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Introducing Max Futeran

Posted: 03-Nov-2011 by Maccabi NSW

INTRODUCING THE NEW PRESIDENT OF MACCABI NSW - MAX FUTERAN

After four years under the leadership of Ruth Nissim, Maccabi NSW enters a new era under Max Futeran – someone with no shortage of Maccabi history in his blood.

A MACCABI MAN

“As a family, the Futerans (and Myers, my wife’s maiden name), have been involved with Maccabi since we were born,” Max told Maccabi News.

“My parents met at a Maccabi sporting carnival in Bloemfontein in South Africa.”
Indeed, Max’s mother Jeanne, who represented South Africa at golf after narrowly missing out on doing so in swimming, was the president of the Maccabi World Union for ten years.

Max’s mother-in-law Stephanie Myers went to two Maccabiot and his late father-in-law Harold Myers went to five. And it was at the 2005 Games, where Max says he was “acting unofficially as her PA”, that Louis Platus, our Maccabi NSW patron, and Jeanne planted the seed of Maccabi involvement in Max’s mind.

He went on to be involved in the inaugural Maccabi Australia International Games committee, before serving as Maccabi NSW’s Finance Director, a position he held until his recent appointment as president.

“A short time after the completion of those games, I happened to bump into David Goldman who was then serving on the Maccabi NSW Executive and he convinced me to serve as Finance Director of Maccabi NSW.”

Max, whose two daughters enjoy the tennis club at Wellington Street, while one also plays junior football and will try her hand at netball next year, is the General Manager – Finance and Administration at BridgeClimb.

As for broader sporting interests; “I am a passionate Liverpool football club supporter, and oddly enough for an ex-South African, a die-hard Swans fan.”

BUILDING ON SUCCESS

Now, after beginning his Maccabi life winning the Western Province under-25kg Judo Championships “a long time ago” in South Africa, Max takes the helm of our roof body in NSW in Australia.

"I am excited to follow in my mother's footsteps and serve our community through Maccabi," Max said.

“Ruth has done a fantastic job steering Maccabi NSW over the last four years. I hope to carry on her good work and to continue to grow the organisation.

“Our new committee are passionate about Maccabi and have the skills needed to kick some serious goals.

“We are looking to continue on with the successes of the last year, extending our Mega Camps in the April and September School holidays.

“Where there is a need introducing new clubs like a table tennis club - which will host its first training session this Sunday from 5pm at Mizrachi Synagogue, free of charge.”

"New clubs are both a response to the changing needs of our community and meeting the needs of our community and will hopefully result in more opportunities for our members to represent us at Maccabiah in Israel."

STRONG FUTURE

“The new blood will bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

“This is already being demonstrated by the progress the Junior Carnival 2013 organising committee has already made for a carnival 14 months away and the fantastic new ideas being considered for the event.”

WHITE CITY

“Our main objective is to find a permanent home for the organisation.

“Right now the logical home would seem to be at White City as part of the Hakoah development. It makes further sense given that Maccabi Tennis is already a significant stakeholder.

“My dream is for all our Jewish sportsmen and women to be able to play sport in the same location at the same time in a place we call home.”

CHALLENGES

“Right now, one of Maccabi's challenges is that our young adults leave the organisation when their best playing days are over,” Max adds.

“We would like to keep the young adults within our organisation, see them developing their leadership skills within our organisation.

“We would like to see them participating in the leadership at a much earlier stage and not only when they have kids who need to be schlepped to Christianson Park or Willoughby.”

Picture: Max with his wife Debbie and two daughters Nicola and Mia.

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