Thursday, 22 December 2011

Cooking with *Christie

One of the great ways to enjoy the holiday period is to get busy in the kitchen.

Make this year's Chanukah meals as healthy as they are delicious, while still enjoying the traditional food your family loves with healthier options.

All the recipes you need from soups to meats to cakes

How much do you know about Chanukah? Take this fun and insightful quizz:

Food Hygiene
Proper storage of food reduces the risk of food poisoning. Some foods need to be kept in the fridge
 - Keep your fridge temperature below 5C.
 - When preparing food, keep it out of the fridge for the shortest time possible.
 - If you’re having a buffet, keep the food refrigerated until you’re ready to serve it.
 - Cool leftovers as quickly as possible (within 90 minutes) and store them in the fridge. Eat them within two days.
 - Store eggs in their box in the fridge.
 - Never put open cans in the fridge as the metal of the can may transfer to the can's contents. Transfer the contents into a storage container or covered bowl.

For more tips

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Psychiatric Emergency Care

The Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) commenced operations in November 2005 and is imbedded within the Emergency Department which is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

The Emergency Psychiatry Staff work in unison with the General Emergency team and maintain strong links with Community Mental Health Teams, General Practitioners and Non-Government Agencies to deliver quality, timely and appropriate care for all people who arrive in Emergency with mental health and or behavioural problems.

The PECC, with a six bed specialist unit sits on a service continuum that aims to avoid prolonged hospital admission and/or premature discharge into the community. The focus of its philosophy is to provide a continuing detailed assessment and deliver therapeutic interventions over a 1-2 day period, ensuring a rapid return to community or family care with an optimum level of functioning.
Psychiatric Emergency Care
St Vincent's Mental Health Service
299 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
T: 02 8382 1111
 If you need emergency help over the holidays, please call the following:
Emergency – 000*
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Kids HelpLine – 1800 55 1800
Mensline- 1300 789 978
Health direct -  1800 022 222 (24/7 Health advice)

Mental Health - 1800 676 822 (24/7 Psychiatric emergency)
Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

* If you are using a mobile phone and 000 doesn't work, you can call 112 to access the Emergency Call Service.
If you have a hearing or speech impairment and can access a TTY (teletypewriter), call 106 for the text-based Emergency Call Service.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Year End Wrap

2011 marked the 75th Anniversary of JewishCare or Australian Jewish Welfare Society as it was called in 1936. And what an important year it has been.
Construction of the new Saber Street headquarters is well and truly underway. JewishCare continued to work with other communal organisations especially Chai Foundation, Wolper Jewish Hospital and BNai Brith. We continued to respond to the needs of over 4,000 people over the year and initiated a new Mentors program.
We could not have accomplished these achievements without the dedicated staff and volunteers and the 2010-2011 Annual Report which is being sent out in hard copy early next year highlights a few of these individuals.

Friday, 16 December 2011

The first ever Big Brother Big Sister Alumni Event!

Big Brother Big Sister held their first ever Alumni Event to celebrate all past and present Big Brothers and Sisters. The Alumni event was to show JewishCare’s appreciation and gratitude for each and every volunteer who has contributed their time, effort and enthusiasm to the program.

The night was a huge success with a mixture of current and alumni Big Brothers and Big Sisters sharing their stories and experiences throughout the program.

The atmosphere was enhanced by the fantastic band ‘Andrew Harrisburg and Friends’.

Thanks to all of those who attended.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Keep active this holiday season with our jazzy suggestions

Make a day out, there are hundreds of places to explore an hour or so away from Sydney. And explore Sydney itself!

Have you got a restaurant you have always wanted to try out? There are hundreds of restaurants in Sydney with cuisines from all over the world.

Book for a morning/afternoon tea. Think scones, a soothing cup of tea and relaxing - high teas are a an incredible way to spend the afternoons.

Seeing that it has been raining so much in Sydney lately, we'd highly recommend whale watching. It's a great time of year to go out on a boat trip and watch the white whales coming in.

Book yourselves a day in the spa. There are spas, facials, manicures, pedicures, saunas and massages to choose from . And you will look good and feel good afterwards.

Take the ferry to Manly and back and enjoy some harbour views.

Visit museums - Maritime, Powerhouse, the Australian Museum and the MCA.

To relax and enjoy nature visit the  Botanical Gardens or the Chinese Garden of Friendship

If you're into the holiday festivities - there's a lovely matinee this Sunday (18 Dec) at 2:15pm of Handel's Messiah - a classical music masterpiece  -

For a rainy day (and it looks like it will be raining these holidays) fall back on our all time favourite - take yourselves to the movies!

Enjoy the holidays by staying active and stepping out!

Friday, 9 December 2011

Chanukah Food Parcels are being Prepared for Jewish Inmates
Chanukah is fast approaching and the Prison Outreach Program has been busy preparing Chanukah parcels for Jewish inmates in prisons across NSW. The parcels help the inmates maintain a connection to their Jewish heritage and traditions.
The contents of the parcels are all kosher and contain a mixture of items including chocolate Chanukah gilt, grape juice, couscous and a great selection of baking goods from Our Big Kitchen.
If you would like further information on the program, please contact Rachelle Levy on 9302 8022 or

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Treat Your Teeth Well

Ensure that your diet helps you chew your way into old age.

Here's how to keep your mouth and teeth healthy:
 - Floss at least once a day.
 - Brush your teeth every day with a fluoride toothpaste 
- Clean between your teeth every day with floss or other between the teeth cleaner
 - Snack smart – limit sugary snacks
 - Eat a variety of foods to maintain overall health
 - Don't smoke or chew tobacco
 - See your dentist or oral health professional regularly

Some great-tasting snacks that won't harm your teeth:
 - Plain milk and buttermilk
 - Fruit and raw vegetables Plain yogurt, cheese and cottage cheese
 - Hard boiled or devilled eggs
 - Nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
 - Melba toast
 - Salads

If you are a Holocaust survivor the claims conference may be able to fund treatment.
As part of the Home Support package JewishCare care workers can assist clients to and from dental appointments. Contact Ruth Faludi
If you need emergency dental care and live in South West Sydney contact Sydney Dental Hospital , they also offer special care for people with a physical or intellectual disability.

Here are some basic tips for caring for teeth and gums -  from

Monday, 5 December 2011

Volunteering The Past and The Future

JewishCare relies heavily on volunteers to support the efforts of the paid staff.
Our 500 volunteers help in 3 main ways.
Direct client support - working with clients in a variety of roles eg cooking meals, taking clients to appointments or on outings, being Big Brothers or Big Sisters or Mentors, visiting prisoners.
Administrative support - Helping in the office with clerical tasks
Community Relations - The 2010 Capital Appeal was a great example of the volunteers initiating and running a whole range of events that ended up generating $4.8M in pledges and greatly boosting the profile of JewishCare.
JewishCare couldn't provide the level of support to thousands of people in need without our dedicated volunteers.  Volunteer training will be taking place throughout 2012.  
However many hours you may be able to devote to JewishCare every volunteer is considered valuable.
If you want more information about how you can make a contribution please give Lana Kofman a call on 8305 8040 or

Friday, 2 December 2011

Big Brother Big Sister program enjoys the last group outing for 2011

Big Brother Big Sister held their last group outing for 2011. The yoga group outing was one of our more peaceful and relaxing outings which was enjoyed by the yoga lovers of the program.

With special thanks to ex-Big Sister Shani Abergil who ran the yoga outing.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

How to stay healthy with no fuss

The heart foundation recommends for best nutrition:

 - Eat plenty of vegetables, legumes and fruits

 - Eat plenty of cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), preferably wholegrain

 - Include lean meat, fish, poultry and/or alternatives

 - Include milks, yoghurts, cheeses and/or alternatives. Reduced-fat varieties should be chosen, where possible, drink plenty of water

If you'd like to be provided with cooked meals contact:

COA - -  they provide Kosher meals to people that are unable to cook for themselves, this includes elderly frail people, disabled and accident victims, they provide a cheaper rate for pensioners.

JewishCare also offers a meal preparation service available to over 65’s with a valid ACAT assessment. Three meals can be prepared to store in the fridge, provided by  a Home Support care worker-  contact