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Social Harmony Projects in schools

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies initiated, developed and runs a number of successful and ongoing interfaith and intercultural programs involving over 2,000 students across the state annually. These include:

  1. Youth Encounters

This project has been running since 2004 and brings together Jewish, Muslim and Christian Year 10 students in a bridge-building interfaith exchange for 3 meetings over the year.

  1. Respect, Understanding and Acceptance (RUA) project

This project brings together groups of students from Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Armenian, Greek Orthodox and state schools for 3 meetings over the year. The focus is on anti-racism and cultural exchange.

  1. Sports for Harmony

In 2008 we began the incorporation of sport into our interfaith and intercultural programming through AusSport, with whom we have cooperated on large projects for hundreds of Year 4-6 Jewish, Muslim, Indigenous and other students.

To join any of these programs or instigate new ones, email 

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NSW Department of Education and Training Cultural Exchange Programs in Schools The Board runs a Matchmaker and Speaker Service for interested schools to access via the Department of Education and Training’s website. Click here.  


Social Harmony Projects for adults

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies runs or is partner in a variety of interfaith and intercultural projects for adults, including:

  • Passover Dinners for various sectors of the wider NSW community
  • Chanukah Outreach Events
  • Womens Interfaith Network 
  • The Abraham Conference
  • World Parliament of Religions




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