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The Holocaust

The Nazi Party, led by Adolf Hitler, held political power in Germany from 1933 until the end of the 2nd World War in May 1945

Modern History

This section of our website contains pages, or links to pages, of relevance to students of NSW Modern History syllabus which is studied in Years

Jewish People

This section of our website deals with Jewish people. The first part describes selected Jewish communities around the world; please note that there are many

Use of the Siddur

In the synagogue we read from a special prayer book known as the siddur. The siddur, the Jewish Book of Common Prayer, is the religious

Basic Judaism Overview

Judaism is the mother-faith from which Christianity and Islam developed. All three date back to Abraham, who discovered the one, true, invisible God. At Mount

The Talmud

Until the 2nd century C.E., the Oral Torah was passed down in verbal form alone. In the years following the destruction of the Second Temple

The Torah

The Torah is a sacred book of stories, history and law. It is the word of God, given with love and for all eternity. Torah

People of Israel

Israel is home to a widely diverse population from many ethnic, religious, cultural and social backgrounds. Some 6.6 million people live there today, including approximately

Shema Yisrael

This Jewish prayer, like many others, is known by its opening words, ‘Shema Yisrael’ or, more simply, as the ‘Shema’. The prayer in fact consists

The Story of Grandmother Rivka

GRANDMOTHER RIVKA FROM THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM Savta (Grandmother) Rivka lives in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Her house is

Akiva and Rachel

This story provides background about Rabbi Akiva, perhaps the greatest of the early rabbis, and in particular tells about his early life before he became

Jewish Prayer Explained for Kids

What is Jewish Prayer? Jewish people call prayer ‘the service of the heart’. The Hebrew word for prayer is ‘tefillah’ (prayers = ‘tefillot’). In Yiddish

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