About Us

Our Purpose

Testimonial from a 2019 parent

Our Purpose

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To foster the personal growth of Jewish youth in Australia by providing financial subsidies towards the cost of educational Israel programs.

Our Mission

Testimonial from a 2019 parent

Our Purpose

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To establish and grow an Endowment Fund enabling Australian Jewish students to travel to Israel and discover its history, politics, culture and spirituality.

Testimonial from a 2019 parent

Testimonial from a 2019 parent

Testimonial from a 2019 parent

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"We dreamed of this trip for our children all of their lives and for a while there, we feared it wouldn't happen. But they, and 96 other kids from around Australia, are there on the journey of a lifetime thanks to UJEB and the generous philanthropists who want every Jewish child to have this experience no matter where they go to school or their financial situation."

Justine K.

The Board

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Ronn Bechler

Sandra Jacobs

Sandra Jacobs

Ronn is the Founder & CEO of Market Eye, with over 25 years’ capital markets experience also gained at UBS Investment Banking and AXA Asia Pacific. 


He has been actively involved in the Jewish community, having been President of the Young Business Forum (a Chapter of the AICC in Sydney), on the Mount Scopus School Council and various sub-committees, and more recently as a Director of JNF Australia and Vice-President of JNF Victoria. 


Married to Maxine (who is volunteering as Admin Officer), they are the proud parents of Ellie (who participated in the '17/'18 Israel intake) and Jonny who attends  Caulfield Grammar, and Benji who is at Mount Scopus.

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Sandra Jacobs

Sandra Jacobs

Sandra Jacobs

Sandra is the CEO of the Bennelong Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Melbourne based family office Bangarra Group. Prior to commencing at the Bennelong Foundation in 2016, Sandra had 12 years of experience as a wealth manager at Morgan Stanley. 


Sandra is also the Founder & Chair of The Nappy Collective, a national charity supporting young families in crisis, and has held a number of NFP board positions including Vice President of Women in Finance (VIC). 


Sandra is the proud mum to Lyla and Thomas who are currently students at Gardenvale Primary school.

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Adam Carew

Sandra Jacobs

Michael Ostroburski

Adam has vast experience in financial management, corporate governance, accounting, taxation, investment structuring and private equity investing. Currently CFO of Wingate, Adam spent the early part of his career as a manager at Pitcher Partners, following which he was Group Financial Controller at the Liberman Family Office. 


Adam has also been involved in a range of community based organisations, including being a co-founder of the Maccabi Cycling Club, and board member of Stand Up (previously Jewish Aid Australia). 


He is the proud father of Jackson who attends King David School, and Hayden and Blake  who attend Caulfield South Primary School.

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Michael Ostroburski

Michael Ostroburski

Michael Ostroburski

Michael is a strategic and results driven Operations Manager with a career spanning 20+ years; working with local and global corporations, across the Australian and European hospitality industry. With extensive hands on operations experience, Michael is highly organised and analytical, delivering multi complex projects simultaneously.


Michael is the father of two children – Toby who attends Caulfield South Primary School, and Arielle who attends Buddies. 

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Bianca Burd

Michael Ostroburski

Maxine Bechler

Bianca is a Bialik College graduate and was a student in the School’s maiden Year 10 Israel Program. Actively involved in the Jewish Community from a very young age, she was a participant in the AUJS Leadership Development Program and went on to become its National Vice President.


Most recently Bianca and husband, Dan, are vocal advocates in supporting more tourism to Israel, believing that strengthening the Diaspora’s connection is an integral ingredient to a strong future.


Bianca has 20 years of experience in the Retail Sector and currently heads up the diverse Accessory and Lifestyle Division at Sportgsirl. She is the mum of Moses and Ariella who both attend Mount Scopus.

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Maxine Bechler

Michael Ostroburski

Maxine Bechler

Maxine’s background is in education and human resources. She has also run her own business, hasifria, which sold Hebrew language materials for kids and supplied libraries and Jewish schools, pre-schools and day care centres in small and large communities around Australia and the Asia-Pacific. 


Maxine was actively involved in the Scopus Parents’ Association for many years. She is community minded and believes in the ever-growing need to provide opportunities to Australian Jewish teenagers who do not sit inside the Jewish day school system. 


Maxine is not on the Board and is volunteering as the Administrative Officer.