School children and volunteers from the local community are helping residents at Jewish Care’s homes to celebrate the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah as it is known, which begins on the evening of 20th September and lasts for two days. Local volunteers will be taking synagogue services at some of the homes, residents and members of Jewish Care community centres have been preparing for the festival with music, baking honey cake and making new year cards.
Last week, year 5 Akiva Primary School choir from Finchley sang to clients and staff at Rubens House on Wednesday last week and baked honey cakes for residents wishing them a sweet new year. Volunteer Lani Rosenblatt led the session for Jewish Care together with employee volunteers from The Man Group and Tesco in Finchley Central provided the ingredients. After the visit, the children said “It was great to sing songs for Rosh Hashanah and make cake – eating the cake is the best bit.”
Sylvia Goldstein, 92, resident at Jewish Care’s Ruben’s House, said, “Every year I baked cakes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we always had a big gathering with the family. I think it’s a great idea to invite the children here today to get ready for Rosh Hashanah.”
Yesterday, children from year 5 at the Independent Jewish Day School in Hendon and Rabbi Azizoff visited residents at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home. The children sang songs together with residents and ate apple and honey, discussing the important elements of the festival table, including the fish head and pomegranate. Rabbi Azizoff blew the shofar and children chatted to the residents, wishing them shana tova.
Rabbi Azizoff, said, “It’s part of our ethos to do acts of kindness and it’s good to give a smile to older people. You can’t add days to your life but you can add life to your days.”
After the visit, the IJDS children said, “It was nice to meet older people and see the smiles on their faces.”