Jewish Care celebrates Purim across the community

25 Feb 2021

Purim festivities are happening virtually and at a social distance this year across Jewish Care homes and in the community.

In care homes, residents are enjoying celebrations with fancy dress, Purim-themed activities, Zoom parties and plenty of hamantaschen. There are Megillah readings for residents on Zooms, recordings and live readings of extracts from the Purim story.

Care home residents and members of the community are also uniting online at Purim parties run by Jewish Care Presents… with live entertainment and fancy dress Megillah-readings. School children have sent care home residents cards and bunting to decorate the homes from Cards for Care.

Meanwhile, dedicated Jewish Care volunteers will have delivered 660 Mishloach Manot to members in the community to brighten their day this Purim, with the support of Clifford Chance and the Canary Wharf Group. Tenants at Jewish Care’s Retirement Living at Selig Court and Wohl Court are receiving Mishloach Manot from GIFT. Jewish Care’s Meals on Wheels clients in the community will also receive hamantaschen.

Jewish Care’s Purim Zumba, now in its sixth year, has also moved online so that schoolchildren can dance and have fun at the Purim Zoom-bas whilst raising funds to support older people.

Yavneh Primary School, Nancy Reuben Primary School, Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School and Kerem School are participating in the sponsored sessions, led by Dancing with Louise, who brought energy and excitement to the school children at home at the event which is now in its sixth year.

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement said, “It’s important this year more than ever, for us to make the most of having fun on Purim. We are delighted to have four schools joining us to dress up, dance and have a good time at our Purim Zoom-ba, 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 

“We are very grateful to Clifford Chance and the Canary Wharf Group for enabling us to send individually packaged Mishloach Manot to our community centre members at home this year. These have been delivered by our fantastic volunteers to bring cheer to older people at home on Purim this year and to enjoy when they join our Purim Zoom parties and Megillah reading, so we can celebrate together in our communities and in our care homes.” 

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