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JCA Campaign 2024
JCA Campaign 2024

JCA Campaign 2024 

You've Never Mattered More


JCA's Annual Event

Sunday 7th April 2024


About the Event

As a Jewish community, coming together has never mattered more. For you, for your family, for our local allies, for our future and for anyone who is committed to tackling antisemitism and hate. Now is the time for us to proudly come together as ONE community and sell out the House as we hear from Olympic champion, Nova Peris OAM, and an international guest speaker and global antisemitism authority - Dr Sharon Nazarian. 

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About the Speakers

Dr. Sharon Nazarian

Dr. Sharon Nazarian

Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian is the former senior vice president and current board member of the Anti-Defamation League. On 4th October she piloted a first of its kind course at UCLA on The Globalization of Antisemitism: A Survey of Transnational Trends, not knowing how the world was about to change on October 7th.

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Dr. Sharon S. Nazarian is the President of the Y&S Nazarian Family Foundation, with a regional office in Israel named the Ima Foundation and is the Founder of the Younes & Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

In the fall of 2023, three days before the horrific Oct. 7th gruesome Hamas attack on Southern Israel, Dr. Nazarian designed and piloted a first of its kind course at UCLA in the Global Studies department at UCLA on The Globalization of Antisemitism: A Survey of Transnational Trends – a senior seminar on understanding antisemitism through a global lens. As an experienced educator and Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Dr. Nazarian’s firsthand experience with the campus climate on US university campuses provided her with firsthand classroom experience at an especially sensitive time.

In 2017, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) appointed Sharon as Senior Vice President in International Affairs. Sharon served in this role for five years heading ADL’s work fighting antisemitism and racial hatred globally, including in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and ADL’s Israel office. She stepped away from that position in August of 2022 and was immediately invited to join the National Board of Directors of ADL. Sharon's interests are reflected in the myriad of organizations she devotes her time, talent, and energies to - she is the founder and chair of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, sits on the Board of Governors of Haifa University, and is a member of the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI). She also sits on the National board of Freedom House and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).

Her undergraduate studies took place at the University of Southern California (USC), double majoring in Journalism and International Relations. She received her master’s and Doctor of Philosophy degrees also from USC in Political Science, specializing in Political Economy and Economic Development in newly industrialized countries. She is an integral member of Nazarian Enterprises, a family investment office with holdings across a broad spectrum of industries, including real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, technology, and clean energy. 

Nova Peris OAM

Nova Peris OAM

Nova Peris OAM has defended the Jewish community in Australia, saying they are “committed friends and allies to the Aboriginal people”. Nova will speak to her committed stance on this and why she rallied against those using the Aboriginal flag in support of Palestine and the war in Gaza.

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Nova Peris OAM OLY is an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Commonwealth Games Champion and the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament.

With an astonishing sporting career representing Australia across the globe in two different sports, Peris was a key component of both the Australian Women's field hockey team and the Australian Track & Field team. In the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Peris became the first Aboriginal person and first Northern Territorian to win an Olympic Gold Medal playing for the Hockeyroos that defeated South Korea 3-1.

Transitioning her hockey career to sprinting, Peris competed in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur winning 2 more gold medals in the 200m & 4x100 relay, making her the only person to win Olympic and Commonwealth Gold in different sports! Nova went on to make the Track and Field Team for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and was the first of 10,000 Olympic flame torchbearer's at the iconic Uluru, where she ran barefoot with the flame. Nova competed in the individual 400m making the semi finals and the 4x400m relay that finished 4th in the final. Nova is the only person on the planet to make back-to-back Summer Olympic Games finals, consecutive Olympics in different sports! Following a successful athletic career, Nova then became the first Aboriginal women to sit in the Federal Parliament as Senator for the Northern Territory.

During her time in Parliament, Peris served in multiple Senate Committees, including the Education and Employment References Committee, Finance and Public Administration Legislation and References Committees and the Senate Community Affairs Legislation and References Committees. She was also madam acting deputy president of the Senate. Nova has now started her own charity, the Nova Peris Foundation, had her portrait hung in Parliament House Canberra, had her 2.6m bronze statue unveiled in Federation Square, Melbourne and was just inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame. 

The Hon. Stephen J. Harper

The Hon. Stephen J. Harper

For nearly a decade The Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper led Canada through the world’s most complex geopolitical, economic and security challenges as the country’s 22nd Prime Minister. He created the modern Conservative Party of Canada, won three successive national elections, and was the longest serving Conservative Prime Minister since Canada’s founding Prime Minister in 1891. Stephen is a committed friend and ally of our community.

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Mr. Harper serves as Chairman of the International Democrat Union, the Friends of Israel Initiative, and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of India’s Observer Research Foundation.

He holds bachelor and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Calgary, an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University and an honorary degree from the Jerusalem College of Technology. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the King’s Privy Council for Canada, and the recipient of numerous international recognitions, including the Order of Liberty, Ukraine’s highest civilian honour.

Stephen is a committed friend and ally of our community. In a recent article in the National Post, Stephen wrote: "Almost exactly 10 years ago, I addressed the Israeli Knesset. I said that the Canada I represented would stand with Israel “through fire and water.” I meant it, and the Canadians I spoke for believe it still, as do hundreds of millions like us all over the world. For we know what history has shown us: that antisemitism and anti-Zionism are always the proverbial canaries in the coalmine. Those who embrace such tribal and sectarian hatreds will invariably, in time, aim their guns well beyond the Jewish people. Indeed, if we open our eyes, we will see that they are already doing so. This is, in short, a time to support Israel with clarity, consistency, and strength, not only because it is right, but because it is in the best interests of global peace and security."

Alexander Downer

Alexander Downer

Alexander Downer retired from politics in 2008 after an amazing 24 years and prior to that was a highly successful career diplomat. In every respect Alexander Downer has served Australia with enormous energy, passion, dedication and integrity…. “For nearly 12 years he strutted the world stage, dining and talking with the most influential politicians in the world.”

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Alexander Downer has held several key positions both in Government and Opposition (including Leader of the Opposition) but it was as Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Liberal Government of Australia from 1996 until November 2007 that Alexander truly made his mark..

He has been at the forefront of Australian Foreign Policy in some very turbulent and also progressive times. He has seen the increase in terror around the World and orchestrated significant reforms to combat its influence; he has played a pivotal role in Australia’s response to the Middle East conflicts; he has been an active participant and diplomatic force on global issues. He has earned respect all around the World as a man committed to making the World a better place and has enhanced Australia’s position in the Global fraternity. His energy and passion is unsurpassed. He does not shirk the tough issues yet is driven by compassion when leading the World’s response to events that have catastrophic effects on ordinary people. He has been a great friend and supporter of our community and we look forward to seeing him in conversation with former Canadian Prime Minister at our Campaign 2024 Event on April 7th. "

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Will the event be safe to attend?

The safety of our guests is our highest priority – it is also the highest priority of the security team at the venue. They will be working closely with NSW Police, CSG NSW, and all relevant authorities to ensure a safe and secure environment for all.
All guests will be required to present their bags and personal belongings for visual inspection and/or x-ray screening by security staff before entering the venue as a safety precaution and condition of entry. There will also be electronic screening by the venue security staff on entry. If you have booked for the event, please bring your photo ID as this may be requested by the security team onsite.

What time does the event start?

Foyer access from 2pm (to allow for screening and security clearance) - Event 3.30 - 5.30 pm

Can anyone attend?

Yes, anyone over 16 can purchase a ticket however pre-screening will be conducted for security reasons. If ticket holders fail to proceed past this stage, they will receive notification and a refund.

Will the event be live streamed?

This is not planned.

Will food be served?

During the event you will receive water and a snack however the bar will be open from 2pm if you wish to purchase refreshments ahead of the event.

Is there disability access?

Please contact the office on 02 9360 2344 and the team can make specific arrangements for you.

Can I sit with my friends?

This is a pre-seated event so if you wish to sit together you need to coordinate your booking. Please note that seating is the responsibility of the venue and seats cannot be reassigned once booked.

Can I cancel my ticket or give to someone else?

Tickets are strictly non-transferable and non-refundable.

Is there an intermission?

This event is estimated  to go for 2 hours and there will not be an intermission.