Rabbi Mendel Kastel Recognised as 2023 Westfield Local Hero

10 Oct 2023

Jewish House is thrilled to announce that Rabbi Mendel Kastel has been honoured as the 2023 Westfield Local Hero for Bondi Junction! This recognition is a testament to Rabbi Kastel's relentless dedication to serving our community.

As the CEO of Jewish House, Rabbi Kastel has provided crucial support to hundreds of homeless individuals, offering shelter and sustenance and invaluable mental health care. His passion for addressing the link between mental health and homelessness has been unwavering.

Under Rabbi Kastel's leadership, Jewish House has seen remarkable growth, expanding its reach and services to cater to the diverse needs of those in crisis. What once began as a modest initiative has now evolved into a comprehensive support network, providing vital resources and assistance to those who need it most.

The award of the Westfield Local Hero title to Rabbi Mendel Kastel is a proud moment for Jewish House and the entire community. It reinforces Rabbi Kastel's tireless efforts and profound impact on countless lives.

We are grateful for this opportunity to celebrate Rabbi Kastel's achievements and the transformative work of Jewish House. This honour reaffirms our commitment to serving the community and inspires us to continue striving for positive change.

As Jewish House receives the $20,000 community grant associated with this award, we are excited to put these funds towards further supporting those in need. Rabbi Kastel's vision and dedication continue to guide us as we work towards a more compassionate and inclusive society.

We congratulate Rabbi Mendel Kastel on this well-deserved recognition as the 2023 Westfield Local Hero for Bondi Junction. Together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of those who rely on our support.

We also want to acknowledge the incredible work of the runners-up, Ben Stammer from ReLove and Michele Brandenburger from Cuddle Bundles. Their dedication to supporting vulnerable members of our community is truly inspiring, and we commend them for their efforts in making a positive impact.