5 major events held annually, attracting 2,200 guests

200 to 300 VIPs, from federal and state MPs and diplomats, to leaders of community groups and faiths, local government and leaders of civil society

advocacy events promoting tolerance and respect across all cultural and religious boundaries

2019-20 ALLOCATION  $187,000

Multifaith communal events to honour the memory of Holocaust victims and survivors, to promote awareness of where racial hatred can lead, and to promote social justice for all. The program runs a number of key commemorative events that include: bringing the community together on Yom Hashoah, engaging the next generation through YouthHEAR (Holocaust Education and Remembrance) and bringing leaders of various faiths together with politicians and diplomats to commemorate Kristallnacht.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBD) runs three important commemorative events to honour Holocaust victims and survivors and raise awareness among current generations of the rising tide of racism, antisemitism and bigotry.

On Yom Hashoah, the JBD brings the entire community together to focus on the stories of survivors, the lessons from those who had the courage to save Jews from the Nazis, and understanding of where race hatred can lead.

A recent innovation is Youth HEAR (Holocaust Education and Remembrance), which draws 400 young adults to a powerful Holocaust commemoration event, thereby ensuring that the next generations are taking on the responsibility.

A high proportion of our community have a personal connection to the Holocaust, while the genocide is an indelible facet of our collective memory. Education and awareness are vital and beneficial for all NSW citizens.

The Kristallnacht communal event marks the onset of the Holocaust and is a key component of understanding the genocide, while promoting the importance of human rights. Bringing leaders of various faiths together with politicians and diplomats and the Jewish community provides a forum in which to advance the knowledge, values and attitudes necessary to help prevent future violence. The event imparts universal values relating to oppression and bigotry.

NSW, Australia and a wider global community interested in the Holocaust and Australian Jewish history.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is the officially-elected representative roof-body and voice of the Jewish community of New South Wales.

It is recognised by the NSW Government, its agencies, the media and other ethnic and religious groups as the representative body of the Jewish community. The Board leads, speaks and advocates on behalf of the NSW Jewish community, with 61 major communal organisations as its constituents.

Founding Year


Joined JCA

1967 (JCA founding member)



Lesli Berger


Vic Alhadeff