JCA Today

JCA Today

It Starts With Planning!

Monthly Mensch
David Balkin AM

David is a well-known leader in our community and has held leadership roles spanning 40+ years. He was integral to the setup of JCA’s Priorities and Planning Committee (now JCA Planning) that would identify the big issues facing our community and how we would plan for its future. He was the President of JCA from 2006 to 2011 and continues to be an Honorary Life Governor. Today he is also a board member of BJE and is the founding Chairman of the Burger Centre.


He received an order of Australia (AM) in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to our community and business.  His wise counsel is often sought on complex issues and his ongoing contribution to our community continues to make a difference to so many. He is a true mensch. 

Planning Committees

We would like to give a big thank you to the volunteers who make up the following Planning Committees:

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It's All About The Numbers
Dr David Graham

Social research unlocks insights for our community.

Dr David Graham is a social research consultant and assists JCA and our 25 supported organisations with data analysis, demography, and surveys. David has been a part of the JCA team for over 10 years but also wears many other hats. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Jewish Policy Research in London, Honorary Associate at the Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney, and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. He has been published widely for academic and general interest audiences and holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford.

We asked David why he chooses to work with JCA?
“There are numerous industries which require the skills of a data analyst, but only a few of these provide an opportunity to use data in a genuinely meaningful and valued way. Even better, you get to see the impact of your work on the people you serve.”

You will soon begin analysing the 2021 Census. Why is this important?
“A key part of my work is to make sense of the census. It contains a wealth of data on the Jewish population and over the coming months, more and more numbers from the latest census held in 2021 will be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. My job is to provide JCA’s Planning Department with the information it needs about Jewish schools, the Jewish elderly population, migration trends, health and welfare, and our economic situation. JCA makes this data service available to JCA’s 25 supported organisations to help them with the crucial service provision they provide.”

To see previous reports published by Dr David Graham visit the publications section on our website.

Nosh Nook
Garric's Whimsical Cinnamon Waffles


"I love working for JCA because I work for an organisation that focuses on uplifting people in need. I cannot think of a more important way to spend time and apply myself.Garric Lazarus - Grants & Planning Associate




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups warm milk
  • 0.33 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • sprinkle of cinnamon 


  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.
  • Preheat the waffle iron.
  • In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Stir in milk, butter and vanilla.
  • Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat until blended.
  • Ladle the batter into preheated waffle iron and cook until golden and crisp.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on top

Job Opportunities

Kids Competition Time 
'The Happiest Boy on Earth'

'The Happiest Boy on Earth' is a new picture book, adapted from the late Eddie Jaku's bestselling book, 'The Happiest Man on Earth'.

Perfect for young readers aged 8 and over and filled with gorgeous illustrations, this book is available now from Pan Macmillan Australia. Click here to view details & purchase.

To celebrate the release of this extraordinary book 'The Happiest Boy on Earth', we have 5 copies to give away.

We are calling all kids aged 8-12 to send us a picture of their happiest moment. 5 winners will be randomly selected, notified and sent their very own copy of 'The Happiest Boy on Earth'.

To enter the competition send us your picture by email to [email protected] The 5 lucky winners will have their picture published in the next newsletter!

*Competition closes 19th September

Adamama Harvester
Spring Magazine 2022

Adamama has just launched its first Digital Magazine, a resource for people who love Adamama, are interested in growing and have a connection to Jewish culture. Over four issues each year, Adamama will celebrate the Jewish connection to the land, seasonal urban farming, food, festivals and our people. Register to download your free digital copy here!

Download this months calendar

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


JCA's E-Cards Are Here!
Let's Get Gifting & Support Our Community.                                                                                                                                           








Our e-cards are here! 
Our community is one of the most giving in the world and we are making it even easier for you to give a gift to a loved one, show appreciation or celebrate a Simcha! 
We have a wide range of options for you, from births to holiday greetings and mitzvahs - we have you covered!

An e-card is a great way to give a gift, make a difference (your donation goes to JCA and its 25 supported organisations) and feel good about it.  
We’re sure that the recipient will also feel good that they’ve been able to contribute to the community in this way.

Our cards are available here - so let’s get gifting and support our community!


Philanthropy Fellowship
2022 Applications Now Open

The JCA & UIA Philanthropy Fellowship delivered by AJF is an in-depth, exclusive learning experience where Fellows will develop skills and a deeper understanding of strategic giving. The Fellowship is for emerging philanthropists committed to the local Jewish community, Israel, and beyond. The Fellowship is designed to cultivate and develop empowered and skilled philanthropic leaders that dedicate their time, talent, treasure and ties to causes they care about, stepping into the opportunity of being the next generation of thought leaders and activists.

The ideal candidate for the Fellowship is aged between 25 and 40 years seeking to explore their unique philanthropic identity and engagement in the Sydney Jewish community. To apply click here!

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] .Once your application has been received, a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Sponsor Spotlight
AltX - Alternative opportunities, unlocked

AltX is an online investment platform offering income-generating investments to wholesale investors. We are extremely proud to be a supporter and sponsor of JCA, a community network that supports the ever-changing needs of our local community to build a solid foundation for generations to come.

Over the last decade, AltX has provided wholesale investors access to income-generating investments which have traditionally not been available to individual investors.  Historically, investing in real estate debt has been difficult to access, offered on an ‘invitation only’ basis to sophisticated investors.

AltX has helped democratise investor access to real estate debt through private/non-bank mortgage market. We do this by providing investors with access to vetted real estate debt investments and the opportunity to build a diversified portfolio with regular income and security.

Investing with AltX provides you with:

  • A range of investments: Choice of investments across different cities, loans sizes and property asset classes
  • Monthly returns: Attractive target returns of between 5% to 8% p.a. paid monthly
  • Portfolio control: Choose a single investment, or build a diversified portfolio based on your available capital and risk profile.

AltX supports investors by providing a seamless online experience in addition to providing dedicated investor relations and administration support.

Should you want additional information, please contact David Fitzgibbon, Director by emailing [email protected] or 1300 991 380.