Maxine Bachmayer is President of the National Council of Jewish Women NSW. Maxine has been an Executive Board Member of NCJW NSW since August 2016, was Acting Co-President from 2017 – 2019, and President since 2021.
A long time holistic physiotherapist, a mother and an active and vibrant member of the Jewish community, Maxine was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, during the Apartheid era. Maxine developed a resounding passion for justice and empathy, from volunteering with HIV Aids patients in KwaZulu Natal and assisting disadvantaged children in the Cape in South Africa, to extensive volunteering at various organisations supporting orphans and children with disabilities across India, Vietnam and Nepal. Maxine has devoted her life to supporting vulnerable people as best she can. Trained and practiced in the Feldenkrais method, yoga and kinesiology, Maxine has spent her life in the pursuit of healing and community support.
Maxine’s commitment to the Jewish community has included interfaith work, volunteering for Mum for Mum, and participating in the We Are All Sydney program run by the Jewish Board of Deputies, aimed to develop leaders from diverse ethnic faiths and NGO communities.
Maxine is a community builder, always welcoming and bringing together a diversity of people into her home, into NCJW NSW, and into her heart.