension
    Watch ‘Social Cohesion Amidst Rising Tension: A Conversation’ with Josh Burns MP and Allegra Spender MP hosted by New Israel Fund Australia.
    Watch Here
  • Eitan Chitayat explains
    Watch writer Eitan Chitayat’s explainer video helping Jewish kids understand the October 7 attacks.
    Watch Here
  • CHUTNEY ft. Sarit Michael | Kama at Yafa
    The new rendition of the Israeli pop anthem ‘Kama At Yafa’ (כמה את יפה – ‘How Beautiful You Are’ in English) helping raise awareness of the hostages still held by Hamas. 
    Watch here
  • Koolulam | Like A prayer
    international musical project advocating for the return of the abducted.
    Watch here
  • Allegra Spender MP Speaks in Parliament following a motion condemning Hamas
    House of Representatives Chamber, Monday 16 October 2023
    Watch here
  • Shabbat live stream at Emanuel Synagogue
    Every Friday from 6.15 pm (AEDT) on Emanuelplus
    Free access here
  • Hamas and Gaza | A Liberal Israeli’s View – Yuval Noah Harari
    The Rest is Politics YouTube channel with Alastair Campbell, Rory Stewart and Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari
    Watch here
  • Veteran Israeli defence journalist Yoav Limor interview
    Presented by the Jewish National Fund of Australia
    Watch here
  • Rishi Sunak: ‘There are not two sides – Hamas are terrorists’ (Sky News)
    The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom addresses a vigil for Israeli victims at a synagogue in north London.
    Watch here
  • President Biden on the Israel-Hamas conflict (CNBC)
    The US President delivers remarks on the Hamas attacks in Israel and the current conflict in the Gaza Strip.
    Watch here
  • Address by Isreal’s Leader of the Opposition, Yair Lapid
    “You should have told the foreign media the hard truth – stop helping Hamas!”
    Watch here

READ 

  • Weekly readings
    Dive into a diverse selection of contemporary readings, refreshed weekly, and thoughtfully curated by the Center for Israel Education.
    Read Here

  • UN Meets
    UN Security Council to meet Sunday for emergency talks on Iran’s attack against Israel.
    Read Here
  • New Law
    Read about the New law will sanction cell phone companies that don’t provide coverage in the West Bank.
    Read Here

  • Israeli Municipal Elections
    Take a glimpse at the 2024 Israeli Municipal elections.
    Read Here

  • Families Head To Jerusalem
    Hostage families head to Jerusalem for a rally after a 4-day march.
    Read Here

  • Israeli Music Transformation
    Explore the transformation of Israeli music since October 7.
    Read Here

  • Israel’s Print Media Figures
    Discover Israel’s leading figures in print media today.
    Read Here

  • Israel 75
    Amongst uncertainty, how are Israelis celebrating Israel’s 75th anniversary? Featuring a portraiture series by Hila Gvir. 
    Read Here
  • Emanuel Artworks in Times square
    Discover the narrative behind the impactful artworks crafted by students from Emanuel School and around the world. These creations are devoted to raising awareness for hostages still in captivity, and will take center stage in an upcoming exhibition at Times Square next week.
    Read here
  • Avashai Conyer’s letter to the Zionist Youth
    Read the Mazkir of Progressive Zionist youth movement Avashai Conyer’s article in AJN this week.
    Read here
  • Chutney goes viral
    Read the story of how the frequent Emanuel Synagogue band, Chutney, and their solidarity song went viral.
    Read here
  • The House of Representatives voted in favour of a motion condemning Hamas’ attacks on Israel
    House of Representatives Chamber, Monday 16 October 2023
    Read the motion here
  • Sermon: Shabbat Live, Friday 13 October
    Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio, Emanuel Synagogue
    Read here
  • Talking to Your Kids About What’s Happening in Israel
    Jamie Betesh Carter, Tablet Magazine
    Read here
  • Looking Forward newsletter
    Jodi Rudoren, Forward Editor-in-Chief
    Read here
  • ‘What it doesn’t feel safe to say.’
    Mia Freedman processes what has happened in Israel and the reaction to terrorism by some here in Australia.
    Read here
  • ‘How to talk to your children about Israel.’
    Jessica Abelsohn, Australian Jewish News
    Read here
  • NSW Jewish Board of Deputies newsletter
    President David Ossip
    Read here
  • How Gaza Became Israel’s Unsolvable Problem
    Michael Oren, Mosaic Magazine
    Read here
  • The Fallacy of Equality of Condemnation
    Geoffrey Corn, Smercornish.com
    Read here
  • Why is Israel being blamed for the Hamas massacre?
    Yossi Klein Halevi, The Times of Israel
    Read here

LISTEN

  • AJN goes audible
    The Australian Jewish News is now offering audio articles for anyone with visual impairment. Contact Anne on 0411 225 066 for more information.
  • Jewish Pride Playlist
    Download the ultimate Jewish Pride Playlist, curated by Karen Cinnamon for strength, pride, and light in the darkness.
    Listen Here
  • Two Nice Jewish Boys
    Pianist Igor Levit shares his experience playing piano in Israel after the October 7 attacks. 
    Listen Here
  • Reporting from Israel – Unorthodox Podcast
    Listen to Tablet’s Unorthodox podcast, which is reporting from Israel all week.
    Listen here
  • The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing podcast
    Your update on what’s important in Israel, the Middle East, and The Jewish World.
    Listen here
  • Voices From Israel | Unorthodox podcast, Tablet Media
    Hear firsthand from those who have faced unspeakable tragedy, and acted with incredible bravery since the terror attack on 7 October. You’ll hear from someone who escaped the NOVA music festival, friends donating supplies in Tel Aviv, and a report from the missing persons centre near Ben Gurion Airport, where Israelis are coming in droves to look for information about their loved ones. Features a rendition of “Avinu Malkeinu” performed by Regina Spektor, and “Eli, Eli” sung by Jenny Penkin and J.Lamotta.
    Listen here

 

ACT NOW

  • #bringthemhomenow Dreidel
    Show your support for the families of the abductees celebrating Chanukah without their loved ones this December by creating a #bringthemhomenow Dreidel.
    Download the template here
  • Magen David Adom
    Magen David Adom, Israel’s emergency medical system, needs your help now to purchase more ambulances, ballistic vests to protect EMTs and paramedics under fire, and hemostatic bandages to control the potentially fatal bleeds of patients with shrapnel and gunshot wounds.
    Donate here
  • United Israel Appeal
    Donations go to financial support for the Victims of Terror Fund, provision of mobile bomb shelters, relocating families out of danger and supporting displaced victims.
    Donate here
  • Operation Golda: Israel Emergency Support
    Operation Golda is a grassroots volunteer organisation set up in Sydney immediately following the 7 October terror attack in Israel. Operation Golda’s mission is to respond and fulfill urgent verified requests from Magen David Adom (MDA) and other organisations for humanitarian aid and trauma supplies needed in Israel that cannot be sourced there.
    Donate here
  • JCA Never Again Response Appeal 
    A solely established appeal, separate to JCA’s annual general campaign, which will enable us to fund increased resourcing needs for our frontline advocacy and security organisations. JCA’s priority is to ensure that our local Jewish community is safe, united, supported, connected, and represented while we continue to stand with Israel and her people.
  • Jewish National Fund of Australia
    Donations will support the replenishment of equipment for first responders and self-defence units, respite relocation for Gaza border families, mental health support and mobile shelters.
    Donate here
  • SmartAID Israel Relief Fund 
    Donations will support the distribution of food, hygiene and dignity kits, socks, toys, blankets, and tablets for children (social and education support) and families in a dozen kibbutzim in the south as well as areas in the north that have absorbed thousands of evacuated families.
    Donate here
  • Send a Virtual Hug to the people of Israel
    Upload your video of support to United Israel Appeal’s community channel
    Contribute here
  • Sign the Urgent Appeal: Release Kidnapped Children and Women from Gaza Now
    Join Hundreds of Women Leaders Worldwide and Save Lives
    Participate here
  • Hats for Israeli soldiers 
    Knit beanies for IDF soldiers fighting in the freezing cold.
    Contribute here

GET SUPPORT

  • JewishCare and Jewish House Counselling
    Access a team of professional staff and counsellors to discuss the concerns of any community member at any time.​ Call JewishCare on 1300 133 660​ from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm or Jewish House outside of these hours on 1300 544 357.
  • Workplace mental health toolkit for Jewish employees
    A resource to support the mental health of Israeli and Jewish staff during the crisis in Israel that you can send to your manager or HR representative.
    Download here
  • Jewish Care Rainbow Youth Group
    Starts Tuesday 13 February, 4.30 – 6.00 pm | 3 Saber St, Woollahra
    The Rainbow Youth Group is designed and facilitated by a Jewish, LGBTQIA+ and gender diverse community leader and a qualified Social Worker. Each week will be made up of informal discussions around current topics of interest, creative activities and connecting with others; Whether you’re looking for community, intersted in improving your advocacy skills or just want to listen and observe, we are here for it! 

  • Parents Of Rainbow Youth
    Starts Tuesday 27 February | 3 Saber St, Woollahra
    In a safe, supportive environment, this 6-week group will provide an opportunity for parents to: connect and share common experiences, explore common challenges, and eflect on Jewish values for inclusivity & more!
 

 

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