NCJWA announces new diverse board at AGM

August 25, 2021 by Community newsdesk
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National Council of Jewish Women Australia (NCJWA) has re-elected Melinda Jones as president at its recent AGM.

Melinda Jones

A spokesperson said: “Alongside her is probably the most diverse Board in Jewish communal history.

The Board now features women aged in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s. This is not just a Board representing each age group of Jewish women, it is a Board that is diverse in many other ways.

We have young mothers and a grandmother, as well as those dealing with teenagers. There are women who are single, women who are gay, and women with a disability. There is also religious diversity – represented amongst NCJWA’s number are women who are modern orthodox, reform, traditional orthodox, secular, unaffiliated and humanist.

NCJWA National President,  Melbourne-based Melinda Jones, said: “With such a diverse group I’m sure the old Jewish joke will pertain: “Put 3 Jews in the room and get 4 opinions.” This will make us accountable to the community we serve – Australian Jewish women whoever and wherever they are. We want to reach women previously outside the community who possibly have little Jewish connection in their lives. Such a diverse Board will help us do this.”

The new board:

President: Melinda Jones
Vice President: Janet Merkur and Karen Prior
Alla Melman
Iara Morris
Deborah Leshinsky
Judith Levitan
Nikki Marczak
Zehava Heinrich
Hannah Wollan
Julia Sussman


One Response to “NCJWA announces new diverse board at AGM”
  1. Michael Barnett says:

    I’m hoping to see NCJWA represent transgender women too.

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