Featured image – Mark Speakman SC and Attorney General addressing the congregation. All photos by Ben Apfelbaum.
Although Church and the secular judiciary are supposed to be constitutionally separate, it is a tradition that the various religions bless the judiciary so that their decisions are wise and just.
On the 8th February it was the Jewish faith’s turn to place a benediction on the legal fraternity at the Great Synagogue, in the presence of the Chief Justice of New South Wales, the Hon. T.F.Bathurst AC.
Justice Stephen Rothman, President of the Great Synagogue, welcomed the legal profession to the service and outlined the contribution Jewish lawyers had made to New South Wales.
The Chinese community usually holds a huge parade down George Street but due to the construction of the light rail their substitute cultural expression is manifested in a display of lanterns depicting the Chinese signs of the Zodiac.
As it is the Year of the Rooster the lantern took pride of place by the Opera House and there have been various sculptures of the Rooster throughout the city including the QVB.
The Rooster always has its beak facing east towards the dawn and so Chinese people born under the sign of the Rooster look to the future with optimism and confidence.
Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, as well as its surrounds, has been refurbished. Gone is the moat and nearby fountains. However, it now appears to have a slightly concave shape which means it is likely to have better drainage than previously. It has a brand new and larger stage which now faces north rather than west.
One of the first uses of this revamped park is the staging of the Polish Christmas Festival. The area was a sea of red and white with visitors either carrying the flag or dressed in the national colours. There were posters celebrating their national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko after whom our highest peak was named by its first conqueror Count Strezlecki. Next year there will be commemorations held by the Polish community acknowledging the year of this death, two hundred years ago.
There was folk dancing and folk musicians, the later tapping a deep well of nostalgia with many in the crowd singing happily along.
Tumbalong Park was ringed with food, gift and travel stalls who all seemed to be doing a brisk trade on a glorious sunny afternoon.
JINGLE BELLS XMAS FAIR is an exciting new festive event that puts the fun back into Christmas shopping. This retro Christmas shopping and entertainment extravaganza features a carefully curated array of vintage, retro, festive and rock ’n’ roll stalls. It’s an all weekend Christmas party too featuring a fantastic line-up of swing, retro and rockabilly bands, plus swing and rock n roll dancing lessons for adults and kids.
10/12/16 10am – 7pm and 11/12/16 10am – 5pm
VENUE – The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.
‘Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy’ is one of the Ten Commandments, the cornerstone of the Jewish Faith. The 5th Commandment is largely ignored by secular Jews. An initiative, commenced in South Africa in 2015, sought to involve these secular Jews in a modern and mass media way. Since then, globally, it has spread to an amazing 1,150 cities across 94 countries with over 1,000,000 participants. The Shabbat Project in Sydney gathered together 39 communal organisations which initiated over 85 events reaching nearly 15,000 people.
At Bondi Beach over 500 people gathered together on the sand to participate in music, dance and prayer. The service was presided over by Rabbi Benji Levy, Head of Studies at Moriah College, as the sun set over the lapping waves, joyous singing and dancing.
The stars of the Westfield W-League gathered in Sydney on the last day of October to launch the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League.
One local and one international star from each club were on hand to kick-start the new season under the tagline ‘Be Real Be Remarkable’.
A host of Westfield Matildas stars were present including Brisbane Roar’s Clare Polkinghorne, Canberra’s Michelle Heyman, Melbourne City’s Steph Catley, Perth Glory’s Sam Kerr, Sydney FC’s Kyah Simon and Alanna Kennedy, as well Western Sydney Wanderers captain Caitlin Cooper.
“I’m sure the players will take the game to new heights in the 2016/17 season of the Westfield W-League,” said Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop.
“This season we will have 19 double-headers along with the Hyundai A-League, with 14 of them on air.
“So Be Real, Be Remarkable, and get out there and support the Westfield W-League.”
The season will conclude with the Grand Final on Sunday 12 February 2017.
FOX SPORTS and ABC Television will broadcast 14 matches throughout the regular season as well as every match in the 2017 Finals Series.
The night Noodle Markets held annually in Hyde Park north, sponsored by the Sydney Morning Herald as part of its Good Food month, is one of the most popular culinary events in the Foodies calendar.
A balmy night, a live band, fairy lights and a full palate of Asian foods proved an irresistible draw to the huge crowds raging from hipsters to families. In fact, on the weekend that I attended it was too popular as everywhere there were large queues with a waiting time of up to half an hour.
The festival runs until October 23 and I would suggest if you are interested that you go during the week as weekends too congested.
A number of students of the program spoke at the function and here are photos of three of the students.
Featured image- Two students from the Shalom Gamarada program with the world at their feet. Images by Ben Apfelbaum.
The SHALOM GAMARADA program is eleven years old and started through the tireless energy of co-founders Ilona Lee AM and Professor Lisa Jackson-Pulver AM. Its patron is Professor TheHonourable Dame Marie Basheer AD CVO, former Governor of New South Wales.
SHALOM GAMARADA combines the meaning of the two words: the Hebrew Shalom which can mean both hello and goodbye as well as peace, tranquility, harmony and Gamarada, a word in the Eora language meaning friend or comrade.
The SHALOM GAMARADA indigenous residential scholarship program at Shalom College aims to provide healthy meals and safe accommodation to enable indigenous scholarship holders to pass every exam and assignment throughout their university career. To date, 77 students have been supported and of the 25 graduates, 16 are medical graduates. In 2015 the pass rate was 100%. Continue reading THE SHALOM GAMARADA PROGRAM @ SHALOM COLLEGE KENSINGTON→
To entice people out into the cold, Bondi Beach holds each year it’s Winter Magic Festival. The first of these enticements is already on show in the form of camel rides on the Bondi Beach sands.
The school holidays will see the presence of an ice skating rink in front of the Bondi Pavilion between July 1 and July 17 , there will be an Arts On The Street event at the Roscoe Street Mall on July 10 and Music On The Streets will be held on July 31.
These are a selection of my pics from this current exhibition. The exhibition is free and can be seen daily at the public outdoor space in Darling Harbour’s Civic Connector space and is running until June 30.
Swedish born actor Alexander Skarsgard, the new Tarzan, was in Sydney recently promoting his new movie THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, directed by David Yates. The film is a modern retelling of the classic story about a boy raised by apes in the jungle.
The pics are a selection of my pics from the Media Call that took place at the Sydney Wildlife Park in Darling Harbour.
Superstar physicist Professor Brian Cox will make sense of the cosmos when he returns to Australia with a brand new live stage show.
Superstar physicist Professor Brian Cox will share what we know and explore some of the great unanswered questions about deep space. Are we alone in the universe? Will we ever know what happened before the Big Bang? What is the nature of the 95% of the universe we know to be missing? What was the origin of Life on Earth?
Delving into the most recent scientific research from CERN and the great astronomical observatories of the world, Professor Cox is always captivating, continually surprising and forever pushing the boundaries.
11 August 2016 at the State Theatre, 49 Market Street, city.
These are some pics that I took at the function held recently (10th May) at the Primus Hotel in the CBD when the finalists for the Heath Ledger Scholarship were announced.
The Heath Ledger Scholarship is awarded to an actor that exhibits distinctive and unique potential, with an objective to provide support to further their career. The full nominees for the scholarship’s eighth inception are: Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War of the Damned, Home and Away), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!), Chloe Bayliss (Backtrack), Harley Bonner (Neighbours), Shareena Clanton (Last Cab to Darwin), Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When the War Began, Puberty Blues), Georgia Flood (Anzac Girls, Wentworth, House Husbands), Sean Keenan (Strangerland), Uli Latukefu (upcoming Alien: Covenant), Sara West (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, The Daughter) and Meyne Wyatt (Neighbours, Strangerland, The Sapphires).
The winner will be announced on 1st June from a special annual dinner held in Los Angeles.
Luxurious bliss for Bronte scholars and afficionados under the auspices of the Australian Bronte Association, this event was a superb one day conference held at the State Library of NSW with top speakers both from here in Australia and internationally. The event was part of the bicentennial celebrations of Charlotte Bronte’s birth world wide.
An absolute galaxy of stars was gathered by the Royal Shakespeare Company for Shakespeare Live!, the extra special for one night only pinnacle of the celebrations at Stratford Upon Avon the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Monastery have been visiting the Bondi Pavilion since 2008. It has become their spiritual home in Sydney. The support of the Pavilion and Waverley Council has been comprehensive and has resulted in crowds flocking to the two week event from all over Sydney.
Despite the every esoteric nature of their rituals, they are highly accessible. The Monks give workshops which are designed to allow even those of us who are new to any spiritual practice or to any sort of meditation an instant connection. The monks daily chanting requires nothing more that just sitting quietly for a half an hour and letting them do all the work. Their insightful public talks on issues we all struggle with, such as anger or jealousy are presented in a simple and straightforward manner based on Buddhism’s view of these afflicting emotions. Continue reading THE GYUTO MONKS SUMMER RETREAT @ THE BONDI PAVILION→
There was an enormous turnout at the Arnold Classic Australia Exhibition last weekend.
Now in its second year, more than 30,000 people attended the 3 day sports festival at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Arnold Classic was established in 1989 and named after the former bodybuilder, turned, actor, turned governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger and is held annually in Columbus, Ohio, United States. It is one of the largest multi-fitness sports festival in the world.
Australia is one of the only countries outside the US to host its own Arnold Classic event in partnership with Melbourne entrepreneur Tony Doherty, who owns multiple Doherty’s gyms across Victoria. Continue reading ARNOLD CLASSIC AUSTRALIA 2016→
As part of Dymocks Sydney’s regular series of book launches, Meg and Tom Keneally attended Dymock’s prized city store this week for the launch of their first collaborative novel entitled THE SOLDIER’S CURSE.
Many were left feeling disappointed at last weekend’s fourth annual White Night event in Melbourne despite the comments by the event’s current Artistic Director, Andrew Walsh, “Last night was an incredible night, Melbourne turned out with joy in their heart. White Night again exceeded expectations with an increase in numbers and across the board Melbourne’s creative community delivered a spectacular night of art and culture.”
While the city and its landmarks looked and glowed spectacularly, there were still fewer projections and visual displays in close proximity than in previous years.
Most noticeable was the Flinders Street Station facade, which usually has an amazing array of colour and light, was left blank. Walking down the street, it became very clear that there wasn’t enough on display with hundreds of people idling and wandering around wanting more to see.
Some 600,000 people, including tourists and international guests, crammed into the streets of Melbourne on Saturday night which featured more than 130 free events. There was not a spare table at any of the restaurants, bars and hotels. Extra public transport services were added to accommodate the mass crowds.
The main highlight was the Golden Monkey hanging of the front of Melbourne Town Hall. The State Library and the Royal Exhibition Building was another attraction, both dazzling in colour.
Hundreds watched in awe of the electrifying performance of acrobatic dancers and artists of Circus Circus.