The Only Direction You can Look is Up

There is nothing we can add that has not already been said about the
recent atrocities in Paris. Our thoughts are with our friends in France, as they are with our family in Israel each and every day. We feel this week is an appropriate time to reflect a little.

We made a decision at the start of this year to commence every JCA Executive and Board of Governors meeting with “something Jewish”. This week Stephen Chipkin, our President, returned from a trip to Israel in his capacity as Chair of Weizmann Australia. For the “something Jewish” at our Executive Committee meeting, the day after he returned, Stephen reflected on his trip in the context of the recent escalation of violence in Israel.

This is how Stephen Chipkin, commenced the Executive Committee meeting this week:

Last week I visited the original laboratory of Chaim Weizmann on the campus of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. Weizmann Institute of ScienceIt was Weizmann who conceived back in the 1930s (more than a decade before its formation) that the modern State of Israel needed world-class scientific research to succeed. How prescient he was.

There is a photograph of Weizmann in his laboratory standing over his beakers of chemicals and Bunsen burner with a cigarette dangling from his lips. No workplace health and safety inspector in sight. Luckily the whole Zionist experiment did not end in a chemical explosion there and then. For the link between Weizmann, his chemicals, the State of Israel and our sense of being Jewish in this modern age, is a path not well understood.

Chaim Weizmann invented a chemical process for the production of acetone – a chemical of vital importance in the manufacture of explosives and the success of the British war effort in WWI. Weizmann’s contribution was noted by Lord Balfour (amongst others) and the Balfour Declaration of 1917 followed not long after – a critical precursor to the formation of the State in 1948.

Some years ago on a previous trip, I sat on the lawns of Chaim Weizmann’s House on the campus of the Weizmann Institute to witness Shimon Peres receive an Honorary Doctorate. In his acceptance speech, Peres said: When our land is small to the north and even smaller to the east, there is only one direction you can look to. It is up. Upwards to the unlimited boundaries of our imagination, hopes and dreams. That is Israel and our people, he said.

Last Friday at Machane Yehudah in Jerusalem, I saw our people in all their vivid variety. Despite thinner pre-Shabbat crowds than usual (the recent knife attacks were having their intended effect), Jews of every description amongst the piles of fresh challahs, the traders and the hustle – Ashkenazi, Sephardi, the Charedi with their medieval Polish garb and tzitzit, the Zionist Orthodox with their knitted kippot, the secular and everything in between – different shapes, sizes, colours and backgrounds. Outwardly with little in common, yet sharing a deep and profound connection.

What is it that binds Jews together, I ask. Is it our history, our tradition, our teachings, our values (to do what is good and just, to make the world a better place)? Or is it a connection borne out of our shared story of survival and loss, or that God chose us or we chose God, or the fact that we learned to learn through questioning and argument? Is it the modern man-made miracle that is Israel? Or is it the remarkable achievements of a small people over the ages, not bound by the present, but always looking up in the direction of our imagination, our hopes and dreams?

Perhaps it is elements of all those things, fused together by the bonding process of time and faith.

And it made me think of JCA and its role in this long chain. Perhaps it is simply to keep mixing the elements – to help bring our local community together. By doing the things we do, we play a small but important part in the continuation of this unlikely and extraordinary heritage.

Stephen Chipkin
President, JCA

The Unexpected Chagall

I’ve got an old friend called Eytan who apart from being an ex-lawyer, banker, and now oil & gas guy, is quite a prolific blogger. His stuff is good (particularly if your interests lie in food, art or things Jewish, or any combination thereof).  A little while back he wrote a lovely piece entitled The Unexpected Chagall, which is an homage to the painter we all know and love, and in particular some stained glass windows in a small stone church somewhere in Kent.

Eytan wrote: “So what is it about Chagall for me? And seeing as he cribbed my 3 Unit Ancient History notes, I feel completely entitled to peek over his shoulder and copy his answer (because its identical to mine, and it can’t be plagiarism if you name your source):

Chagall_Jerusalem WindowsWell first, I relate strongly to Chagall and his art. He was a Jew, and although not especially religious he identified completely as being Jewish – culturally, traditionally and nationally. So much so that, to quote art critic Robert Hughes, Chagall is: “the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century”. His work often contains strong Jewish motifs and iconography – flying angels, sacramental objects, biblical characters and stories – all of which are innately familiar to me.

Second, it feels a bit like Chagall has always been there, in the background of my life. Few can afford originals, but Chagall’s art is nonetheless present in so many Jewish homes, whether as prints, reproductions, posters, or coffee-books. There was a Chagall image somewhere, in one form or another, in the homes of many of my childhood friends. And in our family home my parents’ pride and joy were three signed Chagall lithographs, as well as some Chagall prints, that hung on the walls of the living room (they are still there today).

But more than anything, I just love his work. My early introduction to Chagall through friends, family and the familiar subject matter has morphed over time into something much deeper: an abiding appreciation of the dream-like, semi-mystical quality of the work, and his unmistakable technique. Most especially I am entranced by Chagall’s amazing use of colour, bright and vibrant and vivid, to the point where his paintings often seem to have a life and soul of their own.

Picasso summed it up succinctly: “When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is”.

Well, there was a Chagall lithograph in my home too. And coffee-table books. And a collection of wine glass coasters in my grandfather’s home we used every Shabbat, which featured Hadassah Hospital windows. And no doubt in yours too. And all this came to mind last night at the dinner hosted by The Joint Australia, as I sat entranced listening to Bella Meyer and looking at the beautiful images created by her grandfather, Marc Chagall.

I realised that both Bella’s and my grandfathers had been saved by “The Joint” in the darkest years of the 1940s. Chagall was whisked to safety in America, and my grandfather along with 4,000 other Jewish Refugees in Kobe, Japan, was fed, clothed and ultimately given passage to, and helped to resettle in Australia.

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I wrote not so long ago about the role The Joint played in helping so many of our families to reach these shores, and in establishing this community, and its institutions, which we all take so very much for granted. We never did find anybody milked a cow (in English or German) at Chelsea Park. Kol Hakavod to the most wonderful Eva Fischl OAM and her team for bringing to The Joint back to town.

So you are thinking, that’s nice that the JCA CEO is busy plugging another Jewish charity, but where’s the relevance? To which I say, there would be no community for us to ensure is sustainable, vibrant and secure without The Joint. So that’s the start. But as I listened to the other work of The Joint over the past 100 years, including the work that continues to this day, I realised that the JDC and JCA have in their DNA the same sense of collective responsibility for fellow Jews, regardless of their circumstances or origin.

And what makes our community particularly special is how we all own each other’s stories. People with no direct connection to the Shoah feel our Sydney Jewish Museum to be their own. We all take pride in Sir John Monash even if when he was leading the Australian troops our forebears were serving in the Kaiser’s army. And we all feel the sense of loss experienced by the Sephardim among us who were forced to flee their homes in the tumultuous 1950s (with much assistance from The Joint, I learned last night) following the establishment of the State of Israel and the rise of Arab nationalism.

In relation to that last group, We Were Refugees Too is a new initiative to recognise the plight of those in our community who were refugees from Arab lands and Iran – including Eytan’s family from Morocco. The Jewish Board of Deputies is calling for people to share their family’s story on their Facebook page and at the inaugural annual event held to honour these refugees on November 30 at the Sydney Jewish Museum from 6-8pm.

Wherever your family has come from, and however you got here, we wish you all Shabbat Shalom,

Daniel Grynberg, CEO

PS. It is not too late to get tickets for the B’nai Brith Oration this year.


It Only Takes 10 People

I’ll let you in on a secret, if you are under 35 you’re not reading this. Which really gives us Gen X’ers and Boomers and beyond, the space to do what we love to best: Kvetch about Gen Y. You know, how they’re all spoiled, and entitled. How they have ridiculously over-inflated expectations. And pretty much every other gripe every generation in history has heaped on the next, since Adam and Eve worried about how Abel was ever going to afford his own one bedroom apartment close enough to get home for Shabbes at Eden Heights, and if Cain would ever get a job. (We know how that one worked out).

Anyway, it’s a pity Gen Y aren’t going to read this because, this week all I want to do is celebrate them. On Wednesday night JCA held its inaugural 10×10 event and it was incredible. Put simply one of the most inspiring events of the year. Over 150 young professionals rocked up on a cold and rainy night to Linkedin (thanks to CEO Cliff Rosenberg for hosting) to hear about three wonderful charities in our community. I’d love to tell you more about it, but seeing as the whole point is empowerment of younger members of our community, much better for you to hear from JCA’s fantastic Gen Y, Ashleigh Levett, who pulled it all together:


It only took 10 people, ten enthusiastic, intelligent and community minded individuals to pull off what has been deemed one of the best ‘young’ JCA events in a long time. With the mission to engender a culture of philanthropy within our generation, we set out to give three organisations innovatively dealing with complex social issues the time to shine. Our 10×10 event is similar to Shark Tank where guests had to pay $100 prior to the event (that was a hard sell!). On the night Sababa Lagamba, PJ Library and MUM FOR MUM were given 5 minutes to pitch their programs to the audience. Together with the brilliant David Shein, audience members questioned each organisation about their business model and plans for expansion. At the end of the night each guest decided where they wanted to allocate their donation.

 The event was a success on a number of fronts:

  • The incredible work of JCA’s member organisations was showcased
  • Over half of the people that attended the event had never given to JCA
  • More than 20 hands shot up when asked who wanted to be part of the next 10×10 committee
  • And finally there was no mad rush for the door once the formalities concluded, people actually stuck around!


Thanks Ash, with the future of our community in the hands of people like you, and Laurie Marshbaum, and his 10×10 committee of Anthony Biggs, Andrew Cohen, Leora Friedland, David Hirsch, Ruthanna Klawansky, Lisa Kirstein, Ricky Kitay and Daniel Lazarus, we are well on way to ensuring our community is sustainable, vibrant and secure. We seemed to have struck a chord and we’ll definitely be holding another 10×10 next year, so make sure to add it to the Shabbat Table agenda tonight.

Shabbat Shalom, especially to Gen Y,

Daniel Grynberg


PS.  A generous friend has given me tickets to the AC/DC concert on Saturday night. Don’t expect to see many Gen Y faces there, which is their loss. In the meantime, prepare to be transfixed. I know it de riguer for metal bands to be clad in black, but this Satmar version of TNT is truly dynamite.

PPS. Have you heard about this great B’nai B’rith event? B'nai B'rith

Trick or Kosher Treat

Challaween.jpgAny number of Jewish parenting websites will confirm – in case you didn’t already know – that Halloween is up there with Christmas and Easter (and for that matter Eid al-Adha, Wesak, Loi Krathong and every other religious festival), and is off limits to the Jews.

And yet, as Shabbat ends this weekend, thousands of kids across town will be roaming the streets like zombies (some actually as zombies) in search of sugar rather than blood. Sounds like pretty good training for some door to door canvassers if you ask me.

The growth of Halloween participation in Australia over the past two decades has been one of America’s most successful exports (though most of the economic benefit seems to have been picked up by Chinese manufacturers supplying our $2 shops).

Both as Australians, and Jews, we internalise a strange combination of pride and fear in all things American. We look across the Pacific and see something familiar, and yet also something just a little bit strange and – to the extent it is a portent of our future – dystopian.

Certainly when you speak to Americans, either visiting Down Under, or those few brave souls who took Horace Greeley’s exhortation to “Go West, young man” to a bit of an extreme and made the move here, they will tell you that Australia is basically like America … 20 years ago. And they usually mean that in a good way.

We read with a degree of anxiety about the rates of assimilation and fragmentation of American Jewry described in the latest Pew Report and wonder, like Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck in On the Beach, how long it will take for the fallout to reach our shores. If it’s anything like Halloween, the answer is probably about 20 years… It always has been.

And yet, there are so many great things that we can learn (and shameless copy and adapt) from our American friends and relatives. Just in the JCA universe alone, we were the first community outside of North America to roll out a PJ Library program (which now sees over 1,000 Jewish-themed children’s books mailed out each month – in many cases to families where this is the first, or only, Jewish cultural contact). Another US import, Moishe House, is part of an international network of share houses which empower Jewish twenty-somethings to create their own community and programming.

Perhaps our best US import to date has been the incredibly successful Observership Program (thanks again to the importer – Jonathan Gavshon – who participated in a similar program while working in NY). The program will be entering its fourth year, and has seen over 100 talented young professionals and entrepreneurs apply for an opportunity for some top quality training and networking, and a role in the leadership and future ownership of our community.

An alumni group of over 100 ex-Observers is starting to make an impact in our community. And once again this year, a number of Observers have been invited to join JCA constituent boards in a full capacity, underlining the remarkable success of this program for renewal and regeneration as well. So in this case we haven’t had to wait two decades to feel the impact.

And the biggest US import is about to hit us, and that is Youth 2 Israel – Y2i (a name we were generously allowed to use by the inspiring Bob Lappin, whose foundation north of Boston has been running Y2I since 1971).

Y2i – an ambitious endowment fund whose objective is to subsidise the cost of post-year 10 Israel educational experiences for any and every child with one Jewish parent in NSW or the ACT – is the first joint venture of JCA, UIA, JNF and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and Executive Council of Australian Jewry. A fact so wonderful I’m going to repeat it: JCA, UIA, JNF, JBOD and ECAJ all working together! It is has been underpinned by years of JCA research and planning (including the Gen08 and TouchPoints Reviews) and has been seed-funded with an incredible $5m gift from the Education Heritage Foundation.

So when we peer into our pillow case stuffed with goodies at the end of this Halloween, we will find it overflowing with treats: PJ Library, Moishe House, Observership, Y2i, and very few tricks, and for that, we can be thankful for American cultural creep.

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom,

Daniel Grynberg


For many, including my late grandfather – a lifelong Satchmo devotee – there is no greater American cultural export than Jazz music. Satchmo was keen on matza and wore a Magen David, but of course the Jewish links with Jazz run much deeper, check out this list of the 9 Jews who changed Jazz music, and make sure to turn the speakers up. And when you are suitably In the Mood, there are still tickets available for the Twilight Jazz in the Grounds, at the Montefiore Home in Randwick on 8 November.

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Shabbat (Project) Shalom

apple cartoonI woke up this morning with an electronic device beeping next to my head, as no doubt you did too. We really must all resolve to get the phones out of the bedroom. However, this morning’s disturbance was a message from the other side, from the late Steve Jobs, telling me his iPhone’s operating system needed updating. There were a series of patches and fixes to his seemingly miraculous screen, including, thankfully, a fix to a bug in the phone’s calendar.

So in my dreary haze I downloaded the upgrade, installed it, and then tested the phone to make sure all was in order. (Do you also breathe a sigh of relief when the thing bursts back to life after an upgrade?). And looking at the calendar I started – as we all do on Fridays – to think of the week that has passed, and the weekend ahead. It is so deeply ingrained in us that it feels perfectly natural.

But of course there is nothing natural about the division of cosmic time into seven day increments. And there is most certainly nothing natural about setting aside every seventh day as a day of rest.

Welcome to the Mesad Hashavyahu Ostracon, the first known extra-biblical reference to Shabbat, dated to 630BCE, and an early copy of the source code for Shabbat observance.

Welcome to the Mesad Hashavyahu Ostracon, the first known extra-biblical reference to Shabbat, dated to 630BCE, and an early copy of the source code for Shabbat observance.

You may not have thought about it this way, but Shabbat is a gift of the Jews to all humanity. I’ll explain…

Well before iOS 9.1, Jewish coders, in a programming language still in use today, laid out the architecture for time itself –  perhaps the greatest piece of software ever developed on this planet. And that original piece of code is still embedded in our software, and every other app and competitor operating system on the planet.

In case you missed that, there is no recorded instance of any other human society on the planet, setting aside a regular day of rest, for every person, rich or poor, and every beast of burden, until we Jews came along. And the idea was so very good, and so compelling, that today there is not a single country on earth that does not have an officially instituted division between days for labour and days for rest. Our software is open source.

Even totalitarian North Korea relaxes a bit on Sunday, thanks to a cultural inheritance from the Jews (though you’ve got to be pretty special to get into Kim Jong Un’s creepy waterpark). A fact so unbelievable, that the Talmud is now a best seller in South Korea, as other programmers look to understand our code.

If only we’d seen a decent IP lawyer 5,776 years ago, and got our patents sorted, the royalty stream would have comfortably funded JCA’s mission of ensuring our community sustainable, vibrant and secure, and we’d never have to ask you to contribute a single cent (nor would 153 Jewish Federations across North America, or any other Jewish community on Earth).

So this weekend, the Shabbat Project is upon us again, bigger and better than last year. And smaller and more grass roots too. The stats in terms of communal involvement are looking pretty impressive:

PJ-Library-OBK-Jems-Challah-BakeOver 85 community led events planned; 6,000 show bags distributed; 3,500 aprons ready to go; and thousands of people getting ready for Shabbat dinner. This Shabbat Project is truly shaping up to be a weekend of community and unity.

The stories are starting to come in thick and fast, and the success is already evident:

  • Southern Sydney Synagogue has 80 people attending their Shabbat dinner for the first time
  • Parramatta Synagogue has sold out their Shabbat dinner
  • Over 1,000 children and their parents attended the Kids Challah Bake on Wednesday at the Entertainment Quarter
  • Challah bakes, shul lunches and afternoon activities have sold out at many venues
  • There is a sold out Shabbat dinner for the Russian community
  • Over 140 young adults are attending a sold out Shabbat dinner.

It’s not too late to get involved, so jump online here and find an event, or lunch, or talk, or farbrengen, or havdallah concert that works for you. Just make sure to do it before 6.57pm this evening, because that’s the time our ancient programmers have scheduled our operating system to go into its weekly upgrade cycle. The planned outage is scheduled to last until 7.54pm on Saturday evening when we will spring back to life, renewed, refreshed, and de-bugged.

Shabbat (Project) Shalom,

Daniel Grynberg


P.S. Calling the Gen-Y/Millenials crowd with a conscience! 10×10 is a new social enterprise that’s kind of like ‘Shark Tank’ or ‘Dragon’s Den’ for charities, and is designed to get young professionals and creative involved in philanthropy. So far, 10×10 events around Australia have already raised over $200k, supported over 30 emerging Australian charities and engaged over 1,500 young Australians in giving. We love this idea so we’re bringing it to our own community and the first one is on 4 November. David Shein (director of OurCrowd) will be our first ‘Dragon’ and three charities will be pitching for your money: Sababa Lagamba, Mum for Mum and PJ Library. We think you’ll love this social twist on philanthropy so please join us and make sure to bring a friend (or 10). To book click here:

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A week to remember. A week to forget.

20-TUBBY-ISAACS-E_1-82Despite the fact that Tubby Isaacs, the East End’s most famous purveyor of jellied eels, was for some time under the authority of the Kashrus Commission, there is no doubt whatsoever that eels are not kosher (even if they do have finlets and really, really small scales).

Still eels are on my mind this Shabbat. And the two places where the eels lie down, Parramatta and Jerusalem. Bear with me…

It’s been an unsettling week. Most of us have had one eye glued to news from Israel, and increasing incidents of Islamically-inspired violence (if you haven’t had a chance, make sure to read Alex Ryvchin’s powerful piece, Understanding the language of murder, in today’s Telegraph).


Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

On Wednesday night over 800 attendees at the annual JNF dinner, heard from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat, regrettably over videolink because his trip to Australia had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the violence in his city.

Nevertheless, the Mayor managed to remain positive, as Jwire reported: He said that Jerusalem has undergone a flourishing renaissance in recent times and that “we are all shareholders in the city”. Kol Ha’kavod to our friends at the JNF for putting together another incredibly successful communal event, and under incredibly challenging circumstances.

Of course, “we are all shareholders” in this city too. And so back to Parramatta, which is the demographic heart of our city. On Thursday evening (thanks to the support you provide through JCA), our community was represented by NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO, Vic Alhadeff at a candlelight vigil for murdered police accountant Curtis Cheng. Vic cited the Hebrew phrase: “Am echad b’lev echad;” And said: “it translates as, ‘One people with one heart.’ Tonight the heart of the Australian people is heavy, yet we are united in our resolve for peace and understanding.” His sentiments could easily have applied the night before at the JNF do.

But beyond the violence, and the response to it, there is another Jerusalem-Parramatta connection, and it was the eels that lead me to it. So we all know that Parramatta’s name comes from the Darug people, and means “the place where the eels lie down”. This is a reference to the incredible life cycle of eels which sees them migrate vast distances, brave all manner of threats, and overcome all sorts of obstacles (like Parramatta weir) to return to their ancestral home. And even though they have never been there it beats in their hearts and eely souls. Sound like anyone we know?

Shabbat_prayer_flyerWe are like the eels, born in the wide Sargasso Sea of our diaspora, but with a homing instinct which makes us want to swim upstream across millennial oceans, regardless of the dangers and the improbability of return, towards Jerusalem – where our ancestors were spawned.

So this week, we say le’shana ha’ba b’Yirshalayim (next year in Jerusalem), and le’shavuah Ha’ba b’Parramatta.

For those who can be there, the Board of Deputies will be holding a special dinner in conjunction with The Shabbat Project at Parramatta shul. There will be a talk on “Current issues affecting the Sydney Jewish Community: Challenges and Responses”, which could not be more timely.

Shabbat Shalom,

Daniel Grynberg


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A Tale of Two Shtetls

eva-breadSo upfront: two apologies. Sorry for no newsletter last week. We figured after all the chagim you deserved a break. And secondly, you’ll have to excuse any typos in this one as I’m bashing it out with my thumbs on an iPhone, sitting beside my little one in the Children’s Hospital. As Chaim Dickens put it in A Tale of Two Shtetls: “It has been the best of times, and the worst of times.”

It was only two weeks ago we wrote about the Perkal brothers that: “having strong values and family relationships can make life’s journey so much more secure” and I’ve certainly felt that this past fortnight.

In writing this piece each week we try to get the balance right between the personal and the communal. Your survey responses suggest that in the main we get it right. But for me, this week, the personal has been highly communal. And the communal has been incredibly personal.

Here’s what happened:

Last Shabbat we were surrounded by family and friends and a kehillah of love celebrating my first-born’s barmitzvah. Words cannot do justice for the wonderful job he did, or the pride and spiritual joy we all felt. I think this is the first time in my life I have truly understood, and deeply felt, nachas. But as we partied into the evening, we were conscious that our youngest son was unable to be with us – a week earlier he inconveniently decided to perforate his appendix, and was being looked after in this amazing hospital (where he still is after nearly two weeks).

The good news, on both fronts, is that we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. But the going is slow. If ever we needed reminding of the importance of friends and family, and well-staffed and resourced institutions, these past two weeks have provided it by the bucket loads, and a hospital room wallpapered with get well cards.

We are not really in the business of soliciting for other charities, but we know that people like you who give to JCA are also more likely to give generously across the board. We can only encourage you to support institutions and organisations like the Sydney Children’s Hospital, and in particular, the Sydney Kids Committee, which focuses on supporting nurses and other staff who make that institution so remarkable.

Shabbat Project_template_orangeSo, as I said, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and hopefully, we will be able to bring the young one to The Shabbat Project Kids Mega Challah Bake on 21 October. Other than the homemade chicken soup lovingly delivered by his great-aunt, what could be more fortifying for a young Jewish kid recovering from a stint in hospital than some freshly baked challah? (Naturally, we have applied to Medicare to add my aunt’s soup to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.)

And talking about coming together, you have probably heard about the leadership role the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies has taken to “overhaul” the state’s hate-speech legislation, and put a tooth into what has been a very gummy tiger. President, Jeremy Spinak and CEO, Vic Alhadeff, deserve all our thanks for effectively rallying other concerned ethnic and other communities to the cause. If you want to hear more directly, the JBOD is hosting a plenum on Tuesday, 20 October at 7:30pm at which the attorney general, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, will speak on ‘Racial Vilification’ and the vital need for reform (for more information, see the flyer below.)

With the tragic murder of Parramatta police employee, father and husband, Curtis Cheng, by a radicalised 15-year-old junior jihadist, we are reminded that threats to our safety and security, like those faced by our friends and relatives in Israel, are also – worryingly – on our doorstep. What we can do on our end is support our community’s efforts – via JCA, JBOD, CSG and of course, our Parent Security Group, to remain vigilant. There are so many people working and volunteering to ensure a sustainable, vibrant and secure Jewish community.

As we close this week and move into Shabbat, it’s a good time to reflect on what we can each do individually. As for our family, we feel embraced. And as CEO of JCA, I am heartened and inspired but the efforts of so many – by those within and outside of our community.

Shabbat Shalom.

Daniel Grynberg


P.S. In case you missed it, there was another medically-related inspiring David and Goliath (actually Yvonne and Goliath) moment this week, when a Brisbane grandmother convinced the High Court that it would be very wrong to allow a massive US biotech firm to patent the breast cancer gene BRCA-1. This is a huge win for all women, but particularly Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent. Kol Hakavod to Yvonne Darcy, whose selfless fight has huge ramifications for so many.

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