Executive Team

Key people

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

Honorary Officers
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

Committee chairs/Directors
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

Gabi Stricker-Phelps

Gael Kennedy

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
Lesli Berger
Jane Feller
Robert Goot AO, SC
David D Knoll AM
Melissa McCurdie
Yair Miller OAM
David Ossip
Jillian Segal AO
Peter Wise

Lesli Berger
President

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
CEO

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.

Our Committees

COMMUNITY RELATIONS
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.

EDUCATION
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.

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE
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.  

PUBLIC AFFAIRS
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.

SOCIAL JUSTICE
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.