JCA is the communal hub of the NSW and ACT Jewish communities. Connecting the needs of our community with the services our 25 supported organisations provide in the areas of Aged & Community Care, Engagement, Culture & Outreach, History & Holocaust, Jewish Education, and Security & Advocacy.
JCA was founded in 1967 in response to the Six Day War in Israel; communal leaders came together and instituted a single unified fundraising appeal. The community embraced the concept, and JCA was formally established with its inaugural appeal raising $340,000. The ten founding organisations were JewishCare, Montefiore, Isabella Lazarus Home for Children, Moriah College, NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, NSW Board of Jewish Education, NSW Jewish War Memorial Community Centre, Hillel Foundation (now Shalom), King David School (now merged with Moriah) and Wolper Jewish Hospital. The first Allocations Committee was also formed.
Today, fundraising and subsequent allocations cover a percentage of the recurrent annual expenditure of these organisations. JCA also plans for the future needs of our community and works together with the organisations to ensure optimal use of communal resources and the efficient delivery of programs and services.
JCA engages in planning activities, including research, consultation and analysis. Planning is vital to ensure our community needs are effectively and cost-efficiently catered for today and prepared for the needs of tomorrow. Armed with critical planning expertise, JCA takes the strategic lead that requires a collaborative effort regarding the welfare of our community.
Member organisation funding requirements are balanced against the resources available. Strategies are put in place to streamline and sustain communal operations, processes, and structures to guarantee that every dollar raised provides maximum benefit to community.
Engagement & Fundraising
As a not-for-profit organisation, JCA relies on the generosity of our community supporters. Our donors and sponsors play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our vision of ensuring a sustainable, vibrant and secure Jewish community. JCA seeks to inspire financial support through various fundraising initiatives engaging members of our community across social and economic demographics, each in their unique way.
Our community is a complex network of interactions and relationships. JCA is the key ‘connector’ for our community. We provide the support framework that enables our member organisations to engage with our community more effectively. Beyond funding, we create channels for communication and shared resourcing, and we deliver opportunities for members of our community to connect in meaningful and enriching ways.
These connections build community. A community that is thriving and inclusive, always.
Cultivate incredible communal organisations
Enable a vibrant community
Inspire our donors
Develop outstanding leaders
Sustain & innovate funding sources for our community
We are ethical, trustworthy and responsible. Those who come into contact with JCA will experience us as transparent, just, equitable and reliable.
We show true appreciation to each and every donor and volunteer for their support of JCA and our community.
We recognise that we are a diverse community. To be stronger, we must respect and appreciate these differences and work collaboratively with one another.
We honour, respect and take pride in helping to ensure the continuity of the values, culture and traditions of our local Jewish community.
Become a donor to our local community
You can ensure that the 25 supported organisations supported by you and JCA are able to provide the programs and services to those in need.