Jewish Care welcomes volunteers on Mitzvah Day

28 Nov 2016

Jewish Care residents and members welcomed volunteers in homes and community centres for Mitzvah Day.

Residents and staff at Jewish Care's Vi & John Rubens House planting daffodils.In Ilford, on Sunday, volunteers planted daffodil bulbs for spring and with residents of Vi & John Rubens Home and members and volunteers attended a Mitzvah Day tea at Jewish Care’s RJCC. Leyton Orient players will also be visiting the home, on Tuesday, to meet their older supporters. 

After a visit from Finchley Progressive Synagogue, residents of homes at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet were delighted to host an intergenerational story-telling and arts and crafts afternoon with PJ Library, enjoyed by young children, parents and relatives. Rene Blake who is a resident of the Kun Mor & George Kiss home, said, “The children have enjoyed it and so have we. We’ve had a lovely time.”

In advance of the weekend, pupils from Immanuel School visited residents of Princess Alexandra Home and Year 5 Wolfson HiIlel pupils sang to and talked with members of the Connect@ Centre in Southgate for older, independent people. Children from Woodside Park Shul Cheder and members of Finchley Reform Synagogue visited Rubens House residents. Volunteers from South Hampstead and Edgware Shuls visited Otto Schiff home at the Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus.

Jo Masters, Manager of Volunteering at Jewish Care, said, “A huge thank you for everyone who made this another successful Mitzvah Day at Jewish Care. Our clients and residents enjoy people coming in and spending time with them.

“Mitzvah Day is an opportunity for people of all ages who maybe don’t visit Jewish Care resources during the year to come in and meet older members of the community and experience the positive benefits of volunteering.

“I hope that people’s brief experiences during Mitzvah Day will encourage them to consider longer term volunteering opportunities. We have a range of opportunities at Jewish Care for people with a variety of skills and often opportunities that can fit in with people’s busy lifestyle.”

For further information or photographs please contact: Naomi Creeger 020 8922 2812 or ncreeger@jcare.org

View the photos from Mitzvah Day 2016