Our World, Our Responsibility

Stand Up works tirelessly to mobilise, inspire and educate the Australian Jewish community to take responsibility for creating a better world. We don’t just stand idly by when then the news is filled with war, referendums, racial division and inequity. Our Jewish values and history motivate us to take positive action where we can locally.

Stand up exists because our Australian Jewish values (and abilities) implore us to stand up and take responsibility to improve the world around us. Whether it be raising funds for victims of natural disasters, educating and empowering Jewish students or helping a newly arrived refugee find a job, pursuing social justice is our ultimate goal.

By supporting Stand Up today, you will help our community build a more understanding and equitable world — a world that celebrates diversity and values human dignity.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
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Our World, Our Responsibility.

Our World, Our Responsibility.


Partnering with marginalised communities to breakdown systems, attitudes and barriers that entrench racism and disadvantage.

Building allyship and common understanding between diverse Refugee, First Nations and Jewish communities, so we can together pursue self-determination and reconciliation.

Educating, mobilising, and inspiring the Jewish community (especially the young change makers of tomorrow!) about vital social justice issues and solutions.


It’s so important for young people to be passionate about these things because we are the next generation of leaders. If we aren’t passionate then we won’t fight to make a difference and nothing gets fixed if no one fights for it to be fixed

Eli, Step Up Participant 2022

What your donation can achieve:


will bring together First Nations and Jewish community voices for a 2-hour reconciliation workshop (Come Together)


will send a young Jewish adult to the remote First Nations communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla (NSW) to run holiday programs (Derech Eretz)


will allow us to run a social justice and education workshop for the Jewish community (e.g. The First Nations Voice to Parliament)

*All donations over $2 are tax deductible.*

If you would like to donate specifically to Kol Halev: Jewish Voice for Yes, please do so here and then contact [email protected]

If donating from NSW, please donate directly though JCA. Did you know you can make a Program Donation direct to Stand Up?

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Our Work




Youth Education

Our work with the Jewish community is multi-dimensional. We provide the Jewish community with various touch points for social justice throughout their lives. Our education programs begin with our ‘Step Up’ B’nei Mitzvah program; a diverse social justice journey for 12-13 year olds. 

This work is continued through our ongoing association with Jewish schools, synagogues and other organisations where we lend our educational and social justice expertise to their curriculum, running various social justice themed activities with high school students of all ages.

Topics are all grounded in Jewish values and connected to Tikkun Olam and we provide young Jewish people with a meaningful and fulfilling expression of their Judaism.

  • In 2022, over 1500 young Jewish participants aged 12-18 engaged in our education programs
  • At the end of our B’nei Mitzvah programs in 2022, 90% of participants said they felt confident to discuss social justice and global issues.
  • “I have learnt I can change the world” - Rafi, Step Up participant 2022

Community Empowerment

We inspire the Jewish community to deepen their understanding and take action to address pressing social justice issues. Recently, we presented a forum with Behrouz Boochani, (former Manus Island refugee, advocate and author) to a sold-out audience and a Social Justice Summit delving into the issue of gender equality. Following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, we mobilised the Jewish community to collectively donate $40,000 via IsraAID. As the referendum on The Voice draws nearer we will be actively mobilising & training volunteers to campaign for the Jewish community to Vote Yes. 

This tragedy we are talking about is not the past, it still continues
- Behrouz Boochani



2023 is going to be a big year as our new refugee program, Project Eden, gets off the ground. Supporting the work of Community Refugee Sponsorship Australia, this pioneering program provides an opportunity for everyday Australians and our Jewish community to welcome new arrivals who have been identified by the United Nations as being in urgent need of resettlement.

Stand Up volunteers will work in groups to support the relocation and settlement of newly arrived refugees. Responsibilities will include meeting new arrivals at the airport, finding accommodation, assisting in registration for key support services (e.g. schools) and immersing them in the local community.

Stand Up is proud to support CRSA and their project that aims to tangibly and meaningfully change the lives of over 1500 refugees. Providing hope and real impact is what we do. I couldn’t be more excited about launching Project Eden.
– Dean Levitan, Chair of Stand Up


Derech Eretz

Stand Up has had an 18 year friendship with the First Nations communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla. Affectionately known as the 'Jewish Mob', we continue to provide impactful services to young people in the community as well as educating and inspiring young Jewish leaders to pursue First Nations justice.

Over 230 participants have done the program since its inception.

I just love the ‘Jewish Mob’ coming up to our communities. Just their smile and the relationship that we have with them... It’s a positive impact on everyone in our community
– Aunty Milly, Toomelah & Boggabilla Elder

Come Together

Come Together is Stand Up's Truth Telling program, that has become one of our pivotal programs.

Through open conversation, we bring First Nations voices, stories and histories into the Jewish community. This strengthens our allyship and moves us together towards self-determination and reconciliation.

In partnership with Children’s Ground, this is a unique program and the only one of its kind in the Jewish community.

I think truth-telling is the most important current step towards First Nations justice. Next steps will need to be action and changes, but before that this seems to be the way to get Australia on the right understanding of what happened in this country and where we’re at.
– Adam, Come Together participant, 2022

Our History

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