Over 4,000 people of all ages took part in a range of events and activities for Jewish Care’s Great Jewish Bake Day.
16 schools, 23 Jewish Care services, 7 coffee shops and bakeries, 5 street events, 2 supermarkets, synagogues and individuals across the community ‘baked a difference’ to raise funds and awareness for the charity.
Thousands of pounds are expected to be raised as the community came together over tea and cakes. All the money raised from bake day events will be used to organise tea parties for older and isolated people in the community as well as helping to support vital services that Jewish Care provides.
Bake day events included:
- Mum of three children, age 9 months, 3 and 5 years old, Amanda Seligman, held a mums and tots tea party in her garden as a great opportunity to get together with friends and support a good cause
- Members at Jewish Care’s Sam Beckman Centre for people living with dementia were taught how to make icing animals by professional cake baker Rachel Rachel
- Residents and staff of Jewish Care’s Ella & Ridley Jacobs House hosted an outdoor tea party in the car park, using their sales technics and chutzpah they sold cakes to people waiting at the local bus stop
- Bakeries, Kosher Kingdom, Bonjour Bakery, Mr Baker & Parkways all made special edition purple cakes donating all proceed of the sales to Jewish Care
- Three siblings from Muswell Hill hosted the first ever ‘Great Muswell Hill Junior Bake off’ in their home, over 15 entries were judged by local chef Christian Honor and the cakes were then consumed at a tea party in their garden attended by the children’s friends, family and neighbours
- Clients at Sidney Corob House for people with mental health needs had a tea party with entertainment by Emmanuel Catholic School
- Children from the Nagilah Pre School joined members of the Edgware & Harrow Jewish Day Centre for tea
- Jewish Princess, Tracey Fine ran a baking session for members at the Hendon based Holocaust Survivors Centre
- Jewish Care’s president Lord Levy visited children from the Etz Chaim school as they prepared for their bake sale, the group were also joined by Chava Cupcake, a giant purple cupcake mascot who made friends with children and Lord Levy alike
- Residents at Rubens House in Finchley took the opportunity to get to know local residents and neighbours from other local homes; Shine House and Leach Gate Court, inviting them to join them for their bake sale
- Chef Denise Phillips ran a challah baking session for clients at Lady Sarah Cohen House and Rosetrees in Barnet
- Clients at Southend are staging a week long bake day event with plans to sell their cakes down the promenade
- Office staff at Nigel Sloam & Co baked and held a cake sale in Golders Green
- Over 200 people attended the big campus party at The Maurice & Vivienne Wohl Campus including residents and members from Otto Schiff, Selig Court, Rela Goldhill Lodge and Amelie House staff with Jewish Care Chief Executive, Simon Morris scooping the third prize in the first Jewish Care Ready, Steady, Ice competition. The winner was an amazed Geoffrey Segal who is a Michael Sobell Centre member.
What people said:-
Jodie Darsa who is 13 years old and held a bake off at home said, “We had lots of fun and also raised so much money for Jewish Care. We were hoping to raise £100 and were so happy to smash our target raising over £300. This money is going to be used to provide tea parties for older people”.
Amanda Seligman, mum of three children who held a mums and tots tea party said, “I heard about Bake Day when I saw the advert and thought it was a good cause and nice to do something charitable, as well as a good excuse to have a tea party and get together with friends.”
“I was amazed, I couldn’t believe it,” Geoffrey Segal, winner of the Ready, Steady, Ice competition and member at Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Centre, said, “It was the first time I’ve iced a cake and it was fantastic to win. I really enjoyed the tea.”
Jack Mindel, 97 who also attended the campus tea party and is a member of Michael Sobell Centre, said “What a wonderful affair bringing as many people together as possible for a happy afternoon to enjoy themselves. I’m looking forward to next year’s party.”
Debbie Fox, Jewish Care’s Vice-Chair: “The Great Jewish Bake Day has grown this year as the community has embraced the opportunity to reach out and come together to focus on Jewish Care for the day.
“Without every bit of support we get from the community, Jewish Care could not continue to be there for the thousands of people and their families who rely on our services.”
“The wonderful thing about the great Jewish Bake Day is everyone can get involved in some way or another from the kids who made and sold cakes raising a few pounds to help support Jewish Care’s work to the larger Bake Day events bringing schools and care homes together. We want to thank every single person who got involved, every penny we raise is important to us and we hope that along the way lots of fun was had and cakes were eaten!”.