Maccabi Victoria’s Hardship Relief Fund

June 28, 2020 by A J-Wire community service announcement
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Maccabi VIC recognises that the cost of payment of Sport registration fees could be impacted by the financial strain that COVID-19 experienced by some families.

The Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation recently launched the “Maccabi Hardship Relief Fund” set up to support the entire Victorian Maccabi community and any player wanting to join our organisation.

A spokesperson said: “We are all too aware of the is having on some families in our community and its impact on their capacity to afford certain things which previously were attainable.”

With the expected restart of community sport, Maccabi is “Coming Back SAFE, PROUD & TOGETHER.”

A substantial fund has been established to support those in our community facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, and to provide assistance to enable all family members to join a Maccabi VIC club or Maccabi VIC program, ensuring we all “COME BACK TOGETHER!”

Dale Smorgon -Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation Chair said: “We are committed to ensuring that no Jewish child be denied an opportunity to play sport with other Jewish children because of financial hardship – this is a time in history where our community needs to wrap its arms around each other and provide all the support and assistance necessary and available to ensure we come through this crisis stronger, healthier and even more united.”

Maccabi understands that some of you may be concerned or too PROUD to apply. We are all about being Maccabi PROUD, but not at the cost of leaving anyone behind. Please rest assured knowing that your privacy is taken seriously and ALL applications will be treated confidentially. Applications will be reviewed by a small independent panel (not from Clubs) comprising Maccabi Foundation Chair Dale Smorgon, former Chair Ian Davis and Maccabi President Brian Swersky

The application process;

  • will be non-invasive
  • requires a simple registration and application form to be completed online
  • requires only basic club information and member/s details of those applying
  • will ask the level of assistance required
  • is not means-tested
  • is confidential, easy and fast

To begin an application, fill out the expression of interest contact form online and Maccabi will then send further instructions.


The spokesperson added: “We congratulate the Maccabi Victoria Sports Foundation on their swift response to this crisis and for their generous gift to our Members, Clubs and Community through the Hardship Relief Fund. This is an important initiative and we urge all who have a genuine need to apply.

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