Zumba-fun and hamanataschan at Jewish Care

22 Mar 2019

Jewish Care has four schools taking part in this year’s Purim Zumbathon, now in its fourth year. 700 children are dancing their way through Purim whilst raising funds for Jewish Care to support older people in our community. Participating schools were Nancy Reuben, Sacks Morasha, Kerem and Moriah Jewish Primary Schools at the sponsored Zumba sessions led by Dancing with Louise. This year, there was good attendance from Harry Potter and Hermione Grainger as well as Pippi Longstocking, a troll, troupes of superheroes as well as inflatable people, Thing One and Thing Two and The Cat in the Hat.

Speaking at the Zumbathon, Justin Kett, Head of Jewish Studies at Sacks Morasha Primary School, who was dressed as a giant dog, said, “We love the energy and excitement generated by the Purim Zumbathon and seeing all the staff and students so energetically participating together, brings Purim alive. Tzedakah is a prominent part of our school life and we hope that the calories we used today will be equal to Jewish Care’s gain with the money we raise!” 

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement said, “The Purim Zumbathon’s enable young people to have a fun and enjoyable Purim whilst also fulfilling the mitzvah of giving to those in need and learning about what it means to be an active member of our community”.


Over Purim, nurseries including Yeladanu and Nagilla, schools including Alma, Hasmonean, Bnei Bas Yakov, synagogue groups and young volunteers from Jewish Care’s Six Sunday’s group and KPMG, have been visiting Jewish Care homes and community centres to celebrate the festival and enjoy Purim-themed activities together with residents and members of community centres. Residents from homes and centres also enjoyed attending a Purim Party and lunch kindly hosted by the Canary Wharf Group.