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President's Report

President's Report

03 June 2013

Affiliation fees

JCCV is working on creating a more transparent and more equitable affiliation fee structure. It is a very large task, as we are trying to avoid disadvantage to affiliates.

There are currently some anomalous situations and if the structure is to be based on a fair and logical formula, inevitably, a number of fees will rise, to bring some organisations into line with other organisations and indeed, with what they should have been paying over the last decade or so.

Ian Jones, the JCCV Treasurer, is preparing documentation which will be put to the affiliates in time to bring the matter to the delegates at the Plenum on 5 August 2013.

Amendment to JCCV Constitution and Rules

Jennifer Huppert and Sharene Hambur have been working on constitutional amendments to bring greater clarity to the JCCV Constitution and to ensure that anomalies and gaps are dealt with.

It is also proposed to amend the Rules, and in particular to clarify the policy on the use of the JCCV logo and reference to JCCV affiliation in material emanating from affiliates.

Draft constitutional amendments will be circulated to the delegates well ahead of being asked to vote on the amendments.

Meeting with School Principals

David Marlow and I met with the Jewish Day School Principals, chiefly to brief them on the JCCV Child Protection Policy, Youth Alcohol Program (YAP) and the “No to Homophobia“ Campaign.

We appreciated the opportunity to discuss matters with the Principals, but note that very few delegates from the schools attend Plenum meetings, creating a vacuum in communication between the JCCV and the schools.

Raoul Wallenberg Citizenship Function

Raoul Wallenberg citizenship function took place in Canberra on 6 May 2013 and was attended by members of the Jewish community from a number of States. The speeches were excellent, but of particular note were those given by the Governor-General, Quentin Bryce and the Prime Minister Julia Gillard. This is the first time that Australian citizenship has been awarded to a non-resident and both the event and the work of Wallenberg in saving Jews during the Shoah received wide press coverage.

London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Leader of the Coalition Tony Abbot and 105 Federal MPs and senators have signed the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism.

The JCCV has asked Marsha Thomson and David Southwick to request that Victorian parliamentarians do likewise and has been advised that both the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition will be signing, together with other Victorian State parliamentarians.

Police Reception

The Police Reception on 22 May 2018 was one of the best to date. The function reflected the warm and co-operative relationship between VicPol and the Jewish community and provided us with the opportunity to thank the Police for the work which they do not just for the Jewish community, but for the entire Victorian community.


At a meeting of members of the JCCV Executive and members of the AJDS Executive on 23 May 2013, the AJDS was asked to sign an undertaking in relation to future statements made by it. To date, this has not yet occurred and I hope to be able to report further at the Plenum meeting.

JCCV Programs

Youth Alcohol Program (YAP)

Debbie Zauder is currently completing an evaluation of the program, which will enable us to see what if any changes are indicated.

Mount Scopus College and Bialik sessions are scheduled for end of June and there are discussions with Yeshivah College and Beth Rivkah about meetings with parents.

Child Protection

A Child Abuse Directory has been developed by the JCCV Reference Group and is now available online at

Letters have been sent to affiliate Presidents outlining what services the Reference Group can offer and Andrew Blode, the Reference Group Chairman has met with a number of organisations.

Jewish Care has joined the Reference Group.

Pastoral Care

It is proposed to shortly commence the implementation of some of the recommendations in the Pastoral Care Report.

Forthcoming Functions

Jewish Community Council of Victoria and Islamic Council of Victoria Comedy Debate

The Comedy Debate on the topic “That Sport is Not a religion”  is to be held at Melbourne Town Hall on 2 June 2013 and bookings have been excellent. This was seen as an opportunity to take multiculturalism and interfaith out of the realms of serious discussion and onto a less academic level, which we hope will attract a younger audience.  The event is being funded by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Reception

The Yom Ha’atzmaut reception, which is a key event for our community and which is co-ordinated jointly by JCCV and ZCV is this year being hosted by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, the Hon. Nicholas Kotsiras MP, on behalf of the Government and is to be held at Windsor Hotel on 11 June 2013.

Jewish-Catholic Dinner

The annual Jewish - Catholic Dinner will be held on Sunday 30 June 2013 at Adele Southwick Hall. The format is to be a Q & A, and among the panellists will be Professor Louis Waller, Retired Supreme Court judge Howard Nathan and Jeremy Lindner-Stowe, Bialik Principal.

Jewish-Buddhist Dinner

This will be the inaugural Jewish-Buddhist dinner and is to be held on 14 July 2013.

Farewell to H.E.Yuval Rotem, Israeli Ambassador

The Ambassador’s posting finishes on 31 July 2013 and the community will host a farewell on 25 July 2013 at Glen Eira Town Hall. It is hoped that many communal organisations will join in co-hosting the function.

Professional Networking

The JCCV Professional networking sessions are always well received and feedback from affiliates is that they are valuable on a number of levels.

Three sessions have been planned for this year:

  1. How to Win Grants– 11th July 2013
  2. Great Practice and Policy to keep our kids safe! What community professionals need to know – 13th August 2013
  3. Writing Press Releases That Turn Media Heads – 14th November 2013

Next Plenum meeting - 5 August 2013


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