Lest we forget our ANZACS and our Survivors

So by now you will have received an invitation to our community’s commemoration of the centenary of ANZAC, which is being coordinated by JCA Executive Committee member Garry Browne AM (because he doesn’t have enough on his plate!). The event will be at the Great Synagogue on Sunday, 3 May. Through the magic of Trove I found a copy of Rabbi Cohen’s Pesach sermon from 1916, the first time the sacrifice at Gallipoli was marked at the Great Synagogue:

“We now pay our first annual tribute to the brave sons of our country who made that shore a place ever-sacred for Australians. Our hearts strain with love and longing towards that distant strand, and those remote waters because they enshrine a most precious deposit, the remains of the lamented sons of our congregation who took their share nobly, and paid their price promptly for the renown which they brought for the name of Anzac.”

It really is impossible to overstate the devastating impact WW1 had on the young nation of Australia. It is estimated that the lives of one in 10 men aged 18-45 were cut short. The forest of War Memorials that dot every suburb across Sydney and every country town is the visible scar of that pain. I remember when I was at school in the 70s and 80s an old digger would come to hear the bugle on Anzac Day. He seemed so old then, a veteran of the First World War. And yet here we are, 100 years after Anzac and there is now nobody alive whose heart “strains with love and longing”. There is nobody who feels the pain of loss at Gallipoli. Anzac has receded into history.

I was thinking about that when I received another invitation, to another commemoration – for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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We are so very privileged to still have with us today those whose hearts strain with love and longing. And yet it is only a matter of time until – unthinkable as it is – our Shoah, joins the ranks of historical tragedies which are marked, and remembered, but not personally felt. And I’m not sure we quite know how to deal with that.

One thing which is clear is that the generation who established the Sydney Jewish Museum, as difficult as that must have been – and painful, were clearly visionaries. I feel that every day I look out my window in the building next door and see busloads of schoolkids from all over Sydney (including this week a group of girls in hijabs) coming to our museum, to learn our story, and the most important universal lessons of respect and conscience and courage.

I actually grew up with the Museum. My mum did the original oral history, and back then we only had one computer and she would sit late into the night transcribing interviews, which I must now admit was more important than beating the high score on Tetris. She recently moved home and found a shoebox full of audiotapes – very unpolished interviews with survivors. I’ve been listening to them in the car (because that’s the only place I can listen to audio cassettes these days). What strikes me as I listen to these voices, most of whom are of people who have passed away, are the hearts strained with love and longing.

We were so lucky as a community that these oral history projects, and the Spielberg Shoah Foundation recorded these testimonies. And to have an institution as fine as our Sydney Jewish Museum to house them. And to have our JCA to support that museum so that it can keep its doors open. One wonders what oral histories could have been recorded by the families of the “lamented sons” lost at Anzac.

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Eva and Ibi (photo credit: Henry Benjamin)

Our community in action story this week features Eva and Ibi and Flore – survivors whose stories will feature in this year’s Board of Deputies Shoah event.  You can read more here.

Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom,
Daniel Grynberg
CEO

P.S.  There will be another opportunity for our community to tell its happier stories, thanks to a wonderful initiative by Waverley Council celebrating our rich history and contribution to the community: “Eat, Pray, Naches”, see the flyer below. Submissions close April 17.

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Facing a Lynch mob against free speech

Much has been written on the different cultural and philosophical legacies we have inherited from the classical world of Jerusalem (“revelation”) and Athens and Rome (“reason”). And there is no greater classical temple in the modern world than the University, dedicated as it is to dialogue (an Athenian philosophical inheritance) and rationality (thank you Rome). No doubt by now you’ve all seen the graphic video of the Lynch mob, demonstrating not so much in favour of a free Palestine, but against free speech, certainly no dialogue or rationality there.

Professor Lynch of course has form, and regardless of whether or not Sydney University chooses to respond to the letters of complaint (if you haven’t already done so, read Peter Baldwin’s that appeared on JWire), and over 5,000 signatures of protest, the least it could do is to drop the words “Peace” and “Studies”, from the name of Prof. Lynch’s shop, and rename it the “Centre for Conflict”, because that seems to be its sole interest and expertise.

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Colonel Richard Kemp

 

The catalyst for this debacle that made international headlines was the invitation extended to Colonel Richard Kemp to speak to students about the ethical dilemmas of military operations in recent conflicts.  As stated in his letter to the Dean of Sydney University after the incident, his intention was to engage students and present his practical experiences as a British military commander and stimulate a discussion.

 

While Colonel Kemp supported peaceful demonstration and free speech and debate he went on to say that “unacceptable in any respectable university is the curtailment of an invited and approved speaker’s freedom to speak and engage in legitimate academic discourse such as I experienced at your university”.

Across town, at what was once the hotbed of anti-Israel campus activity, Macquarie University was showing how to foster civilised debate and discussion. The occasion was the visit to Australia by Professor Tessa Rajak, to deliver the annual Sir Asher Joel Foundation Oration. Sir Asher Joel played a key role at JCA in it’s early years and took over as Chairman of the Appeal Committee in 1988 and we are proud nearly 50 years later to be able to collaborate with the Foundation he established to help Macquarie Uni students join archaeological digs in Israel. Professor Rajak is one of the world leading experts on Josephus, a Hellenised Jew who infamously crossed over from Jerusalem to Rome, and her oration was on Masada (which we really only know about thanks to Josephus’ account). Of course, Josephus wrote other things too, and one of the last things he wrote was “Against Apion” which is basically a two volume defence of Jews and Judaism against all manner of irrational hatreds and conspiracy theories peddled by Apion and others (including what is probably the world’s first blood libel). Thanks must also go to Dr Gil Davis, a member of our community, who gave up a lucrative career as a real estate agent in Artarmon to become an archaeologist and Director of Macquarie’s Program for Ancient Mediterranean Studies (if he ever does go back to flogging houses he will be able to offer unique pre-purchase building inspection reports).

AUJS Gathering at UNSW earlier this month

AUJS Gathering at UNSW earlier this month

This week, we salute the work of some of the unsung constituents of JCA, including the Fund for Jewish Higher Education (FJHE), the hard working young men and women of AUJS, and our partners in exciting programs like that at Macquarie University, who are all doing so much to defend Jerusalem against those who do not even respect the philosophical tradition of Athens and Rome.

Coincidentally, on Wednesday night CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Vic Alhadeff was part of a panel discussion on justice and forgiveness.  You can read his story here.

Shabbat Shalom,
Daniel Grynberg
CEO

Other than the aqueducts, what has JCA ever done for us?

Every week we feature stories of the impact of your philanthropy through JCA in our community. So over time you could be forgiven for thinking that JCA is an organisation which is only interested in collecting funds and distributing them as effectively as possible to areas of communal and innovation. But sometimes, we are in a position to give rather than just receive. So for all those who ask, “other than the aqueducts, what has JCA ever done for us?”, this week we have an incredible smorgasbord of offers:

If you are a budding Jewish social entrepreneur, we’re taking applications for this year’s LaunchPad, which will be held on the Mornington Peninsula on 17-19 May. We were overwhelmed with the quality and wonderfulness of applications last year, so it’s great to be in a position to offer that again. A huge thanks to our friends at the Australian Jewish Funders, and our international partners in the ROI Community, and also for our own Shalom Institute for stepping up to the plate. For those who want to know more about what’s in store, check out the video from last year’s LaunchPad:

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Amanda Joske – LaunchPad 2014

You might recall that we might have accidentally sent the LaunchPad application email last year to the entire JCA database (and not merely those younger members of the community for whom it was intended) – which resulted in more than one nonagenarian emailing back to see if they could get with the program. Well this year, understanding that there is untapped social entrepreneurial energy and creativity in more than one or two people over 36, there will be two LaunchPads running side by side: LaunchPad Y (for 22-35 year olds) and LaunchPad X for those 36 and up (there is apparently, no upper limit!). There’s more information on our website including a link for applications, which close on 20 March, so make sure to click through, or send the link to someone you know who should. In addition, our community in action story this week written by Brando Srot, Director of Young Adults and Families at The Shalom Institute will inspire you to go no further, and apply immediately.

If you are in Year 10 this year, well then you won’t be reading this email, so we can say whatever we like about you. But if you know someone in Year 10 this year, we have an offer too good to refuse. Through incredible generosity via JCA, huge discounts have been made available for all manner of end of year educational programs in Israel. These funds were deployed last year in our dayschools to great effect, and will be available again this year. The great challenge, and opportunity, is to reach out to the students enrolled other schools. To this end, BJE (which has for many years run the fantastic Emet program with the renowned Alexander Muss High School in Israel) is offering discounts of up to 80% for students who enrol now. So please pass this on as soon as possible to anyone you know with a kid or grandkid in Year 10, whether they are at Rose Bay or Reddam. Cranbrook or Caringbah. St Ives or Sydney High.

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Masada sunrise photo credit: Amy Sue Neumann, BJE Facebook page

Also, watch this space, because big things are happening in our community when it comes to incredibly generous philanthropists donating funds to subsidise community teen trips to Israel.

You might recall how last year we were privileged to be the local presentation partner for the inspiring film: Beyond Right & Wrong.  Well, the team behind the film loved our JCA family so much, they’ve invited you all to a panel discussion with filmmaker Lekha Singh and IRA bombing victim Jo Berry (featured in the film) together with Vic Alhadeff, CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. The panel will be moderated by ABC’s James Valentine, and promises to be a fascinating discussion about forgiveness and justice. You can find out more here.  To book please email the JCA office at events@jca.org.au

If you can’t make it, you can still watch the film online for free here, and believe it or not a small amount will be donated to JCA.

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Speaking of entertainers giving to JCA. Israeli mentalist, Lior Suchard (think Uri Geller, without the spoons, or the clock stopping thing) will be performing at the Opera House from 5 – 10 May. We watched his videos and thought he’d be great for a JCA event, especially the trick where he knows in advance what is written in sealed envelopes (could come in handy with pledge cards). But it turns out he knew in advance we were thinking that, so timed his trip just a bit out of sync with our campaign. So clearly his mentalism doesn’t extend to the vaguaries of the communal calendar.

The promoters (including co-chair of JCA’s GenGage, Lance Kalish) are still keen to partner with JCA, and are offering tickets at a discount, and will donate back another $10 per ticket booked with the following code. I’m not sure if you’ll be able to make it, or even if I will, but Lior already knows.

Finally, it has been a busy week in the building, and we can hear the wheels spinning and cogs cranking in the UIA offices above our heads. Our partners in communal philanthropy have been working so very hard and we’ve heard that their events have been a spectacular success.  Kol Hakavod!

Shabbat Shalom, but then you knew that I would say that, or at least Lior did.

Daniel Grynberg
CEO

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COMMUNITY IN ACTION – LAUNCHPAD – WHEN MAGIC HAPPENS!

This week’s community in action story is written by Brando Srot, Director of Young Adults and Families at The Shalom Institute – What happens when you assemble 21 Jewish change makers and innovators from various countries for 5 jam-packed days of professional training and development? Magic. Yes, that’s what happens – magic! Read more here.

JCA’s women are worth more than rubies, pearls and coral

Each week as you open this newsletter, or read this blog (by the way, thank you for doing that) you fall under the gaze of members of our community. And this week, you are being smiled upon by the faces of our granddaughters and daughters, mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces, grandmothers and great-grandmothers. The women of our community. Your community. And we’ve gone and pinked up the website, all for International Women’s Day.

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Clara Zetkin

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Luise Zietz

International Women’s Day was first proposed as a holiday in 1910, by two German women, Clara Zetkin and Luise Zietz (neither of whom were Jewish, though that was a subtlety lost on the Nazis). International Womens Day first celebrated in 1911, as a “global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” And one year later, the International Council of Jewish Women was established (being the roof body for our own National Council of Jewish Women, and similar organisations representing Jewish women in 34 countries).

ICJW has consultative status at the United Nations as a non-governmental organization with the Economic and Social Council, and maintains permanent delegations in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Paris. ICJW is also represented at the Council of Europe, the European Women’s Lobby, the International Council of Women, the World Jewish Congress, and many other international and regional organizations. And since May last year, has been presided over by our very own Robyn Lenn OAM.

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Dr Fanny Reading

It would be remiss on International Women’s Day to talk about NCJW and not mention Dr Fanny Reading, who the Australian Dictionary of Biography describes as “A practical visionary, who did much to establish women as a distinctive force within the organized Australian Jewish community, linking the old idea of charitable service and fund-raising as appropriate areas for female endeavour with the newer, feminist-inspired goal of female participation in communal policy formation.”

In any event, long before there was IWD, ICJW, NCJW and the sea of other three and four letter initials with a “W”, Jewish communities around the world have celebrated the political achievements of women, and one woman in particular: There is only one Jewish festival in the annual cycle where we celebrate the exploits of a heroine, rather than a hero. And there is only one of our holy books (or in this case scrolls) where the name of God is not mentioned. This week as our kids struggled with what to wear for Purim (life was so much easier when everyone went to Hogwarts) we took a moment to remember Esther, a Jewish woman whose smarts and strategic thinking saved the day.

She was the archetypal, Eshet Chayil, which is Hebrew phrase you hear every Shabbat, and also sadly everytime we bury one of our women. The term usually translated with the cumbersome, “Woman of Valour” (which is better than the King James Version, which describes the woman in Proverbs 31:10 as a “virtuous wife”. As they say, history is written by the winners, and in Elizabethan England, other than Elizabeth, the winners were all men). The phrase, literally means a physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally strong woman.

Interestingly for translators and commodity traders we find it impossible today value such women. You may have seen translations which suggest that the Eshet Chayil is worth more than rubies. Others think pearls. And our South African strong women may look to coral in compensation. Of course all of these valuations seem incredibly anachronistic in the 21st century.

For us at JCA, the equation is pretty simple. On this day when we celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women, past, present and future, we salute and thank  the many strong women who have done so very much to enable JCA to succeed in its mission of keeping our community sustainable, vibrant and secure. Just like Esther, and Fanny Reading before them. Our community in action article this week features four of these women who contribute to our organisation, each in a special and different way.

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From left to right: Jill Segal AM, Rose Temple, Lauren Placks, Jami Kochan

 

Chag Sameach, and Shabbat Shalom,
Daniel Grynberg
CEO

PS If you do nothing else this IWD, make sure to check out the Jewish Women’s Archive which as their mission says, “documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change.”

 

Biz hundert azoi ve tsvantsik

Imagine being an Ephramite, about 3,000 years ago. You’ve just been thumped in battle by the Gileadites, and they are in hot pursuit. You are making a desperate dash for safety across the Jordan River (which probably had a bit of water in it back then) when you are confronted at the ford by yet more Gileadites. They are not sure if you are friend or foe, so they have you say the word “shibboleth”, and because you can’t say any word with a “sh” sound, you utter “sibboleth”, and are found out. And put to death. Along with 42,000 of your countrymen. Such is the blood-soaked history of one of the more interesting words classical Hebrew has bequeathed to our English language.

In our time, shibboleths are much less lethal, and yet equally as effective at determining who is in and who is out. You can tell when a person arrived in Sydney (or how old they are) by the name they use for the tower above Westfield in the city. Centrepoint. Sydney Tower. AMP Tower (that was shortlived), and no doubt sometime soon Westfield Tower.

Likewise in our community, you can tell certain things about a person – especially their age – when they refer to the Australian Jewish News, as the Australian Jewish Times (as it was for so many years). Though given the number of birthday cards I sign for JCA donors who turn 100, there are probably a fair few people around who still think of the paper as the Hebrew Standard.

Well last night I went to the 120th birthday party of our newspaper, and even though they are not a JCA member organisation, I think it is pretty clear that the Australian Jewish News is a remarkable and important piece of communal infrastructure. If there was any doubt, last night we were presented with a commemorative book celebrating the 120 years and I can promise you that it will be fought over across dinner tables for many a Shabbat. Get yourself a copy. And buy one for your uncle.

It seems a bit superfluous at someone’s 120th birthday to wish them, biz hundert un tsvantsik (you should live to 120). And the AJN is 20 years past the much more practical Yiddish advice: Biz hundert azoi ve tsvantsik (Live till 100, like a 20 year old). So rather than lots of words, we thought we would share with you the following pictures, which are on the walls of our otherwise very drab JCA boardroom. You can see that the partnership of JCA with the AJN spans many decades:

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Looking back at those early campaign covers got us thinking. We are due for our first Thermo-clock competition for 2015 – for the first person to identify any of the children in these pictures. Of course if any of those kids all grown up, is reading this, we might have to find an even more special prize.

Speaking of 100’s, our Chairman of Marketing Garry Browne is involved in another centenary event – 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli – a special commemoration event will be held at The Great Synagogue in May.  See the flyer below for more information on getting involved.

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Shabbat Shalom,
Daniel Grynberg

CEO

This week’s community in actions story is one that spans over a decade and will continue to span two lifetimes.  Jonno and Dave met through JewishCare’s Big Brother, Big Sister program – this is their beautiful story.

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Jonno and Dave – then and now

Not so wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

When I was growing up there were four TV channels. And when SBS arrived (only it was called “Channel 0″), there were 5. Friends from South Africa tell me we were lucky and they had only one channel, and even that was pretty limited. And yet TV played a central role in our culture and lives.

If you rocked up to school in 1984 for the start of a new week, hadn’t watched Countdown on Sunday night, you might as well have stayed at home.And woebetide you on Wednesday morning if you were not up to speed on what had happened to Bea, Lizzie and the Freak the night before.

Even as recently as a decade ago you could have a conversation with someone at work about what was on TV last night. Around a proverbial water-cooler, though usually it was in the tea room. But that doesn’t happen anymore. Nobody watches TV. And if they do they are watching one of hundreds of channels. At different times. When babysitters arrive at my home they don’t even turn the TV on. They just ask for the wifi code. There is nothing to talk about around the water cooler, because everyone is watching season 4 of whatever, in their own time, on some tablet, with earplugs.

I have thought of this for some time as a metaphor for our Jewish community. It used to be so simple. There were a limited number of channels to chose from (JCA, UIA, Moriah, Central, Temple Emanuel, the AJN, the Great, etc.), and we could all discuss the morning after what we had shared the night before. But our Jewish world is different now. We live in a multi-verse of channels and information, and like my babysitter we just want the wifi code. We have at our fingertips and on our screens and in our ears the entire world of Jewish, and secular information. It is all bespoke, particular and individual. And so very often we find it hard to have that same sense of being part of something bigger. Part of a Jewish collective experience.

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Community members comfort each other outside the synagogue in Copenhagen

And then events happen which shatter that individual bubble. And suddenly we are all riveted to the same channel. Grasping for news. Struggling for clues and cues to help us understand. That happened this weekend past with the horrific events in Copenhagen. Once again I am lost for words, as no doubt are you.

 

I have stood guard outside a shul, as have most of the members of my family, and yours, and literally thousands of men and women and boys and girls in our community, and all week I could think of nobody but Dan Uzan. I am a Dan, and so was he. And as we now know after our Martin Place nightmare, we can no longer tranquilise ourselves with the nostrum “it can’t happen here.”

I’m not sure if you have supported JCA in recent years, there are many readers of this newsletter who have not, and certainly you will know many people who have not. But surely it must be apparent to all that we need to invest in our own security, and the way you can do that is through JCA. And the way you can help us, is to help us to raise the funds required to ensure that our CSG gets every resource it needs.

I was bending my mind back – to when there were only four TV channels – and I was remembering those long Sunday afternoons when kids had no choice but to watch hours and hours of re-runs and old movies (before the invention of VHS). And there was always a Danny Kaye movie, or Kaminsky as my grandmother would remind me – another Jewish Dan. And I was thinking of Danny Kaye singing Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen  in the movie of Hans Christian Anderson and how sad that song seems this week. Denmark, which for all us had only ever been known as the one European country which defied the Nazis to save its Jews, became yet another place on this planet where a Jewish future is in jeopardy.

So when I went to look for the youtube link, I stumbled across this wonderful video of Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong singing ‘Oh When the Saints’. For some reason the video of a Jew from Brooklyn singing a gospel tune with a black man from New Orleans (albeit one who had a fair bit of yiddishkeit) makes the world seem just a little bit better. You really should watch it.

We Jews don’t believe in Saints per se (except for a fair few south of the border who worship St Kilda), and I can’t imagine any will be marching in any time soon. I found this explanation from Rabbi Apple (who used to program the channel at the Great):

Jews do not have saints in the Catholic sense of being a person who has performed a miracle. What Judaism reveres are giants of the spirit whose lives have been devoted to living for God and His Torah. No-one needs to make official application to have such people canonised. It is the people as a whole, and history, which grants them their status. There are also people who have sacrificed their lives for God and Judaism. We do not allocate the term “saint” to such individuals though we call them k’doshim and speak of their Kiddush HaShem.

I will say kaddish this Shabbat for the Kiddush HaShem of Dan Uzan, a man who sacrificed his life for God and Judaism, and all too tragically yet another of our European Kedoshim.

Shabbat Shalom,

Daniel Grynberg
CEO

In this week’s community in action segment it is appropriate to hear from David Rothman, CEO of our Communal Security Group honouring the memory of  Dan Uzan. Click here to read.

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Dan Uzan’s funeral

 

The task is too heavy, you cannot do it alone

Last Saturday, thanks to the deeply ingrained trop training of Max Lemberg, I was able to sing at least the first part of Parshat Yitro, on the 32nd anniversary of my Barmitzvah. Now I’m sure most of the commentary you’ll have got on Yitro would have been about the money shot: When Moses comes back down the mountain with the 10 Commandments. That bit of the story worked big time for Charlton Heston, less so for Christian Bale (who was banned in Egypt for being too Zionist), and probably best for Mel Brooks.

But the bit you may not have heard much about happens before that…

Moses is visited at work by Yitro, his father-in-law, an intimidating experience at the best of times, let alone after you’ve just lead 600,000 people through a parted sea. Moses is a bit stressed, having to lead the fractious Children of Israel all alone, and even though he isn’t even Jewish, Moses’ father-in-law proceeds to kibitz, and offers Moses a bit of aitseh:

“The thing you are doing is not right; you will surely wear yourself out, and these people as well. For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone … seek out from among all the people capable men who fear God, trustworthy men who spurn ill-gotten gain. Make it easier for yourself by letting them share the burden with you. If you do this — and God so commands you — you will be able to bear up; and all these people too will go home unwearied.” (Exodus 18:17-23).

So, on Monday evening, the JCA Executive met for the first meeting of the year and commenced its deliberations with “Something Jewish” and I was allocated the responsibility of giving the drosha.  I shared the above, which felt very appropriate, considering the capable and trustworthy men and women of the JCA Executive Committee who share burden of leading this community. And thanks to the efficient chairmanship of Stephen Chipkin, all managed to go home unwearied.

I was thinking about Yitro’s advice last night, as David Gonski AC launched the 2015 Observership Program.  Following David’s spellbinding presentation, a trainer from the Australian Institute of Company Directors explained to the Observers that directors (both on corporate boards and not for profit boards) have two basic duties: to act in good faith, and to avoid conflicts of interest (or as Yitro would have it, to be trustworthy and to spurn ill-gotten gains). I doubt anybody else in the room was thinking of the week’s Torah portion as required reading for a course for budding not-for-profit directors. And they certainly weren’t humming its laining.

In a week where we have been appalled by the abuses on children committed by some in our community, and read of terrible malfeasance in Jewish charities abroad it seems more important than ever for our community to be concerned with good governance.

JCA is at its core a fundraising organisation. It is hard to talk about governance, because it is not sexy (apologies to any audit partners reading this), and it has the potential to be divisive. It certainly is not an emotional heart-string to pull when seeking donations. But it is clear that governance (through the serious work of our Allocations Committee, and Building and Capital Committee and Board of Governors, and many other parts of the organisation), is one of the major advantages JCA provides our community, and our member organisations. And through our Observers we are training new and diverse sets of eyes and ears, and brains and hearts, to serve on our boards, to bring critical and new perspectives to deliberations. And to ensure the continuity we all seek – and maybe even a little bit of creative discontinuity. I wish this new group of future leaders all the best for their journey this year and hope you find it as inspiring and educational as those that have gone before you.

Vale Erica Turek

Vale Erica Turek

I’m signing off on a sad note, in terms of board directors in the JCA family, yesterday I attended the funeral Erica Turek, who in the course of her life since coming to this community was, first a client, then an employee and finally a board member of JewishCare. I did not know her well, but I think she would have loved seeing 25 capable and trustworthy young people stepping up to take their part in helping to lead and shape our important communal institutions.

Shabbat Shalom,
Dan

This week’s story is one from JewishCare’s 2014 Observers and their experience in the program.  They had the privilege to sit on the board with Erica.  Creating future leaders in our community will ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength.  Click here to read.

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