Dina Koncepolski: Cremorne Synagogue
A welcoming hand from kind, calm and generous Dina
Dina Koncepolski has been passionate about helping people for as long as she can remember.
“I was brought up in an environment where I was encouraged to help and include people as much as possible from a very early age,” she says.
She became a birth coach at 22 and has helped women through childbirth. She has also helped to set up two friendship circles, providing support for families of children with special needs.
“I’ve always had a very strong sense of community,” says Dina, whose husband, Chaim, is the Rabbi at Cremorne Synagogue.
As a mother of five children, people are amazed at the time and energy she has for others. And she is famous for welcoming people into her home to share in her legendary cooking.
In 2017 she ran in the City to Surf and raised funds to support coupleswith fertility issues.
Dina is respected for her strength, kindness and calm manner. But she is also known for commanding attention when she talks.
She is an important catalyst for social inclusion and for providing material and emotional support to people facing hardship. One of her passions is the empowerment of women and she organises discussion groups and educational activities specifically designed for women.
Dina says she is inspired by the acknowledgement of being voted a Westfield Local Hero. “I wasn’t overly keen on being in the public eye but … it makes me want to continue to do more and to become a better person.”
The synagogue will use the Westfield $10,000 Local Heroes grant to fund food for new mothers or people who are sick or elderly and unable to cook for themselves. It will also go towards educational programs and cultural celebrations aimed at women and young families.