Darren Bark – Chief Executive Officer
Lauren Alagh – Chief Operating Officer
Mary Guth – Head of Operations
Lynda Ben-Menashe – Manager, Community Relations & Policy
Suzanne Green – Manager, Education & Holocaust Remembrance
Ydele Nathan – Manager, Events
Romi Rutovitz – Manager, Communication
Lesli Berger – President
David Ossip – Vice President
Nathalie Samia – Vice President
Ed Feiner – Honorary Treasurer
Natalie Rubinstein – Honorary Secretary
Yair Miller – Immediate Past President
Directors: Eitan Neishlos, Gabi Stricker-Phelps, Julia Sussman, Yosi Tal, Sam Zweig
Greg Weiss – Community Relations
Joshua Moses – Education
Dane Stern – Holocaust Remembrance
Jack Pinczewski – Public Affairs
Liam O’Callaghan – Social Justice
Honorary Life Members
Peter Wertheim AM
The Honorable Justice Stephen Rothman AM
Robert Goot AO, SC
Michael Marx AM
David D Knoll AM
Yair Miller OAM
Representative to the Council of the War Memorial
Dr George Foster
Rabbi Ben Elton
Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM
Auditor – Steven Heller, DFK Laurence Varnay
Honorary Solicitor – Paul Schroder, King & Wood Mallesons
Honorary Returning Officer – Roger Selby
Executive Council of Australian Jewry councillors (NSW)
Dr Avril Alba
Robert Goot AO, SC
David D Knoll AM
Yair Miller OAM
Jillian Segal AO
Lesli Berger - President
Mr Berger was elected President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies in 2018. He served as Vice President from 2016-2018 and was elected Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee in 2015.
Mr Berger was a Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust from 2012 to 2016 and remains a Governor of the Centennial Parklands Foundation.
Mr Berger was a regular panellist on “The Contrarians” a weekly show on Sky News and was also a regular panellist on PVO Newshour on Sky News.
Mr Berger is a past Chairman of the Double Bay Chamber of Commerce and served as a Councillor on Woollahra Council from 1999 to 2004.
Darren Bark - Chief Executive Officer
Darren is an accomplished professional with experience leading senior multidisciplinary teams and collaborating strategically and effectively with stakeholders.
After working in the IT and legal sectors, Darren worked for over 10 years in a number of senior executive roles, including at the NSW Department of Justice and the NSW Police Force. He also served as a senior ministerial adviser to the NSW Government.
His responsibilities have included oversight of justice and law enforcement priorities, including managing performance across multiple disciplines such as policy, legal, projects, digital transformation, blockchain, artificial intelligence and business analysis.
Chair: Greg Weiss
The Community Relations Committee works to build constructive partnerships with non-government organisations, interest groups, religious bodies, women’s’ groups, think tanks and other civil society groups in a manner that will assist the NSW Jewish community in meeting its strategic priorities as determined by the relevant organs of the Board of Deputies.
Chair: Joshua Moses
The Education Committee represents and advocates on behalf of the different arms of Jewish education in the community, liaising with Jewish and non-Jewish education stakeholders to achieve strategic and policy outcomes such as to prevent the rise of anti-Semitism in the education sphere. The committee works collaboratively with Jewish-educational organisations to align existing activity and programs, offer resources and forums of support, and provide an interface with Government and other authorities in the educational arena.
Chair: Dane Stern
The Shoah (Holocaust) Remembrance Committee is responsible for planning events and other initiatives to remember the six million Jews, including one and a half million children, who perished in the Holocaust, and to honour the survivors. The main commemoration events organised by the committee are for Yom Hashoah and Kristallnacht. The committee includes representatives of other organisations involved in Holocaust remembrance, thereby promoting unified Holocaust remembrance activity in the NSW Jewish community.
Chair: Jack Pinczewski
The role of the Public Affairs Committee is to provide strategic advice and direction to the CEO and other professional public affairs staff. This is central to the Board of Deputies’ role as the voice of the NSW Jewish community to government, media, academia, think tanks and trade unions. The committee oversees a number of ongoing activities such as political briefings, luncheons, outreach events, Israel study tours, media relations and visits by overseas speakers.
Chair: Liam O’Callaghan
The Social Justice Committee provides networking facility for the Board of Deputies for general community outreach and advocacy within the Jewish community on social justice issues.
Issues covered by the committee include: developing policies and protocols for Jewish organisations to ensure the protection of children and young people from abuse within Jewish community institutions; understanding and responding to issues of disability; mental health; ageing and carers; and associated services for members of the community; understanding the circumstances and needs of families, children and young people experiencing adversity and vulnerability in the Jewish community; housing and homelessness; working cooperatively with relevant community organisations in the Jewish community and consulting with welfare organisations in the wider community on these issues; cooperative Jewish and Indigenous activities.