National Council of Jewish Women of Australia
The Voice of Australian Jewish Women

"Women working together can achieve anything"
Dr Fanny Reading MBE

Message from the President

Welcome to the website of the National Council of Jewish Women of Australia. Please navigate around the website and become familiar with its new capabilities. Check out the blog with the latest news from within NCJWA, around Australia and keeping you up-to-date with what is happening around the world in women’s issues. Also check out what we are reading and talking about in our online book club. Send us your thoughts.

At a successful and enjoyable 30th National Conference held in Sydney at the end of May, we reconfirmed our pledge to the Conference theme: ‘Jewish Women Unite: Be Seen, Be Heard’.   It was great to meet women from other Sections around the country for this four-yearly event, including many new faces as well as good friends who have been involved for many years.

Sincere thanks to the NSW Division for hosting this inspiring Conference.

We congratulate and thank Di Hirsh OAM for her dedication over 4 years, and welcome new Portfolio chairpersons, trusting that you will enjoy your involvement in NCJWA for the next four years and for many years to come.

Special welcome to Sharlene Lustig, our new Hon. Treasurer, I look forward to working with you. Special thanks to Emma Lindell, who retired as Hon. Treasurer, we truly appreciate all hard work you put into financials over your 4 years in the position. Thanks also to Victoria Section for hosting National office for the next 2 years.

All Sections held their Annual General Meetings, and we thank you and salute you for your continued commitment to NCJWA, to Jewish, general community, and Israel projects. I was privileged to attend the NSW & Canberra Sections AGMs.  I was so proud to hear about your achievements and plans for the future, as you strive to attract new members and promote NCJWA.

The NCJWA Directors and Executive are working hard to plan for the future.

We will be using more social media to get our message across to all Jewish women committed to ‘Tikun Olam’, changing the world.  Be part of our team to stand up against domestic violence, to educate women on health, community services and the many other new initiatives on the planning board.

Read this issue of NCJWA Council Bulletin and let us know how you want to be involved. See if this New Year, you can bring one New Person, as a new member to NCJWA.

Please join our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter @ncjwaustralia.

May the New Year be sweet as the honey cake you will be sharing with your family and may we all enjoy good health and happiness. We pray for peace in Israel, and for all Jews around the world. Best wishes to you and your family for the coming year. May you be inscribed in the Book of Life and may there be peace throughout the world.

Rysia Rozen OAM

National President

Past Presidents

  • Mrs Di Hirsh OAM (2011-2015)
  • Mrs Rysia Rozen OAM (2007 - 2011)
  • Mrs Robyn Lenn OAM (2003 - 2007)
  • Dr Geulah Solomon OAM (1997 - 2003)
  • Mrs Lynne Davies AM (1991 - 1997)
  • Mrs Malvina Malinek OAM (1985 - 1991)
  • Mrs Ray Ginsburg AM (1979 - 1985)
  • Mrs Sylvia Gelman MBE (1973 - 1979)
  • Mrs Mina Fink MBE (1967 - 1973)
  • Mrs Vera Cohen MBE (1955 - 1967)
  • Dr Fanny Reading MBE (1929 - 1955)