Jewish Communal Appeal [JCA]
The Jewish Communal Appeal is the fundraiser, planner and facilitator for the New South Wales and ACT Jewish communities.
Established in 1967, the JCA was founded to manage a communal appeal and to enable an equitable distribution of communal funds. The first appeal, some 42 years ago raised $340,000.
JCA has since grown and the range of Jewish organisations and services has continued to expand. Today, there are 21 member organisations covering areas including community care, education, disability services, health, aged care, cultural affairs, political and physical security and sport.
In addition to raising funds for distribution amongst its member organisations, the JCA facilitates appropriate interaction between communal organisations to ensure appropriate use of resources and plans for future communal needs.
JCA is further committed to ensuring that this community remains one of the most vibrant and robust Jewish communities in the world. They work to engage, educate and support the community in an attempt to strengthen Jewish continuity and to preserve the Jewish legacy for future generations.
NEWS FROM JCA
Over 150 people attended a communal farewell for JCA’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Sandler.
Ian Sandler and JCA President Peter Philippsohn Pic Giselle Haber
Sandler who has held the role for eight years has been an integral part of fundraising and planning both for the organisation and the 22 constituents that are part of the JCA family.
Former President David Balkin paid tribute to Sandler saying he was a true leader and had garnered the respect of his staff, lay leadership and donors by being a man of incredible integrity. Board of Deputies President Yair Miller spoke highly of Sandler and defined Ian as the epitome of what it is to be a mensch.
Peter Philippsohn likened Sandler’s position to one of a Formula 1 race car driver – operating in sometimes extreme conditions and making enormous decision under pressure. He credited Sandler with successfully leading the JCA team forward during his time as CEO. All three highly respected communal leaders commended Ian for his hard work and highlighted the legacy he leaves for our community of strong leadership, strength and cohesiveness.
Sandler addressed the group and had the following to say in his closing address:
“Thank you to the two Presidents I have worked with namely David Balkin and Peter Philippsohn, the Executive committee and other committee members, the Trustee Governors, Honorary Life Governors, all my fellow CEO’s together with their staff and volunteers at their organisations that have helped to shape our community and continue to put heart and soul into their work every single day. Preserving heritage, educating the next generation, taking care of our most vulnerable is a noble cause and it takes big hearted people like you to do this.
Many people have asked me what I consider my major achievements at JCA – I believe that all our successes have been a team effort – collaboration between our management, staff, volunteers and lay leadership.
My eight years at the helm has been a life changing experience and I hope that I have managed to make a difference to the community that my family and I became a part of 13 years ago.”
J-Wire Photo Gallery of the JCA function on Sunday night in Sydney…were you there? Check the pix from Giselle Haber.
Three long serving volunteers have been honoured at Sydney’s JCA’s Communal Event.
More than 400 people attended the function held at UNSW featuring guest speaker Peter FitzSimons.
Peter FitzSimons photos: Giselle Haber
JCA’s 22 organisations have an army of volunteers that are integral to their success and future. JCA recognises how important it is to acknowledge and celebrate those volunteers who give selflessly of their time, their skill and most of all their passion.
The winners were nominated by their organisations and subsequently selected by the JCA Awards Committee chaired by Bernie Tuch with members Ilona Lee and Ian Pryer.
Graham de Vahl Davis
The Hal Goldstein Lifetime Achievement Award went to Emeritus Professor Graham De Vahl Davis AM nominated by the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies where he has served since 1952. The criteria for this award states that the recipient should be a senior member of the community whose service spans a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may or may not be currently actively serving the community.
Graham has a communal history spanning almost seven decades starting when he was President of the Sydney University Jewish Students Union in 1951. Over the course of his long involvement with the Board of Deputies he sat on many different committees and held various portfolios. He was their President from 1985 – 1989.
He also had various other leadership roles in communal organisations namely Shalom College, Mandelbaum House, Temple Emanuel Synagogue, NSW Friends of the Hebrew University, Technion Society of NSW and the NSW Jewish War Memorial.
The award was accepted by Bettina Cass on his behalf as Graham is overseas.
The Menschlikeit Award’s criteria reads “The recipient is a member of the community who works tirelessly for an organisation and has volunteered
for over 10 years but has not had an executive or non-executive role on the board of the said organisation. The recipient could still be serving the community or could be retired.”
The recipient of the award, nominated by COA Sydney was Medi Wolf who has been an active COA volunteer since 2000 and is a person of great commitment and compassion, worthy of recognition at the highest level. She joined the team at COA after the loss of her husband, looking for a way to fill her days and meet new people. Her first role was helping with clerical tasks in the COA office, but she soon found her niche with their In-House Catering team. For 10 years Medi has been responsible for making and serving sandwiches and refreshments to the over 200 people visiting the Krygier Centre each week. In real terms she has helped produce over 100,000 lunches since she started in the kitchen.
The Shofar Award for Outstanding Service to the Jewish Community of NSW/ACT and recognises someone that is currently still serving the community
was presented to Andrew Havas OAM nominated by B’nai B’rith for his work with Courage to Care.
Andrew has been a communal figure for almost two decades and his passion for what he does is legendary. He was the inaugural president of the Syd Einfeld Unit of B’nai B’rith and went on to establish Courage to Care NSW – an organisation he still chairs with pride. He is the driving force behind Courage to Care in NSW which, in the past 13 years, has reached over 160 000 people – 45% of which are students – the next generation. The program which combats anti-racism and anti-bullying has touched the lives of those involved and those who have learnt from its lessons.
His other communal ties have included being a Founder of the Jewish Olympic Organising Committee in 2001, President of B’nai B’rith NSW and Co-Founder of Jews for Ethnic Tolerance.
The awards were presented by JCA President Peter Philippsohn OAM who commended Graham, Medi and Andrew on their dedication to our community and years of unparalleled service.
The PJ (Pyjama) Library mails free Jewish themed books and music CD’s to families on a monthly basis. It was officially launched in Sydney last week at a big Pyjama Party at Set Café, Westfield Bondi Junction.
Mums and Bubs enjoying a read
Over 100 families joined in the celebrations, enjoying midnight snack bags, story time and an energetic drumming circle.
The response to the PJ Library has been overwhelming with 650 families across NSW and the ACT already registered in the program. Dr Hilton Immerman, CEO of The Shalom Institute, a joint partner with the Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) in bringing the PJ Library to our community said: “I was very proud to be associated with the event and found it gratifying to see a dream we had in 2007 become a tangible reality.”
For families in NSW and the ACT interested in finding out more about The PJ Library please visit www.pjlibrary.org.au. For any questions please contact email@example.com
Sydney’s Jewish Communal Appeal has sent a message requesting all Australian Jews identify as being Jewish in today’s census.
In a statement issued yesterday, the JCA which represents 21 organisations, said:
JCA Planning counts on accurate census information to look at the long term needs of our community – you count on us, we count on you to be counted.
On Census night, August 9, we are asking you to identify as JEWISH.
Specifically Questions 18 and 19 relate in this regard.
Only an accurate COUNT of the Jewish Community can allow the JCA to focus the community’s resources in the right direction and ensure that you can COUNT on us when you us most.
For any privacy concerns, please note that Census information is strictly CONFIDENTIAL.
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