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New Executive Director for the JCCV

New Executive Director for the JCCV

22 June 2011

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) recently appointed a new executive director, Michelle Coleman.

Coleman will commence in her new role at the beginning of July. She comes to the organisation with considerable management experience gained in various organisations, including most recently with global media and professional information giant Thomson Reuters.

Coleman’s past professional engagements in the Jewish Community have included the role of Sydney/deputy editor of the Australian Jewish News and national media liaison of the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council. She holds a Bachelors Degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

“We are delighted to have Michelle join our organisation and are confident that she will make a very positive contribution to both the organisation and the Jewish and wider community,” said JCCV president John Searle.

“With Michelle’s input, we look forward to seeing the organisation continue to grow from strength to strength in providing leadership and a voice for Victorian Jewry’s 60,000 members.”

Coleman said she was thrilled to have been chosen for the role.

“I am very passionate about our community and relish the opportunity to be involved in promoting greater tolerance, understanding and respect for our way of life in broader Australian society. Coming from a very multi-cultural background myself, I also look forward to working with other faiths to foster harmony and cooperation, as well as advocating for a more sophisticated understanding of Israel’s efforts to achieve peace and security.”

The JCCV is the roof body of Victorian Jewry, Australia’s largest Jewish community. It has 59 major communal organisations as its affiliates and represents the mosaic of religious, political, cultural, welfare, educational, religious and social associations operating in Victoria.

The JCCV’s work includes training, outreach, community security, responding to anti-Semitic incidents, education, interfaith and multicultural relations, media/public relations, supporting isolated Jewish communities, community events, Shoah remembrance, social justice, business and union relationships and youth.

For more information, please contact JCCV President John Searle on 0412 251 344 or Executive Director Michelle Coleman on 0402 474 900.

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