Volume 31 Issue 14 20 May 2022 19 Iyyar 5782

How to Raise a Jewish Dog

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

National Careers Week and National Volunteer Week 
Monday 16 May 2022 – Sunday 22 May 2022

We held our 2022 Careers Space event on Wednesday morning, to co-incide with National Careers Week. It was wonderful to see over 20 past students return to School to talk to our Years 11 and 12 students, sharing details about their journeys after leaving school. Some of these alumni are still studying and they gave great advice to our students about how to get the most out of university life and choosing courses, and that it’s OK to not know exactly where your studies will take you. Others highlighted changes in career paths  – again highlighting the strong message that it is ok to change one’s mind along the way. There will be a full report and more photos in next week’s Ma Nishma.

Many of our extended school community, both students and adults, spend time volunteering for so many varied causes and organisations –  including our own PSG and the P&F and for the Sydney Jewish Museum, Friendship Circle and Maccabi just to name a few, as well as for an array of non-Jewish organisations and charities – the list of organisations seeking volunteers is huge.

Emanuel Alumni – delighted to be back at school

Sydney Jewish Museum (SJM)

Emanuel connections with the Museum are certainly far-reaching, and as readers of my page know, SJM has a very special place in my heart for so many reasons. Each week I finish off my page with a request for details if you would like to share some news with our readers. Last Friday, Emanuel parent Naomi Raiz sent me this message: After reading about the Sydney Jewish Museum on your page in this week’s Ma Nishma, I thought you might like to know that my son Jacob Raiz (Year 3) was part of the event that took place on Mother’s Day in the Museum, celebrating the connection of four generations to the Holocaust, with his great grandmother Yvonne Engelman OAM, his grandmother Shirley Rosenthal and me. Jacob and I featured in the event via Zoom as we had Covid!

The panel event examined the immutable bond that exists across three generations of strong women. Expert Counsellor Kim Slender, previously School Counsellor at Emanuel School for many years, led this very special event that explored the psychology of intergenerational trauma as well as celebrating an amazing journey of survival. Another connection for this family and the Museum is through Jacob’s paternal grandmother, Sonja Raiz, who has volunteered at the Museum for over 20 years. You will usually find Sonja behind the counter in the Museum Shop, where you can purchase some beautiful traditional Jewish artefacts, cookbooks and autobiographic books written by holocaust survivors, some of whom are Emanuel grandparents and great grandparents, along with many other books. You can even find a book titled How to Raise a Jewish Dog.

Don’t forget to check out the Museum’s calendar for lectures and events.

Friendship Circle (FC) Day Camp 
Monday 4 July 2022 – Friday 8 July 2022

If your children are aged 13 plus and are in High School, they might be interested in signing up as a volunteer for this 5-day camp in the July holidays. Volunteer registration is now open.

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 – they can get more information here.     


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.