“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.
Maxine Bachmayer President NCJWA NSW
At the NCJWA NSW 98th AGM held on 22 November 2021 I was very pleased to be elected as President NCJWA NSW. During the last year Miri Orden, Janet Merkur and I continued to work well together and to build on the successes of the previous years despite the challenges we have all faced from Covid 19. This was a full and rewarding year at NCJWA NSW. We have pulled together to meet and overcome many obstacles and in doing so have built strong and meaningful connections. As is evident in the AGM report all our programs have grown and flourished attracting new members, new energy and resolve to help not only our community but many of the communities around us and beyond. This has been made possible due to the vision, commitment, drive, energy and hard work of our progressive leaders and their committees and countless volunteers. We are delighted to see many flourish as a result. My sincere thanks.
At the end of last year and the first half of this year we were very pleased to be holding face to face events albeit with social distancing as per the NSW Covid safe regulations. I was proud to be on the front page of the Australian Jewish News when on the 15th March many NCJWA NSW members Marched 4 Justice. The headline, Hundreds of Jewish Women join marches for change. NCJWA is committed to promoting social justice and the rights of women in all aspects of their lives. At a National level this is done through advocacy, education and community building.
Mum for Mum volunteers too often bear witness to the damage caused by domestic and family violence. We held a panel event Domestic Violence ~ Can we make a difference on June 6. Together with our Jewish agencies we shared supports that are on offer. During lockdown Mum for Mum volunteers continued to find ways to provide support to hundreds of families, although Covid 19 lockdown rules and regulations hugely impacted on their ability to do so. Cuddle Bundles was deemed an essential service and a skeleton team of volunteers worked to supply items requested by hospital social workers, refuges etc. Days for Girls volunteers continued to sew thousands of pads for women and girls. As well as organising library events in person and on zoom, Gael Hammer, library chair, initiated a Connecting Zoom chat group.
Isabelle Shapiro OAM has stepped down the JWBCN umbrella program after many years of dedication and we are thrilled Davina Ash has accepted the position and has started her own program Tikvah V’or ~ Hope and Light under JWBCN. Bernice Bachmayer is stepping down as our constituent deputy on the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies after decades of holding that position and handing over to Sherel Levy.
We are very appreciative for the support and wisdom of our Honorary Solicitor Peter Wayne of Peter M Wayne and Associates. Peter’s help is all-important to our organisation. We thank our auditor Grant Feitelberg of Hymans Feitelberg Chartered Accountants for his work.
We thank Alan Joffe and his wonderful team of able men who help us with hall setup whenever needed.
We are exceptionally fortunate to have Nadene Alhadeff as the Executive Director of MUM FOR MUM NCJWA and Diane Schaffer as the Mum for Mum chair and we thank them for their outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment.
Thank you to our Office Manager Wendy Bookatz. Wendy manages our office, hall hire, media, and is our resident photographer among other tasks. Our thanks to Jennifer Herman our bookkeeper for her exceptionally professional work.
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.