JCA Today

A Message from our CEO

At a time when we remember the exodus from Egypt and the hardships faced by the children of Israel, this moment in history that we are facing now has our hearts aching and our thoughts with those suffering in the aftermath of October 7th.  I don’t think there is a single person in our community who hasn’t been touched and isn’t feeling the strain of the past six months.  I hope that, like those who have come before us, we triumph over this evil that has taken hold of the world, and like those who have come before us, we emerge stronger, more connected, and even prouder of our Jewish identity.  At JCA, we are committed to building and safeguarding this community by continuing to fund programs and services that make this possible for our children and grandchildren.  We do this together – you’ve never mattered more.

I wish you and your families a k'asher l'Pesach and Chag Sameach.

Alain Hasson

Monthly Mensch
The Hon. Alexander Downer AC

Our Monthly Mensch is former Foreign Minister The Hon. Alexander Downer AC who appeared at JCA’s 2024 Campaign event in conversation with 22nd Canadian Prime Minister The Honourable Stephen Harper.  As the event was concluding he said, “I want you to go away knowing that people like us offer huge support to the Jewish community and the Jewish people”. Mr Downer has always been steadfast in his support and allyship.  At this time in our history, people like him give our community hope for the future.

United Through Song
JCA One Day Choir

One of the highlights of our 2024 Campaign Event was our choir – managed and led by the incredible team – Ilan Kidron, Lara Goodridge and Evie Smith.  Pulling together this talented group of people who sang their hearts out at the Sydney Opera House was a real achievement done in a very short time frame.  In addition to the participation of schools – Moriah College, Emanuel School and Mount Sinai School as well as the Jewish Choral Society (thank you Rose Grausman), community members were selected and gave up their time to ensure that their song One Day was sung to perfection.  Kol Hakavod to everyone involved. To watch the full performance from the night click here.

Mirabella Marshall

Ashley Unger

Lily Foltyn

Leah Joshua

Jonny Menczel

 Julie Sekers

Olivia Sekers

Alby Mueller

David Kless

Lior Samuel

Elana Shatari

Mika Hammerman

Elias Schwartz

Alissa Lilenfeld

Zara Moddel

Lyla Vijver

Charli Goodman

Evie Smith

Naomi Balkin

Sarit Michael

Tamar Balkin

Tamara Samuel

Leah Reid

Bella Kaye

Debbie Staub

Andrea Catzel

Amy Spira

Paul Gertler

Anna Friedman

Marilyn Schock

Peter Collins

Deborah Bauer

Lana Herodes

Jennifer Barrett

Dalia Dior

Lily Dior

David Goldberg

Jonathan Zwartz

Shannon Graham

Oliver Thorpe

Miriam Lieberman

Susie Bishop

Ben Goldstein

Ilan Kidron

Lara Goodridge

Karen Schwartz

Maxine Appel Cohen

Anne Spira

Giselle Mundell

Laura Aristoff

Robyn Manoy

Susan Moddel

Jacquie Hilmer

Eva Evat

Leonie Vickers

Evie Weltlinger

Lillian Mora

Alexandra Read

Avril Janks

Muriel Ginges

Shira Sebban

Alex Kaufman

Natalie Leib

Anne Shagrin

Michele Kangisser

Rose Grausman

Leon Ratner

Ralph Stanton

Natie Leib

Brian Levitan

Warren Marshall

Graham Hall

Gil Kleiner

Janet Merkur

Shirley Politzer

Harrison Ratner

Member Mentions
Volunteers from Our Community


We are so grateful to our AUJS volunteers who happily offered to help out at JCA's 2024 Campaign Event, giving their time, energy and can-do attitude from transport assistance to ticket registration. AUJS’s commitment to keeping our Jewish youth engaged and supported across Australian university campuses is so important particularly now with the rise of antisemitism both globally and locally.

School Students 

Also giving up their time on Sunday, April 7th to help us out were these community champions who ushered, schlepped and registered our guests helping the event move smoothly. We always welcome extra hands, as they say 'teamwork makes the dream work'. Thank you to the students who represented Kesser Torah College, Emanuel School, Moriah College and NSW BJE for being there for us!

Kol Hakavod!

P.S. If you spot a student wearing a JCA Community Champion pin you can be assured that they have done something special to earn it. Perhaps you could thank them on behalf of our local Jewish community

Nosh Nook
Jessica's Sweet Matzah Brittle 

Pesach somehow for me is a time where calories don’t count.  I pack as much sugar into my diet as possible and nothing is better than Matzah brittle! This year I’m grateful for the month we just had where 2000 people turned up at the Sydney Opera House for JCA’s Campaign event. We are so grateful to everyone who came out, attended and supported us at what was an outstanding community gathering

Jessica Chasen - Head of Annual Campaign


  • 250 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 500 grams of semisweet chocolate chips or broken chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 205 degrees celsius
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminium foil and spray lightly with nonstick spray. Arrange the matzah in a single layer on the foil, breaking them as necessary to fit.
  3. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the sugar and salt and bring to a full boil. Continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally so the sugar and butter caramelize evenly. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the mixture over the top of the matzah. Using a rubber spatula, spread the toffee mixture to coat the matzah. Bake until the toffee is bubbling, 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the hot toffee in an even layer. Let sit until the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Use an offset spatula to spread out the chocolate gently, then sprinkle with the sea salt, if using. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate for another hour to set completely. 
  6. Break into pieces and serve, or store in an airtight container at cool room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Coming Up In Community

B'nai B'rith NSW

Singles Night: Gin & Whisky Tasting Event
Saturday 11th May, 7.30pm - Book Here

Banner image for Singles Night  - Gin & Whiskey Tasting Evening

Sydney Jewish Museum

Expert Talk with Dr Brangwen Stone
Wednesday 1 May, 1.15pm - Book Here

Expert Talk: Behind the Swedish rescue of Budapest’s Jews
Wednesday 8 May, 1.15pm - Book Here

Behind the Lens: The Photographer Potaschnikow
Sunday 12 May, 2.30pm - Book Here

Survivor Reflections: Lucy Chladek
Sunday 19 May, 2.30pm - Book Here

The untold Australian story of Maus
Tuesday 21 May, 6.45pm - Book Here

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

Yom Hashoah 2024 Event
Sunday May 5th, 7pm - Join the waitlist

The commemoration is in person on Sunday 5 May at 6:45pm for a 7pm start at an Eastern Suburbs location (details provided one week prior) and the annual Memorial Service and Reading of Names will be held on Sunday 5 May at 10:30am at the Martyrs’ Memorial, Rookwood Cemetery. 


This year the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, supported by the JCA, invites you to observe Yom Hashoah with a commemoration to the Holocaust in Hungary. 
Yom Hashoah is the Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.The commemoration will mark 80 years since the Nazi invasion of Hungary. The Australian Jewish community is home to many Hungarian Shoah survivors and their descendants.

A moving segment will honour the lives and experiences of three Hungarian Holocaust survivors in their late nineties. We will hear in-person from a the son of a recipient of Righteous Among the Nations.

The Yom Hashoah commemoration is one of the most important events on the Jewish calendar, and your presence would be greatly welcomed.
You can join the waitlist at 

NSW JBD Plenum Event
Tuesday May 21st, 7pm - Book Now

A Grateful Patient
Wolper Goes Above And Beyond

Arthur Resnick was a patient in Wolper Jewish Hospital when important family milestones were taking place in his family – the marriage of one granddaughter and the Bat Mitzvah of another.

Arthur's granddaughter, who was getting married, contacted the manager of Wolper's rehabilitation ward, Marcelle Segal, to let her know how important it was to her to have her grandfather at her wedding. She wanted to know if there was a way to make arrangements for her Zaida to be with her on her wedding day.

"At Wolper, patient care goes beyond just the clinical aspects to include, if possible, achieving goals identified by our patients and their loved ones. We also recognise the healing that can come from caring for a patient's soul and spirit. We were very pleased to help Arthur attend the wedding and Bat Mitzvah," said Marcelle.

With clearance from his geriatrician and the multidisciplinary team, Wolper staff assisted Arthur in temporarily leaving the Hospital to attend these two special events.

So, the Resnick family was able to celebrate these occasions together.

Arthur Resnick said, "Thank G-d. I was able to be at the Simchas, and the staff at Wolper helped make that happen."

Job Opportunities

Learning and Development Admin Assistant
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Registered Nurse
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Speech Pathologist
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JewishCare NSW
Various Opportunities
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Hebrew/Jewish Studies Teacher
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Communal Calendar 

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We have gathered together some of the exciting activities and events taking place in our community in the coming month. 

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