The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) has appointed Naomi Levin as its chief operating officer, the first in the organisation’s history.
The appointment is part of a restructure of JCCV’s professional team to extend the impact and reach of its programs and advocacy in the Jewish and broader Victorian community.
Levin will join CEO Judy Fetter in a senior leadership role to focus on operational matters across the organisation, with the strategic guidance of president Daniel Aghion and the JCCV executive.
“The JCCV has a number of important projects underway, including rolling out antisemitism training for Victorian school teachers in collaboration with the Victorian Department of Education; providing successful Jewish immersion programs to local government staff; and safeguarding the vulnerable in our community,” Aghion said.
He continued that the addition of Levin to the JCCV professional staff “will allow our organisation to expand these collaborative programs to a larger audience – and further strengthen the voice of Victoria’s Jewish community”.
Echoing these sentiments, Fetter highlighted that Levin will “boost our capacity to deliver outstanding support, guidance and advocacy for our 54 affiliates and ensure our relationships with all stakeholders are advanced”.
Levin comes to the JCCV from the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, where she was a senior policy analyst. Prior to that, she worked for six years as a ministerial media adviser in the governments of Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, and was previously deputy editor of The AJN. She is a graduate of Mount Scopus College.
Levin said she looks forward to working with Fetter and the JCCV executive “to help lead our community to adapt and adjust to these shifts and to promote the values we hold dear as Jewish Victorians”.
“We are so fortunate to live in a state that welcomes, supports and strengthens many diverse groups, including our vibrant Jewish community,” she said.
“There are always challenges, but the Jewish community broadly – and the JCCV specifically – has the capability, drive and energy to respond to the changing dynamics in our community and continues to make a tangible difference.”