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Maccabi Members Awarded JCCV Recognition Awards

Posted: 26-Nov-2015 by Maccabi VIC

Over 200 people from across the Jewish community, representing a wide range of affiliates of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV), gathered on Monday for the JCCV 2015 Community Recognition Awards.
The Awards were presented by Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane who spoke about the importance of community, the exceptional community focus of the Victorian Jewish community and the issue of antisemitism.  Dr Soutphommasane applauded the work of the JCCV and the B’nai B’rith Antidefamation Commission in combatting antisemitism.

Congratulations to Lauren Mandel who was awarded the JCCV Young Leader Award for her commitment and drive in working on the Maccabi All Abilities Project. Her dedication to social inclusion for Jews of all abilities was applauded.  This was only the second year that the JCCV Young Leader Award was presented.

Congratulations to Justin Lipson who was awarded the JCCV Volunteer Award for Maccabi Victoria 

Lauren Mandel

Lauren has been involved with Maccabi and the Maccabi All Abilities group for 10 years, first in a voluntary role helping to coach a basketball team, than as a paid assistant basketball coach and then moving into the Inclusion Co-ordinator role.

Maccabi Victoria established the All Abilities program for the promotion and advancement of the rights, welfare and social inclusion of Jewish people with disabilities engaged in sport and recreational activities and to foster their physical health and wellbeing. The program has continued to grow since the development of the 'The All Abilities Needs Analysis (2012)', which identified a range of key needs for the target group, and the appointment of Lauren as the All Abilities Inclusion Coordinator.

The All Abilities program offer members the opportunity to train and play in variety of sports, participate in Come and Try events as well as opportunities to volunteer and work within the community. The All Abilities program supports the mainstream clubs to introduce specific teams or competitions for people with special needs and welcomes all club enquiries. Through the Maccabi Victoria clubs, there are growing pathways and opportunities to play in both  All Abilities and mainstream teams, competitions and events.

 Lauren Mandel was involved in the Melbourne Junior Carnival Organising Committee throughout 2014, and worked together with the other committee members to ensure that the carnival was fully accessible and inclusive to all members of the Melbourne Junior Carnival who live with a disability.

The countless heartfelt and testimonials from families, work and industry peers, programme sponsors and supporters, is a true credit to the achievements and difference that Lauren has made.

Lauren is an extremely worthy and deserving winner of the 2015 JCCV Young Leader award, and have no doubt that she will continue to make a significant contribution to the Jewish community for many years to come.

Justin Lipson

Justin Lipson has been a volunteer with Maccabi at both a state and national level since 2003. His first appointment was as a Youth Leader at the first New Zealand Junior Sports Carnival. His outstanding leadership qualities lead to his selection as a Youth leader for the following 2 carnivals, and with some years of experience behind him, it was fitting that he would progress to higher levels of leadership at Maccabi.

Justin went on to become a Maccabi Junior Carnival Assistant Carnival Manager at both the Melbourne 2007 & Melbourne 2011 home state Junior Carnivals and Maccabi Junior Carnival Event Manager for the 33rd Junior Carnival held in Melbourne in January 2015 - a mammoth task which he carried out to distinction. The event attracted over 450 participants from all over Australia and New Zealand.

On a national level, Justin has taken on leadership roles at the 19th Maccabiah and will take on the role of Deputy General Manager to the Australian Delegation for the 20th Maccabiah in Israel in 2017, a role he is very much looking forward to.

Maccabi’s raison d’etre is to “Connect the Jewish community through sport…and strengthen Jewish identity” and Justin is a wonderful ambassador for Maccabi in this regard - and at just 30 years of age!

On behalf of all at Maccabi Victoria – Mazal Tov Justin – your outstanding and untiring work for Maccabi on so many levels makes you a most worthy recipient of this award.

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