Remembering a giving heart

From Australian Jewish News, October 7 2020

Anne and Emery Angles with their son Mark and grandchildren Laura and David.

The community recently lost a humble man who had a giving heart.

Emery Angles was known as a man of his word and a real gentleman. Born in 1924 in Ujpest, Hungary, Emery survived the Holocaust and emigrated to Sydney where he met his wife, Anne. They were married for 65 years and have a son Mark, and grandchildren David and Laura. 

Having survived the Shoah, Emery was committed to ensuring that whatever community he then became a part of would thrive with his help. As a founding supporter of Emanuel School, he worked alongside Rabbi Brian Fox to make this dream a reality. 

He continued to support Emanuel School through capital appeals and by establishing a scholarship to ensure future generations would have the benefit of a Jewish education. 

He was also a long-term committed donor to JCA. Emery ensured that his legacy continued by the creation of a foundation for his family’s philanthropic aspirations. 

The foundation works closely with community organisations on various projects by providing funding assistance in the form of recurring annual donations. As a result, a generous contribution is disbursed to JCA each year to benefit the local Jewish community. 

“Community was very important to my father. While I think he would have loved to have settled in Israel, he ended up coming to Australia and found a great sense of satisfaction in being able to contribute to our beautiful community here.

“Helping Jewish and other community causes through his philanthropy was one of his passions. He really enjoyed engaging with people and seeing the tangible benefits from the causes he supported,” said his son, Mark.

Bequest manager at JCA, Mark Zworestine highlighted how important long-term charitable donations are to JCA and the community. “Gifts like these from Emery’s charitable foundation are crucial, now more than ever, to our community’s sustainability.

“Particularly in uncertain and unprecedented times they give JCA the ability to ensure the continuity of the programs and services offered by our 23 member organisations.”

“We take this opportunity to thank Emery – who never spoke about his philanthropy or asked for acknowledgement – for his commitment to JCA and community. His generosity will create a lasting impact for JCA and community for generations to come,” concluded JCA’s CEO, Alain Hasson.

For more information about Legacy Gifts to JCA, please call Mark Zworestine on 0412 218 918 or visit jca.org.au/leave-a-legacy .