Generations of Giving

Graham Einfeld

“The community has done the groundwork and can now build on what we’ve got and go forward. I think we really need to encourage people to get involved, to make sure that that happens.”

Through the generations, the Einfeld family name has been closely associated with many of the organisations that are the bedrock of the local Jewish community, stretching back to the establishment of JewishCare over 85 years ago and to JCA’s founding in 1967. Graham Einfeld is part of that family tradition. Now, he’s looking ahead to ensure the community is sustainable for future generations.

Graham Einfeld remembers being aware, as a young boy, of his mother’s involvement with multiple charities. “She certainly influenced me”, he recalls. “I remember she used to write up a little cash journal every so often which she used to give to her accountant. It was a guinea here, two guineas there, and five guineas there – she gave money to a lot of different charities.” He remembers her being very involved with the National Council of Jewish Women in the early 1950’s and, subsequently, joining the Board of Wolper Jewish Hospital.

Graham’s uncle Sid was one of the founders of JewishCare – then the Australian Jewish Welfare Society – and his uncle John was very involved in NAJEX, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and Moriah College.

In the early 1960’s, his own involvement began with the Jewish Amateur Sports Association and as a team manager for Maccabi. “It was my introduction to Jewish communal activity”, he recalls. In 1974 he was asked by his uncle John to join the Board of Moriah College and later became the Honorary Treasurer – a position he held for almost 15 years. Graham also joined the Board of the Wolper Hospital, where he served as Treasurer and President, and served on JCA’s Executive as Treasurer.

“Community is an integral part of our family,” he said. “Giving back – it was my motivation and has given me a deep understanding of the workings of our community.” Today, he sees a strong local Jewish community, but he has concerns for the long-term, not least of which is the rising threat of antisemitism. In addition to safeguarding our physical security, part of the solution for sustaining our community, he believes, is in how we engage with younger members – he’s a strong supporter of Jewish day schools and the Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) program.

Graham’s sons have been involved with AUJS, the JCA Planning committee, the Hakoah board and Maccabi. He counsels that instilling active participation in the community “comes from the home” and that “it often follows that if parents are doing it, then the kids will want to do it as well’.

To help ensure the future of the local community for his young grandchildren, Graham has joined the JCA Generationsprogram by making a commitment to JCA in his will. “It’s something that I feel everybody should consider,” he said “and I think everybody should give money on an annual basis as well, if they are able to.”

As Graham points out, while he is a donor, he also sees himself, like many others in the community, as a receiver. “I’ve had family members at the Wolper Hospital, kids who went to Moriah, a mother in law at the Montefiore, and we all benefit from the work done for us by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies.” Clearly, both giving and receiving run in the family.

If you would like to learn more about JCA Generations program, you can contact JCA Legacy Giving Manager, Mark Zworestine in confidence on 0412 218 918 or email [email protected]