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Our Board 2017-09-05T11:51:59+00:00

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Rabbi Mendel Kastel
Rabbi Mendel KastelOAM - CEO
Rabbi Kastel joined the Jewish House at the beginning of 2008. His deep community and social welfare experience, passion for the cause and collaborative approach has seen Jewish House grow and continue to develop. Both he and Jewish House are well recognised for applying innovative best practices to the provision of expert crisis services in the Sydney community.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel has been providing Rabbinic expertise to the Sydney community for over 20 years having spent 15 years of service at the Great Synagogue. He has taken a particular interest in social welfare and has been the driving force behind various youth and welfare organisations such as Point Zero, WAYS (Waverley Youth Service) and J Junction.

Roger Clifford
Roger CliffordCo-President
Roger Clifford, together with his brother Anthony, founded Jewish House 34 years ago. Originally established to combat family crises, issues of cult membership and alcohol and drug abuse within the Sydney Jewish and broader community, it has evolved to become an innovative crisis support. Roger is a prominent businessman and owns the Arc Fashion group. His business acumen combined with a compassionate regard for his fellow humans has always been an invaluable guide for Jewish House and its staff.
Gary Cohen
Gary CohenCo-President
Gary Cohen has been on the Board of Jewish House since 1989. Gary has extensive experience in the IT industry. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Invigor Group Limited an ASX listed Company and a principal of Marcel Equity, a corporate advisor. Previous to this Gary was CEO and Chairman of iSOFT Group Limited as well as a leading legal practitioner,and principal of an Australian investment bank. Gary has a track record of building management teams, strengthening customer relationships and developing ties with stakeholders.
Graham Einfeld
Graham Einfeld OAM
In 2005 Graham retired as a Partner of ESV Accounting and Business Advisors and now provides consultancy services to the firm on superannuation and retirement planning issues. Graham joined the board of Jewish House in 2013 and also has leadership roles in a number of community and charitable organisations for which he was awarded Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011. Graham is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Colin Samuel
Colin SamuelTreasurer
Colin Samuel joined Jewish House in 2015 and is a partner with ESV Accounting and Business Advisors specialising in solving complex problems for private business and business owners. The firm itself works for a number of not for profits including Maccabi NSW. His qualifications include B Comm. (Accounting and Finance), Registered Tax Agent, Justice of the Peace and Advanced Diploma (CA) – ICAA. Colin has a wealth of experience in private business and has worked for some of the leading accounting firms.
Sharonne Phillips
Sharonne Phillips
Sharonne joined the board in 2011 and as honorary secretary uses her deep understanding of the aged, health and social services sector to bring this perspective to the board of Jewish House. Sharonne is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with a Bachelor Degree in Science (Major: Anatomy), a Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy and a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety. She has worked as a physiotherapist in the private and public sectors across most areas and has been a consultant ergonomist for over 20 years, working in industries as diverse as hospitality, transport, aviation, manufacturing, mining and business. She has a keen interest in OH&S, compliance and risk management, and mediation.
Ron Hirsch
Ron Hirsch
Ron’s experience in the corporate world extends over 25 years and includes investment banking in mergers and acquisitions and CEO positions in Australian public listed ASX companies. Ron is Chairman of The Fresh Venture Group, an award winning corporate services company with multiple fresh produce brands that service both B2B and B2C markets nationally. He is a director of several private companies and was the CEO of (TEC), The Executive Connection, the world’s leading international mentoring organisation for chief executives and business owners. Ron is also a past director of Redkite and a current director of The Australasian Football Institute. He is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and has been on the board of Jewish House since 2012.
Avi Sharabi
Avi Sharabi
Avi Sharabi was a Partner at Deloitte where he started and led the NSW Business Intelligence team for 71/2 years managing a team of more than 50 consultants and partners before moving to Deloitte Digital. Avi is a seasoned technology executive with over 20 years’ experience in delivering business solutions to large private and public organisations across the US and Australia and has been on the board of Jewish House since 2016. Avi holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science (Highest Honours, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of California Santa Cruz where he was a Regent Scholar (1995) and a Master’s degree in Legal Studies from UNSW (2003).

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