JCA partners with our 23 member organisations to provide the Jewish community with outstanding programs across seven sectors including aged care, culture & engagement, community care, education, history & heritage, security & advocacy, social justice and outreach.
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At the very core of Jewish ideology is the idea of honouring one’s father and mother. As a community, we are collectively responsible to care for and honour our elderly who face a multitude of challenges. Some are alone with no family, while others survived the Holocaust and are haunted by its memories. Ageing is the unwritten future for all of us and we are extremely fortunate to have communal organisations that make the path into old age that much smoother.
B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages
B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages is a not-for-profit organisation providing affordable, independent living accommodation for seniors in a caring Jewish environment. Guided by the principles of B’nai B’rith worldwide, the villages maintain a commitment to operating ethically and building a nurturing, safe and supportive community for residents.
COA Sydney is a community based not-for-profit group that delivers services to help frail, aged and those with disability to stay in their own home for as long as is practically possible. We work with minimal paid staff and a large group of dedicated volunteers who help provide essential daily services to Sydney's Jewish Seniors. Our services include Sydney’s only Kosher Meals-on-Wheels, a Drop-in Centre and personal, home and financial assessments.
Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home
For more than 120 years the Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home has played a unique role in the Sydney Jewish community with a commitment to providing for the ever-increasing needs of our ageing community. Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home’s mission is to enhance the quality of life of the Jewish aged community by providing an exceptional standard of service and care, and embracing the richness of Jewish culture and tradition.
The Burger Centre
Burger Centre offers a diverse range of activities for older people to continue to feel connected with the community with a strong sense of purpose and fulfilment. Programs include social support to stimulate, motivate and encourage social interaction with a focus on enablement, wellness and independence. Burger Centre is a partnership between Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home and JewishCare, supported by JCA and Commonwealth Home Support Funding.
Culture & Engagement
Being part of the Jewish community is having access to it. From folk and community centres, to sports organisations and places for cultural learning, JCA ensures that the Jewish community feels connected, brought together not just by religion but also by common interests.
ACT Jewish Community
The ACT Jewish Community’s (ACTJC) relatively small size is belied by its high energy, growing significance as a National entity and jammed packed calendar of events and activities. The ACTJC offers worship, education, JewishCare services, community events, conference hosting, and interfaith dialogue all under the unique governance of the Centre, with orthodox and progressive congregants sharing the one building and all contributing to the Community’s unexpected vibrancy
Jewish Folk Centre
The Jewish Folk Centre was established in 1941 as a Yiddish cultural centre. For many years, the Jewish Folk Centre made a large impact on the community by the number and quality of their Yiddish functions. There are several activities at the centre including The Yiddish Club, the Hebrew Library, Hebrew lectures; and the hall at the centre is available for rent for private functions.
Maccabi NSW is an organisation that connects the Jewish community through sport. Maccabi is recognised around the world and involves affiliation with Maccabi Australia and Maccabi World Union which is based in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Maccabi NSW has 20 affiliated clubs representing a diverse range of sporting interests and membership ranges from 2,500-3,000 members.
Shalom aims to increase the vibrancy of the Sydney Jewish Community by fostering Jewish Life in an inclusive way, through culture, education and professional endeavours. Shalom engages people of different ages and backgrounds through a variety of targeted programs and events that include Shalom Baby, Sydney Jewish Writers Festival, Professional Women’s Forum, Limmud and PJ Library.
In Hebrew different words are used for the term “caring for someone”. One word defines caring in the physical sense, while another word is used to describe the act of watching over someone. This distinction encapsulates what makes community care in our local Jewish community so special.
JewishCare NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that for 80 years has been the major provider of services for vulnerable members of our community. JewishCare provides a seamless range of services that include Child and Family Services (which include Domestic Violence programs); Mental Health programs; Disability Services and Community Aged Services.
Wolper Jewish Hospital
Wolper Jewish Hospital is a private centre of medical excellence where traditional patient care complements state of the art facilities. Wolper follows a Jewish tradition of 2,000 years of community responsibility for health and support services. Wolper provides specialised medical facilities, palliative care, accredited rehabilitation units and community programs.
Education is central to our Jewish way of life and a cornerstone of our community. JCA is proud to support all forms of Jewish education and to see its member organisations grow and develop. Instilling all generations with a deep love of learning about their roots and their traditions breeds a sense of communal affiliation and identity.
NSW Board of Jewish Education
NSW Board of Jewish Education inspires the Jewish identity of our Community’s youth and aims to provide quality Jewish education to children in state and non-Jewish private schools across NSW. To ensure the social integration into the Jewish community, NSW Board of Jewish Education provides enrichment and informal education opportunities for the children and their families.
NSW Board of Progressive Jewish Education
The NSW Board of Progressive Jewish Education (BPJE) is the umbrella organisation in New South Wales, of all education bodies which provide pluralist Jewish education and the pluralist Jewish approach to educational issues involving Jewish History, Judaism and Israel. BPJE aims to provide educational experiences that foster a love of Judaism and pride in being part of the pluralist and wider Jewish community.
Fund for Jewish Higher Education
The Fund for Jewish Higher Education promotes and maintains Jewish Studies and Holocaust courses in the major universities in Sydney under the oversight of the Joint Committee for Jewish Higher Education (JCJHE). The Joint Committee for Jewish Higher Education helps students of all ages expand their knowledge at a tertiary level and bring their heritage to life. We believe in the importance of equipping today's adults with the ability to deal with any matters pertaining to Jewish affairs, as well as preparing educators and future leaders of our community.
Emanuel school is a co-educational, Jewish Day School, which caters to students from Pre-school to Year 12 on the same heritage-listed campus with beautiful grounds. Emanuel school focusses on empowering and unleashing individual potential, being an inclusive, diverse community open to all, and having a strong Jewish identity.
Moriah College is an independent, co-educational Modern Orthodox Jewish school, which prides itself on providing the highest standard of Jewish education through its early learning, primary and high school offering. Moriah College aspires to achieve excellent academic standards by promoting the intellectual, spiritual, moral, social and physical development of its students. The college strives to foster critical thought, cultural interests, tolerance, social responsibility and self-discipline with the all rounded development of students remaining its overall concern.
Mount Sinai College
Mount Sinai College is a co-educational, modern Orthodox Jewish day school focused on academic outcomes that create out of the square thinkers who are community minded and socially aware. Through its Early Learning Centre and Primary School, Mount Sinai College creates a life-long love of learning in a nurturing Jewish environment Mount Sinai College strives to develop the full potential of every child – intellectually socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and creatively – through child-centred learning experiences.
Masada College, a co-educational school on the North Shore, raises responsible individual thinkers with a strong sense of social justice and confidence in their ability to determine their own future. Masada College prides itself on building close partnerships with parents and teachers, ensuring they maximise the potential of all students from early learning, through to their primary and senior schools . Students from all backgrounds are welcome to our Jewish College which prides itself on inclusivity.
History & Heritage
As Jews, we are a people of remembrance. Every Pesach, we recount our exodus from Egypt. We have a special day dedicated to remembering the Holocaust and another for remembering the fallen soldiers of Israel. Every year, we light a candle to remember the death of a loved one. We remember our persecution but more importantly we remember our survival. We understand that we are part of a rich tapestry and so we honour our legacy and traditions in order to inform and enrich our future.
Sydney Jewish Museum
The Sydney Jewish Museum is the public face of the Sydney Jewish community and for many non-Jews, is indeed their first-ever contact with Jews at all. Whilst functioning as a Museum, it primarily acts as an educational institution and simultaneously as a memorial and a community centre. The all-important permanent Holocaust exhibitions are continually upgraded and improved and sit alongside the museums offering of engaging temporary exhibitions.
The Jewish Historical Society
The Australian Jewish Historical Society has been collecting, preserving and publishing as well as lecturing on the community’s history since 1938. Over and above this necessary role, the AJHS provides historical, bibliographical, genealogical and archival services and responds to enquiries from schoolchildren, heritage architects, authors of both fictional and non-fictional works, archivists, librarians, curators and family historians. AJHS also supports preservation of heritage buildings and cemeteries across Australia.
Security & Advocacy
As a community, we are blessed that we are empowered to write our own future. 75 years ago, the future of the Jewish people was dire. 50 years ago, when JCA was established, it was clear that great efforts needed to be made to ensure our continuity. Now, in 2017, we know that we have not just survived but thrived. On a day-to-day basis, there are two organisations that advocate for us and keep us safe.
Community Security Group (CSG)
The Council for Jewish Community Security (CJCS), under the auspices of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, is tasked with the oversight of the Jewish Community’s security and emergency management programs and policies. The CJCS is run by a small team of professional staff with hundreds of highly trained, committed and dedicated volunteers. These volunteers are tasked with the safety, security and protection of the NSW Jewish Community. The organisation's motto is “To Protect Jewish Life and Jewish Way of Life” and this task is carried out in conjunction and consultation with State and Federal Authorities.
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is the officially-elected representative roof-body and voice of the Jewish community of New South Wales. It is recognised by the NSW government, its agencies, the media and other ethnic and religious groups as the representative body of the Jewish community and speaks on its behalf on all matters affecting New South Wales Jewry. The Board leads, speaks and advocates on behalf of the NSW Jewish Community.
Social Justice & Outreach
Hands take on a different meaning when we think of “healing hands” in the context of healing the world - the idea referred to in Jewish philosophy as Tikkun Olam. Through our hands, our programs and our actions, our local Jewish community makes a dramatic impact and effects positive social change. The ripple effect of helping one individual is often unanticipated and awe inspiring. It is therefore not surprising that both B’nai B’rith NSW and the National Council of Jewish Women Australia – NSW Division (NCJWA) use the emotive symbol of hands to represent their outreach programs.
Founded in the United States, B’nai B’rith is a world-wide Jewish community service organisation, bringing together people of the Jewish faith from all walks of life, without regard for background, level of religious belief or practice, social or economic circumstances. Through its large membership base and network of volunteer supporters, B'nai B'rith is involved in a wide range of activities within both the Jewish and the general community, in the areas of human rights and anti-discrimination, promoting inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, social justice, community welfare, youth and young adults, senior citizens' housing, education, and support for the State of Israel.
NSW National Council of Jewish women
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (NCJWA) defines itself as a grassroots organisation of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJWA strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Some of the NCJWA programs include Mum For Mum and the Jewish Women Breast Cancer Network.