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UNITED ISRAEL APPEAL VICTORIA

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FEBRUARY 2009/5769 #16

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WHO’S WHO AT UIA UIA VICTORIA EXECUTIVE

UIA PROFESSIONAL STAFF

PRESIDENT UIA AUSTRALIA JACK SMORGON AO

CEO MIRIAM SUSS

THANK YOU AND MAZAL TOV TO THE FOLLOWING WHO HAVE CELEBRATED THEIR SMACHOT TOGETHER WITH ISRAEL _____

CHAIRMAN ESTHER FRENKIEL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND SHALIACH MEIR BUBER

80TH BIRTHDAY VERONICA RONEC

PRESIDENT SHLOMO WERDIGER

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER NONNA ALEKSENITSER

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CLIVE & ROSELLE PELTZ

CHAIRMAN, KEREN HAYESOD-UNITED ISRAEL APPEAL WORLD BOARD OF TRUSTEES MARK LEIBLER AC

DIRECTOR PLANNED GIVING MICKY MORAG

55TH BIRTHDAY JOE MEL

EDITOR — CARLI BINKO

BOOKKEEPER JANE LYUBIC

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT OF WOMEN’S DIVISION AND YACHAD CHARLENE MILLER RECEPTION ADRIENNE PERCH EVENT AND APPEAL ADMIN ROY SCHLOSS

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ESTELLE WYTWORNIK

Participants in the recent Key Workers Mission to Israel were privileged to celebrate the 13 year partnership between UIA Australia and the Arava through Partnership 2000. This celebration marked a crucial milestone in the connections between the people in this pioneering southern desert region of Israel, and members of the Jewish community in Australia.

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CAMPAIGN SECRETARY JUDY NAGLER

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EXECUTIVE MEMBERS JEFFREY APPEL JULIAN BLACK (TREASURER) DAVID BOYAR (CHAIRMAN YOUNG UIA) HERBERT EPSTEIN HARRY FLICKER EDITH HERMAN MARK KESSEL GEORGE KURAN DR DANNY LAMM (EX OFFICIO) RAFI LAMM JEFF MEYER ROBERT RICHTER IAN SAMUEL NATHAN SHAFIR HAYLEY SOUTHWICK (CO-CHAIR WOMEN’S DIVISION) MONIQUE ROSSHANDLER (CO-CHAIR WOMEN’S DIVISION) VLADIMIR TSIVLIN

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY UIA AUSTRALIA EDITH HERMAN

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YOUNG UIA COORDINATOR HEIDI SCHRAGE

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MARKETING MANAGER CARLI BINKO

BEING A B VOLUNTEER VOL FOR FO O UIA BRINGS A SENSE OF SELF S SATISFACTION Whatever your interests, if Israel beckons you – please contact Miriam Suss on 9272 5533 or email msuss@uiavic.org.

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In lieu of mishloach manot, consider a donation to Israel UIA CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE UIA OFFICE

•Acknowledgment Certificates •Special Occasion Certificates •Get Well Certificates •Festival Certificates THEY CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE OR PLEASE CALL ADRIENNE PERCH ON 9272 5533 www.uiavic.org/contribute/gift-certificates/


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN As Israel draws breath after the recent hostilities in Gaza, we gear up for our UIA Victoria 2009 campaign. The future of our programs, the majority of which are directed to the disadvantaged youth of Israel, is critically dependant on your continued support. When making your commitment through UIA this year, please join us in showing that our unique Victorian community rallies for Israel in good times and bad. ESTHER FRENKIEL CHAIRMAN UIA VICTORIA FEBRUARY 2009

HOW IS KEREN HAYESOD RESPONDING TO THE PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH? _____ After 22 days of battle, a cease fire was declared. The majority of IDF soldiers have left Gaza, however, they continue to be on high alert. The people of the South are slowly returning to routine life. As an organization which responds to the urgent needs of the State of Israel, Keren Hayesod – UIA, together with its partners, immediately assisted the citizens of the South. These are some of the activities put into action during Operation Cast Lead, many of which still need funding:

The renovation of many bomb shelters in the South has been a priority, improving the living conditions of hundreds of citizens living under the threat of missiles.

Student Villages in the North hosted children from the South. Many Ayalim students also volunteered in the South to operate public bomb shelters.

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Students of the Net@ program from the South participated in a week-long educational camp which included technological studies and fun activities.

341 Youth Futures children from the South received ongoing support from their “trustees”, including coordination of mental treatment, meetings with social workers and respite activities.

Even though the war has ended - OUR WORK IS NOT OVER - ISRAEL STILL NEEDS YOU

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MAIN APPEAL CANVASSER’S TRAINING SESSION

In preparation for the 2009 campaign, a Canvasser’s Training Session was held on Wednesday 11th February at Kimberley Gardens. Guest Speaker Fentahun Assefa-Dawit, the NSW UIA Shaliach, provided a detailed account of his upbringing in Ethiopia leading to his aliyah. He relayed his experiences of working in an absorption centre in Israel for 4 years which enabled him to assist others and complete the circle of the receiver giving back.

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AMANDA RICHTER, ELISSA SHARP, EMMA BOYAR, VANESSA BLODE

ARON VINKLER, VLADIMIR TSIVLIN, ALEXANDRE ROZIN, LEONID SHVARTSMAN

MALVIN AND LOUIS KLEIN, STEVEN HOLLANDER

CANADIAN VISIT UIA Victoria recently hosted a group of 56 major donors from the Canadian Federation campaign, while they were in Melbourne as part of a South Pacific cruise on the luxur y liner Nautica. D u r i n g t h e i r v i s i t, t h e participants toured communal institutions, were briefed on Australia-Israel relations and were addressed by student activists on issues affecting youth in the community.

In addition, they dined in the homes of local families, experiencing warm Melbourne Jewish hospitality. Firm friendships were formed and the feedback on their 2-day soujourn down-under has been outstanding. UIA – KH is proud to be part of a worldwide family of support and love for Israel.

LANA SANDLER, JOHN MERKREBS, HERBERT EPSTEIN

LEE HIRSH, STELLA WAXMAN

Also speaking was David Jones, the Director of St Vincent’s Hospital Foundation. David covered canvassing strategies, highlighting that to effectively encourage others to give, canvassers must be donors to the cause. The evening was successful in providing UIA’s canvasser’s with both a comprehensive briefing and the motivation to head into the 2009 campaign equipped to deal with the current economic pressures, and Israel’s ongoing needs.

DON’T MISS OUT

RSVP PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM AND RETURN EITHER BY FAX TO ROY SCHLOSS AT THE UIA OFFICE ON 9272 5530 OR EMAIL TO events@uiavic.org.

ADDRESS PALLADIUM AT CROWN 8 WHITEMAN ST SOUTHBANK DATE THURSDAY 12 MARCH 2009 TIME 6.45 PM FOR 7.00 PM TICKETS $85 PER PERSON APPEAL

THE HON  MALCOLM TURNBULL MP LEADER OF THE FEDERAL OPPOSITION Mr Turnbull, the Member for Wentworth since 2006, was elected Opposition Leader in 2008. With a shining career background in journalism, law and business, Mr Turnbull is a great friend of Israel and the Jewish community.

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WOMEN’S DIVISION GUEST SPEAKER JESSICA QUELLER Jessica Queller, who grew up in New York City, has always had a strong interest in literature and theatre, having spent her junior year of college studying abroad in England. She majored in English literature whilst simultaneously acting professionally in Boston and at age 28 moved to Los Angeles to expand her career to include television and film. Once there, she decided she would rather create and write stories than act them out, resulting in her writing for popular television shows including Felicity, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl. At age 34, Jessica tested positive for The Breast Cancer Gene, giving her up to an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 44% chance of ovarian cancer. Jessica’s mother had suffered from both diseases and ultimately died of ovarian cancer. After testing positive, she wrote her first book called “Pretty Is What Changes” which discusses the burden of knowledge that comes with such information.

PLANNED GIVING

THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2009 Lincoln of Toorak Level 2, 443-449 Toorak Road Toorak 12.15 pm for 12.30 pm start $25 per person Tickets can be purchased online at www.uiavic.org or contact Micky Morag 9272 5538 or mmorag@uiavic.org APPEAL

TIME 10.00 am sharp till 12.00 noon VENUE Carousel 22 Aughtie Drive Albert Park RSVP ESSENTIAL Charlene Miller 9272 5533 or cmiller@uiavic.org APPEAL

Goldwasser is the widow of IDF DON’T MISS Karnit soldier Ehud Goldwasser who was abducted together with Eidad Regev KARNIT by Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement the Second Lebanon-Israel GOLDWASSER during War. Karnit used every fibre of her lobbying and addressing both AT THE 2009 being local and international leaders in her Mission attempt to gain the release of Ehud COMMUNITYYom Ha’atzmaut and his fellow soldiers. After a long struggle Ehud and Eidad’s bodies were LUNCH returned to Israel in July 2008 for a

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TEEING TEEING TEEING OFFOFFOFF FORFOR ISRAEL FOR ISRAEL ISRAEL More than 60 people participated in the YUIA Deasil Golf Day at Sandhurst Golf Club on 15 December 2008.

A NEW YEAR, A NEW CHAIRMAN FOR YUIA

David Boyar has recently become the new YUIA chairman. His key focuses are educating the community about the history of the UIA, developing new projects and events that engage the community and encouraging people to give to Israel. When asked what his intentions are in this new role, he explains that, “my vision is that YUIA will become a significant financial asset to Israel and a rich source for community cultural events.”  Young UIA to introducis proud e its newest forum -

Young UIA Sessions provides opportunities to access and engage with major players in all facets of Israeli Society and Academia and Jewish Leaders from around the world.

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The aim of Sessions is to provide a forum for those with an interest in Israel and the Jewish World to get up close and personal with people who matter in an informal setting where everyone can ask questions and engage in discussions over a glass of wine.

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In response to Operation Cast Lead, YUIA put together a Sessions event o n Tu e s d a y 6 t h J a n u a r y a t B e t h Weizmann which attracted over 100 community members. Mr Ilan Sztulman, an Israeli Spokesperson from the Foreign Ministry addressed the group via video link up. Additionally, Mr Dor Shapira of the Israeli Embassy in Canberra provided a comprehensive South Israel and Gaza update. This was followed by a Q&A session, during which he addressed the concerns of the community. This engaging conversation was well received by the crowd who found this event interesting, relevant and timely. Venue Mbar at Monroes Restaurant 79-81 Fitzroy Street St Kilda Date Tuesday 25 November 2008 Time 8.00 PM

RSVP By Friday 21 November 2008 hschrage@uiavic.org or 9272 5533

Ehud Ya'ari is Israel's best known commentator and expert on Middle Eastern issues. Ya’ari is an associate editor of the Jerusalem Report, the author of eight books on the Arab-Israeli conflict, and an associate of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

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SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2009

Please join us at the Next UIA Art Exhibit Cocktail Party

THE OPPOSITE OF FORGETTING:

ENTERTAINMENT, COCKTAILS, FOOD AND DANCE

An exhibition of memory and identity

in support of israel

Saturday 4 April 2009 9-11pm

FEATURE ACT

Helen Gory Gallerie 25 St Edmonds Road Prahran Cost $36 — Smart Casual

doors open 9.00 pm doors close 10.00 pm

RSVP online at www.uiavic.org/contribute/ book-tickets/ or call UIA at 9272 5533 Exhibition open to the public Tuesday 31 March Monday 6 April 2009 11am-5pm

peninsula a atlantic south wharf docklands entry ticket $75 cocktail attire

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book online at www.uiavic.org/contribute/book-tickets/ booking essential - no tickets at door APPEAL for more information contact young uia on 9272 5533


25 DECEMBER 2008 – 05 JANUARY 2009 The annual Key Workers Mission is an 11 night/12 day Israel program. It is a means of introducing people to the state of Israel, enabling them to learn about the history, current economic, social and political situations and most importantly the work of KH-UIA. F

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Highlights of the Mission were: • Visiting the lone soldiers in K’far Saba Absorption Centre • Home hospitality in the Arava • Visiting the solar energy plants at Nitzana • Touring the Golan Region • Hearing the stories of representatives from Nitzana, Ayalim and other UIA - KH Projects • Interacting with guest speakers including diplomatic correspondents, Brigade Commanders, and a Foreign Affairs spokesman

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• Tour of a chocolate factory, IDF base, seeing the Tel Aviv Scouts, floating in the dead sea and many other attractions • Attending the award night for scholarship recipients in honor of P.M. Kevin Rudd at Hebrew University

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Participants were privileged to celebrate the memorable Bar Mitzvah ceremony of three boys on the mission which the UIA arranged. Jacqui Hyman, mother of one of the Barmitzvah boy’s writes, “It was a once in life time unforgettable and spiritually moving experience. Despite the cold weather, David Hyman, Ari Josefsberg and Jayden Yarrow rolled up their sleeves, donned tefillin and proudly read from a beautiful Torah facing the Kotel”. Everyone joined in singing and dancing, creating wonderful ruach.

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During this Mission the adults learn more about the State of Israel and their children are provided with the foundations of Ahavat Israel (love of Israel) and a stepping stone for their later and further engagement with the Jewish State. The Key Workers Mission over the last 5 years has become a most important element in strengthening the special relationship between UIA Victoria, the Melbourne Jewish Community and the State of Israel.

DON’T WAIT - BOOK NOW – WE HAVE A MISSION WHICH BEST SUITS YOUR NEEDS! CED PRICE REDU

Maccabiah Mission 6 July 2009 – 14 July 2009

Key Workers Mission

23 December 2009 – 3 January 2010

Family Mission

End of December 2009 – January 2010

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HOLD THE DATE BOARDROOM LUNCH _____

THE UIA YACHAD BOARDROOM LUNCH

MONDAY 23 MARCH 2009

GUEST SPEAKER JEREMY RAPKE QC

If you would like to be involved in planning events and functions for our Yachad Division, please call Charlene Miller on 9272 5533 or email cmiller@uiavic.org

YACHAD L ABOUR DAY WEEKEND PARTY MARCH 8 2009

Bar VENUE: George Lane a (off Grey St) Kild St ne La ADDRESS: 1 George e Time: From 8pm till lat e drink) on s de COST: $15 entry (inclur 9272 5533 or lle Mi e en RSVP: Charl .org email cmiller@uiavic EEN FEATURING DJ MR SH NO APPEAL

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