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. http://www.streetcorner.com.au/news/showPost.cfm?bid=20222

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 k.sacks@jewishcare.com.au

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 http://pjlibrary.org.au/

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 http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/uk/rosh-hashana 

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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We'd highly recommend that you eat yourself to better health maintain a well balanced healthy diet and enjoy food which will aid your health and immune system.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Youth Mentoring Program was awarded a $1600 grant from Woollahra council

JewishCare’s new Youth Mentoring Program was awarded $1600 from Woollahra council as part of the 2011 Woollahra Community and Cultural Grants Program. The Woollahra council awarded a range of grants to not-for-profit initiatives which will make a positive contribution to the community.

The grant presentation ceremony was awarded by the Mayor Isabelle Shapiro on the 12th September 2011 at Woollahra Council. Kelly Sacks, the manager of the Youth Mentoring program, received the award.

JewishCare are extremely delighted and honoured to be awarded with the grant. The program currently has 7 successful links between Mentors to Mentee’s, with more links planned.

More Support for Students with Disabilities

A new Schools Disability Advisory Council providing expert advice to the Government on how to provide more support and better services for students with disability has been set up.

This initiative forms part of the 2011-12 Federal Budget.

The Australian Government is providing $200 million to this initiative. Funding will be allocated to government and non-government education authorities for the 2012 and 2013 school years.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Weekly Wrap (4)

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur closing times
As usual some of JewishCare’s programs will close over the upcoming Jewish holidays.

The offices will be closed for Rosh Hashana on Wednesday 28th September at 1pm then all day Thursday 29th and Friday 30th. Then on Erev Yom Kippur, 7th October the offices will close at 1pm.
On-call and emergency numbers will still be operational over this time.

JewishCare has a fridge magnet showing the Jewish holidays over the next 3 years. They are available Free of charge, just call us on 1300 133 660 and we will send you out as many as you need.

Saber Street
Progress on the new Fischl House at Saber St Bondi Junction is progressing on schedule.

As you will see when you drive past, the huge hole in the ground of a month ago has been transformed with building now up the street level. Over the next few months the scale of this three storey development will become clear as this wonderful community facility begins to take shape.

We expect to be working out of our new purpose built facility by mid 2012.


R U OK? Day
JewishCare's Mental Health team supports this initiative which aims to prevent suicide.  This Thursday 15 September ask others if they are okay and really listen for their answer.
If you know someone who may be suicidal contact Lifeline 131114 or your Local Community Mental Health team which is a free service in each Public Hospital.
If you are feeling low speak to a friend or family member.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Maintain a sharp mind

As we age a major concern is that we become cognitive declined.  

Here are 5 ways to maintain a sharp mind (from Anti Aging Hacks); just as physical exercise makes your body fit, mental exercise helps your brain stay alert especially when you grow older.

A recent study published in “Psychological Medicine” highlighted the fact that the risk of dementia is lowered by 46 percent for individuals who have high mental stimulation. Mental stimulation also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other mental ailments by nearly half.

If you wish to have your mental faculties functioning at optimal levels well into your old age, try out these useful exercises that help your brains in achieving high mental stimulation:

1. Play Brain Teasers

Keep Your Brain Healthy by Playing Crosswords
Games such as jigsaw puzzles, sudoku, crossword puzzles as well as electronic games are excellent for improving your mental faculties. Not only will these games help you improve your memory but they will also help you stay alert.

2. Diet: Consume Healthy Fats
Eat Walnuts: Rich in Healthy Fats
You need to provide your brain with a regular supply of healthy fats. Some food products which contain such healthy fats include walnuts and fish oil from wild salmon. Fish oils are a major source of omega-3 fatty acids. These are useful for everything from cardiovascular health to brain protection. Also make it a point to eliminate Tran’s fats (a type of unsaturated fat) completely from your diet while increasing the intake of less saturated fat.

3. Learn a New Skill

Learn how to dance to sharpen your brain!
Learning a new skill is an excellent way of staying mentally alert. It will not only give your brain a much needed workout but will also keep your mind sharp. Go ahead and learn a new sport such as tennis or maybe an activity like fishing. A very good idea is to learn something you have never done before. For e.g.: If you enjoy dancing then go ahead and sign up for salsa lessons. Not only will you stay fit, but you will also have a whole lot of fun. Remember that when you learn something new, multiple areas of brain become active.

4. Meditate

Meditate to Rejuvenate Your Mind
Meditation is one of the best exercises that can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. It helps your mind stay calm and thereby makes it more alert. It is an excellent practice, especially if you want to enjoy a long, healthy and stress-free life. There are various types of meditations that you can choose from. Choose a type that you are comfortable with and which you can easily practice.

5. Enjoy Outdoor Activities

Let Nature Relax Your Brain
A good way to spend some quality time with your family would be to go outdoors for a picnic or to the beach. Spending time in a place of natural beauty is far better than catching the latest flick on television. Nature has its own way of relaxing your mind. So whenever you do get an opportunity, do visit that spot you always wanted to visit.

Thanks for the article and images Anti Aging Hacks.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

JewishCare supports R U Ok? Day on 15 September

JewishCare's Mental Health Team will be supporting this event:
Thursday 15 September, 2011 is R U OK? Day.

It’s a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.

Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide.

On Thursday September the 15th; Who will you ask? 

If you know someone who may be suicidal contact Lifeline 131114 or your Local Community Mental Health team which is a free service in each Public Hospital.
If you are feeling low speak to a friend or family member.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Developing a Vision

"Having a vision for the life of a person with a disability is really about claiming the right to ordinary dreams...and believing that they can happen."       

Learn more about why it is so important to build a vision for children and young people with disability, and the types of things to think about as they are created:


Monday, 5 September 2011

Weekly Wrap (3)

Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities:

Helping to secure ongoing employment opportunities is one of the most valuable and enduring ways to help people with disabilities.

It not only normalises people with disabilities in the workforce which has wide societal benefits, it also is very beneficial for the self-confidence and life prospects for the individual's involved. There is evidence that people with disabilties are extremely valuable employees who can add to the bottom line of the business in which they are engaged.

Despite all these advantages and a range of government incentives that are available, securing open employment is often a difficult and time consuming task.

JewishCare together with SEDS (Sydney Employment Development Service) is holding a breakfast on 30 November at 8am at Fischl House Boardroom with David Gonski AC as guest speaker.

JewishCare is anxious to attract potential employers who may wish to attend this breakfast to find out more call  (02) 83058024 t.tillett@jewishcare.com.au

JewishCare matters newsletter

The latest edition of JewishCare matters will be available before Rosh Hashana. This edition will focus on the work of the Disability Team as well the Child Family and Community Team at JewishCare.

If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter please click on this link

Thursday, 1 September 2011


To remain independent in their own homes; JCare provides the most economically viable care for the aged.

JCare provides access to professional care workers who can be engaged by the clients to assist with their daily needs and provide valuable support.

The care workers come from all over the world, they are multi lingual, have incredible culinary skills and bring with them a glimpse into their cultures. They hail from South America, Europe, Russia, Nepal, The Philippines and The Pacific Islands - so all your language needs can be met.

If you would like to access care from JCare call 8305 8044.
The service is not limited to the aged community, we also provide support  for families with children, people with disabilities and mental health.

Funding for Restitution

Reparation is available for survivors of the holocaust.

The Claims Conference ( look under Compensation Programs) currently has two funds available, The Article 2 which is an ongoing pension and The Hardship Fund which is a one off payment.

The German government also has two funds; the first is a one off payment BADV - a one off gesture payment for ghetto work and the ZRVG an ongoing German pension for working in the ghetto.

All four have strict eligibility criteria, for further information please contact JewishCare's Restitution Officer 8305 8030