Susan Kadar, member of Emanuel Synagogue and North Shore Temple Emanuel (NSTE), received the 2019 NSW Senior and Overall Volunteer of the Year Award; she was nominated by the Sydney Jewish Museum for her work translating the diary of Rabbi Andre Kampfner, written just after World War II. Pictured, from left: Mayor Pam Palmer (Lane Cove Municipality), Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney (Willoughby Council), Susan Kadar and Mayor Jennifer Anderson (Ku-ring-gai Council). Jessica Harrison, NSTE member and immediate past federal leader of Netzer Australia, received the Young Volunteer of the Year Award for her weekly work at the Asylum Seekers Centre. Jessica runs welcome tours for asylum seekers arriving to Australia and provides them with referrals for necessary assistance with essentials, such as clothing, furniture and paying bills. Jessica is pictured with Mayor Jennifer Anderson, Ku-ring-gai Council.
On Sunday 17 November, Jews globally will participate in a range of hands-on projects supporting existing charities and local initiatives to build stronger communities. To learn more about project ideas and to register your congregation's project, click here.
The UPJ urges you to donate to the Netzer Appeal - no donation is too small. Netzer has provided positive and vibrant Jewish experiences for our community and its youth for 40 years. With your help and generosity, Netzer can support every young person who wishes to embrace their Jewish identity and develop their leadership skills. To donate, visit Netzer's website at www.netzer.org.au/appeal.
UPJ President Roger Mendelson presented a Ner Tamid Award to Marsha Rosenberg and a Vatik Award to Jerry Rosenberg, long-time members of the Jewish Community of Japan (JCJ). Pictured from left: Shelley Kunin, Sue Mendelson, Marsha and Jerry Rosenberg, Rabbi David Kunin, Roger Mendelson.
UPJ congregations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore are preparing to use for the first time our long-awaited new machzorim, Mishkan T'shuvah, for the High Holy Days. We are truly grateful for the years of work by the Editorial Team co-led by Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black and Rabbi Dr John Simon Levi AM and our hard-working Business Group. The machzorim have been delivered to UPJ congregations, ready to inspire our prayers on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.