We are honoured to present our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years. The vision guiding our work is that: “Jewish values, inspire NCJWA Vic to empower women of all ages to achieve their potential & create a better world”.
During 2020-2025, our work in the Jewish and broader communities will focus on:
· Supporting women at key points across the lifecycle;
· Advancing the status of women;
· Promoting social cohesion and human rights; and
· Contributing to the empowerment of Israeli women and girls.
NCJWA Vic Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is available online.
Lee Ann Basser has announced that she will be stepping down as CEO of NCJWA Vic at the end of this year as she moves towards retirement.
Lee Ann has given an extended notice period in order to avoid any disruption to the organisation that could impact either the staff or the program participants and to ensure an orderly transition period during this particularly difficult period of the COVID-19 crisis.
The President, Miriam Bass, said that the board really appreciated the unusually long period of time that Lee Ann had given the organisation as it allowed them ample time to look for the right person to steer NCJWA Vic in the next phase of its development. Having just completed a new five year Strategic Plan, the next CEO will be able to oversee its implementation to achieve the key goals of extending the organisation’s reach and growing the programs.
Miriam said “Lee Ann has been with the organisation for four years and in that time has made a discernible difference. She has been instrumental in driving the growth of the organisation, raising its profile and developing an amazing team of staff.”
“Some of her specific achievements include tripling our fundraising, dramatically improving the quality of our speakers and programs and significantly growing our social media profile. She will be greatly missed by all the staff, volunteers, program participants and the board who she has worked so closely with during her time at the NCJWA Vic.”
In addition, Lee Ann has shown remarkable leadership during the COVID crisis and, together with her wonderful team, has found innovative ways to keep the NCJWA Vic programs operating. She took strong and decisive action and with the help of technology and some creative thinking has been able to support and keep people connected.
When asked to look back at her four years at the helm of NCJWA Vic, Lee Ann commented that, “NCJWA Vic has a proud history of serving women and girls in the Jewish and broader communities. I take immense pride in having lead the organisation over the last four years and witnessing it's transformation into a women's organisation for the 21st century and a voice for Jewish women in Victoria. This transformation has been a team effort with the Board, staff, volunteers and our supporters. I will step down from my current role at the end of the year and join the ranks of the supporters of NCJWA Vic"
“Recruitment for a new CEO has commenced.” Miriam said, “We are looking for an exceptional leader who can continue to build on the work that Lee Ann has done and drive the growth of the organisation over the next five years.”
The Jam Project has been commended for adapting so quickly to the changes since the government regulations kicked in. We are so proud of our current cohort and how they are all striving to maintain contact during this time.
It will also ensure a smoother transition for when face-to-face catch ups resume.
Recently, The Jam Project conducted its first supervision for buddies online via Zoom. This was well received and gave the opportunity to touch base and ensure the role of the buddy is being upheld and maintained.
We look forward to welcoming our participants and buddies together soon at our first Jam Session later in May 2020.
No matter how we have felt about Mother's Day in the past, this one is sure to be one out of the box! Most of us are not able to be with our mothers, our children or our grandchildren.
Parenting in this time of COVID-19 is certainly an equaliser for mothers with children of all ages, but for mothers of new babies there may be other unexpected challenges!
What does this coming Mother's Day mean to you? For some it may bring emotions of tenderness and warm fuzzies towards your own mother, for others, it may rekindle feelings of grief or sadness, or even resentment. Thinking about our own mothers and the legacies they have passed on to us, is indeed very unique and personal.
What legacy do you want to pass on to your own child? What are the values that you have in regard to being a mother? Who are your role models? Think of today as a wonderful opportunity to start developing your own family rituals and to truly think about those women in your life who have had a positive influence on you. Think about whether someone in your life is viewing you as a positive influence!
We know how challenging being a new (and not so new) mum is and would love to hear about what being a mother means to you, about the rituals that you will put in place on your Mother’s day and the kind of legacy you are building for your child. Motherhood is a journey and we have choices all along the way in which we can alter our direction.
We, at Caring Mums, are proud to be sharing in your journey.
Thinking of all of you,
Michelle Kornberg, Caring Mums Coordinator
Earlier this week, we launched a new initiative to enhance important connections with our Seniors Program volunteers – NCJWA Vic Sessions. Amid the current COVID-19 crisis, we try to find innovative ways to maintain and expand support channels with our program participants and volunteers.
The Sessions are taking place via Zoom, facilitated by Helen Nathan, Seniors Program Coordinator. The first Session was dedicated to catching up and the feedback received was very positive.
The next Session will include a special guest speaker – the talented singer-songerwriter Shani Weiss (to read more about Shani https://www.facebook.com/shaniweisss).
The Melbourne community is invited to mark Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut this year online, with special events being broadcast live via social media. NCJWA Vic is proud to be one of Zionism Victoria’s communal partners and will join the online streaming early next week.
The Yom Hazikaron Commemoration will be held on Monday, 27 April 2020 from 19:30-21:00. “Join us via Facebook Live as we collectively remember and honour Israel's fallen soldiers and victims of terror. The commemoration will commence promptly via video at 7:30PM and will be followed by specialised commemorations throughout the ensuing day” said Zionism Victoria.
Yom Ha’atzmaut 2020 Celebration will be held on Wednesday, 29 April 2020 from 20:00-22:00. “Get set to celebrate Israel's 72nd Yom Ha'atzmaut with a celebration like never before! This year, we are changing things up. With the COVID-19 situation keeping everyone at home, we're bringing all the incredible Yom Ha’atzmaut entertainment directly to you through social media!” said Zionism Victoria.
Just before Pesach, the participants and volunteers of NCJWA Vic Seniors Clubs received a special, hand-written card from Helen Nathan, Seniors Program Coordinator.
The feedback was heart-warming and touching. “I was so excited to get something in the mail, we really miss the club” said one of the participants.
In another initiative, the volunteers of the Seniors Clubs started a WhatsApp group to keep a virtual connection between themselves.
A big thank you to our program participants and volunteers for staying positive throughout these unprecedented times.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, NCJWA Vic Golden Age Clubs shifted from physical meetings to virtual, interactive meet-ups. Maintaining the important connections with our participants, the Golden Age Clubs are now holding intimate tele-meetings, consisting of 5-6 participants each.
The new tele-meetings include exciting virtual activities with guest speakers, music, and discussions. “In recent weeks, the participants enjoyed interesting talks from a journalist, microbiologist and a Rabbi” said Nellie Khoroshina, Golden Age Clubs Coordinator. “We also hold discussions about important Jewish occasions like Yom Hashoa, Yom Ha’atzmaut and Chagim” Nellie added.
For more information about the NCJWA Vic Golden Age Clubs contact Nellie via email@example.com
NCJWA Vic is committed to empowering women and girls in the Jewish and broader community. One of the four prongs of our mission is to contribute to the empowerment of women and girls in Israel.
We do this in a number of ways. We provide a platform for Israeli women visiting Australia, through advocacy, social media posts, and community education. We also provide financial support to the Haifa Rape Crisis Centre in Israel – a project very much aligned with our mission.
The decision to single out the Haifa Rape Crisis Centre was made by all sections of NCJWA at last year's National Convention.
If you want to know more about this project see https://www.ncjwa.org.au/our-work/projects/hrcc/
The values that underpin our Seniors Programs are very close to our hearts. These programs exist to facilitate social connection for people living independently in their own homes. Our program coordinators and volunteers have been reaching out to our program participants on an individual basis, checking that they are safe and well and inquiring about their needs.
While some programs are in a hiatus for the moment, we are adapting what are normally large group programs to the times. The Golden Age Clubs will meet in small groups up to 6 people facilitated by our coordinator Nellie Khoroshina, using telephone conferencing and Skype. They will continue the educational program connecting participants to Judaism and celebrating the chagim.
Watch this space for more updates on the Seniors Programs operations. #StrongerTogether
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