Three well known Jewish New Zealanders have been awarded the recently announced 2017 Ner Tamid Awards.

Myra Mortlock, and Harvey Livschitz of Temple Sinai and Dunedin’s Ted Friedlander are to receive the prestigious award.

The Union of Progressive Judaism recognizes ‘Unsung Heroes’ with a Ner Tamid Award, roughly translated as ‘Eternal Light’. ‘Unsung Heroes’ are defined as those members of a congregation or affiliated organization in Australia and New Zealand who perform exceptional service to their congregation or to the Progressive or wider Jewish community.

“Myra Mortlock receives the award in recognition of her long service to the membership and conversion committee, as well as teaching Hebrew for b’nei mitzvah, serving on the lay reading team and many contributions to the life in our Temple,” chair of Temple Sinai Kelvin Ratnam says.

Harvey Livschitz is a new member of Temple Sinai, having recently moved from Auckland. His services over a number of years to the Beth Shalom congregation have seen him recognized this year for a Ner Tamid Award.

The third Ner Tamid Award will go to Dunedin’s Ted Friedlander who has long been a supporting member of the Dunedin Jewish congregation.

A former member of Temple Sinai, Sally Castle, who now lives in Brisbane was instrumental in setting up the Beit Or Progressive Jewish Congregation and has been treasurer since its establishment. She is also the Union of Progressive Judaism treasurer. She also receives a Ner Tamid Award.