Courage to Care is an outreach program of B’nai B’rith.
B’nai B’rith is the world’s oldest Jewish Service organisation, with a presence in 50 countries and headquarters in Washington DC. In Australia, a large part of its work focuses on the advocacy and promotion of human rights and social justice.
In 1992, inspired by the many stories of rescue and courage displayed by non-Jews who saved or helped Jews during the Holocaust, the Raoul Wallenberg Unit of B’nai B’rith Victoria mounted the first Courage to Care exhibition in the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne, Victoria. This was a joint initiative with the Jewish Holocaust Centre. Courage to Care VIC still runs an exhibition and school program throughout Victoria today.
The exhibition has, since 1998, been taken up by B’nai B’rith NSW. Subsequently, an education program was developed to accompany the exhibition.
Since 1999, Courage to Care (NSW) has run a travelling exhibition, together with an integrated education program that is delivered in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. The organisation has since also developed in-class, tertiary and workplace presentations. The program celebrates the people who had the courage to care – ordinary people, whose acts were extraordinary in their bravery and impact. It tells the story of individuals who, stood up and confronted discrimination and injustice, often risking their own lives and sometimes those of their loved ones, to save others.
Their stories are an enduring example of the power of the individual to make a difference, and a poignant reminder that it is our own choices that determine if we remain bystanders, or become upstanders who take positive action in the face of prejudice and discrimination in our everyday lives.