Honorable guests attend inaugural luncheon – The Australian Jewish News
THE Moriah Foundation launched the Moriah Foundation Trusted Advisors Network (MFTAN) in the presence of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, the Honorable Andrew Bell.
About 50 practitioners, including lawyers, accountants and financial advisers, attended the inaugural luncheon, hosted by Moriah’s longtime sponsor, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
The MFTAN was created to educate practitioners about the needs of Moriah College and to share information about Moriah’s planned giving opportunities.
Foundation President Judy Lowy said, “The launch of the Moriah Foundation Trusted Advisor Network is a very important step forward for our foundation. Our community and our donors are often not sufficiently aware that we need significant investments in Moriah and in our Moriah families to ensure that we continue to be both competitive and sustainable.
“We welcome the opportunity to stay connected with trusted advisors about the important work of our foundation.”
Bell delivered his keynote address on “The Importance of Institutions in Our Modern Society”.
Speaking of his belief that public, cultural and educational institutions play an essential role in society and the community, and his admiration for those who work to maintain their health and secure their future, he said: “Stable, progressive institutions and civics such as schools, which teach history, ethics and social responsibility, are more important than ever.
“They have the tremendously important opportunity and responsibility to educate future generations…not just in the core curriculum, but in the values of decency, empathy and compassion, civic responsibility and community.”
Reflecting on the erosion of trust in institutions, Bell noted: “While institutions should not be immune from criticism or critical review, the work of institutions and the values that those institutions uphold should be respected and even celebrated, rather than corroded”.
Moriah Life Patron and Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Justice Stephen Rothman, explored a number of topics in a conversation with Bell.
They discussed the greater degree of diversity that currently prevails in the courts and its impact on the integrity of the court; growing levels of distrust in the United States and the way judges are appointed; how judges are appointed in Australia, and on a more personal note, how Bell copes with his extraordinary workload.
MFTAN will continue to host events to engage with the Moriah Foundation, connect with other practitioners, and hear from industry leaders.
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