Humans of JCA

May 23, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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Sydney’s JCA will launch its Humans of JCA Photographic Exhibition this week…a key event in its current annual appeal.


Everyone has an untold story, and it’s those that JCA’s 2016 campaign has uncovered, shining the spotlight on the wonders of our own community. Humans of JCA is about delving beyond the surface, telling the stories of the people whose lives are enriched by JCA’s 24 member organisations, and those who are unwaveringly committed to accomplishing that.

Stephen Chipkin

Stephen Chipkin

“JCA was created to help our local Jewish community come together, to pool our funds and share them where needed most. As our community has flourished, so too has the incredible work of those most connected to our member organisations,” JCA president Stephen Chipkin said. The exhibition will showcase the work of 25 award-winning and aspiring photographers, all of whom volunteered their time to emotively and artistically represent the inspirational stories that embody our community. The intriguing images epitomise those who support the sick and elderly, educate our children, advocate for our community and keep our uniquely rich culture and traditions alive. “This year we hope to share with you the stories, the acts of humanity that take place every day in our ­community,” Chipkin added.

JCA’s campaign journalist Cassilee Kahn was touched by those who shared their stories, revealing just how much their lives are enriched by the care and kindness of others in the Sydney Jewish community. “After spending some time fully immersed in the stories behind the humans of JCA, I can truly see that the root of our community’s vibrant, resilient and thriving nature is largely because of these organisations, and the determination and passion of the people within them.”

Adam Dostalek

Adam Dostalek

Film maker Adam Dostolek, who has directed a series of short films which will be shown during the 2016 Fundraising campaign was equally moved by his experience “Working with the JCA and the wonderful people who encompass this organisation, has given me a greater appreciation for our local Jewish community. Having the ability to utilize my creative talents in a project that helps so many people is truly a wonderful feeling. I’ve been given the opportunity to explore some of the most inspiring and motivating stories within our community. I only hope that my work will inspire others to get involved and want to make a difference”

The Humans of JCA photography exhibition will officially open on May 26 with a Major Donor Cocktail evening. Following that, there will be several other exciting fundraising events held in the Bondi pop-up gallery until June 15. Humans of JCA will then relocate to the North Shore for an exclusive event on June 21. The exhibition promises to offer a unique window into an array of diverse personal journeys.

For all enquiries contact the JCA office on 9360 2344 or go to for further details about the exhibition or upcoming events.


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