Our Story
Smile On Seniors was founded in 2016. After seeing the success of the programs they were creating for Jewish residents in non-Jewish Aged Care, Rabbi Menachem and his wife, Esther, took the leap and officially created Smile On Seniors – the first organisation in Australia to reach out specifically to Jewish seniors in non-Jewish facilities.

Today, Smile On Seniors
reaches more than 250 residents across 12 facilities in Melbourne.

Our Mission
Ensuring senior members of our community maintain a positive emotional and spiritual connection to their Jewish identity through a unique blend of intergenerational programs and pastoral care activities.

Our Values
Judaism and Spiritual Awareness

Our Beneficiaries

Jewish residents of non-Jewish Aged Care Facilities and their families.

Our Volunteers

Smile On Seniors prides itself on our ability to engage volunteers of all age groups, from very young children through to adults.
This intergenerational opportunity fosters a wonderful connection and creates an environment that provides perspective, entertainment, respect and understanding.

The Smile On Seniors Team

Rabbi Menachem Stern

Esther Stern

Eva Krinsky

I have a social work background and have previously worked with seniors in a similar setting.

I really enjoy working for such a special organisation as it allows seniors to express and explore their faith through various programs.

Esther Merel

Before working for Smile On Seniors, I held an administrative role for another charity, and have also worked in another admin position in the past.

I love working for such a special organisation; the senior generation deserves the best, and it’s a privilege to be able to help bring a little extra joy to their lives.

Rabbi Jeff Turtletaub

Yossi Salamon

With a degree in Visual Communication and Design and over 15 years of experience in advertising and marketing, I am passionate about what I do and thrive in dedicated teams.

Additionally, supporting seniors in my community is my heartfelt passion, driven by a deep love, respect, and a genuine desire to combat social isolation, fostering an inclusive environment where every senior feels valued and cherished.