About Us

Our Mission

We provide care to people in the Jewish community and all other communities irrespective of religion.

JH offers a safe place and support for people who have or are experiencing trauma and personal crisis. We provide individuals and families with a range of services including access to temporary and crisis accommodation, day-to-day living support, children's services, addiction support, re-employment services, living-skills workshops, mental health clinicians, case managers, food and clothing.

Our History

Jewish House was founded in 1983 by brothers Anthony and Roger Clifford. Their substantial donation enabled the purchase of a building in Bondi and supported the organisation to grow through its early years. Initially a centre for counselling those affected by drug and alcohol abuse, Jewish House has evolved to be recognised as a pre-eminent institution in the provision of a far broader range of crisis services across all ages and community profiles.

Our Board

Roger Clifford OAM, President

Roger, together with his brother Anthony, founded Jewish House in 1983. He is a prominent businessman and owns the Arc Fashion group. His business acumen and compassionate regard for his fellow humans has always been an invaluable guide for Jewish House and its staff. He and his brother Anthony were recently awarded an OAM in recognition of service to the Jewish community of Sydney.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel OAM, CEO

Rabbi joined Jewish House as CEO at the beginning of 2008. He has been providing rabbinic expertise to the Sydney community for almost 30 years, is a rabbinic fellow of the Great Synagogue, Board member of NCOSS and Ending Street Homelessness, the Jewish Chaplin of the NSW Police Force, and is a commissioner on the National Mental Health Commission. His deep community and social welfare experience, passion for the cause and collaborative approach has seen Jewish House grow and continue to develop. Both he and Jewish House are well recognised for applying innovative best practices to the provision of expert crisis services in the Sydney community.

Non-Executive Directors

Robbie Clifford

Robbie was appointed to the Board of the Jewish House in 2019 after two years of contribution as a Board Observer. Robbie is an active member of the Jewish community and is passionate about social welfare. He is Managing Director of the Pipeline Group and Volunteer/Logistics Co-ordinator at COA where his facilitation for development and growth extends to the commercial and non-for-profit sphere.

Cerina Filipczyk

Cerina joined the board of Jewish House in 2019. She has worked in the field of child protection and trauma for the past 24 years as a caseworker, counsellor, manager and supervisor. She is an educator in social work both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as training and supervising child protection staff. Cerina has been part of advisory committees relating to sexual assault and for women’s housing programs and has previously worked with the staff of Jewish House as part of her role at the University of New South Wales in Field Education.

Jacki Goodridge

Jacki joined the board of Jewish House in 2018. She has been involved in running several successful businesses, mainly in the sphere of property development. She also managed the Goodridge Swim School for many years, having been instrumental in setting up the business model and administrative systems. She now administers the Goodridge Foundation, which entails her visiting and assessing charitable projects across Australia, Israel and Asia. She has volunteered at numerous organisations including Lifeline, Raise and the Australian Association for Humane Research.

Ron Hirsch

Ron joined the board of Jewish House in 2012. He has over 25 years of experience working in investment banking and holding CEO positions in Australian public listed ASX companies, including ‘The Executive Connection’. He is Chairman of The Fresh Venture Group as well as several private companies and was a past director of The Australasian Football Institute and Redkite charity.

Sharonne Phillips

Sharonne joined the board of Jewish House in 2011 and is a consultant Certified Professional Ergonomist with over 25 years’ experience working to improve the safety, efficiency and productivity within the mining, manufacturing, entertainment, media, health, hospitality, aged care, aviation and administration sectors. She has a clinical background as a physiotherapist and a keen interest in OH&S, compliance and risk management, mediation, and the impact of emerging technologies on our ageing population and people living with disabilities.

Colin Samuel

Colin joined the board of Jewish House in 2015 and is a partner with Prosperity Advisers Group, which specialises in solving complex problems for private business and business owners. He has a wealth of experience in private business and has worked for some of the leading accounting firms. He applies his expert knowledge and experience to Jewish House in his role as Treasurer.

Avi Sharabi

Avi joined the board of Jewish House in 2016. He is a partner at KPMG leading the Data Financial Services team and was previously a Partner at Deloitte where he started and led the NSW Business Intelligence team. He has over 25 years of experience in delivering business solutions to large private and public organisations across the US and Australia.

Robyn Solomon

Robyn joined the board of Jewish House in 2017. She has over 30 years of corporate experience and is currently the Program Manager, Consumer Remediation, Westpac Consumer Bank. She has led multiple projects across different business units and digital disciplines. She has also lectured Economics at several universities, mentors indigenous organisations and is currently consulting in micro-business creation.

Our Team

Our team of dedicated staff are leaders in the industry. Trained and experienced in holistic trauma-informed care, they work around the clock to ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

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Our Partners

We are proud to partner with some of Australia's most well-known corporates and organisations. Their partnerships help us fund and promote our work, helping provide support to thousands of people in need.