Jewish Care’s intergenerational bake day brings the community together

10 Jul 2019

Food and fun unites the community again for Jewish Care’s 7th Great Jewish Bake Day. Thousands of nursery children and school pupils have been getting together to bake, ice and decorate challah, cakes, biscuits and fruit with Jewish Care residents and community centre members, staff and volunteers from the ages of 2 to 102 across London and the South East at intergenerational baking sessions. Schools and nurseries have also held bake sales to raise funds to support older, isolated members of the community who rely on Jewish Care's support. 

Amongst the 15 nurseries, schools and Brownie groups who took part, the whole of Sacks Morasha Primary School baked as did Etz Chaim school, who were joined by Jewish Care President, Lord Levy, making ice cream cakes and choc chip cookies with Cooking Camp Creativz for their bake sale. Masterchef finalist, Emma Spitzer visited members of the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre and the Challah Mummy joined students from JCoSS and Hasmonean Girls schools and residents at The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre to enjoy an intergenerational challah baking workshop, creating beautiful star shape cinnamon challahs for The Great Jewish Bake Day.

Cake baker to the stars, Rachel Rachel joined members of Jewish Care’s Edgware and Harrow Day Centre and children from Nagila Nursery who share a building, to ice and decorate cupcakes. Chef, Denise Phillips and children from Hertsmere Jewish Primary School joined residents at Anita Dorfman House to bake flower biscuits together. Wohl IJPS and Clore Tikva pupils and Jewish Care’s Messy Mischief RJCC toddler group joined members of Jewish Care’s Redbridge Community Centre to decorate cupcakes and enjoy entertainment and singing together.

Samantha Bendon, Head of Jewish Studies at Clore Tikva, said, “It’s been a wonderful afternoon full of fun, singing and dancing and enjoying cakes. It’s great to see the children interact with the members of the centre. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, music and food bring us all together.”

RJCC member Rita Dobrin, added, “The kids are lovely, it’s really nice to see them all,” and Marion Carr, who is a resident at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House in Friern Barnet, told Hasmonean Girls pupils, “It’s lovely to see you all here, I still remember my keichel recipe and I always used to bake challah, I love baking!”

JCoSS students, Yasmin and Aury, who visited the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre, commented aftewards, “We really enjoyed it and it was really nice to meet the residents,” whilst Year 5 Wohl IJPS pupil, Samuel, said to the members of Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, “Thank you for having us we’ve had a wonderful time today, the best bit has been helping to ice the cakes,”

At Jewish Care’s supportive communities tea party groups in Middlesex and Essex, more than 60 older people who live in local communities, met up to bake and enjoy tea and cake together, whilst day centre members of Connect@ in Southgate and Kenton, for independent, older people tried their hand at cupcake decorating too. In Brighton, residents at Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House, baked and decorated Victoria Sponge cakes together in the sunshine.

Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, said, “It’s fantastic to see so many smiling faces as the youngest to the oldest members of our community get together to enjoy the Great Jewish Bake Day across the generations. 

"Food really does bring us together and I’d like to thank everyone for taking part in activities and bake sales to help support older members of the community, including members of community centres and residents in our care homes. The community's enthusiasm has made it a real treat to get involved in the Jewish Care’s 7th Bake Day. Bake sales are still taking place so if you haven’t held one yet, it’s not too late to invite your family and friends to take part.”

Schools, Nurseries and Organisations involved in The Great Jewish Bake Day

Alyth Nursery, Clore Tikva Primary School, Etz Chaim School, Gesher School, Gila Nursery,

Hasmonean Girls Primary School, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, JCoSS, Nagila Nursery, Sacks Morasha Primary School, Stanmore Brownies Groups, Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School, Yavneh School

To find out more about The Great Jewish Bake Day, visit jewishcare.org/bakeday