Melbourne’s Jewish Care holds AGM

November 26, 2014 by Ayal Tusia
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Melbourne’s Jewish Care has listed its activities for its last operational year…including 124,000 hours of home and personal care.

The Annual General meeting was held at Monash University, Caulfield= and highlighted the impressive achievements of the organisation over the past financial year.

These include supporting over 4800 clients across all services, delivering 18,640 hours of respite care to people with a disability, providing 124,000 hours of home and personal care, adopting a 5 year disability plan and seeing an increase of 13,000 hours of voluntary service.

Looking ahead, Jewish Care President Mike Debinski spoke proudly about the organisation’s progress on its ‘Growing. For Our Community’ capital campaign, which will see Jewish Care invest over $180 million across 6 projects, over the next 10 years.

The AGM also hosted a panel of experts to present on the topic of “Contemporary Intergenerational Challenges in Post Holocaust Melbourne”. The panel was led by Magalí Kaplan, Program Manager, Holocaust Survivor Support, and included distinguished experts Dr Anita Frayman, Dr George Halasz and Dr Esther Jilovsky, all of whom provided the audience with deep and insightful views on such an important topic.

Special guest, Dr Madeleine Tress, Policy Advisor at the Claims Conference in America, also attended.

The Life Governor Award was presented by Jeffrey Appel to Mr Joseph Fröhlich West. He and his late wife Helen have been ardent supporters of
Jewish Care for many years, and have been responsible for a Therapy Centre, the gifting of a Sefer Torah, the dedication of a Succah and the upgrading of lighting in the shule at Gary Smorgon House.

Changes to the Board of Governance included the retirement of Bruce Rosengarten and Sally Genser, while Lisa Kennett, Immediate Past President of Mount Scopus College, was welcomed as a new Director and Michael Schoenfeld and Andrew Schwartz, who have previously been Jewish Care Directors were welcomed back.

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