The Executive Committee of the Union for Progressive Judaism is responsible for governance and oversight of the organisation.
Current members of the Executive Committee are:
Co-President: David Knoll AM
David is a Sydney barrister. His family have been members of Emanuel Synagogue in Sydney for decades. He has served as the Honorary Secretary of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the elected roof body of the Australian Jewish community, on the Boards of Multicultural NSW, and the Council for Jewish Community Security. He is a Past President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the peak body of the NSW Jewish community. In 2011 he was chosen as one “40 Inspirational Alumni” featured for the 40th Anniversary of UNSW Law School, and in 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the Jewish community through a range of peak, religious and educational organisations, and to the promotion of interfaith relations. David is married to Karen. They have three adult children.
Co-President: Brian Samuel OAM
Brian has been associated with the Progressive movement all his life . He is a Past President of Temple Beth Israel from 2008-2010 and President of Progressive Judaism Victoria from 2012 to current . In addition to his involvement with Progressive Judaism he is involved in a number of community organisations . He has been associated with the clothing industry for just on fifty years with expertise in marketing. He has been appointed an Ambassador for White Ribbon Australia , an organisation that campaigns to stop violence against women. He believes that Progressive Judaism brings innovation and creativity to Jewish traditions. It should provide pathways to its members and friends to enjoy an engagement with Progressive Judaism that enhances their lives through spiritual enrichment , learning and community. Brian is married to Jenny and they have two grown children and seven grandchildren
Vice-President and ARZA President: Helen Shardey
Helen was educated at Methodist Ladies College and graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. She was elected to the Parliament of Victoria in 1996 and re-elected in 1999, 2002 & 2006 as the Member for Caulfield. Helen retired from the Victorian Parliament in 2010. During her time in Parliament, she served as the Shadow Minister for Health for five years after serving as the Shadow Minister for Aged Care, Multicultural Affairs, Housing and Community Services. She was previously an Economics and Politics teacher, chief of Staff and senior policy adviser to the Federal Coalition, a consultant to Western Mining Corporation, Metropolitan Female Vice President, and member of the Administrative Committee for the Victorian Liberal Party. Helen has previously served on the boards of the Jewish National Fund and the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Authority. She was the recipient of the Jerusalem Prize for her contribution to the Jewish community. Helen currently chairs the board of Alfred Health, serves on the board of Temple Beth Israel and has been elected as Vice-president for Progressive Judaism Victoria. She was recently elected to the Executive of the Union for Progressive Judaism.
Honorary Treasurer: Sally Castle
Honorary Secretary: Professor Larry Lockshin
Larry Lockshin is Professor of Wine Marketing and Head of the School of Marketing at the University of South Australia. I am originally from Ohio in the US. I have been on the Board of Management for Beit Shalom Synagogue for over 20 years; and served two terms as President of Beit Shalom as well. I have also been the President of the Jewish Community Council for South Australia for the past seven years, though I will be stepping down from this role next year. Along with duties as Secretary, I plan to focus on outreach activities to the smaller congregations within the UPJ.
Committee member: Trevor Creewel
Trevor was born in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where he grew up in a Progressive congregation. He came to Australia 33 years ago, and joined Temple David in Perth soon thereafter. Trevor was on the board of management for most of the 1990s, culminating in two years as president. More recently, he was invited by Roger Mendelson to be an ambassador to the emerging Progressive community in Bali in Indonesia before being invited to join the UPJ Executive Committee. Trevor is now back on the board of Temple David, and also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Christians and Jews of Western Australia. He retired as a solicitor several years ago after doing native title work since soon after the passage of the Native Title Act in 1994.
Committee member: Sharon Davis
Sharon is a longstanding member of the NSTE community. From 2003-2005 she was a member of the Board of Directors, including the office of Vice President. Her portfolio involved organisation of several events including a Capital Appeal Dinner, and collaboration with Emanuel Synagogue to organise a UIA Progressive Trust fundraising evening featuring Simon Tedeschi. Subsequently she headed the NSTE Community Support Group, which provides a year-round program of volunteer service including an Annual Senior Citizens' Variety Concert and charity collections. In her professional life, Sharon is a research and teaching pharmacist, and as such brings skills such as critical thinking and analysis.
Committee member: Judi Hall
Judi Hall has worked as a lawyer for the Australian Government Solicitor’s Office, taught business law and was a primary teacher. She has held various roles on the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies in the past 8 years including executive member and positions on various committees. While she comes from a Brisbane orthodox, Betar zionist background she has been a member of Emanuel Synagogue for decades and is married with 2 children. Her long term interests have been in the areas of leadership and youth, drawing Jews on the margins into the mainstream and linking the Jewish community to other communities. She has been President of Womanpower (Jewish women’s leadership organisation and a member of the Sydney Alliance since its inception.
Committee member: Associate Professor Josh Keller
Josh is an Associate Professor at the UNSW Business School and the Australia Graduate School of Management, where he teaches and conducts research on international management and negotiations. He received his MBA and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Josh has extensive academic and industry experience in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Josh was an active member of the United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore for 10 years and was an organizer of the Asia Progressive Jewish Summit. He has recently relocated to Sydney, where he is an active member of the Emanuel Synagogue. Josh is married to Joy and has two young children.
Committee member: Marsha Rosenberg
Committee member: Franklin Tate
Moetzah chair: Rabbi David Kunin
Progressive Community and Netzer Shaliach: Sefi Shalam
Netzer federal mazkira: Nancye Kochen
WUPJ Representative: Sharene Hambur
Sharene's communal involvement began at the Leo Baeck Centre in Kew where she was a youth leader and then a member of the Board of Management. Sharene held a number of positions on the Board and was President of the congregation for three years. Subsequently Sharene went on to hold the positions of Honorary Treasurer and the President of the Victorian Union for Progressive Judaism (now Progressive Judaism Victoria). Sharene has also held a number of roles as an office bearer of the UPJ including four years as Vice-President. Sharene is currently an Executive Board Member of the World Union for Progressive Judaism representing Australasia and New Zealand and continues to be a member of the Executive of the Union for Progressive Judaism in this role. Sharene joined the Executive of Zionism Victoria as a Vice-President 5 years ago having represented Progressive Judaism on the Executive for some years and will assume the Presidency of the organisation in November 2015. She is also an office bearer of the Zionist Federation of Australia. For a number of years Sharene has been a member of the Committee of Management of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and in 2013 assumed the role of Honorary Secretary of that organisation a position she continues to hold. Sharene has a deep belief in the need for each person to give to their community to the best of their ability and she endeavours to fulfil this while balancing the roles with her role as a senior lawyer with Clayton Utz Lawyers. She has practiced in the property and development area for over 30 years and takes enormous satisfaction from seeing projects in which she is involved come to fruition. Sharene has been married to Sam for over 30 years and they have two children Michelle and Jonathan both of whom are now forging their own careers. Sharene and Sam are looking forward to lots of travel and spending time together in-between communal involvements!
Executive Manager: Jocelyn Robuck
Jocelyn brings a wide range of experience to her role at the UPJ. She received a BA in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University, co-owned and operated a kosher catering business for 11 years, worked as a proofreader and writer at the Australian Jewish News for five years, and played an active role as a rebbetzin and synagogue volunteer for more than 30 years. As Executive Manager, she provides a high level of support to the Executive and committees, leads and coordinates projects, and acts as point of contact for UPJ constituents and partners throughout the region and worldwide. She edits the UPJ's Weekly News & Drash, coordinates UPJ gatherings and conferences, manages the UPJ website and Facebook, and facilitates operational and strategic goals of the UPJ. Together with husband Rabbi Gary Robuck, she gets "naches" from three children and two grandchildren.