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.
Emanuel Synagogue will host a tour of the Succah by the Sea sculptures on 25 October at 5.00pm (an installation organised by the Shalom Institute - to learn more click here), which will be the largest display of Judaism in the public sphere to be held in Australia; a special Shabbat Live! service will be held watching the sunset, followed by a BYO picnic dinner.
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.
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UPJ President Roger Mendelson shared his My Good News column in the UPJ's Weekly News & Drash dated 13/14 September 2019. The Jewish Community of Japan morphed out of the old Jewish Community Centre. It was originally a social centre for the fledgling Jewish community from the early ‘50s. Most of the founders were from Harbin and Shanghai in China, and sought a new home after the communists took over there. (Pictured, from left: Shelley Kunin, Sue Mendelson, Marsha and Jerry Rosenberg, Rabbi David Kunin and Roger Mendelson).