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SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) -- A Jewish Indigenous woman was awarded a top honor in Australia.
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Lisa Pulver, the co-founder and director of the Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit at the University of New South Wales, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the annual Queen’s birthday honors list announced Monday. Pulver also is a professor of indigenous health at the university.
Pulver is president of the Newtown Synagogue, in Sydney’s inner west, and a board member of the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s premier Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led health research body.
In 2004, she addressed the British House of Commons on the state of
Australian indigenous health, an experience she described as a “defining
moment” of her career.
“This award acknowledges the work which I have done which is beyond the
call of duty and is not part of my job description,” Pulver said.
Among the other Jews amid the 250-plus recipients this year was
Perth-based Spanish dancer Deeana Blacher, the first castanets soloist
to be invited by Zubin Mehta to perform with the Israel Philharmonic
Orchestra; Rabbi Philip Heilbrunn, a South Africa-born minister at St.
Kilda Hebrew Congregation in Melbourne; and Professor Jeffrey Rosenfeld,
the head of neurosurgery at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, which has
a collaborative agreement with Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.