Tracing its origins to the Jews who arrived in Australia aboard the First Fleet on 26 January 1788, the Australian Jewish community is unique among Diaspora communities. Australian Jewry has played a prominent and recognised part in Australia’s history and has made positive contributions, out of proportion to its numbers, to the development of Australian society.
For the Jewish community, Australia has indeed been the lucky country bestowing upon us the blessings of freedom and respect for human life and dignity. Quite simply we are at home here, something that sadly has not always been the Jewish experience in other parts of the world.
We celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of talented and hardworking individuals and groups from within the Australian Jewish community and are proud of the part they have played in the many cultural, sporting, scientific, political, social and economic achievements of this great diverse country. Not least among our number have been Jewish men and women, many of whom paid the ultimate price, who have served at home and abroad in times of war to defend Australia and the principles of freedom and justice which our country cherishes.
What follows is the current policy platform of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ). These policies are derived from the beliefs and values of the Australian Jewish community, which we are confident enhance general Australian values of democracy and human rights; individual freedom and the rule of law; social justice and compassion; mutual understanding and respect; and a fair go for all.