Update from the NCJWA NSW Co-Presidents


Co-Presidents: L-R: Janet Merkur, Miri Orden, Maxine Bachmayer, Anne Reid OAM


We are deeply disappointed at the release of Malka Leifer from detention to house arrest. It has been claimed that her detention was “humiliating” for Ms Leifer. It is the humiliation and hurt of her alleged victims that matters. They have a right to have their accusations heard in legal proceedings. We call for the Israeli justice system to expedite the return of Ms Leifer to Australia to face charges of sexual abuse.


2017 was an extremely busy year with outstanding speakers and high attendances and we thank you most sincerely for your support.

Nadene Alhadeff now has the title of Executive Director of the MUM FOR MUM NCJWA program and Coordinator Eastern Suburbs.  Thanks to a generous donation by the JCA LotBen Fund, we have branched out to the North Shore. Social Worker Lyn Brand has been appointed as North Shore Coordinator. MUM FOR MUM NCJWA now has 75 volunteers and has matched 75 recipient mothers this year.  Mothers Groups, a networking brunch, a fundraising evening with Michael Rantisi of Kepos Kitchen and a networking breakfast with professionals and referral agencies working in the field, were highlights of the year.

Among our events STATUS OF WOMEN program showed the documentary THE BAULKHAM HILLS AFRICAN LADIES TROUPE with a panel and Q&A. In August we held a SOCIAL JUSTICE event LEGALISING MARRIAGE EQUALITY – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR OUR COMMUNITY with Tiernan Brady, Professor Kerryn Phelps AM, Justice Stephen Rothman AM & Lauren Reinhardt and moderator Dr Justin Koonin. In March 2017 we co-hosted PROFESSOR TSVIA WALDON, daughter of the late Shimon Peres. NCJWA NSW hosted WORLD KINDERTRANSPORT DAY in December.

NCJWA CANCER SUPPORT NETWORK meetings have continued with facilitator Dr Mandy Goldman Strous, President of Cancer Counselling Professionals Inc. Chair of this committee is Isabelle Shapiro OAM and we thank Mandi Chonowitz-Jacobson for her many years as co-chair of this program.

BOOKS OUT LOUD – NCJWA NSW are very pleased we will now be able to service three additional nursing homes. “Being read to is a pleasure some may have not experienced since childhood” (Nancy Sugarman).

REBBETZIN JANA GOTTSHALL MEMORIAL LIBRARY Events chaired by Gail Hammer – The final event for 2017 was held to commemorate Founder’s Day where Dr Fanny Reading was remembered.  Moira Blumenthal was interviewed about her theatre work in South Africa and Australia. In March our library event had Jeffrey Cohen asking “SO WHAT IS JEWISH HUMOUR – an evening featuring Jeffrey Cohen, John Grinston and Elaine Hudson. Rebbetzin Jana Gottshall Memorial Library Event A MIGRANT STORY introduced Francine Lazarus author of A HIDDEN JEWISH CHILD FROM BELGIUM. Francine shared her story as a Jewish child survivor during WWII in Belgium & her migration to Australia.

We held MIXED TALMUD CLASSES with RABBI DR BENJAMIN ELTON and are continuing with classes at Council House in 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you to our many events planned for 2018. Please see our list of events http://ncjwansw.org.au/events/