Author: <span>Dovi HaMelech</span>

What does an Ostrich and The Maccabean have in common ?

This is the response from the editor of The Maccabean on The Jewish Perth facebook page. based on a recently published originated from Jewgle Perth. “Responding to the ‘learning from dinosaurs’ post, in order to correct some of the inaccuracies: The Maccabean did not receive letters from “many” people. We …

Learning from Dinosaurs – Why The Maccabean has failed us ?

Previously I have defended The Maccabean when they refused to advertise certain events, being held by the New Israel Fund. The Maccabean’s decision to shy away from advertising revenue, from dubious sources should be commended, even if the entire debacle could have been handled in a better manner. The Maccabean management showed courage in making a decision, and defending it, within other media outlets, even in the face of considerable, and often extreme adversity.

Every section of the community was outraged, and many people I have been in touch with wrote to The Maccabean, for and against their decision, yet not a single letter to the editor was published. While everyone carried on complaining about the NIF and The Maccabean, the real underlying crisis was missed. The Maccabean is no longer the voice of the community. Community organisations, stakeholders and individuals need a forum, where all views can be expressed openly, and debated in a rational forum, free of bias. It is not a scary concept to let people express an opinion, even if it is contrary to the mainstream, because it can be challenged openly.

The Maccabean exists nowadays in an era where we rapidly watch the decline of print media. Print media globally is shrinking and will cease to exist within the next decade. The writing is on the wall, I mean the tablet or phone, so to speak. The modus operandi of The Maccabean is almost over. As the curtain comes down on an era, we as a community need to work out the next phase, because without a voice, without a melting pot of ideas, where are we going ?



Theodore Herzl and the Silver Platter

The recent storm in a teacup between the New Israel Fund claims of censorship by The Maccabean led to, typical left wing conspiracy hysteria. Nothing new here, the left constantly play the victim to draw attention to a spurious cause, founded on lies, deception and propaganda.  

Another movie is now being promoted and this time The Maccabean approved the advert !!

If the NIF need some assistance understanding why there abhorrent views should not be welcome in any community look no further than these two examples.

positiveIs it s no Dream – The Life of Theodor Herzl, exploring the life and times of Theodor Herzl, father of the modern state of Israel. Narrated by Academy Award winner, Sir Ben Kingsley and starring AcademyAward winner Christoph Waltz as the voice of Theodor Herzl, the film examines how Herzl, a well known journalist and playwright, an assimilated, Budapest born Jew, horrified by the Dreyfus trial in Paris and the anti-Semitism he saw spreading across Europe, took upon himself the task of attempting to create a Jewish homeland in Palestine against all odds. Over the span of 8 years, Herzl organized and led a worldwide political movement that within 50 years led to the establishment of the state of Israel. The film follows Herzl as he meets with Kings, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, a Sultan, a Pope and government ministers from Constantinople to St. Petersburg, from Paris to Berlin, from Vienna to Vilna in his quest to build a Jewish nation.

Without question Theodor Herzl was a hero, his hard work and dedication paved the way for the Modern state of Israel as we know it.




download The Silver Platter – The powerful wake-up call to fight those who are plundering the country: How do 20 tycoons control Israel’s economy? How did Israel go from being a highly egalitarian society to an unequal one in 30 years? Why are young Israelis struggling to afford their rent? Why is food so expensive? Why is there such concentrated economic power? How is cronyism destroying the social fabric of Israel? Watched by more than 1.5 million Israelis, “Magash Hakesef” (The Silver Platter) is one of the most exciting TV mini-series to come out of Israel in recent years.

Economic injustice exists in every country on the face of this planet, it is not unique to Israel. Australia is controlled by an elite group of business people and networks, however there are also plenty of opportunities for everyone. These opportunities are there for the taking. Complaining about not having a chance to succeed, is irrelevant, when you are unable to help yourself, because your lack of vision causes you to focus on being a victim. BOOM !!

Just for kicks Google “NIF Theodore Herzl” and the first record that shows up “The Perversion of Theodor Herzl – New Israel Fund”



which ultimately takes you to an article that is as much an Israel bashing exercise as we have come to expect from The NIF.
Some things never change but exposing them at least balances the equation.

Affected Gen X ?

f262226dbe79a4298d2355d6e949e5e3The disaffected youth post generated a serious amount of discussion, criticism and support from some unexpected quarters. Gen X has been most vocal with an outpouring of support because only they know how tough the journey has been and how difficult the path ahead will be for the current and future generation.

A recent article from Bernard Salt of The Australian – Boom to Bust sums it up for Gen X. It is well worth a read especially by some of the disaffected youth who claim to have exclusive rights to life not being fair and not being heard.

Generation X. We’re the MTV generation who followed the baby boomers, the crowd who came of age in the ’80s and early ’90s – the era of Madonna, shoulder pads, designer sneakers, and Daryl Somers hamming it up on Hey Hey It’s Saturday. We were shaped by global political events such as The Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, and the Thatcher-era government in the UK. We grew up protesting at rallies to free Soviet Jewry, watched in awe at Operation Entebbe, witnessed The rise of the PLO in Lebanon and stunning victory of  The 6 Day War. Gen X grew up under a constant threat of total nuclear war, that’s right nuclear war, total annihilation.

The disaffected youth complain they do not have a voice, their opinions are not heard but plenty of evidence exists showing many youth participating in many community organisations. Some of these organisations are not actively aligned, to every left wing trendy social justice cause, never the less they are vital parts of our community that deserve to be supported. Without them we as a community suffer and the next generation suffer’s more.

What are Gen X going to do in our community ?
Can we rely on “The disaffected youth”, to busy complaining about their exclusion to join us in the challenges we face ?

Is Gen X up to the challenge ?

What are the real issues confronting the community ? I am not referring to petty nonsense about the price of Challah at The Kosher Providore and the challenges faced in the school car park.

The real issues….

Why does The Maccabean not provide a real place for the community to debate vital issues ?
Why does the Jewish Centre sit in a state of disarray without a real plan to turn it into a thriving community hub ?
Is there a better way to connect our children to our Jewish religion, culture and heritage without private dayschool fees ?
How many Shules do we really need ?
Can we continue to rely on philanthropy ?
Do Jewish community organisations have leadership succession plans ?
Is Jewish migration a trend of the past ?


The Disaffected Entitled Youth

Disaffected YouthIn following the controversy over the left wing propaganda fund raising machine that is NIF a bigger issue has been brought to the attention of Jewgle Perth regarding the youth of our community.

The Perth community is a vibrant community with a complete duplication of the major organisation’s from the east coast present in our city, JNF, UIA, Maccabi,  Jewish Care, Bnei Akiva, Habonim etc
We also have our unique causes think Maurice Zeffert home, shules, Carmel School, Menora charity fund.

Many many youth are involved in these organisations. Menora Charity Fund is engaged with the school, youth groups to support its various activities ranging from swap meets, pickups and delivery of goods to those in need and much much more., I could devote an entire blog to the work that MCF do and why it is so important for our community but thats for another day. Yes I’m a fan of helping others, that is a foundation and pillar of Judaism not fighting over how many times a week someone gets to shule. UIA and JNF involve the youth in their activities and all organisations if they are thinking about the future should be embracing the youth of our community and bringing them into the organisation’s to keep the path of succession alive.

There are many ways to help in an organisation. Some of us prefer to volunteer for a specific activity from time to time, while others are more commitment and help on a regular basis., Those of us who are thick skinned and have the right ideals often join the boards and committees of these organisations because a greater contribution can be made. In many well run organisations the path to the committee, board of management can take a long time. Once you are on the committee you have to prove yourself and make a valuable contribution. Over a period of time that contribution might be recognised and awarded through community recognition,

 In the words of AC/DC “It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll” but the journey is the reward.  This journey can be fraught with danger as is often the case committees can become a chamber of ideas, where everyone competes for space to push a philosophy, into the community based on the ideals of the organisation. This takes time, can cause friction and most of all can be linked to high stress situations. It is not unlike a business where a CEO puts the idea to the executive and a discussion occurs as to why this path is the best path forward for the business. A good leader will defend their ideas and open them to challenge to see how they stand up, It should not be a process of abuse against another person but a way to share ideas and exchange knowledge to acheive a common and hopefully successful outcome.

The youth of today are feeling disaffected with the Perth Jewish Ccommunity, they say they are not wanted, that the “oldies” do not want change. So while the youth might have a grudge and whether or not they are correct here are some pointers that to take onboard before rushing to embrace the current mantra  “no one in the community wants me”. This may be relevant to some of you who have the pleasure of being employed with “OLDER” bosses or team members._38546867_education_300

  1. The community owes you nothing until you prove why you should be owed.
  2. You are only special because of your potential but your potential is hidden until demonstrated.
  3. Don’t expect to join a committee without putting in the hard yards first by volunteering to pack up the chairs at the end of a function, schlepp stuff or raise funds.
  4. Once on a committee know your role, position and plan of action.
  5. Expect your ideas to be challenged, This is how you grow by learning to defend the position.
  6. Don’t give up and just because people disagree with you, this is natural and you need to learn how to manage that situation.
  7. Learn how to manipulate sorry I mean work with others to lobby a position to get it adopted.
  8. You may not always get your way and that is not necessarily a personal attack on your ideas.
  9. Jewish organisations often have conservative committees in place for good reason. Many people before you have given their blood sweat and tears, to build an organisation, and they are equally passionate about anybody with a non conformist agenda from destroying their work.
  10. Everybody can play a role in helping in the community. Always consider why and where you want to be involved and go for it.Do not despair this is not an attack on you because I have also experienced the exact issues you mention in various posts and discussions. I would nothing more than to see the youth of today get involved and embrace organisations like The Maccabean and Maccabi which have some real dinosaurs at the helm. This is not to disparage their work but it is high time for them to move aside and the youth to stand up and be counted. If the youth need help there are those of us in the middle only to willing to mentor and assist where possible.


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