“I want to be a Renaissance Woman. I want to paint, and I want to write, and I want to act, and I just want to do everything.” ~ Emma Watson
Shalom’s Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) was thrilled to invite you to an evening celebrating Jewish women in the arts for International Women’s Day 2023 in partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women Australia NSW Division (NCJWA NSW).This event was part of our Centenary Program. Our remarkable panel comprised women who have worn many hats in their creative careers and continue to explore and expand their roles. From poetry to screen writing, dance to song, memoir to film, these women are testament to the ever-changing stage and page.
22 February 2023, the NCJWA NSW Cuddle Bundles program held their Centenary event “Making A Difference”. Quote from a volunteer who supports the program “Amazing evening ….. wonderful showcase all round, thank you!!”
12 February 2023, NCJWA NSW worked with Woollahra Council’s Bushcare Team to plant a Tiny Forest for Tu Bishvat, supported by Treerites & JewSi
NCJWA recently held an event to mark the anniversary of the United Nations Resolution 181 – the Partition Plan that divided Palestine into two states, one Arab and one Jewish. The event jointly hosted with Zionist Council NSW and Ha’Moadon Ha’Israel, celebrated the unique relationship between Israel and Australia.
December 4, 2022 – To commemorate Kindertransport Day (December 1st), Janet Merkur, Immediate Past Co-President, Co-Vice President National NCJWA, tenured educator, author and our executive board member gave us a talk on The Kindertransport: Rescue of 10,000 children. Volunteers listened to Janet while sewing, cutting material and assembling kits for young women who are suffering from menstrual poverty.
NCJWA NSW’s 99th AGM was held on 21 November 2022. Thank you for your support.
In partnership with JewishArts, the Sydney Jewish Museum, Yallah! Mizrahi and Sephardi Young Adults Sydney and Sephardi Mizrahi Voices Australia, National Council of Jewish Women Australia NSW Division was proud to present “ONE OF A KIND – a musical theatre presentation in one act.
Photos taken at Days for Girls working bee event to commemorate The International Day of The Girl Child. We listened to speakers from Plan International; an organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. At the same time we bundled, sewed, snipped and, as the sun went down, nearly 2000 material pads were made.
Inaugural NCJWA NSW CENTENARY event – Pink Breakfast in Adamama Sukkah
50 women from diverse communities attended this fundraiser
It was full house at the Empower Her Challah bake at NCJWA 21 September 2022. Lots of laughter emanated from the kneaders. Shana Tova to you all & thanks for joining.
25 July 2022 – Infant First Aid workshop for Mum for Mum volunteers at Council House by Community Health Support. Our sincere thanks.
Today, 24 July 2022, we finally got together again at NCJWA NSW Council House to pack 1,000 Birthing Kits. These kits help to make a difference to the mortality rate of mothers and babies in developing countries. The event was supported by the Pinshaw Family Foundation.
A Days for Girls Workshop was held July 14, with wonderful volunteers cutting, sewing and stitching absorbent material pads to add to the thousands of washable pads for girls and women previously made by NCJWA NSW volunteers to address period poverty. Our sincere thanks to everyone involved with this project.
Rosemary’s Way 3 July 2022 ~ 180 Mum for Mum volunteers and guests watched the inspiring film Rosemary’s Way in support of the Mum for Mum event marking an enormous year of impact and growth of the Mum for Mum program. Rosemary Kariuki is inspirational as are our wonderful volunteers. Thank you.
Empower Her – Celebrating Her Success
60 guests joined us for a chat with successful Jewish women at the launch of NCJWA’s Youth Division
Thanks All for a wonderful working Bee on Wednesday 20 April. We had over 70 enthusiastic participants of all ages.
“The Greatest Musical Concert” held at NCJWA NSW on 6 March 2022 with the Sydney Jewish Choral Society and the Jazz, Klezmer band Chutney. This event was supported by Woollahra Municipal Council. See link to video of snippets of the event, below.
“Is ovarian Cancer really ovarian and why do we care?”. The Jewish Folk Centre Ha’Moadon Ha’Israeli together with NCJWA NSW and Australian Friends of Rambam welcomed Dr Ruth Perets from the Rambam Hospital in Haifa Israel who spoke about ovarian cancer.
An end of year MUM FOR MUM NCJWA volunteer luncheon was held at Sue’s home to celebrate and honour our amazing MUM’s and our inspirational Executive Director Nadene. We laughed and shashayed to the beat of The Drum Cafe.
NCJWA “Celebrating Israel” 2019 event ~ Israel the Melting Pot. Thank you to Miriam & David Levy & your family for organising this event & a special thank you to Elana Shatari & the Mount Sinai College Choir for your support. Thanks also to Ha’Moadon Ha’Israeli, JNF & The Zionist Council of NSW for co-sponsoring.
MUM FOR MUM NCJWA hosted a breakfast for professionals as well as MUM FOR MUM volunteers on Thursday morning. We were exceptionally privileged to have JOANNE KALOWSKI as our speaker. The topic was “Working with parents of diverse cultures”. Joanne’s expertise is in mediation, facilitation and judicial education, dispute resolution, cross-cultural communication and organisational development.
“Women Working Together Can Achieve Anything” Dr Fanny Reading M.B.E.
NCJWA NSW’s 96th Annual General Meeting 26 August 2019
‘ It Takes A Village’ ~ In the past 10 years MUM FOR MUM NCJWA has mentored over 600 families. To celebrate we are holding fundraising events to help support this life-changing program. Donations to MUM FOR MUM NCJWA are Tax Deductible. Donate through the GiveEasy platformhttps://donation.giveeasy.org/mum-for-mum-ncjwa-limited
Photos from some of our events held to-date. Thank you to all our exceptionally generous, wise, wonderful MUM FOR MUM NCJWA volunteers and our recipient mothers.
Friendship Circle Education Committee & NCJWA NSW co-hosted “The Disorganised Child” with keynote speaker internationally acclaimed consultant in child, adolescent and family psychiatry, Professor Samuel Stein. Prof. Stein was joined by panel members Assoc. Prof. Natalie Silove, Dr Sharon Greenberg & Caroline Basckin. More than 100 parents and professionals attended this exceptionally informative evening. Thank you for your support for Friendship Circle & NCJWA NSW, generously sharing your expertise with us.
17 June 2019 ~ Jana Gottshall Memorial Library event ~ Gael Hammer facilitated conversation with internationally renowned theatre producer and director Moira Blumenthal and co-producer Lyndi Adler. They spoke about their experiences working on smaller independent productions and Lyndi shared her experiences working in large musical theatre.
Sunday evening 2 June, NCJWA NSW were privileged Emmy award winning Gayle Kirschenbaum took more than 100 people at NCJWA NSW along on a brave mother-daughter journey in her documentary film “Look At Us Now, Mother”, in an effort to understand emotional abuse and whether it can ultimately be forgiven. A Q & A with Gayle followed the screening.
NCJWA NSW DAYS FOR GIRLS program. Thanks to Ruth Shteinman, NCJWA NSW DAYS FOR GIRLS Chair, & Janelle Dodd, DAYS FOR GIRLS Ryde area team leader, over 70 women & girls sewed, cut, pinned, packed & sorted items to help women & girls in developing countries have access to sanitary products. Thank you to all the generous volunteers who gave their time to help us this afternoon.
Irris Makler in conversation with Geraldine Doogue ~ Pre-Launch of Irris Makler’s book JUST ADD LOVE 31 March 2019. Over 140 people attended as Irris shared the wonderful stories, the stories behind the stories, and recipes in her book JUST ADD LOVE.
Founder’s Day/Rebbetzin Jana Gottshall Memorial Library event Sunday 3 December ~ The inspirational Dr Anne Sarzin spoke about our founder Dr Fanny Reading : A Visionary For All Time.
If you didn’t make it this time we’d love to see you at the next one.
Birthing Kit Packing Days – We were very pleased to have packed 1200 Birthing Kits that will be sent to women in developing countries where access to clean birthing conditions are limited. Our huge thanks go to all the wonderful volunteers who helped pack on Sunday 24 June 2018 and to the exceptional Moriah College students who helped pack 600 kits on Sunday afternoon 8 June 2018. Please see 2 pages of photos.
International Council of Jewish Women Quadrennial Convention Sydney May 2018 ~ NCJWA NSW welcomed delegates and friends to the Sydney ICJW Convention “Evolving Beyond Tradition” highlighting the importance of women’s rights.
Day 1 Evolving Beyond Tradition ~ The Impact of Women’s Perspectives and Developing Roles ~ We were privileged to hear the inspirational Professional Gillian Triggs, Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission talk about Women and Human Rights ~ Dr Anne Morris discussing How Women’s Perspectives are Changing our World ~ Women Within Modern Orthodoxy Pushing Against the Constraints; Chair Hinda Young, Panelists Gael Hammer, Judith Levitan, Talya Wiseman with Session Chair Susie Ivany OAM ~ Vic Alhadeff speaking about Women Attaining Goals and Reaching Beyond.
Day 2 Evolving Beyond Tradition ~ Jennifer Morris presented “Towards Equality – Women Leading Change” ~ Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest shared how she is helping to “Save the Planet” ~ Natalie Isaacs, Founder and CEO of One Million Women, explained how we can join her fight against climate change ~ Melinda Tankard-Reist, Co-Founder of Collective Shout, for a World Free of Sexploitation ~ Beyond the Hype! Listening to Women from Many Cultures with Chair Lynda Ben Menashe, Reverend Tara Curlewis, Emelda Davis and Maryam Zahid. Please see “ICJW VIVID Cruise 2018” gallery.
Day 3 Evolving Beyond Tradition ~ The Great Synagogue, Jewish Sydney presented by Michael Gold OAM ~ Sydney Town Hall Reception for ICJW Delegates addressed by Clover Moore Lord Mayor, City of Sydney ~ From Grandmother to Rabbi – following Jewish Women on Film by Dr. Don Perlgut CEO of Community Colleges Australia ~ Monday Morning Cooking Club presentation ~ Gala Changeover dinner ~ 140 photos.
VIVID Cruise Evolving Beyond Tradition – We invite you to browse through the 60 photos in “ICJW VIVID CRUISE 2018” gallery, below.
Launch of NCJWA NSW DAYS FOR GIRLS program with the help of Janelle & her team from Days For Girls Ryde area. Over 70 women & girls attended our inaugural day at Council House. We sewed, cut, pinned, packed & sorted items to help girls in developing countries who do not have access to sanitary products. Thank you to the NCJWA NSW DAYS FOR GIRLS team, Maxine, Ruth, Miriam, Karen & Nadene & all the wonderful volunteers who gave their time to help us this afternoon.
NCJWA NSW’s first event for 2018 ~ Morning tea and film, the award winning documentary “The Sturgeon Queens”, hosted by the Progressive Group. “Great movie” was heard many times as the audience clapped loudly after the showing.
Celebrating Israel at Parliament House