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President's Report 2015 AGM

President's Report 2015 AGM

23 November 2015

2015 has been an exciting, if challenging, year for the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV).  I took over from Nina Bassat as President at the JCCV’s AGM at the end of November 2014, which also saw the election of a new executive.

The JCCV has a broad role – as the elected roof body of the Victorian Jewish Community, it is tasked with representing, and advocating for, the Jewish community, and building relationships with Government, the police, media and NGO’s.  Equally as important is the JCCV’s role in providing services and support to those within the community, both for our affiliate organisations, and individuals.

As president, my aim has been to continue the JCCV's existing programs, at the same time developing new programs and activities to answer the needs of the an ever evolving community, and the changing circumstances which impact on the community, both in Victoria, and further afield.

Most recently, the community has been saddened by the increase in terror attacks in Israel, and concerned at the some of the representations of Israel in the media.

Closer the home, we have been shocked by the rise in home grown terrorism, which raises concerns about the safety of our community members and institutions.

The Jewish community in Victoria has also been deeply impacted by the hearings at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

While responding to external challenges, the JCCV continues its work in the area of social justice, this year with an emphasis on social inclusion.

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