Eddie Jaku on the NSW Multicultural Honour Roll

March 2, 2022 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Eddie Jaku has been inducted onto the 2022 Multicultural Honour Roll at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner for his lifelong work in the Jewish community.

The late Eddie Jaku with his sons Michael and Andre and daughters-in-law Linda and Eva at the Sydney Jewish Museum in 2017.

Eddie Jaku was posthumously honoured at a ceremony at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour on Tuesday night, attended by Premier Dominic Perrottet.

The Harmony Dinner celebrates NSW’s cultural diversity and acknowledges Australians who have contributed to our multicultural way of lie.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies CEO Darren Bark said: “Eddie was a true champion of multiculturalism in NSW, and we could not think of a more deserving recipient for this prestigious honour.

Through his decades of work with the Sydney Jewish Museum, his public speaking engagements and his best-selling book, Eddie touched innumerable lives around the world with his message of hope and courage in the fact of adversity.

He shared how he found gratitude and kindness in the darkest of places, and vowed to smile every day. NSW is today smiling, as we acknowledge the immense contribution of our much-loved friend Eddie. May his memory be a blessing.”

Michael Jaku Eddie Jaku’s son Michael added: “Dad was never one to be in the background, so he would have been thrilled to receive this honour tonight. He loved being the centre of attention, so the fact that this award is about him and he’s being honoured, he would have greatly appreciated it.

Our whole family is incredulous at the profound effect that my father had on so many people literally all over the world. The messages that he communicated resonated with people from all walks of life, especially in these unsettling times.

We are grateful to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, Multicultural Minister Mark Coure and Multicultural NSW for selecting him, and to the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies for its nomination. We miss him dearly.”

Eddie Jaku passed away during October last year at he age of 101.


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