Though her parents and grandparents spoke Yiddish it was usually at the clichéd times of not wanting the children to understand. Her father Shmuel Bennett was a Yiddish journalist, activist and radio broadcaster. She started to learn Yiddish to appreciate his work and to read her grandmother’s autobiography. This led to an increasing involvement with Yiddish and the Kadimah.
Her interest is in working towards ensuring the future recognition and acceptance of Yiddish as an established and integral part of the Melbourne Jewish cultural environment for as wide a group as possible and to secure Kadimah’s important role in this continuity.