Project Dignity



Supporting Refugees Seeking Asylum

‘You shall not wrong nor oppress a stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.’

(Exodus 22:20)

PROJECT DIGNITY is a Temple Beth Israel initiative that has been formed from seeing Jewish history reflected in the plight of refugees from many nations who have come to Australia as a place of safety from war and persecution. Tikkun Olam (‘repair of the world’) is a Jewish concept which over time has become synonymous with a call for social justice. But as Jews we cannot be involved in ‘repairing the world’ if we do not know and understand the ways in which the world is broken.

This web site is designed to bring the TBI community up to date about the many problems experienced by refugees as they seek to gain permanent or temporary residence in Australia. We will also provide opportunities for TBI members to become actively involved in giving material and emotional support to those who have been forced out of their homelands through no fault of their own.

If you would like to learn more or get involved please click the links below.

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Our Objective:

Project Dignity is a Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) group focussed on supporting people of refugee and asylum-seeker backgrounds. We do so through partnerships with other religious and community organisations that have a commitment to refugee support. We further this through a range of practical, educational and cultural activities that contribute to breaking down cultural and religious barriers, relieving poverty and disadvantage, and developing shared understandings and a sense of community.

Project Dignity COVID-19 Crisis Relief Program:

The Project Dignity Crisis Relief program was created to provide support to refugee students and their families who are seeking asylum in Australia. This current COVID-19 crisis has increased their isolation and hardship and as a result many of them do not have sufficient basic provisions to survive, nor are they eligible for Government assistance. Our priority is to provide access to sufficient food and essentials for them.