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Jewish Women’s Aid: Trustee Board


Madeleine Abramson

Madeleine Abramson

Madeleine says:

I am really excited to join JWA as a trustee. I have been volunteering as a facilitator in the education programmes in schools, and think the schools and 16-25 program is very important to the development of JWA.  My background is in teaching in secondary schools, and I believe that looking at relationships early is important in preventing domestic abuse later.

I am also a magistrate, and see the effects of domestic abuse in the courts all too regularly.  Apart from that I am the Financial Representative of a synagogue. I have been involved in synagogue management for many years, having been Co-Chair of another shul before we moved to Cricklewood. I also do some private tutoring.

I started my working career in telecommunications and software, in the days when we had dial telephones and computers had better working conditions than the staff. After the birth of our 4th child, I gave up trying to keep up with the fast changing world of programming, and moved into teaching. I taught Physics and was part of the Senior Management Team of an independent school for many years.

My husband Richard and I are now both retired, and only work part-time. Our 4 children all currently live in London, and we have 4 grandchildren.


Miri Usiskin

Miri Usiskin

Miri says:

I am delighted to be a trustee of JWA. I have been involved with the organisation for a few years and have done trauma trainings both in London and Leeds – I have always been impressed with the professional high quality support the team at JWA offer to clients. I am committed to supporting women and girls to feel empowered through education - along with  therapy/counselling with women and children are areas I am passionate about. I look forward to being part of the strategic developments in the organisation.

I am an Art Psychotherapist and Senior Lecturer on the MA Art Therapy and Programme Leader for the Arts Therapies and Wellbeing Foundation at the University of Hertfordshire.  I have worked in the NHS as a Head Art Therapist and now work both with statutory and charitable organizations as an Art Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. In my therapeutic work I have focused on working with PTSD, trauma, survivors of domestic violence and refugees.


Judith Flack

Judith Flacks

Judith says:

I am currently the Head of Campaigns at the Jewish Leadership Council, working with a number of organisations to deliver cross-communal campaigns. Prior to this, I had recently been working in Parliament and continue to maintain a strong interest in politics. I previously served at the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) as Development Fieldworker and then as Campaigns Director, during which time I set up a number of networks aimed at strengthening the voices of young women and making the organisation more inclusive for disabled and LGBT students.

Following my tenure at UJS, I moved on to work for the Jewish Federation and Family Services of Orange County, California as their Manager of Leadership Initiatives and acted as a strategic consultant to the Director of the Hillel Foundation of Orange County. Whilst in America I also volunteered with the young adult wing of the American Jewish Committee in Los Angeles. Returning to the UK, I spent time working at the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) as their Press Officer.

I currently sit on the board of Nisa Nashim, a Jewish and Muslim women’s interfaith organisation, and I am also the Networks Officer on the Jewish Labour Movement’s NEC. I have a keen interest in community campaigns and development, especially in female and youth empowerment. I joined the JWA development board earlier this year and I am now excited as a Trustee to become more involved in the work that JWA does.


Jo Rosenthal

Jo Rosenthal

Jo says:

I am delighted to have been appointed Treasurer and Trustee of JWA.  I am a Chartered Accountant by profession having trained at PricewaterhouseCoopers and worked in their Audit and Accounting Technical departments for 15 years.  I specialised in Entertainment & Media clients and International Financial Reporting Standards.

Since leaving practice I have been running a Property Investment Company.  In addition I spent several years volunteering for Jewish Care undertaking financial control review projects and assisting with internal audit.

For the last 10 years I have been a member of the Norwood Womens’ Lunch Committee where I was the co-chair.  Each year we arranged annual events with enthralling speakers, raising funds and awareness of the charity and its services.

I am looking forward to working with my fellow trustees in maintaining the financial integrity of the charity and taking JWA forward at a time where demand for services has never been higher.

I live in London with my husband and two teenage sons.