Jewish Changemakers Awards partner with Embassy of Israel

March 29, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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B’nai Brith, JNF Australia and the Embassy of Israel are calling for nominations for this year’s Jewish Changemakers Awards.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel and Adam McCurdie

This will be the 6th consecutive awards ceremony honouring young adults in our community who have made a difference to society and volunteering time to organisations nationwide.

A recent partnership with the Israeli Embassy will see nominees put forward to represent Australia in the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Seminar for Young Jewish Leaders Summit held annually in Israel.  In addition JNF Australia will also give candidates the opportunity to experience a JNF tour to visit the key iconic projects that have had life-changing impact on Israeli’s throughout the country.

The Changemakers Award is fast becoming a brains trust for the next generation of future communal leaders.

Adam McCurdie, co-founder and Director of Humanitix said “It was an honour to be nominated for the Jewish Changemakers Awards in 2017 and I was thrilled to have won the Youth 18-35 Contribution to Australian Society Category. The awards ceremony was an incredible event and it was an amazing opportunity to see the breadth of work done by people in the community. Meeting everyone on the night and receiving acknowledgement gave me a big boost and was a great source of motivation.”

Ernie Friedlander, President of the B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Unit and Chair of the organising committee stated “It is wonderful and most uplifting to realise the unselfish, constructive input that young people contribute to society and humanity in general. They are our future and we can’t appreciate and acknowledge them enough. It also encourages other young people to come forward and become involved.”

Etty Ayalon from JNF, the co-Chair further emphasised that not only do the nominees receive the well-deserved acknowledgement for their volunteer work, the organisations for which volunteer are also recognised through this process. This is an excellent platform for our communal organisations to showcase their volunteers.

The nomination categories for 2018 include:

  • Contribution to Australian Society
  • JNF Award Contribution to the Jewish Community
  • Contribution to the State of Israel
  • B’nai Brith Award for Leadership (in the young adult category)


Nominations close 1 May 2018. The award ceremony will be held 21 June 2018. To nominate a candidate go online to

For more information please call: Ernie Friedlander 9321 6309 or Etty Ayalon 9386 9559


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