The Board of Management is the body responsible for the congregation’s day-to-day governance.
It comprises seven members and is elected at each year’s Annual General Meeting. Every financial member is eligible to nominate and vote for Board positions, all of which are honorary.
The public face of the congregation is its President, who also chairs the Board’s monthly meetings. Other office-holders are the Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Louise is a retired social worker who has worked with different agencies and communities over many years, both here in Tasmania and in the UK. She has extensive experience in mediation and counseling, as well as community work and Sign Language Interpreting.
Born and educated in Sydney, she has lived in Tasmania for 30 years and been involved with the local Jewish community for the last 10 years. Louise has been delighted to find such an inclusive and welcoming Jewish community here, is keen to see this continue, and will support the Board’s work to achieve this goal.
Jeff has been a member of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation since moving to Tasmania in 2014. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of two young children and love living and raising a family in Hobart.
Originally from Baltimore in the United States, Jeff grew up in a large Jewish community. He was raised in a Masorti synagogue and had a particular connection with traditional Jewish food, as his mother was a professional pastry chef who provided many goods to the local Jewish delicatessen. Jeff spent many nights with his family rolling rugelach and teiglach, and taste-testing mandelbrot. As a teenager Jeff’s connection with Judaism was strengthened by participating in the Maccabi Youth Games, where he enjoyed meeting Jews from all over the world.
While living in Washington D.C. Jeff met Sydneysider Lisa when she was studying in the States. On their first trip to Australia in 2011, they spent a week on holiday in Tasmania during which they attended a Yom Kippur service at Hobart Synagogue. Jeff and Lisa made their return to Tasmania after Lisa took a lecturer position at the University of Tasmania. Jeff works as a web developer at the Australian Antarctic Division.
Jeff thoroughly enjoys the Tasmanian lifestyle, with local food and outdoors activities being a main attraction. He is happy to be a member of such a historic congregation and to be in a position to make a positive impact on it.