Blake Street Shule was abuzz last Sunday night as Maccabi Victoria honoured its valued volunteers and the best Jewish sport stars in the state in front of a capacity audience at the annual Maccabi Victoria Volunteer Thank You/Recognition Awards and Sports Awards Cocktail Reception – held during National Volunteer Week.
President of Maccabi Victoria and MC for the Night, Joe Dorfman welcomed everyone and thanked and congratulated all Maccabi volunteers, the lifeblood of our organisation for the important and invaluable work that they do for Maccabi. Awards were presented to Club Presidents and nominated Club Volunteers.
Joe also spoke about some of the important projects being implemented at Maccabi over the past year and into the future, including Maccabi’s Member Protection Policy (MPP) and the Henry Jolson Pathways Program.
"The Henry Jolson Pathways Program which starts this year will ensure that our clubs will provide an environment where members can reach their full potential."
Nathan Shafir OAM, who recently stepped down from the MVSF after 13 years of service was recognised and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his tireless, professional and loyal support of Maccabi Victoria as a Director of the Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation. His commitment to our sporting community is exemplary. Harry Procel OAM, who is currently overseas, will also be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding contribution on his return.
David Southwick MP, State Member for Caulfield addressed the crowd and assisted with presenting awards.·
Maccabi Victoria Club Presidents were presented with awards for their outstanding contribution to their Clubs and Maccabi Victoria over the past year. And each Club President then announced their Club Volunteer of the Year for outstanding contributions to their club.
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Photo Credit: Les Neistat
2015 Maccabi Victoria Sports Awards
"The quality of this year's award winners are outstanding and reflects the incredible talent in our community. Our athletes are competing at state and national level and winning medals," Mr Dorfman said. "We can be very proud of all winners and nominees."
Paralympic table tennis player Barak Mizrachi was named Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the year at the annual Maccabi Victoria Awards night, which was held in Melbourne on Sunday night.
Mizrachi, who was also named as the Outstanding Maccabi Sportsman of the year, is the Oceania Para Table Tennis champion in class 6-10 singles and has qualified to represent Australia at the Rio Paralympics later this year.
"This recognises a fantastic year by Barak and the entire community looks forward to watching him represent Australia at the Paralympics this year," said Maccabi Victoria president Joe Dorfman.
The Outstanding Maccabi Sportswoman of the year was Toni Hamilton, who won the team and competition best and fairest in the first year of the Ajax Football Club's women's team, the Jackettes. She was also accepted into the AFL's academy program and is in line to play in the inaugural AFL women's competition next year.
Race walker Jemima Montag, a member of Australia's track and field team took out the both the Outstanding Maccabi and Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the Year award, while swimmer Dante Negri won the Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportsman and cyclist Riley Hart the Outstanding Jewish JuniorSportman award.
Veterans awards went to lawn bowler Gail Nadelman (Maccabi) and swimmer Michael Carp (Maccabi and Jewish), while Rhythmic Gymnast Alexandra Kiroi received the Rising Star Award, which was re-introduced this year, and the Rudi Roth Scholarship.
Clive Aaron from the Maccabi Swimming Club was named as the Outstanding Maccabi Administrator of the year.
David Zivin, an assistant team manager at the last four junior carnivals as well as a committee member at the Junior Cricket and Football Clubs was a joint winner of the President's Award. Philip Sheezel was the other joint winner of the President's Award and his extraordinary efforts over many years were acknowledged. Philip has been instrumental in setting up the Maccabi Victoria SportsFoundation, has driven the MPP, Pathways program and 90th celebrations to name just a few of his recent contributions.
Mark Klapish received the Lenny Bogatin Award for outstanding service to Maccabi Victoria and Jewish sport for his Management role of last year's 90th Anniversary celebrations and continuing contribution whenever asked.
Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Jemima Montag – Maccabi Athletic Club
Outstanding Maccabi Junior Sportsman of the Year
Dante Negri – Maccabi AJAX Swimming Club
Outstanding Maccabi Sportswoman of the Year
Toni Hamilton – AJAX Amateur Football Club
Outstanding Maccabi Sportsman of the Year
Barak Mizrachi – Maccabi Table Tennis Club (accepted by his parents)
Outstanding Maccabi Masters Sportswoman of the Year
Gail Nadelman – Maccabi AJAX Lawn Bowls Club
Outstanding Maccabi Masters Sportsman of the Year
Michael Carp – Maccabi AJAX Swimming Club
Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportswoman of the Year
Jemima Montag – Athletics
Outstanding Jewish Junior Sportsman of the Year
Riley Hart - Cycling (accepted by his grandfather Alan Synman)
Outstanding Jewish Sportswoman of the Year
Not awarded in 2015
Outstanding Jewish Sportsman of the Year
Barak Mizrachi – Table Tennis
Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportswoman of the Year
Not awarded in 2015
Outstanding Jewish Masters Sportsman of the Year
Michael Carp – Swimming
Outstanding Maccabi Administrator of the Year
Clive Aaron – Maccabi AJAX Swimming Club
Maccabi Victoria Rising Star Award
Alexandra Kiroi – Rhythmic Gymnastics
Maccabi Victoria President’s Award
Philip Sheezel and David Zivin
The Lenny Bogatin Award for Outstanding Service to Maccabi Victoria & Jewish Sport
And Thank You to Trialia Foods for kindly donating wine for this event, and Les Neistat for all event photography.