Derech Eretz (DE), a program that takes place in Toomelah*, was established because JAA wanted to build a sustainable relationship with an Indigenous community that would allow for intensive engagement and learning for the volunteers, and provide useful services to the communities at the same time.
*Toomelah is an Aboriginal community of about 500 people, which was administered as a mission until the mid 1970s. The community still suffers extreme hardship and its children grow up without many of the opportunities that we take for granted.
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About Derech Eretz
The Hebrew term ‘Derech Eretz’ means literally, ‘the way of the land’, but as a concept embodies the idea of conduct that contributes to decency, respect and social awareness.
DE is divided into four components:
DE Trip – 12 participants for ten days over the summer, running school holiday activities and learning about the community.
Alumni Trip – 12 DE alumni for ten days in July, running leadership courses through the schools and working on special projects.
At Home – Guest speakers, fundraisers and awareness raising activities in Sydney and Melbourne.
Special Projects – Assisting the community on projects when requested.
Video from the January 2013 trip: