The JHC Board v2

Pauline Rockman OAM

Since 1992 Pauline has had a number of leading roles at the Jewish Holocaust Centre including serving as President of the Board of Management.

She worked with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute for 17 years initially as Regional Coordinator for Australia and as Regional Consultant.

She was closely involved with the Australian March of the Living 2003-2014.

She was born in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of a survivor of Nazi Germany.

Pauline represents Australia at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) plenary meetings in Europe.

Suzanne (Sue) Hampel OAM

Masters (Holocaust & Genocide Studies) Monash University; Graduate Diploma in Children’s Literature, Victoria College; Diploma in Education, Burwood State College; Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

Sue has extensive experience in education, especially in the field of Holocaust and Genocide studies at both the high school and tertiary level.

Sue has led and organised numerous student groups on study tours to Poland and Rwanda where the message of responsibility for the past and the future have been taught. The core of her message is one of reconciliation and vigilance against future atrocities.

Sue represents Australia at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) plenary meetings in Europe.

Sue is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, which is why she is so passionate about teaching the next generation – in the hope that no nation, people, religion nor race will have to endure the tragedy that befell the Jewish people during the Holocaust.

David Cohen
Vice President

David is a Trustee of the Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation.

He joined the Board in 2009, initially as Treasurer. Leading succession planning for the 3rd generation, David continues to oversee governance and operational excellence.

He founded the Yom HaShoah Maccabi collaboration in 2017 which continues today.

David is the grandson of Polish escapee grandparents.

Elly Brooks

Elly is the President of Friends of JHC. she is also honorary secretary and has been on the Executive for a number of years, representing the JHC at the Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) meetings and at multicultural events.

Elly is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.


Richard Michaels

Abram 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.

Paul Kegen

M.Arch. (Master of Architecture) Registered Architect (ARBV)

Paul is a Registered Architect and contributes to the JHC through procurement and management of new building project.

He is passionate about Holocaust history and remembrance.

Helen Mahemoff

Helen is a member of the JHC Executive. She has been the Chair of the JHC Foundation since its inception in 2003. Helen is also the Co Chair of Capital Campaign and she is the main volunteer fundraiser for the JHC.

Helen is the daughter of Holocaust survivors.

Allen Brostek

Non-Executive Director

Allen is a Chartered Accountant in private practice and has been a past Treasurer of the JHC. He is one of the Trustees of the JHC Foundation. He advises on financial matters relating to the administration of the JHC.

Allen is the son of Holocaust survivors.

Dr Anita Frayman

Non-Executive Director

Anita is an oral historian and social researcher. She contributes to the Board by working with descendants to create avenues for ongoing intergenerational Holocaust remembrance. Anita is a member of the fundraising subcommittee.

Anita is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor.

Phil Lewis

Non-Executive Director

Phil is Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign to rebuild the JHC building.

His mother came to Australia 1933.

Phil volunteers to ensure we educate for the future and preserve the memory of the Shoah.

Melanie Raleigh

Non-Executive Director

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.


Mary Slade

Non-Executive Director

BA LLB Melbourne University.

Accredited Mediator Bond University, Retired Barrister and Solicitor and Tribunal Adjudicator.
Past experience as 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 also contributes to the JHC Collections as a member of the Collections Acquisition panel.

Mary is the daughter of Lodz Ghetto Holocaust survivors. She guides students weekly at the JHC.

Furthering the important mission of the JHC in its commemorative and educational goals into a strong and sustainable future is my vision and passion as a volunteer guide and Board Director.