Knitting for a cause 12

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The Australian Jewish News – jewishnews.net.au
Friday, April 19, 2013
IN BRIEF
AJN STAFF
Faiths to share Shabbat
Roslyn Rogers with some of KOGO's knitted toys.
Photo: Peter Haskin
Knitting for a cause
PHOEBE ROTH
IT was during a very cold winter in
2004, when Roslyn Rogers and her
friends were furiously knitting
scarves, that she decided they could
donate these winter woolies to a
cause.
“We thought, why don’t we think
about directing the scarves towards
homeless people?” said Rogers.
And so she established Knit One
Give One (KOGO), which recently
launched its 10th annual distribution
of knitted goods to those in need.
The project began with just
scarves, then became scarves and
beanies, and has since evolved to
include newborn gift packs, knitted
toys, and more.
The campaign’s scope has grown
each year, supplying more and more
items to 130 different agencies and
charities.
In 2012, KOGO distributed 34,000
hand-knitted items to disadvantaged
people.
What drives Rogers? “The fact that
there’s so much need and the feedback we get about what a positive
impact we’re having,” she told The
AJN.
As well as fulfilling a great need,
KOGO is giving the knitters a worthwhile project. She notes that many of
the volunteers are affected by illness,
and while they might not be able to
do active work, this is something they
can do that benefits the community.
To get involved or to find out more,contact
Ros at [email protected]
CAULFIELD Hebrew Congregation, the
Hineni youth movement and the B’nai
B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission
(ADC) will hold an interfaith Shabbat
dinner next month.
The initiative is part of a series of
events run as part of the ADC’s
Multi-faith Future Leaders Program,
where potential future leaders from a
variety of faith communities come
together to learn about each other’s
rituals.
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Ros Ben-Moshe
Smiles in store for
Spiritgrow
SPIRITGROW has launched a four-week
course on the art of happiness, which
began on Sunday with a movie screening followed by a discussion with health
and wellbeing expert Ros Ben-Moshe on
the phenomena of happiness.
The course will include diverse
approaches such as laughter yoga, meditation, a lecture from Professor Marc
Cohen on how health and food affect
our emotions, and kabbalah sessions.
“The quest for happiness is a very
Jewish quest,” said Spiritgrow director
Rabbi Menachem Wolf.
“There is a basic demand in our tradition to live life happily, and our spiritual teachings provide very definitive
training for happiness,” he said.
The course runs until May 11.
For more information or to register,email
[email protected] or call
(03) 9509 7211.
Participants
in the All
Abilities
Activity
Program.
Activities for All Abilities
THIRTY-FOUR Jewish children and adults with special needs attended the inaugural Maccabi Victoria and Jewish Care All Abilities Holiday Activity Program,
which ran over three days at the beginning of this month.
Activities on offer included basketball, tennis, soccer, cricket, volleyball, lawn
bowls, dance, and arts and crafts.
The Maccabi Victoria Jewish Care All Abilities group was founded in 2007,
with the goal of facilitating the inclusion of Jewish people with disabilities into
various modes of sport and recreation. The group is supported by Access Inc
and the local council.
“Exercise is vitally important to people with additional needs, but is often
hard to access in the general community. Offering a program that is fun and has
a variety of activities fosters a positive attitude to exercise,” one parent said.
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enjoy a traditional Friday night meal,
cooked by Hineni chanichim
(members).
The dinner will take place at Caulfield
shul on Friday March 3.
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