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Cash for communal upgrades

Four Jewish organisations are sharing $75,000 of funding from the NSW government’s Community Building Partnership Program.

From left: Gabrielle Upton (centre) presenting the $15,000 to OBK's Charlie Rabie, Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin, George Karounis and Shannon Cohen.
From left: Gabrielle Upton (centre) presenting the $15,000 to OBK's Charlie Rabie, Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin, George Karounis and Shannon Cohen.

FOUR Jewish organisations are sharing $75,000 of funding from the NSW government’s Community Building Partnership Program.

Bondi Mizrachi Synagogue received $30,000 to renovate its kitchen.

“It’s very exciting and very nice for our synagogue,” said administrator Miriam Marks. “We host plenty of events in our hall and our kitchen is in need of repair. Having a working kitchen will add to the atmosphere of the functions that we have every week – we host Friday night dinners with speakers, back-to-school lunches, kiddush every week … This money is amazing and it will go a long way towards making our kitchen more modern.”

The staff at Jewish House are also “very happy” to have received $20,000 to fund a security system upgrade and allow them to install a stair lift.

“The generous grant will help us enormously on two fronts,” said Jewish House CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel. “The building will be easily accessible to people who can’t use stairs, so they will be able to see our social workers and psychologists. We are also now able to create electronic locking systems so that we can better secure the premises and manage things after hours.”

Bondi’s Our Big Kitchen (OBK) received $15,000 to help expand its services and fund upgrades to its kitchen facilities.

“Our Big Kitchen is a Bondi icon and an outstanding example of the local community coming together to help those less fortunate,” Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton said. “I am proud that the NSW government continues to support Our Big Kitchen to ensure that the kitchen meets the growing demand for volunteer-prepared meals, with over 60,000 Australians seeking food assistance each week.”

OBK co-founder Rabbi Dr Dovid Slavin said, “With the many challenges we face, it’s very reassuring to know that Gabrielle is never further than a phone call away. We welcome this grant that will be put to good use and look forward to our continued partnership with the NSW government.”

Additionally, a $10,000 grant was awarded to Tzemach Tzedek to fund the installation of a retractable roof.

“The Tzemach Tzedek Community Centre provides a warm, friendly and uplifting shul and community centre for people of all ages in Bondi,” said Upton. “I can’t wait to see the roof in operation later in the year.”

YAEL BRENDER

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