JCA Today

CEO Message

Over the past month, if your household is like mine or really the majority of Australia, you will have been swept up in the Matilda’s inspirational journey. Few would argue that they have created a legacy with their determination and spirit competing in the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup™ – they have collectively inspired the nation and changed the face of football (and possibly sport) forever. The players, their families and those that follow them can take pride in this achievement and legacy building. It is pertinent therefore that our August newsletter is all about leaving a legacy.

The definition of legacy is ‘something that is passed on’. However, this can take many forms. It may refer to your faith, ethics and/or core values. It may refer to money, assets or other areas of control or oversight. A legacy may refer to your character, reputation, life and how you hope to be remembered for generations to come.

For JCA and our community, legacy means many things. It can be the imprint you leave on our community by the work you do that impacts others, a gift in a will, or how you inspire others to continue your or their legacy for our community. We can only hope that our legacy will be meaningful and a source of pride for our families and generations to come.

Shabbat Shalom,

Alain Hasson

Give a meaningful gift for the Yom Tovim – instead of flowers, chocolates or the usual gifts for hosts, you can support someone in our community that relies on the programs and services delivered by JCA’s 25 supported organisations.  Our easy to use platform has some options – Chag Sameach cards or Shana Tovah – click here to send a card as a thank you or gift.

p.s. we also have cards for all occasions – births, bar/batmitzvahs, weddings, birthdays – really anything that requires a thoughtful message. 

Bequest Honour Wall
Leaving A Lasting Legacy

JCA has received numerous bequests from generous individuals wishing to leave a lasting legacy. We thank them all for their generosity.

The Bequest Honour Wall at JCA recognises those who have chosen to leave a legacy to JCA, contributing to the future of our community.

If you or a member of your family features on our wall, Generations Legacy Manager, Debbie Edinburg invites you to visit JCA and get an update on our work and how legacies make an impact in our community.  To come for a visit, please contact Debbie by emailing [email protected] or calling 02 9360 2344.

Jack Abeshouse
Lionel Abeshouse
Irene Abraham
E. Alexandre
Edith Baer
Joy Balkind
Leon Basser
Agnes Bauer
Thea Baum
Myrl Bear
Roger Benou
Carola Berger
Piri Bergsman
Doris Berliner
Karl Bittman
Zofia Blake
Julia Blanks
Esta Blashild
James Block
Walter Blum
Frederick Bonyhady
Herbert Born
David Brandon
Amalia Brecher
Paula Brezniak
Bruno Brosan
Andrew Casey
Morson Clift
Lotar Cohn
Raissa Darin
Abraham Davis
Janey Davis
John Davis
Rachel De Jong
Eric Dreikurs
Leonard Dryen
Sylvia Dushanky
Lilli Edel
Felicia Einhorn
Herman Eisenberg AM
Irene Ellison
Bob Evans
Lily Ezekiel
Zelma Farbenblum
Cecille Feder
John Feder
Lotka Ferster
Bernard Ferster
Gizelle Fetter
Maria Fischer
Walter Fischer
Addy Fisher
Charles Frater
Naftoli Freinkel
Naomi Freinkel
Nicolle Geraldine
Rosa Gestetner
Walter Ginsburg
Susie Gold
Carol Goldberg
Myndel Goldberg
Masza Goldenberg
Ilse Goldschmidt
Boris Goldsmith
Alice Gonda
Rosalia Gostin
Alfred Gumpert JP
Nadia Gurvich
Martin Hall
Ethel Harris
Bronia Hatfield
Lorraine Havin
Evelyn Hayward

Herta Herz

Eddy Helfgott
Anne Heller
Albert Hertzberg
Harold Hertzberg
Valda Hertzberg
Joseph Ingster

Herta Jarvis
Stella Jordan
Lynn Joseph
Maurice Joseph
Gerda Kalmuk
Rachel Katz
Erwin Kauders
Harry Kellerman OBE
Maurice Kellerman
Adolf Klein
Pola Kluger
Betty Kohane
Aubrey Krawitz
Charlotte Kristian
Karl Lazar
Ephim Lesagorsky
Gertrude Levin
Hans Lewin
Norbert Lewinnek
Hilde Lightstone
Elizabeth Lindenberger
Victoria Lords

Piroska Major
Trudl Meller
Gustav Menkes
Irene Michelsohn
Manfred Milosevic
Neville Milston
Anna Mondschein
Mark Mordecai
Trudi Morgan
Peggy Morris
Meyer Musleah
Henriette Nerichow
David Ovedooff
Moses Pearl
Kurt Peretz
Sonya Peretz
Harold Phillips
Nora Plotke
Aaron Polak

Samuel Punin

Hermina Rich
Egon Ronai
Cyril Rosenbaum
Freida Rosenberg
Louise Rosenberg
Pepa Rosenman
Michael Rothenberg
Verna Rouvray
Avraham S. Block
Arnold Samuelson
Margarethe Schiller
Heinrich Schlosse
Jenny Sevitt
Henry Shagrin
David Sheps
Monty Shnier
H Siegler
Torda Sini
Gertrude Skalsky
Lilly Skurnik
David Snider
Susie Snow
Eric Sommers
Gisela Stein
Reca Stone
Phillip Strahl
Herbert Tauber
Hanni Tittman
Arthur Tittman
Sophia Vecht
Paul Vertes
Eva Waxman
Edith Weiner
Maria Werner
Lydia Wertheimer
Herbert Wolmers
Gerald Wronker
llse Wronker

Celebrating 30 Years of Giving  
Decades of Community Support

Many of our donors have been giving to JCA for over 30 years, an incredible legacy for which we are very grateful. As a new addition to the newsletter, we will recognise donors who celebrate 30 years since the anniversary of their first donation, thus entering this '30 Club'.

Mazel Tov to the following people celebrating 30 years since their first gift to JCA in the month of September. Your loyalty and commitment to our local Jewish community is incredible.

Gil Baron
Jackie Baron
Jennifer Moddel
Peter Polovin
Rita Polovin
Amanda Gordon
Wendy Morel
Nathan Chanesman
Elise Chanesman
Yvette Slomovits

Giving with a true heart for local community
Simon Costa

Simon Costa has a genuine heart for our local Jewish community.  He is humble and dedicated to not only giving back but also ensuring that there is a future for the next generation.

Keeping it alive for generations to come is important to Simon.  He was passionate about his son and daughter experiencing a Jewish education through Masada College – wanting them to have Jewish friends and be part of the hub that is our community. 

Simon also believes that while he can only give small amounts annually now, he can leave a substantial legacy commitment to JCA and that's what he's done. "The reason why I've left the bequest is because I've not had the benefit of being able to give much to the annual JCA campaign, but I want to be able to give back, preferably provide some funding for other children (like mine) to be able to go to Masada College or another Jewish school, I want to be able to give back what I've received. And that's just talking about the school," he says.

He continues, "There is also this whole array of other benefits I've received through exposure to JCA's other 25 supported organisations.  So, leaving a bequest makes it possible for me to ensure that I give.  My beneficiaries will obviously receive most of what I have but I'm going to give a portion of it to be able to give back what I've received. Because as I say, without it, I wouldn't have been able to send my children to a Jewish school."

As mentioned, Simon's touch points in community extend to a few organisations – he works with JewishCare as a support worker and says he has a job because of the community. His grandfather, Sidney Shultz, was a resident at Montefiore and before that, at B'nai B'rith's Retirement Village, Kadimah Gardens in Wahroonga.

As a teacher who previously worked in Special Needs education, the support worker role working with people with a disability was perfect. "With my work with JewishCare, I really like the job, because I'm someone who likes to help people. That's also why I went into teaching.  My JewishCare clients are people who need a lot of support and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling, knowing that I'm helping someone whom, without me, or another worker, wouldn't be able to go about their daily living as well".

Leaving a legacy to JCA is a meaningful way to make a difference.  Annual campaign donations alone, whilst essential are not the only funds used every year for our supported organisations; there is a requirement for bequest funding to meet communal need and not move backwards.

"Regardless of your wealth, our community is grateful for whatever you consider your legacy.  Ultimately, you impact the future viability of our colourful and diverse community," concluded Debbie Edinburg, JCA Generations Legacy Manager.

For more information on leaving a bequest, contact Debbie by calling 02 9360 2344 or emailing [email protected]

Nosh Nook
Savti's Choc-Chip Brownies

"My grandson was at Emanuel ELC when I was asked to do some baking with his class. In keeping with my role as teacher and imparter of Jewish values of kindness to others and sharing with your community, I thought about how we could do this in a community context.

Kids that age can’t read, so I took photos of the ingredients and utensils required. I laminated 20 copies- so they didn’t have to worry about messing the pages. I divided them up into groups, and gave each kid in the group a job, and showed them on the recipe page where their job was."

The result?

We had so much fun and made the best chocolate brownies ever! And, my grandchildren and I have made the choc-chip brownies since many times over.

- Debbie Edinburg, Generations Legacy Manager


  • 180g unsalted butter
  • 180g dark choc chips
  • 160g brown sugar (we add less)
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 70g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 160g dark chocolate

Click here to download and print the ingredient sheet for the kids (with photos).


  1. Preheat oven to 180° (160° fan forced)
  2. Spray a 20cm square baking tin with oil and line with baking paper with an overhang (so easy to remove after baking)
  3. Place butter and choc chips in a heatproof bowl, microwave in 30 sec bursts (takes 2 or 3) until melted. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla, mix, add eggs (lightly beaten) and mix well until smooth
  5. Add flour, cocoa and stir until smooth. Stir in chopped chocolate, pour into baking tin
  6. Bake 24 mins for really gooey, 28 mins for fudgey but still moist (my favourite), 32 mins for moist fudge-like cake
  7. If you didn’t use the extra chocolate for stirring in, reduce the cooking time by 2 mins
  8. Rest for 10 mins before lifting out of pan. Allow to cool for 20 mins before cutting. Airtight container for 4 days (ours are eaten long before that) or freeze for 3 months and cut into 16 pieces

Coming Up In Community


Living Well With Back Pain

Kesser Torah College

KTC Stay and Play

Monthly, Free, Babies & Toddler Class 0 - 2 years old. KTC Early Learning room opens their space for parents/grandparents to enjoy a safe, enjoyable play space where babies and toddlers can explore and (if they want) get a little messy! An hour filled of music, fun and lots of sensory stations for your child to explore. Parents or grandparents welcome. Light Morning tea provided. BOOK HERE


Shofar Factory


Rosh Hashana Parent Class


COA Sydney

Meet our Member for Vaucluse - Kellie Sloane

JewishCare NSW

Body Image & eating disorders: Navigating healthy behaviour

Tuesday 12 September 2023 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - BOOK HERE

R U OK Day Event

Thursday 14 September 2023 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - BOOK HERE

Mental Health Awareness Training

Wednesday 25 October 2023 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM - BOOK HERE

Maccabi NSW

MegaCamp School Holiday Program

YK – Y2:  26th-27th September 2023 - Book HERE
Y3 - Y6: 4th, 5th, 6th October 2023 - Book HERE

Job Opportunities

Communal Calendar 

Download this months calendar

We have gathered together some of the exciting activities and events taking place in our community in the coming month. 

Shark Tank
2023 Applications Now Open

Looking for funding for your social enterprise? This could be your opportunity to take it to the next level and win a share of $60K! 


Applications close Sunday 10th September 2023 and finalists will pitch in front of a panel of live SHARKS at the main event on Sunday 26th November 2023.



Shark Tank provides a platform for change-makers who envision a better world and a stronger Jewish community.

We so look forward to hearing about your exciting and innovative ideas – let’s get pitching!

Best regards,
The Jumpstart Team


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