Meet Sue Lipschitz
WIZO Women come from all walks of life.
Let’s get to know some of our members and find out what WIZO means to them.
Hi Sue, tell us when and why you joined WIZO?
I joined WIZO in the late 90s when it started on Sydney’s North Shore. I worked with the Union of Jewish women in South Africa for many years and I have always felt very strongly about working for Jewish communal organisations.
How would you explain WIZO to someone who has never heard of it?
I would describe it as an umbrella organisation that looks after people in Israel of all ages, providing the best child care, day care centres, aged care and specialised schooling.
What does WIZO mean to you?
It’s always been important to me. Ever since I attended a WIZO conference in Israel and saw the projects for myself, I have passionately supported their fund raising efforts.
Why is WIZO important today?
WIZO provides not only so many of the welfare facilities but also the very best facilities such as the amazing WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim, where they give kids with behavioural issues hope and a real chance at turning around their young lives.
Is there a WIZO function or event that stands out in your mind? Why?
The WIZO functions that stand out in my mind are the many Melbourne Cup functions we held on the North Shore with fantastic speakers, cooking demonstrations and game days. Also our bridge nights and health breakfasts that were annual events.
What would you tell someone who was unsure about becoming a WIZO member?
I would tell them that I loved working on all our functions with friends and people who soon became friends. I have also been so privileged to meet incredibly interesting people in my role as a WIZO volunteer when they visited Australia from Israel.
Tell us about yourself outside of WIZO – your family, work life and other interests?
I have a husband, three children, two grandchildren (and another on the way!). I am also a Maths tutor and I especially enjoy playing bridge.
Is there a WIZO project that you have a particular interest in? Why?
There’s a special place in my heart for WIZO Ahuzat Yeladim. It is an extraordinary place. I had an amazing experience when I visited there, getting to meet many of the teachers and children as well.
Is it time you became a WIZO woman too?