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Tomorrow’s leaders

The future of our community is in good hands.

On page 2 of this week’s AJN and in our special 12-page insert, you will read about the “36 under 36” exemplary young Jewish Australians who have been named Changemakers this year.

Every single one can hold their head up high; they have done themselves and our community proud and we congratulate them wholeheartedly.

The annual B’nai B’rith, JNF and AJN Changemaker Awards are about more than recognition. They are about the future leaders of our community.

Identifying our dedicated young Jewish contributors and rewarding them is important in its own right – hard work and passion deserves recognition. But by highlighting their achievements and their commitment, the aim is to enable them to get the support and opportunities to make them even better leaders in the future.

The concept of “36 under 36”, honouring our former CEO and friend Joshua Levi is a fitting one. No one exemplified passion for our community quite like Josh. He loved and was active in both the Sydney and Melbourne Jewish communities; he wanted them to be the best they can be.

The Joshua Levi Young Professional Award, awarded for the first time last year, recognises passionate young Jewish leaders in a professional capacity and we congratulate joint winners Rebecca Adler and Kira Brandt. We thank the Levi family for their generosity in sponsoring this award as part of Josh’s legacy.

We also congratulate Young Adult Volunteer Award winners Naomi Blitz, Josh Feldman and Julia Sussman, Under-18s Volunteer Award winner Ruby Borer, and thank Meriton for generously donating the volunteer prizes.

Also on page 2 this week you’ll read about the recent Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) leadership training summit.

AUJS does a fantastic job of preparing young Jewish adults to be leaders in our community, teaching advocacy and conflict resolution.

The proof is in the pudding; AUJS alumni can be found in roles across both the Jewish and wider communities.

These are but two examples. There are many other initiatives in the community playing their part in creating tomorrow’s leaders.

Let’s support them in any way we can.

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