Each year, The AJN partners with B’nai B’rith and JNF to honour the outstanding Jewish young adults who make a difference in their professional work, volunteering and involvement in the Australian Jewish community, and in society as a whole.
This year, the Changemakers are now being showcased as the “Top 36 under the age of 36” in an insert where you can find the profiles of the top rising stars of our community. Reading through their profiles is inspiring and reassures us that the future of our community is in excellent hands.
The concept pays homage to the late Joshua Levi’s 36 years, during which he excelled as a young communal leader as the CEO of The Australian Jewish News.
“Not only was Josh was a much-loved colleague to all at the paper, but his passion for the Jewish community was infectious,” AJN national editor Gareth Narunsky said.
“We can think of no better way to honour him.”
This year, the Joshua Levi Young Professional Award is being presented to both Rebecca Adler from Victoria and Kira Brandt from NSW. The recipients will receive $5000, gifted by the Levi family as part of Joshua’s legacy, to further their careers in the community as up-and-coming leaders.
The Young Adult Volunteer Award winners are Naomi Blitz from Western Australia, Josh Feldman from Victoria and Julia Sussman from NSW, who will split $3000 prize money between them.
Ruby Borer from NSW is the Under 18’s Volunteer Award winner with a prize of $1500. The volunteer prizes are gifted by Meriton.
Changemakers coordinator Etty Ayalon said she is delighted the awards have a wider reach with the insert.
“Each and every one of them deserves to be acknowledged for their vision, mission and outstanding work,” she said.
“These awards bring attention to their work and allows the community to reach out and offer support, collaborations and further opportunities.
“You will be amazed by the depth and breadth of talent and forward thinking of these young leaders who recognise and create solutions for issues they see within the community to work towards a stronger, united and sustainable future.”
B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Unit president Ernie Friedlander, who initiated the awards, said, “The Changemakers are a credit to humanity who continue to promote the positives” and encouraged them to make the best of every day.
Read about all the Changemakers in the insert in this week’s AJN.