Monday, 13 December 2010

The Hand is now at home ...

The hands that have adorned thousands of cars, which has intrigued members of the Jewish and non Jewish community, has appeared in windows all over The Eastern Suburbs including Clover Moore’s office in Oxford Street. The hands which have also been a popular Facebook and Twitter topic, is now home.

The cut-out orange magnet hands have been the symbol of the hugely successful JewishCare Capital Appeal which has raised $4.7m and will enable JewishCare to build its new headquarters / care hub as well as increasing the funds in the JewishCare Foundation to be used to help people in need. 

A two metre high ‘ hand ‘ is now in place at Saber St Bondi Junction, just down from the corner of Newland and Grafton Streets on the building site where construction is about to start.

The 3 storey purpose built facility should be completed during 2011 and will benefit the community for decades to come.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Please participate in a consumer and carer survey ...

The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) is undertaking a consumer and carer survey about the behaviour of health professionals towards people with mental illness.

As the peak national body for mental health the MCHA is committed to ensuring fair and equitable mental health services for all Australians. We understand that feelings of discrimination, victimisation, or negative judgement create a real barrier to effective engagement in mental health treatment.

We would like to invite you to complete a survey about your views of health professionals’ attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental illness as well as your experience of care from mental health and other health service providers. This could be directly as a consumer of mental health services, or indirectly as a carer for someone else with a mental illness who has used these services.

This research study is extremely important, as the findings will give us the platform to be able to provide government with recent and relevant information that will assist in directing future funding into mental health services.

If you think you might like to part in the study, please click here and you will be taken to an external secure website where you will be able to find a lot more information about the survey and what is involved for participants to help you decide if you want to complete the questionnaire.

The questionnaire will probably take 20-30 minutes to complete, however if you don’t want to take part in the questionnaire, or if you begin and then wish to stop at any point you can.

If you have any questions about this project please do not hesitate to contact Rachelle Irving, Acting Deputy CEO on 02 6285 3100 or via email at

Deakin University is affiliated with this research as Rachelle is currently studying at Deakin with this project forming part of her thesis. As such, ethics approval has been granted for this project through the Human Research Ethics Committee of Deakin University.

Thank you for considering being part of this project, and we hope you will be interested in participating in this very important study.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

JewishCare's Mental Health ...

We've just started a Facebook page for JewishCare's Mental Health team to communicate with the community and to provide mental health services, information and updates.

Mental Health is defined on Wikepedia ( as a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional well being or absence of a mental disorder. From perspectives of the discipline of positive psychology or holism mental health may include an individual's ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.Mental health is an expression of our emotions and signifies a successful adaptation to a range of demands.

LIKE our Facebook page (click below) and we will keep you updated:!/pages/JewishCare-NSW-Mental-Health/133349396720944

Sunday, 7 November 2010

AGM ... All members of the community are welcome ...

The President and Board would like to invite all members of the community
to attend the JewishCare 2010 Annual General Meeting

Date:24 November 4pm
Location: The Burger Centre, 120 King Street Randwick
The Meeting also includes volunteer and staff awards.

Refreshments will be served
Please RSVP 1300 133 660.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Capital Appeal Final Days

It has really been a great campaign. Now it's in its final days ...

13 functions in private homes, a telethon, an incredible tesimonial by non other than the legendary Professor Alan Dershowitz at Central Synagogue, thousands of 'hands' on cars and T shirts.

Over $2.5 million already pledged including tens of thousands on line through our website.

Apart from the money raised the campaign has created a great buzz in the community.

More people than even are now aware of what JewishCare does and what a valuable role we play in the community.

Thank you for all your support.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Capital Appeal Updates

The community is really embracing JewishCare's first Capital Appeal in 14 years.
Financially the campaign is going well, with $1.8 million already pledged.
The private functions have had a great buzz about them and attendees are particularly moved by the video that shows the difference that JewishCare makes to a person's life.
We are about half way through the Capital Appeal period and looking forward to continued community support.
Follow the website for updated information.

View the Dershowitz testimonial

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

JewishCare Capital Appeal events

JewishCare joined with the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies to present Prof Alan Dershowitz in conversation with Peter Hartcher at a packed Central Synagogue on Sunday 3 Oct.
While as expected much of the discussion revolved around Israel and freedom of speech, Alan's glowing testimonial about the work and role of JewishCare serves as a wonderful endorsement for JewishCare's current capital appeal.
The Capital Appeal already has pledges of over $1M with the Appeal period ending on 23 October.
If you want to join the ' hands ' and support JewishCare go to the website or give us a call.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

If you want helping hand magnets for fridges or cars to signify that you are lending a helping hand,  please contact Warren.

02 9302 8005

JewishCare Capital Appeal ...

JewishCare’s Capital Appeal is now underway and runs until 23 October 2010.

There will be orange hand magnets placed on cars or fridges. These symbolise the community’s commitment to lend a helping hand to enable JewishCare to:

 - Consolidate its existing three sites into one purpose built Care Hub at Saber Street Bondi Junction, in the very heart of our community.

 - Provide funds for the JewishCare Foundation ensuring that we can continue to provide a safety net for the community into the future.

If you want to know more visit

You will be glad to know that JewishCare’s Print35, the business that provides employment for people with a disability has been heavily involved in producing much of the Capital Appeal promotional material.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

The organisation now known as JewishCare was conceived in 1935 in response to the atrocities in Europe.

A telegram from England which was received by Samuel Cohen in March 1936 provided the catalyst for an appeal which aimed to save German Jewry through migration.

This appeal was launched on the first day of Passover, April 7 1936.

On March 18, 1936, the German Jewish Refugee’s Fund was established which would later become the Australian Jewish Welfare Society, Jewish Community Services and today JewishCare.

It was through the work of the German Jewish Refugee’s Fund that several hundred Jews were saved from Nazi persecution. After the war the then Australian Jewish Welfare Society continued to assist many people to come to Australia and to help them settle here.

JewishCare today is the major provider of non-residential services to our community.

Each year JewishCare provides a wide range of services that help 4,000 people.

These services are provided in response to the needs of the aged, people with a disability, families and youth in crisis, people with mental health issues.

These are often the most vulnerable people in our community and therefore those most in need of our help.

If you ever need a helping hand or a sympathetic ear; JewishCare will be there.

For further information call 1300 133 660.