Jewish Care connects with the community for Mitzvah Day

23 Nov 2021

Jewish Care residents and community centre members connected with the wider community this Mitzvah Day. Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre members packed snack bags for The Joely Bear blood drive for Camp Simcha and residents at Otto Schiff care homemade Chanukah cards for Camp Simcha to give to seriously ill children in hospital.

Volunteers also came to Jewish Care for Mitzvah Day. Jewish Care Families and young volunteers from BBYO, Bnei Akiva and Woodside Park Shul Guides, made beautiful, personalised Chanukah cards and wrapped gifts for Jewish Care residents, tenants and community centre members. All gifts were bought with donations from the Jewish Care Families Chanukah initiative.

Dozens of children from twenty schools, including Immanuel College and youth movements also spent time making the personalised Chanukah cards with Cards of Care to bring warmth and joy to older people at Jewish Care.

Meanwhile, Theresa Villiers MP, together with members of The Rotary Club and Woodside Park Shul Scouts, came to The Betty and Asher Loftus Centre to plant 1000 crocus bulbs which were donated by Rotary’s “End Polio Campaign”. Inside the Centre, residents planted spring bulbs that will continue to spread joy for all the residents throughout winter and Akiva Primary School donated plant pots to the homes.

At Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House for people with mental health needs in West Hampstead, residents spent time doing acts of kindness for one another and for staff in the home. The Board of Deputies also created a Chanukah video for residents as part of their Mitzvah Day activities.

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, said,We are so pleased that the day allows us to connect and work closely with other organisations, supporting young and old to give to one another.

“The bulb planting at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre was very special and we’d like to thank Theresa Villiers MP for her support. We would also like to thank The Rotary Club for donating so many bulbs that will bring the residents and visitors much enjoyment from the bursts of colour as they come up. It was also lovely to have young people wrapping the Chanukah gifts generously donated by JC Families, ready to bring joy this Chanukah. Thank you so much to everyone who chose to support Jewish Care this Mitzvah Day.”