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Canberra’s Jews get a bath

By johnboy 15 January 2011 19

JTA reports that Canberra’s 600 strong Jewish community is opening a ritual bath house, or Mikvah.

There is no Jewish school or kosher butcher, and Orthodox and Progressive Jews share a community center for prayer services, but local Jews believe a mikvah will attract more Jews to the capital.

The building contains two ritual baths and three bathrooms and will be officially opened next month by U.S. Ambassador Jeff Bleich, who was active with the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee before he took up his post in Australia in 2009.

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Deref 12:39 pm 16 Jan 11

The cat did it said :

From the name of the group behind this initiative (Lubavitch), these people would appear to be right-wing Orthodox, ie, the same mob that see nothing wrong with treating palestinians the way jews were treated in Hitler’s Germany. These aren’t your wacky ‘Friends’ -style New York Jews, with kosher food deli’s and eccentric aunts, but hard-liners who want everything closed on the Sabbath. No wonder moderate Jews give them a wide berth.

Thanks for that heads-up.

Mr Waffle 10:48 am 16 Jan 11

gospeedygo said :

What? One disklike?

Members of Canberra’s unwashed masses opposed to bathing, perhaps?

One of my best friends growing up was Jewish, and from what I saw of the Jewish community of Canberra they were nothing but extremely friendly, so all power to them as far as I’m concerned…

Pommy bastard 7:52 am 16 Jan 11

p1 said :

Deref said :

Pommy bastard said :

One day the human race will grow up enough to leave nonsense like this behind.

I hope you meant religion, not baths. 😉

Well he is was a pom, and we know how they feel about washing.

Oy! I heard that matey..

The cat did it 11:24 pm 15 Jan 11

From the name of the group behind this initiative (Lubavitch), these people would appear to be right-wing Orthodox, ie, the same mob that see nothing wrong with treating palestinians the way jews were treated in Hitler’s Germany. These aren’t your wacky ‘Friends’ -style New York Jews, with kosher food deli’s and eccentric aunts, but hard-liners who want everything closed on the Sabbath. No wonder moderate Jews give them a wide berth.

p1 9:22 pm 15 Jan 11

Deref said :

Pommy bastard said :

One day the human race will grow up enough to leave nonsense like this behind.

I hope you meant religion, not baths. 😉

Well he is was a pom, and we know how they feel about washing.

LSWCHP 7:54 pm 15 Jan 11

Waiting For Godot said :

I still can’t find any kosher pork. I think it’s in the deli next to the halal bacon 🙂

There’s a bloke named Pork Hunt who hangs around who might be able to help you. 🙂

fgzk 5:00 pm 15 Jan 11

Do they believe in a happy ending?

facet 4:48 pm 15 Jan 11

Looking forward to some hot crossed bagels this Easter (actually bought some one year).

Pork Hunt 4:33 pm 15 Jan 11

Will they have gas or solar hot water?

georgesgenitals 2:43 pm 15 Jan 11

I bet it’s cheap to get in.

Deref 2:04 pm 15 Jan 11

Pommy bastard said :

One day the human race will grow up enough to leave nonsense like this behind.

I hope you meant religion, not baths. 😉

beejay76 1:33 pm 15 Jan 11

Ah, come on Mr Bastard! Who cares what people believe! If a bath brings more Jewish people to Canberra that means we’re a step closer to a kosher deli. Or, better still, a bakery!! Just think! Fresh challah! Fresh brioche! Fresh bagels! Rugelach! Latkes! Babkes! Blintzes! It’s paining me now. I think I’ll stop…

JessicaNumber 12:45 pm 15 Jan 11

I understood “group organised something nice for themselves” and that’s just fine by me.

CraigT 12:33 pm 15 Jan 11

I doubt it, Pommy, superstitious cod’swallop is here to stay.
There are far more jews in Canberra than this “600” the article mentions, but the vast majority of them are far too sensible than to get mixed up with this kind of tribal seperatist nonsense.

Waiting For Godot 12:05 pm 15 Jan 11

I still can’t find any kosher pork. I think it’s in the deli next to the halal bacon 🙂

Pommy bastard 10:46 am 15 Jan 11

One day the human race will grow up enough to leave nonsense like this behind.

gospeedygo 10:20 am 15 Jan 11

What? One disklike?

beejay76 10:05 am 15 Jan 11

Gah! And still no kosher deli! Frozen challah mutter mutter mutter…..

R. Slicker 9:47 am 15 Jan 11

Hmmm. I don’t think it will be like the bath houses I frequent in Sydney 😛

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