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Our almost 30-year history in a nutshell

As a registered not-for-profit organisation, B’nai B’rith Courage to Care Victoria began in 1992 as an initiative of B’nai B’rith, the global Jewish service organisation, with a small, humble exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Australia.

This static display originated as a joint initiative between the Jewish Museum of Australia, the Jewish Holocaust Centre and the Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai B’rith Victoria.

Several years later, in 2000, we developed an educational program to accompany the exhibition and made it available at several locations across the state.

The education program was developed with the support of Monash University’s Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and the Victorian Department of Education. Since then, we have continued to refine and advance the Courage to Care education program.

In 2015, with the aid of our principal partner, Gandel Philanthropy, we refreshed our exhibition to make it more interactive. Shortly after, we made it ‘mobile’ – adding an in-school program to our educational offering.

In 2018, we launched our workplace Upstander Program, in response to an approach from Victoria Police to help them transform workplace culture.

Growing in reach year after year, we have now delivered Upstander Programs to more than 142,000 students. We aim to reach a further 30,000 students in 2022, coinciding with our 30th anniversary. We call this our 30/30 Vision.

We have delivered Upstander Programs to more than 150,000 students across Victoria.

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