JEWISH organisations in five electorates have benefited from the latest allocations of the NSW government’s Community Building Partnership grants.
Among the beneficiaries in the Vaucluse electorate are Kesser Torah College (KTC) to refurbish its early learning play area, Nefesh Synagogue for a kitchen upgrade, Our Big Kitchen for a commercial oven and 3rd Rose Bay (Judean) Scouts for a hall upgrade.
“The outdoor area of any creditable, modern early learning centre is vital in that the environment becomes the extension of the classroom and offers children opportunities of play-based learning and socialisation in a creative and stimulus-rich environment,” KTC principal Roy Steinman said.
“The funding we have received will certainly contribute to this in a meaningful way.”
Jewish House, which has premises in three electorates, has received a grant in each – for painting of its Bondi (Vaucluse) and Paddington (Sydney) premises and a vehicle for its Randwick location.
“Having the ability to engage with government on so many different levels and have the recognition of our work is very gratifying and also very encouraging,” Jewish House CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel said.
“We’re truly grateful for the support.”
In the electorate of Davidson, the North Shore Synagogue has received funding for a new kitchen.
“The grant is most welcome and has allowed us to replace old refrigerators and freezers … we will now have reliable equipment to provide storage of food for our weekly kiddushim and home deliveries for our elderly incapacitated congregants,” president Trevor Collins said.
Other grant recipients include Moriah College and the Sephardi Synagogue (Coogee), Cremorne Synagogue (North Shore) and the Australian Jewish Historical Society (Sydney).
Vaucluse MP Gabrielle Upton said, “The Jewish community contribute so much to our local area, so I was delighted to continue to support our local Jewish organisations through the Community Building Partnership grants.
“Since 2011, I’m proud to have provided my support through almost $700,000 in grants to local Jewish organisations.”
Coogee MP Marjorie O’Neill labelled it a “great privilege” to award the grants.
“I am continually impressed with the dedication and energy of Jewish leaders and organisations in building community hubs,” she said.
In addition to the Community Building Partnership program, Jewish House and COA have also both received $5000 under the government’s COVID-19 Community Support Grant Program.