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It's now getting to the serious end of business.

The Israeli elections are being held on the 17th March and it is heating up in the polls between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union party.

Before we have the Israeli elections... the Russian's are coming!

Back in Australia it's a big week for the ZFA's projects with the Russian Jewish community.

We are delighted to welcome many special guests to Australia for the inaugural Limmud FSU in Melbourne and tonight in Sydney we have Kultura night to kick off festivities with over 140 people attending this special dinner.. See below for more details!

Till next time Shabbat Shalom and Do svidaniya!
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We are delighted to welcome many special guests to Australia for the inaugral Limmud FSU, which will be held in Lorne, Victoria on Sunday 8 - Monday 9 March.
With a smorgasbord of presentations (check out the program here) on a variety of cultural, educational, political and lifestyle topics, 200+ attendees and an enviable international list of speakers, this festival promises to be a fabulous celebration of Russian/ Jewish/ Australian/ Israeli culture and identity.

We particularly welcome Chaim Chesler and Roman Kogan from Limmud FSU International, Roman Polonsky, the head of the Russian Unit of the Jewish Agency for Israel and Natalie Shnaiderman (Jewish Agency) as well as international presenters including Israeli TV chef and grandson of Eliezer Ben Yehuda, Gil Hovav, Mordechai Haimovitz of Maariv newspaper, world renowned jazz pianist Leonid Ptashka and comedian Baba Fira.

In Sydney, over 130 people from the Russian Jewish community will enjoy a pre Shabbat concert by Leonid Ptashka, followed by a special Shabbat dinner, with entertainment by "Baba Fira". Our new RSJC coordinator, Anna Maylis, has been busy organising this wonderful event,  part of the NSW RSJC project so generously supported by Harry Triguboff.



Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington DC speaking to 16 000 delegates at the AIPAC Conference. There was also his speech to the US Joint Congress, controversial in the lead up and commended in the content. Read what our own President, Dr Danny Lamm had to say about it..

Statement from ZFA President Dr Danny Lamm on Netanyahu's speech to US Congress:

We commend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his brave and timely speech to the joint session of Congress in the United States on the dangers of a nuclear deal with Iran.

In the face of much criticism internally and externally, PM Netanyahu delivered a speech which was more than just rhetoric; a speech full of substance and tangible, peaceful alternatives to making a deal with the devil.

We can only hope that his advice does not fall on deaf ears in America or indeed the world, or the consequences could be dangerous not just for Israel but for the entire free world.

Statement from ZFA President Dr Danny Lamm on the US Jury’s finding on Palestinian Responsibility for terror attacks

24 February 2015

We welcome the reports of the findings of the US Jury that the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the Palestinian Authority bore responsibility for a series of terror attacks in Israel during the early 2000s.

In awarding substantial damages to the victims of terror, the jury has not only acknowledged their pain but has most importantly made a clear statement that those that support terror will be held to account.

During the second intifada, over 1200 Israelis were murdered in terror attacks perpetrated by Palestinian terrorists. This particular case refers to attacks that killed 33 people, awarding $218.5 million against the PLO and the Palestinian Authority. It is significant that should the Palestinian groups not meet their obligations to pay as ordered, there is a suggestion that the groups’ assets in the US and elsewhere could be seized.

No amount of money can redress the damage and pain inflicted by terror attacks, but by the Jury’s findings, those organisations which have backed terror have not only been called to moral account but also financial.

After Israel's elections: WHAT NOW?

Special events will be held in both Melbourne and Sydney to discuss the Israeli elections outcomes.

Featuring the Australian Jewish News' Israel correspondent, Nathan Jeffay in both cities, and with "The Australian" foreign editor Greg Sheridan and AIJAC policy analyst Or Avi Guy in Melbourne, and the ZFA's former president Dr Ron Weiser AM as co-panellists in Sydney.

These forums will provide insight and analysis of what the election results might mean for Israel and the Jewish world.
We thank the Australian Jewish News and our co-partners in each state.








THE SHUK - Everything you need to know about long and short term Israel programs!

The Shuk is coming to Sydney and Melbourne! It is the biggest Israel programs fair held in Australia and will showcase a wide range of short term, gap year, study abroad, special interest, post-university and volunteer experiences for young adults aged 18-30.

The event provides you with the opportunity to meet program organisers, alumni and learn about the significant funding opportunities.

Internships with Google, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and working as a journalist for the Jerusalem Post are just some opportunities that can provide invaluable professional experience and life changing results.

Find out about the free 10 day Taglit Birthright-Israel trips and about generous Masa grants and scholarships (from $500 - $10,000 USD) for long term programs (5 months plus)

Find the dates in your state:-

SYDNEY: Sunday 22 March, 11am-1pm. Shalom College UNSW. Barker St, Kensington

MELBOURNE: Sunday 29 March, 11am-1pm. Beth Weizmann Community Centre. 306 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South

For more information please contact Sarit on (03) 9272 5584 or email israelprograms@zfa.com.au

The Israel programs team are dedicated to helping find the perfect program for you.
Our latest film clip captures the excitement and emotion of our youth movement shnatties departing for the best year of their lives, click 
here to watch!


Taglit-Birthright Israel applications are OPEN!!! Like our facebook page 'ZFA Israel Programs'  for more information on how to apply. You can also email israelpograms@zfa.com.au Spread the word and tell your family and friends to apply, don't let them miss out on an opportunity of a lifetime to explore Israel and their Jewish heritage!

You have two programs to choose from:-

PROGRAM 1: Hagshama

Hagshama provides a vast array of Israel-Inspired events, initiatives and programs that are specifically crafted for young adults aged 18 to 35.

Dates: 3 -12 July
Age:  18-26
Departing Australia on the 2nd July and leaving Israel on the 12th of July.
Contact: Ittai (Sydney)  0421 238 339 Email: ittai@zfa.com.au
Mina (Melbourne) 03 9272 5678 Email: mina@zfa.com.au

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) has represented Jewish students on campus across Australia and New Zealand since 1948.

Dates: 10-19th July
Age: 20-24
Departing Australia on the 9th July and leaving Israel on the 19th of July.
Contact: Hagar on (02) 9381 4292 Email: ip@aujs.com.au



Beit Halochem's wounded soldiers met with Aussie young adults for an informal discussion about their experiences

Hagshama is the ZFA's own young adult department, providing a vast array of events and opportunities. 

On 25th February over 20 Young Adults enjoyed a BBQ and heard first hand experiences of Beit Halochem's wounded soldiers Ran and Shimon.

It was really nice for both Ran and Shimon to meet people their own age across the world who felt so connected to their experience serving in the IDF as many of the attendees have previously been to Israel and have friends in the IDF

Many thanks to the Searle family for kindly hosting Hagshama.


Book Club at Habayit

Come join us as we discuss Israeli literature!
The first book on our list will be "The Pigeon and the Boy" by Meir Shalev. Israeli literature is extraordinarily rich and varied and provides insight and understanding into Israeli society.

Please join us on: Tuesday 24th March at 1pm in the LJLA or Wednesday 25th March - for venue details please contact Hallely on 0419 338 312



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ZFA in the News


March - Sydney Jewish Report, The Shuk 2015 - Israel Programs Fair
March - Sydney Jewish Report, Aussies Visit the Arava
March - Melbourne Jewish Report, The Shuk 2015 - Israel Programs Fair
March - Melbourne Jewish Report, Aussies Visit the Arava
20 February - Australian Jewish News, The top Taglit snaps
20 February - Australian Jewish News, A Russian feast for the senses Sydney
13 February - Australian Jewish News, Farewell from IBC participants Melbourne
13 February - Australian Jewish News, Get ready for Russian Limmud
30 January - Australian Jewish News, Fun in the Sun 
30 January - Australian Jewish News, Shnatties set off for Israel Sydney
30 January - Australian Jewish News, Shnatties set off for Israel Melbourne

16 December - JwireMartin Pace - the community sends condolences

12 December - Australian Jewish News, Lyons, Pollard accolades slammed
5 December - Jwire, Walkley Winners
21 November - Australian Jewish News, Shnatties come together for Sikkum Seminar
21 November - Australian Jewish News, in Focus, What's On
21 November - Australian Jewish News, in Focus, Mitzvah Day 2014
21 November - Australian Jewish News, Birthright a life changer
21 November - Australian Jewish News, Three cheers for Chester
6 November- Australian Jewish News, Fury over anti-Israel Walkley nods 

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