Stand Up ABC (Bar & Bat Mitzvah Youth)

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A Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah program focused on social justice. Empower your child to change the world based on Jewish principles and values.

Stand Up ABC is a popular, interactive program in Melbourne and Sydney for Barmi and Batmi aged students which runs over an 8-week period during the school term.  This program sparks an understanding about the important social justice responsibilities in Jewish life and how young people can take positive action. Register your child here.


Why do Stand Up ABC (And Be Counted)?

Stand Up ABC is an innovative eight-part social justice experience that engages Bar/Bat-Mitzvah aged youth to find their place in a globalized world. This flagship program empowers young Jewish Australians to become change-makers in the community by upholding Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), Tzedakah (Justice) and Chessed (Kindness).

What will your child gain

The program helps children ‘connect the dots’ between their deep and rich Jewish tradition, filled with values of Justice and Equity, and some of the toughest 21st century ‘plagues’: social cohesion, poverty, distribution of wealth and human rights.


The program costs between $270 – $385 depending on the program date and structure.

  • Stand Up ABC Melbourne includes an additional Shabbaton at $100 extra (inc. all meals, accommodation and transport), which will be invoiced separately.  Read our payments policy.

MELBOURNE dates and topics

SYDNEY dates and topics 


Read more about our dynamic Stand Up ABC Coordinators, Joel McCarroll (Sydney) & Raphi Janover-Rocha (Melbourne) here.



We partner with a range of shuls and schools. Click here to read more about our community partnerships. 


Click here to read about some of the amazing Stand Up ABC action projects the participants have done inspired by their ABC experience


Each year 2 Stand Up ABC are selected to receive the Gandel Young Leader award in recognition of their action project. Read more about the amazing achievements of the award winners here.


Over 400 kids have done the program. Read some of their reflections here.


Stand Up ABC is proudly supported by


“Gandel Philanthropy is very pleased to support Stand Up. Engaging young Jewish kids as they reach bnei-mitzvah age with core Jewish concepts of tzeddek, tikkun olam and chessed, and with their own Jewish identity, was one of the key considerations in the Board’s decision to award this grant. This was evident when I had the privilege of attending a Stand Up Finale this year”
– Nicole Brittain, Grant Manager for Jewish and Israel Programs, Gandel Philanthropy.

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