Brian Samuel was elected last night as President of Progressive Judaism Victoria (PJV) at its Annual General Meeting on 3 December.
In his inaugural speech Brian paid tribute to the outstanding effort of outgoing President Dr Philip Bliss. Brian indicated that his vision was a continuation of the role established by his predecessor over the preceding three years. When Dr Bliss assumed the role, the organisation was at the cross roads, but he has successfully transformed the organisation from a synagogue based organisation to a true progressive community organisation encompassing the King David School , Bet Olam Funerals, Netzer and ARZA in addition to all the synagogues within the group.
Brian indicated that over the coming twelve months PJV will be partnering significant change within the movement. A major strategic development day is planned for February 10, which will lay the groundwork and a vision for PJV to the year 2020. Brian placed special emphasis on encouraging affiliates to bring along young members from their organisations, as the strategy is to build a movement for our children and grandchildren well into the future.
Brian also indicated that the movement will be considerably strengthened over the coming months. Temple Beth Israel has recently appointed Rabbi Gersh Lazarow to assume the role of Senior Rabbi on the retirement of Rabbi Morgan in mid 2013. As a result of this appointment there will be significant changes within his previous role at the King David School, as well as the possibility of some of the affiliates appointing additional Rabbinic support.
Brian concluded by welcoming his new committee, some of whom are joining for the first time. He made a special welcome to recently retired Victorian MP Helen Shardey who will be assuming the role of Community Relations to strengthen the role of PJV within the wider Jewish community as well as cementing our relations with State Government.
Please see attached for a list of PJV officers and committee members.