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Fran Rutstein

Fran is an integral part of the team as Stand Up's Administration Assistant. Fran started volunteering for Stand Up because she wanted to give back to the community, making a difference where she could. Now she assists staff in both the Melbourne and Sydney offices.

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Taryn Langman

Taryn is the new coordinator of Stand Up’s First Nations Partnerships Programs; Derech Eretz, Young Adults, and Camp Connections. She graduated from UNSW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in sociology and anthropology and minoring in environmental humanities. Taryn is deeply interested in First Nations rights, social justice issues and environmental sustainability. Taryn’s journey with Stand Up began in 2019, where she participated in the Derech Eretz program twice during that year. She is committed to social awareness and respect, and this is reflected in her work; ensuring knowledge and understanding are at the forefront of the programs. 

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Max Korman

Max is Stand Up's new Education Coordinator, working closely with Jewish schools and the community to build deep, relevant and regular programming for young Jewish students. With new and regular programs, Max's expertise and dedication aims to create empowering social justice journeys for Jewish youth. Max has spent years facilitating, developing and analysing programs as an experienced educator and mentor in Habonim Dror Australia and across the Jewish community. He recently completed his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts, driven by a passion for human rights, social justice and community. 

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Joel McCarroll

Joel is the coordinator of Stand Up’s new program, aiming to bring conversations around First Nations justice into jewish living rooms and communities. Joel is studying Social Justice and History at Macquarie University and has a background in Netzer and the Progressive Jewish world. Joel previously coordinated Stand Up ABC (Step Up) in Sydney for two years.

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Gideon Reisner

Gideon is Stand Up's CEO, a passionate social justice campaigner and an experienced policy and campaign professional. Gideon did the first Stand Up Fellowship in 2014 and is thrilled to be back at Stand Up. In his spare time, Gideon loves running marathons and is a not-so-secret sci-fi nerd.

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Why does Stand Up exist when there are so many other not-for-profits doing similar work?

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We are the only Jewish organisation in Australia whose focus is to empower vulnerable non-Jewish communities. We specialise in youth engagement with a focus on leadership training and capacity building.


How does Stand Up measure impact?

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Every program is evaluated to ensure that we are achieving our mission of empowering communities, and to improve programs over time.

By having built long term relationships with the Sudanese and Indigenous communities, we are able to interview program participants, volunteers and partner communities to record testimonials, and to show how goals and outcomes are being met.

We utilise a participatory approach when it comes to developing, planning, implementing and evaluating our programs. Methodologies include:

  • Community consultation
  • Data accumulation, summary and interpretation
  • Participant evaluation forms
  • Participant pre and post attitudinal surveys
  • Participant focus group sessions
  • Volunteer reflection sessions

Is Stand Up a political organisation?

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No, we are not a political organisation. We don’t align ourselves with a political party. Occasionally, we speak up against social injustices and human rights abuses.


What is Stand Up's position on the Arab-Israeli conflict?

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Stand Up only engages in political discourse regarding campaigns with which we’re actively involved and for the purpose of promoting those projects. We are not currently involved in any campaign that relates to Israel and Palestine.

Our aim is to work with vulnerable communities in Australia. We currently do not work with any communities in Israel or the Middle East.

As a Jewish organisation, we recognise Israel as the sovereign expression of the Jewish people’s right of self-determination.  We support the long held two-state solution to achieve a long lasting peace.

We will not fund or work with any organisation whose policy or actions give sufficient cause to believe that they do not recognise Israel’s right to exist as the sovereign state of the Jewish people. We will not partner with any organisation that demonstrates an antagonistic position towards Israel and the peace efforts in the Middle East. We do careful due diligence before partnering with any organisation to ensure that our values align.

We applaud the excellent work of Jewish organisations in Australia that raise funds for and awareness about social justice and poverty in Israel.


What does Stand Up do with my personal information?

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Stand Up will only use your personal information for the purposes of corresponding with you or sending you information directly related to our organisation. We will never sell, distribute or disseminate any of your personal information and you can unsubscribe from any of our mail-outs at any time.