170 needy families assisted
600+ community members attended the exhibition “Goldene Medina Celebrating 175 Years of Jewish Life in South Africa” in 2018
500+ visits to exhibition “Letters of Loss and Refuge” in March/April 2019
72 social and cultural events held each year
A community service organisation with programs that support human rights, anti-discrimination, multiculturalism, social justice and run social and cultural activities that add vibrancy to the community.
B’nai B’rith is the umbrella body of the B’nai B’rith family of organisations in New South Wales which includes, the B’nai B’rith Retirement Villages, B’nai B’rith Centre, Bargain Bazaar and Courage to Care (NSW).
The units facilitate a myriad of social activities in the eastern suburbs and the north shore including walks, book clubs and lectures. There is a focus on producing immersive exhibitions such as the successful ‘Goldene Medina, Celebrating 175 years of Jewish Life in South Africa’ exhibition in 2018 and ‘Letters of Loss and Refuge’ in March 2019. Two more big exhibitions are planned for 2019. The ABC Jewish Community Art Exhibition in partnership with COA, and Jewish Life in Norway from the Oslo Jewish Museum.
The BBYO Kids Club is aimed at school-aged students and takes the children on a journey through photography clubs and holiday camps. Those children then get involved in delivering 170 care parcels before Pesach and Rosh Hashanah. BBYO also runs a Battle of Bands competition for teenagers. The B’nai B’rith Womanpower Unit, formerly Womanpower is spearheading the unique Safe Conversations Project in Australia. This interactive workshop enhances connection in relationships, preventing relationship breakdowns at home and in the workplace.
The Bargain Bazaar, based in Surrey Hills, sells second hand clothing and items to the broader community. The shop has raised in excess of $500,000 supporting a broad spectrum of charities – including, humanitarian, medical and educational.
B’nai B’rith does not rely on any funding from JCA, however President Anna Marks OAM feels “We don’t want to be outside. We are an integral part of NSW Jewry and feel it’s very important that we are shown to be part of that community and we want to stay that way.”
Jewish community across the ages and the broader community through the B’nai B’rith Bargain Bazaar.
B’nai B’rith NSW
B’nai B’rith NSW was founded over 70 years ago by German and Austrian refugees to recreate the social circles and networks they had lost when they fled Europe. Part of the global B’nai B’rith circle of organisations, B’nai B’rith NSW remains a hub for social interaction, friendships and organisations that foster Tikkun Olam and social justice and advocate for human rights.
1967 – one of the founding members of JCA
Anna Marks OAM