Perth Jewish Community
Most Carmel School families identify with and support Perth’s vibrant Jewish community. In particular, students and graduates engage through Maccabi, the Zionist Youth movements, the Shules, and also through the very strong Jewish student organisations based within Perth's four major University campuses.
Numbering over 8000, Perth's Jewish Community is a warm and welcoming community which sustains the full scope of Jewish institutions, organisations and religious facilities. The extraordinary growth of the Perth Jewish Community in the last 10 to 15 years means that Perth now offers a fully satisfying life and environment for all, including the Shomer Shabbat family, including an extensive eiruv. In addition, community members have access to a full range of social, cultural, and sporting resources and activities.
Perth has a number of synagogues in Menora, Dianella and Noranda. On grounds adjacent to Carmel School lies the Jewish Centre - home to many organisations such as JNF, UIA, Jewish Care and Menora Charity, providing activities and services for Jewish people of all ages and backgrounds.
From a sporting perspective, Western Australia Maccabi promotes the unity and welfare of the Jewish community in general. Sporting clubs and social activities for all ages are available throughout the year, and young people participate strongly in Australian Maccabi Junior and Senior Carnivals. Western Australia has been represented in many sports in Maccabiah. Under the Maccabi banner sporting clubs such as soccer, cricket, tennis, netball, basketball, and tenpin bowling participate in local competitions. Maccabi also runs a variety of social activities including a thriving bridge club that meets every week.
Other groups and organisations include WIZO, National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Institute of WA, and United Israel Appeal to name only a few, and many community members are involved with these and other organisations. On an ongoing basis, Perth hosts events of interest including Jewish musical evenings, talks given by guest speakers from all over the world, fetes and theatrical performances.
Also based in the Jewish Centre is the Community Shaliach from Israel. The Shaliach helps to enrich communal life by organising a wide variety of cultural, educational and social activities. He also works closely with Perth's thriving youth groups, Habonim Dror and B'nei Akiva.
The Perth Community has a kosher shop selling fresh breads and bagels, cakes and a full range of Kosher meat. There are 4 kosher caterers available to cater for any function.
The Maurice Zeffert Memorial Centre for the Aged is a state-of-the-art complex, providing excellent support for elderly members of the community and a variety of accommodation options from independent self-care units to nursed care and a specialised purpose-built Dementia wing.
Families considering moving to Perth from within Australia are encouraged to contact the School for more information on Perth’s Jewish community. For those families considering migrating, while we are neither employment consultants nor migration agents, we do have a network of people around us who are happy to give their time and guidance so you are encouraged to contact the School for information. We can also provide information on migration agents and other services if needed. For example, the Rae Lenny Shalom House might be a facility of interest.
For more information about Jewish organisations in Australia see www.join.org.au and www.jewishaustralia.com
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