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National Board and Directors

National Board

Negba Weiss-Dolev

Negba Weiss-Dolev


Negba Weiss-Dolev FAICD, involvement with National Council of Jewish Women (NCJWA) commenced with long term membership of the Tarbut Group, NCJW-Vic and on the special Women Assisting Refugees and Migrants (WARM) project.  More recently she was elected to the NCJWA National Board and is pleased to be part of its change agenda.

In championing women’s rights, Negba has created and progressed a number of major initiatives in the sphere of Women’s Leadership. These initiatives helped many organisations to change their approach to encouraging and supporting women’s career aspirations and to achieve senior leadership roles in organisations including NAB, ANZ, AXA, TAC, Telstra, Medibank Private, Vic Government departments, local councils and more.

As President of the Jewish Museum of Australia, Negba led and oversaw the selection of the new CEO and the strategic rethinking / rebranding of this award-winning community museum and adult education leader.

A keen supporter of education; Negba has served as a member of Swinburne University of Technology’s Council and various Council sub-committees.

Negba has a proven track record as a Senior Executive and Board Director.  She has worked in leading-edge senior executive roles for Telstra, Adacel Technologies and co-founded and led the innovative Leadership and Change Management company; Resurgence P/L.

Shirley Glance OAM

Shirley Glance OAM

Vice-President, Company Secretary

Service includes:

  • National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
  • Board Member, since 2015.
  • Honorary Secretary, 2011-2015.
  • President, National Council of Jewish Women of Victoria, 2014-2016.
  • National Chair, ILAN (Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children).
  • Office Manager, Jewish National Fund.
  • Committee Polio Network Victoria, ongoing
  • Co-convenor, Bayside Polio Group, 2008, ongoing
  • Secretary, Post Polio Victoria Inc. 2018, ongoing
Di Hirsh OAM

Di Hirsh OAM


  • President NCJWA Victoria 2002 – 2006
  • Vice President NCJWA 2007 – 2011
  • Chair NCJWA Interfaith & Intercultural portfolio 2007 – 2011
  • President NCJWA 2011 – 2015
  • Chair NCJWA Strategic Review Committee 2017
  • Chair ICJW Interfaith & Intercultural portfolio 2014 – 2018
  • Co-Convenor ICJW Convention Sydney 2018
  • Vice President ICJW 2018 – Current
  • Organised NCJWA Victoria Women’s Interfaith Passover Celebrations for past 11 years
  • Involved in the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia for over 12 years, convening first 2 Women’s Conferences 2007 -2008
Rysia Rozen OAM

Rysia Rozen OAM

  • Joined NCJWA Victoria 1986, employed as secretary to Malvina Malinek OAM, National President.
  • Joined  Victorian Executive, elected as President of NCJWA Victoria 1996 to 2002.  Initiated ‘Fundraising Chair ‘ on National board.
  • Served as manager of the Albert Park Opportunity Shop for 5 years.  Formed a young professional group: ‘Women in decision Making’, advocating women’s issues.
  • Established an Outreach program for elderly migrants from the former Soviet Union, residents of public housing in St.Kilda, Prahran and South Melbourne, still involved  after 16 years.
  • Obtained Tax Deductibility for NCJWA Victoria Community Services in 2003. Life Member NCJWA Victoria.
  • Raised funds to purchase Opportunity Shop in Caulfield 1995.
  • President of National Council of Victoria 2004 – 2007.  Initiated the Dame Phillis Frost Award.
  • President of NCJWA 2007 – 2011; AGAIN 2015 – 2017
  • Founder and Director – Caulfield Park Community Bank, Bendigo Bank in 2003.
  • Temple Beth Israel – Chair – Honours committee since 2011
  • Hon,. Secretary – Council of Christians and Jews from 2017


Carolyn Goldsmith OAM

Carolyn Goldsmith OAM

Carolyn first joined NCJW in 1958 as a teenager when there was a Juniors Group in Brisbane. After marrying and living overseas she was a member of NCJW USA for two years. On returning to Brisbane she again became involved in the Brisbane Section, first as secretary and then as President. She has been President for over 20 years. She has always been very proud that NCJWA supports the local non-Jewish community as well as the local Jewish community and Israel. She has been a director of the National Board since 2007 (2007-2011; 2001-2015; 2015-2017 following constitutional revisions with two-year instead of four-year terms; and currently for the 2017-2019 term).

 Carolyn was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia in June 2009 for service to the community, particularly through the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia.

Melinda Jones

Melinda Jones

Melinda Jones an independent scholar, feminist human rights lawyer, disability advocate and Jewish educator. She’s the author of 11 books, over 50 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and many other publications.  She’s engaged in research and social action towards justice for all vulnerable people through law and policy development. She presently has 4 major areas of interest:

  1. The roll-out of Australia’s NDIS and its potential benefits and pitfalls for people with disabilities
  2. The problematic relationship between mental health and intellectual disability
  3. Gender and children’s health rights – in particular involving law and policy around LGBTI children and the question of the human rights abuse of intersex children
  4. The potential value of Judaism to the lives of people with disabilities.

In an earlier life, Melinda taught law and political science at Melbourne, Monash, La Trobe and, most recently, the University of New South Wales. She was a Senior Lecturer in Law, the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre. She has undertaken a number of government and non-governmental consultancies and projects and continues to be involved in NGOs concerned with women’s rights, discrimination and social justice. She is a member of the Board of NCJWA.

Janet Merkur

Janet Merkur

  • Member of NCJWA NSW since 2013.
  • Appointed Board member in 2014 and Chair of Israel Projects. Elected acting co president in 2018 then co President of NCJWA NSW in 2019. Member of subcommittee Celebrating Israel.
  • Trustee Governor Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA) 2018-2019.
  • Public speaker at Probus, University of the Third Age, Rotary and Lions Clubs in the Sydney area. Topics include the work of NCJWA NSW and the Kindertransport scheme and its advocacy work for refugee children.
  • Janet is the Chair of the Australian chapter of the Kindertransport Association and Executive Board member of the Association based in New York.
  • Honorary Secretary of the Australian Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Descendants 2012-2017.
  • Secondary learning Support Teacher at Willoughby Girls High School, the work involves assisting students with sensory, physical and cognitive disabilities in mainstream classers, and training their teachers in making suitable adjustments.
  • Author of specialty fiction and nonfiction texts published by Macmillan of Australian and Cambridge University Press. 
Ester Steingiesser

Ester Steingiesser


  • President NCJWA Western Australia 20014 – 2017
  • Steering Committee NCJWA WA 20011 – 2014
  • Honorary Secretary NCJWA WA 2008-2011
  • Chair NCJWA Interfaith & Intercultural portfolio 2012 – 2018
  • Miriam Stein Interfaith Award 2015
  • Foundation Member Brazilian Association WA 2009 – 2013
  • Honorary Secretary Unites Nations Association WA 2011-2012
  • Executive member UN Association WA 2010 – 2013
  • Established UNAA WA Peace Day yearly celebrations
  • Organised NCJWA /UNAAWA /Holocaust Institute Holocaust Remembrance for past 10 years
  • Honorary Vice Consul for Brazil in Western Australia since 2014

Previous Board


Past Vice Presidents (Past Acting Co-Presidents)

Sylvia Deutsch OAM and Victoria Nadel OAM