Volume 31 Issue 15 27 May 2022 26 Iyyar 5782

Changing the World with Bamboo

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

Regular readers of my page will know that I am passionate about promoting a wide variety of organisations and individuals each week, highlighting the wonderful volunteering efforts of members of our School community as well as other connections I think might be of interest to our readers. I also love the opportunity to highlight the achievements of some of our alumni.

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 our Careers event, where they share their journeys with the students. Last week’s event was especially successful using a “speed dating” style – the buzz in the PAC and the MPH was palpable. Our students had 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. Check out Claire Pech’s comprehensive report in “Careers” in today’s Ma Nishma.

VIVID starts tonight
Friday 27 May 2022 – Saturday 18 June 2022

This festival connects Sydney to light artists, music makers and brilliant thinkers for 23 days. Check out the program for free and ticketed events. You may be able to use your Dine & Discover NSW vouchers towards entry fees for some of these events.

A message from alumnus Zac Levi (Class of 2015): “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. I am happy to announce that this Friday 27 May 2022, the artwork will be displayed on the façade of Cadmans Cottage in the Rocks and will run until Saturday 18 June 2022.’ You can find out more here   

Steven Durbach – The Healer SJM

Sydney Jewish Museum – this Sunday afternoon

Emanuel connections feature strongly at SJM this Sunday afternoon for “The Healer” which celebrates Jewish life in Poland before 1939. Produced and curated by Emanuel past parent Estelle Rozinski, with artwork by alumnus David Asher Brook and Emanuel parent Steven Durbach who says “For the last two years I have been working on drawing animations – work that I am very proud of. It’s for the event “The Healer” this Sunday from 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm and one that I am beyond thrilled to be part of because of what it’s about and who is involved in it. I would really love it if you can come.”

Follow this link to book for this in-person-event. Don’t forget to check out the many other SJM events that may be of interest to you too.


Calling ALL photographers, young and “old”
2022 Head On Photo Awards now open

Head On Foundation was established in 2008 by Emanuel parent Moshe Rosenzveig OAM as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the work of photographers at all stages of their career. Together with his wife Anita Schwartz and their amazing team, Head On has a world-wide reputation that provides photo-artists a fair chance to show their work. The Head On Portrait and Landscape Awards are open internationally to photographers of all levels, both professional and emerging, whilst The Head On Student Award is open to Australia’s young photographers (school years K-12) with over $70,000.00 in cash and prizes. Please note, entries close on Sunday 5 June 2022 (Sydney time).

Good luck to all our Emanuel photographers of all ages, as you consider entering this amazing competition.

Sydney Jewish Writers Festival (SJWF) 
Thursday 19 May 2022 – Monday 20 June 2022

After two years online, this year’s event will be live at Woollahra Library, Double Bay where alumnus Sam Koslowski (Head Madrich, 2012), cofounder of The Daily Aus, is one of the speakers.

Calling younger swimmers

Emanuel parent Elan Miller wears many hats, one of which is President of the Maccabi NSW Swimming Club. He sent through a report  during the week about Maccabi Swimming’s Development meet for children aged 12 and under, held at Des Renford Pool on Sunday 15 May 2022. Elan says “The Carnival was an opportunity where young swimmers had the opportunity be introduced to racing in a small, relaxed and positive environment”. 

The carnival was well attended, with over 100 swimmers from all over Sydney participating including Emanuel students Mia Goodridge, Sierra Miller, Ryan Miller, Jake Rosenfeld and Jake Shilbury. There were “seasoned professionals” to kids racing for the very first time, some even as young as 6, all looking to set personal best times, with every age group receiving Medals for their efforts.

There was a real spirit on deck as team-mates whistled, waved and cheered on the swimmers on producing an amazing atmosphere – there was so much excitement . The carnival was a great success and a wonderful way to be introduced to swimming. To join Maccabi Swimming Club email: nswswimming@maccabi.com.au

Elan also heads our Parent Security Group (PSG) – see an update on the PSG page in this week’s Ma Nishma.  We encourage more of our parents along with able-bodied grandparents and friends to join up. For more information on what is involved and how to be part of this very important team that helps to keep our campus and students safe please contact psg@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au.

JCA The Choice Foundation

Emanuel alumna Danielle Wakerman loves a good challenge. As Manager of the 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.

Changing the World with Bamboo

You may have seen world renowned environmentalist Dr Jane Goodall interviewed recently on Channel 10’s The Project, where she talked about her work over the past 60 plus years to help save the environment and also about recently partnering with Australian underwear brand Boody to become its first global ambassador – watch here. Emanuel alumnus Shaun Greenblo (Head Madrich, 2003) is Managing 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 “We are now The Official Underwear of the Entire Planet™. 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 already seen local billboards of Dr Goodall surrounded by models wearing Boody underwear?

Friendship Circle (FC)

If your children are aged 13 plus and in High School, please let them know about the opportunity to sign up as a volunteer for this FC 5-day camp in the July holidays.    

FC is also seeking young adults to join their Young Adult Leadership team, so those of you with older children, please tell them about this opportunity.

There is also the opportunity to join up for the Junior Getaway Committee, Teen Getaway Committee, or Day Camp Team (or enquire about all three). Both Getaways will be in August and July Day Camp is running from Monday 4 July 2022 – Friday 8 July 2022. To express interest and to find out about roles, responsibilities and what is involved please contact: Jaimi 0433 104 623 (Getaways) or Emma 0421 011 606 (Day Camp).

SIBS at Luna Park

Within our Emanuel community we have many families and individuals who volunteer for the annual Camp Sababa and some Emanuel families also have children with a disability who attend these amazing camps. 

A Camp Sababa Initiative for the siblings of children with disabilities in our community, SIBS has their next event on Sunday 12 June 2022 at Luna Park. For more information: sibs@campsabba.com.au

Friendship Bakery (FB)

FB sincerely thanks the support from our School community, many of whom visit the bakery week in week out to purchase their yummy kosher delights. Located at 2 Laguna Street Vaucluse in the grounds of Mark Moran, you can order online to then pick up or head up direct to the bakery and check out their in-store products.

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: snewell@emanuelschool.nsw.edu.au


Shabbat shalom, stay safe and have a great weekend.