Wednesday, 31 August 2011

JewishCare's Prison Outreach Program

The prison outreach program supports Jewish inmates across NSW correctional centres through visiting inmates, supporting family members, linking inmates with a volunteer from the community and post release assistance.

Three times a year we send out Jewish food parcels to inmates. The parcels help the inmates maintain a connection to their Jewish heritage and traditions. At the moment we are preparing for Rosh Hashanah parcels to be sent out to all the Jewish inmates. The parcels consist of holiday specific items, such as for Rosh Hashanah this year the parcels will contain honey, honey cake, cans of fruit and vegetables, etc.

If you would like further information on the program, please contact Rachelle Levy on 9302 8022 or

Monday, 29 August 2011

Weekly Wrap (2)

White Ribbon Day Since 1991, thousands of organisations in over 100 countries have participated in the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which aims to:

• raise awareness about gender-based violence

• strengthen local work around violence against women

• provides a forum in which organisers can develop and share new and effective strategies

Over recent years JewishCare NSW has demonstrated it’s credentials for being the community’s most active force is providing information on Domestic Violence and Healthy Relationships as well as leading the fight to eliminate domestic violence.

In 2009 JewishCare established the 16 Days 16 Rabbis 16 Synagogues campaign which has engaged the community and has garnered significant public support. This campaign commences on 25 November which is internationally designated as White Ribbon Day. JewishCare displays a giant white ribbon at its headquarters plus distributes white ribbons of various sizes to 16 synagogues and hundreds of people throughout the community.

To mark the commencement of this campaign JewishCare holds The White Ribbon Day Men’s Breakfast. This year the event will take place at Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Bay at 8am.

For more information call Belinda on

Deloitte Impact Day
JewishCare is again delighted to host Deloitte for their Impact Day which will take place on 18 November 2011. On this day staff from Deloitte will again perform volunteer work in the community. Last year 4 teams from Deloitte made a giant White Ribbons for White Ribbon Day, painted a JewishCare client’s house, assisted JewishCare’s archiving project and helped to made a herb garden at a client’s house.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Put an end to bullying!

Any child who experiences bullying can have detrimental follow-on effects. It is believed that an alarming 1 in 6 school children experience bullying each week.

Bullying can be defined as a ‘repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.’

Students and parents can click on the link to find out what YOU can do to reduce bullying or support someone who is a victim to bullying…

Monday, 22 August 2011

Weekly Wrap

In the first six weeks since JewishCare has taken over distributing Chai Foundation assistance, over 40 needy people or families have been helped. These recipients have been referred from all of the JewishCare teams but especially from Aged Casework and Mental Health. The recipients are all extremely grateful and appreciate the dignity of being able to use the vouchers to buy the necessities of life.

The recent Australian Jewish News ran a full page article on those associated with the book ‘I love Life’ that was launched by Lord Mayor of City of Sydney Clover Moore last month. If anyone is interested in buying a copy please call FirstCall JewishCare on 1300 133 660.
Article from Australian Jewish News

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Moving ahead

Some members of the aged team have just been in training to improve recruitment and staff selection skills.

As a result of this training; it enables us to select the most appropriate people to care for the frail aged, by using the most modern techniques and methods especially legal requirements and EEO principles.

This training was successfully completed through the AFIE (Australian Federation of Employers and Industries)

We'd also like to welcome Anna Berger from Australian Assoc. Holocaust Survivors and Descendants who joined the Holocaust Survivors Advisory Committee (which we run every 3 months)

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Why the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome will disappear?

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is now in the process of developing and finalizing the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) Version 5. The DSM is used by doctors to decide whether a particular group of symptoms qualifies for a specific diagnosis. In May 2013, when the DSM 5 is put into practice, autism spectrum disorders as we know them will change radically, and many people who are now considered to be "autistic" may find themselves with a brand new diagnosis. Unless something changes between now and then, as of 2013, Asperger syndrome will no longer exist as a diagnosis.

Read more:

Friday, 12 August 2011

Print35 has been nominated for the Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award

Print35 has undergone an extremely successful audit process with 100% compliance! 

Well done to the team for achieving such a high quality standard of service. 

The auditors are so impressed with Print35 that they have nominated Print35 for the Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award. Print35 is the only client of theirs that they believe are worthy for such a nomination! 

The Award acknowledges an organisation that provides best practice and innovative training opportunities, achieves strong wage outcomes, provides safe working conditions, social inclusion and participation for the employees and quality of service to people with disability - and we are very grateful for their recognition.

Print35 had a wonderful day in Our Big Kitchen baking all sorts of cookies. Everyone had a wonderful time making, decorating and then packaging the cookies. 

Thanks to everyone at Our Big Kitchen for having us and being so welcoming!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Become a Mentor!

JewishCare’s Youth Mentoring Program is currently seeking mentors !

Do you have a positive attitude, some life experience behind you, and an interest in supporting young people in our community?

Jewish Care's Youth Mentoring program is seeking interested people, 26+ to become mentors for young Jewish adults aged 16-25 years, who may be facing obstacles or challenges in their lives. Having support of a mentor is likely to increase the young person’s self-esteem and confidence, empowering them to make important decisions about their lives.

There is a commitment period of approximately 2-4 hours per fortnight with the young person, for a contracted period of 6-12 months.

Next training: Sunday 4th September 2011

It’s the opportunity to make a REAL difference to a young person's life.

For more info on the program, please call:
Mimi Zilka 9302 8037
Kelly Sacks 9302 8015

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Dude, I'm An Aspie!

Matt Friedman created the cartoon that make up his book "Dude, I'm An Aspie!" in an effort to disclose his Asperger's to friends and colleagues. The book is clear, compassionate, accurate and can be downloaded online:

Monday, 8 August 2011

Facebook update

We have been providing services to the community for 75 years and are actively reaching to and responding to you on social media.

We respond to the needs of over 4,000 people each year or 1 in 10 members of the community. Helping the aged, children and families in crisis, people with disabilities and those with mental health issues.

To further improve our relationship to the community and particularly to those in need of support we have decided to have a single JewishCare NSW Facebook page which will include details and updates about all of our services.

Please note that all the other Facebook pages connected to JewishCare (Mental Health, Volunteer Services, Connexions and Print 35) will be closed by 5pm this Friday 12 Aug.

We welcome your opinions and feedback and would welcome you to our social media community.

Financial Assistance

JewishCare's Mission is to help people to remain independent and this can include helping people to be self reliant in a financial sense.

We have found that independent financial advice can be extremely valuable and can enable people to live within their means.

The Financial Counsellors Association of NSW has a great website and it explains how financial counselling works and where a local counsellor can be located.  If you need to call them on 1800 007 007 and they will give you assistance.

JewishCare has many qualified professionals who are there to help you with any problems you may be experiencing.

Please call us on 1300 133 660 to discuss the services we may be able to offer.