JCA Communal Awards

June 3, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Four committed members of Sydney’s Jewish community have had their achievements, contributions and service to the community recognised this week as recipients of JCA’s 2016 Communal Awards.

The awards were presented by JCA President Stephen Chipkin at a series of events at the Bondi Pop Up Gallery curated specially for the 2016 Fundraising Campaign. Award recipients received awards specially designed by Jeff Einstein and watches courtesy of JCA sponsor Raymond Weil as well as the public recognition for their contribution.

Michael Jaku

Michael Jaku

The Hal Goldstein Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Michael Jaku, whose communal involvement began shortly after his bar mitzvah in 1962. Among his many contributions, Jaku was one of the driving forces behind the Sydney Jewish Museum and served 6 years as chair of Chair of the Shoah Remembrance Committee.

Wolf Pollack was presented with the Mensch Award for his longstanding contribution as a volunteer at COA Sydney where he has spent over a decade delivering Kosher Meals on Wheels to the frail and aged with deliveries taking him from Eastlakes to Vaucluse.  In addition to delivering meals, Wolf has been concerned with the positive social action which he can undertake for his clients, to help improve their quality of life, and ensure they receive the services they need. “Being a mensch is all about being a good human being and our award-winner this year is truly that” said Stephen Chipkin presenting the award to Wolf Pollack.

Shimon Parker, Danny and Sandra Hochberg and Orna Triguboff

Shimon Parker, Danny and Sandra Hochberg and Orna Triguboff

The Shofar Award for Community Service was presented to Maccabi President Danny Hochberg. The award is for outstanding service to the Jewish Community and the

JCA president Stephen Chipkin presents the award to Wold Polack

JCA president Stephen Chipkin presents the award to Wold Pollack

recipient must currently be serving the community. Mr Hochberg’s community involvement has spanned more than 16 years and has involved serving on the Executive of the State Zionist Council and the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. In addition to being President of Maccabi, he also served as Chair the Shoah Commemoration Committee.

A member of the next generation was recognised at the 10×10 event held for younger members of the community at the Gallery. David Weiner was presented with the Young Social Entrepreneur award by JCA Executive Committee member Kelly Bayer Rosmarin for his work with Maccabi, including as President of the Maccabi Touch Football Club, where he used the sport to connect members of the Jewish community by creating a competition specially for our community.

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