L-R Anne Reid OAM, Miri Orden, Victoria Nadel (Immediate Past President)
2016 was a fantastic year for NCJWA NSW. We held very successful TRANSCULTURAL AND STATUS OF WOMEN events bringing people from different communities to work together. The first event of the year was the screening of the documentary “THE SONG OF LIFE” co-hosted with The Zakynthian Association of Sydney and NSW. Over 300 guests attended this event and the affirmative ramifications of this screening are still being felt. Rebbetzin Dina Gourarie was our guest of honour at our Tu B’Shvat function and discussed “The Seven Species of Tu B’Shvat within our Soul”. At our Transcultural/Status Of Women BIRTHING KIT PACKING DAY we packed 1000 birthing kits and screened the film ‘I Am A Girl’. Producer/director Rebecca Barry discussed her award winning film prior to the screening.
Status Of Women together with Or-Chadash hosted “WHO’S AFRAID OF ORTHODOX FEMINISM?” with dynamic New York based Orthodox feminist leader Dina Brawer. In May NCJWA SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE, award winning author and leading Jewish Feminist, Thinker, Educator and Activist Dr Elana Maryles Sztokman offered authoritative insights on issues facing Jewish women. We hosted a groundbreaking panel discussion “WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR GAYS AND LESBIANS IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY?”. The NCJWA event “DEALING WITH ANTISEMITISM – RESPOND OR IGNORE?” brought to the fore incidents faced at school and in the workplace. We screened the play depicting Richard Rozen’s story as a child survivor of the Holocaust “MY NAME IS RICHARD ROZEN”. Richard fronted a Q & A session after the screening. THE PROGRESSIVE GROUP continued to hold film events screening “Nicky’s Family” (2011) and “Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women” (2006).
Israel Projects showed the film “Mr Gaga” with funds going to the Ilan Foundation in Tel Aviv for handicapped adults as well as the Haifa Rape Crisis Centre. We again marked the adoption by the UN of Resolution 181, the Partition Plan, on 29 November with the highly successful “CELEBRATING ISRAEL – 2016, A CULTURAL NARRATIVE”. This event is now an accepted part of the Community Calendar.
Our REBBETZIN JANA GOTTSHALL MEMORIAL LIBRARY EVENTS have been a feature of the year blossoming into large events featuring noted musician Elena Kats-Chernin in discussion with Gael Hammer and poet Agnes Walder Silberstein with her translation of her father Lajos Walder’s poetry and plays. Helen Bersten discussed writing Australian women “Back Into History”.
MUM FOR MUM NCJWA, among other events, hosted mother’s groups, held a CPR workshop and celebrated Mother’s Day with a cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Neil Gottheiner.
WE TOURED BALLARAT where Dr Fanny Reading M.B.E. spent her childhood and visited the synagogue established in 1861 as well as visiting the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E).
Our NCJWA CANCER SUPPORT GROUP will continue into 2017 and will include guest speakers as well as different topics to be discussed. BOOKS OUT LOUD program invites you to become a volunteer for this program, reading to residents in nursing homes.
We are very pleased to have offered you, our members and friends, a full calendar of interesting, informative, illuminating and enlightening events and programs and look forward to meeting up with you in 2017.
Miri Orden, Anne Reid OAM, Victoria Nadel (Immediate Past President)
Steering Committee NCJWA NSW