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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Our Board of Directors

Meet our 2024/2025 Board of Directors

Julia Selby  Co-President






"I hope to contribute to the long-term sustainability of NSTE for future generations, building on the work of others to maintain its welcoming presence as a Progressive synagogue for our community, as well as demonstrating a commitment to the wider community through tikkun olam. "

Julia has been associated with NSTE since her parents joined as early members in 1961, when she was in primary school.  She became a member herself over 20 years ago when she returned to Sydney after living interstate and overseas as her career developed.  Julia  chaired NSTE’s Jews for Social Action (JSA).  Julia joined the board in 2018 and was Secretary/Treasurer role from 2019-2021. She became President in May 2021 and Co-President in May 2024.

In her career, Julia worked in student administration and management at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) from 2004-2015, and was also Company Secretary from 2008-2016. Prior to joining NIDA, she had a long career with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), including serving overseas as a Trade Commissioner, as well as having a range of roles in Australia.

Julia’s not for profit board experience includes being on the board of an independent school for more than 10 years.

Josh Keller  Co- President

Josh joined the board in May 2023 and was appointed Co-President in May 2024.  He and his family joined NSTE in 2021, after moving to Australia from Singapore.  He is Vice President of the NSW Board of Progressive Jewish Education. 

Josh is Associate Professor of Management and Governance at the University of New South Wales. He served as a member of the executive of the Union for Progressive Judaism (UPJ), the umbrella body for Australia, New Zealand and Asia  from 2019 to 2023. In his role at UPJ, he served as ambassador to the Asian region, launched an online resource sharing program during the Covid pandemic and launched the "Talking about our Judaism" program. 

Josh is the former President of Shalom Rav, a congregation in Austin, Texas and is a member of United Hebrew Congregation in Singapore.

Simon Gold - Treasurer

Having been connected to NSTE since childhood, Simon has been fortunate to have celebrated so many of life’s simchas here.

Possessing a strong ethos for Tikkun Olam, combined with a profession as a Chartered Accountant with extensive private practice experience, he considers it both an honour and a privilege to be able to serve his community once more by rejoining the board in capacity of Treasurer - a position Simon previously held between 2012 - 2015.

Simon is married with two kids, and has two cats.

Greta Davis - Vice President

Greta has been associated with Progressive Judaism all her life having grown up celebrating bat mitzvah at the Woollahra Emanuel Synagogue and then joining NSTE in 2012.
She retired in 2009 after an exhilarating career in the information technology industry where she worked for organisations such as IBM, Fujitsu and Gartner. She is passionate about music and tries to play the oboe.
Greta has extensive volunteering experience, having served as president of the Sydney Bushwalkers, treasurer of the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society, writing life stories at Montefiore Hunters Hill and three years on the phone at Lifeline. She is currently treasurer of the Lane Cove Concert Band organisation and is the Research Area Coordinator for Płock and Włoclawek for Jewish Records Indexing – Poland.

Simon Covill - Board Member

Jonathan Goldberg - Board Member

Jonathan joined the board in May 2023. He and his wife joined NSTE after moving to Sydney from Adelaide in 2020. 

Jonathan is an experienced strategy and management consultant, with a background in law and business administration. Having worked in Africa, South East Asia and Australia, Jonathan provides a global perspective to all that he does. With his knowledge of business strategy and planning, Jonathan is keen to further NSTE’s efforts to be a future-focussed and sustainable organisation. He has a passion for community involvement and a keen interest in promoting intra-community dialogue.

Leslie Silk - Board Member

Leslie has joined the  board in January 2024, appointed to fill a casual vacancy.   Leslie and her family have been part of the NSTE community for many years, including volunteering in various capacities.   Leslie’s professional experience includes working as a research analyst in banking, finance and health insurance. After going back to study post-children she earned a PhD in exercise and nutrition and after teaching for a number of years, now oversees the clinical research undertaken across a network of private hospitals.

Karen Wagner - Board Member

Tue, 25 June 2024 19 Sivan 5784