Jewish Care’s Zumbathon and Purim fun

23 Mar 2022

More than 2000 children from seven primary schools danced their way through Purim whilst raising funds for Jewish Care to support older people in the community. Children from three to eleven years old took part in Jewish Care’s seventh Purim Zumbathon and the sponsored Zumba sessions were led by Dancing with Louise. Participating schools were Yavneh Primary School, Nancy Reuben Primary School, Akiva School, Kerem School, Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, Sinai Jewish Primary School, Naima Jewish Preparatory School.

At Kantor King Solomon High School, students connected with older people locally by making and sending Mishloach Manot to residents at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge. Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House. Resident, Anita, said, “Thank very much to all the students for the lovely presents, most appreciated, it was very thoughtful and kind of them.”

Older people across Jewish Care homes and Retirement Living apartments heard the Megillah and received Mishloach Manot, celebrating Purim with parties and plays. Members across Jewish Care’s community centres and centres for people living with dementia enjoyed hamantaschen, entertainment and live Megillah readings too. Last year, the Purim Zumba, parties, entertainment and Megillah readings all took place virtually and this year there was a hybrid option available from Jewish Care.

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement said, “We are so pleased that we were able to celebrate Purim together in-person again as a community for the first time in two years.

“I’d like to thank all the young people who’ve had fun participating in the Purim Zumba 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”.

 Rabbi Conway, Head of Kodesh and Pastoral Care at Nancy Reuben Primary School added, “It was amazing to see the children so excited all energetically joining in along with teachers and Jewish Care staff and a wonderful way to get into the Purim atmosphere. We are immensely proud of all our children for raising such a great sum of money."