2018 Year in Review – You Raise Me Up

On 15 November, Jewish Care conducted its 2018 Annual General Meeting.

During the evening we launched our Year in Review video, titled “You Raise Me Up”.

2018 has been a transformational year for Jewish Care Victoria. From a new 3-year strategy to extensive new building constructions and refurbishments through to providing thousands of hours of care to over 6000 people in the Victorian Jewish community.

This video showcases the many incredible moments we have shared with our community. We are sure it will ‘Raise You Up’.


Lack of Humanity

Lack of Humanity is the 4th video in our series ‘Rising From The Ashes’ where Holocaust survivors talk about the horrific and cold-blooded scenes they witnessed and experienced during the Holocaust.

How did their experiences influence their attitudes towards Germans? How do they feel about the world today?

As Henry Salter says in the opening scene, “If you didn’t go through, you couldn’t understand.”

We proudly publish this video a few days before Yom Hashoah (24 April 2017) so that we can ensure that we never forget.

**Jewish Care warns that this video contains graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers**

Strength to Survive

When lives are being slaughtered around you and you know you are next in line, how do you build up a resilience so strong that gives you a strength of body and soul to survive?

‘Strength to Survive’, the 3rd in the ‘Rising From The Ashes’ series, recounts the stories of Holocaust survivors who did whatever they could to escape the atrocities surrounding them.

Some say they survived because of a miracle, while others performed unbelievable acts of bravery, daring and determination. Whatever their reasons may be, their stories are true examples of the strength of the human spirit that must be recorded and shared for generations to come.

This video was launched on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2017. We hope that you all help us in sharing the message around the world to show that we will #neverforget and the #weremember.

Changing Perceptions – Showtime

We are pleased to release the 8th video in our series ‘Changing Perceptions’.

This video is titled ‘Showtime’ because we get to hear what the clients of Jewish Care’s Disability Service enjoy from the world of entertainment and sport. If this video teaches us anything, it’s that no matter our background or ability, we all have something in common, whether it be the same sporting team we support or who we love as our favourite actors.

Take 2 minutes to watch this video and see how many things in common you share with them.

Reflections of World War II

Jewish Care’s aged care residents participated in a significant photographic project called Reflections, aimed at creating compelling photo memories of Australian WWII veterans.

Organised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, the project encouraged the veterans to take part in a free professional photo shoot, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Thanks to Sav S Photography who volunteered his time to capture the portraits of Jewish veterans, the project became a truly emotional experience for everyone at Jewish Care.

Each veteran received a printed and mounted photograph which they proudly displayed in their rooms. The collection of photos was donated to the National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial and will be published in the official historical almanac titled ‘Reflections’, along with 4,000 other photos of the Australian veterans residing nationwide.

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A Bissel of Wisdom

In our 8th and final video in our series, we ask Jewish Care’s residents to share their beliefs and wisdom by answering questions about self, money, being a good Jew and what words of advice they can share with young people.

We don’t think that we could have ended the series on a better note, as the very last two words made on this video says it all so perfectly!

New Video Coming Soon!

We are excited to show you a short teaser to our next video to be released in a month or so. As we start editing the video we couldn’t help but get inspired by the amazing interviews conducted with residents of The Manders Villas, our disability support houses, and clients of our Outreach Programs.

We are sure you will enjoy watching some of the terrific moments and reactions that were captured behind the scenes.

Songs From Our Heart

At Jewish Care’s Annual Appeal Dinner, 400 guests were treated to a very special performance by incredible Moshe Fried and talented Chazan Dov Farkas.

Moshe is a 94-year-old resident at Gary Smorgon House whose voice is still captivating the audience.

Sit back and enjoy this selection of songs and make sure you hear the final song… it gets a standing ovation!!

About Moshe Fried

Born in Poland, the oldest of 3 brothers, Moshe lost his parents and one brother during the war, but together with his brother Avraham, miraculously survived. Continue reading