Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Jewish Circles of Support Project

The Jewish Circles of Support Project will be holding an information evening on 16th June for parents and other family members of children and adults living with a disability.

Circles of support involves a small number of people coming together regularly to provide support to a person with disability they care about. Ten families in the Jewish community have initiated a circle of support and have commented that the circle provides a framework for others to be involved in a structured way, helps them think laterally about issues in the person's life and creates a feeling of optimism about the future. 

At the evening parents will hear about what a circle of support is, how it can be beneficial to a person with disability and their family and how the Circles Project can assist families to develop and sustain a circle of support. A number of family members who already have circles of support will be there to talk about their experiences and answer questions.

For information call Paula 8305 8008

Monday, 27 May 2013

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 26 May – 1 June 2013

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week commenced yesterday and will continue until Saturday the 1st of June 2013.

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in Australia. Macular Degeneration Awareness Week is an annual event and is used to help increase an understanding of the disease and to encourage those most at risk, people over 50, people who have a family history of Macular Degeneration or smoke to have their eyes tested and Macular checked.

When was the last time you had your eyes tested? Did they check your Macular?

The Aged Case Work Team would like to remind people to make an appointment with their optometrist to have their eyes tested and Macular checked!

For more information on Macular Degeneration see the Macular Degeneration Foundation Australia

Macular Degeneration Foundation Australia can be contacted on 1800111709 for more information or an information pack.

Help us raise awareness of Macular Degeneration be telling your family or friends about the importance of having regular eye check ups and their Macular checked.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Biggest Citizenship Ceremony

Our Annual Citizenship Ceremony was a great success with 27 conferees from 10 countries receiving their Australian citizenship from Malcolm Turnbull.

The feedback from conferees and their families was very positive including this statement "It was a great honour to receive the citizenship in a Jewish environment".
The organisation now known as JewishCare was formed 77 years ago to help Jews to escape War torn Europe.  This is the 7th ceremony JewishCare has staged but the first to be held in the new building in Saber Street. All but one have been officiated by Malcolm Turnbull. 

Monday, 13 May 2013

Value of Volunteers

JewishCare’s volunteer’s breakfast

Over 30 of JewishCare’s volunteers came for breakfast in our new building.  JewishCare’s President Allan Vidor and Claire Vernon also attended


Bar-b-que at disability house

Family volunteering is a new initiative which offers an opportunity for a family to help people in need in our community. A number of families have volunteered to hold weekend bar-b-ques in JewishCare’s four Supported Accommodation Houses which look after 15 people with a disability.

JewishCare’s President Allan Vidor together with his children Sam and Alicia held a bar-b-que for residents of the Mcpherson Street House

Friday, 10 May 2013

Are You Looking For a Seniors Bridge Playing Group?

The Aged Case Work Team recommends Bridge playing at Seniors Friendship Clubs as they provide a great way to meet new people, use your intellect, sharpen your memory and have fun all at the same time!

Following we have listened some Bridge playing friendship clubs in the Eastern Suburbs and the North Shore.

Club 50 at JewishCare has bridge playing lessons every Monday from 10-2 pm and on Wednesdays they have a bridge playing groups from 10-2 pm. For more information contact Valerie: 93028050.

Easts Bridge Club provides Bridge playing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at two different venues in Bondi Junction.
Bridge is held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 noon at Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club in the Bondi Room ( life access available) 93-97 Spring Street Bondi Junction.
Bridge is also held every Saturday at 12 noon at Bondi Junction RSL, 1-9 Gray St Bondi Junction. For further information contact David: 81976508/ 0422356018.

The Seniors Friendship Club On The North Shore provides Duplicate Bridge on the last Tuesday of each month from 7pm. For more information contact: MOI Gordon 99880261
They also offer Supervised Bridge every Thursday from 12 noon.
Both groups are held at Kadimah Gardens, Jubilee Street, Wharoonga
For more information contact: MARJORIE Ruch 94166935.

Happy Bridge Playing :)

The final file

After 6 years, 10,000 files, 350,000 pages and probably 10 kilograms of metal, JewishCare’s historic archiving project has finally been completed.

The painstaking work which required every remaining file since the 1930s when JewishCare (then Australian Jewish Welfare Society) was established to have all metal removed and then appropriate information rewritten on the front of a new archival quality file and then entered onto a digital database.

It is intended that the summary information will be micro filmed and sent to the Holocaust Museum In Washington.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Little Billy

More often than not, children with special needs do not have the necessary resources for support

Chance Raspberry was diagnosed at 8 with Tourette Syndrome, and understands what it feels like to be different. 

He is now a well known animator for The Simpsons and has created a cartoon series called Little Billy, which aims to incorporate those children with special needs. 

It is the first cartoon ever to star a child that struggles with (and overcomes) a rare mental condition. 

Here is the link to the trailer, see what you think. It may be useful for someone you know or it could hit a little closer to home - http://vimeo.com/49742400

Friday, 3 May 2013

Are you looking for something FUN to do!

JewishCare provides seniors programs in the North Shore and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. The programs are designed for seniors with different needs, wants and to help them stay connected, meet new people and participate in a range of activities:
- Club 50
- The Burger Centre
- Cremorne Group

Click for more information on any of the above seniors programs offered by JewishCare.
The Aged Case Work and Assessment Team often refers people to one or more seniors programs due to the many positive benefits. The seniors programs aim to reduce isolation, loneliness and lack of stimulation by providing regular social groups which provide a sense of belonging, mutual support and cohesiveness amongst all.
The Aged Case Work Team recommends you check out the following calender that clearly states programs that are available 6 days a weeks at  a variety of groups/programs:Club 50, The Burger Centre and COA Sydney .www.jewishcare.com.au/cms/.../doc.../43-activities-for-jewish-seniors
For more information on a particular group call one or more of the following numbers below:
JewishCare: FirstCall: Tell 1300 133 660  firstcall@jewishcare.com.au
The Burger Centre: Tel 8345 9147 or www.burgercentre.com.au
COA Sydney: Tell 9389 0035 or www.coasydney.org