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Community Recognises Our Tremendous Volunteers

Community Recognises Our Tremendous Volunteers

12 November 2013

Over 250 people from across the Jewish community, and representing a wide range of affiliates of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) gathered on Remembrance Day 2013 for the JCCV Community Recognition Awards.

The Awards were presented by the Honourable Howard Nathan, retired Supreme Court Justice, himself a major contributor to the community in public office and as a volunteer leader in the Jewish community.  The Honourable Howard Nathan highlighted the importance of Remembrance Day and its link to Sir John Monash after whom the major community award is named.

The prestigious Sir John Monash Award was awarded to Joey Borensztajn who has demonstrated selfless and inspiring dedication, professional work and leadership across many Jewish community organisations.

Nina Bassat AM, President of the JCCV said, “Our volunteers demonstrate the best in human behaviour.  We thank you.”

“It is particularly pleasing to see Joey Borensztajn receiving public recognition for his outstanding contribution.  Joey is a man who has contributed to our community in a broad spectrum of activities and across a vast number of organisations, quietly and to great effect.”

Highlights of the evening included an energetic and inspiring drumming and dancing display from the Access Drumming Group, and a wonderful performance by pianist and singer Matan Franco.

Volunteers from 28 Jewish community organisations were recognised for their contribution, selfless devotion and commitment to the community:

  • Leora Cohen – Access
  • Max Wald – Australian Jewish Historical Society
  • Fay Oberklaid – Australian Jewish Psychologists
  • Lena Fiszman – Australian Society of Polish Jews and Their Descendents
  • Adina Rahamim – AUJS
  • Jack Gringlas – Bialik College
  • Len Bryer – Blake Street Hebrew Congregation
  • Leah Black  - B’nai B’rith Victoria
  • Alan Kestenberg & John Lemarchand – Emmy Monash
  • Philip Coleman – Etz Chayim Progressive Synagogue
  • Dr Arnold Shmerling – Jewish Aid
  • Jeffrey Appel – Jewish Care
  • Irma Hanner – Jewish Holocaust Centre
  • Janet Arndt – Jewish Museum of Australia
  • Jake Dessauer – Kadimah
  • Moshe Perl – Kehilat Nitzan (Masorti)
  • Dr Deborah Freiberg-Golvan – Kew Hebrew Congregation
  • Dr George Deutsch – Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism
  • Michael Sharp – Maccabi Victoria
  • Emmanuel Santos – March of the Living
  • Rita Broner – Mizrachi
  • Peta Birnbaum – NCJWA Victoria
  • Delysia Pahoff – Melbourne Hebrew Ladies Benevolent Society
  • Rudolf Khaikin – Shalom Association
  • Dr Sam Jaworowski – South Caulfield Hebrew Congregation
  • Henry Birman – VAJEX
  • Bella Hirshorn – WIZO
  • Sharene Hambur – Zionist Council of Victoria


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