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President's Report

02 October 2017

Social Inclusion

Much of the focus of the Jewish, and general community over the past month has been the postal survey, the impact it is having on LGBTI members of our community, and the various statements made by community leaders.

The LGBTI Mental Health Forum held on 25 September was well received.  Approximately 40 people attended the forum to hear speakers from Jewish Care, SANE Australia, Headspace, Keshet Australia, Hatzolah and the RCV.  The presentations included facts and statistics regarding the prevalence of mental issues within the LGBTI community, as well as personal anecdotes, and the importance of family and community support.  Rabbi Daniel Rabin, President of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria spoke about the importance of inclusion and the need for Rabbis and other community leaders to be welcoming.

Multicultural and Interfaith

The Jewish African Communities Dinner was a great success.  Approximately 130 people attended the dinner, held at the Adele Southwick Centre.  Victorian Equal Opportunity Commissioner Kristen Hilton and Amelia Forson, Chair of the Afro Australian Students Organisation spoke about racism in employments, while Deputy Commissioner of Victoria Police Andrew Crisp spoke about relations between police and community groups.  Entertainment was provided by a group of South Sudanese dancers, and there was also an opportunity for participants to tour of St Kilda Synagogue.  Marsha Thompson MP, representing the Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, and Shadow Minister for Mulitcultural Affairs Inge Peulich also spoke.

David Marlow represented the JCCV at a Victorian Government reception for His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, 118th Pope of Alexandria, leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Professional Development

Once again Adam Slonim presented a professional development program for staff and volunteers of Jewish community organisation.  This presentation was on communication.

The JCCV is also support the Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference being held by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victoria University on 5 and 6 December 2017.  Program details are available at

Community Events

It has been a busy 2 months for the Community.  On 30 August David Marlow and I JCCV President Jennifer Huppert and ED David Marlow attended the MDA Appeal Launch. A large number of guest heard keynote speaker Nitsana Darshan-Leitlner from Shurat Hadin on the topic "Bankrupting Terror One Lawsuit at a Time".

The Babi Yar Concert/Commemoration on 17 September was a moving event.  The Zelman Symphony Orchestra performed a number of works, including Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony, which includes Yevgeni Yevtuchenko’s poem Babi Yar.  Before the Orchestra performed the Symphony, ECAJ Public Affairs Office, Alex Ryvchin, spoke about the massacre at Babi Yar.  I commend Adrian Tamburini and George Deutsch for organising the event, with input from David Marlow.

On 5 September I had the opportunity to address the Annual General Meeting of the Shalom Unit of B’nai B’rith, where I spoke on the challenges facing the Victorian Jewish Community in the 21st Century.  I aslo attended the MDA Appeal Launch on 30 August.

I had the opportunity to hear about the redevelopment plans for Temple Beth Israel when the Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced a grant of $200,000 towards the cost of security upgrades which form part of the redevelopment.

It was a delight to attend the opening of the AUJS AGM on 24 September, and I congratulate the newly execution AUJS Executive, including president Saul Burstin.


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