Volume 30 Issue 17 11 Jun 2021 1 Tammuz 5781

Boosting memory

Sonia Newell – Development Officer – Alumni & Community Relations

How good is your memory?

Zoe Menczel Schrire

Alumna Zoe Menczel Schrire (Class of 2012), a PhD candidate at University of Sydney, and her team are conducting a clinical trial looking at whether melatonin, a pill commonly used for sleep, may boost memory and thinking. Participants in this trial must be 60-80 years old with thinking or memory concerns. People with diagnosed dementia are not eligible for this trial. Particpants will randomly receive melatonin or a placebo nightly for three months. Zoe says “we will be conducting brain scans, memory tests, blood tests and blood pressure measurements before and after the three-month period. We are looking for 30 more volunteers so if this sounds like someone you know in our community, please apply here.” 

Feel like joining a fun run and walk?

Sunday 20 June 2021

The Maccabi Running Group Fun Run and Walk under the banner of Maccabi Life is a new initiative aimed at getting more of our community active in middle distance running. Past parent Bronwyn Elbourne is assisting Maccabi with this group’s development, having been approached by the organisation who knew her younger son Brody (who left Emanuel at end of 2020 to commence an Electrical Apprenticeship). She is a competitive middle distance runner and she gained some experience in this area over the past three years. Bronwyn is keen to promote, connect and encourage Junior Track and Field within our community.

Bronwyn is also the Junior Track and Field Team Manager for the Maccabiah Games 2022 in Israel next July, whilst other past and current parents have also taken on a variety of manager/coach roles – current parent Sharon Schulz is NSW Team Manager, women’s football and Greg Shapiro is coach for the Men’s 45+ basketball team, whilst past parent Adriano De Melo is coach for the junior boy’s futsal team and Debbie Rutstein is Regional Manager for the Junior Team to Maccabiah.

Perhaps your children are participating in the games?  As we get closer to the event, I would love to share more Emanuel connections!

Private Art Gallery tour – the Alternative Archibald

Wednesday 16 June 2021 

We hope you will join us next Wednesday morning for our Gesher private tour of Salon des Refusés 2021 (The alternative Archibald and Wynne Prize selection) at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill (The Rocks). Please note, parking is available onsite. Our group has exclusive use of the Gallery with a private guide for one hour before the gallery officially opens to the Public at 11.00 am. Bookings are still open, but we have only a few tickets left for sale. Scan the QR Code on the poster or use this link

Friendship Circle July Day Camp – seeking volunteers

Monday 5 July 2021 to Friday 9 July 2021 

Perhaps your children have volunteered for past Friendship Circle camps, and, if so, I am sure they would appreciate how fulfilling it is to help children and young adults who are less fortunate than them. If your child/children can volunteer for the upcoming day camp next month, they will have so much fun by getting involved in our community and making a difference in the lives of children with a disability. 


If you have photos and/or news to share, please send to Sonia Newell                            

Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend.