2021 Applications are closed.
B’nai B’rith Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant now in its 17th year is available again.
The $2,500 Grant honours the memory of the late Jenny Goldberg and acknowledges her untiring volunteering skills, which she gave to B’nai B’rith, the Jewish and the broader community at large.
Eligible applicants must be Jewish, under 35 years of age, reside in Melbourne, and have a history of volunteering in Jewish and wider communities.
Past winners have come from a range of Jewish organisations such as Little Dreamers, AUJS, Stand-Up, Flying Fox, Task Force against Family Violence, Chabad, Jewish musical theatre, and others. For more information, please contact the BBVic office on 9523 0888 or email@example.com
Oren Smith wins B’nai B’rith Grant, October 2018
Oren Smith has won the 14th Annual Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant (JGCSG) which was set up as a memory to Jenny who was passionate volunteer within the Jewish and wider communities.
Oren graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Management and he has worked and volunteered in the not for profit community sector using his skills in finance, strategy and operations.
One of the main criteria for the recipient of the JGCSG is that he or she must use the Grant to improve their volunteering capacity, and hence the community at large. Oren plans to do just that. He is intending to do a course run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
From Oren’s involvement in B’nai Akiva, his Shule, and the United Jewish Education Board, Oren has learned that to maximise an organisation’s effectiveness, it needs a professional who is well trained in governance and strategy.
To quote Oren: “This course will provide me with the professional knowledge to create the most profound impact I can.”
P P Frieda Shapiro
Trustee of the JGCSG
SIXTY YEARS ON, A LIVING MEMORIAL REMAINS
It happened in 1955. Summer holiday period. Hume Highway. Car, driver, two passengers. The car swerved off the road and hit a tree. A common event, a tragedy, more frequent then than today. Two young men died. The woman passenger survived. The accident ended the life of Bernard Lustig, a brilliant young barrister, winner of the University of Melbourne’s Supreme Court Prize. He was the older son of Adolf and Kate Lustig, German refugees from Nazism who fled to Australia before the war. As the war ended Adolf helped found the first B'nai B'rith lodge in Melbourne.
BBVIC - A New Community Service Project
Click and Connect (C&C) is a Melbourne-based organisation that got off the ground in 2016. Their project is already under way, helping students in four schools in various parts of Israel.
Dr Paul Gardner AM has agreed to be the initial liaison between BBVic and C&C. Here are his thoughts about how B'nai B'rith might be able to assist:
“I have met with some of their leadership on two occasions and have been impressed by their vision and their competence. For them to grow, they require more resources, especially human resources. This is a hands-on-the-internet-direct-help project, not a fund-raising exercise.
So, here’s how you might become involved:
Are you a retired teacher willing to spend an hour every fortnight on the internet with a particular child in Israel?
Or if not a teacher, would you enjoy having a conversation in English about any topics of mutual interest? (The aim is not to cover a curriculum, simply to encourage the kid to talk.)
Or, if direct conversation with kids is not your forte, would you be willing to provide volunteer assistance to C&C to help out with managing their project?
Do you know anyone in your circle of family and friends – they don’t have to be B'nai B'rith members – who might be interested in helping out in some way?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES! -- and I would love to get some enthusiastic YES! responses – please contact me.”
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Courage to Care encourages individual acts of courage, social activism, action against apathy, a sense of empathy, a better understanding of history.
Chairman (NSW): Juliet Seifert
Chairman (Victoria): Tony Weldon
Courage to Care is a major outreach program and travelling exhibition, designed to show people of all ages, all races and all persuasions that the individual can make a difference in a society which no longer cares, and that all of us has a personal responsibility to ourselves, our family and our community.
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.