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World Vision Implicated in Terrorism Funding Scandal

Way back in 2013 a meeting was held between World Vision representatives including CEO Tim Costello and representatives of Shurat HaDin. World Vision claim to be a humanitarian and aid organisation accepting funding from Australian Government. Shurat HaDin pursue those involved in terrorism and undermining the State of Israel, to justice through the legal system. At this meeting evidence was presented showing World Vision in a less than glamorous light, using Australian Taxpayer Funds to support various aid initiatives in Gaza, that had links to Hamas and other terrorist organisations operating in Gaza. With the same regard that BDS protestors show for others property, the claims were denied and brushed aside.

Fast forward to 2017 and the full seriousness of the accusations against World Vision are becoming harder to ignore. The Israeli Security Agency has confirmed claims first made by Andrew Hamilton back in 2013. Full details available here

I always thought as an Australian taxpayer I was paying my taxes to support a bloated inefficient political class in Canberra however in reality I am an unwitting financier of terrorism. I don;t feel so average now.

I hope that World Vision use this opportunity to cease, desist and renounce any involvement in funding terrorism. I am betting that they will deny the allegations and try and find a way to soften the blow. In the meantime I urge everyone to stop any donations or involvement with World Vision. If you feel like writing to the Australian Foreign Ministers office the email details are Chief of staff – and Julie Bishop –

Carmel spreads its wings – “Giving Life to old news” Art Exhibition

Last Sunday Carmel School hosted an art exhibition for The Really Useful Recyclers. The Really Useful Recyclers make paper art from mainly recycled paper. They produce various artworks, comprising different themes which are truly amazing and inspiring, not just because of the ingenuity or hard work invested into the design and production process.

What makes this art so special is the two young men behind The Really Useful Recyclers, Josh Flintoff and Courtney Smith. There journey in life is different to most of us as they deal with the effects of Autism on a daily basis. Things we take for granted are more difficult, challenges for behind The Really Useful Recyclers are on, compared to most of us.

Thanks to Shula Lazar’s (Carmel Prinicipal) vision, Leanne Majnzer

One Community – One Shabbat

For traditionalists the concept of the Shabbat project and the emphasis on a single shabbat’s worth of observance might appear as the antithesis of Judaism, but as our community evolves, we need to look beyond traditional avenues of engagement and expand our reach into the wider community using different methods, to spread the word of Torah and the love of our community. We need to spread out Torah within the community because without observance, education and appreciation of our heritage there will be no next generation.

Diaspora Jewry for the most part, has always been entirely focused around the synagogue, be it the building, the rituals or the services. Nowadays most shules are underutilised and unable to focus on the sections of the community that need the attention. When you consider the role a Shule should be playing in the community versus what actually happens, it is clear that change is desperately needed. The accepted model of one Rabbi one Shule is an antiquated system that no longer benefits the community, especially considering that the majority of Rabbis have so much more to offer, than simply leading services and delivering a weekly sermon. We as a community need to give the Rabbi’s a chance to demonstrate leadership in the community, outside of the parameters of the four walls of the synagogue.

The Perth “Rabbi Without Borders” (RWB) experiment successfully led by Rav Brad Kitay, is an outstanding success. See what is possible when you are free from reporting to an institutional board, stuck in the past.

The Shabbat project this year, was one of the most positive events in our community. Over 500 people showed us what was possible for our community when we all work together and get on and just do the job, rather than wasting time on petty intra-organisational politics. Kol Hakovod to all the volunteers, helpers, assistants and people that joined in to make it such a success. You have lead the way and shown us what is possible and we are indebted to your leadership.

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