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: