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This Jewish-Raised Hindu Musician Sings About Islam

By On May 19, 2017

The Australian-born singer-songwriter Ben Lee has been on a lifelong spiritual quest. He was raised Jewish, studied Taoism, and was married in a Hindu ceremony. Now he’s released an album called Ben… Read More

Australia's First Two Dentists Were Two Jewish Criminals
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Meet the Two Jewish Criminals Who Were Australia’s First Dentists

By On May 24, 2016

  Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the British government deported over 150,000 convicts to penal colonies in Australia. Among them were two Jews named Joseph Hyams and Simon Lear, also known… Read More

How to Prepare Your Mother's Body For Burial
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How to Prepare Your Mother’s Body for Burial

By On July 27, 2015

It’s said that the members of a hevra kaddisha, or a Jewish burial society, perform the “ultimate kindness” — that is, helping another person who’ll never be able to repay the favor.… Read More

Dance Party for Buchenwald Survivors!
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Dance Party for Buchenwald Survivors!

By On May 27, 2015

Every year, a group of Buchenwald concentration camp survivors in Australia mark the anniversary of their liberation – April 11, 1945 – with “The Buchenwald Ball,” a full-blown dance party. In 2005,… Read More

The Aussie Folk Guitarist Who Combines Dylan With Carlebach
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The Aussie Folk Guitarist Who Combines Dylan With Carlebach

By On December 10, 2014

Moshe Hendel Feiglin, the lead singer and guitarist of the Australian folk band Feter Hendel, had an old Shlomo Carlebach song, a nigun, that was stuck in his head. He’d heard it… Read More

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Santos of the Jews

By On April 11, 2012

Here’s a series of photographs about Jews in distant places, captured by someone who knows what it’s like to live far from one’s homeland. Born in the Phillipines, Emmanuel Santos moved to Melbourne, Australia, nearly two… Read More

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Thank God I’m a Country Boy

By On July 21, 2011

Six days a week, a family plowed the earth and raised livestock, and one day a week they rested. Sounds like a country song, right? Not if you’re Aaron Feiglin. In his autobiography, Growing Up with the… Read More

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