Recognition Award Nominations

SIR ZELMAN AND LADY ANNA COWEN FELLOWSHIP

The Sir Zelman and Lady Anna Cowen Fellowship recognises a member of the TBI Community who is an outstanding leader aged between 20 and 35 years and has shown potential to assume a senior leadership position in the Progressive Jewish Community in the future.

It provides assistance to the recipient, through a grant, to further their leadership skills.

To be awarded at the discretion of TBI’s Senior Rabbi, in consultation with the TBI Honours Committee.

SIR ZELMAN COWEN, AK, GCMG, GCVO, PC, QC served as the 19th Governor-General of Australia from 1977 to 1982. He was an outstanding scholar and constitutional lawyer. Sir Zelman revolutionised legal education in Australia and became one of the nation’s best known ‘public intellectuals’, addressing issues such as capital punishment and republicanism. Keenly aware of social and technological change, he stimulated debate on many issues, and was always a vigorous voice for reason and humane values. Sir Zelman was a longstanding member of Temple Beth Israel. His father, Bernard Cowen, was the President of Temple Beth Israel in the early 1960s.

LADY ANNA COWEN AM is an honorary life member of Temple Beth Israel. She was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2015 for her personal significant service to youth, medical research, educational, historical and cultural organisations, and to the people of Australia through vice-regal patronages and support roles. Her parents, Hymie and Dora Wittner, were among Temple Beth Israel’s first members in the 1930s. They worked tirelessly over many years to establish and promote Temple Beth Israel.

WALTER AND ALWYNNE JONA BEQUEST MERIT AWARD

The Walter and Alwynne Jona Bequest Merit Award recognises ongoing, outstanding contribution to the TBI community by a member over the age of 35 years.

It provides assistance to the recipient, through a grant, to attend and/or travel to a conference, seminar, workshop or other study opportunities that can be of benefit to TBI.

To be awarded at the discretion of TBI’s Senior Rabbi, in consultation with the TBI Honours Committee.

THE HON. WALTER JONA AM was a member of the Victorian Parliament from 1964 to 1985. He was Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet (1973 –1976), the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, and Assistant Minister for Health (1976-1979), the Minister for Community Welfare Services (1979-1982) and the shadow Minister for Education (1982-1985). Walter was responsible for introducing Victoria’s world-first, lifesaving compulsory seatbelt laws in 1970. 

WALTER AND ALWYNNE were longstanding members of Temple Beth Israel, and regularly attended Shabbat morning services for many years. Walter was chair of the Victorian Union of Progressive Judaism from 1987 to 1994. Alwynne served as President of Temple Beth Israel’s Women’s Guild from 1981 to 1982. Walter and Alwynne devoted their lives to helping others who were less fortunate and were involved with more than 50 community organisations in the Jewish and wider Victorian Community. They were passionate supporters of Temple Beth Israel’s social justice programs.

JOE AND EVA STUPEL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP

The Joe and Eva Stupel Music Scholarship recognises an outstanding musician who is making a significant musical contribution to TBI or a TBI member who is making a significant musical contribution to the Progressive Jewish Community of Victoria and to the wider Melbourne Jewish community.

It provides assistance to the recipient, through a grant, to further their musical training.

To be awarded at the discretion of TBI’s Cantor, in consultation with the TBI Honours Committee.

JOE STUPEL has worked tirelessly for the Progressive Jewish Community since 1960 when he commenced as the organist of the Southern Liberal Congregation in Bentleigh. Then when Temple Beth Israel Camberwell did not have an organist, Joe alternated between the two synagogues. In 1976 the Stupels moved to Adelaide and Joe served at Beit Shalom. In 1980 Joe resumed at Bentleigh Progressive Synagogue. Joe was appointed TBI’s Music Director in 1991. Joe expanded the existing small TBI choir to 22 singers for High Holy Days services. He rewrote, re-scored and rearranged TBI’s entire music library and had it transferred to CD-Rom so that it could be shared with other UPJ congregations. Over the years Joe has directed and performed at many concerts and events at TBI and in the wider community.

Throughout Joe’s long and illustrious service, EVA has always been there with Joe, quietly in the background, making sure that everything that Joe has done has been a great success.