Jewish Care Signs MOU with Jewish Mediation Centre

Jewish Care Victoria’s Individual and Family Support Service recently signed an MOU with the Jewish Mediation Centre, formalising the relationship between the two organisations.


Mediation is an important offering for those families who are considering or planning to separate or divorce, and has become an essential part of the divorce process.

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Drumming Up Community Support at Jewish Care’s Annual Appeal Dinner

Jewish Care Victoria hosted 400 supporters at its 2017 Annual Appeal Dinner at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn on Monday 22 May 2017.


The audience enjoyed an evening of heartfelt personal stories and musical entertainment, with Annual Appeal Dinner Committee Member Georgia Danos as Master of Ceremonies.


The evening commenced with the Australian and Israeli anthems being sung by Gary Smorgon House resident Moshe Fried and past Young Achievers Program participant Shannyn Gelbart, accompanied by Chazan Dov Farkas playing the piano. To commemorate Yom Yerushalayim, Moshe and Dov sang ‘Yerushalayim Shel Zahav’, and the audience sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to celebrate Moshe’s 97th birthday.

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Major Building Contract Awarded for Stage 1 - St Kilda Road

Jewish Care Victoria has approved its $85 million St Kilda Road Senior Living and Community Precinct with the awarding of the construction contract to Watpac Limited (Watpac). Stage 1 of this two stage project will see the construction of a leading-edge aged care and community services precinct for the Jewish community of Victoria.

The 9-storey building will be named the Hannah & Daryl Cohen Family Building, in honour of the late Daryl Cohen, and will be located on the Punt Road side of the current Montefiore Homes site. Since 1848, Jewish Care has occupied this historical site designated as Crown land. During the latter months of 2016, Jewish Care successfully acquired the land from the Victorian State Government.

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Engaging Women at Friends of Montefiore 34th Annual Brunch

Jewish Care Victoria hosted the 34th Annual Friends of Montefiore Brunch at Leonda by the Yarra, Hawthorn on 3 May 2017. 220 guests attended the event that included an address by guest speaker, journalist and blogger Martine Harte.


Sponsored by the Pratt Foundation, the annual event raised more than $80,000 which will contribute towards new services that will enhance the lives of aged care residents of Gary Smorgon House who live with dementia.

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Jewish Care Launches New Video, ‘Lack of Humanity’ for Yom HaShoah

Jewish Care Victoria has launched its video, ‘Lack of Humanity’ to commemorate Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day (24 April 2017). Lack of Humanity is the 4th video in the ‘Rising From the Ashes’ Holocaust documentary series.


The emotive video interviews Holocaust survivors who have a relationship with Jewish Care as clients, aged care residents, volunteers and donors. They describe the horrific and cold-blooded scenes they witnessed and experienced during the Holocaust.

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Multiple Awards for Jewish Care Videos

A number of Jewish Care Victoria’s video productions have received awards at three recent industry award ceremonies.


All videos were produced in partnership with Melbourne’s Creativa Videos to promote various aspects of Jewish Care’s services and programs.

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Jewish Care Hosts Arava Project Delegation

Jewish Care Victoria hosted a delegation of Israeli and Australian Partnership 2Gether Arava Australia representatives to learn about the organisation and its aged care offerings on 22 March 2017.

Delegates included Eyal Blum, Mayor of the Central Arava Regional Council; Orit Elkayam Cohen, Director of the Arava-Australia Partnership-Jewish Agency for Israel, Tamara Bruce - Chairperson of the Partnership 2Gether Arava Australia and other key committee members.

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Generations Connecting Through Tech, Tea & Tales

An innovative intergenerational program, ‘Tech, Tea & Tales’ recently launched at Jewish Care Victoria – the first of its kind in Australia.

This exciting inter-generational program is being run by Humankind Enterprises (StoryPod) and Lively in partnership with Jewish Care. The 6-week program, the first of its kind in Australia to be run in an aged care facility, involves young ‘story helpers’ and ‘tech helpers’ working one-on-one with Jewish Care residents, to help them use technology to connect with friends, family and their interests, and record their stories and life experiences on film.


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Sharing #5000smiles for Jewish Care’s Annual Appeal

Jewish Care Victoria has launched it 2017 Annual Appeal, its theme based on the popularity of using emojis to express our feelings. For the first time, the Appeal will include a dedicated social media campaign, titled #5000smiles.

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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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