Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Board

Board

AUJS board overview

The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) is guided by a volunteer board consisting of student leaders and a diverse group of professionals to support the work of the student movement. The board has three main objectives:

  • To provide financial support to AUJS through fundraising and financial management.
  • To run international programs for the growth of the student movement.
  • To engage professional support in legal and regulatory matters – and the recruitment and management of staff – to facilitate the company's objectives and support the student movement.

AUJS is a public, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, regulated by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

The student movement's mission is to develop and strengthen Jewish identity amongst Jewish tertiary students across Australia and New Zealand.

AUJS board membership

unnamed.jpg Ricci Steckoll 2012 VIC Ricci is an Analyst within the Financial Advisory Practice at Deloitte in Melbourne. Ricci has gained experience within the Health and Energy sectors. 
Ricci was co-opted as National Treasurer of AUJS in 2013 and elected to the Board in the same year. Ricci has served on several subcommittees being involved in sponsorship and finances and most recently employment. Ricci has also been involved within Hineni, attending their shnat program and being elected President of Hineni Melbourne in 2012.

Ricci studied a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) and Commerce at Monash University. 

Ricci also enjoys traveling, recently going to South America and hiking the Inca trail, and scuba diving. 
Stephen-Machet.png Stephen Machet GAICD 2013 VIC

Stephen is a Senior Consultant within the Deloitte Performance practice. He has worked in roles across the telecommunications, insurance and financial services industries in the private and public sectors.

Stephen joined AUJS in 2009 and served as the Monash University Political Officer and Vice President, Victorian President, and National Treasurer. He has chaired the board (2014-17) and participated in the finance and fundraising subcommittees.

Stephen qualified with a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Science at Monash University. 

Gil-Orski.jpg Gil Orski 2014 NSW Gil is a Director and Chief Operating Officer at Aberdeen Standard Investments where he first joined as legal counsel in 2006. His previous experience includes roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in the Financial Services Regulation Regulatory Operations area and the Financial Planning Association in the Policy and Government Relations area. He also worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in its global risk management solutions area. Gil was appointed company secretary of Aberdeen Leaders Limited, a listed investment company, in February 2007.

Gil qualified with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) from the University of New South Wales and has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. He is also admitted as a solicitor of the supreme court of New South Wales and participated in the INSEAD Aberdeen Leadership Development Program.
Elenore-Levi.JPG Elenore Levi 2014 NSW

Elenore (Eli) has been involved with AUJS since 2013, serving as National Vice Chairperson in 2015 after a year as NSW Political Officer in 2014. Her involvement as a director centres around employment matters, the Susan Wakil Fellowship, and general oversight. Eli has a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, and a Juris Doctor, both from the University of Sydney.

During her degrees and after graduation, she worked at The Australian Jewish News and The Shalom Institute. For the last year, Eli studied as a Fellow at an intensive yeshiva program in New York City. She is now the Digital Strategy Officer at the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, and was recently elected as a Deputy on the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. Eli was appointed chair of Yom Limmud for 2018. In her spare time, she is a keen student of the weekly parsha (Torah portion).

  Dean Sherr 2014 VIC  
Ethan-Kravietz.jpg Ethan Kravietz, Chairman 2015 VIC

Ethan has been involved in AUJS for over four years holding positions including President of the Melbourne University Jewish Students Society, National Treasurer of AUJS and Director on the AUJS board for two years.

Ethan has chaired the finance and fundraising subcommittees of the board and was appointed chairman in 2017.

Ethan graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance, Economics and Management.

Cameron-Graf.jpg Cameron Graf 2015 NSW

Cameron has been involved in AUJS for four years, taking on the role of National Vice Chairperson in 2016 and previously holding positions at the University of New South Wales as campus President, Vice-President and Treasurer. Drawing upon leadership experience gained in other organisations during university and high school, in 2015 he was selected as a madrich on an AUJS Taglit-Birthright program to Israel.

Currently studying Bachelors of Law and Commerce (Accounting), Cameron holds positions on the employment and financial subcommittees of the board.
Raz-Chorev.jpeg Raz Chorev JP 2016 NSW

Raz’s career started with a Business Administration degree and a marketing major, and held both Sales and Marketing management positions in the past two decades. Being naturally curious, Raz has been experimenting with web technologies for over 15 years, and was an early adopter of Social Media, mobile and digital communications. 

Raz established his marketing advisory firm, Orange Sky, applying corporate structures and process to mid-market businesses. Raz's strategic vision and strong business acumen, developed whilst working with both national and international brands, including QBE, Mortgage Choice and Citi Group, bringing frameworks and processes to drive business results. He has worked with NGOs, Academia, government bodies, advertising agencies and advisory firms. 

For leisure, he rides a motorcycle, and when time permits, catch up on an ever-growing pile of books on his bedside table.

Isabella-Polgar.jpg Isabella Polgar 2016 NSW Isabella graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Medical Science in 2015. Isabella has been involved in AUJS since 2014, holding positions of UNSW Secretary and New South Wales Vice-President. She was the National Chairperson of AUJS in 2017. Isabella is passionate about Welfare, Employment, International Programs and Financial aspects of the AUJS Board. Isabella chairs the employment subcommittee.
Lexi-Kowal.png Lexi Kowal 2016 VIC Lexi Kowal graduated from Bialik College in 2014 as the Chaim Nachman Bialik award winner. Upon graduating high school, Lexi found her passion in Jewish tertiary engagement, immediately joining the Australasian Union of Jewish Students leadership team. Now in her fourth year of a bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University, Lexi has held positions as Victorian Social Officer, Victorian President and National Vice Chairperson. Lexi chairs the international programs subcommittee.
Zack-Garkawe.jpg Zack Garkawe 2016 VIC Zack graduated from Mt. Scopus College in 2013 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce dual majoring in Finance and Marketing at Monash University. He has held the positions of Treasurer and President of the Monash University Jewish Students' Society and National Treasurer of AUJS. In his capacity as a director, Zack chairs the finance and fundraising subcommittees. In his spare time, Zack enjoys running, swimming and cycling, culminating in the sport known as triathlon.
Saul Burston, Chairperson 2017 VIC

Since undertaking the five-month AUJS Aviv gap-year program, Saul is studying a Property and Real Estate degree at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Saul is passionate about the Jewish community, having been involved in several community organisations including volunteering with the Friendship Circle and Flying Fox camps, and serving as Co-Project Manager of Challah for Hunger Melbourne in 2017.

Saul has held multiple leadership positions within AUJS, including Victorian Tikkun Olam (social justice) Officer, Victorian Vice-President and President. Saul is currently National Chairperson.

Saul has a large extended family, with whom he enjoys Shabbat meals and Chaggim. In his spare time, Saul enjoys nothing more than binge-watching Netflix and cheering on his beloved Brisbane Lions.

Gareth-Milner.jpg Gareth Milner, Vice-Chairperson 2017 NSW

Gareth Milner immigrated to Australia from South Africa in 2003. He is an avid sportsman, having played soccer all his life. He attended Moriah College throughout high school, and then went on the AUJS Aviv gap year program in 2014.

Gareth joined AUJS in 2015 and was elected secretary of the campus executive at the University of Technology Sydney. He has served as NSW Head of Events and Vice-Chairperson. Gareth is involved in the employment, finance, and fundraising subcommittees of the board.

Daniel-Kahan.jpg Daniel Kahan, Treasurer 2017 VIC

Daniel has been involved with AUJS since his first week at university. Starting as a First Year Representative at the Monash Jewish Students’ Society, Daniel then held the position of President the following year and now serves as AUJS’ National Treasurer.

Daniel is passionate about youth empowerment. With this, he has volunteered as a teacher in Ethiopia, with the United Jewish Education Board, as a tutor for Sudanese refugees, at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, and in the Office of the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

In his time as President of MonJSS, Daniel oversaw the introduction of mentorship and leadership programs, the strengthening of partnerships with other Jewish youth-led organisations, and the nomination of MonJSS for the Local Jewish Student Association Award at the World Union of Jewish Students Congress.

Daniel is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce. In his spare time, Daniel loves to travel and experience new cultures. 

Jake-Campbell.png Jake Campbell, Executive Director 2017 NSW

Jake volunteered as an AUJS leader from 2010–2013 and was the National Development Convenor, and a founding resident of Moishe House Sydney.

Jake has received a Bachelor of Arts/Education majoring in English and History and a Master of Education specialising in Gifted Education from UNSW, a Graduate Certificate in Business specialising in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies from QUT, Certificate IVs in Training and assessment, and in Customer Contact from MCI, and will be beginning an MBA in Social Impact in 2018 at UNSW.

Professionally, Jake has worked as a High School Teacher, a Mentor Team Leader for Vocational students, the Jewish Student Life Coordinator and Ezra Fellow for Hillel at Florida State University, and joined AUJS in a professional capacity as the Executive Director in April 2017.