National Youth Mentoring Week

Anna Bligh
To coincide with National Youth Mentoring Week,  JewishCare together with Raise and YWCA NSW and Australian Youth Mentoring Network staged a Guinness World Record attempt at the biggest 3 legged race.

The attempt which took place in the Domain did not succeed but over 200 people participated including former Queensland  Premier Anna Bligh and comedian Jean Kittson and many JewishCare staff and supporters.

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Festival of Sukkot

JewishCare staff celebrated the festival of Sukkot with Rabbi Gourarie from BINA



Mental Health Month

JewishCare launched Mental Health Month with a meeting of The Eastern Suburbs Mental Health Inter-agency group which was attended by over 30 professionals from various organisations.


See the list of Mental Health Month events here


Winter Social

JewishCare and COA joined together to stage a highly successful Winter Social Dance which was held at The National Council of Jewish Womens Queen Street premises.

100 attendees had a great time dancing to a live band, eating great food and socialising with friends.   


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JewishCare wins international award

JewishCare’s Big Brother Big Sister program has been recognised by the USA based Ruderman Family Foundation.

The Foundation has awarded a $50,000 prize for the program’s success in ensuring that children with a disability who are assessed as being able to benefit from the program are included as “littles”. 

Jay RudermanJay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation said “Mentoring programs that include individuals with disabilities are a win-win for communities. Individuals with disabilities participate in an inclusive program and the agency develops its capacity to serve a more diverse group of people. JewishCare’s Big Brother Big Sister program is widening the circle of inclusion, thereby strengthening the Australian Jewish community.”

This award has been warmly welcomed with the local community

Dr Hilton Immerman OAM  Chief Executive Officer of The Shalom Institute and Shalom College said “Well done on winning the prestigious 2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion for the Big Brother Big Sister Mentoring Program! It’s great recognition of the wonderful work you and JewishCare does”.

Member for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton PM said " It is wonderful that JewishCare has been recognised at an international levbel for the extraordinary work that it undertakes"

Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia congratulates our program partner JewishCare Sydney on being awarded
the prestigious international 2014 Ruderman Prize in Inclusion. As one of only five world-wide recipient’s this prize reflects the level of professionalism and support JewishCare Sydney provide not only for the  young people facing challenges and adversity but the volunteers from the Jewish community who mentor these children.” - Sherilyn Hanson CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia


Dan Grynberg Chief Executive Officer JCA said “On behalf of us all, a huge Mazel Tov to Claire Vernon and the team at JewishCare for their receipt of the prestigious 2014 Ruderman Prize for Social Inclusion

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