The Elul Project

At NCJWA we believe that sharing our stories helps each of us to see the world a little differently. When you hear other people’s stories you don’t feel so alone. You can relate to their experience even if it is very different from your own.

We’re hoping that this series of Elul Stories will nurture you and encourage you to think and write your own stories. This year will be different. It is scary. It is lonely. So we need to do whatever we can to support each other.

We are publishing stories one at a time. Then, just before the New Year you will be able to download the collection and have it to read over yom tov. This is our New Year Greeting to you.

Shana Tova uMetuka – May you have a wonderful and sweet New Year. May we transcend the traumas of 2020 and the personal travails in our lives. May the future be one of good health.

Melinda Jones
National President

Elul Project Magazine

Pdf version for download. All the Elul Project instalments, together.
Easy to print, easy to read.

Read the individual contributions:

Melinda Jones

National President of NCJWA

Rosh Hashana With a Difference

Eva Fischl OAM

President of JDC Australia

Count Your Blessings

Frances Prince

Vice President of the JCCV

What Have I Been Turning To During This Time of Covid?

Veronica Leydman

President of the ACTJC

When Our Limitations Become Our Strength

Gabi Crafti

President of UJEB

Together, Apart

Kate Beaconsfield

President of Bialik College School Council

What Matters Most

Ronit Chrapot

President of WIZO Victoria

This Too Shall Pass

Sharene Hambur

President of Zionism Victoria

A Silver Lining of Covid

Rabbanit Judith Levitan

Orthodox Female Rabbanit

Meeting G-d One on One

Janet Merkur

Co-President of NCJWA NSW

Save One Child, Save The World

Dr Ellie Freedman

Medical Director of Northern Sydney Sexual Assault Service


Mavis Rudd

Treasurer NCJWA Brisbane/ Secretary Beit Or v'Shalom

T’Shuvah and Reconciliation

Sharon Malecki

CEO of Access Inc

My Wondrous Rosh Hashana Gift

Michal Simson

Chairperson of AZYC


Dr Leah Phillips

Treasurer Brisbane Hebrew Congregation/ NCJWA Brisbane Committee Member

The Pandemic From Across The Border

Hayley Southwick

President of UIA Victoria

Our Community Needs Support More Than Ever

Abra Kaplan

Writer/ Rebbetzin of the Great Synagogue

Jewish, Pregnant and Stranded in The Time of Covid

Paulette Cherny OAM

President of WIZO Australia

Whoever Would Have Thought?

Annetay Henderson-Sapir

President of the Jewish Community Council of SA

What Makes You Happy?

Sue Levy

Vice-Chair and Secretary of Netanya Group

One For All

Sharon Unger

Magen David Adom - Events & Fundraising

Learning a Lesson

Michelle Blum

CEO of the Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce

Looking Forward

Gail Paratz

Vice-President of NCJWA Brisbane

An Apple a Day Keeps the Virus Away

Nadene Alhadeff


Tikkun Olam