JCA Today

CEO Message

This newsletter focuses on culture and I think you’ll agree that our diverse patchwork of people makes for the most comforting blanket.

Whilst we may all call Australia home, we can see from the Census 2021 that people in our community hail from more than 120 different countries. Migration helps to keep a vibrancy in our community. Check out our job opportuities section of the newsletter which highlights some migration opportunities, for employers looking to fill new roles. Register if you’re interested to find out more.

We’re delighted to be sharing many communal milestones this year, not least of which is Shalom’s 50th anniversary. They have a celebration program throughout the year and continue to enrich our culture landscape offering many opportunities, read about their history below. Joining them in a year of celebration is Emanuel School (40th), Moriah (80th) and NCJWA who are marking an incredible 100th year. Our long and in-depth connection continues to be strong and we look forward to many more celebrations with all our supported organisations.

Culture can be an intangible which is difficult to measure. Our office is made up of a diverse group of talented and passionate community members, and on a personal note I would like to thank them all for their support whilst I have been Acting CEO. It is a pleasure to work in an office where the culture is based on support and kindness of each other, with a focused lens on the best outcome for community.

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a Chag Pesach Sameach. Can you believe it’s that time of year again! Wishing you and yours a matzo filled eight days!

Don’t forget to put our communal event in your calendar for 28th May….more details can be found in this newsletter!

Shari Lowe
Acting CEO

Monthly Mensch
Dr Hilton Immerman OAM

Our monthly mensch is communal legend Dr Hilton Immerman OAM.  Hilton served as CEO of Shalom for 30 years coming on board as College Master in 1989 and retiring at the end of 2016.  His contribution over that time has been enormous. 

Some of the highlights for Shalom during his leadership included the introduction, implementation and operation of major communal programs such as the Hebrew University’s Melton Adult Education Program, Limmud-Oz, the Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival, Network, Hillel, Moishe House, PJ Library, Shalom Baby and the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program.

Immerman has been widely recognised over his tenure, receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to adult education and leadership development, an Honorary Fellowship from the University of NSW for service to the community and the university, and the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award for promoting Indigenous higher ­education. 

At the time of his leaving Hilton was quoted as saying “Working at Shalom has been much more than an occupation and a passion, it’s been a vocation – a ‘calling’.

Thank you Hilton for making such a difference particularly to our next generation.  Kol Hakavod.

Member Mention

As a founding member of JCA, Shalom (in 1967 as the Hillel Foundation) has been connected since the beginning. The Hillel Foundation (established by B’nai B’rith) would ultimately become The Shalom Institute and housed both the college and Shalom programs.

Since 1967, with the ongoing support of JCA, Shalom has created a thriving Jewish student life within the college. AUJS and Shalom’s programs have increased the vibrancy of the Sydney Jewish community by enhancing and innovating Jewish life and learning. Over the past 50 years, programs have included Melton, Limmud, the Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Adamama, PJ Library, Shalom Baby, Moishe House, and many more. We are so proud to have a half-century of incubation and innovation under our belt, and we cannot wait to see what we can develop next!

We look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary with our community this year!


P.S. Did you know that when Shalom College opened, it realised a dream conceived back in 1895 of a Jewish College within an Australian university?

Shalom College was the first, and we couldn’t have done it without the help of many people and organisations, most of all JCA.

Nosh Nook
George's Passover Almond Meringue Torte


Meringue Nut Layer

  • 75 g (1⁄2 cup) roasted almonds
  • 4 egg whites
  • 250 g (1 1⁄2 cups) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 30 g (1⁄4 cup) unsweetened
  • Dutch cocoa powder


The recipe of George's was orginally published in the Monday Morning Cooking Club - 'Now for Something Sweet'


  • 600 ml (2 1⁄2 scant cups) thickened (whipping) cream
  • 75 g (1⁄2 cup) roasted almonds, chopped
  • 100 g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 135 g (1 cup) raspberries
  • 165 g (1 cup) blueberries
  • 165 g (1 cup) strawberries, quartered


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F/Gas 2). Line 2 large baking trays. Trace 3 circles approximately 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter on the baking paper.

  2. To make the meringue nut layer, place the roasted almonds in a food processor and pulse until they are ground, and resemble breadcrumbs. Set aside.

  3. Using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form, then slowly add the icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, while continuing to whisk. Whisk for 10 minutes or until stiff and glossy. Using a spatula, fold in the vinegar, cocoa powder and the ground almonds.

  4. Use the spatula to spread the meringue inside the outlines you’ve traced, smoothing out to the edges. Bake for 45 minutes or until the discs are crisp to the touch. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. To make the filling, whip the cream in a bowl just until soft peaks form and set aside. In a separate bowl combine the almonds and the chocolate. In a third bowl combine the berries.
  6. To assemble the torte, place the first disc of meringue on a serving platter and top with one-third of the cream, one-third of the almond/chocolate mixture and one-third of the berries. Repeat with the remaining discs. Serves about 10

New Arrivals

Sydney Jewish Museum: Jacqueline Meyer - Fundraising Assistant

Maccabi NSW: Nicki Taitz - All Abilities Manager

Shalom: Josh Nabarro - Marketing Team

Coming Up In Community

JCA Campaign 2023 Communal  Event 

Putting The Pieces Together



NSW Jewish Board of Deputies 

Communal Yom Hashoah Commemoration

The annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust remembrance events hosted by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies will take place next month.

The theme for this year’s communal commemoration is “Heroism in the Holocaust”, with keynote speaker Thomas Keneally AO, author of Schindler’s Ark, which was adapted into the film Schindler’s List.

As the very person who told the world of Oskar Schindler’s heroism, Keneally will share his remarkable account behind revealing Schindler’s story, and his thoughts on the impact of Schindler’s Ark and Schindler’s List on Holocaust remembrance worldwide.

The commemoration will mark 80 years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, featuring representatives from Jewish youth movements, and a tribute to partisan fighters will include the Sydney Jewish Choral Society singing the Partisan Song. There will also be a moving segment honouring the life and experiences of beloved Holocaust survivor, Yvonne Engelman OAM. Register Here!

Maccabi NSW

Join Carni 2024 Leadership Team

Since 1982, Maccabi Junior Carnival (Carni) has been the most prominent celebration of sports, competition, and social activities for young people in our community. Over 3,500 youths from Australia and New Zealand have participated in Carni throughout the past 42 years.

Carni has always been facilitated by the community for the community, and we need your help to uphold its legacy, enable young people to create unforgettable experiences and develop lifelong friendships.

If you want to make a difference and participate in something extraordinary, look no further. Join the Carni committee today! There are numerous ways to get involved, including becoming a Carnival Manager, Team Manager, Committee member, Youth Leader, and more. To register your interest or to find out more, contact
Taryn on 0431 219 749 / [email protected]

Youth HEAR

Youth Holocaust Commemoration - Stories of HOPE

This year the event unpacks the role of hope through the lens of the song ‘Hatikvah’ (The Hope) in Jewish life before, during and after the Holocaust. They will be joined by a wide range of multi-faith representatives, Jewish and non-Jewish friends and strong young adult leaders from across the political spectrum. 

The event will be held on Monday the 17th of April 2023, with doors opening at 6:30 PM for a 7:00 PM start.


Youth HEAR invites you to join them in honouring those who perished in the Shoah, applauding those who actively fought for the rights of their fellow human and bearing witness to the testimony and resilience of those who survived.

If you would like to join please register HERE 

Sydney Jewish Museum

Feature Exhibition – Reverberations: A Future for Memory

Visit the Sydney Jewish Museum to experience the high-tech exhibition, Reverberations: A future for memory, which shines a spotlight on 43 of the Holocaust survivors who’ve shared their stories at the Museum in recent years. This is not an exhibition focused on the events of the Holocaust – it’s about the people who experienced it – and the painful decision they make each time they choose to relive stories of unimaginable loss for the betterment of humanity. Grab your ticket HERE

Stand Up

Step Up April Intensive 

Running from 17 - 19 April, this Step Up intensive school holiday program is designed to explore social justice and tikkun olam from a Jewish lens.  Register your child HERE  

Project Eden 

This is a pioneering program, providing an opportunity for our Sydney Jewish community to welcome new arrivals who have been identified by the United Nations as being in urgent need of resettlement. This program is about forming relationships, creating bonds and making change. For more info click HERE

Derech Eretz x AUJS trip 

From 2 - 10 July 2023, Stand Up and AUJS will co-deliver a one week Derech Eretz "the way of the land" trip. We invite participants (aged 18-30) to facilitate school holiday programs up in Northern NSW, learn about the cultures and histories of First Nations people and connect with Elders.  Register Here


Are You The Next AUJS LDP Madrich/a?



If you're 25+, and looking for an amazing opportunity to travel, network, and help develop the future of the Jewish community, this might just be the role for you!

To apply, please click HERE and fill out the online form.




Job Opportunities

Calling All Employers Looking For Overseas Talent

It is widely recognised that there is a serious skill shortage in Australia. As a result, Australian employers are looking overseas for the skills required to meet their current employment requirements. Australia’s migration program provides employers with the option of nominating eligible candidates from overseas for either temporary or permanent residencey in Australia.

Two of our well known communal migration agents, Ivan Chait and Cecil Bass, will hold a webinar to discuss the employer pathways for:

Permanent residence – Employer Nomination category, subclass 186

    • transitional stream; and
    • direct entry stream.

Temporary Skilled Shortage visa category, subclass 482

    • business sponsorship application;
    • Business nomination application; and
    • 482 Visa application
    • temporary Work (short stay specialist) visa, subclass 400
    • Highly skilled work on a non-ongoing nature

The current top 20 occupations in demand in Australia based on industry data for October to December 2022 are as follows:

If you are looking to recruit from overseas, and would like to register for the webinar or for more information, please send an email with your details to [email protected] and we will be in contact with the official invite to the webinar.

Download this months calendar

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

Culture & Arts In Community

Stories from the Violins of Hope

Stories from the Violins of Hope, a  new stage play, brings to life the powerful true stories of violins played during the Holocaust in ghettos, forests and concentration camps…and tells the story of the extraordinary Israeli violin maker who overcame his own family’s losses to repair and give voice to these stringed survivors.

For decades, violins hung silently in the rafters of the workshop he inherited from his father. Some had been rescued from musicians who could not bear to play German instruments, some came from survivors who arrived in Israel after the war with little more than their violins. Every violin came with a story. But his father had refused to speak of the Holocaust and the violin maker recoiled at touching instruments whose bodies bore its scars. His dilemma? Should he honor his father’s wish that they not be played? Or must he honor the musicians whose voices had been lost, but whose instruments could live on, spreading a sound of hope?

Masterfully interwoven with music, this is the World Premiere of a live adaptation of the acclaimed film seen at the United Nations and by audiences world-wide, celebrating remarkable stories of human resilience and the struggle to restore beauty to the world.

Driftwood the Musical

A magical story of art and creativity, survival and perseverance, family, freedom and love, and the endurance of the human spirit.

Driftwood The Musical  tells the inspirational story of the renowned Austrian/ Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist-inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig. We follow their lives in pre-war Vienna, the family’s narrow escape from Nazi Austria, Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella, and the incredible chain of events that took place after miraculously escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding their careers as artists in Melbourne.

This epic story that covers three continents and three generations has been adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, based on the original memoir by Eva de Jong-Duldig. It features original music, lyrics and arrangements by Anthony Barnhill with lyrics by Tania de Jong AM and Jane Bodie

A moving, enthralling story of a family surviving the ravages of war. It is so timely, that it’s both poetical and painful. The stagecraft is mesmerising. The music is sublime. The acting and singing are superlative. This story and stunningly crafted musical deserves to tour the world as a beacon of hope, and a reminder to avoid history repeating itself.”  Australian Stage

Glen Street Theatre, Cnr Glen St & Blackbutts Rd, Belrose
Wednesday 24 May - Sunday 28 May,  All tickets $65  -   BOOK NOW

Riverside Theatres, Corner Church & Market Streets, Parramatta
Wednesday 31 May – Sunday 4 June, $39.90 - $69.90  -  BOOK NOW

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