Stand Up ABC (Bar & Bat Mitzvah Youth)

Stand Up ABC Sydney

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An innovative education experience for Bar and Bat mitzvah aged kids. 





  • Stand Up And Be Counted (ABC) empowers young Jewish Australians to become changemakers in the community by upholding Jewish values of Tikkun Olam, Tzedakah and Chessed
  • Stand Up ABC engages participants to explore and address 21st century challenges: social cohesion, poverty alleviation, equitable distribution of wealth and human rights.

Read about Joel McCarroll, our dynamic Stand Up ABC Coordinator (Sydney) here.


Program 1: Standing Up What are we standing up for?
After getting to know their fellow participants with games and group challenges, Stand Up-ers will explore the idea of Modern Plagues; injustices that afflict the modern world like homelessness, extreme poverty, racism and climate change. Stand Up-ers will be encouraged to think about which issue they feel particularly passionate. Inspired by Jewish concepts of Tzedek (justice) and Chessed (kindness), Stand Up-ers will consider what a bar/bat mitzvah really means.
Program 2: Mini-governments Why do the modern plagues exist in the world today?
Stand Up-ers will be faced with the task of being in charge of their own country. With a limited budget, they will have to decide what their money should go towards, and what must be sacrificed. Stand Up- ers will see how wealth is distributed around the world, and consider why it is spread in that way. Finally, they take action, by sharing what they learn through the creation of a video campaign.
Program 3: Poverty Cycle What does it mean to live on less than $2 a day?
Through a fun shopping excursion, Stand Up-ers will practically consider the challenges of extreme poverty. Stand Up-ers will then be given the chance to discuss possible solutions to one of the world’s greatest problems. Using the concept of Tzedakah, Stand Up-ers will learn that the Jewish approach to helping others is as relevant as ever.
Program 4: Abraham’s tent Who am I responsible to?
Stand Up’ers will explore the concept of responsibility by looking at the attitudes of our ancestors Noah and Abraham. They will debate amongst themselves who they need to Stand Up for and learn why our Jewish history has taught us to welcome the stranger. Finally Stand Up-ers will prepare for program 5, by sharing some of their own family stories of survival and relocation, and gaining an understanding of the basic refugee crisis that exists in the world today.
Program 5: ‘Long walk from home’ – guest speaker What is home to us?
For this program, Stand Up-ers will be joined by Stand Up’s Refugee Ambassador, Yarrie Bangura, who will share her story of leaving her home in Sierra Leone, and eventually finding a new home in Australia. Stand Up-ers will also explore some of the major refugee crises that have happened around the world.
Program 6: Indigenous Experience – excursion How can we use knowledge to stand up against inequality?
Stand Up-ers will join an Indigenous educator to learn about the rich history of Aboriginal communities in Sydney. We will go on a walking tour to learn about native plants, and their uses. Stand Up-ers will understand why we as a Jewish community are responsible to play an active role in reconciliation, and leave with ideas and tools to keep Standing Up for indigenous rights, recognition and repair.
Program 7: Think big, start small How can I put my values into action?
In this session Stand Up-ers will reflect on what they have learnt in previous weeks, and formulate an action project – an initiative to help a cause they care about. Stand Up-ers will see that no one is too young to make a difference, and will think about how they can use their skills and interests to change the world!
Program 8: Finale How can I share my experience with my family?
Parents and families are invited to this final session where Stand Up-ers will run mini-workshops from the program for their families. Stand Up-ers will also share their ideas for action and obtain family input. It is a perfect opportunity for participants to share their reflections from the Stand Up program as they graduate, and for families to see what their children have been learning through the weeks.

Stand Up ABC is proudly sponsored by Gandel Philanthropy & the All in Giving Circle (Sydney). 



April Holiday Program – Stand Up HQ Paddington (click here for dates)
Program 1-3: Wednesday 22nd April (full day)
Program 4-6: Thursday 23rd April (full day)
Program 7-8: Friday 24th April (full day)
Finale: Sunday 26th April (afternoon)
Term 2 – Stand Up HQ Paddington (click here for dates)
Program 1: Sunday 10th May (afternoon)
Program 2: Sunday 17th May (afternoon)
Program 3: Sunday 24th May (afternoon)
Program 4: Sunday 31st May (afternoon)
Program 5: Sunday 7th June (afternoon)
Program 6: Sunday 14th June (afternoon)
Program 7: Sunday 21st June (afternoon)
Program 8: Sunday 28th June (afternoon)
July Holiday Program – Stand Up HQ Paddington (click here for dates)
Program 1-3: Tuesday 7th July (full day)
Program 4-6: Wednesday 8th July (full day)
Program 7-8: Thursday 9th July (full day)
September/October Holiday Program – Stand Up HQ Paddington (click here for dates)
Program 1-3: Tuesday 29th September (full day)
Program 4-6: Wednesday 30th September (full day)
Program 7-8: Thursday 1st October (full day)
Term 4 – Stand Up HQ Paddington (click here for dates)
Program 1: Sunday 18th October (afternoon)
Program 2: Sunday 25th October (afternoon)
Program 3: Sunday 1st November (afternoon)
Program 4: Sunday 8th November (afternoon)
Program 5: Sunday 15th November (afternoon)
Program 6: Sunday 22th November (afternoon)
Program 7: Sunday 29th November (afternoon)
Program 8: Sunday 6th December (afternoon)

  • Stand Up ABC Cost: $385.
  • If necessary, subsidies are available towards your fee.
  • Class sizes: we only take 12 students per group

For more information, please contact our education team at or 03 9500 2206