Our World, Our Responsibility

Right now many of us feel like uncertain bystanders in the face of an ongoing pandemic, war and violence in Europe, the displacement and marginalisation of refugees, and growing racism. YET, as members of the Australian Jewish community we feel collectively driven by our responsibility (and ability) to improve the world around us. Our Jewish values and history compel us to take action where we can locally.

By supporting Stand Up today, you will help our community build a more understanding and equitable world – a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in peace.

The opposite of love is not hatred, it’s indifference.
– Elie Wiesel

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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.

Tamar, aged 13, Step Up program participant 2022

What your donation will achieve


will bring together First Nations and Jewish community voices for a 2-hour reconciliation workshop.


will allow for a 12 or 13 year old to participate in our Step Up B’nei Mitzvah social justice program.


will help send a Jewish holiday program leader to the remote First Nations communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla (NSW)

*All donations over $2 are tax deductible.*

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 Programs



Step Up motivates B’nai Mitzvah kids to engage with, pursue and achieve social justice.

Since 2020, more than 250 students across Melbourne and Sydney have completed our Step Up program.

83% of participants who completed the program in 2021 were inspired to take action in social justice.

An example of tikkun olam maybe understanding the past and seeing the mistakes and deciding that this won’t happen again. It’s ensuring a better world for the future.
– Tamar, age 12, Step Up participant

Schools Program

Our thought provoking and empowering social justice programs reach 1000’s of students in Jewish day schools across Melbourne and Sydney every year.

The program was excellent - thoroughly engaging and pitched perfectly! The presenters were also on point - just the right age to engage and inspire! I would love to run it again next year.
– Jake Fehily, Informal Education Department, Bialik College

100% of students who completed our program in 2021 said they are interested in social justice and agreed that there is a connection between being Jewish and caring for the world.


Our Journey

Stand Up’s refugee empowerment programs create meaningful and long-lasting impact. We bring Sudanese and South Sudanese people together with Jewish ‘buddies’ to form enriching friendships, learn together, and jointly tackle barriers that perpetuate disadvantage for migrant and refugee communities.

This year, our volunteers have increased by 70%.

84% of South Sudanese participants who completed the program in 2021 felt it helped them develop their leadership skills.

Derech Eretz

A 17-year friendship between the First Nations communities of Toomelah and Boggabilla and the 'Jewish Mob' that provides useful services to young people in the community & educates and inspires young Jewish leaders to pursue First Nations justice.

Over 220 Jewish young adults have developed a deeper connection with First Nations communities since participating in the program.

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

Through conversation, we bring First Nations voices, stories and histories into the Jewish community to forge an understanding and move forwards together towards self-determination and reconciliation.

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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