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3 new Trustees for JWA


Welcome to Jewish Women’s Aid’s 3 new Trustees: Madeleine Abramson, Jo Goldberg and Miri Usiskin


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.


Jo Goldberg

Jo Goldberg

Jo says:

Having spent the first couple of years of my career in management consultancy for a ‘big five’ accountancy firm, I decided to pursue a more altruistic path and joined Norwood’s fundraising department. After five years there, I left to set up my own fundraising consultancy, Gold Consulting. Eight years on – with a short stint as a recruitment agent in between – my Associates and I continue to provide expert fundraising guidance and hands-on help to enable charities to maximise their fundraising potential. I hold a French degree and a Diploma in Fundraising and am due to start studying towards my CIPD in January 2017. Outside work and study, I am mum to two boys, an avid reader, runner and gym goer.

Having spent the last three years as Treasurer for the Institute of Fundraising Trusts and Statutory Special Interest Group (TSSIG), I stepped down in July 2016 and started to seek a Trustee role for a cause about which I could be passionate. The role at JWA came up and I knew that this was the charity I wanted to join. I was astonished to find that so many people are unaware – or refuse to believe – that domestic violence happens in our community. I am keen to work with JWA to ensure awareness is raised so that we can help the victims of abuse, and put preventative measures in place to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future.


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.