Volume 31 Issue 17 10 Jun 2022 11 Sivan 5782

Celebrating her success

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

Platinum Jubilee

Whether you are a Royalist or not, one could not help but see footage of Queen Elizabeth ll Platinum Jubilee celebrations on television this week, and how cute was the Queen’s afternoon tea with Paddington Bear. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

Although Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children’s literature, his creator Michael Bond has been quoted as saying this bear was a refugee with a label “Please look after this bear”. It is thought that Michael was likely to have been inspired by the sight during World War II, of Jewish refugee children from Europe, who wore labels with similar wording. These children were part of Kindertransport. Some of our past and current grandparents were amongst this group of youngsters, mainly from Germany and Austria, who were separated from their families around the start of the War. They were sent to England to live with families they’d never met before, but they thankfully survived, unlike their parents, many of whom were murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other extermination camps.

Some of these Kindertransport children wrote their memoirs as did other child survivors – their books can be found on the shelves at the Sydney Jewish Museum Shop. 


Emanuel School opened its doors at Temple Emanuel, Woollahra in February 1983 with just 53 students, to fill a gap in education within the Sydney Jewish community. By 2001, having been at the Randwick site since 1986, the School Board adopted a new management strategy that revolutionised the direction taken by the School as a Jewish Community Day School – to nurture a commitment to Jewish community, heritage, ethical living and the State of Israel. We support the principals of religious pluralism and egalitarianism, along with co-existence and acceptance of diversity. Many of our School families practise their religious beliefs as members of the numerous Sydney Jewish congregations that includes Emanuel Synagogue, Coogee Synagogue, The Great Synagogue, Maroubra Synagogue and Sephardi Synagogue. Most synagogues and many other community organisations hold regular events to which members of the wider Jewish community are invited to attend. 

VIVID ends on Saturday 18 June 2022

If you’re still planning a visit to VIVID, don’t forget to check out Emanuel alumnus Zac Levi’s artwork “Crowded Cadmans”, a 3D animation that comes straight from the imaginations of Sydney-based artists living with a disability. Zac’s role with this project was 3D modelling, animation, visual effects and look development. Originally prepared for Vivid 2019, the artwork is now on display on the façade of Cadmans Cottage in the Rocks and will run until Saturday 18 June 2022.     

Ai In The Modern World: Business, The Law & Ethics

One very exciting event coming up on Tuesday 14 June 2022 at Emanuel Synagogue is a thought provoking panel discussion on the subject “Ai In The Modern World: Business, The Law & Ethics”. One of the panelists is Emanuel parent Lyria Bennett Moses, director of the Allens Hub for technology, Law and Innovation and a Professor and associate dean (research) in the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW. Get tickets here.   

Celebrating her success

Kerri Sackville, Emanuel parent and author

National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW) is holding an event titled Celebrating Her Success on Sunday 19 June 2022 from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, with successful Jewish women at various stages of their careers who will talk about how they got to where they are with their various projects/endeavours, encouraging other women to pursue their goals in the same vein. Speakers include Emanuel parent and author Kerri Sackville and alumna Rikki Stern (Class of 2016), founder and director of Cancer Chicks Australia. Book here   

Maccabi Life – Seniors Group

Emanuel families have been a huge part of Maccabi for a very long time, through the various sporting clubs with some volunteering on club committees, some as coaches and others as participants in the many teams. Maccabi NSW/Maccabi Life already run a series of very successful Walkie Talkie events, many of which are attended by members of our school community. They are about to launch Seniors – Walkie Talkie, Maccabi Life. The aim is to connect the 65+ age group via a leisurely walk outdoors, in the fresh air, followed by an inspiring talk/entertainment. For their first event on Wednesday 29 June 2022, they will meet at 10.00 am at the Friendship Bakery, Laguna Street Vaucluse and walk for an hour around Christensen Park area then go upstairs at the Mark Moran Vaucluse to play Bingo. Coffee and cake will be provided by the Friendship Bakery  
Bookings are essential for this event.


Don’t forget the screening of ONE IN SIX this Sunday evening on ABC Compass.

If you read my page last week, you will know that the Australian Jewish Fertility Network, AJFN is an amazing charity that helps many Jewish couples in their hoped journey to parenthood. A number of our School community work/volunteer for AJFN, whilst others have successfully gone on to parenthood through this wonderful organisation. 

July school holidays

July School holidays are just around the corner and there are numerous camps and workshops planned, many of which have a strong Emanuel connection. Perhaps your children will be attending Habonim’s winter camp Machane Dvash or for students aged 13 plus, maybe volunteering at Friendship Circle (FC) 5-day camp. Click here for details.

FC is also seeking young adults to join their Young Adult leadership team, so for our readers with older children, please tell them about this opportunity. Click here for more details.

Friendship Bakery

Friendship Bakery is currently seeking a Bakery Sales and Shop Manager who will lead an inclusive team and oversee the smooth running of all retail operations, customer service and community liaison. The role can be part-time, full-time or job share, so if you know someone who might fit the bill, please suggest they apply

We look forward to sharing our news and yours, so if you have photos and/or news you would like to share with us, please send to Sonia Newell.        

Shabbat shalom, stay safe, stay warm and have a great long weekend.