Building a community of Jewish Australians who are passionate about social justice and who actively work to create a better world for all.

Dear JAA family,

Why does Jewish Aid exist?

We exist because Jewish values implore us to stand up and take responsibility for those in need. There is so much suffering, poverty and discrimination in the world, and everything we do at JAA aims to tackle these 'modern plagues’. Whether it be raising funds for victims of natural disasters, or helping a refugee find a job, pursuing social justice is our ultimate goal.

Jewish Aid has quadrupled in size in just three years and we now have offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, with over sixty active weekly volunteers. It is these volunteers, who come from all ages and sections of the Jewish community, who are the engine of our organisation.

We hope that you get involved in our programs and that you will consider making a tax deductible donation to Jewish Aid.

Enjoy the inspirational stories in our newsletter and thanks for your support.

Gary Samowitz

P.S. We made a beautiful new booklet about Jewish Aid and the work we do!

Jewish Aid Stories

Building a new life

Fatima arrived in Australia 3 years ago alone with her 4 children. Through several JAA programs, Fatima and her family have improved their English, learnt new skills and made many friends in the Jewish community Read More...!

A Sudanese role model

Francois Adam arrived in Australia in 2011 after fleeing from the genocide occurring in Darfur. In Sudan, Francois was a qualified nurse and was keen to continue his work as a nurse in Australia. However, gaining employment in one’s field can often be difficult for refugees. With the support of Jewish Aid, Francois has found employment as a Personal Care Assistant at Jewish Care Victoria's Montefiore Home!

Francois working at Jewish Care Victoria!

Stand Up participants raise $1400

In anticipation of their upcoming bat mitzvahs, Ellie Cohen and Maela Kornhauser decided to do something different. The girls recently participated in Jewish Aid Australia’s ‘Stand Up’ program for Bnei Mitzvah aged students and learnt about having an impact in their community, engaging with other cultures and changing the world through small acts of charity and kindness. Inspired by the ‘Stand Up’ program, they raised $1400 for Sudanese refugee children and their families. Find out how they did it here.


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Programs Update

Derech Eretz

In 2 weeks Derech Eretz Alumni head back up to Toomelah and Boggabilla for our 13th trip! The program will involve running fun holiday activities for the kids while the participants learn more about the community, reconciliation, indigenous traditions and culture.

Reflection: Noey Kolt reflects on his time spent on the Derech Eretz program in January 2012.

Volunteer Nepal

The fourth Volunteer Nepal trip will be taking place from the 4th December 2012 until the 3rd January 2013. This program takes participants out of their comfort zone to spend a month volunteering and learning about the local community in a remote Nepalese village .

Applications: Learn more about Volunteer Nepal and apply now!

Empowering Sudanese Women

Building confidence, making new friends and learning a skill that could help generate an income. These are some of the exciting goals being achieved at JAA’s women’s group. The women are learning how to sew and are already making beautiful products. Read more.

Volunteer: Click here to fill in a JAA volunteer registration form.

With less than a week left of the financial year, now is a great time to donate to Jewish Aid Australia. Your donation ensures that our programs continue to empower vulnerable communities in Australia and Overseas.

 DONATE NOW to support the values of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedakah (pursuing justice)

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