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UPJ, PJV, PJCF establish Penny Jakobovits Scholarship Fund

The UPJ, Progressive Judaism Victoria (PJV) and the Progressive Jewish Cultural Fund (PJCF) seek your support in raising funds for a perpetual scholarship in Penny Jakobovits’s memory. Your donation to this meaningful fund will be tax-deductible through the Progressive Jewish Cultural Fund.

Penny Jakobovits z”l was president of the UPJ from 1998 to 2002, previously having been the Honorary Secretary and a very supportive member of the UPJ Executive from the early 1990s. Sadly Penny died last December after a very short illness and in her memory the Union for Progressive Judaism and Progressive Judaism Victoria will support a scholarship in her name to encourage and support young UPJ members to attend the UPJ Biennial conferences around our region.

Penny was an inveterate volunteer serving Temple Beth Israel for many years, both on the TBI board and afterwards on numerous committees. She was also a treasured board member of the Council of Christians and Jews Victoria where her sensible and wise counsel was often sought.

A strong supporter of Israel, Penny also served on the board of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and was a highly respected delegate at the many conferences she attended.

We seek your support in raising funds for a perpetual scholarship in Penny’s memory. We urge you to give generously to make the award a truly significant one in the life of the successful candidate.

The Penny Jakobovits Scholarship Fund will provide financial assistance to applicants under 30 to attend UPJ conferences to encourage future leadership roles. If sufficient funds are raised, the scholarship will assist with registration, airfares and accommodation at UPJ Biennial conferences.

Applicants will be judged by a panel including a representative of the Jakobovits family.

Your donation to the Penny Jakobovits Scholarship Fund will be tax deductible through the Progressive Jewish Cultural Fund.

CLICK HERE to view and download the PCJF donation form, and in the box “Reason for donation” please write: “UPJ education”.

If you prefer to receive the donation form by email, please contact Jocelyn Robuck at

With sincere appreciation for your support,

Philip Bliss OAM and Dorothy Graff OAM                Roger Mendelson and Harry Bernfield
Penny Jakobovits Scholarship Fund Co-Chairs       PJCF Chair and UPJ Honorary Treasurer