The Zionist Federation of Australia leadership and staff joins the entire Australian Jewish community in mourning the untimely death of Jeremy Jones, a committed and passionate Australian Jewish leader.
For decades, Mr Jones served as a lay leader and professional in an incredible number of Jewish and interfaith organisations. His interfaith work went hand-in-hand with his unstinting fight against antisemitism, including his famous—and victorious—Federal Court battles.
His promotion of reconciliation with Australia’s Indigenous community predated most of the community.
His warmth, his desire to connect, and his passion for his country, his community and for Israel will long be remembered.
ZFA President Jeremy Leibler recalled the first time he met Mr Jones, at an AUJS seminar in Canberra. “From that time on, I was always so impressed at the way he could engage and inspire, and was always able to place himself above politics to pursue what was in the best interests of the Jewish community.”
Australia has lost a giant, and the Australian Jewish community is poorer for his passing. The ZFA extends its heartfelt condolences to his wife Naomi and their children.