Jeremy Spinak inducted Honour Roll

March 1, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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The late Jeremy Spinak has been inducted into the Honour Roll at the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

1500 representatives of ethnic communities attended at the annual event at Rosehill. Racecourse.

Jeremy Spinak passed away at the age of 36 in November after a serious illness and was the immediate past president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.

The introductory video to the induction paid tribute to Jeremy’s contribution to community harmony and highlighted the Keep NSW Safe campaign, which the Board of Deputies spearheaded, resulting in the State Government legislating a law last June criminalising incitement to violence on the basis of race, religion, gender and sexuality.

Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff, Jeremy Spinak’s wife Rhiannon, mother Margaret, sister Jenny and father Richard, and Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger

The award was presented by Premier Gladys Berejiklian to Jeremy’s wife, Rhiannon Spinak. Also present were Jeremy’s parents, Margaret and Richard Spinak, and sister Jenny Spinak. They were seated at a Board of Deputies table which included Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger, vice-president Isabelle Shapiro, honorary secretary Melissa McCurdie, executive member Michelle Filler and CEO Vic Alhadeff.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies President Lesli Berger told J-Wire: “We continue to mourn Jeremy Spinak’s passing and we miss his wit and wisdom. It was extremely gratifying to see Jeremy publicly acknowledged for his tremendous work on behalf of the entire community. Being inscribed in the Roll of Honour was thoroughly deserved recognition of his positive contribution to social harmony. “

Adam McCurdie received the Business Excellence – Social Enterprise award for his business Humanitix

Rabbi Mendel Kastel and Adam McCurdie

Humanitix created the first not-for-profit events ticketing platform, which redistributes 100% of profits from booking fees to fund charity projects working to alleviate poverty, disadvantage and inequality. Humanitix aims to assist any child or adult in Australia who is left behind due to poverty, disadvantage or education gaps, including those with disabilities who are marginalised from community participation.

To date, Humanitix has sold over $9 million in tickets, improving accessibility for over 40,000 disabled people at events and transforming $300,000 in booking fees into 300 nights of shelter for domestic violence survivors, 3,000 hours of schooling/mentoring, 15,000 meals for disadvantaged children and 300 hours of mental health services.

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