Our youth program with the communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla (aka Derech Eretz) began in 2005 as a means of building a sustainable relationship with an Aboriginal community that would allow for intensive engagement and learning for volunteers, and provide useful services to the communities at the same time. The program takes Jewish young adults on two 10-day trips each year to Toomelah and Boggabilla, on the NSW/QLD border, to run school holiday programs for the kids. Activities include: sport, arts and crafts, swimming and youth leadership workshops.
Derech Eretz Camp runs every January and July.
Applications for the 2019 January trip are now open.
Applications close on 1/10/2018
Since 2005 we have facilitated Derech Eretz trips every January and July with over 150 volunteers, many of whom have returned to the communities several times on alumni trips.
The Hebrew term ‘Derech Eretz’ means literally, ‘the way of the land’, but as a concept embodies the idea of conduct that contributes to decency, respect and social awareness. This is the name we have chosen for our Jewish-Aboriginal partnership program with Toomelah and Boggabilla.
What: 10 day camp every January and July
Where: the communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla in northern NSW
Read more information about volunteering on this program here
“As the ‘Jewish Mob,’we will continue to return to the communities of Toomelah & Boggabilla, learning, playing & building meaningful relationships with the Elders & children. Spending a week amongst this community was
an immense honour”
– Jacob Komesaroff
“I wish to express our viewpoint on the Jewish programme, which has been going now for six years. The elders, community and especially the children are so impressed and grateful to have these young people come to our communities: Boggabilla and Toomelah. The programme is very important and vital to our kids; we see how it has grown, in terms of our young ones have built up to trust, confidence and their growth and development. When the buses arrive at Toomelah there are lots of happy smiling faces.
On behalf of the two communities, many many thanks for your support.
Keep up the good work.Yours in the struggle,
-Madeline McGrady- Aboriginal Elder