AJA is a membership-based community organisation guided by authentic Torah values, as well as centre-right, conservative Australian values.
By Torah values, we mean a public policy outlook that is informed by the principles of traditional Halachic beliefs. This does not translate into any sort of requirement on the personal lives of our members. We welcome members at all levels of Judaic observance, who share our devotion to Am Yisrael (the Jewish nation) and Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel).
By centre-right Australian conservatism, we mean advocacy for public policies that advance the cause of individual liberty, economic freedom, limited government, a strong national defence, and the primacy of Australian law.
Support for Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is an indispensable pillar of our worldview.
1. To be guided by Torah (in its broad sense) in policy development and advocacy;
Dr David Adler is a medical graduate of the University of NSW, where he received the medical faculty prize for general proficiency and leadership.
Robert was born and raised in Sydney. He graduated from Bond University with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and was admitted to the legal profession in Queensland.
David Parasol is the Managing Director of CT Solutions Australia Pty Ltd. A Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience, David specialises in assisting family owned and emerging business enterprises.
A South African graduate in Theoretical Physics, Engineering and Business Management, Brian Levitan worked on the NASA Mariner Mars Mission.
Hilary was born in South Africa and immigrated to Melbourne in 2001. She was owner and director of Hilary Falkow-Friedland Public Relations in South Africa. Her multi-national clients included, Holiday Inn, MGM - Metro Goldwyn Meyer, CIC-Warner Bros, El Al - Israel Airlines, IGTO - Israel Government Tourist Office and many more.
With a career in the security and risk-management arena spanning nearly three decades, Daniel Lewkovitz has been involved with security operations on every scale.
Terry Davis arrived in Sydney from London in 1983 and is a member of the North Shore Synagogue congregation. He has been enthusiastically Zionist since his teens, as a member of the Federation of Zionist Youth in the UK. He is an occasional contributor to the letter pages of the Australian Jewish News and The Australian, with a distinctly right of centre worldview of domestic and Jewish matters.
Mark Friedgut is the Vice Chairman of Kehillat Kadimah and is barrister at the Sydney Bar practising primarily in the equity, commercial, corporate, insurance and defamation fields, and has acted in constitutional disputes in the Federal, Supreme and High Court. Previously a barrister (advocate) in Johannesburg, South Africa, Mark has also practiced as a partner in a South African firm of solicitors, and was a litigator with Freehills in Sydney between 1992 and 2008.
Gideon is the immediate former Director of Policy at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Australia's leading conservative think tank.
Ezequiel is an experienced commercial lawyer and company director with over 30 years’ Australasian legal experience. He has worked both in the corporate sector and in private practice. Ezequiel started his Australasian career in private practice and achieved Partnership in large established Australian law firms. Ezequiel also had distinguished career as a lawyer and senior executive in the private sector including 5 years as general counsel & company secretary of Airways New Zealand.
Tamir was born in Israel and moved to Australia at the age of 13. He is a former member of the Brisbane Jewish community and has been residing in Melbourne for the past 20+ years. He was a past leader in Betar youth group and the current president of Betar Parents and Friends Vic. His career to date has been divided equally between the IT industry and currently the Defence industry specialising in business development.
Lev is a former National Executive Member and Director of AUJS as well as the former Branch President of the Caulfield Young Liberals.
Adam is a Registered Counsellor, Therapist and Human Resources Consultant with over two decades of experience passionately delivering quality behavioural and leadership development for individuals, teams, and organisations in highly complex scenarios and operating environments. Adam holds a current professional registration with Counsellors Victoria.
Courtney is a wife and mother of three children based in Melbourne. She has been working in industrial cyber security since 2016 and prior to that worked in management consulting since 2006. She holds a BA from Harvard College, a MA from Middlebury College and a MBA from Georgetown University. She is originally from the United States.
There are many others across Australia who play a role in AJA activities behind the scenes. Some of these people are currently or formerly in senior leadership positions in the Jewish Community.
AJA is committed to Jewish tradition and practice and regularly seeks guidance from many of Australia’s most senior Orthodox Rabbis.