Guests at Monday night’s annual Graf Oration honoured retiring Shalom CEO Hilton Immerman OAM with a standing ovation. The event, held in the packed ballroom of Sydney’s Shangri La Hotel, was sponsored by Shalom and featured a panel discussion on Israel’s and Australia’s positions in a changing geo-political environment.
Immerman announced his plans to retire in January. He has spent nearly three decades at Shalom’s helm, a period in which a number of hugely successful programmes were launched, benefitting not just the Jewish community but the wider community as well.
Some highlights of Immerman’s tenure at Shalom include the establishment of the Hebrew University’s Melton Adult Education Programme, the introduction of Limmud-Oz, the Sydney Jewish Writers’ Festival,Moishe House, PJ Library, Shalom Baby, and the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program, which gives scholarships to indigenous students for tertiary education.
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