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


Packs of 10 - dinner sized serviettes - 3ply - superior quality - edge to edge in full  colour.
They're special and unique and will make any Shabbat or Yom Tov table look spectacular. 

Exclusively supplied by Print 35. 

RRP $5.50 per pack.

Click to purchase online

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.