The Changemakers

March 3, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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B’nai B’rith & JNF will acknowledge those whose contributions have helped society.

The Jewish Change Makers Youth & Young Adults Achievement Awards will do that with the aim of the organiser  to have the entire Australian Jewish community involved in the nominating process.

The age groups recognised are youth, up to the age of 18 and young Adults in between the ages of 18 to 35. The nomination categories are as follows:

  • Contribution to the Jewish Community
  • Contribution to Australian Society
  • Support for the State of Israel
  • Leadership (for Young Adults only)

It is also hoped, as expressed by Ernie Friedlander, the President of the B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Unit , that “It will encourage others to become involved – also individuals in outlaying areas to be recognised for their efforts. “

Gary Samowiz [centre] receives his award from the JNF's Shlomo Ben-Haim and B'nai B'rith's Ernie Friedlander

Gary Samowiz [centre] receives his award from the JNF’s Shlomo Ben-Haim and B’nai B’rith’s Ernie Friedlander

JNF brings to the table exposure to other States to be involved, enthusiasm and heart, which naturally B’nai B’rith is also known for. Etty Ayalon from JNF believes that “our community is blessed with young achievers and visionaries and the Changemaker Awards is our opportunity to nurture and embrace our future generation.”

In addition to the prize money awarded to the winners, all nominees will appear with their photos and an outline of their good deeds in a brochure produced specially for this event. The brochures will be available at the prize giving ceremony on Sunday 29 March at the B’nai B’rith Centre. Each nominee will also have a tree planted in their name by JNF together with a certificate of acknowledgement.

Last year’s winners were: Jessica Harrison, Liron Smith, Brandon Srot, Gary Samowitz, Joel Kuperhol, Shayne Slotar. There were also two Highly Commended Awards to Rabbi Mendy Litzman and Jonathan Markowitz.

You can download a nomination form from the JNF website at:

For further information contact the B’nai B’rith office (02) 9321 6300 email: or the JNF National Office ( 02 ) 9386 9559 email:


One Response to “The Changemakers”
  1. Raymond Phillips says:


    Changemaker Awards

    While I may not be Jewish I do follow the Hebrew religion and my Facebook certainly attests support for the State of Israel.

    I would like to nominate Manny Waks for his tireless work to bring about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse hearing which was held in Melbourne.

    Manny was not in my opinion attempting to disgrace Judaism but to bring forth justice for those who lost their childhood innocence.

    Also I am aware of the age requirements for the awards and am not aware of Manny’s age.


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