Stand Up ABC Coordinators

Get to know our amazing Stand Up ABC program leaders

Joel McCarroll

Sydney Stand Up ABC Coordinator

Q. What is the best aspect of your job as an ABC Coordinator?

A. I love working with kids and seeing them be inspired to create change in the world.

Q. What do you think is the highlight of the ABC program for most kids?

A. Learning that it’s possible for kids to change the world and seeing real examples of how other kids have changed the world.

Q. What role do you think young people have in creating a better society?

A. Young people are the ones who challenge society, they bring in new ideas and a fresh perspective. Each new generation brings with it new values and provides the energy and push to create real change. I think it’s the responsibility of young people to loudly question the world around them and not to accept ‘that’s how it’s always done’ as an answer.

Q. What has lead you to take this job and what’s your previous experience?

A. I grew up in Netzer, the the youth movement, and was a leader for 3 years. In Netzer I was the Mazkir (Chairperson), ran camps and lead kids from all age groups. When I finished in Netzer I wanted to find another Jewish organisation to work with that shared the same values around tzedekah and social justice as me and that’s how I found Stand Up!

Q. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

A. Relaxed, Happy and Jewish!

Q. When you’re not at work what are your favourite things to do?

A. I love playing music, yelling at the TV whilst watching soccer, trying out cafes and I love podcasts, especially history podcasts.

Q. What are you doing at Uni or in other work outside this role?

A. I’m studying Arts and Psychology at Macquarie Uni and learning how to play the Saxophone.

Raphi Janover-Rocha

Melbourne Stand Up ABC Coordinator

Q. What is the best aspect of your job as an ABC Coordinator?

A. Knowing that the kids will use their ABC education to make a real difference in the world.

Q. What do you think is the highlight of the ABC program for most kids?

A. Easy…Shabbaton!

Q. What role do you think young people have in creating a better society?

A. The youth ensure that the world remains optimistic, creative and driven in its pursuit of equality, prosperity and happiness.

Q. What has lead you to take this job and what’s your previous experience?

A. Being an informal educator for several years now, the Stand Up ABC Coordinator job seemed too good to be true. It offers a great team, a great cause and most importantly the opportunity to educate great kids.

Q. How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

A. Driven, creative, dad-like.

Q. When you’re not at work what are your favourite things to do?

A. Attempt to learn Spanish, attempt to be good at Basketball and relax with my friends.

Q. What are you doing at Uni or in other work outside this role?

A. Studying a bachelor of Global Studies and Science and serving premium free coffee at the famous cafe, Gary Peer Coffee van.

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