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Fireside Chat - Helen Bryant

Georgians and their partners are welcome to attend a Fireside Chat with Ms Helen Bryant. The Fireside Chat is a part of our annual Service for the Council of Christians and Jews WA which begins at 6pm in the Chapel with Evensong with the Winthrop Singers.

If you would like to come to dinner in the Dining Hall after Evensong and before the Fireside Chat please RSVP to College Reception (9449 5555 or admin@stgc.uwa.edu.au) by Monday 13th May.

More information: see the Winthrop Singers Evensong program or contact Jo Evans(jevans@stgc.uwa.edu.au or 9449 5555)

Helen Bryant will be interviews by Brian Wills-Johnson (1964). A brief biography of Helen can be found below.

Born in London to Bohemian refugees who survived the Shoah, three of her grandparents were murdered in Auschwitz, and the fourth disappeared in Nestor work camp. She was educated in London then the Potteries, and taught in Wolverhampton for three years before making Aliyah to Israel. She studied at the WUJS Ulpan in Arad then worked on a kibbutz for six months.

Her move from Israel to Australia only days before the Yom Kippur war of 1973 was a defining moment in her life as a Jew.

In her 46 years in Perth she has been recognised by various organisations for her work with disadvantaged youth and her commitment and dedication to Judaism and Jewish education. Helen is proficient in 4 languages, not surprising as her father spoke 10. In recognition of her teaching and commitment to alienated youth she received a NEITA award in 1994.

She is a Life Member at Temple David and was recently the recipient of a Vatk Award in recognition of service and years of involvement following her Presidency of the Board of Management of Temple David.