We Are All Sydney (WAAS)

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ pilot ‘We Are All Sydney’ community leadership program has been running since March, bringing together emerging leaders from the Jewish community and other ethnic and faith communities, as well as NGO organisations. The pilot includes 20 women from communities including South Sea Islanders, Burmese, Afghani, Sierra Leonean, Syrian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Iraqi, Israeli, Iranian, African American, Indian, as well as Australian-born. It is modelled on the successful ‘We Are All Brooklyn/Queens/The Bronx/Manhattan’ programs that have been run for over 20 years by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

The aim of the program is to develop skills to enable women to fulfil leadership positions in community organisations and the wider community. The aim for the Jewish community is to mentor and network with leaders from communities who reside in diverse parts of Sydney, with a strong focus on Western Sydney. The program also offers internships in Jewish organisations which share the goals of the leaders’ organisations.