MORE than half a million dollars has been raised by Australia’s Jewish community to assist those impacted by the devastating NSW bushfires.
As of Sunday (December 8), the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) and Stand Up’s combined emergency appeal had raised more than $500,000, with all proceeds going to the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal.
The appeal helps residents in bushfire-affected areas deal with the immediate aftermath of fires, and to rebuild their lives in the long term.
Vinnies are on the ground providing food, clothing, essential items and assistance with bills, crisis accommodation and services.
JBOD president Lesli Berger urged the Jewish community to “contribute whatever it can” to the campaign.
“This appeal demonstrates the effectiveness of Jewish communal support when the cause, even one not directly impacting the community, is important enough,” Berger said.
“This is certainly the case when it comes to supporting farmers and those in regional areas affected by the devastating bushfires.”
JBOD and Stand Up acknowledged the Giving Forum for its “generous response” to the organisations’ joint appeal.
The Giving Forum was established four years ago at the initiative of a number of Jewish families to supplement the work of the JCA in areas which were insufficiently funded or beyond the scope of the JCA.
To date the Giving Forum members have led funding in the areas of advocacy, disability support and youth engagement, as well as for the Sydney Jewish Museum.
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Donate to the bushfire appeal at standup.org.au/emergency-appeal.