The Foundation is governed by Directors whose role is to set and approve the strategic direction and operational plans of the organisation and to monitor the progress made to achieve the goals. The Directors also ensure the appropriate governance of the organisation including compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Directors are:

Ian Davis (Chair)

Ian is a Past President of Maccabi Victoria. He is a highly regarded senior legal practitioner and is National Chairman of Minter Ellison, one of Australia’s largest law firms. He also has extensive experience as a non-Executive Director of many public companies and not-for-profit organisations.

Russell Jaffe (President)
Russell is the immediate Past President of Maccabi Victoria. He has had a long history of involvement in community affairs, especially in governance roles for Jewish Day Schools. He is a self-employed Management Consultant, specialising in working with community and not-for-profit organisations. He played numerous sports, and represented New Zealand at cricket at the 1989 Maccabiah.

Sophie Davis
Sophie Davis has completed a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Accounting) with over 15 years experience as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) working predominately as a Financial Controller in the area of commercial property development and investment. Sophie grew up playing many sports at a competitive level, including hockey, tennis, horse-riding and cross country.  Sophie has two children who are also passionate about their sport and currently play with Maccabi soccer and netball.

Michael Herskope
Michael became a Director of the Foundation in 2010. He and his two sons have been actively involved in junior Maccabi sports clubs. He is the CEO of Wilbow Group and has previously had stints practising law and in senior executive roles in large listed corporations.

Ashley Krongold
Ashley is the CEO of the Krongold Group of Companies. The Krongold Group has domestic and global interests in property construction/development/investment and operates Australia’s largest independent Corporate Travel Management company – Voyager Travel Corporation. The Krongold family have had a long association with Maccabi including Ashley being a member of AJAX Football Club’s 1999 Seniors Premiership team. Ashley is involved with various communal charities, foundations and organisations.

Philip Sheezel
Philip has had a long association with Maccabi as cricketer representing the Ajax Cricket Club, and vice captain of the 1973 Maccabiah cricket team. For over 20 years Philip has been involved in Maccabi as an administrator commencing firstly as a board member of the Ajax Football Club and then being appointed Vice President and then President of Maccabi Victoria in 2000.
Philip is a Life Member of Maccabi Victoria, a member of the Maccabi Hall of Fame and a founding member of the Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation. He works as a lawyer and is the principal of PS Law specializing in Personal Property Securities Law and in Commercial litigation, insolvency and debt recovery.

Dale Smorgon
Dale is the CEO of Innovative Retail Pty Ltd, a leading supplier of children's entertainment services, as well as being a Director of Generation Investments, a family investment company.  He is a passionate lover of many sports, and played for Ajax Football Club for many years at both junior and senior levels, including being part of the 1999 Reserve Grade Premiership team.  Dale has three sons, two of which are active in both Maccabi basketball and Ajax junior football.  Dale joined the Foundation Board in January 2015.   

Alan Synman OAM
One of Australia’s leading architects with over 35 years of experience, Alan recently resigned from Synman Justin Bialek Architects (SJB), the company he founded in 1976. Alan has been instrumental in the establishment of the Foundation’s Coaching Program. He had a long football career, playing many top level games for the AJAX Football Club.

Honorary Treasurer - Michael Same
Since joining KNP Solutions in 1986, Michael has become an integral part of the KNP group.  As a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree ,he has fostered a unique relationship with his clients, often being the first point of call for those seeking advice with business, personal, development and planning issues. His interests are broadened by his charitable involvement as Director of the Butterfly Foundation, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness of eating disorders.

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