Thursday, 22 December 2011

Cooking with *Christie

One of the great ways to enjoy the holiday period is to get busy in the kitchen.

Make this year's Chanukah meals as healthy as they are delicious, while still enjoying the traditional food your family loves with healthier options.

All the recipes you need from soups to meats to cakes

How much do you know about Chanukah? Take this fun and insightful quizz:

Food Hygiene
Proper storage of food reduces the risk of food poisoning. Some foods need to be kept in the fridge
 - Keep your fridge temperature below 5C.
 - When preparing food, keep it out of the fridge for the shortest time possible.
 - If you’re having a buffet, keep the food refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it.
 - Cool leftovers as quickly as possible (within 90 minutes) and store them in the fridge. Eat them within two days.
 - Store eggs in their box in the fridge.
 - Never put open cans in the fridge as the metal of the can may transfer to the can's contents. Transfer the contents into a storage container or covered bowl.

For more tips

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Psychiatric Emergency Care

The Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) commenced operations in November 2005 and is imbedded within the Emergency Department which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

The Emergency Psychiatry Staff work in unison with the General Emergency team and maintain strong links with Community Mental Health Teams, General Practitioners and Non-Government Agencies to deliver quality, timely and appropriate care for all people who arrive in Emergency with mental health and or behavioural problems.

The PECC, with a six bed specialist unit sits on a service continuum that aims to avoid prolonged hospital admission and/or premature discharge into the community. The focus of its philosophy is to provide a continuing detailed assessment and deliver therapeutic interventions over a 1-2 day period, ensuring a rapid return to community or family care with an optimum level of functioning.
Psychiatric Emergency Care
St Vincent's Mental Health Service
299 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
T: 02 8382 1111
 If you need emergency help over the holidays, please call the following:
Emergency – 000*
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Kids HelpLine – 1800 55 1800
Mensline- 1300 789 978
Health direct -  1800 022 222 (24/7 Health advice)

Mental Health - 1800 676 822 (24/7 Psychiatric emergency)
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

* If you are using a mobile phone and 000 doesn't work, you can call 112 to access the Emergency Call Service.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment and can access a TTY (teletypewriter), call 106 for the text-based Emergency Call Service.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Year End Wrap

2011 marked the 75th Anniversary of JewishCare or Australian Jewish Welfare Society as it was called in 1936. And what an important year it has been.
Construction of the new Saber Street headquarters is well and truly underway. JewishCare continued to work with other communal organisations especially Chai Foundation, Wolper Jewish Hospital and BNai Brith. We continued to respond to the needs of over 4,000 people over the year and initiated a new Mentors program.
We could not have accomplished these achievements without the dedicated staff and volunteers and the 2010-2011 Annual Report which is being sent out in hard copy early next year highlights a few of these individuals.

Friday, 16 December 2011

The first ever Big Brother Big Sister Alumni Event!

Big Brother Big Sister held their first ever Alumni Event to celebrate all past and present Big Brothers and Sisters. The Alumni event was to show JewishCare’s appreciation and gratitude for each and every volunteer who has contributed their time, effort and enthusiasm to the program.

The night was a huge success with a mixture of current and alumni Big Brothers and Big Sisters sharing their stories and experiences throughout the program.

The atmosphere was enhanced by the fantastic band ‘Andrew Harrisburg and Friends’.

Thanks to all of those who attended.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Keep active this holiday season with our jazzy suggestions

Make a day out, there are hundreds of places to explore an hour or so away from Sydney. And explore Sydney itself!

Have you got a restaurant you have always wanted to try out? There are hundreds of restaurants in Sydney with cuisines from all over the world.

Book for a morning/afternoon tea. Think scones, a soothing cup of tea and relaxing - high teas are a an incredible way to spend the afternoons.

Seeing that it has been raining so much in Sydney lately, we'd highly recommend whale watching. It's a great time of year to go out on a boat trip and watch the white whales coming in.

Book yourselves a day in the spa. There are spas, facials, manicures, pedicures, saunas and massages to choose from . And you will look good and feel good afterwards.

Take the ferry to Manly and back and enjoy some harbour views.

Visit museums - Maritime, Powerhouse, the Australian Museum and the MCA.

To relax and enjoy nature visit the  Botanical Gardens or the Chinese Garden of Friendship

If you're into the holiday festivities - there's a lovely matinee this Sunday (18 Dec) at 2:15pm of Handel's Messiah - a classical music masterpiece  -

For a rainy day (and it looks like it will be raining these holidays) fall back on our all time favourite - take yourselves to the movies!

Enjoy the holidays by staying active and stepping out!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Chanukah Food Parcels are being Prepared for Jewish Inmates
Chanukah is fast approaching and the Prison Outreach Program has been busy preparing Chanukah parcels for Jewish inmates in prisons across NSW. The parcels help the inmates maintain a connection to their Jewish heritage and traditions.
The contents of the parcels are all kosher and contain a mixture of items including chocolate Chanukah gilt, grape juice, couscous and a great selection of baking goods from Our Big Kitchen.
If you would like further information on the program, please contact Rachelle Levy on 9302 8022 or

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Treat Your Teeth Well

Ensure that your diet helps you chew your way into old age.

Here's how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:
 - Floss at least once a day.
 - Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste 
- Clean between your teeth every day with floss or other between the teeth cleaner
 - Snack smart – limit sugary snacks
 - Eat a variety of foods to maintain overall health
 - Don't smoke or chew tobacco
 - See your dentist or oral health professional regularly

Some great-tasting snacks that won't harm your teeth:
 - Plain milk and buttermilk
 - Fruit and raw vegetables Plain yogurt, cheese and cottage cheese
 - Hard boiled or devilled eggs
 - Nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
 - Melba toast
 - Salads

If you are a Holocaust survivor the claims conference may be able to fund treatment.
As part of the Home Support package JewishCare care workers can assist clients to and from dental appointments. Contact Ruth Faludi
If you need emergency dental care and live in South West Sydney contact Sydney Dental Hospital , they also offer special care for people with a physical or intellectual disability.

Here are some basic tips for caring for teeth and gums -  from

Monday, 5 December 2011

Volunteering The Past and The Future

JewishCare relies heavily on volunteers to support the efforts of the paid staff.
Our 500 volunteers help in 3 main ways.
Direct client support - working with clients in a variety of roles eg cooking meals, taking clients to appointments or on outings, being Big Brothers or Big Sisters or Mentors, visiting prisoners.
Administrative support - Helping in the office with clerical tasks
Community Relations - The 2010 Capital Appeal was a great example of the volunteers initiating and running a whole range of events that ended up generating $4.8M in pledges and greatly boosting the profile of JewishCare.
JewishCare couldn't provide the level of support to thousands of people in need without our dedicated volunteers.  Volunteer training will be taking place throughout 2012.  
However many hours you may be able to devote to JewishCare every volunteer is considered valuable.
If you want more information about how you can make a contribution please give Lana Kofman a call on 8305 8040 or

Friday, 2 December 2011

Big Brother Big Sister program enjoys the last group outing for 2011

Big Brother Big Sister held their last group outing for 2011. The yoga group outing was one of our more peaceful and relaxing outings which was enjoyed by the yoga lovers of the program.

With special thanks to ex-Big Sister Shani Abergil who ran the yoga outing.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

How to stay healthy with no fuss

The heart foundation recommends for best nutrition:

 - Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits

 - Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain

 - Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives

 - Include milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or alternatives. Reduced-fat varieties should be chosen, where possible, drink plenty of water

If you'd like to be provided with cooked meals contact:

COA - -  they provide Kosher meals to people that are unable to cook for themselves, this includes elderly frail people, disabled and accident victims, they provide a cheaper rate for pensioners.

JewishCare also offers a meal preparation service available to over 65’s with a valid ACAT assessment. Three meals can be prepared to store in the fridge, provided by  a Home Support care worker-  contact

Monday, 28 November 2011

AGM Wrap

Last week’s AGM was a huge success.

120 Members , staff and volunteers heard Allan Vidor (President of JewishCare) gave an inspired speech about the difference that JewishCare makes to the lives of people in our community. Allan presented a plaque of appreciation to David and Shirley Lowy from The Chai Foundation for their ongoing support as well as flowers to the current Patron of JewishCare (and previous President) Eva Fischl OAM.

The Treasurer Lawrence Myers’ address noted that thanks to careful cost control and ongoing support from government, The Claims Conference, JCA and donors JewishCare is well placed to respond to the future needs of the community.

Allan thanked his fellow Board members for their great commitment to JewishCare and drew attention to the dedicated staff and volunteers.

Board members presented awards to 12 staff members and 15 volunteers for their great work during the year.

Friday, 25 November 2011

White Ribbon Day 2011

JewishCare's annual White Ribbon Day Men’s breakfast was a huge success.

100 men including many community leaders attended the breakfast at the Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay and heard John Brogden provide a heartfelt and educational talk. John spoke about his experiences growing up in a home with domestic violence and the impact this had on his life. The main message that he strongly encouraged men to take a stand and say that violence, in any form, is never acceptable.

The theme of this year’s event is ‘I Swear’ – “I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women”.

A giant White Ribbon is in place at Fischl House and there will be one at the Saber St site (the future home of JewishCare) next week.
White Ribbon Day also marks the launch of JewishCare's 16 days 16 Rabbi's 16 Synagogue campaign.

For more information please contact JewishCare on 1300 133 660

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Healthy Ageing - Living Longer with Lung disease

As November is Healthy Lung Month the following tips can help you can remain healthier whilst living with COPD -

1. If you're a smoker, of course the most important thing you can do is to stop smoking. These are other things you can do:
• Stay away from smoke, fumes, dust, and air pollution as much as you can
• Take your medication exactly as your doctor prescribes it
• See your doctor regularly - at least two times a year
• Learn breathing exercises
• Walk or do other light exercises several times a week
• Eat healthy foods

2. Why is good nutrition so important

It goes without saying that good nutrition is important for everyone. If you have COPD, a balanced diet can give you more energy and improve your health. People with COPD require more calories than that of a healthy person. That's because it can takes much more energy just to breathe when you have the disease.

Monday, 21 November 2011

JewishCare's Future is Bright

Recent press statements attributed to one member of the community need to be put into context.

JewishCare helps more aged people than any other organisation -2500 per year to be precise. We provide a range of supports all of which aim to keep people in their own homes, which is the express wish of older people.

JewishCare administers aged care packages provided by the government as well as packages provided by the Claims Conference and from JCA. JewishCare also operates the JCare program which enables people to engage their own private care workers to help people live independently as possible. It also facilitates a Community Club Network across Sydney.

JewishCare is well placed to provide for the current and future needs of our community and this will be enhanced when our new purpose built headquarters in Saber Street Bondi Junction opens next year. As well as the aged JewishCare helps children and families in crisis, people with disabilities and those with mental health issues.

Overall JewishCare helps 1 in 10 member of the community. We have been serving the community for 75 years and we intend to be around for many years to come.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Claims Conference Restitution Service

JewishCare provides a restitution service, for Holocaust survivors.

Due to changes in the German law Jewish survivors may to eligible to receive ZRBG and BADV payments to recognise their work in a Nazi-era ghetto.

The deadline to file a NEW application for  a payment of €2,000 from the German government Ghetto Fund is December 31, 2011, administered by Germany’s BADV federal office.

The Claims Conference has been reaching out to survivors of Nazi ghettos to ensure that every potential claimant has a chance to claim payments from both the Ghetto fund and the Ghetto Pension structures.

For more information on this service, contact JewishCare 8305 8000

Published in the Australian Jewish News

Monday, 14 November 2011

JewishCare's annual White Ribbon Day Men’s breakfast

The White Ribbon Campaign was founded by the United Nations and aims to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture-change around the issue. The men’s breakfast is a chance for the Jewish community to recognise that we are not immune to this problem and we are statistically at the same rate as the broader community. We would appreciate your support around this important issue.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lisa Shapiro on 9302 8034 or

Friday, 11 November 2011

Big Brother Big Sister welcome 9 new volunteers to the program

Last Sunday, Big Brother Big Sister successfully trained 9 new Big Brothers and Big Sisters.

To become a Big, volunteers have to be between 18-35 years of age and undergo a comprehensive assessment, Working with Children Check, National Criminal History Record Check, 2 referee checks and an intensive and interactive one day training.

The new Big’s will only be linked to the most suitable Little who share similar personality traits and interests.

If you would like to refer a Little (aged 5- 15 years) to the program or become a Big, please contact Kelly Sacks on 9302 8015 or

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Healthy ageing advice to help reduce obesity

Did you know that AUSTRALIA has the most rapidly growing obesity rate among developed nations, according to a news article.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has published a report (,3343,en_2649_34631_2085200_1_1_1_1,00.html) that has found obesity rates in Australia are increasing faster than any other advanced nation for the past 20 years.

The report, which analysed 33 countries, found one in two people were overweight in Australia and the proportion was expected to rise a further 15 per cent in the next 10 years.

Australian experts called on the Government to tackle the problem.

The DAA are holding a Healthy Weight week 22-29 January – see their website for further details and improve your overall health.

The Burger centre has a Positive Ageing program - to keep the older members of the community active, connected, informed and safe  - called Fit Fabulous and Over 50. Be motivated with a great group of people, with four activities Tai Chi, Hydro-cise, Strength and Balance and The Feldenkrais Method.

The Burger Centre offers older members to  enhance older peoples’ capability to stay independent in their own homes and to facilitate social connection within the community.

If you'd like more information call Jane Rotenstein 02 8345 9221

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Cerebral Palsy

Read this helpful Cerebral Palsy Alliance's guide for parents who have recently discovered that their child has Cerebral Palsy:

Monday, 7 November 2011

Look out for the hand

Fischl House - Saber Street - a whole new world

The exciting new development that will be the new home for JewishCare is progressing well.
If you drive past the site on the corner of Newland and Saber Streets Bondi Junction you will see the ' hand' and the top floor on going on.
When completed next year this purpose built facility will represent a whole new world for JewishCare with all staff and programs being under the one roof in the heart of our community.

Calling All business owners
David Gonski AC is the keynote speaker at an event JewishCare and SEDS are staging 30 November. Topics will include how employing a person with a disability can benefit your business and the range of financial and other supports that are available.
To find out more call Tereza om 83058024 or

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Live a longer healthier life

We all know that ageing is like becoming a good red wine. Our life experiences gives us great wisdom and all of us have a lifetime of opportunities to remain physically, mentally, and spiritually healthy.

Here at Jewish Care Aged services, we  provide an emotional and physical guide to living a longer and healthier life.

We have established a healthy ageing walking group on the North Shore and the Eastern suburbs which meets monthly. We want to encourage developing a healthy lifestyle and maintaining well being.

The members of the group have developed a strong bond, the social component is an integral part of the event. All walks are followed by a healthy lunch. This is a fun group, members relax and love socialising walking, having fun and sharing stories.

The groups are growing rapidly if anyone would like to be involved in volunteering  - we'd love to hear from you!

JewishCare welcome you to:

Walk For Fun

Sir Joseph Banks Park

Tuesday 15 th November 2011

Time: 10-30 – 1.00 pm

Morning tea/light lunch provided

Cost: $5

Please confirm ASAP

Contact Shani  

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!!

Part of healthy ageing is to engage in healthy activities.

We highly encourage light exercising and walks, yet we also encourage being aware of the different stages of life associated with ageing and retirement, such as diet, exercise,  conditions and diseases associated with ageing.

This November 14th is World Diabetes Day supporting essential care and guidance for all people with diabetes or prevent the possibilities of acquiring diabetes.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Order your Xmas and Chanukah cards

 Get your personalised Xmas or Chanukah cards through Print 35. Just send through your logo and text, pick a design and we will do the rest! Call us on (02) 8302 0231

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

"Ageing with a Disability: Research, Policy & Practice Forum"

The Futures Alliance and Australian Association of Gerontology proudly present:  "Ageing with a Disability: Research, Policy & Practice Forum"  21 November at Max Webber Library, Blacktown.
Guest Speakers include Andrew Constance, Minister for Disability Services & Ageing and Professor Christine Bigby, La Trobe University.  The forum will have a range of speakers, some panel sessions and a round table to discuss current and proposed reforms that are important to people with a disability who are ageing. Click on the link below for details on how to register:

Monday, 31 October 2011

Weekly Wrap

JewishCare presents to Board of Deputies Plenum
Last week the CEO of JewishCare Claire Vernon presented to the Jewish Board of Deputies Plenum on Poverty and Disadvantage in the Jewish community.

Claire spoke about what JewishCare does to respond to these issues, while recognising that what we aim to do is supplement, what is on offer in the mainstream services and provide a specific Jewish response where appropriate. She told the plenum the types of practical assistance, case management and advocacy, skill development and community connection that JewishCare provides.

She also talked about how social disadvantage can be measured by a disconnection from the community and the importance of acceptance and inclusion.

The Board of Deputies represents over 60 constituent organisations within the Jewish community of NSW and holds monthly Plenums.   

Donations and Bequests update
While JewishCare is grateful for the funding it receives from government, JCA and the Claims Conference which account for 78% of out annual funding we also rely on private donations.

In recent years there has been a increased propensity to direct donations to JewishCare during the Chagim. 

This year donations in lieu of gifts for Rosh Hashana have increased significantly with many donors remarking on the excellent work our staff are doing in the community.

We wish to thank each person for their generosity in choosing to support JewishCare.

Thank you John Brogden
White Ribbon Day Men's Breakfast on 25 November will feature John Brogden as keynote speaker. John is the former leader of the State Liberal Party who has spoken openly about his battles with mental illness.

We are honoured to have himspeaking at the men's breaksfast at the Vibe Hotel, at 8:00am.
If you would like to attend email:

Thursday, 27 October 2011

National Youth Mentoring Week celebrated at JewishCare

This week celebrates National Youth Mentoring Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the work of mentors in our community, who are making a positive contribution to the lives of young people. A Mentor can provide guidance, support and encouragement in helping a young person develop their independence, learn new skills, and help them navigate their way through obstacles or challenges they may be facing in their life. Having the positive support of a mentor is likely to improve the young persons self esteem and confidence, reduce their feelings of isolation, and provide them the skills to develop their resilience and independence.

JewishCare’s Youth Mentoring Program was established in February this year. It currently has 10 mentors linked with a young person. An evening of Drinks and nibbles was organised for current mentors, at JewishCare’s offices, on Wed 26 Oct, to acknowledge their dedication and commitment to Youth Mentoring.

Multicultural Cooking competition

Sydney Multicultural Community Services is hosting a MULTICULTURAL COOKING COMPETITION on the 16th December 2011.

They encourage women from all cultural backgrounds to participate. They have great prizes for the winners and women can enroll in two food categories:

• Sweets
• Savoury

Contact  (02) 9663 3922 or email:
Registrations close on the 30th November.

We think it's a great idea because we know that our clients love to cook. It's wonderful for the community to get together, experience food and different cultures.

This is an incredible way to pass recipes through families and events like these encourages women to laugh, connect and share some interesting dishes.

If you do enter the competition; what sweet or savoury dish will you be bringing?

We'd love to know! And send us your recipes

The stories continue

The stories continue with our Holocaust survivors who are clients of JewishCare, where Lusia Puterman has accepted an honourable award for the brave man who saved her from the horrors of the Holocaust.

We're extremely proud of you Lusia.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Big Brother Big Sister Alumni Celebration

Big Brother Big Sister is holding their first ever Alumni Event to celebrate all past and present Big Brothers and Sisters.

The program has been running for 15 years, with 188 volunteers taking part in the invaluable program. Without the continuous commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers, the program would not be able to function. The Alumni event is to show JewishCare’s appreciation and to thank each and every volunteer.

All past and present Big Brothers and Sisters, please join us on the 11th December 2011 at The Vibe Hotel- Rushcutters Bay at 5:30pm.

Please RSVP to Lori Kofsky – 9302 8015 or

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

When and How should you tell your child about his/her autism diagnosis?

Dr Stephen Shore, Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University, and who also has Asperger's, discusses his perspectives on when and how to tell your child about his/her diagnosis. He breaks this down into a four step approach.

Monday, 24 October 2011

This Week at JewishCare

Citizenship Ceremony

JewishCare held its sixth and final citizenship ceremony in the beautiful grounds of Fischl House Woollahra.

This unique annual community event that has become an important part of the communal calendar. As JewishCare was formed 75 years ago to help Jews escape Nazi ravaged Europe this ceremony provides an ongoing link to our past.

Next year’s event will be held in the rapidly progressing new headquarters for JewishCare at Saber St Bondi Junction (corner Newland Street).

In this year’s citizenship ceremony 14 conferees from 4 continents and 7 countries had their citizenship conferred by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull , Member for Wentworth. 2 Rabbis (Rabbi Wolff from Central Synagogue and Rabbi Jacobsen from Emanuel Synagogue) became citizens on the day.

4 important events are coming up:

JewishCare’s Annual General Meeting on 23 November 2011 at Burger Centre at 4pm.
White Ribbon Day’s Men's breakfast on 25th November at Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay at 8am, with guest speaker John Brogden.

Breakfast with David Gonski on 30th November to present the many benefits of providing employment opportunities for people with a disability. This will be held at Vibe City Hotel from 8am.

The first ever Big Brother Big Sister Alumni event at the Vibe Hotel, Rushcutters Bay from 6 pm on 11 December.

For more information about any of these events call 1300 133 660.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

New Judaica Serviettes


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Monday, 17 October 2011

Be a member of JewishCare

We recently sent out the latest newsletter,  JewishCare matters and the feedback has been very positive. It focused on the amazing work of the JewishCare team helping families in crisis, those with mental health issues as well as clients with a disability and their families.

We also just sent out the 2011/12 Membership Forms.
Please show your support by becoming members of JewishCare the organisation that helps more people in need than any other in our community - 4,000 people each year of 1 in 10 members of our community to be precise.

Please click on this picture, save on your computer, print, complete and send to or mail to PO Box 647 Bondi Junction 1355. Alternatively email w.hurst@jewishcare and I will email you a copy.

Citizenship Ceremony
We are looking forward to tomorrow's Citizenship Ceremony which will be the last at the current Fischl House. Next years Ceremony will be in our new purpose built Saber Street site which is flying up before our eyes.

Wishing you all Chag Sameach for the upcoming Festivals.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Walk for fun

We have two walking groups for seniors, one in the North Shore and the other in the Eastern suburbs.

The walking group was formed to promote healthy ageing and social contact.

There are 8 people in each group which meet once a month. Each group is provided with transportation to a variety of parks and have lunch or tea at a cafe after their walk.

Clients have the opportunity to socialise, reminisce and improve their health.

It's very popular, people are coming back month after month.

Talk to your JewishCare case worker or intake officer if you are interested in joining the walking group on 1300 133 360.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Look out for the hand

When you pick-up your Challahs look out for the JewishCare hand sticker.

We wish to thank all participating outlets including Grandma Moses, Biancas, Bronte Bakery, Starks, Zabar and Glicks - your support is really appreciated. 

It is the 1st Anniversary of JewishCare's hugely successful Capital Appeal which used the hand as its symbol. Remember seeing every third car in the Eastern Suburbs with the hand strategically placed.

The hand symbolises our link with the Jewish community. We encourage people to give a hand. The hand represents us giving a hand to the community and for you to do likewise.

Thanks to your support in the Capital Appeal - the building in Saber Street is flying up.

Each sticker represents a need for assistance and support in the community.

We'd love to know the most unexpected place you saw our sticker?

Monday, 26 September 2011

Win a book

Looking to do something great in the coming year, there is a powerful book called How Many People Does it take to Make a Difference which will inspire each person to discover your own purpose. 

The purpose of Life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away. ~ David Viscott

Click like on the post on our Facebook page and the first 20 people to do so will win a copy from Warren (pick up only) .


At this time of year as we prepare to bring out the apples and honey to celebrate another year we also celebrate a milestone for one JewishCare’s oldest Friendship Clubs which this month celebrates its 26th anniversary.

Lapid is a Friendship Club for visually impaired members of the community which meets at the B’Nai B’rith Parents Home at Princess St, Rose Bay. Lilly Skurnik has been President of the Club for 21 of its 26 years. She has been the drive behind this Club which attracts up to 25 members each month to hear guest speakers or experience great entertainment.

Lilly has written two books about her life. The latest is called ‘Out Of Sight’ which is truly inspitrational.

Wishing you all Happy New Year.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Wanted!!

For more information please contact Kelly Sacks - 9302 8015 or

Are you ageing well?

Part of ageing, is maintaining a healthy mind and body and we at JewishCare encourage you to live well, keep an active mind, learn new things and take a class or course.

There is a computer course which you can take for free, which will help you stay connected with your friends and family all over the world.

Take the Healthy Ageing Quiz with some practical tips regarding lifestyle, eating, exercising and general health.

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain.

If you do take the computer course; please let us know how you go.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

FREE Jewish books and music mailed out to children in the community

PJ Library mails FREE high quality Jewish books and music to children in the community on a monthly basis.

In Australia, families raising children aged between 6 months to 6 years can register and become a part of this amazing program.

Children that have been enrolled in PJ Library receive age-appropriate books exemplifying the best of Jewish children's literature.

Reading guides point out relevant Jewish concepts in the story and recommend additional topics for family discussion and activities that will enhance reading and exploration. Click on their website for more information

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

Rosh Hashana Weekly Wrap

Preparations for 5772 are underway. Staff are gearing up for the festivities. Get your apples and honey ready.

Thanks for the picture to 

The Aged Casework Team. Tuesday 20th September at Kehillat Masada Synagogue Masada Synagogue 9 -15 Link Rd St Ives. 11am- 1pm.

The Mental Health Team Thursday 22nd September at Emanuel Synagogue, Ocean Street Woollhara 11.30am – 1.30pm. Hosted by Rabbi Jacqui Ninio. Featuring the SHIRU SHIR choir (I can hear them practicing in the Board Room right now) and followed by a delicious lunch.

Remember we are closed on a number of days over the next month.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Loved ones prompt memories

Through sickness and in health, for better or worse; your other half is often there to encourage and support you. But when it comes to memory, is your partner making you more forgetful?

Researchers at Iowa State University claim to be among the first to report that social partners can assist in extending memory, but found this may not be the case for couples older than 70 years of age.

Jennifer Margrett, lead author and assistant professor in human development and family studies at the university, said the findings revealed spouses rely on each other as “external memory aids”.

However, the effectiveness of memory depended on how reliable the partner’s memory was.

“Overall, in my lab we found collaboration is usually very helpful on a variety of cognitive tasks, but it's sort of a mixed bag in this recent study, which focuses on memory tasks,” Professor Margrett said.

“When you think about memory, if I ask you to remember something, you’ll be on a roll, think of one thing, and then another thing should come. But having a partner who interrupts you, interjects and, perhaps leads you down a ‘garden path’, can definitely interfere in memory. So you may have done better on the memory path working alone than you did with a partner,” she explained.

The study, published in the online journal Psychology, also found middle-aged couples filled in the “memory gaps” more effectively than older couples.

The research was conducted on 14 married couples - three being younger with the average age of 35 years, five were middle-aged (average age of 52 years) and the other six were older couples with an average age of 73 years.

Participants were asked to perform 10 different prospective memory tasks, some which included; four tasks that regularly occur (ie taking medication with breakfast), four tasks that were different each day (ie purchasing gasoline for the car), and two being time-restricted tasks such as checking lung capacity at two specified times.

To determine whether partners tried to assist each other in completing the tasks, the participants were video-recorded, which did in fact show partners had attempted to collaborate with each other on various memory tasks.

Professor Margaret said although the study specifically looked at couples, results may also be similar in caregivers of people with dementia, co-workers and adult children.

“But the main finding was - two heads weren't necessarily better than one among the older couples,” she added.

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