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Jonathan Francis

Jonathan Francis was the winner of the 2016 Gandel Young Leader Award (NSW). For his Stand Up ABC inspired action project, Jonathan shared his grandfather's story of survival with his classmates at the Lane Cove Public School, to encourage broader awareness about the impact of the Holocaust.

This year I took part in Stand Up ABC and I learned that you can’t wait for things to occur. You have to do them yourself. I wanted my classmates to realise that the Holocaust isn’t just horrible pictures you see at the movies or on the Internet. It happened to real people and affected some of the people they know.


Ariella Cappe

Mazel Tov to Ariella Cappe, one of our outstanding Stand Up ABC graduates, who received the Gandel Young Leader Award 2017 (NSW). Ariella's creative action project - art school holiday program for kids - raised over $1600 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Well done Ariella!


Ruby Borer

Ruby won the Gandel Young Leader Award 2018 (NSW). She has a strong belief in equal access to education, which was the motivation behind her project to collect study essentials for the benefit of school students in need as part of her Bat Mitzvah. After completing Stand Up ABC, Ruby was inspired to ask fellow Bellevue Hill Public School students to donate educational stationery goods. She then dedicated her holiday break towards packaging them up for distribution via the Aboriginal Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF).

Stand Up ABC taught me that becoming Bat Mitzvah isn’t only about becoming an adult, but is also about finding out what our responsibilities are in the real world and how we can create positive change.


Giselle Davey

Giselle Davey was the winner of the 2018 Gandel Young Leader Award (Vic). She ultilised her love for swimming to support a cause close to her and her family’s hearts. After completing Stand Up ABC, as part of the UJEB Bat Mitzvah program, Giselle decided to raise funds in support of the Ardoch Youth Foundation. Giselle raised over $1300 by challenging herself to swim as many laps as physically possible over the course of one hour, and managed to cover an amazing 4km through her efforts.

I graduated out of Stand Up ABC wanting to make a change. Making a change in the world is possible even if you are not in a position of power. Doing something small for a few people is still a significant change. Swimming is something that I enjoy, and wanted to combine my passion with helping others.


Ellie Frey

Ellie was the winner of the 2019 Gandel Young Leader Award (Vic). She donated her hair to Hair with Heart, who make wigs for those who have lost their hair due to medical conditions. Mazel tov Ellie!


Kayla Fox

Kayla is the Gandel Young Leader Award Winner in 2017. Kayla was inspired after doing Stand Up ABC to collect over 300+ secondhand books that she donated to the Ardoch Youth Foundation. Kayla's donation via Ardoch gave 200 less privileged kids the opportunity to take books home (some for the first time) and improve their literacy levels.

Mazel Tov Kayla!


Gary Samowitz

Gary Samowitz was Stand Up's first CEO, serving for more than ten years. He is passionate about social change and experiential learning. Gary told the Australian Jewish News that he considered his work with Sudanese refugees, building and strengthening relationships between Indigenous elders and Jewish children, and the publication of Stand Up’s Haggadot as some of the highlights of his time at Stand Up. Thank you Gary for all your work to build Stand Up into what it is today.

Today, being Jewish is a choice and there’s a lot of competing interests out there. We need to make being Jewish inspiring and not something you do purely out of guilt. I don’t feel guilt is sustaining.


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