Keen AIJAC chairman in NSW

August 10, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC) has announced that Paul Keen has become the new AIJAC NSW Chairman and Rabbi Ralph Genende has joined the Australia/Israel Review Editorial Board.

Barry Smorgon

Barry Smorgon

Paul Keen

Paul Keen

Paul Keen has taken over from Barry Smorgon OAM, who has stepped down as NSW Chairman after more than a decade in the role. Barry will continue being actively involved with AIJAC as an AIJAC Director.

Rabbi Ralph Genende

Rabbi Ralph Genende

Mark Leibler AC, AIJAC’s National Chairman and Dr Colin Rubenstein AM, AIJAC’s Executive Director, welcomed Paul’s appointment. “We are thrilled that Paul will serve as NSW Chairman. He has excellent credentials and is well known in the Sydney Jewish community having served with distinction as President at the prestigious Central Synagogue and in many other roles.”

Paying tribute to Barry Smorgon, they said, “Barry has been an outstanding NSW Chairman. Under his stewardship, AIJAC in NSW has gone from strength to strength. We are delighted that he will continue on as an AIJAC Director. ”

Rabbi Ralph Genende, the highly respected Rabbi at the thriving Caulfield Hebrew Congregation in Melbourne and the Senior Rabbi to the Australian Defence Force, joins AIJAC’s Australia/Israel Review Editorial Board. The Australia/Israel Review is the monthly journal published by AIJAC since 1974.

“We are excited that Rabbi Genende has joined the Editorial Board. He is a respected communal leader and a strong advocate for social justice and human rights and his input will be very valuable,” they concluded.


One Response to “Keen AIJAC chairman in NSW”
  1. michael says:

    With the appointment of of another lefty to AIJAC’s Australia/Israel Review Rabbi Genende it appears AIJAC may be moving more to the left ?

    I thought the AIJAC mandate was to further Israels interest and in Australia and to rebut Palestinian Propaganda. You would think that would take up all their time and energy . We have other Leftist Jewish organizations on the asylum seeker bandwagon.

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