IJDS and Clore Manor come together for intergenerational mock seder

05 Apr 2017

Yesterday a class of children from Independent Jewish Day School visited Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home to enjoy a mock Seder in preparation for next week. The children sang the songs for the Seder led by Head Teacher, Rabbi Coby Ebrahimoff with many residents joining in and singing along to the traditional tunes. The children went around the home singing and wishing each resident a chag sameach.

Clore Manor residents Kay Peters and Philip Sonenfeld sat at the head of the table during the mock Seder.  Philip recalled, “My mother used to make Seder for 14 people in our dining room when we lived in the East End. I remember them very well and we had a great time.”

Ruth Myers who also enjoyed joining in with the songs commented. “I love the children’s singing. I remember the songs. I used to make seder for 16 people.”

Resident, Dinah Gritz, 94 enjoyed the sharing her memories of  Pesach with the children. She said, “I did the Seders at home for many years and before that my mother made our Seders which were led by our very learned uncle who was also a barrister. I have amazing memories of him. He used to translate everything but we knew it anyway as my Mum made sure we went to Cheder every day. We had small seder, quite long but not too long.

My mother who was a very good cook, would make fried fish for Seder. Now my great grandchildren go to the Jewish schools and know all the songs and they enjoy coming to visit me. I’m looking forward to flying to Israel for a family Simcha in May.”

Sharon Arad, the home’s social coordinator said after the visit, “We always welcome young people into our care homes and it is very kind of the children to come and share their mock Seder with us. It is plain to see from the way some of the residents have shared their stories, joined in with the songs, or others who have tapped their feet as the children sang, that these visits bring enjoyment. The smells, tastes and songs of the Seder are especially meaningful for our residents who are living with dementia as it helps to trigger their memories and connect back to celebrations and traditions from childhood.”