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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Jews for Social Action

Jews for Social Action (JSA) offers the opportunity to embody the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) by helping others and getting involved in social action.  We take a hands-on approach to working towards social justice. 

You are invited to join us in our projects, which are outlined below.

We meet once each month currently on Zoom.  Please contact for more details.



JSA Uluru Statement Webinar 2021

Sunday, 30 May, 2021 • 19 Sivan 5781 

Jews for Social Action organised another I Speak My Mind online event, our 14th “The Aboriginal Experience”, on the important topic of the Uluru Statement from the Heart – Where are we now? Where to from here? 
The guest speaker was Thomas Mayor, a Torres Strait Islander man born and living on Larrakia country (Darwin). Thomas was a delegate to the Uluru Convention and, subsequently, toured Australia talking about the significance of the Uluru Statement to metropolitan and regional areas. Thomas was our guest speaker in 2020.  This year he spoke about the Uluru Statement and provided an update on what has happened in the last year in the political arena and regarding public awareness of the Statement. 
Thomas was in conversation with Damien Freeman who is a writer, lawyer and philosopher.  Together with Julian Leeser MP, Damien founded Uphold & Recognise, a non-profit organisation committed to both upholding the Australian Constitution and recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

Click HERE to view a recording of the webinar held on 30 May 2021. 
For more information contact:

Kids in the Outback Project is Back! Knitters Wanted! 

Knitting and Crochet Patterns:

  1. Kids in the Outback Child's Beanie Pattern - Click HERE
  2. Kids in the Outback Dolls Knitting Pattern - Click HERE

View the recording of the last year’s presentation by Thomas Mayor HERE

Aboriginal Support Group

JSA's Aboriginal Support Group runs several projects centred on education and literacy.  Learn about the Early Support Aboriginal Literacy Project, the Biala Hostel Homework Program, the Remote Outback Reading Project, and the Aboriginal Experience here.

Asylum Seeker Support

We honour the Jewish value of welcoming strangers by supporting the Asylum Seekers Centre, Settlement Services International, and Music for Refugees.  Learn about these projects here.

Read a recent Thank You letter received from the Asylum Seekers Centre

Scotts Creek Creekcare

Scotts Creek Creekcare is the environmental group of NSTE, and is part of the Willoughby Council Bushcare volunteer program. We meet once a month on a Sunday morning working along the banks of Scotts Creek,  which flows past NSTE into Middle Harbour. Find out more here.

Kiva Micro-Credit Lending Team

JSA supports Kiva, a  micro-credit initiative,  that helps to put lenders in touch with people in the developing world who can benefit from small loans. JSA formed a Kiva  ‘lending team’ as a way of connecting with other people who are interested in doing something to fight poverty.  Our team currently has over 30 members and has made over 850 loans, totaling around $30,000.  Join the JSA lending team via the Kiva website.

Click here for instructions

"I Speak My Mind" Talks

JSA also runs a series of talks at NSTE where prominent people speak on social justice issues. Past speakers have included Julian Burnside, Bill Crews, Kerryn Phelps, Frank Brennan, Cate Faehrmann, and Lisa Jackson-Pulver. Themes have included racism, depression, Aboriginal disadvantage, population growth and refugees. The series includes an annual “The Aboriginal Experience”,  which is part of the Guringai Festival.  Tune in 5 pm on November 7, 2021 for our presentation of "Smuggled, An Illegal History of Journeys to Australia"

Livracha - An NSTE Initiative

Facilitated by JSA, NSTE has a social action initiative called Livracha (pronounced Leev-ra-KHAH) - meaning “for a blessing”. In conjunction with, and inspired by, each of the Jewish festivals we celebrate throughout the year, we collect items at NSTE for people in need.  If you have an idea for a collection in association with a certain festival, please let us know, so we can try to work it into the Livracha cycle.

Please think of our Livracha collections when you come to shul for services, committee meetings, Hebrew School, b’nei mitzvah lessons, Israeli dancing, or other reasons.

At Pesach, we collected items for the Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network to provide to young people experiencing homelessness and at Shavuot we collect cereals and canned and dried fruit for women’s refuges in our area.  Over the High Holy Days we collect non perishable food items for Mazon to provide to those experiencing hunger.

We welcome donations of non-perishable food items or toiletries in the basket in the foyer at any time for providing to those in need.

For further information, please contact NSTE's Jews for Social Action (JSA).

Read more about the program here

For more information, please contact Jews for Social Action.

Smuggled - An Illegal History of Journeys to Australia

This event begins at 5 pm on 7 November 2021.  Please come back then.

Mon, 25 October 2021 19 Cheshvan 5782