Jewish philanthropist receives Australia’s highest honour Print

Australian Jewish philanthropist Pauline Gandel received the country’s top honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia, in January.

The award is equivalent to a knighthood in the UK, and honours Gandel’s support for the arts, education and Jewish causes. Gandel’s husband John received the same award in 2017. The Melbourne-based couple is one of Australia’s most prolific benefactors to both the secular and Jewish communities. Gandel Philanthropy has distributed over US$100 million to charitable causes since 1978. Beneficiary organisations have included Keren Hayesod, Yad Vashem and Tel Aviv University. Among the few other married couples who have received the award have been opera singer Joan Sutherland and her husband, the conductor Richard Bonynge.

The annual honours are announced on 26 January, which marks Australia Day.

(Issue Mar 2019)