School children celebrated the festival of Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees at the end of January, with residents of Jewish Care homes and community centre members. Customs for this annual festival include eating a wide variety of fruit, planting and nature based activities.
Year 5 children from Akiva Primary School enjoyed a creative and colourful afternoon making fruit art and enjoying fruit, all kindly donated by the Canary Wharf Group, with residents of Jewish Care’s Ruben’s House in Finchley, before singing songs to celebrate the festival.
Meanwhile, in Golders Green, children from Menorah Primary School visited residents and day centre members at Jewish Care’s Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Campus where they sang, chatted and enjoyed new fruits together. Members of Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre planted spring bulbs on Friday whilst in Friern Barnet, children from Alma Primary School planted bulbs with residents of the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in preparation for the Spring.
Neil Taylor, Director of Community Services at Jewish Care, said, “It’s so important to our residents and members to celebrate the Jewish festivals and these intergenerational visits provide a great focus for stimulating and creative activities.
“The school children bring energy and joy to Jewish Care resources and we know that the children enjoy talking with older people, who often share memories of what life was like in their school days”.