Avishai Conyer

Aidan Zlotnick

Amy Forman

Rebecca Roozendaal

Natan Kessler

Adam Dostalek

Ruby Levitt

Adam Kellerman

Zachary Morris

Tasin Ospovat

Davi Smith

Liora Hayman

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Avishai Conyer is currently the Federal Mazkir of Netzer having previously held multiple positions in the movement including NSW Mazkir. He has given his heart and soul to the Jewish community, also being instrumental in starting Kol Nefesh, a monthly trans-generational Friday Night service held at Emanuel Synagogue that regularly brings in over 120 people of all ages. Additionally, he has been instrumental in crafting and leading the Youth/kids services at Emanuel Synagogue, now running weekly on Shabbat mornings. Among his many accomplishments as a leader in Netzer: • successfully driving the process of bringing not one, but two shilichot simultaneously to Australia this year, a project of many years in the making. Even without a shaliach in Sydney, Netzer has thrived because of Avishai’s drive and leadership. • Vastly increasing the numbers of participants attending Netzer camps and regular activities • Recreating the leadership of Netzer following his return from his Shnat year His principled leadership speaks to his character. His emphasis on living a life infused with Jewish practice and values is an inspiration to countless Netzer Chanichim and other students over the years. His passion to improve the world is infectious. Avishai stepped in to a post-Pandemic Netzer leadership that was severely impacted by two years of Covid related drops in numbers. In his nearly 2 years of leadership, not only have those numbers recovered, but have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. Simply, Avishai is a generational talent, and while Nezter will continue to go from strength to strength because of his leadership and example, Avishai will be sorely missed in that role.
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He has been a Maccabi Carnival youth leader on several occasions and travelled to Nepal in 2014 through the Mitrataa Foundation to teach young Nepalese students how to play basketball. He now continues his passion for basketball through volunteering on a weekly basis at Basketball NSW as a Network Coach and at Northern Suburbs Basketball Association as Junior Representative Coach. He also volunteered to coach an U16 Maccabi team this year. One of Aidan's standout qualities is his dedication to enhancing on-court skills while also nurturing the growth of well-rounded individuals. He believes that this holistic approach is crucial in developing not only talented athletes but also individuals with essential values such as respect, discipline, persistence, and unselfishness. By instilling these values in his athletes, Aidan is not only contributing to their success in basketball but also empowering them to be outstanding human beings. Aidan is a very talented and experienced coach. His tireless efforts and genuine dedication to sport has led to some exceptional results. This year Aidan’s U14 representative team at Norths won the NSW State Championships and the previous year his team came 10th in the Basketball National Championships. Beyond his official volunteer coaching hours, Aidan's dedication is further demonstrated through his research, meticulous planning of training sessions, and the creation of an environment where individuals can thrive. He is very creative and innovative in his approach. His infectious passion for the sport creates a sense of inclusivity, fun, and empowerment among those he coaches and mentors. Aidan believes sport is essential to help with creating a sense of belonging and fostering friendships, and this is evident by witnessing the camaraderie amongst his team players and colleagues. Aidan's generosity knows no bounds, as he consistently offers his help to coach at various levels of basketball. His genuine care and mentorship extend to a wide spectrum of players, shaping their basketball journeys and personal growth. His decision to take a high school-aged team to the USA in December to provide them with exposure to college scholarships further highlights his commitment to inspire how basketball can be used as a vehicle for personal growth. Aidan’s positive impact on youth through sport is remarkable. He is a great example of positive change and his commitment to volunteering for the Jewish community and community at large is exemplary. 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She has also been volunteering photographer for Mount Sinai College. Throughout this time, she has shown exemplary displays of the Jewish values of tikkun olam. On a regular basis, Amy has been coaching netball after school, where she has been given positive enforcement and instructions to her netball girls. She also coordinates a Jewish program for teens called BBYO (B’nai Brith Youth Organisation). In this program Amy is the co-president and so she helps run and engage and encourage Jewish teens around Sydney to join and have fun in these different programs. Amy also likes to give back to her Jewish community both in and outside of school, Moriah College. Her future ambitions of becoming a teacher will be further enhanced by this award as she has a big heart, and she loves to give back to the community. Hence, I truly recommend Amy Forman for the JNF Award for Contribution to the Jewish Community award within the teen category. 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Rebecca is a year 11 student at Masada College - she feels it instrumental to give back to both her local and the Jewish Community. She volunteers at the school library, and helps with admirative tasks during her free periods. On weekends she volunteers at Monica's Doggie Rescue. She spends time at the Jewish offering administrative support - volunteers at JNF Blue Sunday and has been elected by her school to be part of the Peer support, which is an important role to promote volunteering. She is promoting the important need to be open for the change needed for young people to consider others. She approaches change by finding small tasks that she could fit into everyday schedule that could help others. Also to recognise that simple acts of picking up rubbish of the street, or volunteering to babysit. Free tutoring for younger children. She is a person who offers kindness and effort of support, has high morals and a true believer of Tikkum Olam.
[post_title] => Rebecca Roozendaal [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rebecca-roozendaal [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-10-06 10:09:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-10-05 23:09:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://jnf.org.au/?post_type=nominees&p=14886 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => nominees [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14882 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2023-10-05 14:35:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2023-10-05 03:35:42 [post_content] => Natan has been an inspiring and indefatigable volunteer and leader in the Melbourne Jewish community. He has fulfilled numerous leadership roles within Beni Akiva, as a much admired Madrich for 3 years (of year 3, year 10 and year 11), as well as Treasurer of Bnei Akiva Melbourne and Rosh Tarbut. He has led numerous educational groups to Israel via Bnei Akiva and Taglit, including Limmud our Shnat program and currently serves as the dynamic Youth Director and Program Coordinator of Caulfield Shule. His approach to Jewish communal volunteering and leadership is to always say 'yes' to any request, and his selfless efforts and creative talents, together with his trademark humility, have positively impacted the Zionist and Jewish identities of countless numbers of Melbourne’s Jewish youth. He continues to support Bnei Akiva through the generous donation of his time and design skills that have helped to produce publications and public relation designs. Just this year he planned organised and implemented the running of our winter camp kitchen which catered for over 250 people. It was the most successful kitchen camp experience Bnei ever had. I am proud to recommend that he be honoured with this award. [post_title] => Natan Kessler [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => natan-kessler [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-10-05 14:35:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-10-05 03:35:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://jnf.org.au/?post_type=nominees&p=14882 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => nominees [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14875 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2023-10-04 15:25:39 [post_date_gmt] => 2023-10-04 04:25:39 [post_content] => Adam is a remarkably young man. He has achieved a lot for person relatively young in the field of humanities and his professional life. He founded " Live Differently Production " in 2021 with a passion for socially impactful filmmaking. He is both a director and producer having the insightful & powerful dialogue from his subjects- this being most effective - allowing him to capture the raw emotions and personal stories that bring his documentaries to life. He has a keen eye for detail. Adam's involvement spans a wide spectrum of Jewish organisations , including JCA, Jewish Care, Friendship Circle, Moving Forward Together, JNF, Launch Pad, Emmanuel, Shalom- Mount Sinai - Moriah Colleges, The Choice Foundation, Jewish House. His unwavering dedication to the Jewish community has left an undeniable mark on these organisations that he worked with. His selflessness and tireless efforts have made a profound difference in raising awareness and vital funds for their institutions. His ability to help organisations and connect to their donors to provide funds to operate successfully. One of his most remarkable achievements was the creation of the film ‘One in Six’ in collaboration with the Australian Jewish Fertility Network. This outstanding production was voted as the #1 film of the year in 2022 for ABC’s Compass. It shed light on the struggle of couples grappling with fertility with compelling narrative and impactful storytelling – it struck chord with viewing resulting in an astounding $ 1.3 million in donations. Over the last 8 years, Adam has directed and produced multiple of documentaries for networks such as ABC, SBS, Channels 7 & 9. Titles include award winning productions ‘It takes a Village’ – ‘Ride like an Anzac’ – ‘One in Six’ all which highlighted his commitment to evocative and human focused stories. His latest work is producing a powerful and thought provoking documentary ‘Beyond the Divide’ – it delves into the complexities of interfaith relations and the ongoing struggle against racism and discrimination. It follows Hala Sbat, a 39 year old Australian Muslim woman, as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and growth through the annual ‘March of the Living’. Viewing issues of xenophobia, islamophobia and anti-Semitism and their impact on global communities. Adam is truly a person of vision, aiming and inspire for a more inclusive, harmonious world. 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She cooks the breakfast in addition she spends time socializing and interacting with them. This plays a critical role in supporting the marginalized and disenfranchised members of society. These people now look forward to seeing Ruby - putting smiles on their faces. She is doing now in the 4th year. With the support of her school, Reddam House, to raise a significant amount of money for Will2Live. Ruby's initial involvement with Will2Livewas the result of participating in Challah Bake to bring blessing . In this spirit all the additional Challahs were ti be distributed to those in need. As a result Ruby visited Central Station with her Challahs in search of hungry people, where she stumbled upon Will. She was touched by his personal story and challenges , and she recognised his ongoing dedication and selfless commitment to helping others, that felt compelled to become involved - to make a difference in her own way. This year Ruby has joined the Friendship Circle, a charity that brings people with and without disabilities together to develop friendships through backdrop of fun programs , weekend activities, school holiday camps , getaways and vocational opportunities. Ruby regularly volunteers during school holidays at their Holiday Camp programs in addition she is a weekly volunteer for the ' Friends@Home' program. has teenage volunteers spending quality time with children with special needs in their homes. Furthermore Ruby has been appointed by Unity Earth to the World Unity Week Ambassador for 2023, her the youngest Ambassador for the organisation. This has involved Ruby appearing at several summits along a group of international guest speakers and dignitaries, throughout this year to present her view on World Peace and Unity as Australian Youth Ambassador and as a voice of the next generation of leaders. Ruby is also very artistic - she is a winner of the Harmony Poster competition and made a presentation in NSW Parliament at the Prize Giving on her perspective of LIVE. [post_title] => Ruby Levitt [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => ruby-levitt [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2023-10-03 13:21:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2023-10-03 02:21:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://jnf.org.au/?post_type=nominees&p=14854 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => nominees [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 14846 [post_author] => 25 [post_date] => 2023-10-03 12:24:22 [post_date_gmt] => 2023-10-03 01:24:22 [post_content] => Adam Kellerman's journey is a compelling testament to the power of the human spirit and the ability to inspire positive change. From surviving a harrowing battle with bone cancer at the young age of 13, he has continued to amass a remarkable series of achievements that have shaped him into a leader within the community. As a professional wheelchair tennis player, Adam represented Australia in two Paralympic Games, attaining a career-high world ranking of 8. His unwavering dedication to his sport and his exceptional achievements on the court underscore his relentless pursuit of excellence. However, the story doesn't stop there. In 2018, Adam undertook an extraordinary endeavour by walking the treacherous Kokoda Track, despite relying on a wheelchair for seven years. What sets this achievement apart is not just the physical feat but the fact that Adam did it to raise funds for charitable causes, emphasizing his selflessness and his deep commitment to improving the lives of others. But there's more to Adam's remarkable journey. In recent years, his life has taken a profound turn, reconnecting him to his Jewish heritage. After a period of disconnection, he has embraced his faith and spirituality in a way that has added a profound layer to his already inspiring life story. He now actively engages with various groups within the Jewish community, sharing his personal challenges, triumphs, and his journey back to G-d. This reconnection has not only provided Adam with a newfound sense of purpose but also enriched his narrative as a motivational speaker. He now speaks with a depth of experience that resonates with those who have faced their own challenges, infusing his talks with the transformative power of faith and spirituality. But Adam's aspirations for the future extend far beyond his remarkable past. He aims to complete writing his book, a testament to his journey of resilience, faith, and personal growth. He plans to continue his motivational speaking, sharing his unique story and insights with an even broader audience. Furthermore, Adam envisions offering coaching that focuses on building resilience, mindfulness, and well-being. His goal is to help individuals overcome their challenges, find strength within themselves, and achieve personal growth. In the longer term, he has a vision of opening a retreat centre, a haven where people can come to rest, heal, learn, and grow as individuals. Through this, he aims to strengthen not only individuals but also the community as a whole. His future goals align perfectly with his extraordinary journey, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to inspiring positive change in the world. His story embodies the essence of resilience and transformation, demonstrating how one individual can inspire change, healing, and reconnection in the lives of others, and his vision for the future promises to continue this legacy of inspiration. 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He has applied these skills in myriad contexts to mentor and support students to thrive. Zac is currently studying Politics Philosophy Economics (PPE) Law, and was the founding co-President of the UNSW PPE Society, which he established to bring together the cohort of this newly established degree, and to collaborate with staff to develop the degree and its reputation. In this role, Zac designed a Work-Integrated Learning scheme for disadvantaged PPE students, working with stakeholders to establish ESG consulting internships across leading private sector firms. He also served as the Disabilities Officer on the UNSW Student Representative Council, where he fostered an inclusive environment to assist and advocate for these students. After doing a university assignment on the adverse impact of gambling, Zac took the initiative to draft and present a policy paper on gambling advertising reform to the Minister for Communications and secured the Minister’s undertaking to implement his recommendations. Zac currently serves as Chair of the UNSW Student Leadership Team, and as Undergraduate Representative on the UNSW Academic Board. In his role on the Academic Board, Zac has succeeded in advocating for the wellbeing of students, by successfully leading the campaign within the University Leadership Team to amend a longstanding policy to expedite assessment extensions for vulnerable students encountering difficulties in their studies. He is currently working with the university leadership and relevant MPs on a discrimination prevention strategy for UNSW. In 2022, Zac accompanied young political leaders on an Australia-Israel Mission, building positive relationships with leaders across the political spectrum, particularly with respect to fostering their understanding of and empathy towards Israel and its political context. Zac is a vocal representative for combatting antisemitism at university, being featured in the ABC’s 7.30 Report focussing on antisemitism on campus in August 2023. He was instrumental in facilitating Young Labor’s adoption of the IHRA definition of Antisemitism, and continues to work towards the adoption thereof by the UNSW Student Representative Council. Zac has been appointed as AUJS Federal Vice President for 2024, to allow him to continue his passionate advocacy for all Jewish students across Australia to be able to freely express their Jewish identity without fear of antisemitism. 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Tasin became involved with Bnei Akiva at a young age and consistently stood out due to her enthusiasm, responsibility, and leadership potential. By the time she reached year 11, she became a Madatz (young leader) and led activities for younger Bnei Akiva members. She continued her journey with the movement and took a Bnei Akiva gap year in Israel. Upon returning to Sydney, she became a Madricha (leader). In this role, Tasin distinguished herself with her dedication, excitement, passion, and commitment to the community. Tasin decided to step up further by becoming the Sganit, the vice director of the movement. This role involved various responsibilities, including overseeing the Junior group and the Madatzim (young leaders), who are year 11 kids. Tasin successfully recruited many year 11s, nurtured their passion, and prepared them for their leadership roles. Tasin leads the junior kids, the Junior Madatzim, and the Madatzim with passion, love, and care for each individual. Her enthusiasm and hard work led to a remarkable achievement: the movement tripled the number of junior kids attending weekly activities. In addition to her role at Bnei Akiva, Tasin's positive influence extends to the wider community, where she regularly volunteers with Friendship Circle.
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Following his gap year experience in Israel, Davi's dedication to Bnei Akiva took on new dimensions. He transitioned into leadership roles as a Madrich, where his commitment and passion continued to shine. His journey within the organization exemplifies his unwavering commitment to the movement and its values. Over the past three years, in addition to his Madrich role, Davi assumed various leadership positions. He served as the head of Minyan for two years, Head of security and head of Kitchen on camps. His involvement in Bnei Akiva goes far beyond words. This year, Davi serves as the Merakez, the director of the movement. Since taking on this role, Davi ensures the movement is efficiently led. Davi is known for his ambitious dreams and leads the Hanhaga and the Madrich body of the movement with immense passion. Thanks to Davi's dedication and leadership, the movement is thriving. He has expanded the number of Chanichim (participants), invested in the personal growth of the Madrichim (counselors), and set high goals for himself. Despite the demanding nature of his role, Davi gives it his all, and his positive approach influences those around him. In addition to his role at Bnei Akiva, Davi's influence on the wider community is inspiring as he works at Moriah College as a Jewish life educator. His commitment to imparting knowledge and values goes beyond the classroom, where he works diligently to foster a sense of community and responsibility among his students. 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She is currently the of Head of Jewish Life & Experiential Education at Masada school, she is a dedicated teacher & leader at Masada, focusing on providing students with a rich Jewish education that shapes their Jewish Identity. For the last 3-4 years Liora has curated & led the year 10 Israel & Poland program as well as the school's Pathways camps for high school students. In these initiatives, she places Jewish education & values at the forefront, providing students with a meaningful, educational experience. Liora's work is always of the highest caliber, & she is known to those around her as someone who gives her all. Liora's accomplishments are marked by her ability to create a thriving Jewish educational environment at Masada fostering a strong sense of Jewish identity & values throughout the school & the wider community on Sydney's North shore. Her future aspirations are to further elevate the standard of Jewish education at Masada collaborating with different Jewish day schools throughout Sydney & expanding her reach to more students. Liora is continuously evolving her programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the community & her dream is to unite Jewish day schools in Sydney while providing the next generation with Jewish education that will ensure Sydney's community will thrive for years to come. For these reasons above I am thrilled to nominate my Granddaughter Liora Hayman for the Joshua Levi Young Professional award. 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Avishai Conyer is currently the Federal Mazkir of Netzer having previously held multiple positions in the movement including NSW Mazkir. He has given his heart and soul to the Jewish community, also being instrumental in starting Kol Nefesh, a monthly trans-generational Friday Night service held at Emanuel Synagogue that regularly brings in over 120 people of all ages. Additionally, he has been instrumental in crafting and leading the Youth/kids services at Emanuel Synagogue, now running weekly on Shabbat mornings. Among his many accomplishments as a leader in Netzer: • successfully driving the process of bringing not one, but two shilichot simultaneously to Australia this year, a project of many years in the making. Even without a shaliach in Sydney, Netzer has thrived because of Avishai’s drive and leadership. • Vastly increasing the numbers of participants attending Netzer camps and regular activities • Recreating the leadership of Netzer following his return from his Shnat year His principled leadership speaks to his character. His emphasis on living a life infused with Jewish practice and values is an inspiration to countless Netzer Chanichim and other students over the years. His passion to improve the world is infectious. Avishai stepped in to a post-Pandemic Netzer leadership that was severely impacted by two years of Covid related drops in numbers. In his nearly 2 years of leadership, not only have those numbers recovered, but have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. Simply, Avishai is a generational talent, and while Nezter will continue to go from strength to strength because of his leadership and example, Avishai will be sorely missed in that role.
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Avishai Conyer

Avishai Conyer is currently the Federal Mazkir of Netzer having previously held multiple positions in the movement including NSW Mazkir. He has given his heart and soul to the Jewish community, also being instrumental in starting Kol Nefesh, a monthly trans-generational Friday Night service held at Emanuel Synagogue that regularly brings in over 120 people of all ages. Additionally, he has been instrumental in crafting and leading the Youth/kids services at Emanuel Synagogue, now running weekly on Shabbat mornings. Among his many accomplishments as a leader in Netzer: • successfully driving the process of bringing not one, but two shilichot simultaneously to Australia this year, a project of many years in the making. Even without a shaliach in Sydney, Netzer has thrived because of Avishai’s drive and leadership. • Vastly increasing the numbers of participants attending Netzer camps and regular activities • Recreating the leadership of Netzer following his return from his Shnat year His principled leadership speaks to his character. His emphasis on living a life infused with Jewish practice and values is an inspiration to countless Netzer Chanichim and other students over the years. His passion to improve the world is infectious. Avishai stepped in to a post-Pandemic Netzer leadership that was severely impacted by two years of Covid related drops in numbers. In his nearly 2 years of leadership, not only have those numbers recovered, but have surpassed pre-pandemic levels. Simply, Avishai is a generational talent, and while Nezter will continue to go from strength to strength because of his leadership and example, Avishai will be sorely missed in that role.

Aidan Zlotnick

Aidan is an exceptional individual who has made a significant impact on the lives of many through his dedication to sport, in particular basketball. This is evident in the way he approaches his role as a volunteer mentor and coach. Aidan has a long history of volunteering in sport. He has been a Maccabi Carnival youth leader on several occasions and travelled to Nepal in 2014 through the Mitrataa Foundation to teach young Nepalese students how to play basketball. He now continues his passion for basketball through volunteering on a weekly basis at Basketball NSW as a Network Coach and at Northern Suburbs Basketball Association as Junior Representative Coach. He also volunteered to coach an U16 Maccabi team this year. One of Aidan's standout qualities is his dedication to enhancing on-court skills while also nurturing the growth of well-rounded individuals. He believes that this holistic approach is crucial in developing not only talented athletes but also individuals with essential values such as respect, discipline, persistence, and unselfishness. By instilling these values in his athletes, Aidan is not only contributing to their success in basketball but also empowering them to be outstanding human beings. Aidan is a very talented and experienced coach. His tireless efforts and genuine dedication to sport has led to some exceptional results. This year Aidan’s U14 representative team at Norths won the NSW State Championships and the previous year his team came 10th in the Basketball National Championships. Beyond his official volunteer coaching hours, Aidan's dedication is further demonstrated through his research, meticulous planning of training sessions, and the creation of an environment where individuals can thrive. He is very creative and innovative in his approach. His infectious passion for the sport creates a sense of inclusivity, fun, and empowerment among those he coaches and mentors. Aidan believes sport is essential to help with creating a sense of belonging and fostering friendships, and this is evident by witnessing the camaraderie amongst his team players and colleagues. Aidan's generosity knows no bounds, as he consistently offers his help to coach at various levels of basketball. His genuine care and mentorship extend to a wide spectrum of players, shaping their basketball journeys and personal growth. His decision to take a high school-aged team to the USA in December to provide them with exposure to college scholarships further highlights his commitment to inspire how basketball can be used as a vehicle for personal growth. Aidan’s positive impact on youth through sport is remarkable. He is a great example of positive change and his commitment to volunteering for the Jewish community and community at large is exemplary.

Amy Forman

It gives me my great pleasure to nominate Amy Forman for the JNF Award for Contribution to the Jewish Community in the Teen category. I have known her for 3 years. Throughout this time, she has been actively volunteering in the Jewish community with Sydney Friendship Circle attending day camps and helping people with disabilities. She has also been volunteering photographer for Mount Sinai College. Throughout this time, she has shown exemplary displays of the Jewish values of tikkun olam. On a regular basis, Amy has been coaching netball after school, where she has been given positive enforcement and instructions to her netball girls. She also coordinates a Jewish program for teens called BBYO (B’nai Brith Youth Organisation). In this program Amy is the co-president and so she helps run and engage and encourage Jewish teens around Sydney to join and have fun in these different programs. Amy also likes to give back to her Jewish community both in and outside of school, Moriah College. Her future ambitions of becoming a teacher will be further enhanced by this award as she has a big heart, and she loves to give back to the community. Hence, I truly recommend Amy Forman for the JNF Award for Contribution to the Jewish Community award within the teen category.

Rebecca Roozendaal

Rebecca is a year 11 student at Masada College - she feels it instrumental to give back to both her local and the Jewish Community. She volunteers at the school library, and helps with admirative tasks during her free periods. On weekends she volunteers at Monica's Doggie Rescue. She spends time at the Jewish offering administrative support - volunteers at JNF Blue Sunday and has been elected by her school to be part of the Peer support, which is an important role to promote volunteering. She is promoting the important need to be open for the change needed for young people to consider others. She approaches change by finding small tasks that she could fit into everyday schedule that could help others. Also to recognise that simple acts of picking up rubbish of the street, or volunteering to babysit. Free tutoring for younger children. She is a person who offers kindness and effort of support, has high morals and a true believer of Tikkum Olam.

Natan Kessler

Natan has been an inspiring and indefatigable volunteer and leader in the Melbourne Jewish community. He has fulfilled numerous leadership roles within Beni Akiva, as a much admired Madrich for 3 years (of year 3, year 10 and year 11), as well as Treasurer of Bnei Akiva Melbourne and Rosh Tarbut. He has led numerous educational groups to Israel via Bnei Akiva and Taglit, including Limmud our Shnat program and currently serves as the dynamic Youth Director and Program Coordinator of Caulfield Shule. His approach to Jewish communal volunteering and leadership is to always say 'yes' to any request, and his selfless efforts and creative talents, together with his trademark humility, have positively impacted the Zionist and Jewish identities of countless numbers of Melbourne’s Jewish youth. He continues to support Bnei Akiva through the generous donation of his time and design skills that have helped to produce publications and public relation designs. Just this year he planned organised and implemented the running of our winter camp kitchen which catered for over 250 people. It was the most successful kitchen camp experience Bnei ever had. I am proud to recommend that he be honoured with this award.

Adam Dostalek

Adam is a remarkably young man. He has achieved a lot for person relatively young in the field of humanities and his professional life. He founded " Live Differently Production " in 2021 with a passion for socially impactful filmmaking. He is both a director and producer having the insightful & powerful dialogue from his subjects- this being most effective - allowing him to capture the raw emotions and personal stories that bring his documentaries to life. He has a keen eye for detail. Adam's involvement spans a wide spectrum of Jewish organisations , including JCA, Jewish Care, Friendship Circle, Moving Forward Together, JNF, Launch Pad, Emmanuel, Shalom- Mount Sinai - Moriah Colleges, The Choice Foundation, Jewish House. His unwavering dedication to the Jewish community has left an undeniable mark on these organisations that he worked with. His selflessness and tireless efforts have made a profound difference in raising awareness and vital funds for their institutions. His ability to help organisations and connect to their donors to provide funds to operate successfully. One of his most remarkable achievements was the creation of the film ‘One in Six’ in collaboration with the Australian Jewish Fertility Network. This outstanding production was voted as the #1 film of the year in 2022 for ABC’s Compass. It shed light on the struggle of couples grappling with fertility with compelling narrative and impactful storytelling – it struck chord with viewing resulting in an astounding $ 1.3 million in donations. Over the last 8 years, Adam has directed and produced multiple of documentaries for networks such as ABC, SBS, Channels 7 & 9. Titles include award winning productions ‘It takes a Village’ – ‘Ride like an Anzac’ – ‘One in Six’ all which highlighted his commitment to evocative and human focused stories. His latest work is producing a powerful and thought provoking documentary ‘Beyond the Divide’ – it delves into the complexities of interfaith relations and the ongoing struggle against racism and discrimination. It follows Hala Sbat, a 39 year old Australian Muslim woman, as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and growth through the annual ‘March of the Living’. Viewing issues of xenophobia, islamophobia and anti-Semitism and their impact on global communities. Adam is truly a person of vision, aiming and inspire for a more inclusive, harmonious world. Beyond the Divide - Teaser https://vimeo.com/838149451 Password: beyond

Ruby Levitt

Ruby is an active Volunteer and Ambassador for Will2Live is a not for profit organization that provide basic necessities for people living on the streets of Sydney - in order to help them live a happier life and healthier life, Ruby visits Wentworth Park every weekend. She cooks the breakfast in addition she spends time socializing and interacting with them. This plays a critical role in supporting the marginalized and disenfranchised members of society. These people now look forward to seeing Ruby - putting smiles on their faces. She is doing now in the 4th year. With the support of her school, Reddam House, to raise a significant amount of money for Will2Live. Ruby's initial involvement with Will2Livewas the result of participating in Challah Bake to bring blessing . In this spirit all the additional Challahs were ti be distributed to those in need. As a result Ruby visited Central Station with her Challahs in search of hungry people, where she stumbled upon Will. She was touched by his personal story and challenges , and she recognised his ongoing dedication and selfless commitment to helping others, that felt compelled to become involved - to make a difference in her own way. This year Ruby has joined the Friendship Circle, a charity that brings people with and without disabilities together to develop friendships through backdrop of fun programs , weekend activities, school holiday camps , getaways and vocational opportunities. Ruby regularly volunteers during school holidays at their Holiday Camp programs in addition she is a weekly volunteer for the ' Friends@Home' program. has teenage volunteers spending quality time with children with special needs in their homes. Furthermore Ruby has been appointed by Unity Earth to the World Unity Week Ambassador for 2023, her the youngest Ambassador for the organisation. This has involved Ruby appearing at several summits along a group of international guest speakers and dignitaries, throughout this year to present her view on World Peace and Unity as Australian Youth Ambassador and as a voice of the next generation of leaders. Ruby is also very artistic - she is a winner of the Harmony Poster competition and made a presentation in NSW Parliament at the Prize Giving on her perspective of LIVE.

Adam Kellerman

Adam Kellerman's journey is a compelling testament to the power of the human spirit and the ability to inspire positive change. From surviving a harrowing battle with bone cancer at the young age of 13, he has continued to amass a remarkable series of achievements that have shaped him into a leader within the community. As a professional wheelchair tennis player, Adam represented Australia in two Paralympic Games, attaining a career-high world ranking of 8. His unwavering dedication to his sport and his exceptional achievements on the court underscore his relentless pursuit of excellence. However, the story doesn't stop there. In 2018, Adam undertook an extraordinary endeavour by walking the treacherous Kokoda Track, despite relying on a wheelchair for seven years. What sets this achievement apart is not just the physical feat but the fact that Adam did it to raise funds for charitable causes, emphasizing his selflessness and his deep commitment to improving the lives of others. But there's more to Adam's remarkable journey. In recent years, his life has taken a profound turn, reconnecting him to his Jewish heritage. After a period of disconnection, he has embraced his faith and spirituality in a way that has added a profound layer to his already inspiring life story. He now actively engages with various groups within the Jewish community, sharing his personal challenges, triumphs, and his journey back to G-d. This reconnection has not only provided Adam with a newfound sense of purpose but also enriched his narrative as a motivational speaker. He now speaks with a depth of experience that resonates with those who have faced their own challenges, infusing his talks with the transformative power of faith and spirituality. But Adam's aspirations for the future extend far beyond his remarkable past. He aims to complete writing his book, a testament to his journey of resilience, faith, and personal growth. He plans to continue his motivational speaking, sharing his unique story and insights with an even broader audience. Furthermore, Adam envisions offering coaching that focuses on building resilience, mindfulness, and well-being. His goal is to help individuals overcome their challenges, find strength within themselves, and achieve personal growth. In the longer term, he has a vision of opening a retreat centre, a haven where people can come to rest, heal, learn, and grow as individuals. Through this, he aims to strengthen not only individuals but also the community as a whole. His future goals align perfectly with his extraordinary journey, emphasizing his unwavering commitment to inspiring positive change in the world. His story embodies the essence of resilience and transformation, demonstrating how one individual can inspire change, healing, and reconnection in the lives of others, and his vision for the future promises to continue this legacy of inspiration.

Zachary Morris

Zac Morris is driven by a personal ethos to make the world a better place, and leads by example by stepping up to advocate for and support others, both within the Jewish community as well as the broader student community. Zac developed his leadership skills as a Fellow in the Susan Wakil Fellowship in 2020, a leadership program for young changemakers. He has applied these skills in myriad contexts to mentor and support students to thrive. Zac is currently studying Politics Philosophy Economics (PPE) Law, and was the founding co-President of the UNSW PPE Society, which he established to bring together the cohort of this newly established degree, and to collaborate with staff to develop the degree and its reputation. In this role, Zac designed a Work-Integrated Learning scheme for disadvantaged PPE students, working with stakeholders to establish ESG consulting internships across leading private sector firms. He also served as the Disabilities Officer on the UNSW Student Representative Council, where he fostered an inclusive environment to assist and advocate for these students. After doing a university assignment on the adverse impact of gambling, Zac took the initiative to draft and present a policy paper on gambling advertising reform to the Minister for Communications and secured the Minister’s undertaking to implement his recommendations. Zac currently serves as Chair of the UNSW Student Leadership Team, and as Undergraduate Representative on the UNSW Academic Board. In his role on the Academic Board, Zac has succeeded in advocating for the wellbeing of students, by successfully leading the campaign within the University Leadership Team to amend a longstanding policy to expedite assessment extensions for vulnerable students encountering difficulties in their studies. He is currently working with the university leadership and relevant MPs on a discrimination prevention strategy for UNSW. In 2022, Zac accompanied young political leaders on an Australia-Israel Mission, building positive relationships with leaders across the political spectrum, particularly with respect to fostering their understanding of and empathy towards Israel and its political context. Zac is a vocal representative for combatting antisemitism at university, being featured in the ABC’s 7.30 Report focussing on antisemitism on campus in August 2023. He was instrumental in facilitating Young Labor’s adoption of the IHRA definition of Antisemitism, and continues to work towards the adoption thereof by the UNSW Student Representative Council. Zac has been appointed as AUJS Federal Vice President for 2024, to allow him to continue his passionate advocacy for all Jewish students across Australia to be able to freely express their Jewish identity without fear of antisemitism. His leadership, commitment to driving positive change, and advocacy on a broad range of issues in the Jewish and wider community make Zac a truly deserving nominee for this award.

Tasin Ospovat

Tasin became involved with Bnei Akiva at a young age and consistently stood out due to her enthusiasm, responsibility, and leadership potential. By the time she reached year 11, she became a Madatz (young leader) and led activities for younger Bnei Akiva members. She continued her journey with the movement and took a Bnei Akiva gap year in Israel. Upon returning to Sydney, she became a Madricha (leader). In this role, Tasin distinguished herself with her dedication, excitement, passion, and commitment to the community. Tasin decided to step up further by becoming the Sganit, the vice director of the movement. This role involved various responsibilities, including overseeing the Junior group and the Madatzim (young leaders), who are year 11 kids. Tasin successfully recruited many year 11s, nurtured their passion, and prepared them for their leadership roles. Tasin leads the junior kids, the Junior Madatzim, and the Madatzim with passion, love, and care for each individual. Her enthusiasm and hard work led to a remarkable achievement: the movement tripled the number of junior kids attending weekly activities. In addition to her role at Bnei Akiva, Tasin's positive influence extends to the wider community, where she regularly volunteers with Friendship Circle.

Davi Smith

Davi's involvement with Bnei Akiva began at a young age, starting in year 2 when he first became part of the movement's activities. As a participant, he consistently stood out due to his enthusiasm, sense of responsibility, and leadership potential. When he reached year 11, he took on roles as a young Madrich, Madatz, and led Bnei Akiva junior kids. Following his gap year experience in Israel, Davi's dedication to Bnei Akiva took on new dimensions. He transitioned into leadership roles as a Madrich, where his commitment and passion continued to shine. His journey within the organization exemplifies his unwavering commitment to the movement and its values. Over the past three years, in addition to his Madrich role, Davi assumed various leadership positions. He served as the head of Minyan for two years, Head of security and head of Kitchen on camps. His involvement in Bnei Akiva goes far beyond words. This year, Davi serves as the Merakez, the director of the movement. Since taking on this role, Davi ensures the movement is efficiently led. Davi is known for his ambitious dreams and leads the Hanhaga and the Madrich body of the movement with immense passion. Thanks to Davi's dedication and leadership, the movement is thriving. He has expanded the number of Chanichim (participants), invested in the personal growth of the Madrichim (counselors), and set high goals for himself. Despite the demanding nature of his role, Davi gives it his all, and his positive approach influences those around him. In addition to his role at Bnei Akiva, Davi's influence on the wider community is inspiring as he works at Moriah College as a Jewish life educator. His commitment to imparting knowledge and values goes beyond the classroom, where he works diligently to foster a sense of community and responsibility among his students.

Liora Hayman

Liora is a remarkable young woman with a strong Jewish identity & love of Israel. She graduated from Keser Torah in 2013 and completed a Bachelor of Education at UNSW in 2019. She is currently the of Head of Jewish Life & Experiential Education at Masada school, she is a dedicated teacher & leader at Masada, focusing on providing students with a rich Jewish education that shapes their Jewish Identity. For the last 3-4 years Liora has curated & led the year 10 Israel & Poland program as well as the school's Pathways camps for high school students. In these initiatives, she places Jewish education & values at the forefront, providing students with a meaningful, educational experience. Liora's work is always of the highest caliber, & she is known to those around her as someone who gives her all. Liora's accomplishments are marked by her ability to create a thriving Jewish educational environment at Masada fostering a strong sense of Jewish identity & values throughout the school & the wider community on Sydney's North shore. Her future aspirations are to further elevate the standard of Jewish education at Masada collaborating with different Jewish day schools throughout Sydney & expanding her reach to more students. Liora is continuously evolving her programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the community & her dream is to unite Jewish day schools in Sydney while providing the next generation with Jewish education that will ensure Sydney's community will thrive for years to come. For these reasons above I am thrilled to nominate my Granddaughter Liora Hayman for the Joshua Levi Young Professional award.

Joshua Levi Young Professional Award

Young Adult Volunteer 18-36

Young Volunteer Under 18