Founded during WW1 when US Ambassador to Turkey, Henry Morgenthau Sr. wired New York philanthropist Jacob Schiff to ask for aid to help Jews suffering in Ottomon Palestine, JDC was the first Jewish organisation in the U.S.A to provide large-scale funding for international relief. Today, JDC is the leading humanitarian organisation, working in 70 countries to lift lives and strengthen communities.

Here in Australia…The Joint Australia, which launched in September 2012, is the first official branch of the organisation outside Israel and North America. The Joint Australia was formed to promote the work of The Joint and raise funds to support its ongoing mission of rescue, relief and renewal of Jewish life across the globe.


Our Story

JDC are reviving Jewish values all around the world

From Africa to Armenia and as far as Australia, we have been working to rekindle what was nearly extinguished for over 100 years.

Meet the team

Eva Fischl OAM

Eva Fischl is President of Joint Australia (JDC Australia) and is on the International Board and Executive of JDC. Prior to The Joint, Eva was President of Jewish Care Australia and Jewish Care New South Wales. In 2011, Eva stepped down as President and was appointed Patron of Jewish Care.

Previous positions and memberships also include, Board of Governors of Jewish Communal Appeal (JCA), NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Federal Executive of National WIZO and Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

Kevin Kalinko
Vice President

Kevin owns a portfolio of businesses across the vocational education, higher education, childcare, energy procurement and property services sectors.

Kevin holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (UNSW) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (SIA). Kevin has a long history of involvement in community based organisations and has been Vice President of the Joint in Australia since January 2017.

Dr Philip Bos
National Director

Philip comes to JDC with vast experience in the Australian Jewish community where he was the founding Director of the Communal Security Groups (CSG) in Australia and New Zealand. At CSG, Philip served as a volunteer leader and then as the lead professional for over 20 years to build the organisation that provided security and protection for the entire organised Jewish community.

Brett Kaye
Victorian Director

Brett Kaye is the Director of The Joint Australia (JDC) Victoria. Brett, who is the Cantor at the St Kilda Hebrew Congregation, and brings to the role close to 30 years of experience in Jewish communal engagement through his varying roles in Jewish Educational Leadership and Synagogue involvement. He has led many trips to destinations around the globe, highlighting the life-changing work that the Joint undertakes in each of the locations that are visited.

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