Update from the NCJWA NSW Acting Co-Presidents

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead


Acting Co-Presidents L-R Janet Merkur, Miri Orden, Maxine Bachmayer

Monday 8 April 2019 ~ Janet Merkur was invited by Justice Stephen Rothman AM and Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton on behalf of The Great Synagogue to represent NCJWA NSW at a small dinner held on the 8th April 2019 to mark the retirement of His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) as Governor of New South Wales, and his appointment as the new Governor-General of Australia.  Among community members invited were Roger Selby, Vic Alhadeff, Robert Goot AM, Rabbi Nicole Roberts and Reverend Sam Zwarenstein. His Excellency spoke of his respect for the Jewish community.

Janet at The Great



We are indebted to our director of MUM FOR MUM NCJWA Nadene Alhadeff and the MUM FOR MUM NCJWA board. There are now 65 Mums volunteering in the Eastern Suburbs and 35 on the North Shore and the excellent reputation of MUM FOR MUM NCJWA program continues to grow.

NAPCAN award 2018  –  MUM FOR MUM NCJWA received one of two NAPCAN awards for NSW at a Parliamentary breakfast on Tuesday 4th September during Child Protection Week.  NAPCAN is the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. MUM FOR MUM NCJWA also received the 2018 Volunteer of the Year Team Awards from the Australian Centre for Volunteering.  We were nominated by Gabrielle Upton MP, Member for Vaucluse and by Waverley Council.


We are exceptionally fortunate Isabelle Shapiro OAM is the chair our JWBCN and NCJWA Cancer Support Network programs. Facilitator Dr Mandy Goldman Strous, President Cancer Counselling Professionals, continues to support this program.


Natalie Narunsky continues to manage this program. Various ideas are being touted re expansion of this program and tackling the growing problem of social isolation.


Gael Hammer, library chair, has formed a new library committee with Ruth Shteinman and Di Singer as committee members.


CUDDLE BUNDLES provide gifts of babywear to mums in any accessible community who have new babies and limited means.

Cuddle Bundles began as a desire to fill the needs for babywear of the more than 100 recipient mothers per year in the MUM FOR MUM NCJWA program and the generosity of the community to offer their quality used baby goods to us. This remains our chore responsibility.


Our Northsiders and Shifra Groups continue to meet.

We look forward to you joining us.

Miri Orden, Maxine Bachmayer, Janet Merkur (Acting Co Presidents)


September 4, 2018 ~ We are exceptionally honoured our MUM FOR MUM NSW program has received one of two awards from the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

See video on the NCJWA NSW Facebook site   https://www.facebook.com/NCJWA.NSW/


NCJWA Statement on QLD Parliamentary vote to decriminalise abortion by the NCJWA National Board, National President Negba Weiss Dolev

Jewish Women Support the Queensland Abortion Vote

The National Council of Jewish Women of Australia congratulates the Queensland Parliament on its historic vote on 17 October 2018 to decriminalise abortion in that state. With the passage of the Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018, abortion will become legal until 22 weeks gestation, and after that with the approval of two doctors. Safe access zones will restrict protesters and people who harass women from coming within 150 metres of abortion clinics. The rights of choice based on religious beliefs are also protected.

NCJWA applauds that termination will be treated in Queensland as a health issue and not a criminal matter and that women can safely and legally access full reproductive healthcare, without being harassed or intimidated. NCJWA is committed to advocating for human rights, including women’s reproductive rights and the freedom of women to have control over their bodies and their lives.


NCJWA NSW is a partner with the JEWISH SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY project.  What is it? In response to a number of suicides within the Jewish community, NSW’s first ever Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy has been established. This project, which is being supported by funding from The Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) aims to raise awareness, educate and empower members of the community. This vital project is guided by the LifeSpan Framework developed by the Black Dog Institute’s WHOLE COMMUNITY APPROACH to suicide prevention.


See article in Australian Jewish News 18 May 2018, re NCJWA National body and Unchain My Heart submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission on Gett Refusal, Jewish Divorce and Family Law. Please see link to the submission on the NCJWA website http://www.ncjwa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/NCJWA-Submission-to-ALRC.pdf