Maccabi GB to sponsor Seder services in Jewish Care’s residential home26 Mar 2018
Maccabi GB will, for the first time, be sponsoring the Seder services run in Jewish Care’s 11 care homes. The annual Seder services, run by volunteers working alongside the staff team, are special occasions for the organisation’s 650 care home residents.
Around 80% of the residents living in Jewish Care homes are living with dementia yet many will enjoy joining in with the ma nishtana or dayenu on Seder night. The traditions that we grew up with surrounding Jewish festivals are often hard wired within us so that they last beyond many other memories.
The songs, together with the sight, smell and tastes of the symbolic foods on the Seder plate stimulate the senses and stir fond memories for many older people. Some residents may find it difficult to share their life stories, but for that moment, tasting the charoset, they are connecting to the present, the past, to others in the room and to their own Jewish and personal identity.
Maccabi GB Chairman, David Pinnick commented;
“Seder night is one of our most enjoyable traditions, it is part of our identity and culture and these services enhance our well-being. That is why we are so delighted to be supporting Seder night in Jewish Care’s Homes. We are an organisation that is committed to enhancing wellbeing across the community regardless of age or ability. This initiative is yet another example as to how we achieve this”.
Simon Morris, Chief Executive, Jewish Care commented;
“Pesach at Jewish Care is a great example of what makes us different from other social care providers. These moments have an enormous impact on an individual’s well-being. We are delighted and very grateful to Maccabi GB for recognising the importance of well-being in older people through sponsoring this year’s Seder meals”.
The partnership is not the first time that Maccabi GB and Jewish Care have worked together. Other joint initiatives include an annual Bowls on the Lawn event, chair aerobics sessions in community centres and care homes and Leadership by Streetwise youth leaders have also volunteered in several Jewish Care resources.