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Monthly Mensch
Barry Smorgon OAM

When we talk about Barry, we know we are talking about someone with a true communal heart.

Barry began competing in Athletics at Maccabi when he was 12 years old and commenced volunteering when he was 25.  He was one of its longest serving Board Members (Chairman/President for 15 years), receiving an Honorary Life Membership last year when he retired. 

However, his work with Maccabi was not done, he was Head of Delegation for our team that attended the Maccabiah Games in Israel this July – a team that did Australia and our community proud.

Barry’s communal work is not limited to Maccabi. He has served as Appeal Chairman at JCA and is an Honorary Life Governor.  He was also the NSW Chairman of AIJAC (Australia Israel Jewish Affairs Council) for 16 years.  His ongoing commitment to fundraising for and serving our community is well known and respected.

Barry’s work in the community flows through to his family, with daughters Lauren and Emma both committed to various Jewish organisations.  His son Darren is currently Chair of JCA’s Allocations Committee.

Always a gentleman, Barry is truly the epitome of a communal leader – sharing his knowledge with grace and leading with strength and kindness.  Thank you Barry for always being there for us.

Member Mention
Burger Centre - keeping our Seniors Active

Our Maccabiah athletes and City to Surfers weren’t the only one’s working out this month.

The team at The Burger Centre made sure that despite the weather, our seniors were also kept moving and active.


With hydrocise classes to support the relief of arthritic pain and stiffness, osteoporosis and back pain, the water supports joints and encourages free movement, as well as providing support and resistance, which helps to build muscle strength. And for those clients who prefer to have their feet planted firmly on the ground, there are dance activities and fitness programs.

Not only do the team at Burger look after the physical health of their friends and clients, they also ensure that the mind is exercised with art and craft activities as well as games and guest speakers providing social connection and interaction.  There really is something for everyone.

Burger Centre are located at their purpose built centre in King Street, Randwick as well as at Montefiore at Hunters Hill. For more information visit their website or call 8345 9147

Burger Centre is a joint partnership between JewishCare and Montefiore.

Nosh Nook
Lexi's Build Your Own Poke Bowl

"I love working for JCA because it feels like an extension of my family. Everyday when you go into the office your guaranteed a good laugh, endless nosh, warm and loving atmosphere and a team who are always willing to jump in and help each other no matter what. We may be a little bit loud and crazy but it makes it so much fun!"

 Alexi Soekoe - JCA Program Manager             

This BYO (Build Your Own) Poke Bowl is the perfect idea to add a modern, creative and colourful spin to your usual Shabbat dinner. A BYO Poke station works great if you have a large extended family like I have or even for a casual night in with kids.  

These are just a few examples and recommendations of my favourite ingredients to use for a build-your-own poke station, however these are just options so feel free to add or remove depending on you and your guests dietary and food preferences.


  • Sashimi (Diced in cubes)
  • Kingfish (Diced in cubes)
  • Fresh Tuna (Diced in cubes)
  • Cooked Tuna (Mixed with Mayo)
  • Tofu (Chopped)
  • Grilled Eggplant (Chopped)
  • Avocado (Sliced/Guac)


  • Brown/Sushi Rice
  • Cabbage (Chopped)
  • Mixed Green Leaves
  • Glass/Soba Noodles 


  • Radish 
  • Kale
  • Carrot (Grated)
  • Cucumber (Sliced)
  • Red Onion (Sliced)
  • Shallot (Chopped)
  • Beetroot (Chopped)
  • Corn (Steamed)
  • Edamame 
  • Peppers (Chopped)
  • Tomato (Chopped)

Extra Toppings:

  • Ginger 
  • Crispy Shallots
  • Tamari Almonds (Chopped)
  • Wasabi Pease (Crushed)
  • Seaweed Salad 


  • Soy Sauce
  • Lemon & Olive Oil
  • Mayo with Chilli Flakes
  • Roasted Sesame

Job Opportunities

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Join the JCA Maccabi Community Team this City2Surf!

For the first time ever, Maccabi NSW and JCA have joined forces to be a part of this year’s City2Surf.
The JCA Maccabi Community Team will conquer Heartbreak Hill together on 14th August as ONE! Register here! 

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