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  • ‘Diamond Joe’ Gutnick, Australian mogul, declares bankruptcy

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Mining magnate “Diamond” Joe Gutnick, once ranked among the wealthiest men in Australia with a fortune totaling more than $230 million, has declared bankruptcy. Gutnick, who is an ordained rabbi, made his fortune in gold and diamond mining on the advice of the last Lubavitcher rabbi, the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson….

  • 5 Jewish lawmakers elected to Australian Parliament

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Five Jewish candidates in Australia — including the first Jewish Liberal from New South Wales in the 115-year history of the Parliament — have been assured seats in the next Parliament. Several days later, Australia was still awaiting the final results of Saturday’s tightly contested general election. Three Jewish incumbents — Michael…

  • Ex-principal of Australian school ruled unfit for extradition proceedings in sex abuse case

    (JTA) — The former principal of a Jewish girls’ school in Melbourne who fled Australia for Israel amid claims she sexually abused some of her students is unfit to stand trial for extradition proceedings in Israel, according to a psychiatric report. Malka Leifer must be released from house arrest and attend regular clinical psychiatric treatment…

  • ‘McKosher’ moniker rejected by Australia Trademark Office

    SYDNEY (JTA) — An Australian lawyer who claims he is of Scottish-Jewish descent has failed in a bid to register the trademark “McKosher.” Mark Glaser reportedly wanted to open “a Scottish and Jewish restaurant bearing the name McKosher” in the New South Wales town of Maclean, where he has an office. The town prides itself…

  • Model of Oskar Schindler’s gold ring donated by jeweler’s son

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A long-thought lost model used by grateful Jewish workers to create a gold ring for Oskar Schindler has been donated to the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre, where it will go on display. The model that lay in the Melbourne workshop of ring maker Jozef Gross for more than 50 years. The ring-making…

  • Wakil family donates more than $27 million to U of Sydney

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A Jewish family foundation has donated more than $27 million to The University of Sydney. The gift from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation is the largest donation to the University of Sydney since it was founded in 1850. In 2015, the Wakils gave an unprecedented $10.8 million to the Sydney Nursing School in…

  • Jewish man charged following synagogue stabbing over herring

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A Jewish man has been charged by Victorian police following a stabbing incident at a Melbourne synagogue during a dispute over food. The victim, a man in his 20s, was in serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after being stabbed in the abdomen following Saturday morning services at the Rambam Sephardi Shule. He and…

  • Filipina caregiver can leave Australia, return to tend 103-year-old Holocaust survivor

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A Philippines woman who has looked after a 103-year-old Holocaust survivor in Sydney for eight years can return home to celebrate her daughter’s 18th birthday and then return to her job in Australia. Lenie Fernandez was off to Manila on Friday after being granted a special visa from the Australian government the…

  • Australian Jewish lawyer suspended from practice for rebuking child sex abuse victim

    SYDNEY (JTA) — A Melbourne attorney who said “Jewish people should not assist police investigating another Jewish person” has been banned from practice for 15 months for rebuking a victim of child sexual abuse who cooperated with police. Alex Lewenberg made the comments twice in 2011 while representing a now-convicted child sex abuser, David Cyprys, who…

  • Choice for caregiver: Daughter or Australia’s oldest Holocaust survivor

    SYDNEY (JTA) — Australia’s oldest Holocaust survivor is at the center of a spat between his Filipina caregiver and the Australian government, which has made it clear that if she leaves the country she will not be permitted to return. Elenita Fernandez, 43, was in Australia on a tourist visa when she began caring for…