The Jewish Community Council of Victoria is the roof body of Victorian Jewry, Australia’s largest Jewish community. With sixty major communal organisations as its affiliates, the JCCV represents the mosaic of religious, political, cultural, welfare, educational, religious and social associations operating in Victoria.
The Victorian and Federal Governments, their agencies, the media and ethnic and religious groups have long recognised the JCCV as the representative body of the Victorian Jewish community, speaking on its behalf on all matters affecting its status, welfare and interests. As such, the JCCV provides leadership and a voice for Victorian Jewry’s 60,000 members to the wider Victorian community.
Through consultation, advocacy and working with government, other faith and ethnic communities, the media, service providers and the general public, the JCCV seeks to achieve the following goals:
- A better society by promoting understanding and cooperation between all faiths
- Facilitation of harmony and positive relationships between the various elements of the Victorian Jewish community and between our community and the larger community
- A positive perception of Jews in Victorian society
- Greater understanding of and respect for the Jewish way of life
- A thriving local Jewish community
- A safer local Jewish community
- Zero community tolerance of racism in general and antisemitism in particular
- Continuing and enhancing the Victorian Jewish community’s contribution to social justice
- Wider knowledge and appreciation of the Shoah (Holocaust) and its lessons
- And in partnership with the State Zionist Council of Victoria:
- A more sophisticated public understanding of Israel's efforts to achieve peace and security
- Effective counteraction of misinformation on Israel, the Middle East and the Arab/Israel conflict
- A more sophisticated public understanding of Israel in relation to contemporary Jewish identity.
To achieve these priorities, the JCCV’s work includes: training, outreach, community security, responding to antisemitic incidents, education, interfaith and multicultural relations, media/public relations, supporting isolated Jewish communities, community events, Shoah remembrance, social justice, business and union relationships and youth.
Our constituent organisations nominate members of the Council which meets in plenary session nine times each year in the Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre at 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South. The Executive meets twelve times annually, generally in the week preceding a plenum.