Josh Frydenberg in virtual meeting with Moriah Foundation

November 9, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Sydney’s Moriah Foundation recently hosted the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg MP who delivered his Pathway to economic recovery address to over 150 Moriah Foundation and Foundation Circle members.

 

Judy Lowy

Foundation President, Judy Lowy announced that to date $5.5M out of an ambitious goal of $10-12M has been raised towards The Moriah Foundation No Family Left Behind campaign.

She encouraged those who are able and have not yet contributed to the campaign to please do so as Moriah is strongly committed to supporting every family that is in need. “We cannot do it alone.”

In introducing the Treasurer, Judy noted that Josh has given the nation a sense that there is light at the end of the tunnel. He has been at the centre of our Government’s efforts to manage the overall impact of the pandemic, and the economic recovery effort. Thanking Josh for the measures he has introduced, Judy said: “We can have confidence in knowing we have such a strong, resolute, smart and hardworking Treasurer driving the economic response.”

Josh Frydenberg commended Moriah for all it does in providing a Jewish education to our leaders of today and tomorrow. Noting that he is a graduate of two Jewish schools in Melbourne, Josh spoke positively about the life-long benefits of his Yiddishkeit and Jewish education and the important role it has played in his development and Australia’s relationship with the State of Israel. He encouraged the audience to support Jewish education.

He told the virtual function: “Education is the key to a future of economic prosperity and social harmony. Assisting families to come to Moriah who otherwise may not have had the financial capacity to do so, is a real Mitzvah and so important and for all those who have the opportunity to provide that support, I encourage you to do so.”

 Praising the work of The Moriah Foundation, Josh Frydenberg added: The Foundation does incredible work and this year and the coming years will be difficult for many families and it shouldn’t mean they are denied the opportunity to give their children a Jewish education which will provide life-long benefits to them as well as to our broader community.”

Josh shared his vision to bring Australia out of one of the most severe economic crises that we have faced as a nation since The Great Depression. He noted that while Government is the catalyst to economic recovery, it is the private sector that will help drive the economic recovery.

Josh was optimistic about Australia’s economic future. “This is very much a global crisis and you wouldn’t want to be in any other country but Australia right now. Our ability to manage the health and economic side of this crises has been bettered by no other country.”

Jeremy Dunkel

Moriah Foundation Treasurer Jeremy Dunkel moderated questions from the audience on a range of issues including how Josh and his family have coped with the pressures of the past year, funding for schools, immigration, a COVID vaccine, fiscal borrowing, State borders, the burden on landlords, and the global environment.

Stephen Jankelowitz

Moriah College President, Stephen Jankelowitz thanked the Treasurer for his informative address saying, “it is clear that your vision will create jobs, rebuild our economy and secure our great country’s future”. Stephen noted that Moriah saw firsthand, the impact of the Government’s support packages with the Jobkeeper program assisting our school to pay our staff during a period in which many parents were unable to maintain fee payments. Stephen thanked the Treasurer for being a true role model to our students and the entire school community, serving Australia with distinction and with pride in his Jewish heritage.

The evening concluded with a short video to illustrate the struggles that so many Moriah families are facing at this time.

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