Generations of Women Brunch Celebrates 20 Years

November 23, 2016 by Jenna Chaitowitz
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Jewish Care Victoria hosted its 20th Annual Generations of Women Brunch at The International, Brighton on 15 November 2016. 250 women attended the event, which included an inspirational address by Cheryl Bart.  

Generations of Women Committee - Miriam Farkas, Ruth Kaye, Hilary Cohen, Sara Pike, Melissa Davis, Keren Zelwer, Suzie Hendel, Andrea Leibler

Generations of Women Committee – Miriam Farkas, Ruth Kaye, Hilary Cohen, Sara Pike, Melissa Davis, Keren Zelwer, Suzie Hendel, Andrea Leibler

Over $60,000 was raised on the day that will go towards Jewish Care’s Housing Support Program, which supports individuals and families at risk of homelessness.

Guest speaker from Sydney, Cheryl Bart and her daughter became the first mother-daughter team to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2008. They have stood at the top of mountains on seven continents (including Antarctica and South America) and skied to the North and South Poles. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Cheryl is a banking and finance lawyer who sits on the boards of numerous companies and organisations. She inspired the crowd with her tales of survival whilst climbing mountains and tackling the fast-paced world.

Cheryl Bart, Melissa Davis

Cheryl Bart, Melissa Davis

Cheryl’s key message throughout her address was: ‘How far do you think you can go?’

“I am YOU. I’m kind of a crazier you, it’s true! But I’m also a Jewish mother. If I can climb Everest, then what can you do?”

Generations of Women Chair, Melissa Davis said that she was thrilled to be celebrating 20 years of the iconic event on the Jewish Care calendar, where she has helped to raise over $700,000 over the period.

“The funds raised today will contribute to the new housing project in East St. Kilda, which is part of Jewish Care’s 10-year Capital Campaign. This will see the building of 33 brand new living units and the refurbishment of 62 existing homes. The exciting news is that this refurbishment has already begun,” Melissa explained.

A special video was also shown, which included highlights from the Generations of Women events held over the past 20 years.

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