With funding from the Federal Department of Social Services, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is piloting a six-session community leadership development course for women from a wide range of ethnic and religious groups across Sydney.
The project is called We Are All Sydney – WAAS, and is based on a successful program that has been running in the United States for decades, developed by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York.
During the first session, participants introduced themselves to each other and learnt about principles of communal organisation. The participants represented diverse communities from across Sydney including: Iranian-Persian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Chinese, South Sea Islander, Syrian, Lebanese, Israeli, Assyrian, West African, Iraqi and Anglo-Irish. The Sydney course was developed by Community Relations & Policy Manager, Lynda Ben Menashe who is assisted by WAAS Project Coordinator, Ruth Cohen.