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Our final newsletter for the year focuses on women – the contribution they make to our community and their dedication to giving heart and soul to JCA.

At a recent JCA Women’s Event we featured four young women who are instrumental in guiding security and advocacy across organisations including the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Australasian Union of Jewish Students, CSG and the Executive Council of Australian Jewry. They have been part of teams that have been working relentlessly to keep our community safe, represented and heard at an unprecedented time of antisemitism and hate in the world and in our immediate surrounds.

I take this opportunity to thank them, and all the women who are making a difference and supporting people, families, community and Israel as we navigate our way in an environment that changes daily.

It would be remiss of me at this time not to acknowledge the incredible support of women who feature prominently in the media who have come out (sometimes at great personal expense and placing themselves at risk of ridicule and hate online) in support of our community. I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the female leaders in the wider community - Jacqui Lambie, Allegra Spender, Kellie Sloane, Marjorie O'Neill, Sally Betts and the many more that have added their voices to help us.

Finally, we have been humbled by the response to our Never Again Response Appeal in support of NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, CSG and AUJS. Three critical JCA supported organisations who have been and continue to work tirelessly to keep our community safe, supported, connected and heard while we continue to stand united with Israel and her people. If you still wish to support the appeal, click here but again we recognise and support the current need to prioritise Israel.

I hope that you are taking care of yourselves, and that family and friends are safe. In the coming week may we see the imminent release of as many of the hostages as possible and as promised. 

Am Yisrael Chai.

Shabbat Shalom,
Alain Hasson

Heartfelt Moments
Letters of Hope 

JCA has received many messages of support from outside the community in the last few weeks. We are very grateful for their messages and support during this time. Here are just a few:

"My husband and I would like to express our support and sympathy for what occurred on the 7th Oct. We totally admire the Jewish people and want you to know that we are embarrassed and disgusted at the anti-semitism in Australia and globally. We are not Jewish by descent, but our hearts are for Israel and the Jewish community worldwide. You are not aggressors, you are simply protectors. You are also absolute survivors of history and the present. Our thoughts."

"I wish to send my heartfelt condolences and support to all of you at this time. I am so sorry for the hurt you are all experiencing, in Israel, around the globe and here in Australia. May you find some pockets of love and grace, and may your children know that not all in Australia are as foolish and callous as those we witness in places shown on TV. May God continue to hold Jews all over with His everlasting arms, and may you all rise from these depths of human depravity. Love and prayers to you all."

"On behalf of all the residents of Princess Gardens, Rose Bay, we thank you for all your interest and help for our well-being, particularly during these very anxious and sad times. We are all so grateful."

"Hello, I just wanted to contact you to say that in this time of terror in your home of Israel, I stand with you. I’m terrified of the people that stand with Hamas. I for one will never support an ideology that aims to destroy your culture and I will speak out. I hope you can find some solace amidst the horror and know that people do truly care and will never forget. I wish safety for all of your people here and overseas. I’m deeply sorry that such horror has been visited on Israel and from that such hatred has been again visited upon the Jewish people. I won’t be part of such virtue signalling. God bless."

Nosh Nook 
Lauren's Bok Choy Salad 


"I often joke that JCA is my spiritual home.  I know that coming to work I’m making a difference and I really have a love for our community and feel fiercely protective of it.  Anything that I can do to ensure that our community has a strong future means that it’s been a good day at JCA."
- Lauren Finn, Content & Media Manager



  • 2 bunches of baby bok choy (3 pieces per bunch) washed and cup up (I cut in half)
  • 2 small heads of broccoli
  • Cup of craisins (can add more if you want)
  • Cup of salted cashew nuts (can also add more if you want)

Dressing: (this totally makes the salad)

  • ½ cup of oil

  • 1 clove of garlic (or a tablespoon of minced garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon of smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup castor sugar (regular sugar is okay too)
  • 1 tablespoon of soya sauce
  • ½ cup of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Five twists of black pepper from the grinder

Enjoy x

Bring Them Home  


Jewish mothers unite to raise awareness and advocate for the immediate release of the innocent hostages held by Hamas.

In a heartfelt display of solidarity, a group of dedicated mothers known as Bring Them Home AUS has emerged as a powerful force in the fight for justice and compassion. With successful initiatives such as the Shabbat table in Bondi, the Balloons of Hope in Double Bay, and most recently, Kites of Hope in Dover Heights, these mothers set their sights on a mission - to focus on the children abducted, while creating a family-friendly environment for the community to gather and heal.

The event set out to pay tribute to the children who couldn't fly their kites on that fateful day. They remember the kite flying festival that was scheduled to take place in Kfar Aza Kibbutz near Gaza on October 7, under the motto "You fire missiles at us, we fly kites towards you." It was a symbol of resilience and unwavering spirit in the face of adversity.

As mothers themselves, they intimately understand the profound agony of separation. They have experienced the sleepless nights, the relentless worry that pains at their hearts, and the unyielding longing to hold their children close. For over a month now, innocent souls, babies, have been cruelly torn away from their families, trapped in a place where hope seems distant. Their absence has left a void in the lives of their loved ones, a void that can only be filled by the sound of their laughter, the warmth of their smiles, and the comfort of their presence.

With unwavering determination, these mothers vow to continue their efforts until every hostage is freed. Their collective voice echoes through the community, demanding justice and compassion for those who have been taken away.

Celebrating 30 Years of Giving  
Decades of Community Support

Many of our donors have been giving to JCA for over 30 years, an incredible legacy for which we are very grateful. Every month we recognise donors who celebrate 30 years since the anniversary of their first donation, thus entering this '30 Club'.

Mazel Tov to Peter & Margot Janks! Your loyalty and commitment to our local Jewish community is incredible.

Lydia Vesley  
20 Year Anniversary at JCA



There is nothing better than walking into a JCA event and being welcomed by Lydia Vesely. Lydia has been the heart and soul of our office for over 20 years and really embodies the spirit of menschkeit that we all aspire to. Her love of community is second only to her knowledge of “who is who” and her pursuit of connecting people to ensure that they are part of our vibrant hub here in Sydney.


Working with Lydia is also a joy – from her sunny personality to the many anecdotes and stories she shares about her family and friends, there’s always a smile and a laugh coming from her corner of the office.

Lydia is a true eschat chayil and JCA and our community are richer for having her with us. Kol Hakavod Lydia on 20 years of purpose and meaning and thank you for everything you have done for our community.

At The Cutting Edge of Inclusion
JewishCare NSW

Every person has a dream; a vision for what they want to become. For what they want their life to look like. For Rebecca, that dream was to work in the world of hairdressing.Like most dreams, however, the journey to achieve it was not straightforward. When Shelana Silver, the Community Programs Manager at JewishCare, met Rebecca, she knew she would benefit from J-Jobs. J-Jobs is a JewishCare initiative that involves training and job matching, placing people with a disability in roles suited to them. The program is funded by JCA The Choice Foundation.Shelana saw past the barriers and challenges facing Rebecca and focused on her raw passion and determination. She became her biggest advocate, working with her to bridge the gap between her dream and her reality.After what seemed like endless searches and negotiations, the day finally came when Shelana found Rebecca an open employment opportunity in a hairdressing salon.Rebecca's future is bright, and we are so happy to be a part of it 🤍

Coming Up In Community
Events & Activities

Jewish Board of Deputies

Recognition of the Plight of Jews From Arab Lands and Iran
- Book Here


Sydney Jewish Museum

Book Launch: “My Father’s War” by Jane Sydenham-Kwiet
- Book Here

The Women On Exhibition
- Book Here



A Taste of Our Community
- Book Here

A Brilliant Life: Rachelle Unreich in conversation with Magdalena Ball 
- Book Here

Chanukkah Sprinkles: In loving memory of Rose Fekete
- Book Here

Chanukkiah of Hope (Free Event)
- Book Here (Registration Essential)


Maccabi All Abilities Surf’s Up Program -  10th December
- Register Here

Maccabi AGM 12th December
- Learn more


Peace & Prayer Star Run


Date: Sunday 3rd December
Time: 9.30-10.30am

- moment of prayer for Israel with IDF soldiers
- walk/run along a 2km route shaped Magen David ✡️
- download Strava or running app to record your route and speed powerful message of support on social media
- dress code: wear BLUE
- Our aim is to uplift ourselves and benefit our mental health during these challenging times by being outdoors, together, and sharing our support with israel the jewish people worldwide.

This event is a collaboration with JCA and MaccabiLife 🙏🏻
Please join us and register HERE!

Win Free Tickets

Win tickets to the Jewish International Film Festival

JCA has ten double passes to give away to JIFF – the festival closes on 6th December 2023 so there is still time to see some of their iconic movies. None more so than Golda that is screening on the 4th, 5th and 6th of December.

Golda Meir was Israel's first and only female head of government, the first female head of government in the Middle East, and the fourth elected female head of government or state in the world. In 1969, Meir assumed the role of prime minister following the death of Levi Eshkol. Early in her tenure, she made multiple diplomatic visits to Western leaders to promote her vision of peace in the region.

She is quoted as saying, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

For an opportunity to win a double pass please email [email protected] and tell us why you like our monthly newsletter.

Building Truer Connections & Sweeter Joys
Using Data to Inform Transformational, Customer-Centric Change

Ilana Gertskis and Kira Friedman, from the Museum’s Marketing and Engagement team, visited the National Gallery of Singapore this week to speak at the annual Communicating the Arts Conference. This conference brings together thought leaders from the visual arts, performing arts, and heritage sectors around the globe.

These ladies had the opportunity to talk about how the Museum is tackling the phenomenon of ‘Holocaust-phobia’, and finding new avenues through exhibition and program development to attract more audience groups and create more touch points in a visitor’s life. Congratulations and well done!

Job Opportunities

Communal Calendar 

Download this months calendar

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

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