Thanks to all who attended our recent Jewish Lives event. It was wonderful to see such a great turnout. I’m sure all appreciated the opportunity to share stories, memories, song (via the incredible Deb Filler) and to simply enjoy being together as a community. Read Miriam Bell’s report.

Jewish Lives event - Jewish Lives update: June 2024

It was an afternoon with a touch of nostalgia, as well the energizing reflections of our fine younger members. We were delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the volume Identity and Involvement III, co-edited by Ann Gluckman, as well as John Gluckman’s book, An Enthusiastic Layman’s Ascent of Mt Everest. If you missed out on obtaining a book, they are available from The Kosher Deli, for a small charge, which Ann is generously donating to Jewish Lives NZ.

We’re thrilled that the new Archive Room is now up and running in Remuera. There’s more work to be done to get the room up to speed. If you have a passion for archives and would like to volunteer to assist with the work, please be in touch.

Simone Nathan of “Kid Sister”: An interview

Simone Nathan 1 - Jewish Lives update: June 2024

Simone Nathan had a wide-ranging conversation with Dr Sheree Trotter about her TV series Kid Sister and the intersection between reality and fiction. Watch.

Download The Jewish Lives Heritage Walk App

Jewish lives walk - Jewish Lives update: June 2024

For those who missed it, the Jewish Lives Heritage Walk App is now available and can be downloaded free of charge here.

We’ve also started a new private Facebook group for the sharing of archival information, stories, photographs and genealogical information. We invite you all to join this community effort to preserve and celebrate our story in this land.

Upcoming podcast

We’re pleased to announce that Ethan Nemeroff, co-president of the Australasia Union of Jewish Students, NZ, is going to be launching a new youth-focussed podcast under the Jewish Lives banner.

He writes:

“For young people, the current climate is fraught with complexities when difficult conversations like the war in Gaza arise. While discussion is needed more than ever, engaging in these can seem intimidating, …
… are otherwise feeling quite alone. Additionally, learning about the history of the Jewish people, particularly from a New Zealand perspective, can be inspirational, strengthen identity and empower listeners.”

We’re pleased about the potential for this podcast to support our youth at a challenging time of history.

Zachary Simon Lerner

The community was grieved by the sudden death of Zachary Lerner. Read Dame Lesley Max’s touching tribute here.

Partner with Jewish Lives

Unfortunately all of this valuable work does not happen by magic. We’re a small charitable trust with a dedicated team, but we need funding to be able to continue this work. Please consider partnering by making a donation, so we can keep telling (and preserving) the stories of our community, strengthening Jewish identity and heritage.

Also, if you have skills in research, writing, editing, website management and maintenance, graphic design, social media, fundraising, and would like to join our team, please be in touch.