Over 120 years of fighting for frayhayt, glaykhayt un gerekhtikayt - freedom, equality & justice.

The Jewish Labour Bund in Melbourne was established in 1928 and continues to enact its ideological focus of frayhayt, glaykhkayt and gerekhtikayt (freedom, equality and justice) today. The Bund focuses on creating and nurturing a strong sense of secular Jewish identity through Yiddish language and culture in our community. Learn more about our history here.

The Bund runs a number of cultural and political events throughout the year and is involved in wider community forums and rallies such as the Bono Weiner Lecture, Yiddish music performances and events for Jewish yom toyvim (holidays). We also have an extensive collection of events, lectures and entertaining videos through our Bund Online page.

Bund & SKIF Response to COVID-19

We take the health and wellbeing of our community and the broader community seriously. The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for all of us and we are determined to support our community and protect our most vulnerable members, especially those over 70 years of age.


Bund and SKIF are suspending all in-person events until further notice. However, we have been busy creating an exciting, full calendar of online events.

Click here to view all previous events, as well as the new Bund Podcast Series.

Please see our blog post for full list of changes to current plans.

2020-21 Membership Drive

The Bund will soon be making a call out for membership sign ups and renewals for the membership period of 2020-2021. Show your support for the work we do in supporting those in our community, marginalised communities and providing a progressive platform and voice in the Melbourne Jewish community.

With your support we are able to:

- Support the weekly running of our youth group, SKIF

- Host professional and high profile speakers

- Support Yiddish culture in Melbourne through sponsoring events

- Continue the 123 year history of the Jewish Labour Bund

Recent Online Events / Videos

Recent Blog Posts

Upcoming Events

Herman Kruk: The Prophet of the Ghetto

7pm, 26 July 2020
Via Zoom

Avrom Sutzkever called him “the prophet of the Vilna Ghetto”. He called himself “a grave digger”. How did the mastermind behind one of the greatest acts of cultural resistance in the Holocaust come to earn these two nicknames? 


Join Dvora Zylberman on Zoom as we delve into the story of the one and only Herman Kruk.


Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom invite prior to the event, so please ensure that you have registered in advance.

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Jewish Labour Bund
ייִדישער אַרבעטער בונד

Melbourne, Australia

The Jewish Labour Bund operates and stands on the traditional land of the Yaluk-ut Weelam Clan of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We acknowledge and respect the cultural heritage of this land, and offer our respects to their elders – past, present and future.

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