At the Jewish Family Centre we often meet people who tell us heartbreaking stories. When we first heard these stories, we wondered why, in a country like Australia, the Government didn’t provide more assistance. We realised that if the Government couldn’t or wouldn’t help, the community must.

I asked the people directly involved, as well as members of my staff, to find out the maximum help they could get from Government and private benevolent organisations. The answer was frightening. There are minimal resources for short-term assistance for these people.

The following are some examples of families we’re currently assisting.


Help people in need to experience a happy & sweet holiday this Rosh Hashana

Although you and I can confidently look forward to a happy Rosh Hashanah celebration on Sunday night, 29 September, those in need, such as the Rosen family, will not experience that joy. How can they celebrate? Their children don’t have the essentials we take for granted. They are unable to provide even the necessities of food and clothing.


You can make a difference.


Your tax-deductible donation will provide nutritious Yom-Tov meals and basic clothing for a family in crisis. It will make sure that an insecure, needy family will sit down to the Rosh Hashanah meal with words of praise and gratitude to G-D for blessing you with the means to bring joy to the less fortunate.


What could be a greater beginning to the New Year than having the poor and the needy praising and blessing G-D and you for a great kindness?


Please send the enclosed donation form to our office today so that we can put your kind donation to work immediately.


I wish you and your family a Ketiva Vachatimah Tovah. Let this act of charity help you to be inscribed in the Book of Life for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year.


Together we can truly transform the lives of these suffering families.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.


 Please act now. Your generous contribution could be what makes the difference.

Click here to donate now for Rosh Hashana 2020


3-year-old Danny born with limb deficiencies

Danny was born with deficiencies in both his feet. His right foot is a lot more deficient than the left, as he is missing metatarsals. He has no toes on either foot. As if this weren’t enough, Nurit’s husband left a month after Danny was born.

We were able to arrange a visit from a specialist physio once every week, to provide occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy.

But this wasn’t enough. To bring some stability to the crisis Nurit and her family are going through, an experienced nanny needed to be hired immediately for 3 hours every evening, to do the exercises prescribed by the specialist.


A widow’s hardship

The second story relates to the tragic death of a man in his 50s. His wife and children were, naturally, distraught. Although heartfelt sympathy was being expressed to the family, cold hard cash was desperately needed: to pay the rent and medical and other essential expenses.

This widow has 2 daughters, 5-year-old Sarah and 7-year-old Talia. Both were, of course, traumatised and shocked by the death of their father.

Sarah had developed a fear of losing her mother as well, so she needed to be next to her mother at all times. If the family received financial and emotional support over the next 6 months, we believed we could bring stability and tranquillity back into their home.


Urgent dental treatment and other help

A 7-year-old boy who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome needed urgent help: he needed dental treatment and a teacher’s aide. The parents, who have 4 other children, needed financial support so that they could hire some help and calm the chaos in the house.

The Jewish Family Centre is one of the few Jewish organisations in Sydney or Melbourne that offers cash assistance to families and individuals in crisis. In many cases, we succeed in helping people avoid more painful and costly situations.

You could really make a difference to the lives of these people by supporting them in their darkest hour.

Please use this opportunity to express your thanks to G-d for your own good fortune. I hope you will decide to share the blessings G-d has bestowed on you by opening your generous heart and kind hands to assist the three people I have written about and other people in similar situations.

In return for your kindness, we offer you the blessing the Torah bestows on people like yourself:

‘If there will be a needy person among you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand against your needy brother.

But rather open your hand to him or lend him enough for whatever he needs. Give to him again and again, and do not regret in your heart when you give to him.

For because of this thing the Lord your G-d will bless you in all your works and in all your undertakings.’ (Deuteronomy 15:7–12)

Together we can truly transform the lives of these suffering families.


*All donations are tax deductible