Calling all game-changers

December 21, 2014 by Roz Tarszisz
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B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Anti Defamation Unit and JNF Australia are calling for nominations for their annual National “Game Changers” Awards.

 

Gary Samowiz [centre] receives his award from the JNF's Shlomo Ben-Haim and B'nai B'rith's Ernie Friedlander

Gary Samowiz [centre] receives his 2013 award from the JNF’s Shlomo Ben-Haim and B’nai B’rith’s Ernie Friedlander

Many young people give up valuable time to assist organisations and individuals and this is a way to acknowledge their valuable input.

Categories for Youth – up to age 18

  • Contribution to the Jewish Community
  • Contribution to Australian Society
  • Support for the State of Israel

 

Categories for Young Adults to 35

  • Same as the above three
  • Leadership

Each nominee will appear in a brochure with their photo and receive a certificate for a JNF Tree planted in their name.

Prize Money for the winner in each category:

  • Youth                                       $ 500
  • Young Adults                           $ 750

 

Nominations close on 27 February 2015. Forms and the criteria are available from B’nai B’rith office (02) 9321 6300 or ernie.friedlander@bbnsw.org.au or

JNF National Office (02) 9386 9559 etty@jnfaustralia.com.au

Organisations and individuals can nominate candidates – they can even nominate themselves.

Councillor Miriam Guttman-Jones, Ernie Friedlander, recipient Joel Kuperholz and B;nai B'rith president Ivan Kaplan

Councillor Miriam Guttman-Jones, Ernie Friedlander, recipient Joel Kuperholz and B’nai B’rith president Ivan Kaplan

Last year’s winners were: Jessica Harrison, Liron Smith, Brandon Srot, Gary Samowitz, Joel Kuperholz Shayne Slotar. There were also two Highly Commended Awards to Rabbi Mendy Litzman and Jonathan Markowitz.

The judging panel consisted of Peter Wertheim, Ilona Lee, David Knoll, Kirsten Shteinman , Camille Fox.

Ernie Friedlander, President of the B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Unit said “Last year’s event presentation was very exciting and uplifting for all those present. It is a pity we don’t have more awards to give, as all nominees deserve to get one.”

Major sponsor for the event is Harry Triguboff and Meriton Apartments.

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