Interviews, projects, insights and more!
Holocaust Survivor, Eddie Jaku's Profound Words
The self-proclaimed 'happiest man alive', my dear friend Eddie Jaku recently turned 100! I have introduced him to literally thousands of people and each time, I felt like the most inspired person in the room. He stared death in the face throughout WWII, and because he survived, he made a vow to himself to smile every day. Pause for a moment to listen to the depth in his voice as he inspires us all to be blessed with "Lots of love to share, lots of health to spare and lots of wonderful friends that care."
Amazing what PMs Bibi and Turnbull told school children
It was one of those rare moments תרגום לעברית לאחר האנגלית Two leaders of the free world visit two thousand potential leaders of the next generation. The magic was not in the eyes of the Prime Ministers, but the eyes of the children who hung on their every word. When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told them to be proud of their Jewish faith, they were proud. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told them to be proud Jews, they were prouder still. And when 6 year olds giggled with their leaders labelling body parts in Hebrew, 10 year olds played Yerushalayim shel zahav, 14 year olds waved flags and extended their hands with pure joy and 18 year olds sung the anthems with absolute passion, we felt pride. Proud to be Australian, proud to stand with Israel and proud to continue the story of our miraculous people! זה היה אחד מאותם הרגעים הנדירים ,שני מנהיגי העולם החופשי ביקרו אלפיים מנהיגים פוטנציאליים של הדור הבא. הקסם לא היה בעיני ראשי הממשלה, אלא בעיני הילדים אשר שתו בצמאה כל מילה אשר יצאה מפיהם. כאשר ראש הממשלה מלקולם טורנבול אמר להם להתגאות באמונתם היהודית, הם היו גאים. כאשר ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו אמר להם להיות יהודים גאים, הם היו גאים. וכאשר ילד בן 6 צחקק עם המנהיגים כששרו שיר על אברי גוף בעברית, ילדים בני 10 ניגנו ״ירושלים של זהב״, בני 14 ילדים נופפו בדגלים והניפו את ידיהם בשמחה טהורה ובני 18 ששרו את ההמנונים עם תשוקה מוחלטת, אנחנו הרגשנו גאים. גאים להיות אוסטרלים, גאים לעמוד לצד ישראל וגאים להמשיך את הסיפור של האנשים המופלאים שלנו!
Dream Doctors Project - a visit from a medical clowns
We’re at ALYN Hospital Pediatric & Adolescent Rehabilitation Center working with inspirational children and the world famous The Dream Doctors Project. Can’t stop laughing and learning from Dream Doctor Slinky, AKA Ariel Keren, one of the best Dream Doctors in the world!
Busting Some Myths About Organ Donation
Organ donation in Judaism is a topic that is often written off in broad strokes leading to incorrect assumptions defining how people feel about this important topic. Guest featuring Lital who is alive and healthy due to organ donation, watch as Rabbi Benji takes some of these head on and helps provide some clarity to what is and isn't allowed.
Launch of Shalom Corps.
It was an honor and a privilege to announce the launch of ‘Shalom Corps’ at the closing plenary of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s annual Board of Governors meeting in Jerusalem with יצחק (בוז'י) הרצוג - Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the The Jewish Agency for Israel AU. 'Shalom Corps,' or the 'Jewish Peace Corps' is a joint initiative that aims to dramatically increase the number of young Jews from around the world engaging in meaningful, ethical and sustainable service experiences that also provide opportunities for the exploration of Jewish identity.
Arutz20 interview- discussing antisemitism today
Schoolyards in New York, graveyards in France and the pavilion at Bondi Beach have all become fronts for swastikas in the last few weeks - has the world not learned its lesson? I sat down with Arutz20 to try make a bit of sense of the new wave of blatant antisemitism that is popping up around the globe
Rabbi Benji at the Olami Global Summit in Toledo
Before Shavuot, I had the great opportunity to address the Olami Global Summit in Toledo, Spain where 1,000 leaders gathered from over 20 countries to inspire and be inspired. At the plenary I couldn’t help but share one of the most powerful stories I have ever heard about incredible violinist Itzhak Perlman and his important calling: ‘life is the music we make with what remains.’
‘Campus Pillar’ provides the leading Jewish organizations on college campuses worldwide with the tools, funding, and benchmarks they need to increase the number of meaningful interactions, educational initiatives, and immersive experiences they can offer to under-engaged university students to spotlight Jewish identity and connection to Israel.
Counterpoint Seminars aspires to inspire high school students at the most formative stages of their life to grow and develop as true leaders in their own right. Dealing with Jewish values and Zionist ideals in the contemporary context of blurred boundaries and mixed messages, we hope to challenge and empower students with global ideas from which they will shape local ideals. Cutting edge experiential education combining media and music, texts and discussions in formal and informal settings are guided by world-class dynamic role-models and tailor made to meet the educational needs of groups collectively and of each student as an individual.