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President's Report

05 June 2017

Professional Development
This year the JCCV is continuing its professional development program for staff and lay leaders of communal organisations.  The most recent instalment was a session on Soft Power and Influence conducted by Adam Slonim.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Cocktail Party
The Annual Yom Ha’atzmaut Cocktail Party was held at Queen’s Hall in Parliament House on 24 May.  It was well attended by both Members of Parliament and Community leaders.  Both the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition announced that they would be visiting Israel this year.

World Jewish Congress
In late April I was one of 5 Australian delegates to attend the World Jewish Congress (WJC) Plenary Assembly in New York, where more than 90 Jewish Communities were represented by 600 delegates and observers, which was an interesting experience.  One of the highlights was the address by the UN Secretary General at the opening dinner, but it was valuable to hear some of the experiences of other communities around the world, as well as the work of the WJC.

Multicultural and Interfaith
As you know, Multicultural activities are a key part of the JCCV’s program.  We delighted that the Victorian Government has recognised the value of the JCCV’s multicultural activities and the contribution the Jewish community makes to Victoria and will be providing a grant of $60,000 towards the cost of these activities during the coming financial year.

On 14 May I attended a concert at the Convention Centre which was part of the International Festival of Language and Culture sponsored by the Australian Intercultural Society and Sirius College.  School age children from 13 countries performed in the concert.

I also attended a talk by Andrew Jaspen, founder of The Conversation, organised by the Australian African Chamber of Commerce and the American Chamber of Commerce.

David Marlow facilitated a meeting between the JCCV, The Jewish Holocaust Centre and members of the South Sudanese Opposition who were visiting Australia and leaders from the South Sudanese Community in Victoria.

Meeting with Australian Ambassador Designate to Israel
Recently I had a meeting with Chris Cannan, the Ambassador Designate to Israel, in which we discussed the strong connection of the Victorian Jewish community to Israel.  This was one of series of meetings Mr Cannan has with Jewish communal leaders in both Melbourne and Sydney, before he takes up his position in June.

Youth Alcohol Project (YAP)
2017 has seen a growth in the activities of YAP, which involves sessions for both students and parents.  During 2016 Bialik College, Mount Scopus Memorial College and Sholem Aleichem School participated in the program.  This year, those schools have been joined by Beth Rivkah Ladies College, Leibler Yavneh College and The King David School.  Anat Aloni, who has responsibly for YAP, has been working closely with the participating psychologists to develop a structure to accommodate each of the schools, and has also developed a good relations with Victoria Police’s Priority Communities Division and Alcohol & Drugs Strategy Unit.  YAP also has a FaceBook, which provides information to parents.

Spiritual Care
As previously reported, the JCCV has received funding from Spiritual Care Victoria in order to facilitate training and accreditation of members of the Jewish Community who provide spiritual/pastoral care in Victorian hospitals. As part of that program, the JCCV held a 2 day workshop for pastoral care workers on 21 and 28 May which was led by Rabbi Baruch Shapiro.  Temple Beth Israel have also run training in this area.

Social Inclusion
David Marlow attended a reception at Government House to mark International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, and reports the Governor and Minister Martin Foley were very complimentary of the work of the JCCV in this area.

20th Anniversary Maccabiah Bridge Commemoration
On 4 June David Marlow and I attended the 20th Anniversary Maccabiah Bridge Commemoration held at the Ark Centre.  At the same time, there was a farewell for the team attending the 20th Maccabiah Games to be held next month.  We wish all the participants well for the Games.

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  • 20 June - Evening with Rabbi Steven Greenberg at Ark Centre
  • 30 July – Jewish Catholic Friendship Dinner

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