JCCV Executive Board Members
Jennifer has been President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) since November 2014, having first joined the JCCV executive in November 2011. Jennifer is also a member of the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.
Previously, Jennifer has served on the boards of a number of not for profit organisations, including National Council of Jewish Women of Australia Ltd, the B’nei B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission, The Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence and Youth Connect. From February 2009 to November 2014 Jennifer was a member of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Victoria representing the Southern Metropolitan Region, and prior to that was a director of the Emergency Services State Superannuation Fund.
Jennifer is a lawyer with over 30 years’ experience, practising largely in the area of government and commercial property, and is currently a special counsel at Maddocks Lawyers.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Melbourne.
Andre has served on the JCCV Executive since 2014 holding the Online Engagement portfolio. Andre is the Norther Eastern Jewish Centre’s delegate to the JCCV Plenum as well as a Victorian Councillor to the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). He also serves as: CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute, a member of the Australian Government’s delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, a member of the IEEE’s the Global Public Policy Committee of the IEEE, Global Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Geographic Activities Committee, and a member of the Norther Eastern Jewish Centre’s Board. Previously served as a co-chair of the Israeli Government’s Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism and as National Secretary of the Union of Jewish Students UK) and works as a consultant and academic. Andre holds a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University, a Masters in Law (JD) from Monash University, Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Doron has served on the JCCV Executive for 6 years and volunteered with the organisation for 11 years as one of the founding members of the JCCV's LGBTI Reference Group. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Doron is passionate about financial, inclusion, as well as education and health equality.
Ricci currently serves as the Treasurer of the JCCV. Ricci has had an extensive involvement within the Jewish Community, serving as as well as Board of AUJS and as a Youth Movement leader and Rosh of Melbourne at Hineni. Outside of the Jewish Community Ricci mentored youths from difficult backgrounds believing that a positive role-model can change their lives for the better. Professionally, Ricci works as an Associate at Frontier Advisors. Ricci holds a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and Bachelor Degree of Commerce from Monash University.
Bram Presser was an academic, lawyer and musician, and is now a writer.
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Frances has been an Executive Member of the JCCV since 2014 holding the Multicultural and Interfaith Portfolio representing the Jewish community on the JCMA (Jewish Christian Muslim Association) and the FCCV (Faith Communities Council of Victoria) Boards, as well as Co-Vice President of the FCCV.
She was an organiser for the highly successful inaugural Women’s Joint Journey (2019) to Jerusalem with equal representation from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, under the auspices of the JCMA.
Frances is Vice President of the AJHS (Australian Jewish Historical Society) Victoria. She is on the Lodz Ghetto Commemoration Committee, Co-founder of March of the Living, Australia. She is a co-recipient of Henryk Slawik Award (2017) and a recipient of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Sylvia Gelman Award.
Frances is a Jewish Educator. She taught at Mt Scopus Memorial College for 30 years, in a variety of positions. Frances is married to Steven Kolt. They have two sons, one daughter-in-law and one grandson.
Frank Greenstein emigrated to Australia , from South Africa in 2000 and went on to become an Australian Citizen in 2002.
Frank qualified as a Pharmacist in South Africa and currently owns a business in Malvern.
Throughout his time in Australia , Frank has been actively involved in a number of ethnic and multicultural organisations, which seek to promote diversity, inclusion and engagement within the community. In 2011 , Frank was appointed by the Victorian Minister for Small Business to the Multicultural Business Ministerial Council for a term of 3 years. Frank is a proud member of Central Shule ; Friends of the Jewish Holocaust Museum,; Jewish Christian Muslim Association.; Liberal Friends of Israel ; Australian Intercultural Society, Ethnic Community Council of Victoria. Frank has served on the JCCV Executive since 2018.
Jack Lipson has served on the JCCV Executive for almost a decade. Between 2002 to 2010 Jack was a member of the Community Security Group (CSG) and is currently serving on CSG board. Since 1998 Jack has been a board member of Elwood Shule, having served a term as President and is still serving on the board.
Dean is the CEO of Flying Fox, an organisation which provides social opportunities to people with disabilities. With a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Leadership, Dean recently begun a PhD in philanthropy & non-profit management. Dean is passionate about empowering young people to do awesome things.
Isabella Polgar has served on the JCCV Executive since February 2018 and as a Victorian Councillor on the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. Passionate about the Jewish community, Isabella also supports the Australasian Union of Jewish Students by serving on the Employment Sub-committee of the board and previously a board member as well as National Chairperson of AUJS. Isabella is the co-founder of Humankind Podcast and a Business Analyst at Spencer Stuart. Previously served as a Sydney Alliance Council Co-Chair as well as a deputy of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies as well as the Labor Israel Action Committee of NSW. Isabella holds a Bachelor Degree in Medical Science majoring in Pharmacology.