Courage to Care was first conceived as a static exhibition and shown in 1992 at the Jewish Museum of Australia. It was a joint initiative of the Museum, the Jewish Holocaust Centre and the Raoul Wallenberg Unit of the international Jewish service organisation B’nai B’rith Victoria.
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In 1992, the Exhibition consisted of a number of panels, each of which told the story of one of the Righteous Amongst the Nations or of an individual or family who had survived as a result of the actions of one of the Righteous – particularly those who had links with Melbourne or Victoria.
Subsequently this Exhibition visited a number of regional cities throughout Victoria. It was always received with great interest and often, as a result of the Exhibition, individuals came forward who themselves had a significant story to tell of their actions or that of their family members during those horrific times.
Beginning in 2000, with the assistance of Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, a formal educational program was developed to accompany the Exhibition. Subsequently, with the support of the Victorian Department of Education, the Exhibition and educational program have travelled to all major regional centres throughout Victoria and outer metropolitan suburbs of Melbourne.
In 2015, with the support and generosity of our principal partner, Gandel Philanthropy, we launched a new interactive, multimedia exhibition to replace the original exhibition materials. The large-format touch screens enabled a more expansive experience for participants and greater depth and richness in presentation. This was followed in 2017, again with the support of Gandel Philanthropy, of a multimedia kit based on iPad technology offering the same richness of experience in a light and portable format for our in-school workshops.
In 2018, Courage to Care launched a workplace program, “Transforming Bystander Behaviour”, after an approach from Victoria Police for assistance in changing workplace culture. With this first foray into workplace education on a fee-for-service model, Courage to Care expands its mission of educating and empowering individuals to have the courage to combat bullying, racism and other forms of prejudice by being Upstanders, not Bystanders.