Recently the entire professional staff and three of the four National Board Office-bearers had the opportunity to get together. It was a very good meeting and has set a platform for an excellent start to this new and vitally important phase of growth and development for Hadassah Australia.

Back Row (L to R)

Naama Zohar (Office Administrator), Philip Zajac (HA National Treasurer), Julian Gillis (HA National Secretary), Alissa Woolf (HA Executive Director), Ron Finkel(HA National President), Rachel Wundheiler (Relationships and Communications Manager), Naomi Grant (Marketing and Events), Sean Nochomovitz (Accounts)

Front Row (L to R)

Shelana Silver (NSW Regional Manager) Shelley Kline (Special Projects and member of the National Board), Michael Krape (National Board member and Coordinator of HA PR and Media)

Absent: Harold Woolf (HA National Vice-President)

Hadassah Australia is delighted to advise that we have had a number of new appointments to Hadassah Australia, at both the volunteer and professional level.


  1. Julian Gillis

Julian joins the Hadassah Executive as the new Hadassah Charity Ltd Secretary. Julian is a senior lawyer at ANZ, and has a background in regulation and governance. Julian has previous experience at Board level, having sat on the Maccabi Vic Board for 4 years. We are delighted that Julian will be joining us in Israel in May.

  1. Michaela Simai

Michaela walked through the doors of Hadassah Australia as an Intern last November as part of her International Studies degree, and hasn’t looked back! Michaela was a wonderful addition and support to the professional team last year, even stepping in to cover us for 3 weeks in December whilst we searched for a new Office Administrator. Sadly Michaela has insisted on finishing her law degree and intends to practise as a lawyer, however has agreed to join our volunteer team as will also be joining us in Israel in May.

Rafi Luber, Joel Kuperholz, Slade Sherman and Errol Katz have stepped down from the Committee due to competing interests and time restrictions, however continue to remain supporters of the valuable work that Hadassah does.


  1. Shelana Silver

Shelana is our newly appointed NSW Manager. She is an experienced and senior fund-raiser, having worked for many years at the Carmel school in Perth, as well as the Moriah Foundation in Sydney. Shelana’s email address is:

  1. Naomi Grant

Naomi has joined our team as our Marketing Officer. She has an extensive background in marketing, having worked in the commercial sector for many years. Naomi has been managing the Purim Campaign since she started last month, and has done a wonderful job in putting together the look and feel for the Campaign as well as getting it out to the market. Naomi’s email is . Please feel free to contact Naomi directly if you have any advice, suggestion, or want to get more involved with this beautiful initiative.

  1. Naama Zohar

Naama is the lovely voice that answers our telephones, and the friendly face that greets all visitors to Hadassah Australia! Naama is our newly appointed Office Administrator, and has taken on the challenge of managing the office with rigour and enthusiasm. Naama will continue using the email.

  1. Sean Nochcmovitz

Sean is our newly appointed Accounts and Database Administrator. Sean has an extensive background in not for profits, having previously worked at the State Zionist Council of Victoria. Sean is also helping to even out the male to female ratio in the office. Sean’s email is


Hadassah Australia will be repeating its very successful crowd funding Purim Fundraiser to send Mishloach Manot to children who are patients at the Hadassah Hospitals. To participate in the campaign please go to

Ron Finkel, President Hadassah Australia, and Alissa Woolf, Executive Director Hadassah Australia, are working on the itinerary for the Hadassah Australia 2017 Mission to Israel in May, and will provide further details shortly. There will be 16 participants in this enlightening, informative and inspirational tour.