Jewish Care Victoria celebrates the leaders of tomorrow

December 17, 2021 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Two bespoke and highly sought-after programs best exemplify Jewish Care’s passion for and investment in our community of tomorrow.

Emma Schulman and Nicky Auster Gafni (Emma in year 12, matched for 2 years)

Jewish Care’s Yesod Program (Hebrew for ‘foundations’) was created to provide a vehicle to engage our next generation of leaders in the strategic decision-making process of communal organisations.

Over six years, 72 future Jewish leaders have developed skills to become job-ready non-executive directors in the for-purpose sector. Program participants undertake the AICD’s Governance Foundations for not-for-profit director course. Concurrently, participants gain first-hand experience of governance structures and processes by attending Jewish Care’s Board and Sub-Committees meetings.  In addition, the program provides one-on-one mentoring with a Jewish Care Director and the opportunity to hear from leading Australian non-executive directors.

The 2021 Yesod cohort recently graduated from the program and are now governance-competent with a solid understanding of the professional duties and responsibilities of for-purpose directors.

Dvora Zylberman, a participant commented “The Yesod Program provided me with invaluable opportunities to learn from some of the best and brightest not-for-profit directors in Australia and provided me with unmatched insight into the world of governance. Thanks to Jewish Care, I am equipped with the tools required for effective leadership in a non-executive director position.”

Jason Blankfield and Adiel Savitz (Adiel in year 11, matched for 2 years)

The Yesod program is made possible through the generosity of the Szalmuk-Singer Family, Shelley Kline and Adam Joel. for Their support enables the program to be delivered to our next generation of leaders.

The second program is the Young Achievers Program, which demonstrates the importance Jewish Care places in investing in our school-aged youth. The program allows participants to broaden their horizons through mentoring, workshops and networking.

Jewish Care acknowledges the vision and generosity of Philip and Vivien Brass for establishing this vital program that has benefitted so many young people in our community.

The Young Achievers Program provides the opportunity for participants to significantly contribute to their personal growth with a view to preparing them for scholarships to further their personal, educational or vocational development.

Cassie Spanger and Fay Colman (Fay in year 12, matched for 3 years)

27 aspiring youth from Years 10, 11 and 12 recently graduated from the 2021 Youth Achievers Program with a much-anticipated celebration of their wonderful achievements throughout the year.

Fay Colman who is in year 12, was delighted to share her thoughts on the program, “I have learnt the value of others opinions, the beauty of having different backgrounds and the strength of people. It opened me up to the idea that there is not always a right or wrong.”

Jewish Care wishes a hearty mazel tov to the 2021 Yesod graduates and the 2021 Young Achievers graduates – the future is bright for our community.

Jewish Care Victoria is committed to developing and mentoring our youth and the future leaders of our community.

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