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 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”.
Craig Shapiro said “Congratulations on the recent award; fantastic news!”
Photo: Jay Ruderman by Noam Galai
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
Since its onset in 2011 JewishCare’s Mental Health and Well-Being Program has been committed to the development of Eastern Sydney Suicide Prevention Network (ESSPN) which is a group of concerned people and organisations in the Eastern Suburbs community working together to increase awareness about the devastating losses associated with death by suicide.
The network also consists of members from Woollahra Council, Rose Bay LAC, Carers NSW, Anglicare, Wesley Life Force, Bondi Community Health centre, local congregants and residents are just a brief list of supporters.
JewishCare hosted this months meeting at their Saber Street premises
National Council of Jewish Woman made a generous donation to the Network.
ESSPN Suicide Prevention Walk takes place on Sunday 14th September 2014, details can be found on their FaceBook page
JewishCare held its Annual Citizenship Ceremony in the Community Lounge of 3 Saber Street at which 20 conferees became Australian Citizens. For the seventh consecutive time Malcolm Turnbull officiated at this ceremony and JewishCare’s President Allan Vidor and Woollahra Mayor made up the official party. Well known musical identity Hylton Chilchik sang the National Anthem plus, I still call Australia Home, and some Israeli songs
JewishCare’s Yom Hashoah commemoration was attended by Survivors who were invited to light a candle in memory of those lost in the Holocaust. Many attendees had family members who perished in the Shoah.
A number of councillors from Woollahra Council including Mayor Toni Zeltzer (centre) visited JewishCare’s Saber St headquarters. JewishCare’s President Allan Vidor is on the far right and CEO Claire Vernon is next to him
JewishCare NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that for 75 years has been the major provider of services for vulnerable and needy people in our community.