Kadimah appoints new CEO

February 18, 2022 by Community newsdesk
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Melbourne-based Kadimah has announced the appointment of Rachel Chrapot as Director and Chief Executive Officer.

Rachel Chaprot

Formerly a lawyer, executive and educator, Rachel Chrapot takes the helm as Kadimah celebrates 110 years of fostering Jewish culture in Melbourne and is now one of the spearhead organisations developing the Jewish Arts Quarter in Elsternwick.

Rachel said: “This is an exciting time for Kadimah. We are emerging from a tumultuous period for the arts sector and looking forward to a bright future.  I’m thrilled to be part of an organisation that is steeped in history and is now building on that deep experience to create innovative programs which nurture Jewish culture and community engagement.”

Kadimah President, Joe Tigel added: “I am delighted to see Rachel Chrapot in her new appointment. Not only does she bring her professional skills and experience to the role, but also a great ability to communicate with our diverse community.  As we celebrate our 110th Anniversary, the Kadimah is now more than ever a vital cultural centre, contributing to our modern Jewish continuity through performance, music, literature and language. Our community tells us that we feed the neshome and foster a Jewish identity that draws from both our old and new stories.”

This year, Kadimah undertakes a rich program of cultural events, including the staging of Yentl from 12 – 26 March at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Today, the Kadimah is Australia’s beating heart of Yiddish culture and home to the country’s largest Yiddish library and archive.


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