$115 million distributed most effectively over past ten years through support of JCA Allocations Committee

More than 100 community and business leaders volunteer on JCA Committees

155 future leaders placed on NFP Boards through Observership Program

2019-20 ALLOCATION  $350,000

For the community to adapt and thrive well into the future, there is a need to anticipate future requirements and be able to respond, collaborate and innovate. This program provides this capability by supporting the most effective distribution of funds to the community, by undertaking original community-wide research projects and analysis of census data, and by continuing to deliver a range of new services to the community over the years.

In order to secure our community’s future, it is important to have a strong and vibrant network of community organisations. JCA has a unique and powerful model whereby analysis and planning for the future can be undertaken at a holistic community level. This means that trends can be identified, new needs and causes acknowledged, and projects and collaborations across organisations undertaken to ensure the community thrives, and continues to strengthen.

Examples of community planning initiatives include the in-depth Gen17 study and the new 2019 report on The Jewish Population of Australia with key findings from the 2016 Census, and the 2050 Planning Sub-Committee charged with addressing the longer-term needs of the Jewish community.

Examples of innovative projects initiated to benefit the community include Y2i subsidising trips to Israel for Jewish teenagers, the Observership Program providing young professionals with opportunities to undertake training, observe boards and grow their skills, and the establishment of Jumpstart to engage with younger members of the community in a meaningful and relevant way.

Strong holistic planning enables our community to have the best chance of remaining vibrant and adapting to the specific evolving needs of our community. It provides the scaffolding for dealing with crises and the infrastructure for tapping into the talent in our community through the committee structure.


JCA was formed in 1967 as a result of the Six Day War and the repercussions across the Jewish world. Set up as a not-for-profit organisation, JCA manages communal fundraising for its 23 constituent member organisations, allowing those service providers to focus on their strengths and the day to day running of their institutions. JCA has a diverse membership across sectors including education, aged and community care, holocaust, history and heritage, security and advocacy, culture, engagement and outreach. Its aim is to ensure a sustainable, vibrant and secure Jewish community within NSW and the ACT.

Founding Year




Stephen Chipkin


Alain Hasson