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June 2009

Jun
25
2009

Questions for Robert Goot

The AJN reported today on the appointment of Peter Wertheim as Executive Director of ECAJ. The position is paid professional, as opposed to the voluntary position of President, currently occupied by Robert Goot.
Below are some questions I’ll be emailing to Mr Goot.

Jun
25
2009

Loewenstein: Why Bother?

Antony Loewenstein has provided fodder for this blog on a number of occasions. Some of our readers have asked whether writing about Loewenstein serves any function, or indeed, whether such posts provide him with oxygen or legitimacy.
Let me state for the record: I have no personal beef with Mr Loewenstein. I met him once, quite [...]

Jun
25
2009

Australian Jews, a New Format, and Later Today

This blog began as a forum for for discussion of Australian Jewish issues. Because it began in Melbourne, its has tended to focus on Victorian governance and media shenanigans.
We hope, however, to commission posts soon from writers outside this city. Each community shares a number of challenges and some of these are national in scope.

Jun
19
2009

Shabbat Shalom Redux

A very brief, but still heartfelt Shabbat Shalom to all our readers.
As always, The Sensible Jew will break for the Sabbath, but feel free to peruse and comment on the day of rest if that is what relaxes you. We cannot guarantee such activities’ Halachic bona fides, however.
We will return on Sunday and look forward [...]

Jun
19
2009

Yavneh: Is it time to go?

With the Jewish education crisis looming larger than ever, (although some might say it loomed just as large 20 years ago and that this is nothing new), many individuals have been heard to ask the question “Do we really need 9 Jewish days schools in Melbourne?” and “If two or more of the schools were [...]

Jun
15
2009

Talking Tachles 2: In Defence of the Right to Responsive Representation and Transparency

In the first post in this series, we asked a number of questions regarding representation, legitimacy and transparency. Some of the responses  touched on themes such as apathy and whether there is indeed any “right” to representation at all.
Firstly, a  straw man has been created in the suggestion that we are somehow disciples of Joseph [...]

Jun
14
2009

Antony Loewenstein: Easily Startled

Today’s Sunday Age has published a letter from Antony Loewenstein.
We’ve written before that our objections to Mr. Loewenstein lie not only in the flawed intellectual foundations of his anti-Zionism, but also in his utterly vapid arguments which he so often supports with factual errors.
Let’s examine his latest contribution to the public discourse on Australian Jewry [...]

Jun
13
2009

Talking Tachles: Models of Representation and Democratising Australian Jewish Leadership

We’ve said in the past that one of the most important functions of this site is to provide  a forum for discussion for Australian Jews. We also have made no secret that we believe one of the greatest challenges facing our community is representation. We’ve posted extensively on why and how the current system is [...]

Jun
12
2009

Shabbat Shalom: The Voluble, The Silent, and The Folks in Between

As most of you are aware, last Sunday’s Age published an article about this blog. Our readership soared and keeping track of the comments became a mammoth task.
Instead of having the luxury of mulling over every comment, I had become the Mistress of Deletion.
On any blog, the plethora of overall reader numbers always far outstrips [...]

Jun
11
2009

Congratulations Albert Dadon: PR and High-Level Advocacy the Right Way

We congratulate Albert Dadon on not only orchestrating the wonderful  Gillard, Costello et al trip to Israel, but for the elegant and articulate way in which he has handled the inevitable complaints from the anti-Zionists.
In response to a petition signed by 150 anti-Zionists (some of whom are academics), Mr Dadon simply replied, “Criticism is the [...]