Why Jewish Aid?
There are many aid and development organisations that coordinate similar programs. However, JAA fills a niche in the international and community development sectors because the organization:
- Mobilises the Jewish community, which is well resourced and in a position to provide aid.
- Links in with other Jewish humanitarian organisations overseas.
- Provides a safe volunteer environment, where participants are able to keep kosher, and celebrate shabbat.
- Provides opportunities to implement Jewish values.*
Through these efforts, JAA:
- Builds a Jewish social network.
- Presents a positive image of Jewish people.
- Provides meaningful Jewish experiences.
- Provides an opportunity to express Jewish identity through social action.
We aim to be the first port of call for Jewish Australians who wants to donate time, money and skills towards improving the world. JAA is a connection point for all Australian Jews, from across the religious and political spectrum.
- Tzedakah (justice) sharing our wealth to make a more just world.
- Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) addressing ourselves towards overcoming injustices and inequalities in the world.
- B’tzelem Elokhim (in the image of God) recognising that all human beings are created equal and deserving of equal respect.
- Shutafut (partnership) recognising the expertise that those in the developing world have and can share with us.
- Darchei Shalom (the ways of peace) fostering peace and pleasant relationships between Jews and non-Jews.
- Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of God’s name) acting in a way that brings credit to God and the Jewish tradition.