Renata Singer – President

Renata Singer is a writer, educator and kultur tuer, community activist.

Becoming President of the Kadimah has given her the opportunity to blend her expertise in the not-for-profit sector with her love of the Yiddish language and culture. She is only the second woman President in the Kadimah’s history.

Among her achievements is co-founding Fitted for Work in 2005 – the first service of its kind in Australia. Fitted for Work provides interview and work-appropriate clothing, presentation advice, life skills and interview coaching to disadvantaged unemployed women. Renata was Secretary of The Women’s Alliance (2010 – 2015), a national U.S. umbrella organisation for services like Fitted for Work.

Renata’s most recent book Older & Bolder: Life after Sixty, about how to make the most of the last third of your life, was published in 2015 by Melbourne University Press. Her other books include the novel The Front of the Family, and True Stories from the Land of Divorce; Goodbye and Hello; and (with Peter Singer) The Moral of the Story: Ethics Through Literature.

In earlier lives, Renata was Publications Manager at Oxfam Australia, a Senior Member of the Workcare Appeals Board, Equal Opportunity Officer at Monash University, ran her own social research and training company, managed a Clearing House on Migration Issues, and was a community educator in multiculturalism, refugee advocacy and ethnic affairs.

Renata has worked with the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and is a Melbourne Jewish Book Week Committee Member. She is a member of the Yiddish Australia Committee and has been Co-Chair of the In One Voice Festival, since its revival in 2015.