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LOOKING FORWARD to the future


IN MARCH THIS YEAR, AS WE WERE FINALISING CONTENT FOR THIS PUBLICATION AND PREPARING TO LAUNCH OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN, THE WORLD AS WE KNEW IT CHANGED SUDDENLY AND PROFOUNDLY. In this issue we highlight our vibrant community which, thanks to your support of JCA, has been able to respond quickly to make a real difference to the lives of individuals and families facing hardship in these challenging times.

We look back and celebrate the achievements of our 2019 fundraising campaign; giving you insight and transparency into the specific programs supported by JCA. We look towards the future through the stories of some remarkable individuals who are shaping the Jewish community of tomorrow. We hope you enjoy reading this special issue and we wish you and your family good health and prosperity. Thank you to everyone in the community for your support of JCA in the past, for making it possible for our community to assist those in need in this time of crisis, and for helping

to shape a future we can all look forward to!

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The Power to Create Change – Belinda Gold. . . . . . . . 13 Aged & Community Care PROGRAMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14



Embraced by Community – Fiona & Tzuri Avila. . . . . . . 19 Jewish Education PROGRAMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20



Involvement Is How I Express My Identity – Joshua Moses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Security & Advocacy PROGRAMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26



Shalom: Opening the Tent – William Feuerman . . . . . . 29 Culture, Engagement & Outreach PROGRAMS. . . . . . . 30





Community is Always There for Me – Prielle Betito. . . 41 Jumpstart is all about the Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Community Continuity PROGRAMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


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A Rich History I’m Still Discovering – Chaya Kasif. . . . . 35 Holocaust, History & Heritage PROGRAMS. . . . . . . . . . 36

Community Runs in the Family – Graham Einfeld. . . . . 47

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JCA PRESIDENT’S Message A STRONG COMMUNITY STANDS TOGETHER THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES AND HAS THE RESILIENCE TO CARRY US FORWARD TO AN EVEN BRIGHTER FUTURE. Together we have built a remarkable Jewish community in NSW and the ACT – one that strengthens our Jewish identity and provides a place of belonging, that cares for the most vulnerable, provides countless opportunities for engagement and participation and that looks to the future and inspires tomorrow’s leaders. We have much to be grateful for. The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our community in so many ways – our ability to adapt to sudden change, our capacity to respond to urgent need and our essential Jewish values of caring for our most vulnerable at all times. Thanks to the foresight of JCA’s founders more than 53 years ago, we have a united community that can respond quickly and effectively. And we have the participation of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters – like yourself – who are the lifeblood of our community.

A look back at 2019 Thanks to your support, our fundraising total in 2019 was the highest ever at $14.6 million – an increase over 2018 of just under $1 million. 2019 was also the year we introduced a new model for fundraising and allocations in line with global trends in philanthropy. While preserving JCA’s central role, the new approach provided: insight into our community programs and their impact, transparency in answering the question ‘Where does my money go?’ and choice for you to direct donations to specific programs that resonated for you. The report from our CEO, Alain Hasson, provides a detailed breakdown of JCA’s 2019 campaign results and


the community’s response to this new approach. In 2020 we are continuing our new approach – in each community sector of this publication you will find a listing of the programs JCA is supporting in 2020.

Meeting today’s challenge In areas that provide support for those most affected by COVID-19, programs have been expanded to meet urgent and increased needs. Many of these programs are part of our frontline response to mitigate hardship, to alleviate the impact on health, financial and emotional wellbeing, and to protect the frail and vulnerable among us. The reality is that our 2020 campaign year will be unlike any other. We will not be holding our large communal event and we will miss not only the incredible spirit we share when we come together, but also the centrepiece of our annual fundraising campaign. There is a real concern that donations to JCA will decrease at a time of unprecedented need. In spite of this, we will stand strong together. This is what JCA was created to do – for the stronger among us to support those who have the greater need. We trust that those who are willing and able to do so will support the community through JCA. Those whose circumstances have changed can take comfort that our community is here for you and always will be.

A focus on the future From the establishment of JCA in 1967, it has taken just over 50 years to reach this point in the history of our local

community. As we overcome the challenges we face today, we have much to look forward to. In this issue of JCA Source, we are profiling some of the remarkable individuals who are active across the different community sectors that JCA supports. They are representative of the many exceptional young people who have benefitted from programs our community offers and who, in turn, have been inspired to contribute to our collective future. They are passionate and committed. They believe strongly in community and are inspired by Jewish values. Their stories are part of a brighter tomorrow that will enrich us all in the years ahead.

On a personal note As we look towards the future and renewal within our community, this will be my last appearance in JCA’s Source publication – my six-year term as President expires at the end of 2020. I will step down knowing that JCA is in a very strong position, led by our new CEO, Alain Hasson, himself a young leader cultivated by JCA. It has been my privilege to play a part in helping to strengthen our community. In the past few months I have witnessed first-hand just how caring, creative, resourceful and resilient we are. I thank you sincerely for all you have done to help make our community what it is today. Your continued support and involvement will ensure it remains a vital part of our Jewish story for generations to come. With warm regards and gratitude,

Stephen Chipkin

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COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO COVID-19 “Thanks to your support, JCA has the strength to ensure all our organisations can continue to focus on the needs of the community. JCA stands here, strong and proud, ready to ensure continuity and wellbeing of the community at this critical time.”

Stephen Chipkin, JCA President Across the board, our community organisations have had to pivot quickly to respond to the rapidly changing environment and to rethink the way programs and services are delivered. As the central planning body for the NSW and ACT local Jewish community, JCA has taken a lead role – leveraging the organisational structure and planning capabilities already in place – to support this realignment.

Crisis funding and services for those in need In the first weeks of the crisis, JCA, in partnership with JewishCare and with the support of key donors, established a $1 million COVID-19 Jewish Emergency Relief Fund to support individuals and families in distress who do not have access to government or other sources of support. This was quickly followed by JCA’s announcement that up to $18 million in funds would be provided to ensure that the community has the resources and backing it requires to meet the anticipated increase in demand for vital services. JCA will utilise a significant portion of reserves built up over the past 50 years,

in combination with some foundation and major donor gifts, to ensure all member organisations emerge from this unprecedented crisis having played their part to support our local community – and on a sustainable basis.

Your support makes this possible Getting emergency relief to those in need and providing the funding to support the medium and longer term needs of our community is a direct result of your support of JCA. Your generosity over the years is making all the difference in these difficult times. Our community’s remarkable response would not be possible without you!

SOME OF THE AREAS OF INCREASED NEED Emergency financial relief for individuals and families in crisis

Kosher Meals on Wheels where demand jumped three-fold in a matter of weeks

Increased levels of service to protect the elderly in Aged Care

Critical emotional support for those in distress with focus on depression, suicide prevention and domestic violence

School-administered crisis support program for those families severely affected by COVID-19

Sourcing and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment for all frontline communal organisations

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A message FROM JCA’S CEO

If you’ve ever asked someone to change the way they’ve been doing things for a prolonged period, you’ll know it’s often easier said than done – unless of course you are forced to because of a crisis.

A revolutionary year For JCA, 2019 was a year of revolutionary change. As you might expect from a fundraising organisation with over 50 years’ history, we have significant experience making sure your donations meet our community’s needs. But in 2019 we took steps to recognise that as a community organisation our main role is to meet your needs – to know what you want. So, after listening to our donors and reflecting on trends in the broader notfor-profit sector, our fundraising model has evolved to give you, our donors, greater insight and transparency into the workings of JCA and the funding needs of our community. For the first time, we set and communicated our fundraising target up front and gave donors the option to direct funds towards any of the 33 individual programs JCA was supporting in 2019. This was a bold step in JCA’s history.

How you responded Since its founding, JCA has worked on the premise of centralising fundraising and balancing funds received across the community’s needs. The JCA Allocations Committee has been at the heart of this critically important role. It was therefore vital that, when introducing our new fundraising approach, we could still ensure that no critical service, core program or organisation would go without in the event that other programs or organisations received more than they required. To our surprise and delight, even with the new choice and opportunity to give towards specific programs, the vast majority of JCA supporters (84%), still opted to make a communal donation and leave the distribution of funds to the JCA Allocations Committee. We believe that while you greatly appreciated our ‘lifting the veil’ as to where funding was going, deciding between 33 very

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worthwhile programs is difficult enough for the Allocations Committee, let alone each and every donor.

A remarkable result The total need for the 33 programs JCA supported in 2019 was $15 million. This was always going to be an ambitious target – 14% more than the $13.2 million we raised in 2018. Thanks to your generosity, we came very close to achieving our target, raising a record total of $14.6m, an annual increase of 11%. This was achieved, in part, through an uplift of $1 million from new and returning donors and a record 38% increase in donations from our younger Jumpstart donor cohort. In the end, accounting for donor choices in support of individual programs, the JCA Allocations Committee was able to meet, on average, 97% of organisations’ core and target funding needs (distributed across Allocation of 2019 Fundraising across JCA Community Sectors








Aged & Community Care Culture, Engagement & Outreach Holocaust History & Heritage Jewish Education Security & Advocacy Note: Jewish Education includes fee assistance and funding for children with special needs in Jewish Day Schools (24%) plus Jewish education in non-Jewish schools and tertiary institutions (9%).

JCA Community Sectors, as illustrated in the chart). We couldn’t have achieved this result without your support! COVID-19 is forcing all of us to make changes to deal with our new reality. For the JCA Allocations Committee this will mean: balancing the increased need of programs that are at the frontline of our response to COVID-19, striving to accommodate your preferences for the programs you wish to support, while prioritising the most pressing needs across our community. While it may be more complex and demanding in 2020, this has always been JCA’s role and we will continue to work with member organisations to support all those in need in our community.

And even more change If changes to our model were not enough, a new, young CEO was appointed by the JCA Board … that would be me. At age 40, I may not be as young as some of the people highlighted in this year’s JCA Source – but I like to believe that I bring a youthful perspective, seasoned with the benefit of wisdom that comes from seven years at JCA. Like so many of the stories in this publication, the opportunities I’ve enjoyed through JCA – on committees, the executive, as a communal volunteer and through professional development – have inspired me to want to continue to give back to community. While I could not have picked a more challenging year to take up this role, I have been privileged to be part of JCA’s response to COVID-19 and to experience the remarkable collective effort of our 23 member organisations, our dedicated JCA team and the friends and families who are all a part of our community. We are stronger together. Now more than ever. Thank you for your continued support of JCA and our community, now and always.

Alain Hasson


Here’s how your support made a difference These are just a few examples. You can find more in the program summaries throughout this issue of JCA Source 2020.

Thanks to your support over

Your support provided places for


residents in Jewish aged CARE

who would otherwise not be able to afford it



attended family violence prevention programs and more than


You made it possible for



completed suicide prevention training

transport rides

for family members in need and their carers to attend support programs You helped create opportunities for skills development, employment and community participation through

disability support services for

Every month, you helped deliver food and comfort with


Kosher Meals on Wheels

You funded Holocaust education for more than

28,000 1,000 and

school students



community members

and their families

You ensured that our whole community has access to



of digitised historical records of Jewish Australian history

from NSW non-Jewish schools in 2019


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to our Jewish community in 2019

You helped bring a Jewish education to more children through

Jewish studies classes for



at 66 non-Jewish schools

More than


trips to Israel

subsidised for students since 2015


pupils in need were supported to attend a Jewish Day School helping young children connect to their Jewish identity



receive free Jewish-themed PJ Library books each month helping young children connect to their Jewish identity

Our shared commitment to community safety has seen a

46.4% More than

increase in funding for security and advocacy in the past ten years



You enriched our cultural Jewish life and made possible


at Shalom cultural events in 2019

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You gave us all a voice with more than

of community security and protection




media engagements

advocating for the Jewish community

Your giving supported the administration of activities for more than


Maccabi participants

from age 6 to seniors including over 200 All Ability participants


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AGED & COMMUNITY CARE JCA is committed to ensuring that the organisations assisting the most vulnerable members of our community are supported. Aged care and community care (encompassing mental health, disability and family support) are two of the key areas that fall under the auspices of JCA member organisations B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages, The Burger Centre, COA, JewishCare, Montefiore and the Wolper Jewish Hospital. Services such as Kosher Meals on Wheels, subsidised aged care and mental health and wellbeing programs are just some of the programs that look after the needs and welfare of our community. For detailed information about Aged & Community Care programs supported by JCA, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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The Jewish community is by no means alone in dealing with youth suicide, the leading cause of death among young Australians, but it is very fortunate to have a network of interconnected community organisations that can work together to formulate a response. In 2017, in response to a growing sense of concern and need in the local community, JewishCare led the development of a communitywide Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy (JSPS). Belinda Gold, a student counsellor at Emanuel School, was asked to be part of the committee. “For the Jewish community it’s remarkable that JewishCare has taken the lead and put this on the communal agenda,” said Belinda, who saw it as an amazing opportunity to bring together organisations that work with young people across different sectors. Twenty organisations – many of them JCA members – worked together across our schools, Shules, youth groups and the broader community to formulate a response. “We don’t work in silos here – we work together and fill in the gaps,” she said. “If someone is feeling suicidal we have a communal response ready to catch them and help them.” A major component of the JSPS, funded through JCA, is the Mental Health First Aid Course developed for the community. “Many of our staff members have done the training,” said Belinda. “They’re inspired because they’ve been given the skills to respond and help someone going through a mental health crisis.” By mid-year, almost all of the staff

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This new ‘normal’, she believes, is how we are setting ourselves up effectively to ensure that young people feel okay talking to a professional and reaching out for help. “This makes me hopeful for the future of our community,” said Belinda, “I think it’s easy to lose sight of how far we’ve come when you’re dealing with mental health every day.” In September 2019, the Australian mental health community acknowledged how far the program has come – JSPS won the 2019 LiFE Award in Community Matters, chosen over well-established programs like LifeLine. The work that Belinda, JewishCare and so many others are doing honours a Talmudic Jewish value that is both ancient and, for the JSPS, urgently relevant: “Whosoever saves a life, it is as if he saved the entire world.” For Belinda, it’s no accident that she ended up working with JewishCare in the welfare and wellbeing sector. “When my grandparents came here from Germany, JewishCare, then the Jewish Welfare Agency, gave my grandfather a stipend to start a business,” she said, “so as a family we’ve always felt indebted to communal services, but especially to JewishCare.” It’s also part of her family culture. “Watching my grandparents and parents giving back – it’s in our blood – it wouldn’t occur to me not to do that.”

Belinda’s story is one of hope and inspiration. It’s about our local community coming together to reframe the conversation about mental health. Two years later, the Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy has been recognised nationally for its excellence and Belinda is part of the team that’s making a lifechanging difference in our schools.

in the high school will have completed the training and plans are in place to run it through the primary school thereafter. JSPS has also provided the courses to Jewish Youth Group leaders, JewishCare volunteers, AUJS, other school year-advisers and staff of Camp Sababa, Shalom College, and Maccabi. In just two years, the program has led to a cultural shift, destigmatising the conversation about mental health. “When a young person takes the step to come forward and say they need help, we notice a reduction in symptoms,” said Belinda. “Just asking for help normalises the situation for them and they are handed a toolbox of skills to help them, that they didn’t know existed.”

As part of JSPS aftercare support an App called My Wellbeing has been launched. This App which aims to prevent people reaching crisis point, should be used in conjunction with other strategies.


AGED & COMMUNITY CARE EMERGENCY FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR THOSE IN DIRE NEED For families adversely affected by COVID-19, this fund was set up by JCA in partnership with JewishCare to support the very basics required for daily living. No person should go without food, shelter or medicines and this fund serves to fulfil those needs and ensure families can sustain themselves during this crisis and in the months that follow.

Program Provider jewishcare You’re in good hands

CRITICAL EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN ISOLATION OR DISTRESS (SUPPORT AREAS INCLUDE DEPRESSION, SUICIDE PREVENTION AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE) Isolation has raised stress levels across our community and especially amongst our vulnerable. For those who experience emotional stress or mental health challenges or for those who find themselves vulnerable to the threat of domestic violence, these are very trying times. Assistance for these programs will ensure that trained support people are there for regular virtual check-ins, for hands-on emotional support and for the contact needed in order to keep us safe and connected. Support areas include depression, suicide prevention and domestic violence.

Program Providers COA Sydney Incorporated



You’re in good hands

Mum for Mum (NCJWA)


Burger Centre

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KOSHER MEALS ON WHEELS FOOD DELIVERY We have a responsibility to our aged and to the vulnerable in our community and Kosher Meals on Wheels has been meeting a 300% increase in demand from both these demographics during the COVID-19 crisis. The program remains particularly important during this time of isolation. This program seeks to assist those in need of a healthy meal, by subsidising the cost, to ensure meals are received by those who are experiencing hardship.

Program Provider COA Sydney Incorporated

HEIGHTENED CARE AND MONITORING OF THE ELDERLY IN AGED CARE Provision of funds within the aged care sector will enable a sustained higher level of care and observation for our elderly during these challenging times. Increased staffing and protective equipment is needed to continue to stem the possibility of an outbreak and provide a safe haven for our seniors living at Montefiore.

Program Provider Montefiore

SOURCING AND DISTRIBUTION OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) FOR ALL FRONTLINE COMMUNAL ORGANISATIONS This project will continue to facilitate the purchasing and distribution of vital equipment for our frontline workers and member organisations. By supporting this project, you are safeguarding our face-to-face essential workers and enabling them to continue to provide their critical services to our diverse community.

Program Provider Wolper jewish hospital

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Key Impact Stats MONTEFIORE 175 fully subsidised and 65 partially subsidised residents supported to live in residential care BBRV

PENSION SUBSIDY SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR JEWISH RESIDENTS This program aims to provide all older members of the Jewish community in need, who have limited financial means and minimal government support, with leading affordable rental housing and residential care. The Montefiore and BBRV experiences ensure that each individual is supported to live with choice, dignity and wellbeing, in a setting that supports their cultural and religious identity, while providing the highest standards of accommodation and, at Montefiore, clinical and allied health care.

Program Providers montefiore

B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages

26 community members assisted in 2019 with median age of 80 years




Key Impact Stats 230 families supported 16,000 bus transport rides provided annually

SOCIAL SUPPORT AND RESPITE FOR CARERS PROGRAM Both the Social Support and Respite for Carers programs focus on social connection, active participation, lifelong learning and enjoyable leisure activity. The programs run five days per week and offer opportunities for new experiences, reigniting past passions, interests, skills and forming meaningful friendships. The Respite for Carers Program aims to further support families who are living with or caring for a loved one with dementia and other significant conditions that require extensive care.

Program Provider the burger centre


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JEWISH EDUCATION JCA is committed to making Jewish education available and inclusive across our community. The NSW Board of Jewish Education (BJE) and Board of Progressive Jewish Education (BPJE) are often the only source for Jewish learning for children in non-Jewish schools. Our Jewish day schools – Emanuel School, Masada College, Moriah College and Mount Sinai College – are supported with fee assistance for families in need and funding for children with special needs. JCA’s support for Kesser Torah College extends the options available in the community while Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) affords Year 10 students an opportunity to experience Israel first hand. In tertiary education, the Fund for Jewish Higher Education (FJHE) provides advanced courses in Jewish and Hebrew studies that help develop our future leaders. For detailed information about Jewish Education programs supported by JCA, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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EMBRACED BYFionaCOMMUNITY & Tzuri Avila After Matis was born, the Avilas life changing – now, from her Any parent’s fear is that their child will not be decided to return from Los phone, Fiona can monitor his included in their community – that they’ll struggle Angeles to Australia where they levels and dispense insulin if he with friendships and connections. When Matis was would have more family support. needs it. For both parents, a Jewish At school, each day born with Down’s syndrome, and then subsequently education was of paramount commences with a warm diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, Tzuri and Fiona knew importance. The challenge they welcome for Shira and Matis that inclusion would be particularly challenging anticipated was finding a school into the Mount Sinai family. for their son, especially with their hope that he that could cater for Matis’ “We’re always emotional at special needs – particularly as school events,” says Fiona. “We could attend a Jewish Day School along with his his blood glucose levels knew we wanted Matis to be sister, Shira. needed constant monitoring. part of school life and be with “It was always our dream, his sister, but he actually has that Matis and Shira would be friendships. And I think about able to attend school together,” what that’s going to mean said Fiona. “We believe that down the line when he has his when you send a child to a bar mitzvah and has friends school, the school doesn’t just with him at shul.” accept the child, they accept The Avilas, who are the the family.” Rabbi and Rebbetzin at South What they found was a Sydney Synagogue, are community ready and able to passionate about giving back embrace Matis and his family. to the community that has Thanks in part to JCA’s funding given them so much. “The help for children with special needs, we get doesn’t only impact Mount Sinai College was an Matis’ life and his school life,” option open to them. “From the Tzuri explained, “it actually moment we walked through impacts our daily lives, our the doors, the four of us as a marriage and our relationships family were just blown away,” with our community.” said Fiona. Tzuri is optimistic about the The staff at Mount Sinai has 24 hours a day. “From a physical and future of the local Jewish community. become expert at managing Matis’ mental perspective you’re always on The young Rabbi expects it will become medical needs. “They take the time the alert – and you’re exhausted,” said more diverse in time, encompassing and effort and are detailed in their Tzuri. Through the community, they “different backgrounds, different care – because the detail is everything were introduced to JewishCare which upbringings, different challenges and with his diabetes,” said Tzuri. For years, helped not only with services the family different successes.” He is sure it will Matis’ blood sugar levels needed to be needed, but also sourced a continuous be a great place for Shira and Matis to monitored every two and a half hours, monitoring device for Matis. It’s been grow up.

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JEWISH EDUCATION SCHOOL-ADMINISTERED CRISIS SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID-19 There are many families in our community who have lost their jobs or businesses and this program will support the schools to ensure that students of those families severely affected can still attend a Jewish Day School.

Program Providers EMANUEL SCHOOL







Key Impact Stats 66 non-Jewish schools 1,973 students across primary and high schools 367 Jewish education classes held in 2019 143 camp and seminar attendees



JEWISH EDUCATION (FORMAL AND INFORMAL) FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS The BJE Jewish Journey includes social and educational programs which are critical ways to spark a sense of Jewish identity in public school students. Two of BJE’s flagship programs are the annual Weekend Escape Camps and Leadership Seminar. These programs offer students in Government and Independent, non-denominational schools an immersive Jewish experience of socialising and learning.

Program Provider NSW Board of Jewish Education (BJE)

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Key Impact Stats 238 students reached

PROGRESSIVE JEWISH EDUCATION AND CULTURAL PROGRAMMING Weekly progressive Jewish education classes are provided for children aged 5 to 17, embracing and empowering those young progressive members of the community across NSW and the ACT. BPJE encourages and facilitates the participation of students and families, particularly those who may otherwise remain outside of or disengaged from the community.

3 learning centres 900 hours of instructional programming per year




Key Impact Stats Special needs children are supported at four Jewish Day Schools in Sydney:

Program Provider Board of Progressive Jewish Education (BPJE)

ENSURING INCLUSION IN JEWISH DAY SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS These programs ensure that over 100 Jewish children with special needs are embraced by our Day Schools through funding the extra support they or their families need. Your donation supplements the amounts already committed by these Day Schools.

Program Providers

25 at Emanuel School 11 at Masada College

Emanuel School

Masada College

Moriah College

Mount Sinai College

56 at Moriah College 16 at Mount Sinai College




Key Impact Stats Approximately 400 students qualify for fee assistance each year:

JEWISH DAY SCHOOL FEE ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED This program helps ensure that attending a Jewish Day School can be a reality for children whose families would otherwise not be able to afford these schools. Your donation goes directly towards fee assistance for applicants most in need. All Jewish Day Schools across the communal religious spectrum are supported through this JCA funding stream and funds do not go towards any other element of these schools’ budgetary needs.

5% of students at Emanuel School

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44% of students at Masada College 8% of students at Moriah College

Emanuel School

Masada College

Moriah College

Mount Sinai College

35% of students at Mount Sinai College

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590 Jewish and non-Jewish students have benefitted from the Jewish Civilisation, History, Holocaust, Israel and related courses in 2019

This program provides accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture, Jewish History, the Holocaust and Israel, and modern and classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney. These courses are a critical feeder of graduates back into the Jewish community. In addition, this work promotes advocacy and helps combat antisemitism on university campuses.

55 students completed modern and classical Hebrew Language courses

Program Provider

Key Impact Stats

Fund for Jewish Higher Education (FJHE)

26 students are currently undertaking research degrees in these areas 17 graduates have gone on to senior education leadership positions in our community over the last 10 years




Key Impact Stats 300 out of 360 students supported with fee assistance in 2019

SUPPORTING RELIGIOUS DAY SCHOOL DIVERSITY This program supports the viability of this Orthodox Jewish Day School that would otherwise not be able to provide its services to families in need in its local area. By supporting the school’s viability, JCA helps ensure that community members of all religious streams have a day school to attend.

70% of students who graduated in 2019 did so with fee assistance

Program Provider kesser torah college (KTC)

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SECURITY & ADVOCACY With the rise of antisemitism globally, the security and safety of our community is of vital importance. JCA is committed to protecting our organisations, our Jewish institutions and our families. The NSW Community Security Group (CSG) is always there, providing physical security as well as insight and intelligence about threats to our community. Their efforts are complemented by the work of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies through their constant advocacy for our community in the media and Australian politics and their programs that promote a culture of tolerance and inclusion in NSW schools and across the broader Australian population. For detailed information about Security & Advocacy programs supported by JCA, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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Joshua’s commitment to the Jewish community began during his days at Emanuel School, a time that was pivotal for him. “I think the Jewish education system is structured in a way now that allows students to find out what they believe and how they want to express their Jewish identity,” he said. “It provides a knowledge base, it provides the ability to foster your own identity, and then it allows you to find ways to express that.” Moving through the Habo Shnat leadership program, and then on to his days at the University of NSW, Joshua saw opportunities for young community members to make an impact, but he also recognised challenges in building continuity in an organisation like AUJS. “We realised that as new students became more involved at a senior level, there had been little handover, so they had to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “So we started the AUJS Leadership Training Summit to upskill students to a level that would make the organisation grow and flourish more.” For Joshua, this development and transfer of skills is at the heart of the special win-win opportunity available to young people in the Jewish community. “Our community is very unique in that – when you’re volunteering your time – you slowly realise that you’re gaining new skills, new knowledge and

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Board of Deputies executive, Joshua is expanding his knowledge of the political landscape, the existing coalition of inter-community relationships and At 27 years old, Josh has already had leadership roles in Jewish youth movements, the foremost issues affecting the broader Jewish community. AUJS, CSG, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies Engaging younger people is and his local shul. As he sees it, the benefit central to Joshua’s view of the future of community. “I think we’ve flows both ways. Early on, he recognised started doing it much better now,” the importance of not only giving back to says. “Innovative programs such the community but also of taking something he as JCA’s Jumpstart, NSWJBD's away in terms of personal development. Jeremy Spinak Young Leaders Program and the Observership Program are showing youth that their voices are heard – that they can get involved and they can help on a number of organisations in a purposeful capacity. We’re showing them that they can actually make decisions, whereas it used to be the established side of the community that was always making the decisions.” Joshua is well aware that many of the opportunities he’s had to serve and learn have been through programs and organisations – experiences that you wouldn’t usually Emanuel, CSG, AUJS, the Board of get,” he said. “As Youth Chair at the NSW Deputies – that receive funding from Ethnic Communities Council, I learnt JCA. He sees this as fundamental to about coalition building, as National the community’s future. “I think the way Treasurer of Hineni Youth I learnt a lot JCA funds the community – the way about financial management, as a Board it’s structured and has made itself the member of the Sephardi Shul I learnt foundation of the community – is one of about the workings of a Board, how it the reasons why it will continue in the tries to manage a synagogue.” next 20 years.” By then, Josh will still be Now, as part of the NSW Jewish a young 47-year-old.





Key Impact Stats Over 30,000 hours of protection in 2019 Average 5 hours training for most CSG personnel attending mandatory weekly training sessions Approximately 280 operational and support staff, managed by a team of 8 full-time and 6 part-time staff ‘On-call’ 24/7, 365 days per year




Key Impact Stats 18 advocacy initiatives 23 events attracting 2,300+ participants in 2019 1,000+ media engagements on behalf of the community in 2019 Constant advocacy to promote respect for diversity and the importance of condemning racism, bigotry and antisemitism


SECURITY FOR THE NSW JEWISH COMMUNITY (INCLUDING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE JEWISH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN) This program is vital for the physical safety and protection of our community. Charged with the 24/7 oversight and operations that safeguard personal security and strengthen communal physical facilities, including implementation and support of our community’s response to COVID-19. Working closely with State and Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies in analysing threats to the community and providing essential advice and resources necessary for threat management and response.

Program Provider NSW Community Security Group (CSG)

JEWISH ADVOCACY AND LEADERSHIP IN MEDIA, POLITICS AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY This essential service ensures that the voice of our Jewish community is heard at the highest levels of Federal, State and Local government. It is the peak program for community advocacy in the media on an ongoing basis, as well as in times of crisis. It is also an inclusive voice for outreach to communities of all faiths across Australia and delivers a powerful message against antisemitism, racism and bigotry.

Program Provider NSW Jewish Board of Deputies JEWISH BOARD OF DEPUTIES

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CULTURE ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH JCA helps sustain programs that enrich us through shared cultural experiences, through community advocacy and outreach, and through our collective commitment to values of tzedakah and tikkun olam. From folk and community centres, to sports organisations and places for cultural learning, JCA ensures that the Jewish community feels connected and brought together not just by religion but also by common interests. Organisations such as the ACT Jewish Community, Maccabi, Shalom, National Council of Jewish Women Australia (NSW), B’nai B’rith and The Jewish Folk Centre provide a diverse range of services and activities – both within the Jewish community and the broader non-Jewish communities around us. For detailed information about Culture, Engagement & Outreach programs supported by JCA, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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OPENING THE TENT William Feuerman

For Billy, the success of Shalom’s event highlighted the alignment of ancient Jewish values and modern universal themes. “Succot is a holiday that has the ability to reach out to larger issues and philosophies,” he said, “Jewish history, of course, but also how the succah relates to existing issues today – from the environment, to sustainability, to the open house, to valuing imperfection, homelessness and the refugee crisis.” Many visitors were from the Jewish community but, in a city with some 50,000 Jewish residents, the overwhelming majority were from the broader non-Jewish community and visitors from countries across the world. As Billy described it, “People mostly came and thought they were pavilions, but then once we explained to them what they were, how they all followed the same rules yet came out completely different, it had a significant impact … When you start to expand on the larger philosophies, both Jews and non-Jews were really blown away by how modern these ancient themes are and how creatively they can be expressed.” Reflecting on his involvement with Shalom’s project, as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019, Billy feels that it’s important for our future to expand the conversation; to open up and make people aware that our culture goes beyond religion. “We had one very old Russian man on a tour come up to

Monolitus Domum Kaleidoscope

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a Jewish Day School and had a ‘traditional’ more than a religious Jewish upbringing. Studying architecture in New York, Billy became close friends with Jewish Australians working in the US. Marrying an Australian, he moved to Sydney where they started a family. “Since I’ve had children, being Jewish has become way more important to me. It was all about reconnecting and also redefining what ritual is because I love the rituals of Judaism,” he said. Coincidentally, the way Billy's children were introduced to the richness of Jewish ritual was through another program provided by Shalom: PJ Library – a service that delivers free Jewishthemed early readers to more than 1,300 families in NSW and the ACT every month. The books celebrate Jewish culture, values and traditions using beautiful narratives and illustrations. There’s even one called A Watermelon in the Sukkah! Reading the books as a family has given Billy’s children a sense of their identity. “If you asked my kids about a year ago, they probably wouldn’t know what being Jewish really was,” he said. “Now they would say, yes, they do.”

In October last year, more than 500,000 visitors to Bondi were treated to a futuristic vision of a 3,000-year-old Jewish ritual. Shalom’s Succah by the Sea – as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 – showcased six radical reinterpretations of the ancient tabernacle. For Shalom, a team of architects and the project’s Artistic Director, Billy Feuerman, it was the realisation of two years of work. us – he was, like, crying – saying how amazing it was to see Judaism go from ‘underground’ to ‘above ground’. We also had this little five-year-old boy say he’d never been so proud to be Jewish.” Born in Los Angeles, Billy went to

William Feuerman is Director of Office Feuerman and a Senior Lecturer at UTS. Inside Out Succah Window photo by Hamish McIntosh

Inside our Succah

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Architects of artworks below (l-r) are: Scale Architecture, Other Architects and Izabela Pluta, Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal and Urtzi Grau.

A Portable Territory at Dusk photo by Hamish McIntosh





Key Impact Stats 120 people attended first night Seder in 2019 140 guests attended the communal Rosh Hashanah dinner in 2019 38 children attending classes weekly 20 teens and youth attending classes weekly 5 Bar/Bat Mitzvahs celebrated in 2019

CREATING JEWISH ENGAGEMENT WITHIN THE REGIONAL CANBERRA COMMUNITY Providing vital services to the Canberra Jewish community to build a vibrant Jewish identity in the nation’s capital. Delivering education and cultural services for adults, teenagers and young children; social welfare for people in need; and political and diplomatic engagement on behalf of the national Jewish community. The ACT also houses the National Jewish War Memorial, and a Jewish museum and library, as resources for the broader community to understand the contribution of Jews to Australia.

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15 hours of social support services delivered weekly




Key Impact Stats 400 Jewish student members 6 affiliate campus clubs 130 events run in 2019 30 attendees at the Political Training Seminar

MEANINGFUL JEWISH EXPERIENCES FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS The Australasian Union of Jewish Students (AUJS) provides an important bridge from Jewish life in high school to adulthood. By empowering and developing the next generation of Jewish leaders, and giving students meaningful and fun opportunities to connect, AUJS enriches the Jewish life of young people in the community. With a range of events on campus and off campus, AUJS engages with the Jewish student community across Australia and New Zealand.

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32 Winter and 42 Summer Conference attendees 60 attendees at the Millie Phillips Leadership Training Seminar


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self-funded Key Impact Stats 350 members 170 disadvantaged families assisted Extensive community attendance at exhibitions

SOCIAL, CULTURAL, ADVOCACY AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PROGRAMS B’nai B’rith NSW is the umbrella body of the B’nai B’rith family of organisations which include B’nai B’rith Bargain Bazaar, B’nai B’rith Centre and Courage to Care NSW.

Program Provider B’nai B’rith NSW

72 social and cultural events held each year


self-funded Key Impact Stats 30 attendees at Yiddish-speaking program each month 140 financial members

YIDDISH AND HEBREW CULTURAL IMMERSION Programs and events to promote and preserve Yiddish and Hebrew language and culture. A social centre for Israelis to connect and celebrate Israeli culture and traditions.

Program Provider jewish folk centre Jewish Folk Centre Ha’Moadon Ha’Israell




Key Impact Stats 1,200 Jewish youths playing sport with Maccabi 70+ participants in the All Abilities Program, with 250+ people positively impacted including families 200+ Jewish school students so far attended the ‘Educate through Experience’ program, to promote inclusion

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MACCABI ALL ABILITIES AND YOUTH SPORT PROGRAM Maccabi is passionate about promoting a healthy, active and inclusive lifestyle amongst Jewish youth. Sport is universally recognised as an incredibly effective environment for youth to develop important values and to grow their personal identity. The Maccabi All Abilities program promotes inclusion amongst the broader community and provides sports and recreational opportunities for people living with a disability. The program brings Jewish youth together under the banner of sports and creating stronger community connections.

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Key Impact Stats 105 Jewish volunteers actively engaged in community outreach work with regular training in relationship skills

OUTREACH PROGRAM (MUM FOR MUM) The Mum for Mum program trains Jewish volunteers to support and mentor new mothers in crisis. The volunteers check-in weekly with recipients to offer emotional support and guidance during their first year of parenting. The program has a diverse range of participants. Situations for these mothers has become more dire with the COVID-19 crisis.

Program Provider MUM FOR MUM (as part of NCJWA)

22 Jewish mothers, mostly new to Australia, were supported in 2019 55 nationalities supported since inception




Key Impact Stats 15,247 total attendances at all events in 2019 4,957 young adult attendances in 2019 An additional 8,770 people experienced tours and workshops about Succah by the Sea – as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019


YOUNG ADULT, FAMILIES AND COMMUNAL CULTURAL PROGRAMMING Many in our community are looking for contemporary ways to live their Judaism. Shalom is at the centre of innovative and compelling cultural programs that provide a rich, creative expression of expression of Jewish identity and connectivity. Through programs like PJ Library and Limmud Oz, Shalom nourishes today’s vibrant local Jewish culture, builds inclusive communities and engages young adults who are integral to the continuity of our Jewish identity.

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HOLOCAUST, HISTORY & HERITAGE JCA is dedicated to ensuring that the memory of the Holocaust is preserved for generations to come and that programs are in place to inform people’s perceptions of morality, social justice, democracy and human rights. The Sydney Jewish Museum and the Australian Jewish Historical Society provide a conduit for the preservation of our history – making vast online resources available to the entire Jewish community – and a strong voice for teaching the lessons of the Holocaust. Community outreach programs educate thousands of non-Jewish high school students and hundreds of teachers every year in programs that are amplified by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies community-wide commemoration events. For detailed information about Holocaust, History & Heritage programs supported by JCA, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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Chaya Kasif is 22 years young and studies ancient history. Growing up, her connection to the Sydney Jewish community was sparse – at the Catholic high school she attended, she was the only Jewish pupil until her younger sister joined her. When her classmates recited the Angelus, she would say the Shema. “They thought I was whispering in tongues.”

Although her mother had a conservative Jewish upbringing, Jewish identity was not a major part of Chaya’s childhood experience. She had limited interaction with the community and particularly with Jewish children her own age; she recalls feeling “disabled in a way.” Chaya was determined to create her own path. “I’ve taken it on myself and redefined it – Judaism allows you to do that,” she said. For her, rediscovering the connection was a journey that has allowed her to redefine her personal identity. “It’s not only cultural but philosophical, and just a way of seeing the world and of seeing yourself. It’s making the everyday sacred, first of all, and secondly, being an agent of justice in the world – being a voice for peace and fighting for what’s right, but also making every single moment in the day something special.” Chaya started reconnecting through friends she made after high school.

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Additionally, her boyfriend who is Jewish has had a similar experience of rediscovery. “We encourage each other and together we seek out information on our identity and Jewish experiences,” she said. Her passion for history led to her working as a researcher with the Australian Jewish Historical Society, sifting through hundreds of boxes of

documents and ephemera, helping to catalogue the history of our local Jewish community. Every box brings with it the excitement of discovery. “By unearthing history I make it available to the public,” she observed. “When you have access to your history and knowledge of your past, it presents a way forward and it preserves identity. If we didn’t have history, we wouldn’t have each other, we couldn’t have collective identity, so it gives us identity, it gives us community.” Through her university, Chaya began an internship at the Sydney Jewish Museum, working on an exhibition called Jews from Islamic Lands. For her, the experience of bringing knowledge to people and increasing public consciousness was uplifting, educational and enriching. Through her work at the Museum and the Historical Society, Chaya has also become aware of JCA’s role behind the scenes, facilitating connections between individuals, organisations and community. “Like those that went before us through key moments in our history – Jews have always helped Jews,” she said, “and now we have JCA doing the same thing here in our community.” Having previously felt estranged, Chaya is infectiously optimistic about the future of the Jewish community. “With people like me connecting,” she said, “our community can only get richer and more diverse.” Smiling, she added that even her non-Jewish friends are attracted by the appeal of Judaism.





Key Impact Stats 323 boxes from NSW Jewish Board of Deputies organised and catalogued 2,000 historical files from the archives of AJHS collection catalogued

COMMUNITY-WIDE ARCHIVING AND DIGITISATION OF LOCAL JEWISH HISTORY Since the First Fleet, Jews have been part of the rich tapestry of Australia. This three-year project aims to preserve local Jewish historical information in all its forms, across all communal organisations, providing a rich legacy of Jewish continuity for future generations.

Program Provider Australian Jewish Historical Society

31,600 pages of AJHS Journals digitised 6,500 searchable records of service men and women linked to National Archive 80,000 records of Jewish burials




Key Impact Stats 5 major events held annually, attracting 2,200 guests 200 to 300 VIPs, from federal and state MPs and diplomats, to leaders of community groups and faiths, local government and leaders of civil society Advocacy events promoting tolerance and respect across all cultural and religious boundaries


HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE OUTREACHÂ EVENTS Multifaith communal events to honour the memory of Holocaust victims and survivors, to promote awareness of where racial hatred can lead, and to promote social justice for all. The program runs a number of key commemorative events that include: bringing the community together on Yom Hashoah, engaging the next generation through YouthHEAR (Holocaust Education and Remembrance) and bringing leaders of various faiths together with politicians and diplomats to commemorate Kristallnacht.

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Key Impact Stats 28,500 students and 1,000 teachers educated in 2019 85% of secondary schools in Sydney participated in the program in the last 5 years

HOLOCAUST AND JUDAISM EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR NSW SCHOOL STUDENTS Educating primary and secondary school students from all around NSW about Judaism, the history of the Holocaust, and how the lessons of the Holocaust are so relevant today. These programs embrace all primary and secondary school students in an age-appropriate way, and ensure future generations understand the lessons from the Holocaust.

330,000 students have participated in the past 27 years

Program Provider Sydney Jewish Museum

55,500 visitors to the Museum in 2019 and 800,000 in the last 27 years Over 12,000 artefacts collected

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COMMUNITY CONTINUITY JCA’s core role of fundraising is the bedrock of community continuity – providing funding for many of the vital programs delivered by our 23 member organisations, as well as partners and affiliates. In addition, JCA has become a central point for strategic planning and a primary facilitator for our highly interconnected, vibrant community. With the future in mind, JCA has been instrumental in the delivery of initiatives like the Gen 17 and 2016 Census Reports on Jewish community, the Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) program, the Observership Program (placing future leaders on the Boards of local Jewish organisations), and JCA Jumpstart (a major driver of engagement with our younger community members). For detailed information about Community Continuity programs supported by JCA, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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When Prielle’s parents emigrated from Israel, their dream was to become as embedded as possible in Australian culture. For a young girl in a brand new country this was not such a simple matter. It was only after moving to a public school with enough diversity to not feel out of place that Prielle started to make friends. Nevertheless, as she recalls, Prielle always gravitated to the Jewish kids. “Then, in Year 7 at Rose Bay Secondary School, BJE (NSW Board of Jewish Education) found me.” “With the promise of challah every Friday and regular trips to connect with other students at Max Brenner, there was a space for me to feel Jewish, talk about my Judaism and celebrate my love of challah!” says Prielle. Through BJE, she participated in a Year 10 Israel program and was given the opportunity to rediscover her homeland. “Visiting family, you don’t really get to see Israel,” she said. “On my program, with my peers, I saw it in a whole new light.” BJE continued to create opportunities. When the Israeli soldier and prisoner, Gilad Shalit, visited Sydney in 2013, Prielle represented the community as a keynote speaker at an event held in his honour. BJE also ensured she was able to study Hebrew for her HSC even though it wasn’t offered by her school. After school, AUJS stepped into her

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entrepreneurs, philanthropists and representatives of The Schusterman Foundation. The program was politically challenging, designed to equip the young leaders with skills to address issues when challenged on campus. While completing her university studies, Prielle also graduated from the Jeremy Spinak Leadership Program through the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. “Throughout my entire life here in Sydney – on my Jewish journey – I didn’t know how and why all these good things were Arriving in Australia from Israel as a five-year- available to me,” said Prielle. “And then I applied for a job at JCA, old with no English skills, it’s not surprising joining the team as marketing Prielle Betito felt a little lost. As a Sephardi at coordinator, and everything made sense. I realised that in the her predominantly Ashkenazi Orthodox school, background, JCA was my teacher, she didn’t quite fit in. As a young teenager, she my friend, my travel agent, my felt herself caught between two cultures – too mentor – my sense of belonging Israeli to be Australian and too Australian to through so many stages of my life.” be Israeli. And then, community found her. Prielle admits to being “absolutely passionate and a bit life and Prielle spent six months on their crazy” about the Jewish community. “I Aviv gap year program. “It was the best have so much confidence in our future,” time of my life,” she said. “It cemented she said. “I know that our communal my love not only for Israel but for our organisations are focused on building Sydney Jewish community.” Inspired to up and engaging young people like make a contribution, Prielle became me,” she added. Her view is that, “As more active in AUJS, becoming President a community, we have to take note of of AUJS UNSW. She joined a small group how young people are practising their on their Young Leadership Program to Judaism, what they’re doing with their Israel, the United Kingdom and United lives and acknowledge how they’d like States where they met with politicians, to engage in the future.”


JUMPSTART IS ALL ABOUT THE FUTURE “2019 was a brilliant year for Jumpstart. Our committee’s focus was to drive engagement, inspire and foster our community’s future leaders, drive innovation, and inspire philanthropy.”

Jonathan Barouch and Ben Levi Co-Chairs, Jumpstart Committee

In november last year, the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay was overflowing with inspiration, innovation and community spirit. More than 500 people attended Jumpstart’s fifth annual Shark Tank event – an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to pitch for a share of $60,000 and turn their dreams into reality. It was a night to celebrate the incredible members of our community who are on a mission to change the world for the better! Shark Tank is just one of the initiatives of Jumpstart – JCA’s ‘start-up’ created five years ago to engage with a young audience and change their perception of JCA, the Jewish community and the role every young person has in ensuring its continued vibrancy. Funding to date has been provided by The Giving Forum and individuals in the community who recognise that our future is dependent on the participation of successive generations of new JCA donors. With a volunteer committee of motivated and passionate young professionals, Jumpstart has continued to grow and create opportunities for young socially minded entrepreneurs to realise their dreams and potential. As a team, they are making a huge impact in our community – engaging, educating, inspiring philanthropy, fostering future leaders, and raising significant funds. In 2019, donations from the 19-39 year-old cohort were up 38% over the previous year and more than 1,000 people attended Jumpstart events,


including those in the age group who attended JCA’s 2018 annual fundraiser at the Hordern Pavilion. Two new initiatives introduced in 2019 were Jumpstart Juniors and the JCA Observership Alumni group.

JUMPSTART JUNIORS Jumpstart Juniors engages Jewish families with young children to encourage philanthropy at an early age and to introduce them to some of the important foundational programs in the Jewish community. The program runs like a mini version of a 10x10 with interactive presentations from three community programs. The parents and their children then discuss the programs – which include JewishCare’s Big Brother Big Sister and Shalom’s PJ Library – and choose which program they’d like to support with their donation tokens. The impact of their giving was amplified by matching funds from JCA and The Giving Forum.

OBSERVERSHIP ALUMNI Last year’s inaugural Observership Alumni event attracted over 50 former participants from the JCA stream of the Observership Program – an initiative that places young future leaders on the Boards of JCA member organisations to help them develop their professional skills and encourage their ongoing participation. The Alumni event featured a panel discussion with luminaries from the business and not-for-profit sectors on the topic ‘To My Younger Self’. The panel included David Gonski AC, Robert McLean, Elizabeth Dibbs and Suzie Riddell who shared insights, life lessons, and advice that they wish they would have known when they were the age of the alumni, starting their journeys as Board directors and community leaders.

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JUMPSTART INNOVATION HUB For young entrepreneurs, the Jumpstart Innovation Hub continues to provide a co-working space for the Jewish community where those involved in startups and socially minded enterprises can exchange ideas and benefit from each other’s expertise.

JUMPSTART INNOVATION SPEAKER SERIES As an extension of the Hub, Jumpstart also runs its popular Jumpstart Innovation Speaker Series – an opportunity for those just starting out to benefit from the pitfalls and triumphs of young entrepreneurs who have gone on to realise commercial success.

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The year culminated with the sold-out Shark Tank Event. Melissa Levi won the $30,000 first prize for Age Well with Mel, an online repository of information and resources for families dealing with the many issues involved in caring for and managing ageing family members. Second prize of $15,000 went to Danny Hui for Sameview, a software platform that allows teams of professionals to collaborate with each other and with families who, like Danny, have children with a disability who require specialised care. Third prize of $5,000 went to YouthHEAR, a community youth group dedicated to commemoration of the Holocaust among younger generations. In a night of surprises, the Shark Tank prize pool – which included a $10,000 People’s Choice Award from the All In Giving Circle – was topped up by additional $5,000 awards from JCA The Choice Foundation for the winners in the aged care and disability sectors.

Other Jumpstart initiatives include Jumpstart Volunteer which will be enhancing its engagement platform in 2020 to match volunteering opportunities in Jewish community organisations with individuals who want to make a difference by contributing their time and professional skills. Jumpstart Volunteeer continues to explore new opportunities to engage with the Millennials and Young Major Donor cohorts in the community. As an investment in the future, Jumpstart is all about enabling the connections between younger members and enriching their experience of a vibrant local Jewish community.





Key Impact Stats $115 million distributed most effectively over past ten years through support of JCA Allocations Committee More than 100 community and business leaders volunteer on JCA Committees

COMMUNITY PLANNING AND ENRICHMENT For the community to adapt and thrive well into the future, there is a need to anticipate future requirements and be able to respond, collaborate and innovate. This program provides this capability by supporting the most effective distribution of funds to the community, by undertaking original community-wide research projects and analysis of census data, and by continuing to deliver a range of new services to the community over the years.

Program Provider JCA

155 future leaders placed on NFP Boards through Observership Program




Key Impact Stats 500 attendees at Shark Tank 2019 $75,000 distributed to social entrepreneurs at Shark Tank 38% increase in Jumpstart giving in 2019 vs 2018

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JUMPSTART: ENGAGING YOUNG ADULTS IN OUR COMMUNITY A new way to engage people between the ages of 19-39 in our community, using innovative initiatives to create a connection in our next generation. Jumpstart initiatives include the Innovation Hub co-working space and Innovation Speaker Series, the Jumpstart annual Shark Tank pitch event, Jumpstart Volunteer, engagement with Millennials and Young Major Donors and Jumpstart Junior which brings community philanthropy to young families and their children. Other Jumpstart programs include 10x10 and the Observership Alumni Group.

Program Provider JCA

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Supporting our community

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LONG-TERM FUNDING JCA’s commitment to long-term funding is an investment in the future of our community. In 2019, we launched JCA Generations – a program to recognise and acknowledge the generosity of those who have passed and left a bequest to JCA in their wills as well as those who have committed to do so in the future. The idea is quite simple – the more people in our community who commit to leaving a legacy gift to JCA – or one of our 23 member organisations – the more successful we will be in ensuring the sustainability of our local Jewish community, the viability of our institutions, and the vibrancy of Jewish life in NSW and the ACT for our children, our grandchildren and the generations to follow them. For detailed information about Long Term Funding, please visit www.jca.org.au/programs


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Graham Einfeld remembers being aware, as a young boy, of his mother’s involvement with multiple charities. “She certainly influenced me,” he recalls. “I remember she used to write up a little cash journal every so often which she used to give to her accountant. It was a guinea here, two guineas there, and five guineas there – she gave money to a lot of different charities.” He remembers her being very involved as President of the NSW division of the National Council of Jewish Women in the early 1950s and subsequently joining the Board of The Wolper Jewish Hospital. Graham’s uncle, Syd, was one of the founders of JewishCare, then known as the Australian Jewish Welfare Society as well as many other Jewish and non-Jewish causes, and his uncle, John, was very involved in NAJEX, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and Moriah College. In the early 1960s, his own involvement began with the Jewish Amateur Sports Association where he was President of the Squash Club, NSW Treasurer and manager of carnival teams. “It was my introduction to Jewish communal activity,” he recalls. In 1974 he was asked by his uncle, John, to join the Board of Moriah College and

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the Einfeld family has celebrated 110 Seders in Australia. Through the generations, the family name has been closely associated with many of the organisations that are the bedrock of the local Jewish community, stretching back to the establishment of JewishCare over 85 years ago and to JCA’s founding in 1967. Graham Einfeld is part of that family tradition. Now, he’s looking ahead to ensure the community is sustainable for future generations. later became the Honorary Treasurer, a position he held for almost 15 years. Graham also joined the Board of Wolper Jewish Hospital, where he served as Treasurer and President, and served on JCA’s Executive as Treasurer. “Community is an integral part of our family,” he said. “Giving back – it was my motivation and has given me a deep understanding of the workings of our community.” Today, he sees a strong local Jewish community but he has concerns for the long-term, not least of which is the rising threat of antisemitism. In addition to safeguarding our physical security, part of the solution for sustaining

our community, he believes, is in how we engage with younger members – he’s a strong supporter of Jewish day schools and the Youth 2 Israel (Y2i) program. Graham’s sons have been involved with AUJS, the JCA Planning Committee, the Hakoah Board and Maccabi. He counsels that instilling active participation in the community “comes from the home” and that, “It often follows that if parents are doing it, then the kids will want to do it as well.” To help ensure the future of the local community for his young grandchildren, Graham has joined the JCA Generations program by making a commitment to JCA in his will. “It’s something that I feel everybody should consider,” he said “and I think everybody should give money on an annual basis as well, if they are able to.” As Graham points out, while he is a donor, he also sees himself, like many others in the community, as a receiver. “I’ve had family members at the Wolper Hospital, kids and grandkids who went to Moriah, a mother-in-law at the Montefiore, and we all benefit from the work done for us by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, CSG and the Sydney Jewish Museum.” Clearly, both giving and receiving run in the family.
























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Hilary Albert Eric Barlin

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Prielle Betito Jessica Chasen Jacqui Fine Raelle Freinkel David Graham Alain Hasson Jami Kochan Shari Lowe

Database Manager & Analyst Head of Marketing &Â Communications Jumpstart Marketing Coordinator Head of Annual Campaign Head of Finance Y2i Coordinator Demographer Consultant Chief Executive Officer Office Assistant Head of Planning

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Justin Moddel Kim Morris Tanya Shmulburd Isabelle Stanton Rachel Swartz Rose Temple

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Laura Velik Lydia Vesely Aaron Zaidel Mark Zworestine

Jumpstart Program Coordinator Executive Assistant & Office Manager Payments & Accounts Officer Engagement Manager Y2i Manager Community Communications Coordinator (Volunteer) Database Manager & Analyst Engagement Manager Accounts Assistant Bequest Manager

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THANK YOU Together, we have created something remarkable – a vibrant Jewish community that supports and enriches every one of us. Each of the stories in this year’s Source illustrates the process of renewal at the heart of our community – individuals who have been enriched by community and, in turn, are inspired to give back through their time, their talent and treasure. The following pages are an opportunity to acknowledge and thank you all – JCA’s volunteers, donors and sponsors – who continue to make our community possible, today and into the future. Without you, our community could not provide the vital services that are delivered to thousands of local Jewish families each and every day.

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STRATEGIC PARTNERS FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE JCA’s key strategic partners bring innovation and forward thinking to our community – exploring new funding models, fostering a culture of giving, developing tomorrow’s leaders, and cultivating a strong sense of Jewish identity for future generations.

THE GIVING FORUM (TGF) “Given the challenges that face us and the ever increasing need, it is clear that a fresh approach to ensure sustainable giving for our community will grow in importance over time. Encouraging this support remains the central mission of The Giving Forum.”

Greg Shand The Giving Forum Established in 2015, The Giving Forum has taken a leadership position as cornerstone funders of a number of important projects that aim to have a significant impact on the long-term sustainability of the local Jewish community. Their funding has been central to JCA’s Jumpstart initiative to engage younger members of the community and cultivate new committed donors, to the creation of JCA The Choice Foundation to provide

The giving forum


ongoing support for disability services in the community and to funding aimed at moving the Sydney Jewish Museum closer to being self-sustainable. TGF is focused on key community continuity programs to address long-term security needs and advocacy initiatives, to develop a community centre with the Hakoah at White City development, to enable capital upgrades at Jewish day schools and a much-needed refurbishment of the Sydney Chevra Kadisha. These

Australian jewish funders (ajf)

projects alone require in excess of $150 million over the coming years. This year, The Giving Forum members also led an initiative providing a communal response to the devastating Australian bushfires. Through their pivotal role in local philanthropy, The Giving Forum members have catalysed further funding from other donors who have joined them in supporting these changemaking community projects.

the observership program

Youth 2 israel (y2i)

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AUSTRALIAN JEWISH FUNDERS (AJF) “AJF and JCA share a common strategic objective, the strengthening of a sustainable, vibrant and secure Jewish community through effective philanthropy, engagement and leadership development.”

Tracie Olcha Australian Jewish Funders The strong partnership between AJF and JCA allows for the sharing of resources, expertise and professional services, creating opportunity for innovation, collaboration and greater positive change within the Australian Jewish community. Together, AJF and JCA believe that the Australian Jewish community will be strengthened by partnerships between cities that look to solve problems around

innovative community engagement, overcome funding barriers, and creating a culture of giving and change-making within the community. AJF’s LaunchPad – a collaboration between JCA, The Schusterman Family Foundation and Shalom – is one such program and has helped cultivate more than 350 community activists and change agents since 2014.

Other opportunities for personal and leadership development are offered through the ROI Community, Schusterman Fellowship and Hazon Incubator. In addition, AJF is currently focused on next generation donors and emerging social investors (including young adult engagement), giving circles, matching grants, and investigating other philanthropic models for the future.

THE OBSERVERSHIP PROGRAM “The Observership Program provided an opportunity to increase my involvement in the community while broadening my own skills and experience. The program uniquely enables our community’s professional young adult segment to both enhance their corporate skill set and give back to a JCA supported organisation.”

Jenna Baskin 2018 Alumnus, current Board member at JewishCare and Mum for Mum (NSW NCJWA) The Observership Program – an initiative that offers young individuals in our community a structured experience on non-profit Boards – is now in its eighth year and has been running independently since 2017 as a result of JCA’s partnership with AICD and

Philanthropy Australia. The 12-month Observership experience has seen many participants go on to serve successfully on JCA member organisation Boards, enriching our community through their passion, talent and commitment.

Over 150 young adults have graduated from the program; they continue to benefit from the networks they’ve developed and by attending Observership Alumni events with guest speakers and presentations from business and community leaders.

YOUTH 2 ISRAEL (Y2I) “My experiences in Israel have made my Jewish identity concrete, which is somewhat difficult when you’re not closely involved in the Jewish community … It is vital for the continuity of the Jewish community at home as well as the continuity of the Jewish story.”

Raelle Freinkel Rose Bay Secondary College graduate, Y2i Coordinator JCA’s Gen 17 study confirmed something that many already knew from their own personal experience: visiting Israel is a powerful and meaningful way to connect to Jewish identity – especially so in our younger, formative years. With this in mind, Y2i was established in 2015 in partnership with JCA to make trips to Israel affordable for all Jewish children in NSW, QLD and the ACT. The

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program grants $5,000 vouchers to Year 10 participants from Jewish Day Schools as well as students from over 40 schools on the BJE Israel program. The students travel extensively on programs that are five weeks or longer – learning about and experiencing Israeli and Jewish life, history and culture. For many, their Y2i experience, shared with their peers, is a life-changing

journey that makes concrete their sense of Jewish identity and their sense of belonging to the local Jewish community. To date, more than 1,400 students have visited Israel through the program and, for many, it is the impetus for their involvement in the Jewish community once they leave school.


JCA COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS 2020 Board of Governors


Stephen Chipkin President Alain Hasson JCA CEO David Balkin AM Kelly Bayer Rosmarin Lesli Berger Anthony Berman Adam Blackman Nathan Briner Hannah Challis Darryl Dorfan Lauren Ehrlich Damien Elias David Freeman AM Jonathan Gavshon Richard Glass Tahlia Gordon Michael Gottlieb Peter Ivany AM Stephen Jankelowitz Paul Kaplan Gus Lehrer AM FAA Veronica Leydman Trevor Lorge Anna Marks OAM Frank Marks LLM Janet Merkur David Nathan Peter Philippsohn OAM Leanne Piggott Jason Sandler Richard Scheinberg AM Melanie Schwartz Jillian Segal AO AM Barry Smorgon OAM David Speiser Peter Wertheim AM Henry Wirth Peter Wise

Stephen Chipkin President Alain Hasson JCA CEO Trevor Lorge Treasurer Jonathan Barouch Kelly Bayer Rosmarin Lesli Berger Damien Elias Jonathan Gavshon Michael Gottlieb Paul Kaplan Ben Levi Leanne Piggott Melanie Schwartz Talya Wiseman (Observer)

Honorary Life Governors David Balkin AM Peter Ivany AM Peter Philippsohn OAM Richard Scheinberg AM Jillian Segal AO AM Barry Smorgon OAM Peter Wise


Allocations Damien Elias Chair Alain Hasson JCA CEO Lianne Graf Lance Kalish Shari Lowe JCA Office Darren Smorgon

Award Council Michael Graf Chair David Golovsky Tracey Hayim

Building & Capital Paul Kaplan Chair Alain Hasson JCA CEO Ian Berson Michael Blitz Teri Esra Rebecca Finkelstein Kevin Kalinko Shari Lowe JCA Office Adam Volpe Emma Wartski

Fundraising Michael Gottlieb Chair Stephen Chipkin President Alain Hasson JCA CEO Jessica Chasen JCA Office Michelle Gianferrari Lauren Kavnat

Michelle Levitt Ricky Rosettenstein Isabelle Stanton JCA Office Hilton Swartz Lydia Vesely JCA Office

Investment Rhett Kessler Chair Alain Hasson JCA CEO Jacqui Fine JCA Office Ken Hyman Howard Kantor Anably Kirievsky (Observer) Trevor Lorge Adam Myers Jill Pleban Steven Sher Alex Vynokur

Jumpstart Committee Jonathan Barouch Co-Chair Ben Levi Co-Chair Richard Benjamin Valeska Bloch Talia Dorfan Nicole Freeman Lauren Kavnat Daniel Lazarus Melissa Levi Justin Moddel JCA Office Lauren Placks Isabella Rich Marc Schwartz Max Shand Carli Skurnik

Jumpstart Sub-Committees Steve Gluckman Adam Goldberg Dana Korn Paul Levitt Rebecca Lissing Erez Rachamim Ali Rosenberg Angus Scutt Jessica Stone Caryn Kaplan

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Marketing Kelly Bayer Rosmarin Co-Chair Jonathan Gavshon Co-Chair Alain Hasson JCA CEO Eric Barlin JCA Office

Nominations Stephen Chipkin President Adam Blackman Gus Lehrer AM FAA Peter Philippsohn OAM

Planning Leanne Piggott Chair Stephen Chipkin President Alain Hasson JCA CEO Lesli Berger Greg Einfeld Neville Katz Michael Kresner Melissa Levi Shari Lowe JCA Office

Daniel Rosen Jacqui Scheinberg Adam Shell

Planning Sub-Committee Leanne Piggott Chair Stephen Chipkin President Alain Hasson JCA CEO Lesli Berger Craig Blackstone Greg Einfeld Damien Elias David Graham Anna Green Rochel Hoffman Paul Kaplan Neville Katz Michael Kresner Daniel Krigstein Melissa Levi Shari Lowe JCA Office Mark Rohald

Daniel Rosen Jacqui Scheinberg Richard Scheinberg AM Adam Shell Sarah Volpe

Status Melanie Schwartz Chair Alain Hasson JCA CEO Richard Gelski Daniel Goulburn Shari Lowe JCA Office

Y2i Jeremy Dunkel Chair Darren Chait Ariane Fuchs Yair Miller OAM Peter Philippsohn OAM Kate Samowitz (Observer) Les Szekely Ron Weiser AM

THANK YOU TO ALL THE 2019 VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE STEPPING DOWN THIS YEAR Kate Abrahams Sharon Adler Yael Berger-Gudes Andrew Boyarsky Gil Davis Naomi Feiglin John Freedman Nicole Green

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Sam Hemphill Sasha Hoffmann Jonathan Leib Kimberley Levi Ali Linz Barbara Linz Laurence Marshbaum Earl Melamed

Matthew Michael Johnothan Naiman Carmel Pelunsky Evan Penn Colin Resnick Liron Rutovitz Myra Salkinder Ian Sandler



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