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President's Report

03 August 2015


The JCCV has adopted a social media strategy focusing around our Facebook presence.  The aim of the JCCV Facebook page is to increase the profile of the JCCV within our own community.

All are encouraged to look at, like and share the posts on the JCCV Facebook page. There are separate Facebook pages for YAP and the GLBTI reference group which focuses on social inclusion.

Visit by Professor Alan Johnson and ALP National Conference

The JCCV, ECAJ and NSW Board of Deputies brought Professor Alan Johnson, Senior Research Fellow at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), editor of Fathom journal and former Professor of Democratic Theory and Practice at Edge Hill University, UK.   While in Melbourne Professor Johnson met with members of the ALP, including Young Labor, media, students and community leaders.  The purpose of the visit was to assist advocacy in the lead up to the ALP National Conference.

There has been a great deal of coverage in the Jewish media of the resolution passed at the Conference. There has been mixed response, but as noted in the comments issued by Robert Goot and Peter Wertheim (copy attached) there were some positives.

Meeting with President of Board of Deputies of British Jews

While on private trip to the UK, I met with Jonathan Arkush, the recently elected Board of Deputies of British Jews (“BOD”). We met in Golders Green on the day before a neo-Nazi rally which originally was to be held in Golders Green, but had been relocated.  The BOD had organized a coalition of groups, including Muslim groups, to hold a counter rally, which in the end was not required, but we had an interesting discussion with about the importance of building coalitions, and reaching out to the Muslim community, which is one of Jonathan’s keys aims for his term in office.


In the middle of June, CSG increased the number of protectors at community facilities in response to a threat to the community identified on the internet.  CSG held a meeting for community leaders to outline the situation and, at the request of those present at the meeting, produced a community bulletin which could be distributed to community members.

The threat is being investigated by the Federal Police, but as there have been no subsequent posts, and the original threat has not been proven or disproven, CSG has partially deescalated the levels of protection.

JCCV and CSG have also met with the Hon Wade Noonan, Minister for Police, to discuss the ongoing situation.

Yom Ha’atzmaut Cocktail Reception

The Yom Ha’atzmaut Cocktail Reception for politicians and community leaders was held on 10 June.  The Reception, held at the Windsor Hotel, was well attended by politicians and community leaders, despite the new time which meant that Upper House members were not able to attend.

The support of the Victorian Government for this event is greatly appreciated, as is the hard work of David, Hilary and Julie, as well as the ZCV Office.

Community Events

JCCV has organized or sponsored a number of events.  On 25 June, JCCV joined with the ZCV in hosting a talk by Ben Dror Yemini, and Israeli journalist and author who was brought to Australia by the Embassy of Israel.  On July 29, JCCV, AIJAC, UIA and Emunah hosted an evening with Isi Leibler.


The Social Inclusion Leadership Committee (SILC) chaired by David Southwick MP met in June, as has the Community Sub Committee, which is explore ways of improving access to activities and event, ensuring that member of our community with disabilities are able to participate.

Multicultural and Interfaith Affairs

Representatives of JCCV attended a number of Iftar dinners during Ramadan.

The JCCV Multifaith Leadership Conference will be held on 9 and 12 August at Beth Weizmann.  We have had over 100 bookings from representatives of over 15 different communities.  The Conference will focus on Community Leadership and Governance.


A GLBTI (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Intersex) Young Advisory Group named JADE (Jews All Diverse & Equal) has been formed to coordinate the GLBTI Youth Video Competition.  The competition, which has now been launched, is open to young people of any sexual orientation or gender identity.  The aim of the video competition is to promote social inclusion and understanding of GLBTI people in the Jewish community.

The GLBTI Community Engagement Symposium is to be held at 6.30pm on 23 August.  The Symposium will focus on the human cost of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the Jewish community.  Speakers include community members, and a representative from Beyond Blue.

Keshet Australia Inc

Keshet Australia Inc (Keshet) applied to become an affiliate of JCCV.  Keshet has complied with all the necessary requirements and the Executive recommends the affiliation of Keshet. The President of Keshet will address the Plenum and the motion for Keshet to become an affiliate will be put.

Organisation of Katzetlers, Partisans & Fighters

At an earlier Plenum I reported that the Organisation of Katzetlers, Partisans & Fighters had been disbanded and therefore would no longer be an affiliate.  I am pleased to report that the Organisation is still in existence, and has asked that its affiliation with the JCCV be restored.  The motion for the Organisation to be affiliated will be put at the Plenum.

Forthcoming Events

  • 9 and 12 August – Multifaith Leadership Conference
  • 23 August – GLBTI Community Engagement Symposium
  • 25 August – Child Protection Policy Review/Writing Workshop
  • 3 September – Spiritual Health Victoria Community Immersion Day


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