with Alumni August 2022
Vol 14 Issue 1
From the Development Office Welcome to our latest alumni newsletter. Term 3 has only just begun and already there is so much happening on campus. We’re looking forward to inducting our new High School Madrichim tomorrow, welcoming back our many students, parents and alumni who competed at the Maccabiah Games in Israel and wishing our Year 12 students all the best for their Trials which started today. We look forward to resuming alumni reunions this year along with a variety of school-based events. The Class of 2012 held their 10-year reunion on 2 July 2022 – see photos and report on page 12. The Class of 2015 held their 5-year reunion on 24 July 2022 – a report and photos will be in the next issue of the newsletter. In June we welcomed back over 20 alumni to our 2022 Careers Space event where they spoke with our Years 11 and 12 students, sharing aspects of their journeys post school – see full report below. You can see all past issues of this newsletter here as well as the web-based issues, which can be found by clicking on ‘Archives’ in the header.
Drama productions at Emanuel Who remembers being part of a school drama/musical production? We’ve had so many classic productions over the years including Away, 13 The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, Animal Farm, Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet and Grease, just to name a few. These provided opportunities for many of our talented students to perform on stage. In the early days school productions were held at NIDA and St Catherine School Drama Theatre, until 2015 when we officially opened our very own Millie Phillips Theatre here on campus. Lord of the Flies was our latest production, performed over three nights. It was truly amazing to see live performance back at School. To quote Co-Directors, Samantha Bauer,
Inside this Issue... From the Development Office........... 1 From the Principal’s Desk................. 5 Social Media @ Emanuel.................. 6 Gesher Community Connections...... 7 Where are they now?........................ 7 Staying in Touch............................... 9
Animal Farm cast, 2009
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From the Development Office continued
Lord of the Flies
2022 Careers Space presenters
Head of Drama and David Camp, Head of English/Library “Our vision to direct Lord of the Flies has finally come to fruition. We are so proud of our absolutely amazing cast for their enthusiasm and dedication to this play. It is no easy feat to perform a serious dramatic work. This group of talented actors has worked tirelessly to bring Goldings’ themes alive beautifully on stage. The cast’s sensitivity to the content of the play and maturity in dealing with confronting themes was truly admirable”. Thank you to Emanuel parent Ofer Levy for his magnificant photos.
Welcome back to School Britt (Kaplan) Grundy (2005) commenced working as Assistant to the Deputy Head of Primary and Director of Studies (K-6) at the start of this year. Alumna Kerryn Finn (2017) is the most recent addition to our Jewish Life Educator team, joining Josh New (Head Madrich, 2019), Daniel Van Sluys Erlich (2019), Mia Shapiro (2019), Asher Klein (Head Madrich 2016) and Maya Buhrich (2017). It is always exciting to see past students return to school as parents. This year we welcome past students including Leah Balkind, Rachel Szeleky, Ellie Bloom (Schneider) and Jonathan Kummerfeld, who has just returned from the USA.
Josh New & Mia Shapiro
If anyone else reading this Ellie Bloom (Schneider) newsletter is also a past student and a new parent this year, apologies for not including you on this list. Please let me know and I will update our database accordingly.
2022 Careers Space
2022 Careers Space
Careers Space 2022 Giving back comes in many forms and we are especially grateful when our graduates volunteer their time to help our current students. Years 11 and 12 are certainly busy times for our senior students, as they look towards life after the HSC. We love to see alumni return to campus each year for Careers Space, where they share their journeys with the students. This annual event, which we have held with alumni presenters since 2016, provides our students with the opportunity to hear from past students and ask questions about their study and career paths. We hope this annual forum gives these senior students a better understanding that there is so much more to life than just an ATAR and the HSC, and that there are so many opportunities available to them out in the big wide world. We have run this event with alumni-only participants since 2016 and we thank the many alumni who have been part of our very successful Careers Space over the past six years. This year’s session, one of our first events back on campus after COVID restrictions were lifted, was run like a speed-dating morning, where Jesse Waller, Ashne Amoils, Joshua Amoils, Sasha Baskin, Brianna Gadeley, Lauren Faul, Sarah Sharwood, Asha Lancaster and Joel Epshteyn were in The Aron Kleinlehrer Performing Arts Centre (PAC) as the group of more recent graduates still studying at University/College whilst two larger groups of alumni were in The Lehrer Family Building (MPH) including Erik Unger, Zane Voloshin, Lauren Ulmer, Nathan Cohen, Dheanna Eller, Dayna Myers, Ryan Rubinstein, Leonid Tsimbler, Jonty Katz, Ethan Cohen, Naomi Sirmai, Natalia Notkina and Micayla Laurence. The buzz in the PAC and the MPH was palpable. Not only did our students have the opportunity to ask questions about life after school, what it’s like at university and what to expect in the workplace, it also provided an opportunity for our visitors to see how the campus has changed since they were students here. A huge “thank you” to these alumni who gave up their time to share their after-school journeys with our students. If you are interested to be part of our 2023 session, please let me know.
2022 Careers Space 2
From the Development Office continued Community Careers Connection We are developing a registry of Emanuel School alumni, parents and community members willing to share their career and industry experience, to assist students/alumni who are interested in specific career paths. Your input would be invaluable to our young adults as they venture into the next stage of their lives. If this idea appeals to you, please complete this form.
Past student Danielle Wakerman loves a good challenge. As Manager of JCA The Choice Foundation, a Sydney-based charity for people with a disability, she loves looking at complex problems to understand the best way to address them. Here is a recent interview with Danielle for Plus61JMedia. Alumna Jade Reuveny (2018) volunteers with JCA The Choice Foundation for their “A Weekend Away” program, run by the incredible team at Jewish Care NSW. If you volunteer and would like to share your experiences with us, please be in touch.
Camp Sababa Volunteers
More alumni-related events and milestones There are many opportunities for students to volunteer within our extended community and it is wonderful to hear how many of our alumni continue their volunteering efforts beyond the Waxman Gates and their final days as students. There are many organisations in our community including Friendship Circle, Friendship Bakery, The Choice Foundation and Camp Sababa, to name just a few. Camp Sababa 2021 was, as it is every year, a huge success providing an opportunity for children and young adults with a disability to have some time away from their families, enjoying a break on both sides. Alumna Maya Pollak, a lawyer by profession and mother of three young children, once again volunteered to Chair the camp whilst a number of alumni from the Class of 2021 volunteered as buddies for the young attendees at the camp which was held in The Blue Mountains.
Delta visits Friendship Bakery
Vivdly VIVID Were you amongst the thousands of visitors to this year’s VIVID Light Festival, connecting Sydney to light artists, music makers and brilliant thinkers? If yes, you hopefully saw the installation Crowded Cadmans. Zac Levi (2015) says: “Two years ago I was fortunate enough to partake in the development of a light installation that was to be displayed at the VIVID Light Festival 2021. The artwork, named Crowded Cadmans, is a 3D animation and comes straight from the imaginations of Sydney-based artists living with a disability. My role with this project was 3D modelling, animation, visual effects and look development. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, this event was postponed but I am so happy that the artwork was displayed on the façade of Cadmans Cottage in the Rocks. Although the Festival has ended, you can read more about Zac’s installation here and if you missed the Festival, you can check it out here in this amazing Drone Fly Through which includes a look at Crowded Cadman.
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Shoshi Blackman (2017) regularly volunteers at Friendship Bakery and she was working the day Delta Goodrum paid a surprise visit to the Bakery. Delta’s visit made the pages of the Wentworth Courier – as huge fans of hers, the bakers had their dream come true when Delta walked through the doors of the bakery one Friday morning in May.
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From the Development Office continued Artistic homage to an old bridge
Mazal tov to film-maker and TV producer Lexee Gordoun (2017) for her latest short film, Sasha’s Game. Lexee who has already won several international film awards for her work on the big screen, is very excited about her latest production which is about to start shooting. Speaking with Lexee recently, she says: “It is a non-for-profit 40 minute short film titled Sasha’s Game which is adapted from Melbourne author, Anita Seltzer’s book, I Am Sasha. Anita approached me with her book in 2021, which recounts her family’s journey in hiding during the Holocaust in Poland. It follows her father, Sasha, who at the time was a teenage boy, entering years of puberty, while his single mother, Larissa, sourced fake papers for him under the identity of a teenage girl. We witness his transformation into a woman as she teaches him how to walk, talk, dress and act like a girl in order to survive the war in the opposite gender and avoid confrontation to preserve his life. Not only is there a war happening just outside their doors, but Sasha fights an internal war of identity while going through pivotal years of growth and transformation”. You may have seen world renowned environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall interviewed recently on Channel 10’s The Project, where she spoke about her work over the past 60 plus years to help save the environment and also about recently partnering with Australian
Joel Adler (2011), artist and industrial designer, is the creator of the beautiful tree sculpture in the entrance of the School’s Saunders Administration Building that Joel Adler honours staff employment milestones. Joel was recently commissioned to create a sculpture using steel from the old Bateman’s Bay Bridge that previously spanned the Clyde River for 65 years.
The Daily Aus Mazal tov to alumnus Sam Koslowski (Head Madrich, 2012), co-founder of The Daily Aus, and Zara Seidler who have been included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2022. Sam says: “We are so honoured to be included – we’ve never been more motivated or inspired to deliver quality news for young people – we truly are just getting started”. We are delighted to confirm that Sam will be our Guest Speaker at High School Speech Night in December. When approached, Sam said: “What an incredible Sam Koslowski honour – I remember how much impact some of the speakers had on me, so it feels very special to be asked to speak”.
underwear brand Boody to become its first global ambassador –
ADAMAMA (Urban Jewish Farm) has moved
watch here. Shaun Greenblo (Head Madrich, 2003) is managing
ADAMAMA is now located in a wonderful space in Randwick after nearly three years at White City, Rushcutters Bay. Farm manager Mitch Burnie (2011) says he’d would love to see more Emanuel alumni and their families visit this amazing new space, where you can join in their many workshops, learn how to pickle and preserve, take a tour, learn how to compost, join a working bee or celebrate the chaggim with their eco-community
director of Boody, which has been championing sustainable fabrics and planet-friendly manufacturing since it launched in 2012. Shaun says: “When we started Boody, we wanted to prove that comfort could not only feel good, it could do good for people and the planet. The fashion industry is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions and it’s time for our industry to make a change – who better to help us lead the way than Dr Jane Goodall in an effort to bring greater awareness to the environmental issues caused by the fashion industry”. Dr Goodall stars in Boody’s new brand campaign, with one clip showing her musing on the modern paradox of humans building machines to explore other worlds – when there’s so much to do on our own planet. Shaun says: “Just like swapping plastic bottles for reusable bottles and plastic bags to fabric totes, choosing sustainably-made underwear is a small switch that can make a huge community impact.” Perhaps you have seen local billboards of Dr Goodall surrounded by models wearing Boody underwear?
A huge “thank you” to alumni and staff for their contributions to this newsletter and mazal tov to those celebrating simchot along the way. We would love to hear what you have been doing since leaving school, and any other news you would like to share. Please get in touch – we look forward to hearing from you and seeing more photos. Don’t forget to keep us updated with your contact details if you have moved and/or changed your email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sonia Newell, Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations 4
From the Principal’s Desk By the time you receive this newsletter I will have begun my long-awaited Sabbatical. I will be studying Strategic Leadership in London, followed by time enjoying the beauty of Europe in summer. My wife and I are grateful for the opportunity to take a break from the frenetic pace of school life and take time to pause, rest, and reflect on my leadership journey thus far. I hope to return refreshed, invigorated and full of new ideas that will be of benefit to our School.
Building works have begun
Not just bricks and mortar In 2021 we held a very successful Capital Appeal, raising over $10 million to redevelop what was known as the Adler Building. I am delighted to confirm that the construction of our new building is well underway.
Reconciliation Action Plan I am delighted to report that, after a long journey of exploration and preparation, Emanuel School has taken the significant step of submitting a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to Reconciliation Australia, as part of the Narragunnawali network. Our vision is to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and perspectives and to recognise these as valuable and rich sources of learning. We are committed to building genuine, long-lasting relationships with local and wider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and to fostering a deep connection to the Land on which our School stands. Our vision is to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and languages meaningfully and authentically within our practice. To achieve this, we seek to equip our staff, students and wider school community with the confidence and understanding to do so, and nurture positive partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. We aim to prepare our students to actively pursue reconciliation, thinking and acting with knowledge, understanding and respect. We have committed to a range of actions, to build respect, relationships and opportunities in the classroom, around the school and within the community. We are proud of our achievements over recent years, including our strong links to the Jilkminggan community, the strengthening of recognition through our Year 9 Jewish Studies ‘Be the Change’ elective and our Year 11 Speaker series. ‘Putuwa’ was introduced on Instagram, which focused on learning and using Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander words, in order to deepen understanding of the culture. With the RAP in place, we look forward to our next steps.
As COVID restrictions waned, it has been wonderful to see the excitement of those parents, grandparents and alumni who have attended events on campus. On the last day of Term 2, our Year 4 students enjoyed their Pathways Ceremony, receiving their first Tanakh. It is always a moving experience to see so many generations together, enjoying the moment.
House Music – Rashi
House Music Extravaganza Cast of Lord of the Flies Photo by Ofer Levy
Lord of the Flies Many of you will remember our High School productions which are always a great success. This year’s offering, Lord of the Flies, didn’t disappoint. Despite illness in the lead up, with no full cast rehearsal possible until two weeks before the opening night, our talented thespians put on a lively and polished performance. Well done to our Co-Directors, Samantha Bauer, Head of Drama and David Camp, Head of English/Library, as well as the whole cast and crew.
Our annual High School Battle of the Bands/Dancers/Singers did not fail to delight and impress. Parents joined with students from Years 7 to 12 to enjoy a showcase of colour, creativity and fun! The depth of singing and dancing talent within each House was celebrated with raucous support and Szenes House enjoyed an historic win. This student-led event is one of the highlights of our School calendar and showcases the leadership of Year 12 students and specifically, our House Madrichim.
Investment Club Last Term our Year 12 students launched an Investment Club, inviting well-known and successful business people to share their experiences and encourage the students to delve deeply into the world of stocks and shares. Members of the Club are also encouraged to research a related topic to present at meetings. Some interesting meetings included information about careers in 5
From the Principal’s Desk (continued) Finance, the current state of global financial markets in the context of rising interest rates and sub-par tech company earnings and the ‘Firm Foundation Theory’. This very popular club is growing from strength to strength and I look forward to hearing of its continuing success on my return.
opportunity and I am sure that Alix, both Jakes and Ma’ayan will remember the experience for many years to come. Although the time difference is not terribly favourable, I will still be able to cheer on the team when I watch the catch up episode from Europe on 10 Play!
Shaun Micallef’s Brain Eisteddfod
Our emerging leaders
I hope you tuned in to Channel 10 to watch Emanuel Year 11 students, Alix Cane, Jake Fleischer, Ma’ayan Granot and Jake Newfield, in their debut primetime TV appearance as contestants on Shaun Micallef’s Brain Eisteddfod.
Our new madrichim for 2022/23 have just been announced. In my final assembly address in Term 2 our students were encouraged to select their leaders wisely:
The quiz program sees Year 11 students from 18 schools, compete in teams on a range of school subjects including foreign languages, Australiana, mathematics, physics, art, economics and, according to Shaun Micallef, woodwork.
It is good to remember that before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. But when you become a leader, success is all about growing others. The motives for wanting to be a Madrich or Madricha should focus on serving, on giving, on wanting our School to thrive, on wanting to be a great ambassador for Emanuel. It should not be about the prefect badge, the power, the extra ATAR points for leadership, or having it on your CV. Every student in their senior years carries the responsibility of being a leader at Emanuel, whether it be a formal or informal position, or whether they want it or not! In practice, this means that they should: • Never walk past poor behaviour or bullying in school, but rather, they should intervene and report • Step in, if the behaviour of our students in the playground, on buses or at the shops is disruptive or rude
Emanuel students with Shaun Micallef
The team, ably lead by Ma’ayan, had no information about the format or content of the show prior to recording and had to rely on their combined general knowledge and that of the Year 11 curriculum areas as they faced their opposition, Balwyn High School, Victoria. Emanuel was the only Sydney Eastern Suburbs School and Jewish School to be selected to appear on the program. Appearing on a major network TV show is a once-in-a-lifetime
• Take the lead and help-out, if a student is upset, or if the canteen needs help, or if an event needs setting up; and finally, • Be a role model, in the way that our uniform is worn, or the way they contribute to Shabbat celebrations and chaggim, or participate in House activities. Thank you for taking the time to read about what is just a small number of exciting events at Emanuel School. There is always so much happening. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to our weekly newsletter, Ma Nishma, by emailing Sonia Newell. With best wishes Andrew Watt, Principal
Social Media @ Emanuel INSTAGRAM Check out our Instagram page – watt.s_up_at_ emanuel, where the latest news around our campus is posted to members of the Emanuel School Community. It provides an opportunity for special moments in the life of Emanuel School, big or small, to be shared on a regular basis. We request that for privacy reasons, please ensure that your Instagram page is ‘private’.
LINKEDIN We’d love to connect with you in future via LinkedIn, so remember to include Emanuel School in your profile.
FACEBOOK Alumni Facebook Page: This page was created to foster a sense of community among our former students and to keep the spirit of the School alive, long after your days at Emanuel have passed. We now have nearly 1000 members. Please join and stay in touch. Feel free to post on this page if you want to connect with other alumni and/or just let us know what you are up to. Emanuel Shuk: The Emanuel Shuk is the place to swap, sell, buy and advertise pre-loved and new items, holiday homes and cars…in fact anything that is of value (actual or perceived) can be advertised here. If you have a business, you are welcome to tell us what you do, but please make it interesting and a special offer for the Emanuel community is always a bonus! There are rules to posting – please check out the pinned post for these. 6
Hello and welcome to the first Gesher report for 2022. Before I fill you in on what’s been happening, I want to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Daniela Freed. My husband Peter and I are proud parents, with three children at Emanuel School in Years 7, 10 and 12. I have been a member of the Emanuel School Board since 2017 and am the Chair of the Gesher Committee and I also sit on both the Building and Security Board committees. I often have people telling me they don’t know what Gesher is or does, so I hope this brief explanation helps answer these questions. Gesher (‘Bridge’ in Hebrew) seeks to extend the spirit of the School by building the links between the School and its community. We aim to do this by facilitating highly valued, friendraising events and initiatives. We seek to engage in a meaningful way with Alumni both recent and not so recent including those who are now parents at Emanuel, grandparents and friends and family of Emanuel.
Unfortunately, COVID has prevented us from being too active over the past couple of years. However, we are very much looking forward to regrouping and starting to plan some great events in the near future so we can continue to strengthen our fabulous Emanuel community. During COVID around 70 families joined us online for a Pickling and Preserving event hosted by Gesher, and led by alumnus Mitch Burnie, Manager of Adamama, the first Urban Jewish Farm. Our current Gesher committee members are Andrew Watt – School Principal; Michelle Favero – Manager, Marketing and Communications; Sonia Newell – Development Officer Alumni & Community Relations; alumna Asha Friedman (Class of 2020); alumnus Joshua Moses (Class of 2011); Samantha Butt – alumna and current parent; Carli Rothman – current parent; grandparents Kathy Passman and Tammy Keller and me. We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions of events you would love to see and/or feedback in general on how we might be able to better engage with the community please email us. I look forward to reconnecting with you all very soon. Daniela Freed, Chair – Gesher Committee
Where are some of our Alumni now? Jemima Firestone-Greville Class of 2017
After finishing Year 12, Jemima worked a couple of different jobs before she was given the opportunity to work on the Netflix and ABC product The Unlisted as a costumer, which she says: “was an amazing experience and solidified my love in my chosen career”. She then moved to the US in August 2019 to study Costume Design and Technology at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). “I have stuck with my plan since graduating at Emanuel, and my chosen career. I have just completed my third year at UNCSA, with one year to go before receiving a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. “Some of my fondest memories from my school days are sitting at the tables with my friends at lunch and my Visual Arts classes – we had so much fun. Oh, and my Design and Technology group too. I was especially proud and excited to receive the Eckersleys Prize for articulation of ideas and concepts in Year 12. Here’s a photo of one of my favourite creations. “I am still in touch with a few of my close friends from Emanuel, although living in the US means we don’t catch up face-to-face, although I’m on semester break now and have been having a ball being back in Sydney for a few weeks. I’ve been in Adelaide and am back in Sydney for a month before returning to the US on 11 August. I’ve loved the long overdue catchups, and I plan on doing a lot more travel. My hobbies and interests apart from travelling include driving and painting, swimming and film and television. “After I graduate UNCSA next year, I plan on working in the US as a costumer for Film and Television, and I also plan on working internationally – who knows where my profession might take me?”.
Where are some of our Alumni now? continued
Alex Reisin Class of 2014
After finishing Year 12 at the end of 2014, I went travelling overseas for about three months. I first went on AUJS Academy, a six-week program in Israel and then travelled around Spain, Italy and Portugal for another month with a few Emanuel friends. It was my first time to Israel and I absolutely fell in love with the place, especially the strong sense of community and the bustling markets in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Akko. It was also my first time to Europe and we had an absolute blast exploring and soaking up everything each city we visited had to offer. When I finished school, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do careerwise but I was interested in potentially working in the legal world and my creative side also enjoyed marketing/ advertising. I decided to study Law and also Business (Marketing Communication) at the University of Technology (UTS). At the same time, I began working as a law clerk at a Sydney-based law firm, where I “did my time” running around the city filing various documents and doing all sorts of odd jobs that needed to be completed. Our office was at the very bottom of the city (Sussex Street) and I remember having to push trolleys full of documents up the hill at 4.50 pm rushing to get the documents filed by 5.00 pm – it was hard yakka but it certainly got the steps up! After a couple of years as a law clerk, I became a paralegal and started working on my own files, learning the ins and outs of the industry and what it takes to build a successful career in law. Once I had worked in the legal sector for about four and a half years, and as I was nearing the end of my degrees, I decided to explore another potential career avenue in the advertising world and started working at JCDecaux, a company that specialises in outdoor/transit advertising. I had the opportunity to work with big clients such as Coca Cola, Amazon, the Federal Government and learnt a lot about outdoor advertising, from the idea conception stage all the way through to the execution of out-of-home advertising campaigns that we see on the streets. I stayed at JCDecaux until the end of my studies. During one of Sydney’s COVID lockdowns last year, my girlfriend and I decided to move to Perth, as that is where she is from and where all her family resides. With property prices being so ridiculously high in Sydney and the amazing coastline that Perth has to offer, we decided to snap up a small pad near the beach in Scarborough and arrived in Perth after General McGowan finally opened the hard border in February this year. I also made the career switch back to working in law and began working as a graduate lawyer for Hall & Wilcox as soon as we arrived in Perth. My first few months have been really good and I have been learning lots and lots every day. As part of my role I have been working two days per week at a community legal centre in Mirabooka, a suburb with quite a big African and indigenous community, and I am learning lots about their cultures and finding the legal work super rewarding.
Overseas travel has been few and far between the last couple of years for obvious reasons, but before that I did manage to travel a decent amount, including visiting Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, Greece, South Africa and Zimbabwe. These were all amazing trips but the most unique and eye-opening trip was certainly to South Africa and Zimbabwe, where we visited my girlfriend’s family and friends in Bulawayo, stayed for a few days on a houseboat on the Zambezi River, went white-water rafting at Victoria Falls, and, went on safari in Hwange Game Reserve in Zimbabwe. As well as overseas travel, we are blessed to have so many amazing places to explore in our own backyard and we got to see that first-hand a couple of years ago when we drove from Perth to Sydney. We went down from Perth to Esperance, across the Nullarbor through to Adelaide and then along the coast from the Great Ocean Road all the way back up to Sydney. It was an unforgettable adventure and I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves roadtrips and isn’t afraid of the Aussie bush. You ask about my fondest memories of Emanuel School – I have always been very into sports and cultural events so most of my favourite memories from my time at Emanuel were playing basketball or soccer at lunchtimes with friends, the various sporting carnivals, ruach in the MPH and celebrating the Jewish festivals, particularly Purim. I also used to enjoy having conversations with teachers like Mr Rembson, Mr Bartlett, Ms De Wilt and Dr Cove. As our Year was so small, we really got to know our teachers and had some great memories together throughout High School. My Year Group was a tiny cohort of just 48 students which I guess was both good and bad, but I am still good friends with about 10 or so people from our Year. I am sure I will be lifelong friends with at least a handful from our Year and I look forward to celebrating future simchot with them in the years to come. I am a very sporty person and I enjoy sports like soccer, tennis, basketball, AFL and swimming. I love being outdoors and regularly go bushwalking, kayaking, camping, roadtripping, and exploring the myriad of beautiful destinations Australia has to offer. I am also a massive foodie and enjoy cooking/baking/home bartending, particularly when I am experimenting with new ingredients or different flavour combinations. As you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of travelling as well as exploring new cities/cultures, and I hope to slowly but surely make my way through an extensive list of travel destinations as travel becomes normal again. My immediate plans for the future are to continue to settle into our new life in Perth and hopefully do a fair bit of exploring in NorthWest WA and the Northern Territory, including Exmouth, Broome, Karijini National Park, as well as Darwin and its surrounds. Beyond that I would love to start my own business one day, potentially something to do with my passion for travel, food, culture or a combination of all three. There is some talk of one day opening a small bar or restaurant with my good friend from Emanuel and superb chef, Marcus Ulmer, but we will wait and see how that plays out...”. 8
Staying in Touch We thank you for sharing your news. Mazal tov to these alumni:
•T alia Hoffman (’07) and Joshua Druery (1)
• Tal Koren (’09) and Abigail Palmer 5 December 2021 (13)
•J onathan Baker (’08) and Kirsty Wright (2)
• Hannan Bouskila (’02) and Alana Zarb 13 December 2021 (14)
•M itch Burnie (’11) and Yvette Hymann (3) •M addison Hauer (’11) and Scott Cleary (4)
• Jessica Loeb (’11) and Steven Kyriakidis 16 December 2021 (15)
•A dam Kagan (’11) and Cassie Bebbington (5) •G ia Singer (’11) and Matt Galyer (6)
• Daniel Samowitz (’04) and Alana Remler 23 December 2021 (16)
•G eorgia Kam (’12) and Jonathan Wiener (7)
• Kira Medalie (’08) and Jordan Tonkin 10 February 2022 (17)
•L ouise Sologub (’12) and Judd Goldstein (8) •A mi Mane (’13) and Liam O’Donnell (9)
• Paul Den (’02) and Jordana Meena 20 February 2022 (18)
•H aim Oziel (’13) and Jemma Dickman (10) •A ri Levin (’14) and Mia Grossman (11)
• Natalie Freeland (’08) and Harrison Reid 8 May 2022 (19)
•J aimee Alster (’16) and Max Caminer (12)
Staying in Touch continued • Amira Nathan (’08) and Matthew Meyerson 19 May 2022 (20) • Ben Milston (’08) and Sarah Spiro 22 May 2022 at Eretz Bereshit, Israel (21) Ben says: “we broke these seed-filled clay/ earth pots made by a friend. We didn’t want to have glass for just the purpose to break and throw away”. •K atie Dyce (’12) and Samuel Brenko 18 June 2022 (22) • Daniel Levy (’08) and Sophia Blumenthal 6 July 2022, in Jerusalem (23)
Births: • Meaghan (Kemeny) ’09 and Nick Jacobs – Darcy Jacobs born 20 April 2021 (24) • Alexandra Krantz (’09) and Chris Lieberman – Camilla, born 30 July 2021 (25) • Leora (Muscnik) ’02 and Daniel Elison (’02) – Zander Levi, born 3 August 2021 brother to Archi (26) • Madeleine (Madi) Apps (’09) and Todd Fortescue – Clementine, born 30 December 2021 (27)
• Sivan (Feigen) ’09 and Michael Stern – Zak Abraham, born 5 January 2022 brother to big sister Eden (28) • Nikki and Kevin Jankelowitz (’01) – Aayla Kennie, born 9 February 2022 (29) • Genna (Radnan) ’09 and Peter Onuchukwu – Georgia Ndidi, born 12 February 2022, sister to Sofia (30) • Natalie (Adler) ’09 and Sam Weiss – Amelia Hedwig, born 18 February 2022 (31) • Kristie and Jess Weiss (’09) – Leo James, born 3 March 2022, brother to big sister Addi (32)
Staying in Touch continued • Cara (Black) ’06 and Michael Antonelli – Sofia Eve, born 8 March 2022, sister to big brother Mateo (33)
• Sarah (Krigstein) ’05 and David Robuck – Desmond Theodore, born 4 April 2022 brother to Eliana and Edison (37)
• Adam Ezekiel (’07) and Hilary Scandrett – Zoe Mae Ezekiel, born 2 June 2022 sister to Freddy and Hugo (43)
• Sally and Adam Einfeld (’08) – Leah Stella, born 26 March 2021 in Israel, sister to Nina (34)
• Sophie (Weisz) ’10 and Daniel Kerner – Hunter Nate, born 7 April 2022 brother to Beau Leslie (38)
• Kirsten and Shaun Jankelowitz (’04) – Stevie Ana, born 4 June 2022 (42 & 44)
• Alana and Hannan Bouskila (’02) – Shayli Rose Ruti, born 1 April 2022 (35)
• Jessica and Gabi Levi (’06) – Enzo Ark, born 24 April 2022, brother to Aaro (39)
• Eleanor Hartstein (’08) and James Dunn – Theodore Jacob Dunn, born 5 June 2022 (45)
• Simone Skolnik (’02) and Robert Ferguson – Demi Evelyn Ferguson, born 4 April 2022 (36)
• Gabby (Radnan) ’06 and Chris Heyman – Hailey Anneliese, born 30 April 2022 (40)
• Tegan and Rikki Phillips (’09) – Julian, born 8 June 2022, brother to Jasper (46)
• Jessica (Lewis) ’04 and Joji Kurosaki – Jordan Louie, born 1 June 2022, brother to Cooper (41 & 42)
• Leigh Golombick (’01) and Dries Martens – Jackson Joseph (JJ) Martens born 18 June 2022 (47)
2020, 2021 and 2022 School Reunions As you know, COVID-19 put a hold on scheduled reunions the last two years and online events were not seen as an option, given everyone prefers face-toface events. However, we have a number of rescheduled reunions planned for this year, so keep an eye on the Alumni facebook page for further details. The Class of 2012 held their 10-year reunion at The Royal Oak Hotel, Double Bay on 2 July 2022. Organised by Jonty Katz, he says “It was a great evening – we had 35 people attend including three of our favourite teachers – Mr Majsay, Mr Camp and Ms Laumberg. Apologies from a few other teachers who would have been there too but they were away. It was fantastic to hear what everyone was up to”. Traditionally the majority of reunions are held towards the end of each year, and I will assist from the school-end to help you with things like suggested venues and connecting with your peers and past teachers. If you and a friend would like to help with your respective reunions later this year, please be in touch.
Reunions 30 YEARS
• Class of 1990 – contact Kolya Miller • Class of 1991 & 1992
• Class of 1995, 1996 & 1997
•C lass of 2000 – contact Alina Berdichevsky • Class of 2001 – contact Louise Chiert (Glance) • Class of 2002
Class of 1990
Class of 1991
Class of 1992
Class of 1995
Class of 1996
Class of 1997
Class of 2000
Class of 2001
Class of 2002
Reunions 15 YEARS
• Class of 2006 & 2007
•C lass of 2010 & 2011
•C lass of 2015 held on 24 July 2022, report & photos to come in next newsletter • Class of 2016 • Class of 2017 – contact Shoshi Blackman
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Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2016
Class of 2017
THERE ARE SO MANY WAYS TO STAY INVOLVED WITH EMANUEL SCHOOL • Send your news and photos for publication: We love to read what our old school friends have been up to, so please send in your news and photos for the next issue of our Emanuel School Alumni newsletter. • Help to organise and/or attend your reunion: Class reunions are held every five years, and get-togethers can be arranged at any time. Organising social events can be great fun and if you cannot organise one, make sure you attend. • Speak at a school event: Past students are invited back as guest speakers at events, assemblies and in classes. If you have a topic of interest, please let us know. • Contribute to our School Archives: Have you been wondering what to do with your school photos, uniform, publications, programs? Please do not throw them away. They may be important to us.