Jewish House backyard makeover

February 24, 2017 by Adrian Erdedi
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A team from Bunnings Randwick has collaborated with other local Bunnings stores to volunteers to Sydney’s Jewish House to turn its drab backyard into a usable, practical, functional space which include a sustainable vegetable garden and mature citrus trees.


The space will provide clients experiencing homelessness a safe place to relax, reflect and escape – even just for a moment. Bunnings didn’t just bring volunteers, they also donated everything from paint to furniture, pots and a big rainwater tank to keep the plants vibrant and alive.

Waverley Council and JNF have also came on board, allowing Jewish House to build two gazebos, paint, plumbing, guttering, add shaded areas and other upgrades associated with the yard. Andreasens Green helped completely transform the yard by donating a forest of beautiful citrus trees, gardenias, loads of vegetables and herbs.

The new look

We are so humbled by the support of Bunnings, Waverley Council, JNF and Andreasens Green. We see so many people in terribly unfortunate circumstances, we strive to help them get their lives back on track, all while making them feel comfortable and having the time and place for them to take a deep breath, focus and feel inspired”, said Rabbi Mendel Kastel, CEO of Jewish House.

The assistance will also continue on to proposed landscaping for the front yard – a place Jewish House hopes to turn into a stunning oasis – a first impression that will give people experiencing homelessness a sense of safety, security and begin the process of restoring their dignity.

Jewish House is tremendously overwhelmed by community spirit by all involved. It’s this spirit that helps to grow Jewish House and continue helping those less fortunate.

Thanks to the incredible kindness and generosity of Bunnings Randwick, Waverley Council, JNF and Andreasens Green, the back yard at Jewish House will shine once again.



One Response to “Jewish House backyard makeover”
  1. Rabbi Pinchos Woolstone says:

    Who would have dreamed that when Anthony and Roger Clifford approached Rabbi Pinchus Feldman at the Yeshiva to establish a Jewish version of the Wayside Chapel that the concept would eventually have such a profound inpact on the community.
    The support and guidance of the Lubavitcher Rebbe of Saintly Memory was ever present.
    May the Shlichus of Chabad continue to flourish at 17 Flood Street.
    May the Holy work contribute to the arrival of Moshiach.

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