Thursday, 24 February 2011

President of JewishCare announces her resignation

After 14 years as President of JewishCare Eva Fischl AOM has decided to resign. A new President will be elected at a General Meeting on 23 March.

Read the speech Eva gave to the staff at JewishCare.

$100,000 grant for Domestic Violence

Office for Women’s Policy Department of Premier and Cabinet has granted JewishCare $100,000 over 2 years to enable JewishCare to raise awareness about domestic and family violence in the Russian speaking and other (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) CALD groups as well as the orthodox Jewish community.

These groups are often isolated and may not respond to broader community education, awareness raising and resources due to language, religious and cultural barriers.

Friday, 4 February 2011

Mindfulness for staff at JewishCare

Mindfulness is an ancient practice which helps focus and calm the mind and has benefits for everyone, including those who may be in crisis, feeling anxious, in pain or who feel their life is out of control. 

This practice has become very popular in recent times mainly thanks to Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA who combined mindfulness and meditation with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Rita Young, counsellor and Somatic Psychotherapist is conducting a ‘Mindfulness based Stress Management’ course for JewishCare. 

The first course is being offered to staff and will commence at the end of February this year.

Identify your Character Strengths

Some of you may have heard of Dr. Martin Seligman and his Signature Strengths work.

Seligman says that people are often at their best (and happiest) when they are playing to/exercising their strengths.

I would encourage those who are interested to complete a 10 minute survey on his website that identifies your “Character Strengths”.

The steps are:
then go to the “Surveys” page and click the “Survey Centre” at the bottom of the page
register yourself and obtain a log on
follow the links and click "I want to take the Seligman Brief VIA”
also click on "I don't have a code -- I'm just here to take the survey "
when completing the survey, remember to respond to each statement in terms of what you are like rather than what you consider desirable, and answer as honestly as possible.

You may then want to use this insight when you are discussing your work plans with your manager/supervisor in 2011 to look at how you exercise your strengths. 

Dayenu supports JewishCare

A team of Dayenu members is participating in the Sydney Morning Herald's Sun Run that's taking place on Sat 5th February and is asking its supporters as well as members of the Jewish community to sponsor them. 

All funds raised will go directly to JewishCare.

Dayenu provides social activities as well as support, education and information for Jewish gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, trans and intersex people as well as their friends, families, partners and other supporters.

Dayenu was conceived in 1999 as a co-operation between lesbian and gay Jewish groups to enter a combined float in the 2000 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras but since then has grown to the stage that it now has over 200 members.

JewishCare helps all members of the community, providing  services to meet the needs of certain groups. JewishCare’s CEO Claire Vernon explained “JewishCare is thrilled to welcome Dayenu into our family of supporters.  Last year JewishCare ran a seminar called ‘Mainstreaming Same Sex Parenting’ that addressed the implications of new legislation regarding same-sex parenting and we looking forward to working with Dayenu for our mutual benefit for years to come.” 

Roy Freeman, President of Dayenu, said “We are very excited about this opportunity to raise funds for JewishCare and we look forward to working more closely with them in the future. They do wonderful work and we hope to raise over $1800 for them.”

Anyone wishing to show their support for the Dayenu running team and raise funds for JewishCare should go to