The Jenny Goldberg Community Service Grant has been awarded annually since 2004. Jenny Goldberg z"l, who passed away in 2003, was an active volunteer in B'nai B'rith and the wider community.
The grant exists to help improve people's skills as volunteers, which in turn will benefit the community at large.
To be eligible for the $2500 grant, applicants must be Jewish, reside in Melbourne, be under the age of 35, and have a history of volunteering in the Jewish and/or wider community.
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
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.
The B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) is an Australian Jewish community organisation whose mission is to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of racism, combat the defamation of the Jewish people and Israel, and promote and cultivate respect and understanding between people of all religions and backgrounds.
We are a Jewish communal organisation that works to ensure a safe and fair society for Australians of all faiths and cultures by combating anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms.
Why we do what we do
Jewish communities have deep historical experience of hate and prejudice. To counter anti-Semitism we need to challenge prejudice whenever it occurs, whether it is directed at Jews or at other minorities.
Since 1979 ADC has worked to prevent, understand and counter anti-Semitism and all forms of racism. We build bridges with people outside our community and educate others to respect difference. We work to create a society resistant to hate, both for ourselves and for others.
Anti-Semitism is our top priority but we also act on other areas of racism. We aim to educate both the Jewish and general community about the dangers of racism. Victoria is our focus, but we are also appropriately engaged with Australian and international issues in consultation with other organisations.
Category 1 Research Grant
Category 2 Travel Grant
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.
Bernard followed in his father’s footsteps as a lawyer, although Adolf’s career in Munich was cut short by the Nuremberg Race Laws. Bernard also became interested in B'nai B'rith in 1951, becoming a founding member of B'nai B'rith Youth Melbourne and one of its earliest presidents.
His death generated a thought among the members of the BBY committee. Let’s establish a scholarship in his memory. Too ambitious, said some. But anyone who knew the late Pauline Richter (later Pauline Glass) would testify that this was a young woman who was motivated, capable and persistent. She won the day.
With financial contributions from B'nai B'rith Melbourne Lodge and its Women’s Chapter, the youth group set up a fund later that year, and awarded the first scholarships, to assist capable Year 12 students about to embark on a university course in 1956.
Six decades have passed, and the scholarship is now the oldest continuing B'nai B'rith project and the longest running scholarship in the Victorian Jewish community. As with any project that survives for so long, it has had to change with the times. The first scholarship was worth ₤50. Today, winners receive $2500. Winners are decided by a long-serving group of trustees comprising senior academics and representatives of the Lustig family.
The administration has changed. BBY Melbourne no longer exists: the scholarship is now a B'nai B'rith Victoria project. Instead of treasurers handling a couple of cheques, the scholarship receives some of its funding from an investment fund managed by the B'nai B'rith Charitable Fund (and from numerous individual donors).
Information technology has wrought changes too. Originally, applicants sent hand-written letters in response to an AJN ad. Now there are detailed guidelines and an extensive application form, submitted by email. Nearly all communications among the trustees are handled electronically.
The purpose of the scholarship has also altered since its early days. The scholarship is now offered in two categories: as a research grant to master’s and doctoral thesis candidates, and as a travel grant to outstanding student leaders at university level, to fund overseas travel to participate in leadership development programs.
Some recent winners have travelled to Israel to participate in short courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Another worked as a deputy speech-writer for the Israeli Mission at the United Nations in New York. A young medical practitioner was assisted to pursue post-graduate research at Harvard University. The major winner in 2017 was a school counsellor researching for a master’s degree in psychology.
Applications open in March each year and close at the end of April. Intending applicants should send an email to the B'nai B'rith Victoria Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, requesting a copy of the guidelines and an application form.
Learn more about how B'nai B'rith Australia / New Zealand is making an impact in communities across our region.