The Jewish Community in Perth
Numbering over 7000, Perth's Jewish Community is a warm and welcoming community which sustains the full scope of Jewish institutions, organisations and religious facilities.
In addition, community members have access to a full range of social, cultural, and sporting resources and activities.
Perth has a number of synagogues including Progressive, Orthodox and Chabad and they conduct the full complement of activities available in synagogues throughout the world.
On grounds adjacent to Carmel School lies the Jewish Centre - home to many organisations 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 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.
Central to the Perth Jewish community, Carmel School interacts with a variety of community organisations. The School's students represent a wide cross-section of the Jewish community.
Even after they leave school,Carmel School graduates continue to identify with and support their community - through Maccabi, the Zionist Youth movements, and the Shules, and also through the very strong Jewish student organisations based within Perth's four major University campuses.