The MAI Board


Maccabi Australia’s Board consists of a President, a Treasurer, plus a further five to seven Directors. The Presidents of Maccabi Victoria, Maccabi New South Wales, Maccabi Western Australia and Maccabi Queensland as well as the Chairperson of the Board of Governors completes the MAI Board. The full Executive of Maccabi Australia meets a minimum of six times a year, continuing its commitment to strong governance, sound decision-making and national Jewish strategic leadership.

Jeff Sher
President

Jeff joined the MAI Board in 2009, having been involved with Maccabi since emigrating from South Africa in 1978. He has served the MAI board in various capacities including National Sports, Leadership and Strategy.  As a swimmer and water polo player, Jeff has participated in 7 Maccabiah, winning 15 medals. At the 2009 Games he won 4 Gold Medals, 2 Silver and four years later performed even better, winning 5 Gold, 2 Silver in Masters Swimming across all freestyle distances including the Ocean swim. He also won bronze medals with the water polo team in 1981 and 85.  At the 2017 games was the Team Manager for the Masters swimming team. He has been a Club Secretary of the VIC Swimming Club and of the NSW Water polo Club. He was the recipient of the 2013 Maccabi National and Victorian Masters Sportsman of the year awards. Jeff has an MBA and significant experience in business leadership. He has been a CEO of an Australian public listed and an Executive Director of a South Africa-based transnational listed company. More recently he has been a strategic consultant to a number of significant retail and supply companies. 


 

Barry Smorgon OAM
Chairman and Head of Delegation 21st Maccabiah

Barry participated in his first Senior Carnival in Athletics as a 14 year old. He competed for Maccabi Athletics from 1962 till 1970, winning many awards as Jewish champion, and went on to the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1969 as a member of the Athletics Team. Barry also played Australian Rules Football for AJAX Football Club from 1970 to 1978, playing 100 games. He served on the Committee of both clubs as Vice President, as well as on the Maccabi Victoria Executive. Barry was Patron of MAIGs in Sydney 2004 and 2010. He joined the Executive of Maccabi Australia in 2006, and created the Board of Governors in 2007, serving as Founding Chairman, along with the role of Chairman of MAI.  In business, Barry serves as Executive Chairman of Tismor Health and Wellness which manufactures food and pharmaceutical products and Sandbar Investments, a private investment company. He is a Director of DBR Corporation as well as several other private companies. Barry is former NSW Chairman of AIJAC a position held for 16 years and Life Governor of Jewish Communal Appeal.

Barry received the Award of Australia Medal ( OAM ) for services to the Community , Business & Maccabi in 2010.


 

Sydney Kahn
Treasurer 

Sydney has been involved in Maccabi since representing South African Maccabi at soccer in 1972. He has been a member of the Maccabi Victoria Golf Club for many years and more recently was instrumental in establishing the Maccabi North Caulfield Senior Women's Football Club, which he has managed since 2007. He is also a Board Member of the Maccabi North Caulfield Football Club. Sydney was appointed as Section Manager for the Australian Women's Football Team that competed successfully at the 18th and 19th Maccabiah in 2009 and 2013. Sydney served as Federal Treasurer for JNF Australia for 5 years and is currently a member of the Building and Finance Committee of Central Community Centre Inc. Sydney is also a Director of the Delloittes.


 

Daniel Parasol
Revenue Raising

Daniel has been involved in Maccabi having attended numerous Junior and Senior Carnivals and also representing Australian in the 1997 Maccabiah Games. Daniel has been involved with Maccabi as a competitor and now a parent of 3 children actively involved with Maccabi Sport. Daniel also currently serves on the Leibler Yavneh College Executive and was a former member of the Bendigo Bank Caulfield Park Community Bank Board. Professionally Daniel is an Investment Adviser and Partner at Evans and Partners.

Daniel was elected onto the Board in November 2016


 

Philip Sheezel 
Member Protection 

Philip Sheezel has been an active participant in Maccabi for over 50 years having played cricket for the Ajax Cricket Club in the 60’s, competed in many interstate cricket carnivals, and was vice captain of the Australian cricket team to the 1973 Maccabiah.

In the early 1990’s Philip was a Board Member of the AJAX Football Club and became vice President of Maccabi Victoria in 1995. He was appointed President of Maccabi Victoria in 2000 and held that position for 3 years.

In 2003 Philip played a key role in establishing the Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation and remains as one of its Directors. The Foundation has raised nearly $2 million to support Maccabi club activities since its establishment.

Philip was appointed to the Board of MAI in 2013 and has been responsible to oversee the development and implementation of the organisation’s member protection program across Australia.

Philip was inducted into the Maccabi Vicotira Hall of Fame in March 2006 and appointed a Life Member later that year.

Philip has practiced as a commercial and litigation lawyer for over 45 years. His firm (PS Law) specialises in providing advice to businesses on a range of commercial matters. 


 

Mikki Silverman
Sport - International

Mikki Silverman has been involved with Maccabi for most of her lifetime. Mikki was a member of the Maccabi Victoria Netball Cub for over 10 years, and was part of the Gold winning netball team at the 2005 Maccabiah Games. Mikki has been part of the management team at a number of Maccabi international games, most recently as an Assistant Open Team Manager to the 2013 Maccabiah.

Mikki began her professional career as an Engineer and went on to work in Management Consulting at Bain & Company. Mikki is currently part of the leadership team at Coles Liquor working in strategy. Mikki brings a passion for sport, community involvement and organisational strategy to the Board.


 

David Cohen
Sport - National inc Leadership

David has been involved in various Jewish community organisations over the last 10 years developing leadership programs and long-term strategic plans. David has been involved with Maccabi for the best part of 20 years participating in youth football, representing Maccabi Swimming at a state level and working as a Physiotherapist at the Maccabiah Games. David has been part of the National Leadership subcommittee providing structure to leadership development for our young leaders at Junior Carnival. David is extremely passionate about empowering young leaders to take on leadership roles throughout the Jewish community and specifically Maccabi.


 

Julian Dunne
Marketing

 

Julian is a marketing professional with extensive experience in senior marketing roles, managing iconic Australian and multinational brands including The AFL, Cricket Australia and GM Holden. He has worked in leadership roles on both the client and agency side. Extensive experience in brand, digital marketing, sponsorship, sales, public relations, research, project and stakeholder management and a demonstrated ability in building brands and significantly expanding sales and revenue.


 

Tom Goldman OAM
Chairperson of Board of Governors 

Tom's more than 48 year involvement with Maccabi includes 12 Maccabiot in various capacities including Head of Delegation in 2009. He is a Past President of Maccabi NSW and Past President of MAI (1994 - 1998).  As a result of his extensive service and commitment to Maccabi he is now a Life Member of both MAI and Maccabi NSW, as well as receiving the honour on the world stage after Yakir Maccabi. Tom was also recently apopinted to the position Vice President of Maccabi World Union.  In his working life Tom is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Travel and was formerly Chairman of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents NSW Branch, Director of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents and Chairman and Director of Travelscene Limited. He currently serves on the Helloworld Advisory Board.

Tom is currently a Vice President of Maccabi World Union.


 

Brian Swersky
President of Maccabi Victoria

Brian is a Maccabi man through and through. He began his affiliation with Maccabi in the 1970's as Captain of the AJAX Swimming Team.  He has attended numerous Carnivals, been a Team Manager for Junior Girls Basketball and is a member of the Maccabi Cycling Club.

Brian was on the Junior Carnival Organising Committee (Marketing) for Melbourne Junior Carnival 2011 with responsibility for the Community Day, and the following year joined the Board of Maccabi Victoria as Chairman.

He has played an instrumental role in the development and roll out of Maccabi’s Member Protection Policy (MPP) program, of which he is most proud.  In August 2016, Brian was elected the new President of Maccabi Victoria.

Outside of his Maccabi life, Brian worked for many years as a Solicitor with Swersky & Velos Lawyers.  He left the practice to become the Managing Director at Dimmeys Stores for ten years.  He is currently co-Managing Director at Lincraft Australia where he has been since 2005.

Brian is married to Leah and has 4 children.


 

Lauren Ehrlich 
President of Maccabi NSW

Since her arrival back in Australia in 2000 Lauren has been a committee member of the Maccabi NSW Netball Club. She has held positions which have included the presidency, coaching coordinator, umpire coordinator, club secretary, coach (level2) and is a certified National C umpire. She is a past squash player winning at A1 level and has also played tennis at an international level.

Lauren is extremely passionate about sport in general and firmly advocates the Maccabi motto which is connecting our Jewish community through sport. She believes that this promotes the Maccabi identity and brings together people of all ages to participate at all levels in something they love.

Other community involvement includes:

  • Past President Moriah College Parents and Friends Association. 2012-2017
  • Attended 5 consecutive Maccabiot as athlete and manager positions ..and winning medals too! Most recently,   Regional manager of the North.
  • Head of delegation to Pan Am Games Chile-2015/2016
  • Athlete / manager Pam Am games Brazil-2011/2012-Bronze medalist
  • Medalist in tennis 2005/2009
  • Recipient of volunteer of the year from Northern Suburbs Netball Association

     

Justine Sharbanee - President Maccabi WA 

Justine Sharbanee joined the Maccabi WA Executive in 2006, but was involved in Maccabi WA many years before that as a Carnival participant and Youth Leader. She attended her first Senior Carnival in Adelaide as a very young (chaperoned) 13 year old in the WA Physical Culture team and then competed every year after that in physical culture, athletics and netball.

Justine represented WA in State team in 1981, 1982 and 1983 as a sprinter and went to the 12th Maccabiah games in 1985 for athletics. As she was living in Israel at the time she ended up represented Israel in the inaugural netball team at the 14th Maccabiah Games in 1993.

Justine was President of Maccabi Netball club from 2006 – 2011 and again 2016 - 2017. She was Junior Carnival Team Manager at the 28th Perth Carnival in 2010 and  2011, Junior Carnival Social Director in Perth Carnival in 2013. Most recently Justine was Team Manager of the Senior Women’s Netball team for the Maccabiah Games in 2017 where the girls won gold.

Out of Maccabi Justine has also been President of the Perth College Netball Academy 2012 – 2017, one of the largest clubs at Perth Netball Association, and worked in fashion marketing and tender proposals for Occupational Physicians.

Justine is married to Paul and has 3 children.


 

Ellana Aarons 
Executive Director

Whilst appointed to the position of Executive Director in April 2012, Ellana was no stranger to Maccabi prior to this appointment, with a 30 year involvement in many capacities. Her experience has been at Club level including Presidency (netball and softball), team management for Junior and Senior Carnivals and International Games including MAIGs and the Maccabiah. She has also held administration roles for both Maccabiah and Pan American Games delegations.

Her most recent professional experience was as a Senior Consultant and Director of Operations for leading not-for-profit consultancy O’Keefe & Partners in the areas of strategic development and fundraising. 


 

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