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President's Report

07 May 2012

COMMEMORATION AT CARLTON CEMETERY

This was an extremely well-organised and well-attended service, with about 120 people present. We have received many comments about the success of the event. My thanks to Hilary McMahon, to the Association of Katzetler Partisans and Fighters and to all those who participated, particularly Arnold Zable, Rabbi Dov Gutnick,        Alex Dafner, Israel Mos, Daniel Andrews MP and David Southwick MP.

YOM HASHOAH

There was excellent attendance (over 1,100) at the Yom Hashoah Commemoration and the evening was extremely well-planned and executed.

My thanks go to the Yom Hashoah committee - Michael Cohen, Lena Fiszman, Randi Grose, Leah Justin, Hilary McMahon, Adam Yee, to the crew, to the candle lighters and their families, to all the participants on the night and to our office staff for the work beforehand and on the night, and particularly to Sarah Saaroni, whose dignified testimony and unquenchable spirit touched everyone.

Overwhelmingly, the response we received was very positive, but we have also received some critical comments and have given these serious consideration.

CROATIAN COMMUNITY DINNER

Following on last year’s dinner at which JCCV hosted Croatian community representatives, the JCCV was invited by the Croatian community for dinner in Geelong. The dinner was well-attended by both communities, as well as attendance by David Southwick MP Member for Caulfield and Ian Tresize MLA Member for Geelong, and was an excellent event. There was a feeling of camaraderie and friendship which I hope augurs well for future meetings. The event was covered by both the Geelong and the Croatian press.

YOM HA’ATZMAUT

My congratulations to ZCV for an amazing concert. It was professional and interesting, and exciting. It appeared on the night as if everyone was having a wonderful time, and it was indeed a “Yom Ha’atzmaut Sameach”.

MEETING WITH THE ISLAMIC COUNCIL OF VICTORIA

Dr. Helen Light, Michelle Coleman and I met with the President and Executive Director of the ICV. The meeting was positive and to reciprocate our hospitality of last year, ICV will be hosting a dinner for JCCV later this year, at a date to be confirmed. And in order to bring our communities closer, it is also proposed to hold a joint music and comedy festival planned tentatively for Sunday, 25 November at St. Kilda Town Hall.

WIZO AGM

I congratulate Sylvia Green and the Wizo executive on a successful year and an extremely well-run AGM. My congratulations to Randi Grose, who received the Ann Zablud Award for her ongoing communal work, of which JCCV is a beneficiary. It was particularly good to see that the recognition awards include a youth award and I congratulate this year’s recipient, Nadav Ellinson.

MEETING WITH ETHNIC COMMUNITIES COUNCIL OF VICTORIA

I met with Ross Edwards, Director of the ECCV. Our discussion centred mainly on the Prejudice Motivated Crime Strategy and on the Walter Lippmann Memorial Lecture, which is to be held on 27 June 2012 at the Wheeler Centre, with Lindsay Tanner delivering the lecture. Given Walter Lippmann’s enormous contribution to Victoria, I hope the Jewish community will be well-represented on the evening

MEETING at VICTORIAN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

The meeting dealt with the Reporting Racism Project. I attended together with Dan Goodhardt of the CSG. The Project is well under way, with internet campaign being planned. Discussion also took place about Prejudice Motivated Crime Strategy, with presentation by Assistant Commissioner Jeff Pope of VicPol.  Dan Goodhardt presented the Jewish Community model of monitoring and reporting race motivated incidents and I would like to thank Jo Silver for the preparation of this excellent report.

AUJS

Jo Silver, together with a sub-committee, continues to work with Daniel Nash and Yossi Reicher of AUJS to set up function involving AUJS, JCCV, ZCV & and ADC. Because of exams and absences from Melbourne, it now appears as if the earliest possible date will be in late July 2012.

JEWISH COMMUNITY SURVEY

Monash University Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation has issued its latest Report in the Gen08 Survey, entitled Education: A Statistical Analysis. This statistically supports the general findings in previous reports, particularly the Jewish Continuity Report.

AUTHORISED APPEAL PERIOD RULES

To ensure that there is greater clarity, the Appeal Rules have been amended by Jennifer Huppert, John Searle and me. We will now bring the amendments to a meeting of the Appeals Sub-Committee.

SBS CRITERIA REVISION

ECAJ representatives met with Dirk Anthony of SBS to discuss issues relevant to Yiddish and Hebrew programs and have lodged a submission. On behalf of JCCV, I participated in the on-line submission process, voicing the same concerns and suggesting the same criteria as those set out in the ECAJ submission.

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