Govt grants a boon for community

The Sydney Jewish Museum.

JEWISH organisations have benefitted to the tune of over $80,000 in the latest round of NSW government Community Building Partnership funding.

Jewish House, the North Shore Synagogue, COA Sydney and the Sydney Jewish Museum (SJM) were all beneficiaries in the grants announced earlier this month.

The SJM will be able to upgrade its disability lift, thanks to a $21,236 grant. “It is important that people of all abilities are able to enjoy this Museum,” SJM CEO Norman Seligman said.

“As part of the refurbishment in 2016, we will be improving disability access, and we welcome the contribution that the NSW government has made towards this important project.”

COA’s $15,000 windfall will be used to fit out its cafe and refurbish its activity centre.

“It has been 12 years since we built our hall and it has to be refreshed to make it welcoming for the 200 members, clients and friends that visit us on a weekly basis,” COA CEO Julia Golding said.

“The cafe space will adhere to kosher dietary restrictions, so those who are kosher can enjoy a coffee and cake out in the community, and it will also give access to those who are not yet ready for a ‘seniors centre’ but want to socialise with their peer group in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, the $25,000 received by Jewish House will be used to improve accommodation, upgrade the power to facilitate the new fridges and heaters, upgrade wiring for computer and internet use for clients, as well as going towards general maintenance.

“We are very grateful to the NSW government and in particular the Attorney-General Gabrielle Upton, who has been a great support to Jewish House for a number of years and has once again helped secure this grant,” Jewish House CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel said.

The organisation also received 12 television sets for its rooms from Henry Schein Halas and a number of seasonal gift donations, while a group from Deloitte helped to paint accommodation areas recently.

“Government and community support is what makes us able to deliver the services we do,” Rabbi Kastel said.

North Shore Synagogue’s $20,000 will go towards a youth ­centre.

GARETH NARUNSKY