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Eddie Jaku Returns to Mandelbaum

by mandelbaum | May 20, 2019 | Blog
At our mid-semester formal dinner on 1 May 2019, Mandelbaum House hosted my favourite guest: Eddie Jaku, the self-proclaimed ‘World’s happiest man’. Eddie is a Holocaust survivor who lived in Germany throughout World War II. I have heard him speak several times over the years, first at the Jewish Museum...
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Creating a Career—An Entrepreneurial Success Story

by mandelbaum | April 4, 2019 | Blog
A month into classes, students at the University of Sydney have adapted to early mornings, all-nighters and caffeine jitters. With deadlines and mid-semester exams looming, Mandelbaum residents took a night off on March 27 to welcome David Vitek to Mandelbaum House for our second formal dinner of Semester One...
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Learning from the Legends of our Past

by mandelbaum | March 4, 2019 | Blog
Mandelbaum House residents were excited to welcome Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM and her husband Mark to the first formal dinner of the new year. A Wiradjuri Jewish woman, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours list. Professor Jackson...
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Drawing a Silver Lining amidst the Middle-East Overcast

by mandelbaum | November 1, 2018 | Blog
“From macromolecules to the Israeli right wing” was Professor Shindler’s recount of his political endeavours. Following a degree in Chemistry, Professor Shindler pursued his passion in the field of Political Studies, and the rest is history. An emeritus professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the...
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Renewable Energy — Fringe and Boring but Now in Public Eye!

by mandelbaum | October 11, 2018 | Blog
Mark Schneider presented his million dollar budgets, his university life-changing decisions, how his team made a Pygmy Blue-tongue Lizard reserve and how his love for speaking changed his career from an engineering student to a renewables and environment consultant. Mark was accompanied to this monthly college formal dinner by...
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Is Your Brain Made of Rubber?

by mandelbaum | August 8, 2018 | Blog
Dr. Sue Morris strides across the room, engaging us with her quick wit and lively lecturing style as she regales the tale of Liam. A hypothetical individual who illustrates the concept of suboptimal thinking, Liam has texted his date after what he thinks was a great night, but receives...
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Location! Location! Location!

by mandelbaum | July 13, 2018 | Blog
‘Location! Location! Location!’ is a mantra repeated so often when finding a new place to live. Mandelbaum House goes above and beyond in meeting these expectations as we are in a prime location of Darlington which sits between Redfern station (giving our residents easy access to the entire city...
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2018 Archibald Finalist Bares All

by mandelbaum | May 25, 2018 | Blog
Two time Archibald Prize Finalist Loribelle Spirovski graces Mandelbaum House with her presence for our second last formal dinner of the semester. Earlier this year, Spirovski displayed a Solo show of her art at Guy Hepner Gallery in New York City, but she says “I still find myself just...
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The World’s Happiest Man- Eddie Jaku

by mandelbaum | April 24, 2018 | Blog
On the night of the 11th of April, a very special person joined Mandelbaum House for Formal Dinner. This special person is Eddie Jaku, a man filled with wisdom, with a very important story to tell: Eddie survived the Holocaust, a mass genocide where six million Jews were brutally...
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The Chancellor Visits Mandelbaum House

by mandelbaum | March 20, 2018 | Blog
Last week saw the beginning of classes at the University of Sydney and the return of early mornings and all-nighters for about 60,000 students. In the midst of the whirlwind that is the new semester, residents at Mandelbaum House welcomed Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson AM for their first formal dinner...
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Talented Tedeschi Shines

by mandelbaum | September 11, 2017 | Blog
Mandelbaum House had the immense pleasure of hosting world renowned concert pianist Simon Tedeschi and Loribelle Spirovski, Archibald Prize finalist (2017) and fiancé of Tedeschi at our second formal dinner of semester two. Tedeschi took the crowd through his journey into music and how it emerged to be his...
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My Other Home…

by mandelbaum | August 29, 2017 | Blog
They say home is where the heart is. That special place full of memories, laughs and warmth. Somewhere where we can return and feel comfortable, a place where we belong. I always thought that there can only be one such place; until I moved to Sydney and found my...
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One word to strive towards, one word to limit

by mandelbaum | August 7, 2017 | Blog
The residents of Mandelbaum House had the privilege of listening to a highly motivational, witty yet genuinely modest speech by “character” Thomas Whalan at the first formal dinner of Semester 2, 2017. Thomas Whalan is renowned by Australia as a four-time Olympic representative in water polo and currently holds...
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Vice Chancellor Visits Mandelbaum

by mandelbaum | May 30, 2017 | Blog
On Wednesday 3rd of May, Mandelbaum House hosted its third formal dinner of Semester One 2017. As  residents slowly ushered into the dining area that evening, a sense of anticipation could be felt in the room as we had a very special guest speaker joining us for dinner- the...
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‘Grandchild of a slave and child of a refugee’

by mandelbaum | March 14, 2017 | Blog
One of the highlights in the Mandelbaum calendar is the monthly Formal Dinner. We were delighted to welcome back A/Professor Lilon Bandler to be our guest speaker for our first 2017 dinner. The evening began with a fantastic musical performance by  residents Chelsea and Kartik. During the introduction, we...
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Study Abroad made easy!

by mandelbaum | December 14, 2016 | Blog
Are you coming to Sydney for one semester on a Study Abroad or Exchange programme? Make the most of your experience and live with Aussies and other Internationals with the convenience of a friendly community, and a delicious meal plan. Study Abroad student Ariel Hurwitz shares her recent experience:...
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Best Kept Travel Secret

by mandelbaum | September 29, 2016 | Blog
Everyone has their ‘go to’ starting point when searching for travel accommodation. Some keep it simple and shoot an email to their trusted travel agent. Others go on the hunt, which today goes way beyond the conventional hotels, motels and hostels. A search on Google or Airbnb opens up...
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The Final Frontier – Needs You!

by mandelbaum | September 12, 2016 | Blog
The second formal dinner of semester two started off with a beautiful rendition by resident Darron Ho of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep on his Chinese Violin, or Erhu. As guest speaker for the night we were honoured to welcome Kim Ellis, Final Frontier lawyer and scientist, founder of...
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Returning Home

by mandelbaum | August 22, 2016 | Blog
Walking into Mandelbaum House for its latest reunion on Thursday night brought back so many memories for me. I remember arriving as a 19-year-old from California who had never been to Australia, getting out of the taxi from the airport nervously and wondering what awaited me. Fifteen years later,...
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On The Temple Trail

by mandelbaum | August 3, 2016 | Blog
Semester 2 at Mandelbaum House started in style with a seamless blend of intellectual conversation, music and banter at our welcome dinner. Having been here for only over a week, I’m fascinated by how quickly Mandelbaum transitioned from being simply a dorm to my home in Sydney. Current residents,...
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Mandelbaum is more than just a house … It’s my home

by mandelbaum | July 19, 2016 | Blog
What’s the difference between a ‘house’ and a ‘home’? A house is a building or structure that someone resides in, whereas a home is a place where a person not only lives but also feels a true sense of belonging. For many university students, this sense of belonging is...
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