Funding Target

$ 70,000

18 individual sports clubs serviced

2,000 members – 1,200 juniors and 800 adults

250+ volunteers and 100+ specialty coaches

up to 1,500 athletes participating in any given week – bringing Jewish people together and creating community connections

This program provides the infrastructure necessary to support a vibrant Jewish community sports program, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for adults across our community. With sports clubs being volunteer-driven, this program provides support to all clubs to offer much needed assistance with administration and operations.

There is extensive research linking an active lifestyle to general health and wellness; sport and exercise is one of the best medicines available and its health benefits are indisputable.

Maccabi cares about the community’s health and wellbeing. They have played a role in promoting a healthy outlook through sport for over 90 years and are taking on the challenge of maximising the health of the community by providing opportunities for sports and recreation for people of all ages and abilities to get active.

To do this, Maccabi needs a well-resourced state office to support all of the sports clubs.

The Maccabi NSW state office has only a small team of staff servicing the diverse clubs, overseeing a raft of key operational tasks such as:

  • marketing and member communications
  • community engagement and events
  • sports facilities – bookings and management
  • leadership development courses
  • safety and first-aid provisions
  • national initiatives and events (e.g. Junior Carnival)
  • insurance and liability coverage
  • operational and financial assistance

Without a well-resourced team of staff to manage these key support functions, Maccabi would not be able to operate and provide as many services as it does to so many people across the community.

2,000 members across diverse age groups (from age six through seniors)

Maccabi NSW

Maccabi NSW is the roof body to 18 different sports clubs, for which it provides a range of centralised functions to help them operate. Maccabi offers sports activities across all ages and brings together Jews from all corners of the Sydney community. For many members, it is their only touchpoint to the Jewish community. Maccabi prides itself on not just offering sports participation, but also fostering a strong Jewish identity and promoting links within the community.

Other programs offered by this provider

Various sports – training/competitions/clinics
school holiday youth sports camps
Health & Wellbeing events and seminars/first-aid training

Founding Year

1980 (Maccabi Australia) (1946 previously JASA – NSW sporting association)

Joined JCA



Lauren Ehrlich

General Manager

Program Partnership

Existing partnerships with Jewish Care, Wolper Jewish Hospital, BJE, Jewish Day Schools, Friendship Circle, JEMS, Hakoah Club, Magen David Adom