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By Simon Lawrence To our dear Perth community; we are living in very strange and unusual times. However, the Jewish people have lived in strange and unusual times throughout our history. We are, by our very nature, ‘different’. We are known as the “ivrim”, named for Avram Ha’ivri, who came from the other side (of the River Jordan), homiletically understood as ‘being different’ ...

It wasn’t on his to-do list for Rabbi Dan Lieberman, his SouthAfrican-born wife, Liat, and their then four small children to move to the remotest city in the world, but when opportunity came knocking in 2017 to do just that, they seized it with both hands. He chuckles, remembering the words of his mother-in-law on his wedding day, “You’d better not move to Australia.”

Not long before that they had left their home in Liverpool, where the then Rabbi of Allerton, Liverpool Shule had spent his early married life, having had a car bomb detonate in the driveway of the family home. “They put a bomb under my car and that went off. The next day, we left; we went to South Africa. I took compassionate leave.

Hi Guys, Here are five steps to help us stay safe this Corona season.  Whether you religiously uphold the Government’s rules of social distancing and extensive handwashing or you still high-five everyone in the corridor, remember that others have differing views so be respectful of everyone’s personal space and hygiene.  Don’t waste your toilet paper. In a time when nerves ...

So, I’m writing this on Monday 23rd March 2020 from my office at Carmel School, Perth, Western Australia. This morning, I davened with the 7, 8 and 9 boys as I do each weekday morning. In the middle of the tefilla, I had a moment of realisation. I stopped tefilla and asked the students to reflect for a moment.

This year, the question that the youngest at the table asks of “Why is this night different from all other nights?” will be replaced by us all asking “Why is this Pesach different from all other Pesachs?” It will indeed be a different Pesach. For many of us who are used to having long Seder tables crowded with family and friends, this year’s Seder will be smaller and quieter. ...

Welcome to virtual school!  Have you had your name marked off?  Did you bring your workbook? What do you mean you didn’t do your homework, you’re literally AT HOME WORKING!

Firstly, Lisa, thanks for all that you and the P&F do for our School. You’re an efficient engine that churns away in the background, adding so much to Carmel School, and you’re all volunteers which makes what you do that much more admirable.

Looking back on 2019, what would you see as the P&F’s main goals and how far did you and your team go towards achieving those?

Our goal in 2019 was to offer a new and exciting event, that being the Rottnest Raffle. This was very well supported by the School community, with many individuals purchasing multiple tickets. The lucky winning family won a week’s accommodation on Rottnest Island during the peak December holiday season. When we began planning this project, our intentions were twofold: we aimed to create excitement, enthusiasm and a little healthy competition within the School community while aiming to raise a healthy sum of money we could donate to the School.

Combined with the success of our coveted car park raffles, grape juice bottle labelling project and the annual Sausage Sizzle held at the Primary School Athletics Carnival, we were able to add to our P&F savings....

What experience most sticks out in your mind from your Carmel days?

Looking back on my days at Carmel, I remember the good times spent with my classmates: the laughter, the friendship and the special community by which we were surrounded.

How long have you been in the jewellery business for now?

Fifteen years!...

Our teachers went back to school on Wednesday 18 March 18 to learn how to implement remote learning programs prior to sending our High School students home for the day on Thursday 19 March. Teachers delivered their lessons from Carmel High School on the day, and each student checked in remotely from home to attend virtual lessons. It was a great success, with a few minor, but i ...

Our dedicated Service Learning group is fundraising to provide care packages for the needy by washing teachers' and admin staff members’ cars. Log in to Facebook to see more photos and a video of them in action. ...