Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant
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Applications close 25 August 2022.
B’nai B’rith Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant now in its 17th year is available again.
The $2,500 Grant honours the memory of the late Jenny Goldberg and acknowledges her untiring volunteering skills, which she gave to B’nai B’rith, the Jewish and the broader community at large.
Eligible applicants must be Jewish, under 35 years of age, reside in Melbourne, and have a history of volunteering in Jewish and wider communities.
Past winners have come from a range of Jewish organisations such as Little Dreamers, AUJS, Stand-Up, Flying Fox, Task Force against Family Violence, Chabad, Jewish musical theatre, and others. For more information, please contact the BBVic office on 9523 0888 or email@example.com
B’nai B’rith is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Bernard J. Lustig Scholarship:
Rabbi Sammy Brygel (full scholarship), Isabel Gelb (full scholarship) and Rabbi Alon Meltzer (partial scholarship).
Rebecca Forgasz, Chair of Trustees, expressed the trustees’ delight with the standard of all of the applications received, both the level of academic achievement of the applicants and their involvement in Jewish and communal life. “We were also particularly pleased to have received such a good number of submissions and to have been able to make an award, after not having done so last year due to COVID19. We wish all our scholarship recipients the best of luck with their travels and their studies."
Sports enthusiast and Mt Scopus Jewish Studies teacher Rabbi Sammy Brygel has been awarded a travel grant to enable him to attend Yeshiva Shapell's – Darche Noam for a year. The immersive Yeshiva experience will provide Sammy with professional development as a Jewish Studies teacher, focusing on core Jewish literacy skills. Additionally, Sammy and his wife Esther will be joining the World Mizrachi Shalhevet program - a program designed to train young educator and rabbinical couples as they lead communities in the diaspora. Forgasz noted that the Trustees “are confident that Sammy and his wife Esther will return to Melbourne with even greater passion and experience to continue to serve the Jewish community.”
Isabel Gelb, a student of Monash University, holds Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees and will be using the Scholarship travel grant to further her studies abroad at King’s College London. Isabel is passionate about engaging herself and her peers in Jewish focused events and as such, has held many leadership positions, one of which was President of the Monash Jewish Students’ Society (MonJSS). During her presidency, Isabel coordinated many programs and initiatives to engage the thousands of Jewish university students at Monash. She is also a student leader on the Monash Student Association Student Affairs Committee where she acts as a representative of the interests of the entire Monash University student body, particularly of the interests of Jewish students.
Isabel is looking forward to participating in the many leadership opportunities available at King’s College as well as the legal volunteering services in London.
Rabbi Alon Meltzer is the Rabbi of Or Chadash Synagogue and the Director of Programs at Shalom. He serves as a board member for the Relationships Australia NSW Research Ethics Committee, and on the board of the international organisation, Grow Torah. Rabbi Meltzer’s work focuses on the development of community at large, and how best to intersect secular lived experience with relevant Jewish wisdom.
Rabbi Meltzer is currently studying a PhD at LaTrobe University's Law School
and has been awarded a research grant to enable him to write his thesis on “Digital Fidelity: how social media has impacted on Modern Orthodox Jews and their relationship with Jewish law and the rabbinic establishment”. This fascinating research will not only inform current research on the trends and impacts of social media across different areas of society, but will also serve to educate the institutions, communities, Rabbis and laity of the trends and impacts of collaborative social media on Jewish legal texts and processes.
SIXTY YEARS ON, A LIVING MEMORIAL REMAINS
It happened in 1955. Summer holiday period. Hume Highway. Car, driver, two passengers. The car swerved off the road and hit a tree. A common event, a tragedy, more frequent then than today. Two young men died. The woman passenger survived. The accident ended the life of Bernard Lustig, a brilliant young barrister, winner of the University of Melbourne’s Supreme Court Prize. He was the older son of Adolf and Kate Lustig, German refugees from Nazism who fled to Australia before the war. As the war ended Adolf helped found the first B'nai B'rith lodge in Melbourne.
Click and Connect - English for Kids
BBVIC - A New Community Service Project
Click and Connect (C&C) is a Melbourne-based organisation that got off the ground in 2016. Their project is already under way, helping students in four schools in various parts of Israel.
Dr Paul Gardner AM has agreed to be the initial liaison between BBVic and C&C. Here are his thoughts about how B'nai B'rith might be able to assist:
“I have met with some of their leadership on two occasions and have been impressed by their vision and their competence. For them to grow, they require more resources, especially human resources. This is a hands-on-the-internet-direct-help project, not a fund-raising exercise.
So, here’s how you might become involved:
Are you a retired teacher willing to spend an hour every fortnight on the internet with a particular child in Israel?
Or if not a teacher, would you enjoy having a conversation in English about any topics of mutual interest? (The aim is not to cover a curriculum, simply to encourage the kid to talk.)
Or, if direct conversation with kids is not your forte, would you be willing to provide volunteer assistance to C&C to help out with managing their project?
Do you know anyone in your circle of family and friends – they don’t have to be B'nai B'rith members – who might be interested in helping out in some way?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES! -- and I would love to get some enthusiastic YES! responses – please contact me.”
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Courage to Care
Courage to Care encourages individual acts of courage, social activism, action against apathy, a sense of empathy, a better understanding of history.
Chairman (NSW): Juliet Seifert
Chairman (Victoria): Tony Weldon
Courage to Care is a major outreach program and travelling exhibition, designed to show people of all ages, all races and all persuasions that the individual can make a difference in a society which no longer cares, and that all of us has a personal responsibility to ourselves, our family and our community.
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.