Jewish Care’s Third Great Jewish Bake Day is a baking hot success

02 Jul 2015

On the hottest day of the year, Jewish Care’s third Great Jewish Bake Day was a baking success and it wasn’t just the cakes that were rising.

The Great Jewish Bake Day 2015

On the hottest day of the year, Jewish Care’s third Great Jewish Bake Day was a baking success and it wasn’t just the cakes that were rising. Numbers were higher than ever with 4,500 people of all ages from communities across London and the South East taking part in Bake Day activities.

Cake united the community as school and nursery children, Jewish Care clients, supporters, volunteers and staff baked a difference to help support the 7,000 people and their families who use Jewish Care services every week.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre saw members and residents from Vi & John Rubens House welcoming school children from IJPS to an afternoon of cake, dressing up, singing and dancing. Also in Essex, members of Southend & Westcliff Community Centre kept cool by the pool at a tea party organised by Jewish Care supporter and volunteer Carolyn Squires who opened the door of her home for the day.

The Great Jewish Bake Day 2015 at the Michael Sobell Jewish Community CentreIn Golders Green, professional baker, Rachel Rachel (pictured right), sprinkled star dust over Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Community Centre at her cake decorating masterclass. Fifty members of the Centre and residents from Jewish Care’s Selig Court and Otto Schiff Home were joined by a group of very excited year 1 and 2 children from Hertsmere Primary School who had a fantastic time learning how to ice and decorate multi-coloured cupcakes together. She said,

"It’s wonderful to be part of Jewish Care Bake Day. Food is always a big part of Jewish culture and it’s lovely to help bring the generations together to connect through cake.”

Helen Rothstein, Michael Sobell Community Centre member 87, at the masterclass said:

"I'm a great grandmother and it was lovely to see the children's enthusiasm today. I've always looked at the shop windows and wondered how to make such nice looking cakes and I'm so pleased to be shown how - it doesn't take too much just a bit of imagination.”

Seven year old Year 2 Hertsmere pupil, Joshua Taylor commented;

"I think it was amazing. I enjoyed doing the icing and I put everything on it. I really enjoyed meeting all the people here today.”

Denise Phillips brushed up the baking skills of residents of Ruben’s House in Finchley as they baked cinnamon dough. A group of volunteers from the Reform movement were there to support clients including Deborah Bright of Hendon Reform Synagogue who commented,

"It’s a pleasure seeing the pleasure on the faces of the people here. It’s easy for us to forget about older people in our community and Bake Day is a nice opportunity to give something back with a fun hands on activity.”

Daniel Carmel-Brown, Director of Fundraising & Marketing commented,

"It’s great to see that the community’s support for the Great Jewish Bake Day is rising each year. Now in its 3rd year Bake Day has become a fixture in diaries across the community, whose summer is made complete by getting together with people of all ages to enjoy tea and cake whilst raising much needed funds to support the work of Jewish Care. We are particularly delighted this year to see the growing support from schools as well as an increase in participation from local shops and bakeries, many of whom contributed towards areas of London turning purple for the day!”

Bake Day in Numbers:

• 4,500 people took part in some way or other in this year’s Bake Day
• 25 schools and nurseries baked a difference
• 12 shops including M&S in Temple Fortune, Parkway Patessirie, La Brioche, Bonjour, Carmelli, Grodzinski, Paradise, Mr Baker Express and Sharon’s signed up and got involved in this year’s Bake Day activities

View our Bake Day 2015 photo gallery on Facebook

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