Jewish Care Offers Support to Victims of Bourke St

Jewish Care was saddened to hear of the events that occurred last Friday in the Bourke St Mall and condemns all forms of violence and wanton destruction.

We are devastated to hear that one of the five victims, 10-year- old Thalia Hakin, was a young member of the Jewish community of Melbourne enjoying the innocence of school holidays with her family.

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Awards Night Celebrates Staff & Volunteers

Jewish Care Victoria’s Staff and Volunteer Service & Excellence Awards were held at the Malvern Town Hall on 6 December 2016 in great spirit and ceremony, with a record number of over 250 staff, volunteers, Life Governors, Board members, communal leaders and supporters in attendance.


The annual event started in 2011 and acknowledges the work of the organisation’s 750 staff and almost 500 volunteers.

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Jewish Care Partners with Lively and Humankind Enterprises to Connect Generations

An innovative intergenerational program is set to launch at Jewish Care in February 2017 – the first of its kind in Australia.

Run by start-up social enterprises Lively and Humankind Enterprises, the project will employ young local jobseekers to work one-on-one with Jewish Care residents over a six-week period from February. Participants will help residents use technology to connect with friends, family and their interests, and record their stories and life experiences on film.

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Happy Families at Jewish Care’s 2016 AGM

Jewish Care’s 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on 22 November at Monash University, Caulfield, where the organisation’s achievements from the past financial year were highlighted. The AGM was followed by a panel discussion titled ‘Families in the 21st Century’.


Significant achievements from the past year that were outlined included the opening of The Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre in Caulfield, achieving the highly-regarded Australian Childhood Foundation Accreditation and securing the third senior living site in Carnegie, in line with Jewish Care’s 2014-2017 Towards Tomorrow - Strategic Priorities.
Jewish Care CEO, Bill Appleby said: “We have had an extremely successful year and have achieved many high level strategic goals.”

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Generations of Women Brunch Celebrates 20 Years

Jewish Care Victoria hosted its 20th Annual Generations of Women Brunch at The International, Brighton on 15 November 2016. 250 women attended the event, which included an inspirational address by Cheryl Bart AO.


Over $60,000 was raised on the day that will go towards Jewish Care’s Housing Support Program, which supports individuals and families at risk of homelessness.

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Jewish Care and Access Inc Launch First Disability Survey in Victorian Jewish Community

Jewish Care Victoria and Access Inc have partnered to develop a survey to identify the needs of people living with disability in the Victorian Jewish community.


Three versions of the survey have been created in order to be fully inclusive of our diverse community. There is a version for carers to complete when the person with disability cannot answer the survey themselves, a plain English version for people with disability and an Easy Read version for people with disability who prefer an easier-to-read document with pictures/icons.

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Building a New Generation of Leaders

Jewish Care Victoria’s inaugural Board Foundations program, ‘Yesod’ culminated with a graduation ceremony on 3 November 2016, where 10 young Jewish professionals completed the program.


Yesod (Hebrew for ‘foundations’) is a 10-month program, which involves participants aged 27-40 gaining a solid understanding of the professional duties and responsibilities of not-for-profit board directors. Jewish Care partnered with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AIDCD) to run the initiative, which included interactive workshops with key note speakers, firsthand experience with Jewish Care’s sub-committee and board directors; and one-on-one mentoring opportunities for participants and board directors – matched according to their interests and skills.

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$500,000 Grant to Help the Disadvantaged Secure Employment

Jewish Care Victoria has received a grant of $518,770 over four years from the State Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources to secure sustainable employment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Jewish Care secured the funding in response to a comprehensive grant submission produced by the organisation’s Employment and Education Centre team. Only 38 organisations out of 110 who submitted applications were selected to receive the grant.

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Jewish Care Victoria Cares for its Carers

In light of National Carers Week (16 – 22 October 2016), Jewish Care Victoria is celebrating the dedicated unpaid carers in our community.

National Carers Week honours the contribution of Australia’s 2.8 million unpaid carers. More than 300,000 of carers in Australia are young carers, with around 150,000 under 18. Carers may care for a parent, partner, sibling, their child, relative or friend; who lives with disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol/drug issue or are frail aged or have dementia. This week provides an opportunity to reflect on major issues that carers face, that are often unaddressed.

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Jewish Care’s First Storybook Teaches Children Important Values

Over the past four years, children and families in our community may have seen Jewish Care’s mascot, Tzeddy the Tzedakah Tin, appear at community events spreading awareness about the importance of tzedakah.


Tzeddy’s popularity has inspired the release of a new children’s storybook titled ‘Tzeddy’s First Adventure’. This 32-page soft cover book takes the reader on an adventure with Tzeddy, where along the way they learn about Tzeddy’s life, making friends and helping people in need.

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