Funding Target

$ 850,000

600 community members and their families helped through this program in 2018

125 children and young adults linked with mentors or counselling services

500+ community volunteers (across all programs)

1,200 attendees at education and information sessions

2,000 helpline calls in past 12 months

Relief programs for community members in crisis, including domestic violence, suicide prevention, chronic illness, grief counselling, aid to children and youth, care packages for Jewish inmates in the prison system and people experiencing mental health issues.

This program provides services to some of the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our community.

Their Jewish Suicide Prevention Strategy is a response to increasing suicide rates across all ages. Among other related initiatives, it provides mental health ‘first aid’ training to hundreds of community members – including youth leaders and Rabbis – to promote early intervention and increase prevention. The Big Brother Big Sister program helps younger members of our community who are struggling through difficult situations in their personal and family lives, matching them up with volunteers who form supportive, mentoring relationships. Recognising that domestic violence occurs in all society sectors, the White Ribbon Breakfast Program educates men about speaking up and/or taking personal responsibility in domestic violence situations. The Love Bites in school and sexual assault prevention program educating high school students about domestic and family violence. Addressing the needs of a sometimes ‘hidden’ sector of our community, the Jewish Inmate Support program delivers care packages and assists family members who often may not disclose their predicament publicly. For individuals and families who are grieving, the Chessed Program provides counsellors to work side-by-side with community members at this time of great need. It also provides assistance to our schools in cases where staff members are impacted by loss.

Families in crisis receive financial and other support services. In the past year they assisted about one in four members of our local Jewish community. Wherever possible, they leverage government assistance packages and financial support to deliver their services. As Claire Vernon, CEO, noted: “We only use community funds to supplement the mainstream, so we’re not replicating what is already out there.”

Jewish families and individuals in our community – from the youngest to the oldest – are the direct beneficiaries of this program. Without JCA funding, the services of this program would not be available to our community.

Established as the German Jewish Refugee’s Fund in the mid 1930’s in response to the atrocities in Europe. Through its work, several hundred Jews were saved from Nazi persecution and, after the war, continued to assist many people migrating to Australia and support them to settle.
JewishCare today is the major provider of non-residential services to our community, responding to the needs of the aged, people with a disability, families and youth in crisis, and people with mental health issues – often the most vulnerable people in our community and therefore those most in need of our help.

Other programs offered by this provider

JewishCare provides many programs to the community across a plethora of services. These include services to aged people living in their own homes, including Holocaust survivors, disability support and services, youth services, NDIS packages, families and individuals in crisis, friendship clubs and social events, Chai Emergency Relief and FirstCall, a hotline for all those who need assistance including anyone who is feeling vulnerable.

Founding Year


Joined JCA



Jason Sandler


Claire Vernon