Who We Help
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.
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.