Jewish Administrator - NSW JBoD Award

Tom York OAM

The 2017 year was a huge year for Tom as he led the Australian Maccabiah team to the 2017 Maccabiah games held in Israel from 06/07/17 to 18/07/17. Tom was the Head of Delegation and under his leadership the 20th Australian Maccabiah Team was considered to be the most successful Australian team to compete at the games. The Australian delegation was the largest ever to represent Australia (576 ) members and ranked only third behind USA and Argentina in numbers of participants. The team won more medals ever including 29 gold,47 silver and 62 bronze.

Tom introduced new ideas such as official farewells for the team in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The Sydney function drew over 600 people and give NSW based members a much deserved community send off. For the first time there was the 2017 official Maccabiah torch relay. In Sydney the torch visited Moriah college high school and Primary school and the Emanuel high school and Mount Sinai primary school. The torch even found its way to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Both the events give Maccabi NSW great exposure.

We had the biggest medical team ever giving great support to the athletes. The media team increased to 6 people providing brilliant coverage prior to and during the games.
For the first time there was a strong connection with family and friends who were able to have access to daily results, photos and stories.

The team was very professionally run with Tom having a strong involvement in all aspects of the teams preparation. Tom raised significant amounts of money for the team and not one athlete missed out on representing Australia due to financial hardship. Tom's mission was to give our athletes and officials a unique sporting experience and a feeling of what it means to represent your country at an international event.

Debbie Rutstein

Debbie has been involved in numerous communal organisations since she was 14. In relation to 2017 she held the position of compliance officer on the NSW Board and also was assistant regional manager for Maccabiah. She also sat on the MAI Board subcommittee for compliance and was nominated as chairperson of that committee for 2018. 

Debbie attended the MWU plenum in March 2017 in her role as assistant regional manager for youth and then Maccabiah in the same role in July 2017. She was a committee member of MAI Board compliance subcommittee and helped develop online training program for MPP. 

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