Stand Up Expands
Jewish Aid Australia’s Stand Up program to expand significantly in 2013 with the support of Gandel Philanthropy
Last Month Jewish Aid Australia’s (JAA) Stand Up program alumni hosted a bake sale at the JAA Mitzvah Day at Caulfield Park. Over $800 was raised for the ‘Yida Refugee camp’ in Sudan and the ‘RSPCA’, their chosen causes, which will make a huge difference.
Over the past two years JAA has been engaging young Jewish kids, as they become bnei mitzvah, to stand up for what they believe in, be proud of their Jewish identity and effect positive change in the world around them. Participants engage with core Jewish concepts such as tzeddek – Justice, tikkun olam – repairing the world, and chessed – kindness. Driven by these core values, they have taken action by volunteering, fundraising or asking for donations to JAA in lieu of gifts for their bar/bat mitzvah.
100% of Stand Up participants surveyed said that they were “inspired by the program” and that they “would recommend the Stand Up program to others”. Stand Up is clearly a program that engages Jewish youth in a positive and meaningful way.
JAA is therefore excited to announce that in 2013 Stand Up will be receiving an unprecedented injection of funds, allowing for the significant expansion of the program. This expansion has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy.
With the funds received through a grant from Gandel Philanthropy, JAA plans to run eight Stand Up programs in Melbourne for over 100 participants as well as launching Stand Up in Sydney. This exciting development is certain to reap rewards not only for the participants in terms of relating to their own Jewish identity for years to come, but also to the broader community in which they live.
“The Stand Up program is truly one of a kind in Australia. We have seen first-hand how effectively it engages and empowers young Australian Jews to become the future change-makers of our society” said Gary Samowitz, CEO of JAA.
Stand Up includes six sessions that challenge participants on questions of community, social cohesion, global poverty, refugees and Fair Trade. Additionally, participants are encouraged to implement action projects aimed at changing the world for the better. All participants receive ongoing mentorship from young, dynamic JAA education staff and take part in fun alumni retreats.
“Gandel Philanthropy is very pleased to support JAA’s Stand Up program through its communityassist grant category. JAA’s commitment to engaging young Jewish kids as they reach bnei-mitzvah age with core Jewish concepts of tzeddek, tikkun olam and chessed, and with their own Jewish identity, was one of the key considerations in the Board’s decision to award this grant”, said Nicole Brittain, Grant Manager for Jewish and Israel Programs.
For more details on Stand Up or to enroll your child for 2013 please contact:
Elise Teperman Melbourne
Janet Granek Sydney
Photo: left to right. Matthew, Dion, Monique and Maya running a bake sale at Mitzvah day, 25th Nov 2013