Maccabi Victoria Board

Maccabi Victoria is an incorporated association with its own constitution and by-laws.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held annually in August.

The Board consists of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and up to nine Board Members.

All Board Members are elected for two years, with the President and Vice-President standing down in the same year.

Board Members and office holders must be nominated by an affiliated Maccabi Victoria club.


Brian Swersky


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.


Dean Mohr

Vice President

Dean Mohr has been involved in Maccabi throughout his sporting life, first as a participant in every possible activity from junior and senior football, to volleyball and table tennis and more recently as a supporting father and coach of his sons’ basketball and football teams. Nothing gives him greater pleasure than being involved in this capacity as he sees his passion for sport and fitness through the eyes of his children. In his professional life Dean is the Managing Director of Bodycare Workplace Solutions who are leaders in workplace health, safety and injury prevention around Australia and New Zealand. Dean is also a Board Member of the Workplace Health Association of Australia and has an in-depth understanding of the importance of health and well-being in every generation. In joining the Maccabi Victoria Board earlier in 2016, Dean hopes to contribute to the overall strategy and direction of Maccabi Victoria and to encourage Jewish youth to become involved in sport from a young age, to value the importance of health and fitness throughout their lives.


Glen Kanevsky


Glen is a Partner in Deloitte. He has over 15 years’ experience in providing corporate restructuring, insolvency and financial advisory services to public and private corporations, State owned enterprises and Government agencies, as well as advising major financial institutions in relation to complex underperforming loans. He has worked extensively throughout Australia and Asia-Pacific.

Glen is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Western Australia. He is a Registered and Official Liquidator, member of Turnaround Management Association of Australia; Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association, and a Fellow of FINSIA.

Glen has had an association with Maccabi Victoria for over 25 years beginning with playing for the Maccabi Hockey Club at the age of 10. As a Board Member of Maccabi Victoria, Glen has the Treasurer portfolio.


Sam Strunin


Sam has joined the board of Maccabi Victoria, with a brief to oversee the organisation's marketing/branding portfolio.

Sam is a proven brand visionary and thought leader who comes to Maccabi after holding board positions at two other national NGO’s as well as the Maccabi Victoria Tennis Club. Sam has been involved with Maccabi for more than 36 years, having played for the hockey, tennis and football clubs as a junior and senior. He Is married to Lisa and together they have two sons Joshua and Jarrod, both keen sportsmen and active Maccabi members.

During his twenty plus-years working in Marketing/Advertising, Sam has been the architect of numerous, print, TV, digital and social media campaigns for some of Australia’s leading brands. Sam specialises in brand management for companies operating in the Entertainment, Fashion, Beauty and Jewellery Industries. He has worked with local, national and international brands including Red Cross, Trevor Barker Foundation, Adidas, Dimmeys, Loreal, BMG Records, Fox FM and many others.


Anita Bartfeld

Board Member

Anita Bartfeld has found herself intrinsically connected to Maccabi since the mid-1980s, having first watched her father play Squash and Volleyball from the sidelines; and in the last 10 years she has avidly supported her husband in his Hockey pursuits for both the Seniors and the Veterans.

In more recent years, Anita has cheered her oldest son, Jesse on in both his Milo Cricket and Auskick endeavours and looks forward to continuing the family tradition when her younger son, Noah joins the Maccabi fold in coming years.

In her professional life, Anita is a Barrister with a particular focus on wills and estates; and works tirelessly to promote the interests of the elderly and disabled through her appearance work in the Guardianship List at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

In joining the Maccabi Victoria Board in late 2017, Anita hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the future direction of Maccabi Victoria with a particular emphasis on the active involvement and inclusion of not only the athlete within the family, but the family as a whole; believing that the benefit derived from physical pursuit is immeasurable for the athlete, the family and the broader community.


Janine Baum

Board Member


Kate Perlstein

Board Member

Kate grew up playing many different sports. She was part of the Maccabi Tennis, Netball and Basketball clubs as a junior. She continued to play basketball at the Senior level as part of the Big V competition. Kate has been to the Maccabiah Games as an athlete and captain 3 times. Since finishing up with Basketball, Kate has been heavily involved in the Women's Basketball Program, creating a pathway for talented junior basketballers to enter the senior ranks. In 2013 she started her own Orthotics business where she works closely with sports physicians, orthothopaedic surgeons and other health professionals. Kate has a passion for Maccabi and wants to ensure ongoing opportunities exist for the next generation of sports people.


Joel Queit

Board Member

Joel's involvement with Maccabi began when he arrived from South Africa playing in U16s soccer. After time off to concentrate on his studies, Joel returned as a junior soccer coach and now supports his oldest son in footy.

Joel has over 15 years experience in the accounting profession where he started at one of Melbourne's top accounting firms and then moved to the senior finance role for a family business and family office and is currently Chief Financial Officer of Bodycare Workplace Solutions. Joel has previously been the Treasurer of other community organisations and couldn't pass up the opportunity to sit on the Board of an organisation that combines his love of the community and sport.

Rochelle Rothfield

Board Member

Rochelle has been involved in Maccabi through her two boys who have been active participants in both Basketball and Football for over 6 years. Her husband Daniel is currently serving as Treasurer for Maccabi Basketball Victoria. 

Rochelle joined the Maccabi Board in 2017 to drive the promotion and development of Youth Leadership within the local Clubs and at State level.  

When not serving on various Boards and Committees throughout the community, Rochelle is the Director of a successful legal executive search company, Rothfield Legal Recruitment and works closely with law firms and organisations across Melbourne to appoint senior Lawyers. 

Rochelle is very excited about making a valuable contribution to connecting the Jewish community, particularly our Youth leaders, through sport. 


Mark Waters

Board Member


Joe Dorfman

Immediate Past President


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