A warm welcome by Jewish Care on Mitzvah Day21 Nov 2015
Residents of Jewish Care homes welcomed visits from enthusiastic school children and members of local shuls and community this Mitzvah Day.
Visitors to Rubens House in Finchley and Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore included mother and toddler groups, children from Finchley Reform Shul and a group from Woodside Park Shul Cheder who sung and made biscuits with residents before players from SPEC football team came from their morning game to help to serve lunch to the residents.
At Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore, Year 8 pupils from Immanuel College visited residents full of enthusiasm and armed with iPads, they went in to educate the residents about the benefits of iPads and demonstrated how to keep in contact with their children and grandchildren through Skype and Face Time, finding and listening to music from their generation through YouTube and taking and modifying photo selfies.
The school says that pupils enjoyed sharing their knowledge of iPads and chat with the residents, whilst the residents enjoyed the company and exuberance of the pupils and the children look forward to returning in the future to continue the great relationship with the home and its residents.
Later on at the home, professional chef, Denise Phillips joined residents for afternoon tea and bingo and mother and toddler groups as well as children from Edgware District and Reform Synagogue and members of the Hebrew Order of David together with PJ Library completed the busy and fun day.
Children and members of South Hampstead Shul visited Otto Schiff and Selig Court at Otto Schiff in Golders Green and Sidney Corob in West Hampstead also enjoyed visits from the community. Volunteers RSY Netzer visited residents of Hyman Fine home in Brighton.
Finally, collections for Brent food bank were made at the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus in Golders Green and volunteers and members of RJCC as well as leaders from their young leadership programme at Waitrose in Buckhurst Hill with The Salvation Army.