The Jewish Family Centre was founded by Rabbi Yaakov Lieder in 2003 in Sydney, Australia. Rabbi Lieder founded the Melbourne branch of the Jewish Family Centre In 2013, and continues as its director. Rabbi Menachem Dadon is the current director of the Sydney branch of the Jewish Family Centre.
Our Story :
How the Jewish Family Centre started
Rabbi Lieder has been involved in education since 1976, first as a teacher and later as a Principal. He took a special interest in children who were not functioning to their full potential, or were getting into trouble.
He discovered that quite often the child’s problems led back to a dysfunctional family situation.
In such cases, it was clear that the child’s issues would not be resolved until assistance was provided to the family as a whole.
Rabbi Lieder identified ways in which families could be helped:
The Jewish Family Centre’s aim is to treat a problem at its roots. Our goal is to support children and their families before their situation becomes chronic or catastrophic. We endeavour to set families on their feet so that they and their children can thrive with dignity.
Leviticus 25:35 urges: ‘You must support him. Do not allow him to decline and fall [lest] it be challenging to restore him, but strengthen him from the time of his weakness.’
To raise someone before he falls is a commandment to help a person in need before he (or she) falls. This is because once a person has collapsed, it is much harder to pick him up.
Teaching conflict resolution skills and helping with implementing them
Using a networking system to help find work
Financial assistance for:
School clothing and school stationery supplies, which will help restore and foster a feeling of dignity and healthy identity for children who previously were reluctant and embarrassed to attend school without appropriate clothing or school supplies;
School holiday camps; and
Food parcels and other financial assistance for Jewish festivals, so that children can experience a genuinely festive Pesach Seder and a happy and sweet Rosh Hashana with their families.