The Jewish Holocaust Centre’s Board is made up of community members who bring passion and expertise to the table, guiding and reflecting on our purpose, strategy and vision and ensuring our sustainability.
We are fortunate to have a Holocaust survivor contributing to the Board, as well as descendants and other community members, all working hard to support the continuity and vibrancy of the JHC.
Pauline Rockman OAM
BEd (La Trobe University), GradDip Women’s Studies (Deakin University), BA (Deakin University)
Since 1992 Pauline has had a number of roles at the Jewish Holocaust Centre including President of the Board of Management. She worked with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for 17 years as Regional Coordinator for Australia and Regional Consultant and was involved with the Australian March of the Living 2003-2014. Pauline represents Australia at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) plenary meetings in Europe.
She is the daughter of a survivor of Nazi Germany.
Suzanne Hampel OAM
MA (Holocaust & Genocide Studies) (Monash University), GradDip Children’s Literature (Victoria College), DipEd (Burwood State College), BA (University of Melbourne)
Sue has education experience, especially in Holocaust and Genocide studies. She led and organised study tours to Poland and Rwanda. Sue represents Australia at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) plenary meetings in Europe.
She is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, which is why she is so passionate about teaching – in the hope that no-one will have to endure the tragedy that befell the Jewish people during the Holocaust.
BA, LLB (University of Melbourne)
Accredited Mediator (Bond University), Retired Barrister and Solicitor and Tribunal Adjudicator. Past Governor at Mount Scopus College, with community organisations and business experience as company director.
On the Board Mary represents the guides and contributes to the governance portfolio.
She is also a member of the JHC Collections Acquisition panel and a volunteer guide at the JHC.
Mary is the daughter of Holocaust survivors.
Her vision is furthering the important mission of the JHC in its commemorative and educational goals into a strong and sustainable future.
BCom /BEc (Monash University), Chartered Accountant (ICAA)
Prior to joining the Board, Richard worked as a guide at Jewish Holocaust Centre. Professionally, he has worked in the financial services industry for the past 14 years as an investment adviser at Canaccord Genuity, Prior to this, Richard worked as a senior accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Richard is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor. As a member of the third generation, believes in the importance of keeping alive the memories of the Holocaust victims and their heritage.
Professor George Braitberg AM OStJ
MBBS FACEM FACMT FRACMA MBioethics MHlthServMt Dip Epi Biostats
George is an emergency physician and toxicologist and is Head of the Emergency Medicine Stream for the Centre for Critical Care Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Executive Director of Strategy, Quality and Improvement at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
The son of Holocaust survivors, he has had a long association with the JHC as a guide and is a member of the Lodz committee. He has been on March of the Living, the second time as an educator, when he accompanied his mother, a survivor guide. George is committed to keeping the memory of the Holocaust relevant to subsequent generations.
BAppSci (Medical Radiations), Airline Transport Pilot Licence, CASA accredited examiner, DipArt (Photography)
Elly has been involved with the JHC for many years in a number of capacities including as former President of Friends of JHC, honorary secretary and as an Executive Director. She has represented the JHC at the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) meetings and at multicultural events.
In addition to training pilots as chief pilot and chief flying instructor, Elly worked in Hong Kong where she established a real estate company.
Elly is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. She says “I know we must tell and re-tell the Holocaust stories to honour our survivors and make a better future.”
BA (Monash University); BSW (Hons) (Monash University)
Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Michael retired from the Victorian Government as a senior executive overseeing planning and delivery of health and community services. He is currently a Senior Advisor with Impact Co.
He is a member of several Jewish organisations and was President of Jewish Care Victoria from 2012-2019.
Michael is the son of Holocaust survivors. He was part of the Australian leadership March of the Living group in 2014. Michael believes the Jewish Holocaust Centre plays a vital role educating the community about the Holocaust and to combat antisemitism, racism, and prejudice.
Abe Goldberg OAM
Abe Goldberg is a Holocaust survivor from Lodz. He has been a volunteer at JHC almost since it opened its doors to the public in 1984. Abe has enriched the lives of thousands of students from his positive messages.
He is on the Executive and is dedicated to keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.
BSc (University of Melbourne), Cert. III and IV Fitness.
Melanie is on the board representing the 3rd generation. She is currently contributing to a project with Maccabi Australia, designed to assist sports players across the country to remember the Holocaust on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
She is a grandchild of Holocaust survivors.
BCom (University of Melbourne); BIS (University of Melbourne)
Simon is one of Australia’s leading evangelists on Innovative Change, having delivered Keynotes, Lectures, Workshops and Collaboration Programs to leadership teams including at board levels. Simon has over 20 years experience working in advisory and consulting roles to Australia’s largest organisations, specifically around new and leading-edge technologies, and has co-founded three different business centred around innovation and disruptive technologies.
Simon’s grandparents were survivors of the Holocaust, resulting in a need to educate that has been ingrained in Simon. He has been actively involved in the JHC for over 13 years.