While mainstream Australian Jewish institutions remain right-wing, Jewish communist, anti-fascist, and anti-colonial movements – and memories of them – are bubbling into awareness for many young Australian Jews.

“As I peeled back layers of collective mythology with every conversation, and started to grapple with much more complicated histories of Jewish antifascism, Zionism, and relations with Indigenous peoples, the work of building our shared futures came into view — and each community organizer and researcher I spoke with has an idea of what the future holds.”⁠

In this feature published by New Voices Magazine, Mika Benesh interviews activists, historians, and organizers, peeling away the layers of mythology in the new Australian Jewish Left.