Cake unites the community for The Great Jewish Bake Day 2016

06 Jul 2016

More than 5000 budding bakers and cake enthusiasts were united for Jewish Care’s fourth Great Jewish Bake Day, raising funds for older people in our community.

Bake Day 2016Children from 25 schools, together with members of community centres and residents of care homes came together to bake, ice cake and enjoy cake to help support the 10,000 people and their families who lives are touched by Jewish Care services every week. 

Children from Elstree to Essex lined up to hug Chava Cupcake and get a #chavaselfie. First in line for his photo was Jewish Care President Lord Levy when he visited Etz Chaim Primary School to celebrate Bake Day. Chef Denise Phillips baked with residents of Ruben’s House, baker for the stars Cakes by Rachel Rachel led an icing masterclass with JCoSS social action students at Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Community Centre, children from Eden Primary enjoyed a beach tea party at Betty and Asher Loftus Centre and IJPS children joined members for a slice of the action at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. The Great British Bake Off finalist, Richard Burr, will be judging the charity’s online bake day competition which is still going strong on social media until 18 July.

Bakeries in Kartens Boulangerie in Stanmore, Mr Baker Express in Borehamwood and Bonjour in Hendon also got on board selling cakes on behalf of Jewish Care in store on Bake Day.

Daniel Carmel-Brown, Jewish Care Director of Fundraising & Marketing commented, “This year the Great Jewish Bake Day has seen even more people take part to enjoy cake and unite the community with their support for Jewish Care. It’s great to see people from different schools and nurseries, homes and day centres get together to support the work of Jewish Care.

“Bake Day is now an annual favourite event in the diary. This is about so much more than raising funds, it’s about people of all ages coming together and strengthening our community. Visiting Jewish Care clients in homes and community centres to have tea and cake helps the younger generation understand more about the work of Jewish Care and connects people of all ages.”

“We are delighted to have the support of baker to the stars Cakes by Rachel Rachel and Bake Off finalist, Richard Burr, for the online bake day competition which is still going strong on social media so get your entries in.”

Rachel Rachel, lives in Elstree and bakes for Kate Moss and Keith Lemon among other celebrities. She said, “It’s always amazing to see the wonderful work of Jewish Care. I love seeing older and younger people getting on so well together across the generations and get stuck in to having fun on Bake Day.”

Sobell members Frank (86) and Marian Colet who attended the masterclass. Marian said, “It was great fun. I’m celebrating my 84th birthday this year and we’ve had fun today. The children were lovely and friendly and it was great fun to decorate cakes together.”

Frank added, “It was the most unusual birthday we’ve ever had for Marian, we didn’t expect there to be so much cake and it was a real highlight for everyone to sing happy birthday to Marian. It was a really fun experience and I enjoyed being here. I’ve been taken cookery classes recently too so always pleased to learn new tricks!”

Erin, age 12 said, “It was a really fun experience and I enjoyed being here to do cake decorating and meeting the people at the community centre.”

View the photos from The Great Jewish Bake Day 2016

Bake Day in Numbers

  • 5000 people took part in some way or other in this year’s Bake Day 
  • 25 schools and nurseries baked a difference for Bake Day

Barnet & Potters Bar

  • JCoSS
  • Wolfson Hillel Primary School
  • Alma Primary School

Borehamwood & Elstree

  • Gila Nursery Clore Shalom Primary School
  • Sinai Jewish Primary School
  • Hertsmere Jewish Primary School (at Michael Sobell Centre
  • Moriah Jewish Primary School
  • Immanuel College Preparatory School
  • JFS
  • Mr Baker Express

Hendon & Finchley

  • Alyth Gardens Kindergarten
  • Menorah Foundation School
  • Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School
  • Akiva School
  • Hasmonean Girls School 
  • Bonjour Bakery

Kerem School

  • Finchley Reform Synagogue Nursery
  • Yeladanu Nursery

Edgware & Mill Hill

  • Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School
  • Nagillah Nursery
  • Rosh Pinah Primary School
  • Cartons Boulangerie

Golders Green

  • Beit Shvidler Primary School
  • Rimon Jewish  Primary School


  • Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School
  • King Solomon High School

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