Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A Review of Louis Theroux's Documentary on Autism

Here at JewishCare, we're very interested in how disability is portrayed in our society. Below is a review of a documentary which provide astute insights into living with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Documentary Review. "Extreme Love: Autism" By: Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux is known for depicting the humanistic side of many situations through his documentaries. This documentary follows Theroux to an innovative school in America where he interviews children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism.

The Autism Spectrum Australia website defines ASDs as "lifelong developmental disabilities characterised by marked difficulties in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours and sensory sensitivities."
Source: http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/a2i1i1l237l113/what-is-autism.htm

This documentary strikes a balance between capturing eccentricities, love and challenges by depicting the sometimes extreme trials of living with a child with autism, balanced with the uniqueness and delicate humour that comes from experiencing the world slightly differently from the norm.

Theroux provides an accurate insight into the way in which autism impacts not only the child but the child's family and friends.

The verdict: essential viewing for anyone who wants to see the realities of life with an ASD.  

Louis Theroux: Extreme Love - Autism
Photo source: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/guide/abc2/201301/programs/ZX9254A001D2013-01-07T203027.htm

An evening with Irris Makler

To enquire or to book

Citizenship Ceremony 2013

For the first time this year’s Citizenship Ceremony will be taking place at 3 Saber Street Woollahra.

The date will be 10th May and as usual the local Federal Member, Malcolm Turnbull will be officiating.

This is the only opportunity this year to have your citizenship conferred within the Jewish community and these are always memorable events for all new citizens and their families.

If you know of anyone who is eligible or about to become a citizen call Warren on  9302 8005 or email w.hurst@jewishcare.com.au to arrange to be part of this year’s event.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Tango classes helping those experiencing mental health illnesses

Have you heard about the latest craze for those experiencing mental health illness in Argentina? Tango Dancing…

Tango Dancing seems synonymous with South American culture just like hamantashen is with Purim. Yet for those that face mental health illnesses up until recently, it has been a distant thought.

The tango classes allow for those to gradually leave their comfort zones. A number of the patients at the hospital do not experience regular physical contact. However, the tango embrace is paramount to the continuation of the lesson. The rhythm that tango incorporates is believed to be soothing for the patients at the hospital.

A nurse and patient dance during a session of tango therapy at Borda hospital in Buenos Aires. 

Source:  http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health-fitness/tango-classes-help-soothe-mentally-ill-in-buenos-aires/story-fneuzlbd-1226553143031#ixzz2LaC1dMZI

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Take a Tour of Fischl House

Tours of Fischl House:

There has been a positive response to our invitations to have a tour of our new building.  We are still keen to show you around the community’s latest resource which will enable JewishCare to help people in crisis and in need for decades to come.

Call Warren on 9302 8005

New brochures:

We have just distributed 3 new publications:

2011-2012 Annual Report

Overview brochure – which outlines all of the services provided by JewishCare http://jewishcare.com.au/cms/publications/cat_view/44-brochures

Bequest brochure – which shows how beneficial and easy it can be to use your Will to help people in need

To get copies of these call FirstCall JewishCare on 1300 133 660

Friday, 15 February 2013

Have you heard of the Positive Ageing Program?

                             POSITIVE AGEING PROGRAM
                   Supporting older members of the community to live to at home
The Positive Ageing Program is run from The Burger Centre in Randwick. The aim of the program is to keep individuals active, connected and educated.

The program follows the current trends in what is considered healthy ageing and promotes activities that help acquire skills in keeping fit and preventing falls.

They addresses the specific types of exercises needed to improve and
promote good strong bones, improve energy levels, increase balance, muscle strength and flexibility. 

The Aged Case Work Team recommends The Positive Ageing Program as it supports seniors in the community to live at home, maintain their independence, socialise and enjoy life.
Why not check out the following exercise classes!

                        WEEKLY TIMETABLE














Strength and Balance



Tai Chi



Tai Chi






Strength and Balance





HYDRO-CISE:Pay per term $10,casual classes $12
Fees are to be paid at beginning of the term.
Cheques can be made out to The Burger Centre. They also accept cash or credit cards. 
TAI CHI: Each class costs $12 and you can pay as you go.
STRENGTH AND BALANCE: First class is a free Trial. Each class costs $10. $100 is to be paid at the beginning of each term.

Before commencing any of the classes please contact:
Jane Rotenstein Co-ordinator Positive Ageing Program
The Burger Centre, 8345 9221 or see www.burgercentre.com.au

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Have you heard of Love Food Hate Waste?

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is an independent authority responsible for leading business and the community to improve their environmental performance and for managing waste to deliver a healthy environment. The EPA regulates and responds to activities that can impact on the health of the NSW environment and its people.

Love Food Hate Waste was designed to help people find ways to reduce their food waste, cut costs, and look after the environment. They provide tips, ideas and resources to help people achieve their goal.

EPA NSW provided a Weekly Menu Planner to help people organise what they are going to cook and record what they need to buy.

Some benefits of using the Menu Planner:
  • Helps reduce food waste
  • Can help you save time and money
  • Fewer trips to the supermarket (or other shops) 
  • Less impulse spending
  • Use leftovers more efficiently
  • More likely to use up previously purchased items in cupboards/ fridge or freezer

Everyone can benefit from a Menu Plan – and it is really easy to get started.

To help you get started with your menu plan, check out a range of recipes from
Go for 2&5® and CSIRO, these recipes are published by NSW Health in the ‘Healthy Food Fast’ cookbook.

Have a look at an example of the Healthy Food Fast Cookbook for meal ideas and a shopping list for the week -click on the link for a PDF which you can print and stick on your fridge as an example.

You might like to include your other favourite recipes too.

The Aged Case Work Team recommends using a menu/shopping plan while shopping to assist with weekly purchases and to help us reduce waste.

This plan can be used even if you don't cook or have reduced your cooking at home.

If you receive Meals on Wheels or purchase microwavable meals from your supermarket; you can record the different meals you will eat each night or if a friend or family member drops you off dinner on a particular night of the week - use the plan to keep updated on the food items you need to buy and what food you plan or need to eat from week to week.

Even if we don't buy a lot of food we still have some important items we need from the supermarket, chemist or other shops. So use the menu planner to budget all your weekly purchases!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Go Girls Creative Arts Workshop

JewishCare’s Big Brother Big Sister program held a four day pilot workshop which provided an opportunity for girls to explore their thoughts, ideas and dreams through various art mediums, in a supportive small group setting.

The four day pilot program was very successful with new friendships being formed and amazing artworks produced. 

The program aims to offer more small group programs in 2013.

For more information on JewishCare's Big Brother Big Sister program - http://jewishcare.com.au/cms/programs/children-and-family/big-brothers-big-sisters

Or find their community page on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jewishcarebigbrotherbigsister -  full of ideas to keep your big/little brother or big/little sister informed and entertained!