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Insightful inaugural Breakfast of Champions

Posted: 27-Mar-2014 by Maccabi NSW

Maccabi NSW have introduced a new concept known as “Breakfast of Champions”.

"The intention is to hold them every few months” said Maccabi Community Portfolio Officer Ruth Nissim. “It will be an opportunity for Maccabi members to get together in an intimate environment, over breakfast, and socialise, network and relax. The events will be organised around speakers who have some connection to sport”.

"We were lucky to be able to launch the concept with Richard Bernstein”, said Maccabi President Danny Hochberg. "Richard was in Australia to raise funds for a Victorian Maccabi initiative to include disabled athletes in sport, and they kindly offered his services to us.”

Particularly exciting was the fact that a number of Achilles Organisation members, who are also members of our Community attended. Achilles athletes compete in events with disabled athletes, guiding them, and thus allowing them to participate in events they would normally not be able to compete in.

Richard Bernstein is a tireless advocate for disabled rights and providing a voice to those who would otherwise be forced to be silent. Blind since birth, Richard graduated summa cum laudefrom the University of Michigan and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He earned his Juris Doctor at the Northwestern University School of Law. Richard works as an attorney at The Sam Bernstein Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Richard is committed to taking action to help clients who need him. He has been a tireless advocate for disabled rights, and has taken part in and won some landmark cases.

Richard teaches a political science course in social activism at the University of Michigan and served an eight-year term on the Board of Governors at Wayne State University in Michigan, elected by voters statewide, serving as Chair from 2009-2010.
Honors Richard has received include “Michiganian of the Year” by the Detroit News, one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ “40 Under 40,” and recognition on worldwide television by CNN as a leader in keeping government honest. He is the recipient of the 2008 John W. Cummiskey Pro Bono Award from the State Bar of Michigan and was selected by The Young Lawyers Section of the State Bar of Michigan as the 2003 - 2004 Regeana Myrick Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient for outstanding commitment to public service. Richard also was named a 2009 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and received the James T. Neubacher Award in 2011. In 2011, he also was selected by L. Brooks Patterson, Michigan’s Oakland County Executive, as one of the region’s Elite 40 Under 40.

In his spare time, Richard is an avid runner, completing 18 marathons - including eight New York City marathons – the Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2008 and the Israman triathlon in Eilat, Israel in 2011. He also co-hosts a one-hour legal radio show called “Fighting for Justice” with Pulitzer Prize winner Angelo Henderson on WCHB-AM (1200) in Metro Detroit.

Photo: L-R: Rabbi Kavka (The Friendship Circle), Barry Smorgon OAM (Maccabi Australia), Ruth Nissim (Board Member Maccabi NSW), Richard Bernstein, Jon Pillemer (Centric Health) and Danny Hochberg (President Maccabi NSW).

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